Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How to completely destroy Downtown Greensboro, by Zach Matheny?

Stupidity is better kept a secret than displayed

Heraclitus of Ephesus

"Councilman Zack Matheny announced several plans
...designed to give police effective tools to maintain order downtown

“It’s vital to the residents of Greensboro that we take the necessary and serious steps
to improve the downtown environment
so that everyone can enjoy themselves in a safe atmosphere,” Matheny said.

“These measures promote not only public safety,
but will hold downtown businesses accountable for the actions of their visitors.”

Among the changes...:

Zero tolerance for quality of life infractions that occur in downtown;
that includes cracking down on loitering, panhandling and other disruptive behavior.

Anyone want to frequent a behavior regulated zone
where citizens can be ticketed or arrested
for something someone like Nurse Crotchet may think is uncouth?

What if you look at a police officer the wrong way?

What if someone who hates you rats you out
for something you didn't do?

A city ordinance revision to prevent loitering
within 50 feet of a business selling alcoholic beverages.

Is "50 feet" just about most of downtown?

A new curfew ordnance banning minors under 18
from being downtown after 11 p.m.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

How many 18 to 30 year olds want to pay to park,
and then get randomly carded downtown?

Expanding the surveillance camera system...

Big Brother on Elm Street?

Instituting a $5 fee to park in city-owned parking decks after 9 p.m.

How to create traffic jams of drivers not wanting to pay to park
and drive those who don't want to pay away from Downtown Greensboro
by Zach Matheny?

Where is everyone going to park?

...some of this just creeps me out.

If a guy pays $5 to park his car downtown,
will he be free to walk or stand wherever he wants?

What if he's cited for loitering?

Will the police escort him to the parking garage and make him go home?

Brian Clarey

Matheny wants to create a new entertainment license for all nightclubs
with a capacity more than 100 that includes:

Certification and training of all club security personnel...

At an additional cost to business owners
that they wouldn't have to pay elsewhere?

Require security officers...

At an additional cost to business owners
that they wouldn't have to pay elsewhere?

Install a video surveillance system at all club entryways and exits...

That will drive away patrons?

Who wants to be caught on camera at 2:00am
coming out of a nightclub?

If the recordings are owned by the government,
will they be subject to public records requests?

Why not a live cam on the Internet?

Why not inject GPS chips into our children?

Compliance with all applicable laws and payment of all city taxes,
municipal water and sanitation services, operating fines and other violations.

Why would Zach want to discriminate against Bruce Davis and Steve Arnold?

The entertainment license is subject to revocation for violation of city ordinances.

So if a business drops $300,000 on a downtown business,
and Zach or whoever doesn't like them,
the powers that be can "arrange" for said business to cease to be,
perhaps creating an opportunity for one of Zach's friends, contributors,
or anyone with enough cash to buy off the politicians
to buy into someone else's investment at half off,
as long as they continue to pay tribute?
Matheny envisions that many of the ordinances will be passed at the Nov. 16
meeting and go into effect the following day."

Ryan Seals
Hat Tip Spag

Two things are infinite:
the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not sure about the the universe.

Albert Einstein

Just think of how stupid the average person is,
and then realize half of them are even stupider.

George Carlin

I will not be running for elected office in 2011.

George Hartzman
Did some put Zach up to this?
Does this have anything to do with the hotel,
and/or the Civil Rights Museum
and/or Center Point?
Could the hotel group use the shootings
as an excuse to back out of applying to the Local Government Board?
Why do the proposals seem over the top?
Who is pulling the strings?
If Zach probably wouldn't have done this in a vacuum,
who else is backing the proposals?
Is this a spat between Downtown Greensboro and Rocco Scarfone?
Didn't Downtown Greensboro recieve $127,500 taxpayer dollars
for the "1st quarter."

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