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Feb 20, 2013

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Triadwatch

BAZINGA

David Hoggard

Pow. Right in the kisser.

I don't know Eric Robert but, after reading this, sure do like him.

It is time for the Old Guard to yield... their leadership is wounded and their ammunition depleted.

If the real goal of such an organization is the health, vibrancy and future viability of my downtown (it is not theirs, as Robert points out), then a shake-up should be welcomed by all sharing that goal. If the real goal is to hang on to power, control the money and issue justifications for leadership staleness via press release, then any suggestion of changing the guard will be met with entrenchment and posturing.

I fear the latter is what we are in for. Too bad, but perhaps inevitable.

Roch

"In this case money went from the city to Action Greensboro/Center city park LLC to DGI who then took a management fee right before paying itself for the actual park maintenance;"

DGI is getting paid for park maintenance? I was under the impression that was being done by City staff? Do I have that wrong or are they both doing maintenance?

Hartzman

What David Hoggard said.

Eric Robert

Partially copied from “Action Greensboro consolidated financial report for Years ended Dec 31 2011 and 2010”


Center city park LLC, of which Action Greensboro is the sole member leases the land from Downtown Greensboro Renaissance , LLC and CFREMF Real Estate Holdings I, LLC, which are owned by the Bryan Foundation and the Community Foundation.

Annually, Center City park receives $200,000 from the city general funds and $150,000 from the Business improvement district funds currently managed by DGI.

CCP has entered into two agreements to maintain the park. Grassroots Productions Limited, LLC provides management services for all special events and DGI provides daily maintenance, cleaning, landscaping, repair and security of the park for an annual fee of $199,455.

Roch

Thanks, Eric. Nice job.

Eric Ginsburg

There are a few updates on YES! Weekly's Twitter, @yesweekly. We'll have an article out on Wednesday about DGI and the city.

Hartzman

"The DGI ultimatum ... uh, I don’t get it"

Allen Johnson

http://www.news-record.com/blogs/thinkingoutloud/791130-87/the-dgi-ultimatum-uh

This is pathetic.

The paper that wouldn't publish Eric's letter ignores its contents and waxes propaganda.

Mr. Johnson and Saul are clearly part of the problem.

The News & Record is part of the problem.

Right after Allen does a puff piece on Ed Wolverton.

The News & Record shills for the cancer infecting our downtown.

Wasn't the week before a profile of Roy Carroll?

Ass kiss city.

I wonder if they even realize what harm they have done to our community by propping up these taxpayer sucking parasites.

Shame on Allen Johnson.

Shame on the Greensboro Partnership, whose Board of Directors includes Robin Saul.

Shame on Action Greensboro, DGI etc..., for their misleading accounting practices and self dealing with everyone else's money.

Hartzman

"Why didn't you publish Eric Robert's letter Allen?

Seems like you are part of the problem, if you can't even admit to what is wrong.

You are purposefully not informing your readers."

George Hartzman
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"We wanted to run it as an op-ed in a Sunday Ideas section.

During the course of the editing process, he withdrew it.

Allen Johnson... Friday, February 22, 2013
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"I don’t get it...Even more befuddling were the reasons given.

Maybe there are some more specific and legitimate concerns about DGI that have gotten the council’s goat.

I just haven’t heard them yet."

Allen Johnson
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Are you kidding?

So you read Eric's letter and chose not to mention its contents?

There were legitimate concerns that you knew of when you wrote the post.

You chose not to disclose them.

Posted by George Hartzman
Date: Friday, February 22, 2013
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This is a purposeful lie of omission.

This is who the city depends on for political endorsements.

This is who didn't inform the city of Robbie's personal issues.

This is who shamelessly promoted the GPAC.

This is who deleted the paper's history twice inside of a decade.

This is who has forfeited the trust of his readers.

Hartzman

On 2/13/13 6:50 PM, "Allen Johnson" wrote:
At this point, Eric, I have too many questions to run your piece Sunday. We'll need to delay publication until we can discuss and vet all the facts. I'm sorry. I really wanted to go with it this week.

Allen H. Johnson III
Editorial Page Editor
News & Record
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From: eric robert [mailto:eric@qubstudios.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:56 PM
To: Allen Johnson
Subject: Re: I asked DGI about the $60 miilion in investments ...

No problem...Let me know when you vet everything out.
Thanks anyway
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On 2/13/13 7:00 PM, "Allen Johnson" wrote:
Let me be clear: I still want ot run your piece; just not this week. And I still would like us to take your photo tomorrow.

Allen H. Johnson III
Editorial Page Editor
News & Record
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From: eric robert [mailto:eric@qubstudios.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2013 8:54 AM
To: Allen Johnson
Subject: Re: I asked DGI about the $60 miilion in investments ...

No thank you...
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OK. Your call.

Allen H. Johnson III
Editorial Page Editor
News & Record
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"We wanted to run it as an op-ed in a Sunday Ideas section.

During the course of the editing process, he withdrew it.

Allen Johnson... Friday, February 22, 2013
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"I don’t get it...Even more befuddling were the reasons given.

Maybe there are some more specific and legitimate concerns about DGI that have gotten the council’s goat.

I just haven’t heard them yet."

Allen Johnson

Hartzman

On 2/13/13 5:18 PM, "Allen Johnson" wrote:

They gave me a list. The jail isn't on it. The biggest amount was the sale of the First Union/Wells Fargo/Wachovia tower.
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From: eric robert [mailto:eric@qubstudios.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:52 PM
To: Allen Johnson
Subject: Re: I asked DGI about the $60 miilion in investments ...

Allen, the list I saw included...
- Centerpointe tower refi
- Wells fargo tower refi/sale
- Guilford county detention center
- IRC

Bill Hancock (99 blocks) had written about . I will find the source

Do you come to $60,000,000 without the jail?

Now if the jail was to be excluded, are the other items “New Investments”?
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"Here's the breakdown I got from DGI. The $44.6 million is from the sale of the Wells Fargo tower. The $2.4 million is for the sale of property for the new State Employees Credit Union branch."

Allen H. Johnson III
Editorial Page Editor
News & Record

Collards

So, City Council has fumbled on the noise ordinance, fumbled on the GPAC, fumbled on the S. Elm Redevelopment project, and fumbled on making downtown safe at night.

Now they want to blame DGI. Get some more cops on the street at night because people do not feel safe there after 8 pm when the hoods invade the hood.

hartzman

quite the epiphany.

Hartzman

Who is on the Center City Park Management Committee?
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The Bryan Foundation

Smith, Moore Leatherwood Attorneys for the Bryan Foundattion

$103 Million

$228,116 Investment Management fees.

Kind of hefty.

ES Melvin income: $276,737

Ed Kitchen: $153,000

Shirly Frye: Chair of the board.

http://207.153.189.83/EINS/561548051/561548051_2010_07b9be1b.PDF

Posted by: Hartzman | Jul 20, 2012 at 08:25 PM
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Action Greensboro Operating Group:

R. Steve Bowden - Simkins PAC
J. Edward Kitchen
E. S. Melvin
Richard L. Moore
H. Walker Sanders
Susan S. Schwartz

http://www.actiongreensboro.org/about/
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Greensboro Partnership Board of Directors

R. Steve Bowden
R. Steve Bowden & Associates

Carol W. Bruce
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Shirley Frye

Charles T. Hagan III
Hagan Davis Mangum Barrett & Langley PLLC

Randall Kaplan
Capsule Group, LLC

Jim Melvin
Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

Tim Rice
Moses Cone Health System

H. Walker Sanders
Community Foundation of Greater GSO

Robin Saul
News & Record

Susan S. Schwartz
Cemala Foundation

April R. Harris
Action Greensboro
Executive Director

Deborah Hooper
Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
President

Dan Lynch
Greensboro Economic Development Alliance
President

Posted by: Hartzman | Jul 20, 2012 at 08:47 PM
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DGI Board

Elizabeth Cone

Chester Brown III - Brown Investment - Robbie buddy.

Susan Schwartz - Cemela Foundation

Dan Lynch

Milton Kern

Al Leonard - Carroll Corp.

George House - Randall Kaplan's partner in Elm Street Center
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Anyone notice any similarities?
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Roy Carroll on the Partnership Board.

Al Leonard, who works for Roy, on the DGI Board.

I don't get the impression they give a siht about making GSO a better place, other than extract wealth from public coffers.

Shovel Ready.

Water and Sewer to Eastern Guilford County.

The Airport High School in Kernersville Land proposal.

Robbie and Zack frontrunning the GTCC water and sewer.

Robbie getting paid off water and sewer to the old building on high point road. ...pilot.

Chester Brown and Robbie on Gunter's Crossing.

Zack on the Curfew.

Randall and George on the downtown hotel.

The News & Record on the hotel and the PAC.

Some of the same names seem to always show.

Milton Kern lying on the noise ordinance.

Roy and Robbie on the noise ordinance.
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TREBIC Bronze Members
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Chaney Properties - DGI Board
Greensboro Partnership
Hagan Properties Inc.

The board of directors of the Greensboro Chamber Foundation,
which Gave the Quarter Cent Tax Committee $10,000

Deborah Hooper
Dan Lynch
Jim Melvin
Susan Schwartz
Steve Bowden, Simkins PAC
Denise Turner, one time Greensboro Partnership lobbyist, now City of Greensboro Manager.
Mitchell Johnson
Lee McAllister
Robert Klepfer
Richard Moore
Patrick Danahy
Charles Hagan
Tim Rice - Cone Health, who's board includes Ed Cone

1/4-Cent Makes Sense Steering Committee

Steve Bowden Co-Chair - Notice Mr. Bowden's membership on all three committees?
Pat Danahy Co-Chair
Robert "Bob" Brown
Roy Carroll - TREBIC MEMBER
Shirley Frye - Simpkins PAC?
Henry Isaacson - TREBIC MEMBER
Skip Alston - Simpkins PAC
Yvonne Johnson - Why would Yvonne, Shirley, Shuford, Bowden etc...
advocate a regressive tax on their own constituents?

Greensboro Partnership Board Members (partly publicly funded),
which gave the Quarter Cent Tax Committee $10,500.

Mr. Arthur Samet Samet Corporation
Mr. Roy E. Carroll III The Carroll Companies
Ms. Deborah L. Hooper - was WFMY...
Mr. Randall Kaplan Capsule Group, LLC
Mr. Jim Melvin Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Mr. Charles E. Melvin Jr. Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Mr. Stephen D. Showefty Koury Corporation
Mr. H. Walker Sanders Community Foundation of Greater GSO
Mr. Robin Saul News & Record
Mr. Richard L. Moore, Weaver Foundation
Mr. R. Steve Bowden, R. Steve Bowden & Associates
Mr. Jim W. Phillips Jr., Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey, & Leonard LLP
who gave the Bonds for Schools Committee $500
Ms. Susan S. Schwartz, Cemala Foundation
Mr. J. Patrick Danahy, Greensboro Partnership President & CEO
Ms. Shirley Frye

Hartzman

GPAC Economic Impact / Feasibility Task Force

Betty Cone
Downtown Greensboro Contributor
Cone, Elizabeth W., $1,000.00
Cemala Foundation, $10,000.00
Worked for former Mayor Johnson’s campaign

Mac Sims - East Market Street Development

Randall Kaplan
Downtown Hotel,
Downtown Teen Curfew Advocate
Part-Owner - Empire Room

Richard Beard - TREBIC - Coliseum commission with Zack

Roy Carroll - TREBIC - Center Point - Robbie

Susan Schwartz
Board member of the Children’s Museum,
which received $100,000 from Greensboro’s 2010/11 budget
Cemala Foundation, $10,000.00
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GPAC Citizen Engagement Task Force

Donna Newton, co-chair

Daniel Craft

Marsh Prause,
Robbie Perkins contributor and supporter
who just happened to moderate one the Mayoral debates.

Ray Trapp - Emerson Property Management
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GPAC Development / Marketing Task Force

Kathy Manning, co-chair - Randall Kaplan

George House
Downtown Hotel,
Partner Randall Kaplan is a Greensboro Partnership board member
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Advisory Committee

Oversight of entire project

Henry Frye, co-chair - Simkins - Shirley

Denise Turner Roth, ex-officio
- Former Greensboro Partnership Lobbyist

Donna Newton

Ed Wolverton

Ross Harris, project manager - Robbie
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2012 Friends of Center City Park

Horticulturist $500
Betty and Ben Cone, Jr.

Arborist $250
Philip and Betsy Craft
Dabney and Walker Sanders

Plantsman $100
Joseph M. Brantley III
Afrique I. Kilimanjaro
Ed and Emily Kitchen
Kathy Manning and Randall Kaplan
Robin and Connie Saul
Susan and Jerry Schwartz

Gardener $50
Theresa Yon and Glenn Romano

Contributor $35
Melissa and Ed Wolverton

http://www.centercitypark.org/friends/friends-of-park.php
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Notable Downtown Greensboro Inc. Contributors

Greensboro Partnership, $25,000.00
Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, $11,000.00
Cemala Foundation, $10,000.00
Bell Foundation (Steven D. Bell), $5,000.00
Brown Investment Properties, $1,500.00
Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, $1,210.00
Cone, Elizabeth W., $1,000.00
Elm Street Center, LLC, $1,000.00
The Carroll Companies, $550.00
Schwartz, Susan, $125.00
Brown III, Chester H. & Martha, $100.00
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A few supporters for Robbie Perkins for Mayor

...Nancy and Trip Brown
Chester Brown, III
Roy Carroll
Bob Cone
Carol Cone Douglas
Shirley Frye
Ross Harris
Kathy Manning and Randall Kaplan
Marsh Prause
Sara Lee and Paul Saperstein - The parents of Greensboro's lobbyist
Mac Sims
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Downtown Design & Compatibility Manual Steering Committee Members

Betty Cone
Grassroots Produtions
Downtown property owner
and Downtown advocate,
Member of former Downtown Streetscape Committee

Ed Wolverton, DGI 122 N Elm St., Suite 609
Greensboro, NC 27401

April Harris
Action Greensboro
Director of Action Greensboro

Milton Kern
Milton Kern & Co.
Local developer, Downtown property owner

Al Leonard
The Carroll Companies

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=8509
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Greensboro Downtown Economic Development Strategy Project Committee, Community Stakeholders and Adisory Group


Project Committee

Roy Carroll
Aprill Harris || Affrique Killimanjaro || Edd Kitchhen ||
Mac Sims | Ed Wolverton |

Advisory Group

Dawn ChChaney |
Willie Hammer
Robin Saul
Susan Schwartz

Community Stakeholders | Frank Auman Jr. |
Chester Brown
Dawn Cheney | Seth Coker | Betty Cone
Milton Kern
Jim Melvin | Skip Moore | Jeff Nimmer | Marsh Prause | Dabny Sanders
Walker Sanders
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Downtown Area Consolidated Plan Committees

Notables:

Skip Alston
Guilford County

Roy Carroll, (taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership Board Member,
(taxpayer funded) Triad Partnership Board Member,
employer of Al Leonard, (taxpayer funded) DGI Board Member
The Carroll Companies

Ed Kitchen, (taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership Board Member
(taxpayer funded) Piedmont Triad Partnership Board Member
Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

Ed Wolverton
Downtown Greensboro Inc.

Notable Advisory Team Members

Brenda Jones Fox, DGI Board Member
Guilford County

Robin Saul, (taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership Board Member
News & Record

Susan Schwartz, (taxpayer funded) DGI Board Member,
(taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership Board Member,
and (soon to be taxpayer funded) Children's Museum Board Member
Cemala Foundation

Posted by: Hartzman | Jul 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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Chester Brown Jr. is a director of the Cemela Foundation

Cemela gave Action Greensboro $5,000 in 2009

$10,000 to Downtown Greensboro Foundation

$40,000 to the Greensboro Partnership

http://irs990.charityblossom.org/990PF/200912/561528982.pdf
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Here is Chester getting a tax break for Robbie's Gunter Crossing
three days before Chester bought the property from Robbie and friends.

"Did Guilford County's Commissioners know that Chester Brown was about to own Gunter's Crossing when he represeted Robbie Perkins' LLC for a $124,000 grant?"

http://triadwatch.blogspot.com/2011/08/did-guilford-countys-commissioners-know.html

David Hoggard

Will somebody please take out the trash.

Hartzman

"people do not feel safe there after 8 pm when the hoods invade the hood."

I suppose Collards means white people not feeling safe.
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George Hartzman 10/31/12
to: Billy Jones, ajohnson,mbanks

cc: "Email, Inforequests" ,
mujeeb.shahkhan, Denise Turner Roth, Amanda Lehmert, Jeff Gauger

On Nancy Hoffman's disclosure signature page, it says any new property interest must be disclosed within 30 days.

Looks like that didn't happen, and then she votes for money for DGI of whom she is currently negotiating with to lease her property.

Is the extra money DGI retained that Nancy voted for going to prepare the property for DGI?

Will the News & Record or the Business Journal do their jobs, or are they merely megaphones for the status quo?
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"I don’t get it...Even more befuddling were the reasons given.

Maybe there are some more specific and legitimate concerns about DGI that have gotten the council’s goat.

I just haven’t heard them yet."

Allen Johnson
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"He’s always pressing some case of underhanded dealings by local government...

He duns government with public records requests, and he tries to sell local reporters and editors on the merits of what he’s pursuing.

The inevitable result is rolled eyes from journalists, probably more often than he deserves but not altogether without justification."

Jeff Gauger
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Greensboro Downtown Economic Development Strategy

Project Committee || Roy Carroll || Aprill Harris || Ralph Johhnson || Affrique Killimanjaro || Ed Kitchhen ||
| Ed Wolverton |

Advisory Group: Dawn Chaney |Willie Hammer | Jim Hoffman Brenda Jones Fox, Robin Saul, Susan Schwartz

Community Stakeholders Chester Brown Christina Brown|Dale Brown | Dawn Cheney | Betty Cone | Milton Kern, Dan Lynch Jim Melvin | Skip Moore | Marsh Prause | Dabny Sanders | Walker
Sanders | Tom Taylor

http://www.actiongreensboro.org/live-well/documents/Downtown_Econ_Dev_Strategy_6-18-10.pdf
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"...The Greensboro Partnership lists seven key initiatives in its 2012 strategic plan released last week."

When the Greenboro Partnership released their 2012 strategic plan, I clicked on what I thought was the Greensboro Partnership's link to 2012's Strategic Plan, only to find the underlying study conducted by Garner Economics LLC.

I copy and pasted some interesting stuff, although I didn't get the names of the 92 "participants" that were interviewed.

I went home for lunch and tried to bring up the study again and found that it had been replaced with the Partnership's "Strategic Plan," that didn't include a whole lot of info from the study.

I called J. Patrick Danahy President and CEO of The Greensboro Partnership for the list of participants, and he denied my assertion that I saw the study until I emailed him what I had.

He called back and told me it was in the best interests of the city that the study remain confidential, and that he refused to comment.

I believe many study participants which Danahy refused to disclose, of which I think I remember about 15 of whom some would most likely personally profit from the "construction-ready" site idea that would be paid for by our community's taxes.

Hartzman

from: Billy Jones
to: Nancy Vaughan
Nancy.Hoffmann, Amanda Lehmert, ajohnson, keith brown, "curator@101, Denise Turner Roth, Jeff Gauger, Joe Guarino, Jeffrey Sykes, Joe Killian, Zack Matheny, robbie.perkins
date: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM
subject: Hoffman Fails To Recuse On GPAC Vote

Is there no such thing as an honest politician?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2012/11/hoffman-fails-to-recuse-on-gpac-vote.html

Thanks -Billy Jones
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The rather important piece that is missing from these accusations is any verifiable information that Mrs. Hoffman has leased this property to DGI. I see that she was included in this email. Can you clarify, Mrs. Hoffman, is DGI leasing your downtown property?

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"if no story in the n&r tommorow, worth mentioning. if hammer doesnt cover the hoffman story as well. her campaign manager graham sheridan. works with roy and robbie's attorney henry issacson. nice connection. i believe both businesses are housed in robbies building."

George Hartzman
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from: Billy Jones
to: Amanda Lehmert, abuzuaiter, ajohnson, keith brown, efcone, curator, Denise Turner Roth, editor@yesweekly, Joe Guarino, Yvonne.Johnson, Joe Killian,
Jeff Gauger, john@rhinotime, Zack Matheny, mbanks, Nancy Vaughan
date: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Dear Madam City Manager and City Council,

From ONE+one GSO

"From the Dgi Statement of activities for the two months ended 8/31/2012...park income $199,455...park expenses $172,305...who got the difference?

April Harris of action Greensboro refused to provide the publicly funded service contract she/action Greensboro/center city park llc has with dgi regarding the maintenance of the park..she was a little put out with my insistence and laughed when I asked if Ed Kitchen would release it...he then said it was not a public record matter...(I disagree)..."

Eric Robert
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Amanda, why no coverage of DGI in your article on the council meeting last night:
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Allen Johnson has clearly misled his readers.

Allen has clearly used his postion to maintain the political and economic power of a select few.

Allen Johnson lied.
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"I don’t get it...Even more befuddling were the reasons given.

Maybe there are some more specific and legitimate concerns about DGI that have gotten the council’s goat.

I just haven’t heard them yet."

Allen Johnson
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Mr. Allen Johnson lied through his teeth.

The City of Greensboro and Guilford County have been betrayed by these actions.

Hartzman

February 24, 2011

"The Greensboro City Council uses the Greensboro Partnership to launder money, according to what the council was told at its work session on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

The council allocates $200,000 to the Partnership to be used by the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance (GEDA), but of that money $25,000 goes to Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) and $30,000 goes to the Piedmont Triad Film Commission.

Dan Lynch, president of the GEDA, told the council Tuesday that the money was simply a pass-through. He said they were told to write a check for $25,000 to DGI and $30,000 to the film commission and he did, but he did not know why.

Councilmember Robbie Perkins said he knew. Perkins said, "The City Council under Keith Holliday wanted to support the film commission and at that time the chamber got $125,000. We said you have to give the film commission $30,000 and DGI $25,000."

What the council had not been told until Tuesday was that DGI also receives a pass-through of $25,000 from the Partnership.

These are just two examples of how the city has hidden money even from the City Council. According to the city budget, that $55,000 went to the GEDA for economic development, but the Partnership was directed to give the money to the film commission and DGI.

One of the more interesting statistics listed was that GEDA had recruited and retained 1,555 jobs in the past year. Unfortunately that does not include the 1,500 jobs that were lost when American Express decided to close its call center.

http://greensboro.rhinotimes.com/Articles-c-2011-02-23-207459.112113-Even-President-Finds-Partnership-Confusing.html
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"I don’t get it...Even more befuddling were the reasons given.

Maybe there are some more specific and legitimate concerns about DGI that have gotten the council’s goat.

I just haven’t heard them yet."

Allen Johnson

Hartzman

Sidney Gray, owner of the Silver's building at the corner of West Washington and South Elm streets, and several other properties in downtown Greensboro, spoke against the ["Good Repair Ordinance"]

Gray also questioned why DGI was supporting this ordinance when they had not gone to their "forced membership" for their view on the situation. "Not once has DGI brought me a potential tenant," he said.

Nick Piornack of Momentum Development Partners, a company that received a $200,000 loan and 1,400 square feet of right-of-way from the city last year for parking for a Mexican restaurant downtown, said that it was extremely difficult for his partners to sell downtown Greensboro because of buildings in disrepair.

"I do believe we need to put some perfume on the pig, you might say," Piornack said.

Ed Wolverton, president of Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI), also spoke in favor of the ordinance.

Dawn Chaney, a member of the DGI board of directors who owns rental properties downtown, said she supported the ordinance.

http://greensboro.rhinotimes.com/Articles-Articles-c-2013-02-06-214715.112113-Council-Delays-Outlawing-Bars.html
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"I don’t get it...Even more befuddling were the reasons given.

Maybe there are some more specific and legitimate concerns about DGI that have gotten the council’s goat.

I just haven’t heard them yet."

Allen Johnson
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I would look up some stuff from the Greensboro News & Record, but they deleted their history.

Hartzman

Next up, Allen Johnson and Roy Carroll's favorite subject;

The City's Entertainment Facility Use Ordinance Review Committee

February 25, 2013, 1pm in Council Chambers

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=3883
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First there was a teen curfew, then a rooftop tent ordinance, then a 45 decibel noise ordinance, and now a nightclub ordinance.

This is Roy Carroll, who garnered a wonderful write up by none other than Allen Johnson a few weeks ago that didn't mention all the taxpayer money Roy has received, or the political manipulations of our local government by a businessman who clearly made a mistake by turning Center Point in to condos instead of apartments.

Now Roy wants to have the rest of downtown bend to his view of what downtown should be like. ie.. fewer black people, especially at night when some white folks think most black people look more like criminals.
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"people do not feel safe there after 8 pm when the hoods invade the hood."

Collards
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Then, Allen Johnson does a puff piece on Ed Wolverton and DGI in a Sunday edition, while simultaneously ridding the paper of Eric Robert's piece critical of DGI and then denies knowing anything about it until asked.

The City's Entertainment Facility Use Ordinance Review Committee now has very little credibility due to the propaganda and lies of omissions presented by some city council members, Roy Carroll's minions and the Greensboro News & Record.

The paper of record has been compromised.

Some on city council are paid for pawns of Greensboro's elite.

The N&R's Allen Johnson is in on it.

Allen Johnson lied, and the chances of the Rhino or Yes Weekly reporting it are pretty close to 0.

Greensboro cannot emerge from this cronyism without fixing this.

Why would businesses looking to open up in Greensboro want to work in an environment without a level playing field?

We are losing jobs because of this.

We are losing economic growth because of this.

City Council has no moral authority to regulate downtown nightclubs with this stain in place.

Roch

"Then, Allen Johnson does a puff piece on Ed Wolverton and DGI in a Sunday edition, while simultaneously ridding the paper of Eric Robert's piece critical of DGI and then denies knowing anything about it until asked."

Yeah, that is really bad. Allen Johnson's credibility is shot. He should retire. Doug Clark is the superior thinker and more honest.

Breakaway

www.lotusloungegso.com/

Cool means different things to different people. Check out the galleries

Hartzman

There are now two posts with the same title.

The most recent without comments the later with.

http://www.news-record.com/csp/mediapool/sites/NRCOM/blogs/ThinkingOutLoud/index.csp

Is Breakaway's an example of subtle racism?

What does Breakaway mean by the post Collards?

Ed Cone

"Is Breakaway's an example of subtle racism?"

I wondered what the commenter intended, and also why they chose to use a name different from their own.

Hartzman

I hear there was an emergency DGI stakeholder meeting after a shooting down from the N Club, lots of familiar names in attendance.

The racial epithets came out pretty big after the few blacks left.

Confirmed by two or three sources who were there.

Have publicly cited the story a few times before without an opposing interpretation.

Ron

Way to go Eric. I think DGI has taken way too much credit for many of the things that have happened downtown. Give the people who took great risks to open up businesses and build new things the credit. I mean what really is DGI's role? DGI hasn't worked well with the city which is one big reason why, as Mayor Perkins puts it, our downtown is stale. I do blame the city as well because they only seem to be aggressive when it comes to big downtown projects. Why not be more aggressive on a streetscape plan for all of downtown? Our downtown has to be inviting on the human scale if we want to attract more urban development and right now we only have one inviting downtown street (Elm St). No wonder developers are overlooking many of the vacant lots downtown. There have been a lot of great ideas floated around but there has been no action. While many restaurants, bars and new housing developments have opened up over the last 10 years, DGI has done a terrible job marketing our downtown to help attract office jobs. After all downtown is the central business district. Carolina Bank moved downtown (which btw is a suburban building). But besides that we haven't seen significant office jobs move downtown in over 20 years (when the 3 office towers were erected). Jobs is what drives our downtown economy. If we have more jobs, more people will want to live and play downtown.

DGI's leadership is also not reflective of the community. Its like a game of musical chairs. People from other organizations are shifted back and forth to DGI. We need fresh, diverse people, young and old who have new and bold ideas. We should have an organization that gets the community involved at the grassroots level, not survey a few people just to say the community was involved. Our downtown should be unique. We need to stop looking at place like Greenville, SC and transplanting what they have done in Greensboro. Our downtown can look great and be great without becoming a clone of another city.

Hartzman

"Council members have quietly indicated their problems with DGI for months."

Amanda Lehmert today
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"I don’t get it...Even more befuddling were the reasons given.

Maybe there are some more specific and legitimate concerns about DGI that have gotten the council’s goat.

I just haven’t heard them yet."

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“Yeah, I want it closed down,” said Milton Kern, a co-owner of the Elm Street Center, which is slated for redevelopment as part of a new hotel bearing the Wyndham flag. “Four people got shot coming out of there beside our property. I’m not alone. Every business person on South Elm Street is upset about it.”

Kern declined to discuss offenses associated with other nightclubs that have also place a burden on public safety resources, and said he would prefer not to delve into whether there was a pattern of behavior on the part of the N Club’s clientele that warrants the club being singled out among its peers.

“Just inviting thugs and criminals to hang out down there,” he said. “We’re tired of it.”

http://www.yesweekly.com/triad/article-10749-gun-crimes-associated-with-several-locations-as-one-greensboro-nightclub-finds-itself-in-crosshairs.html
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Spag

I remember the good ol' days when only a few of us were complaining about crony capitalism.

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