Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Guess who's buying three more buildings Downtown...UPDATED

Meet her new partners ... Close up here
Welcome to the neighborhood ?

UPDATE: 30 days into the 90 days Due Diligence period ... Nancy Hoffmann is referred to as "the silent equity partner" and no one is supposed to know... The three buildings belonged to Richard Rhynes. He was also the owner of Ms Hoffmann first downtown purchase.
Remind me to tell you a story about how Ms Hoffmann got introduced to all of these wonderful finds... it 's a good one!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Nous n'oublierons jamais!

You saved my birth country, you saved many family members.
Thank You Very Very Much!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Racism, civil rights and constitutional violations...thanks ROY CARROLL !

This is the story as reported by the news and record.

But we all know that This is not about the noise.

Here are a few more facts from the filed documents:

-Plaintiff  (city of Greensboro) encouraged and induced Greene Street to build the rooftop venue and made material representations to Greene Street that it would be permitted to utilize the rooftop for entertainment, music and other purposes.  Greene Street ...spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in developing, building and creating the rooftop venue.

-"... in or about November 2011, Roy Carroll moved into the penthouse of his condominium complex located at 201 North Elm Street in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina (“Center Pointe”)"

-"...Greensboro Mayor Perkins resided in Center Pointe...former City Attorney advised the then council member Perkins that he had a conflict of interest and should not vote on any matters involving Center Pointe. " 

-"...Mr. Carroll has an ownership interest have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Plaintiff (City of Greensboro.) "

-"...On November 28, 2011, Roy Carroll sent an email to the City’s Assistant Manager stating: “I would like for officers to be stationed in front of  Greene Street and monitor the noise for the next few Sunday nights.  If the police department does not have noise monitors, I will be glad to donate monitors to the department so they can enforce the ordinance."

-"...In 2011, at or near the time Roy Carroll moved into Center Pointe, Plaintiff, unconstitutionally and illegally, attempted to revoke a permit which had been lawfully issued for a tent structure on Defendant’s rooftop.  "

-"...the Noise Ordinance was passed solely for the purpose of appeasing Roy Carroll and at least one member of the City Council had a conflict and should not have voted on the ordinance.  Moreover, the Noise Ordinance is being applied unconstitutionally to limit free speech in violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution..."

-"...A Greensboro City Council member (Nancy Hoffman) who was involved in the enactment of the Noise Ordinance  was quoted in the paper Yes! Weekly as suggesting that the type of music be changed to attract “young professionals” and, upon information and belief, this council member further stated that middle-age and young professionals would be a “prime business target” to make money and could help Defendants avoid violating the Noise Ordinance.   Moreover, another City Council member stated in reference to this case “I think it is a First Amendment issue so maybe the way to address it is through the volume.”  

-"...Greensboro Police Chief Miller, pursuant to the Noise Ordinance (Sec. 18-55),  is primarily responsible for enforcement of the Noise Ordinance.  Moreover, Chief Miller is person who handles all appeals of any Noise Ordinance citations.   However, as set forth below and herein, Chief Miller, upon information and belief, was and is biased against Defendants and appears to disregard the constitutional right of a presumption of innocence.  
Moreover, upon information and belief, Chief Miller is involved in unlawful and unconstitutional conduct designed to interfere with and cause Defendants damage and harm.  For example, on December 9, 2011, Chief Miller sent an email to the Assistant City Manager of Greensboro stating:"

"Just FYI. Roy has moved into his own building.  We’ll figure it all out, but I am inclined to start citing Greene Street each time we get a complaint, as the rooftop bar music can create a real problem and they can always manipulate the volume prior to our arrival if someone is listening on a police scanner.  (emphasis added)"

-"...On October 13, 2012, Greene Street was rented for a wedding reception with a live band on the rooftop.   Greensboro Police Department, however, forced Greene Street to close down the wedding reception between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m., prior to the 11:00 p.m. cutoff for amplified voices under the Noise Ordinance.  The Greensboro Police Department essentially “raided” the rooftop despite the fact that there was no violation of the Noise Ordinance.  Most of the people attending the wedding reception were African-American and the Greensboro Police Department had full knowledge of such and that their wedding day was a very important day for that family."

-"...On one evening in 2012, a Greensboro Police Officer displayed and assembled an assault rifle directly across from the Greene Street Club on the hood of the patrol car in a fashion which was plainly visible to patrons and employees of Greene Street".

-"...In late December 2012 or early January 2013, a Greensboro Police Officer, in direct violation of the United States Constitution and other laws, instructed a Greene Street employee that Greene Street was prohibited from playing a Ce Lo Greene song because it contained language which the officer believed would be objectionable to Roy Carroll."

-"...On Sunday, January 6, 2013, seven police cars were parked 3 abreast blocking a portion of Greene Street and intimidating patrons for no lawful or other reason except to, upon information and belief, interfere with Greene Street’s business."

-"...Greensboro Police Officers have advised Greene Street employees that they have been instructed by Chief Miller and/or agents of the Plaintiff to take random decibel readings of Greene Street even without complaints, and acknowledge that they have received no such instructions to do so with other establishments. "

 to the lack of police help the following night? Police rush in for 1 girl, yet following night GS security needed help & police refused to enter building.

-"...Upon information and belief, Police Chief Miller has made statements that he wants to close Greene Street.  Moreover, Greene Street employees have been advised that Chief Miller has attempted to have Greene Street’s liquor license revoked. "

-"... information and belief, the primary and motivating reason why Plaintiff amended its Noise Ordinance on April 16, 2012 was to create a mechanism to interfere with the business of and close Greene Street.  Upon information and belief, Plaintiff is attempting to appease Roy Carroll who, upon information and belief, has financial and business arrangements with at least one of the Greensboro City Council members. "

 "Defendants, and many of their patrons, are being unlawfully discriminated against by the Plaintiff (the city of Greensboro) and such unlawful discrimination by the Plaintiff is intentional.  "

Roy Carroll's influence on our elected officials is unhealthy and frightening.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Young professionals are learning from the best...

Before I start, keep in mind that Center City park is a PRIVATE park that belongs to two of the WEALTHIEST local foundations...the Bryan Foundation and the Community Foundation.

The previous chart is part of a memo from Action Greensboro's April Harris explaining how she spends our tax payer's monies on this PRIVATE park. 

Not to be left unfed, the ACTION GREENSBORO hogs are also coming to the trough and also takes a management fee out of our money to manage their private park.

$150,000  out of the total $350,000 comes from the BID tax paid for by downtown property owners. 
So DGI pays $150,000 to Action Greensboro who takes out a management fee and in turn pays Grassroots Productions.  

In summary,  Betty Cone allocates our tax money to Action Greensboro who passes same tax money back to Betty Cone's Grassroots Productions...mind you no one knows of Betty Cone's current IRS status and yet she still gets fed...exclusively...with no RFP and no consequences!. 

The Community Foundation is currently also doing some unconventional accounting procedure on behalf of Grassroots productions.  Did I mention that the head of the Community Foundation is also the husband of the Action Greensboro Greenway project manager?
Such incestuous, convoluted relationships are simply not healthy for our city.

I believe it may be time to see how the Downtown Greenway  spends our $6,000,000/mile. How much are we paying in management fees on that one?

These benevolent non profit thieves are now educating the next crop of younger professionals...we must be in good hands.

Friday, May 17, 2013

ELECTION ISSUE ALERT- Roy Carroll bought himself an encore...

From the DGI's environment report to the board:

"·      The court cases against two Downtown nightclubs that had amassed three violations of the noise ordinance within a one-year period remain in progress.  Dates for the hearing are not yet available.
·      City Council will be revisiting the noise ordinance within the next 60 days.  Although the ordinance was updated last year, problems persist and the City will examine additional refinements.
It should read:  Although the ordinance was updated last year... Roy Carroll did not get his way, so he is buying himself another round at the expense of the community.

So here we are...again... What a farce!
It is my opinion that Roy Carroll should close his windows, move to the countryside or go fuck himself... Enough is enough!

It is certain that the soundproofing of the Centerpointe building is inadequate. Should the whole city pay for Roy Carroll's inadequate sound proofing of his building? 
Should the whole city suffer because Roy Carroll moved into his penthouse.

In an Email dated December 9, 2011, Chief Miller stated:
“Roy has just moved into his own building.  We’ll figure it all out, but I am inclined to start citing Greene Street each time we get a complaint..."

    A friend suggested last night that there should be soundproofing standards mandated for all  building renovations or construction within the Central business district. 
   I agree!  Let's get a new soundproofing ordinance passed. 

   This is not simply about the noise, this is about the way our city does business and it is not the way it should be.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The DGI gods must be angry...

or is it just Milton Kern, and does he speak for DGI as an executive board member? 

I guess we will read about it tomorrow...  Allen Johnson will probably feel like Milton on Viagra.

It may be time for this passé angry old man to retire and purchase a couple of bathtubs facing the ocean.

Side note: Who paid the $1,600 for Milton Kern to travel to Alabama to represent us as one of our "city leaders"? 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Yo! lame N&R editor

Stop deleting Mayoral candidate George Hartzman's comments, or do your job...investigate and prove him wrong once and for all.  

President AND CEO?

We certainly need all the titles  we can get...would the candidate get less respect or be less efficient as a President or director? 

Can't wait to see what magnificent specimen Betty Cone picks for us...

FACT: Edwin used to be very upset if one of the titles were left out of any correspondence...he particularly resented being referred to as DGI's executive director.