Thursday, March 20, 2014

Roy Carroll made a funny...REDACTED TO REMOVE OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE (so I can stay on the DGI board)


As Mel Brooks once said "...it's good to be the king..."




This is stellar journalism John!... Be careful, you are beginning to look like your owner... and don't worry my --- (rhymes with BALLS)  will always be here for the licking should you start missing yours !

Thank God and Country for the first amendment ! 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A simple honest request...

A lot has happened and a lot is happening with some of our local non profits...Always guarded and often offended, a few local non profits have done a great job alienating the very people that support them financially.

The loss in public confidence will certainly no be regained with the current climate of secrecy and deception.

Is Grassroots a non profit? Why would the Community foundation received pledges on its behalf? How much does Mitch Sommers make as the head of the Community theater?How much does Walker Sanders make? how about his wife Dabney? How about handpicked DGI golden boy Jason Cannon?  How about Sam Funchess of the Nussbaum center? Does anybody know? Should DGI have a foundation? Should the ICRM have so many entities that only Colombo could see his way through? Should the Greenway really cost $6,500,000 per mile? Should the IRC receive more money (I think so...probably the best non profit we have)...

Bottom line is that WE are getting fucked!, not always and not by every nonprofit, but certainly by a few well versed ones...over and over and over!

If you are going to receive and take public monies then...

First ...  Recognize that the funds you receive are in fact not yours to distribute as you wish, but ours for you to steward.
Second... be appreciative, not arrogantly entitled,  and say THANK YOU! 

Then adhere to the following:

All non profits benefitting from public funds must be comprised of one entity and one entity only.


-All non profits  benefitting from public monies must hold meetings that are open to the general public who helps fund them.


All non profits benefitting from public funds must ensure that all communications adhere to Public record laws.

All non profits benefitting from public monies must ensure that all executive committee meetings and regular board meetings are recorded with digital devices including video and sound.

All non profits benefitting from public monies must not have their membership sign confidentiality agreements.

All non profits benefitting from public monies must ensure that the diversity of their board is representative of the city overall demographics and should include diversity in gender, race, age, affluence and aspirations.


All non profits benefitting from public monies must disclose the top three salaries within the organization.

As we are entering a new budget cycle, these few prerequisites must be mandated for any and all non profit entities benefitting from public funds during the upcoming fiscal year...PERIOD!

If you don't like it then don't take our money... 

Who on city council will introduce such resolution? better yet...why would any council member want to oppose this?


anyone has a digital recorder for next DGI meeting? REDACTED TO REMOVE PERSONAL ATTACKS ON THERESA YON (so I can stay on the DGI board)

and we have minutes... and as of tomorrow, a digital recorder!

"...
DOWNTOWN GREENSBORO INC. (DGI) 
February 20, 2014 
MINUTES 
Members Attending: Brittany Atkinson, Mike Boston, Gary Brame, Dawn S. Chaney, Mark Hewett, Marty Lawing, Al Leonard, Simonne McClinton, Donald C. Moore, David Parrish (for Jim Westmoreland), Jeff Phillips, Nick Piornack, Mark Prince, Eric Robert, Tim Sexton, Sam Simpson, Nancy Vaughan, Jeff Yetter, Theresa Yon and Rob Youth (20) 
Members Absent: Derek Ellington, Megan Millard, Thomas Philion and Dianne Ziegler (4) 
Staff Attending: Jason Cannon, Steven Harrison, Sherrie Simpson, Debbie Curran, Vickie Hall and Larry Owens (6) 
Guest Speaker(s): Joe Stewart, Executive Director NC FreeEnterprise Foundation and Fountainworks Partner 
Julia Cox, Greensboro Downtown Residents’ Association..."

"... Mr. Robert said that he felt the organization needs to change its strategic thinking and inclusiveness in Downtown...."
Actually what I said was..."So much diversity...look around the table." 
Judge for yourself, look at the list above...mostly old white guys except for Brittany, Simonne and Ms Vaughan.


"...C. Event Sponsorship Approvals: The Executive Committee approved the following event sponsorships as unanimously recommended by the Marketing Committee: 
 John’s Run for $500. Funds will be used for marketing and logistics. This event is organized by Running with Horses, LLC and has an estimated attendance of 800 or more. 
 The City Market for $3,500. Funds will be used for marketing and logistics. This event is organized by Running with Horses, LLC and has an estimated attendance of 21,600. 
 Fun Fourth Festival for $5,000. Funds will be used to buy the souvenir item, pay stipends to music groups and help defray cost of sound equipment and technicians. This event is organized by Grassroots Productions Limited and has an estimated attendance of over 90,000. 
 Carolina Blues Festival for $500. Funds will be used to secure a national and/or regional artist for the festival line-up. This event is organized by the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society and has an estimated attendance of over 1,500. 
 BB&T Beach Music in the Park for $1,200. Funds will support the Children’s Home Society of NC, who is also organizing the event which has an estimated attendance of between 1,000 and 3,000 per event. The series will run for six weeks on Thursday from May 22nd to June 26th
 Additionally the Marketing Committee approved holding $500 in reserve for any additional events and $1,000 for a reusable banner. 
Ms. McClinton questioned if the board no longer votes on these. Mr. Cannon explained that the Executive Committee is charged with the day-to-day activities and reports its actions to the Board. The Board is tasked more with strategic planning and long-term visioning for the organization. Mr. Simpson added the funding was exhausted for the fiscal year for sponsorships and may not be a relevant issue for the Board in the future. 

Mr. Robert said he felt the City Market and other events are a great thing; however there are probably a lot of other events that we could sponsor and asked why we are spending Fun Fourth Festival dollars now for an event that will take place during the next fiscal year. He said that it doesn’t feel right to approve $5,000 for the event in this fiscal year and thought the dollars could help with at least 5 other different events. He questioned if we can do better and if can we do anything about it and revisit the $5,000 in the next fiscal year. 

Mr. Brame responded that event sponsorship applications are required at least 60 days prior to an event’s occurrence. He felt it’s logical to do 60 days in advance, otherwise there does not allow for a funding turnaround. He noted there’s $500 in reserve and that the Marketing Committee typically gets 10 to 15 sponsorship requests and some applications may not qualify/fit criteria due to being outside the BID or being political or religious, etc. He would like to see the event sponsorship application better defined but felt the Fun Fourth Festival application should be a done deal. Downtown Greensboro Inc. Board of Directors Meeting Page 5 February 20, 2014 

Mr. Robert questioned the Board for verification if the Fun Fourth Festival was a done deal. He said it’s a new era and given the new Board, we can come up with 5 to 10 things to do with $5,000 in funding. 
Mr. Brame noted the Fun Fourth Festival is one of the largest contributors to the vitality of Downtown and felt we owe whatever support we can provide and have committed to the funds already. He stated Grassroots Productions Limited has done a great job in the past and attracts over 90,000 people to this event. 
Mr. Robert asked again if this funding was a done deal or can we change and reallocate for other worthy causes. Mr. Simpson explained logistically, there needs to be a motion to pull this item off the approval list for reconsideration later. Mr. Robert then moved to remove the item. Ms. McClinton seconded the motion. 
Mr. Brame stated that he felt it’s a little late to change the rules. As we go forward into the next fiscal year, we could be more proactive; however he felt it would be improper to pull the sponsorship that had already been approved. The Marketing Committee and the DGI Executive Committee have unanimously approved and he felt that we are obligated; however beyond this point for the next fiscal year, he felt the idea was terrific to re-evaluate. 
Mr. Leonard then offered a substitute motion to keep the sponsorship in place. Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Mr. Simpson stated there was a substitute before the Board. Mr. Leonard then moved the previous question and that motion was approved. The Board then voted on Mr. Leonard’s substitute motion. It was noted by the Chair that the substitute motion replaced the original motion made by Mr. Robert. All were in favor with the exception of Mr. Robert, who voted in opposition. The substitute motion to keep the sponsorship in place was approved. 
Mr. Simpson reported that the Board members are not going to agree on all items and felt the discussion was a healthy debate. July 1st is the new budget cycle and hopes that DGI’s new focus is in place by then. ..."


Just to be very clear..."Mr. Brame stated that he felt it’s a little late to change the rules. As we go forward into the next fiscal year, we could be more proactive; however he felt it would be improper to pull the sponsorship that had already been approved...."

Actually Mr Brame stated that it would be "morally corrupt" not "improper"...

One more clarification..." The Board then voted on Mr. Leonard’s substitute motion. It was noted by the Chair that the substitute motion replaced the original motion made by Mr. Robert. All were in favor with the exception of Mr. Robert, who voted in opposition..."
In reality, most new members did not vote since they had no clue as to what the fuck was going on...



Monday, March 17, 2014

The Grand Carroll Hotel

Well, if the rumors are true (and they often are), Roy Carroll will soon be announcing his new Hyatt Hotel...but don't expect a Hyatt Regency... It will probably be a banner more in line with local elite's aspirations...devoid of real flavor or elegance, not unlike one of Roy's infamous neighbor.

A third hotel is also rumored for the corner of McGee and Greene?... Next to The old Cone export building, directly across the parking lot from the great McCouls. 
The Patel brothers are reportedly finalizing plans.

Can' t wait to read these feasibility studies...or not!



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ro-Bear's rules of order - 20 days later still no DGI board meeting minutes...

This is simply unacceptable!  

I called our President and CEO and he  "...is doing the best he can..."  Probably working on a confidentiality agreement!

This is certainly making the case for the proposed Ro-Bear' rules of order.

-All meetings including executive committee's should be open to the public and recorded with digital devices...minutes would then be available immediately.

If we take public monies, we should then be able to have an honest , recorded conversation, a passionate debate or a simple vote...