One who intends to leave others better off for his having existed.

6/7/13

Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro; Ralph Johnson / Jim Kee / Robbie Perkins / Skip Alston / Simkins PAC


Neighborhood Name: Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro

Neighborhood President: Ralph Johnson / Jim Kee ph#: 336.988.6001 / 336.451.5318

Neighborhood Association address, meeting dates/time/location
1300 Sykes Ave. (Peeler Ctr.), Greensboro, NC 27401
Monthly meetings on 1st Thursday, at 7pm
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In NC House District 58, incumbent Alma Adams handily fended off a primary challenge from fellow Democrat Ralph Johnson by a 53-percent margin.
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Ralph Johnson
The Greensboro Zoning Commission
Greensboro, NC 27401
(Term Expires: 2014)
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Downtown Consolidated Plan Core Group:

The Core Group will be responsible for managing and directing the planning process.

Members represent major economic stakeholders will thoroughly examine and develop specific draft proposals and recommendations. The group will also serve to lead advocacy efforts to implement projects from the plan into the

DGI Staff - Ed Wolverton
Elected Official (City) – Mayor Yvonne Johnson
Elected Official (County) – Skip Alston
Bryan Foundation - Ed Kitchen
DGI Chairman - Michael Schiftan
Property Owner – Roy Carroll
Community – Ralph Johnson , on the Greensboro Zoning Commission Board
Action Greensboro - April Harris
City Manager/Econ. Development – Andy Scott
Neighborhood – Mac Sims , East Market Street Development

Support Staff:
Action Greensboro - Cecelia Thompson
City Planning – Mike Kirkman

In addition to the Core Committee, the Downtown Consolidated Plan will involve a larger (30+) Advisory Committee representing an expanded list of downtown related interests.

There will also be multiple community meetings (with direct mailings to all downtown property owners and other advertising means) and potentially some smaller focus groups addressing specific downtown interests or geographic areas.

The development of the Downtown Consolidated Plan was authorized earlier this year through resolutions adopted by both the City of Greensboro and Guilford County.
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East Greensboro complaints draw summit

Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins is holding an east Greensboro summit Monday, Oct. 29 in the Dudley High School Auditorium to address economic development in east Greensboro.

District 1 Councilmember Dianne Bellamy-Small and District 2 Councilmember Jim Kee are also scheduled to make brief remarks.

According to Assistant City Manager Andy Scott, the push for the summit came from Perkins, former Greensboro councilmember and chair of Citizens for Economic and Environmental Justice (CEEJ) Goldie Wells and Ralph Johnson of the Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro.
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Greensboro Downtown Economic Development Strategy; Acknowledgements;

Skip Alston | Jim Kee | Mike Kirkman | Zack Matheny | Robbie Perkins | Andy Scott | Roy Carroll | April Harris | Ralph Johnson | Ed Kitchen | Mac Sims | Cecelia Thompson| Dawn Chaney Robin Saul | Susan Schwartz | Chester Brown Jim Budd | Dawn Cheney Betty Cone | Milton Kern Jim Melvin | Skip Moore | Marsh Prause | Dabny Sanders | Walker Sanders
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"The other proposal is being floated by Cico LLC, a company led by former Greensboro City Councilman Bob Mays. Under Cico’s model, recyclable material would be culled from solid waste in two separate steps, and what was left would be broken down through a process called bioconversion that uses water and bacteria to break down matter inside a giant container.

Ralph Johnson, the co-chair of Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro, is listed as a member of Cico’s project committee in materials the company submitted to the city..."
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"On July 10th, Ed, Sohnie, and I convened an exploratory meeting with Ralph Johnson, Bob Davis (co-chairs of Concerned Citizens), Wes McGuire, Mac Sims (East Market Street Development Corporation), Jim Kee, and Dyan Arkin, in which we explained how coops work, and asked for their ideas about whether/how to proceed.

...a specially called CEEJ meeting to discuss the proposed sale of Redevelopment Commission property on Phillips Avenue to Dollar General, Skip Alston made an announcement that he was working with a group of investors who wanted to bring a full service grocery store and a renovated shopping center to the Bessemer Center. He stated that he had been working with Jim Kee on this for a few weeks. When coop people in the crowd asked Skip if he knew that there was a community group interested in opening a community owned cooperative grocery store, he responded that he did not know anything about that. Skip was then asked if his group of developers would be interested in working with the coop in a scenario where the coop group would operate the grocery store and his developers would operate businesses in the remainder of the Center. He responded that his group was not interested in that. “No,” he said. “We want the whole thing.”

The next night, at the December 18th City Council meeting, Jim Kee formally asked City Council to work with the new development group that Skip represented on the proposal that would include giving the ownership of Renaissance Center to Skip’s group of investors. In that discussion he made no mention of the community’s interest in opening a coop grocery store. In his presentation, Jim stated that he had been working with Skip on the project for the past two months."
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"Some community members like the idea that the new nonprofit will get money from store leases. Alston estimates that community groups will share $75,000 each year.

"We have the opportunity to get something," said Ralph Johnson, co-chairman of Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro.

"How can I say no to that? I can't."
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George C. Simkins Jr. Memorial Political Action Committee 2011 Endorsements

Robbie Perkins for mayor: “Robbie has supported our issues across the years, voted and worked to close the White Street Landfill.”

Yvonne Johnson for at large: “Our former mayor who has advanced our issues should be returned to the council.”

Jim Kee for District 2: “Has stood against the landfill and continues to represent his district well.”

Zack Matheny for District 3: “We believe we can count on his support in the future.”

Nancy Hoffmann for District 4: “A fresh voice who also opposes opening the landfill.”
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Simkins PAC, Purchased Endorsements, and Greensboro's City Council Election results.
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Simkins PAC Endorsements; 2003
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"...the six elected officials who hold voting memberships[;...] Greensboro Mayor Yvonne Johnson, Greensboro District 2 Councilwoman Goldie Wells, Guilford County Commission Chairman Skip Alston, Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Coleman, NC Rep. Alma Adams and NC Rep. Earl Jones."
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Simkins PAC Contributors

http://www.app.sboe.state.nc.us/webapps/cf_rpt_search_org/cf_report_image.aspx?DID=143418
Plus Yvonne Johnson; $1,000

Nancy Hoffman; $500

What could the correlation be between who the Simpkins PAC Endorses and who voted for Skip's $150,000
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In the International Civil Rights Museum's 2011 IRS tax form 990, with what looks like some pretty important unanswered questions

Remember self-dealing, Skip Alston Style on his undisclosed refi by Greensboro's City Council?

Did Guilford County's commissioners know they gave Robbie Perkins a sweet tax break?

Why would Robbie Perkins and Jim Kee champion giving away $4,474,100 of everyone elses money?

How to shovel taxpayer money to local cronies without a legitamate bidding process, by Greensboro's City Council

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