Monday, October 2, 2017

2017 Greensboro City Council Race; District 4

      Greensboro's District 4; perhaps the most confusing district in the city.  Similar to District 3, District 4 contains the largest population of people that earn more than the city's median income, business owners and even active neighborhoods that will organize to "defend their turf".  Yet, with all of these citizens that have been active in local issues and with more business expertise than three quarters of the city combined we get only two candidates.  The incumbent ran unopposed last election even though a significant percentage of District 4's electorate stated a desire to vote for anyone else.  Why the apathy?  As in District 3, local politics has yet to adversely affect them.  And even though the majority of this district is registered Democrat, my observation is that their political philosophy is not "extreme".  Therefore, they vote for Nancy or they stay home.
     There are two candidates for the District 4 Greensboro City council seat.

Nancy Hoffman

     Ms. Hoffman is a three term incumbent.  She is a retired corporate management executive.  She lists her civic involvement as serving on many committees including Co-Chair of the GCAMP, Preservation Greensboro and the Chamber of Commerce Advisory Committee.  As of the 35 day campaign financial report (9-5-2017) she reports raising $61,830.00.  Ms. Hoffman raised approximately $50,000 last election in which she ran unopposed yet still spent money on campaign advertising including at least two large billboards downtown.  The "unusual" detail about Ms. Hoffman's campaign finance reports is that the block to list "occupation" for her individual contributors is largely left blank or listed as "attempted", concealing the sources where her contributions originate.  Still, there are $8,500.00 listed as being contributed by those in the local development and real estate industry.  Ms. Hoffman's Facebook page is Nancy Hoffman.
     Ms. Hoffman's reported qualifications for this seat include 3 terms on Council, her accomplishments and productivity while serving on council, extensive corporate background, non profit board experience and positions on the HRC and Citizens Complaint Board.  She states that Greensboro's greatest obstacle is that the council "has no vision of what we want this city to be therefore no plan to get there and in what time frame".  She states that "she will continue to to take a leadership role" in this area.  Regarding achieving a living wage, she states that the city should offer incentives ONLY to those companies that meet or exceed the county's median income of $45,000.  However, she believes an exception should be made for east Greensboro where the requirement should be 80% ($36,000).  She believes the city's most pressing issue is "infill development and funding for housing".  Ms. Hoffman states that Neighborhood Oriented Policing should be utilized to improve relations with the community and police and that the Police Department should employ people on the force that are trained social workers.
     Her response to the question of "greatest obstacle" is interesting.  This statement is something most folks would hear from a challenger rather than a three term incumbent.  She has been on the council for 6 years effectively meaning that she is a contributor to the "lack of vision" she mentions.  I would like to hear her specify what accomplishments and productivity she is referring to.

Gary Kenton

     Mr. Kenton is a retired Adjunct Professor and Community Activist.  He lists his civic involvement as serving currently on the Guilford County and Greensboro planning boards.  He is a member of the Board of Directors with the League of Women Voters and a founding member of Democracy Greensboro.  He also states he is involved with Greensboro Operation Transparency.  As of the 35 day campaign finance report, Mr. Kenton has raised $5,880.87 of which $2000 is a loan from himself.  His Facebook page is Gary Kenton for City Council.
     He states that his civic participation qualifies him for council but that his most important qualification is a lifetime of civic activism.  When asked about Greensboro's greatest obstacle, Mr. Kenton wrote: "a traditional orientation to economic development has favored certain kinds of developer initiated projects and precluded a more universal perspective that would focus on smaller scale projects where relatively small investment can yield broader benefits".  To achieve a living wage he supports the Guilford/Randolph megasite to attract larger employers but states more should be done to support small businesses.  He states that Greensboro City Council should move more quickly to mandate businesses establish the $15 minimum wage with exceptions to businesses that demonstrate "hardship".  He describes Greensboro's most pressing issue as "continued attacks by the NC General Assembly on local control".  On improving police/community relations Mr. Kenton supports a citizen's review board with subpoena power and believes recommendations by the Beloved Community Center, Black Lives Matter and Greensboro Transparency are valuable in making Greensboro safer.
     Where to begin?  I would like to hear a translation of Mr. Kenton's "greatest obstacle".  He seems to indicate that supporting small local businesses is the answer then advocates for the megasite.  I would suggest to Mr. Kenton that most of Greensboro's small businesses are suffering "hardship" and that "attacks" by the NCGA are nothing he can control.  Greensboro the city exists at the pleasure of the state.  His support of the review board with subpoena power is pure folly and a great myth in our society.  Civilians are not going to be granted subpoena power (nor should they be) and if they were, how do you enforce it?  Even if you could compel a citizen to show, you cannot compel him to testify.  Activists continue to advocate for this knowing it is not coming nor would it be the least bit effective.

     So there are your choices District 4.  My compliments to the candidates for running.  To those in District 4 who would complain about a lack of options in one of if not the city's wealthiest district, don't bother complaining.  The filing period is the same for everybody.


next: District 5 


   

   












  

19 comments:

  1. What a shock, an authoritarian scumbag wants no public oversight of police. Enjoy the long periods of civil unrest every time a cop beats up, railroads or kills a member of the public. This is the fault of police and their apologists who CONTINUE to approve of brutality.

    Subpoenas can be issued with the cooperation of court officials under the heading of "in the interest of justice". The courts however do not want to offend police who feed them all of those cases so that particular conflict of interest will ALWAYS result in dirty cops being let off the hook.


    The folly of letting cops investigate themselves is OBVIOUS in the newest GPD disgrace. The racist actions of GPD domestic terrorist alvarez were already reviewed and approved of by the department. In other words, unless they are forced by outside parties police will NEVER admit to wrongdoing, THIS is why police cannot be trusted.

    No amount of PR bullshit like "national night out" or "coffee with a cop" will EVER change that. BOTH programs are obvious pandering to trick people into thinking they can trust the police. The continued tonedeaf attitude of city officials who ignore demands for accountability will spill over the next time a GPD thug attacks a member of the public.

    We need a special prosecutor who's ONLY job is to review the actions of police, hopefully those cases will be prosecuted as vigorously as let's say an inner city"drug dealer".

    Until dirty cops start going to jail police will, for good reason NEVER be trusted.

    Laws governing police conduct should NEVER be written by police trade groups, the current "let cops off the hook for everything" laws in this sate are PERFECT proof of this.

    Until our legal system protects the public FROM police then it is up to the people to do it ourselves.
    BRING BACK THE BLACK PANTHERS.

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  2. So every one will know, though most already do, Mr Subversive is an active representative of the Beloved Community Center, Greensboro Transparency and Black Lives Matter. He routinely calls black people “uncle Toms” though he is white. You can see him most recently protesting outside the Rhino Times and he advocates for violence against police officers and anyone that doesnt believe in his views. I dont believe there is any other description I could give that would be a better indicator of what kind of human being he is than let you read the tripe he posts. Usually I take amusement in baiting him to see how far he will go but today Im bored with him. Come up with something new. Your schtick is getting stale.

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  3. You routinely justify violence BY police. I advocate to protect people FROM police. But keep claiming to be on the correct side of things......

    If you look up the term "uncle tom" you will see that I use it correctly.

    Rise up and stop police terror by any means necessary.

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  4. Any white guy that calls any black person an “uncle tom” is a blatant idiot and racist. And you are both.

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    1. The dozen or so black people I checked with beforehand strongly and unanimously disagree with you.

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    2. It's not like your favorite N word. Its ok for white people to agree with the black activists saying the same thing.

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    3. No it is not. Nor have you heard or seen me ever use the “N” word. But keep it up. The more you run your mouth, the more I can tie you to Nelson Johnson and all the communist/anarchist/anti-police organizations he supports. You as front man delegitimizes every one of them.

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    4. You are the only jackass saying I am a leader of anything. Any old lie will do for you. Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck

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  5. The fact they associate with you tells me all I need to know about them.

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    1. The same can be said about you and your police apologist buddies. Now that this new guy who was attacked by grand wizard Alvarez is shown to have a clean record what shitty excuse will you give saying that was ok? It also shows the Jose Charles attack in a totally different light. His pattern of racial violence is on video.

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    2. You are a silent stooge about this latest police attack. Very telling indeed. Never say anything bad about a cop. Portray "radicals" as the living incarnation of Satan.

      You have just provided reason # 465,231 not to trust police.

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  6. Police certainly dont trust you. The ONLY reason that Johnson et al are still demanding release of the Charles video is they know it never will be by law. They DONT want it released. And I certainly never referred to you as a “leader”. You are the buffoon Johnson uses to incite crowds so he doesnt have to do it anymore. Nelson’s “stooge”.

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    1. Yup. Not a word about master klansman Alvarez and his latest terror attack under the color of law. Still avoiding taking about THAT embarrassment I see.

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  7. I dont need to defend Officer Alvarez. The embarrassment is people like you that refuse to admit the real problem. But these folks have already been to court. Like the Scales and Yourse and YOU should have. The embarrassment is the incompetent people downtown that pays criminals because its cheaper than trying cases. You are one of those criminals

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    1. Ahhh, there it is. The "cops are perfect" bullshit. This new guy has a clean record, he is NOT a criminal, alvarez and his buddy flowers on the other hand,are total scumbag thugs who have committed MANY crimes on duty, however, the incompetent cowards downtown refuse to throw cops in jail in greensboro.

      I have personally witnessed Flowers bullying a 70 year old man (with a clean record) on duty LONG before this case.
      His "little mans complex" is hilarious. Such an unpleasant, insecure little man, he had to resort to the old trick of threatening to arrest people for things that are not illegal to TRY (and fail) to get rid of protesters.

      But like all cops when you call them out for hiding behind their badge and show you are NOT intimidated by them they drop the attitude.

      Alvarez had better find a new job OUTSIDE law enforcement. If not, we will probably have some leftover tar and feathers from mike barber. Since there is a permanent "get out of jail free" card on file at the DA's office for all cops, YOU included taking matters in to your own hands is the only way to stop this problem.

      There is clearly only ONE answer to solving police violence since the courts and the city refuse to. We must stop police brutality AS IT HAPPENS.

      You would rather stick your head in a blender (great idea for you BTW) than admit that this cop is brutal racist thug. How is a 90K settlement cheaper than a 5 minute misdemeanor bench trial in front of judge? You CONTINUE to prove you are not an attorney, now you have also proven you are not an accountant or even relatively proficient in math.

      Perhaps it is this level of idiocy that allowed you to achieve such greatness in life, after a "glorious" 29 year career which catapulted you to the stellar rank of corporal you are be such an admired public figure that you should probably run for city council or something. LOSER

      NYUCK, Nyuck, Nyuck

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  8. Says the guy that likes to intimidate female officers. The old guy you are talking about is your roomie. You have zero credibility

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    1. Flowers still TRIED to intimidate an old man doesn't matter who. Only a coward would be intimitated by a guy filming from 10ft away.

      Coward cops shoot too quickly but we've already had that talk.

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  9. You and your little old butt buddy pull the same shtick. Incite a disturbance then claim officer misconduct. You are fake.

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    1. What is more fake is your claim that there was no intimidation by skinhead midget flowers. There was no disturbance either. But keep siding with a major corporation to enable them to rip off the elderly.

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