Young Should Mind Ps & QsCity Manager Rashad Young was taught a harsh lesson in Greensboro politics at the City Council briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the plaza level conference room. For some councilmembers it appeared that the policies of former City Manager Mitch Johnson had returned, and they were not happy about it.
Basis for Hinson Investigations, Part 88Cops in Black & White by Jerry Bledsoe, Part 88In the fall of 2005, former City Manager Mitch Johnson, who is white, hired a private security company to follow up an investigation by the City Attorney's Office into allegations that "secret police" had targeted black officers for investigation because of race. Lt. James Hinson created a crisis in the Police Department when he went public with that claim in early June, after finding a tracker on his police cruiser.
City Staff Still Sneaking Around CouncilCity councilmembers learned of two city construction projects from outside sources this week. One is an amphitheatre being built behind the old Canada Dry building next door to the Greensboro Coliseum, the other is the replacement of a paved walking trail with a paved walking trail.
County Takes Its Sweet Time On RepairsGuilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes is a little miffed the county has taken so long to start repairs to the Otto Zenke building – which houses the headquarters for his department – after the building's basement was hit with severe flooding on Wednesday, June 3, during an intense thunderstorm that produced record rainfall at a rate estimated to be, in the heaviest areas, 4 to 8 inches in two hours.
Matheny Infuriated By City SponsorshipThis is the week before the election, and along with all the election fliers councilmembers found an invitation in the mail to "The 30th Anniversary of the Greensboro Klan and Nazi Killings" that the City of Greensboro is sponsoring, along with such organizations as the Beloved Community Center run by Rev. Nelson Johnson.
Charged Discussion over Tasers in SchoolsThe Guilford County Board of Education, at its meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22, heard from a series of speakers opposed to the use of Tasers in the schools. The protests came as the school board reviewed its state mandated safe schools plan, which will define how schools will handle disciplinary problems from now until 2012.
Some Magnet Programs Just Don't StickGuilford County School Superintendent Mo Green is moving to remake four failing magnet schools, something some members of the Guilford County Board of Education have been calling for and said should have been done under former Superintendent Terry Grier.
Flood of Concerns over Building ProgramHomeowners near High Point University have been worried about construction, traffic and the light from cars and new buildings as the university continues its building program. Now some are also worried about torrential floods.
Shorter Revaluation Cycles On HorizonA new state law that went into effect recently puts pressure on counties in North Carolina to keep the tax values of property in line with the actual market value of that property and, in the case of Guilford County, the new law adds one more reason for the county to move to a shorter revaluation cycle.