It will be composed of Vaughan, Johnson, Abuzuaiter, Kennedy, Wells, Hightower, Outling, Hoffmann and Thurm.
What can we expect?
- I believe the Melderec crowd still holds a majority on the council-- Vaughan, Johnson, Wells, Outling and Hoffmann. Abner Doon suspects Thurm will be among them also. Some of the others also provide votes for this same crowd with some degree of reliability.
- This does not mean that the council will be a bastion of sobriety and fiscal responsibility. It will still be a hotbed of racial identity politics and free spending. In fact, it will likely open some new horizons in this regard.
- In spite of two radical leftists gaining a position on council, the Melderec crowd will still find ways to get what it wants. It has the capability to buy off nearly every council member; and most will prove to be quite amenable. This crowd of monied donors does not seek fiscal conservatism even though they have roots in the business community. Instead, they are quite happy to see excessive spending.
- The Greensboro Police Department is at particular risk. Nelson Johnson is now a major power broker and political boss in the city of Greensboro. His involvement with Democracy Greensboro and his cohorts' management of the Guilford County Community PAC give him a major power base... including but not limited to a very receptive mayor who was initially elected in part because of this particular bloc of votes.
- What will we see? It might become an imperative to hire more black cops and a black chief even if they are substandard hires. A very tough black police chief could be an enormous asset, but that is not likely to materialize in Greensboro. More than likely, as in the past, we are at risk of leadership within the police department that tolerates various types of mischief-- protecting drug dealers and kingpins and prostitutes; abuse of off-duty work privileges; large numbers of officers refraining from working; and the like.
- I suspect we are also likely to see the emergence of a Police Review Board with subpoena powers, thus making a very difficult, thankless, dangerous job even more precarious for officers on the front lines.
- The crusade to interfere with law enforcement will therefore proceed apace. Police officers in Greensboro have been taught very clearly that they must back off from enforcing the law. That could potentially become even worse.
- The local political culture does not consider it important to prevent black-on-black crime. It does not consider it important to reduce the number of black murder victims. One of the key aspects of our local politics is the blithe toleration of high levels of background crime, especially in east Greensboro. That will continue to be true.
Greensboro unfortunately will need to become much worse before it can turn around and improve. But the long term prospects are dubious because of the city's demographics. Greensboro's citizens are extremely unlikely to elect solid public officials. The new council is an accurate reflection of the local population.