Longtime readers will recall that Randall Kaplan is Congresswoman Kathy Manning’s husband. (Never mind the two different surnames. That is how it is done in certain circles).
Kaplan and Manning were local attorneys who donated heavily to political candidates locally. He had an ambition to build a hotel on Elm. St. in downtown Greensboro, and lobbied ardently over a prolonged period of time to get the city’s taxpayers to fund a parking deck that would serve his hotel. He finally succeeded. According to the Rhino Times, he was initially approved for a $25.8 million deck, but the bond issue that was later passed was for $36 million. The price per parking space built was astronomical.
Of course, there have been price overruns. Now, they are seeking an additional $5.8 million from city taxpayers.
The proposal for this additional money passed the City Council unanimously without major discussion.
It is clear there is not even a single council member who represents the taxpayer. This is donor/ crony driven spending.