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Land bank deal = obfuscation
City still doesnt control land
Obama, Roundtree on ballot
will boost local black turnout
DONE DEAL: Land bank officials go over details of
transfer of parking deck land. Photo by Vincent Hobbs
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black community by the failure to return
any African Americans to the Richmond
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numbers in Richmond County.
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By Frederick Benjamin Sr.
Political Commentary
AUGUSTA
The transfer of the land
underneath the Reynolds
Street Parking Deck to
the Augusta Georgia Land
Bank Authority (AGLBA) on
September 19, 2012 hap-
pened quietly and without
fanfare. And for all parties
involved, thats just the way
they wanted it.
Clearly, with the accep-
tance of the land, the land
bank has signaled to the
community that it can be as
creative and cavalier with its
own policies and procedures
as the political pressure war-
rants.
Let us make no mistake.
The land banking profession-
als in Augusta know the deal.
Those individuals that
sit on the AGLBA board
which includes Maurice
Henley, Paul DeCamp, Rob
Sherman and deputy admin-
istrator Bill Shanahan were
obliged to sign anything
placed in front of them no
questions asked.
Why, because the attorneys
told them it was OK. They all
had to know, on the face of
it, that by going along with
this charade, the land bank
authority gains nothing. So
why would the land bank be
a party to such a thinly dis-
guised shell game.
They had no other choice.
After all, the part-time land
bank board members are all
on the citys payroll.
But to their credit, no one
from the land bank is sug-
gesting that this deal is in any
covert way remotely connect-
ed with their core mission
which is community revital-
ization.
As a source close to the
land bank transaction told
UrbanProWeekly, This is an
illusion. No ordinary person
would enter into such a deal.
This is a deal just to satisfy
the whims of the commis-
sion. It serves no other pur-
pose.
Actually you cannot fault
any land bank personnel in
this matter. While they were
used like pawns, its the com-
missioners and the taxpayers
who were played like fools.
The real culprits are those
Augusta commissioners (TEE
Center loyalists from DAY
ONE) who knew that the
transaction, at its inception,
was bogus and diversionary
and designed to sanitize a
botched real estate devel-
opment deal that left all of
them sitting there with egg
on their face.
They blew it and then got
indignant when they were
busted by the alternative media
(Thank you CityStink.net).
It was commissioner Jerry
Brigham who came up with
idea of parking the land in
the land bank.
It was a bad idea then and
still is.
To this day, no one in city
government could point to
a single clause or paragraph
in the state law governing
the creation and operation
of land banks that would
permit the land bank to
warehouse a multimillion
dollar development that had
nothing to do with afford-
able housing or reclaiming
blighted areas.
What was offered was
obfuscation and double-talk.
Despite the fact that there
will be no development plan
as regards this property (how
can you plan development
for something that is already
developed and in use) and
despite the fact that there is
no community benefit to be
derived from the transfer, a
majority of the commission,
the mayor, the city admin-
istrator, the city attorneys,
and the attorneys working
on behalf of the city all felt
that there was nothing wrong
with the deal.
Why? Someone told them
that there was nothing that
prevented them from doing
it.
Whether or not it made
any sense was not important.
If an attorney says its OK,
thats all the cover that politi-
cians and bureaucrats need.
For months the question
concerning the Reynolds
Street Parking Deck and the
Augusta Land Bank centered
on whether or not it would
be proper for the land bank
to accept the property since
its stated objective was to re
purpose blighted parcels of
land for use that would ben-
efit the community with the
top priority going to develop-
ing affordable housing.
Now, the question
becomes, what does this all
mean?
The commissioners push-
ing for this will be happy
to know now that their air
rights are safe and sound.
The real crime in all of
this is that by transferring the
property to the land bank,
the deal brokers wanted to
create the impression that,
now, somehow, the city has
control of that land.
That couldnt be further
from the truth. The city has
no more control of that land
that they did a year ago when
it was discovered that all the
really had was the air rights.
All the transfer of the
parking deck land to the
land bank really did was to
remove the property from
the tax rolls.
If the city wants to do so
much as dig a hole in the
ground on that property, they
have to get expressed written
permission from Billy Morris.
The only entity that benefits
from the transfer of the land to
the land bank is the one that
still controls the use of that
property 933 Broad LLC.
Once the land is in the land
bank, no one pays taxes on it.
Nice work, yall.
Parking deck land transferred
Land Bank Director Norman Michael at last weeks meeting during which the land bank accepted the parcel of land underneath the Reynolds Street
Parking Deck. The terms of the transfer ensure that the city of Augusta will never be able to control how that land is used. The land bank was
used as a tool to salvage a botched real estate deal between the city and Augusta Chronicle owner William S. Morris III. Photo by Vincent Hobbs
Land bank get its name on the papers; 933 Broad still calls the shots
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By Gloria Goodale
Despite a soft housing market
nationwide, rents in some of Americas
biggest cities are still beyond the
means of many families and singles
who both want and need to live down-
town. So cities from San Francisco and
Seattle to Chicago and New York have
begun trials of ever-smaller efficiency
apartments dubbed micro-housing
in the hearts of their metropolises,
proposing units as tiny as 150 square
feet with monthly rents as low as $495.
Recently, San Franciscos Board of
Supervisors met to discuss proposed
legislation that would allow develop-
ers to build units at the 150-square-
foot size.
While some applaud efforts to diver-
sify these downtowns and give work-
ers the opportunity to shorten their
commutes to city centers, opponents
question whether this move is good
for the quality of life either for the
renters or for the nearby neighbor-
hoods.
Everyone agrees we have a hous-
ing crisis in San Francisco, says
Supervisor Scott Wiener, who rep-
resents District 8 and proposed the
legislation under discussion. A robust
discussion about housing needs in the
city benefits everyone.
Many constituencies in San Francisco
agree these units would be appropri-
ate, Mr. Wiener adds. We have a
dramatic shortage of student housing,
senior housing, and other needs such
as emancipated foster youth, he says,
noting, We are talking about doing it
as a trial.
Other cities have similar trials under
way, such as New York City, where
Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently
approved a 60-unit development of
micro-apartments at 275 square feet
each.
But Jane Kim, another San Francisco
supervisor, says there is little research
about these kinds of units in her city
and does not support rushing into
new regulations that might open a
door to developers. Frankly, I dont
see the crushing need at that end of
the spectrum, she says, pointing to
different demands in District 6, which
she represents.
The biggest need we see in San
Francisco is in the two- and three-
bedroom apartments for low-income
families, not the small efficiency
Could you live in 150
square feet? Cities try
out micro-housing
Micro-housing aims to diversify
downtowns and give workers
the chance to shorten their com-
mutes.
units, Supervisor Kim says. Beyond
that, she says, we are not encouraging
these kinds of developments because
we have no idea how they will further
strain our amenities things such as
schools, transportation, and especially
open spaces.
While US cities struggle with a lack
of affordable housing in their down-
towns, urban areas around the globe,
from Paris to Tokyo, have been tack-
ling this issue for a long time, points
out New York designer and architect
Alexander Gendell, whose company
Folditure specializes in foldaway furni-
ture for compact spaces.
Low quality of life does not have to
go hand in hand with limited living
space, he says. He points to Tokyo,
where the Japanese have figured out
how to make every inch of living space
count, he says. Its entirely possible
to live well in 200 square feet of living
space, he says, as long as every func-
tion has been well thought out.
We are certainly not the first ones
to deal with this issue, Mr. Gendell
says with a laugh. We are blessed in
this country with more living space,
he says, but many other nations have
proved that it is entirely possible to live
in a more concentrated living environ-
ment one that would be better for
the planet.
Chicago has had success with such
micro-housing, says Charles Hoch,
professor of urban planning at the
University of Illinois at Chicago.
Removing social fears is an important
first step, he says, explaining that iden-
tifying small units exclusively with very
low-income people tends to generate
fears about concentrations of poor
people attracting crime.
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where small business owners can find
money resources. It also gives the
small business owner some informa-
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ideas for financing. The information
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owner with some money resources.
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that is why they encourage business
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loans are made available through
Certified Development Companies
(CDCs), SBAs community based part-
ners for providing 504 Loans.
7(a) Loan Program
The 7(a) Loan Program includes
financial help for businesses with
special requirements. For example,
funds are available for loans to busi-
nesses that handle exports to foreign
countries, businesses that operate in
rural areas, and for other very spe-
cific purposes.

Guaranteed Loan Programs (Debt
Financing)
SBA does not make direct loans to
small businesses. Rather, SBA sets the
guidelines for loans, which are then
made by its partners (lenders, com-
munity development organizations,
and micro-lending institutions). The
SBA guarantees that these loans will
be repaid, thus eliminating some of
the risk to the lending partners. So
when a business applies for an SBA
loan, it is actually applying for a com-
mercial loan, structured according
to SBA requirements with an SBA
guaranty. SBA-guaranteed loans may
not be made to a small business if the
borrower has access to other financ-
ing on reasonable terms.
Bonding Program (Surety Bonds)
SBAs Surety Bond Guarantee
(SBG) Program helps small business
contractors who cannot obtain surety
bonds through regular commercial
channels.
A surety bond is a three-party
instrument between a surety (some-
one who agrees to be responsible for
the debt or obligation of another), a
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Laney vs. Westside 9.20.12
(Below) Priscilla Alexander (2nd from left), assistant volleyball coach at Laney
High School, gives instructions to her players during a game against Westside
at the Laney gym.
Photos by Vincent Hobbs
(Above) Westside High school volleyball player Kendra Broadbent (center)
motivates her teammates before a game against the Laney Lady Wildcats at
the Laney gym. The Lady Patriots won 2-0.
(Left) Teiarea Sellers takes the ball to the net for the Laney Lady Wildcats dur-
ing a game against Westsde at the Laney gym.
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Harold V. Jones II
ATTORNEY AT LAW
SHEPARD, PLUNKETT, HAMILTON & BOUDREAUX, LLP
429 Walker Street
Upper Level
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone 706-722-6200
Fax 706 722-4817
hjones@shepardplunkett.com
Criminal Law Divorce Personal Injury Employment Law
Butterfly McQueen Festival
On Friday, September 28, at 2 p.m.,
the Augusta-Richmond County Public
Library will be celebrating the life of
one of Augustas most famous celebri-
ties Butterfly McQueen!
Don Rhodes, from The Augusta
Chronicle, will share an inside
glimpse into the life of the actress
whose role in Gone With The Wind
brought her national acclaim. A 1989
audio taped interview with the actress
by former library director Gary Swint
will also be presented.
The movie Gone With The Wind
will be shown in the auditorium of
the library at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
Sept. 29.
Both events are free and open to
the public. For more information, call
the Georgia Room at 706-826-1511.
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum
of Black History is set to host The
Annual Quilt Exhibition starting on
October 1, 2012.
African American quilting is as
old as the history of America. Slave
women learned to spin, weave, sew,
and quilt on plantations and in other
wealthy households. As the years
passed, quilting became a source of
enjoyment for individuals and small
groups. This eclectic presentation will
allow the viewer to enjoy many dif-
ferent examples of quilting from the
early 19th century until today.
The exhibit will run through
December 31, 2012.
An Opening Reception will be on
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm 5:00
pm. Regular museum admission fees
apply.
The Quilt Exhibition will feature
the quilting work of the Brown Sugar
Stitchers!
Annual Quilt Exhibition set for Oct 1
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Report: Counterproductive US Drone
program terrorizes innocent civilians
Rejecting the dominant narrative that
insulates most Americans from the reality
of the US drone program in Pakistana
narrative that says drones are a surgical-
ly precise and effective tool that makes
the US safer from global terrorism with
minimal downsidesa new reportby
researchers at the Stanford and NYU
schools of law says that the program
itself is terrorizing and that its overall
impact is counterproductive when it
comes to addressing international law,
security, and human rights.
The newly released report, Living
Under Drones, follows nine months
of intensive researchincluding two
investigations in Pakistan, more than
130 interviews with victims, witnesses,
and experts, and review of thousands
of pages of documentation and media
reportingand presents evidence of the
damaging and terrorizing effects of cur-
rent US drone strike policy. The study
provides new and firsthand testimony
about the negative impacts the ongoing
program is having on the civilians liv-
ing under drones in Pakistan and seeks
to foster a public debate about how to
challenge the program and change its
current course.
Clive Stafford Smith, director of the
UK-based human rights group Reprieve
(also a sponsor of the reports research)
said: An entire region is being terror-
ized by the constant threat of death from
the skies. Their way of life is collapsing:
kids are too terrified to go to school,
adults are afraid to attend weddings,
funerals, business meetings, or anything
that involves gathering in groups.
And added: George Bush wanted to
create a global war on terror without
borders, but it has taken Obamas drone
war to achieve his dream.
Real people are suffering real harm
but are largely ignored in government
Joint study by Stanford and NYU law schools casts doubt on the legality of drone strikes; Says secre-
tive program fosters anti-American sentiment across wide regions of Asia, Middle East
or news media discussions of drone
attacks, said James Cavallaro of Stanford,
one of the studys authors.
The report looks at four areas of main
concern and calls for a public debate in
both the US and international commu-
nity to address them.
First, while civilian casualties are rare-
ly acknowledged by the US government,
there is significant evidence that US
drone strikes have injured and killed
civilians. The report admits the dif-
ficulty of finding exact numbers, but
says the best currently available public
aggregate data on drone strikes are
provided by The Bureau of Investigative
Journalism (TBIJ), an independent jour-
nalist organization. TBIJ reports that
from June 2004 through mid-Septem-
ber 2012, available data indicate that
drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people
in Pakistan, of whom 474-881 were civil-
ians, including 176 children.
In addition, the report continues, the
US drone strikes cause considerable and
under-accounted-for harm in the daily
lives of ordinary civilians that go beyond
death and physical injury.
Drones hover twenty-four hours a
day over communities in northwest
Pakistan, striking homes, vehicles, and
public spaces without warning. Their
presence terrorizes men, women, and
children, giving rise to anxiety and psy-
chological trauma among civilian com-
munities. Those living under drones
have to face the constant worry that
a deadly strike may be fired at any
moment, and the knowledge that they
are powerless to protect themselves.
These fears have affected behavior.
Some parents in Pakistan now choose
to keep their children home, and the
report says many children injured or
traumatized by strikes have dropped
out of school completely. Waziris told
the researchers that the strikes have
undermined cultural and religious prac-
tices related to burial, and made family
members afraid to attend funerals. In
addition, families who lost loved ones
or their homes in drone strikes now
struggle to support themselves.
Compounding the insidiousness of
the program is the lack of real evidence
that the drones actually make the US
safer.
The strikes have certainly killed
alleged combatants and disrupted
armed actor networks. However, serious
concerns about the efficacy and counter-
productive nature of drone strikes have
been raised. The number of high-level
targets killed as a percentage of total
casualties is extremely lowestimated
at just 2%, says the report.
Evidence suggests that US strikes
have facilitated recruitment to violent
non-state armed groups, and motivat-
ed further violent attacks. As the New
York Times has reported, drones have
replaced Guantnamo as the recruit-
ing tool of choice for militants. Drone
strikes have also soured many Pakistanis
on cooperation with the US and under-
mined US-Pakistani relations. One
major study shows that 74% of Pakistanis
now consider the US an enemy.
The report also casts doubt on the
legality of strikes on individuals or
groups not linked to the terrorist attacks
of September 11th and who could not
possibly pose imminent threats to the
US.
And finally, addressing the Obama
administrations continued secrecy
surrounding its global drone and tar-
geted killing program, the report
offered a rebuke and warned that if left
unchecked, US policies in these areas
would only further establish dangerous
precedents for other countries to follow.
A significant rethinking of current US
targeted killing and drone strike policies
is long overdue. US policy-makers, and
the American public, cannot continue
to ignore evidence of the civilian harm
and counter-productive impacts of US
targeted killings and drone strikes in
Pakistan, the report said.
US drones do not just kill terrorists says new report. They kill innocent
people, including women and children, and they sow deep and long-
lasting instability. Pictured is U.S. Predator drone firing Hellfire missle.
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RICHMOND COUNTY STATE COURT
ACCOUNTABILITY COURT PROGRAM
ANNOUNCEMENT


The Richmond County State Court Accountability Court
Program announces it was awarded a $25,000 grant from
Governor Nathan Deals Office of Highway Safety for
implementation of its Accountability Court Drug and DUI
Programs for the year 2012. The grant award is for the
period of October 1, 2011 September 30, 2012. These
programs have seen tremendous growth since it enrolled
its first participant on March 22, 2012. As of September 4,
2012, the Accountability Court has a combined enrollment
of 94 participants, with 10 of those participants completing
Phase 1 of the program.

Through the support of the Court, counseling sessions,
and accepting individual accountability, participants
are expressing their gratitude for the availability of this
alternative to traditional sentencing in drug and alcohol
related offenses. We again thank the Governor for his
continued support of Accountability Court programs and
the generous grant award that has allowed us to develop
and implement this program in Richmond County State
Court.

Notice to Lower Income Families
Augusta Housing Authority
Public Housing Program
Effective Monday, October 8, 2012 the Augusta Housing Authority
will be accepting online applications for the Public Housing Program
waiting list. The waiting list will be opened for all applicants 18
years and older. However, applicants who qualify for a preference
will receive a priority in the housing selection process. Applications
will only be accepted by completing the on-line application at
www.augustapha.org.
The preferences are as follows: (1) Head of household or spouse
has been employed full-time (at least 20 hours per week) for a
continuous period of six (6) months at the time of application; (2)
Elderly or Families with a Head of Household that is handicapped
or disabled who are receiving Social Security, Supplemental
Security Income (SSI) benefits as a result of their inability to
work; (3) Homeless families; and (4) Families that have been
involuntarily displaced due to a government action. The Augusta
Housing Authority will accept an applicants certification that they
qualify for a preference. However, before selection for participation
in the Public Housing Program, the applicant must provide written
verification that he or she qualifies for a preference. Applicants
will be placed on the waiting list and notified in writing for a
scheduled appointment to bring relevant information to qualify for
assistance. The wait time to receive public housing assistance may
take six (6) months to five (5) years.
Walk-in applications will be accepted from Elderly/Disabled
families for the Public Housing Program on Thursdays only
between the hours of 8:00 am and 12 noon at the J. Madden Reid
Building located at 1435 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia 30901.
Please bring photo identification.
The Augusta Housing Authority does not discriminate in admission
or access to its federally assisted programs. Any potentially eligible
individual who has a visual or hearing impairment will be provided
with information necessary to understand and participate in the
Augusta Housing Authoritys programs. Richard Arfman has been
designated as the responsible employee to coordinate the Augusta
Housing Authoritys efforts to comply with the nondiscrimination
based on handicap regulations.
Equal Housing Opportunity
The Housing Authority of the City of Augusta, Georgia
By: Jacob Oglesby, Executive Director
contractor and a project owner. The
agreement binds the contractor to
comply with the terms and condi-
tions of a contract. If the contractor
is unable to successfully perform the
contract, the surety assumes the con-
tractors responsibilities and ensures
that the project is completed.
Through the SBG Program, the SBA
makes an agreement with a surety
guaranteeing that SBA will assume
a percentage of loss in the event the
contractor should breach the terms
of the contract. The SBAs guarantee
gives sureties an incentive to pro-
vide bonding for eligible contractors,
thereby strengthening a contractors
ability to obtain bonding and greater
access to contracting opportunities
for small businesses. SBA can guaran-
tee bonds for contracts up to $5 mil-
lion, covering bid, performance and
payment bonds, and in some cases up
to $10 million for certain contracts.
Venture Capital Program
SBAs Small Business Investment
Company (SBIC) Program is a public-
private investment partnership cre-
ated to help fill the gap between the
availability of growth capital and the
needs of small businesses. The SBA
does not invest directly in small busi-
nesses, relying instead on the exper-
tise of qualified private investment
funds. The SBA licenses these funds
as SBICs and supplements the capital
they raise from private investors with
access to low-cost, government-guar-
anteed debt.
With these two sources of capital
backing them, SBICs search across
the United States for promising busi-
nesses in need of debt or equity
financing. SBICs are similar to other
investment funds in terms of how
they operate and their pursuit of
high returns. However, unlike other
funds, SBICs limit their investments
to qualified small business concerns
as defined by SBA regulations.
Additional SBA information can be
obtained from the following local
offices:
Georgia District Office
233 Peachtree Street, NE Suite 1900
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-331-0100
Augusta SCORE
3140 Augusta Tech Drive
Augusta, GA 30906
Phone: 706-793-9998
The University of Georgia SBDC -
Augusta Office
1450 Greene Street Suite 3500
Augusta, GA 30907
Phone: 806-721-4545
CSRA Local Development
Corporation
3023 Riverwatch Parkway Suite A
Augusta, GA 30907
Phone: 706-210-2000
University of South Carolina-Aiken
SBDC
471 University Parkway Box 9
Aiken, SC 29801
Phone: 803-641-3646
Local Banks
There are a variety of banks in the
local area that small business own-
ers can utilize, but the information
below is to provide some valuable
guidance before seeking assistance.
Business Plan
Credit Analysis 5 Cs which
include Capacity, Capital, Collateral,
Conditions, and Character
Financial Analysis Personal
Financial Statement, Balance Sheet,
Profit and Loss Statement and etc.
A banking representative can give
additional information with actual
requirements to secure a business loan.
As stated above, this information is
meant to be a starting point and not
to be used as an exclusive source for
financial needs.
Mrs. Brenda Brown is the
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
(DBE) Coordinator for Augusta
Regional Airport. She has a Master
of Business Administration degree
from Southern Wesleyan University
and has been in the diversity indus-
try for nearly 10 years. She can be
reached at 706-798-3236.
Small business financing from page 5
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THE LAW OFFICE OF
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ATTORNEYS AT LAW
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Augusta, GA
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