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    Now this was a bit surprising....

    Once at odds over growth in Cary, Goodnight, Lang now teamed up
    Triangle Business Journal - January 26, 2007
    by Leo John

    CARY - When he left office as mayor of Cary in 2003, Glen Lang saw the future - and quickly prepared to face it.

    Lang, who as mayor drew the wrath of developers for his anti-sprawl stances, is now partnering with the same folks to stream Internet connections into high-tech homes.

    Making peace with builders has been fruitful for Lang's 4-year-old company, now called Connexion Technologies, which installs optical fibers at housing developments and then leases out capacity to Internet, cable TV and phone service providers.

    As ironies go, here's another: SAS founder and CEO Jim Goodnight, once a Lang archrival for his stance on growth, has turned supporter. Goodnight, through his real estate investment firm, Reedy Creek Investments, is one of several investors bankrolling Lang's company. SAS co-founder and Executive Vice President John Sall also is a co-founder of Reedy Creek.

    So, what does the master entrepreneur Goodnight think of Connexion's growth? Representatives of SAS said there would be no comment from Goodnight.

    As for Lang, he says: "Dr. Goodnight, not Dr. Goodnight himself - Reedy Creek Investments - his company, has been extremely helpful." As for his earlier rivalry with the SAS co-founder, Lang will say only," We have a business relationship, and it hasn't come up."

    Lang says Reedy Creek and several individuals are invested in the company. He won't disclose how much the company has raised, but a January 2003 securities filing by Lang shows the company was aiming to raise $1 million from investors.

    And the investments appear to be good bets so far. Connexion has grown to 200 employees from just a handful four years ago. The company, previously named Capitol Broadband, expects to end 2007 with 200,000 connected homes at 90 housing developments. At the end of 2006, Connexion's cable wired 40 developments.

    Lang won't say how much Connexion generates in revenue, but growing demand for cable TV, phone and broadband Internet service means the company probably will find a ready market.

    "It's not a part of the (telecom) business that generates a lot of news," says Jeff Kagan, an independent industry analyst in Atlanta. "But, increasingly, there's plenty of demand because new forms of technologies require a lot of bandwidth."

    True to form, Lang says Connexion is the largest company of its kind in the country. Yet, he points out, "We're tiny in comparison to Time Warner." Lang expects to organically grow his company by less than 100 employees in the next year.

    Connexion's clients, spread over the Southeast with about 70 percent of them in Florida, are builders establishing new housing developments that need spiffy telecom connections.

    Research has shown that new home buyers are willing to pay an additional $5,000 for homes equipped with broad Internet pipes, says Joe Savage, president of the Fiber-to-the-Home Council, an industry trade group.

    To further entice builders, Connexion divvies up residents' monthly subscription revenue with developers, delivering an annuity stream to builders long after the homes have been sold. Connexion does not provide any of the services. It just contracts broadband capacity out to local providers.

    "Glen is doing a fantastic job," says David Falk Jr., co-owner of apartment management company Drucker & Falk and a Connexion shareholder. "They have figured out a niche that developers are attracted to."

    Legislation passed in 2006 in North Carolina allows video providers to obtain one statewide franchise instead of separate county approvals - thus easing the way for new entrants. Lang says his company may seek such a license.
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    For services rendered, Glen Lang gets Jim Goodnight/Reedy Creek Investments to hand him $500million.

    Lang was NEVER Goodnight's opponent, he was always Goodnight's tool.

    The problem is, we the public were defrauded of honest, transparent, and accountable local government.

    We still are.

    Glen's former lackey, the one who curled up at his feet and licked his boots is now the Mayor.

    What are Harold's "services rendered" and aside from his overpaid job at SAS what is his payoff?

    For that matter, what is Gayle Adcock's payoff to be?

    I guess we're going to have to start taking a close look at where Jim Goodnight intersects with business before the city council and start seeing how Jim's assets are voting/doing his bidding. Goodnight's involvement with Glen already illustrates that his assets will vote on matters that Goodnight and the asset have vested financial interests in.

    Maybe neither Harold nor Gayle are Goodnight's pawns. They should be able to point to examples then of their voting against the financial interests of Goodnight & friends.

    It looks to me as if Cary municipal government is owned by one extremely wealthy and secretive dude. That's not a problem though because this rich puppeteer is a Democrat right?
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    ...just in case anyone were to pop up and suggest that it is wrong to assume Harold and Gayle are tools/assets of Jim Goodnight just because they work for him...let's be clear about this.....that was Glen Lang's smear against Koka Booth, that because Booth worked for SAS he was a tool of Jim Goodnight.

    Now, that accusation was completely operative and a weapon Wake County Democrats used, until Glen got his money from Jim Goodnight and two Democrats employed at SAS won seats in city government.

    If it was a valid smear against a Republican, it's equally valid against Democrats. This is a NO HYPOCRISY ZONE.

    Fine, Glen was right, Koka Booth was an asset of Jim Goodnight's. So is Glen Lang, Harold Weinbrecht, and Gayle Adcock. Given that Glen got the most cash, Glen must be the biggest tool in the box.

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    CARY, N.C. (AP) — Cary residents approved on Tuesday a $62.6 million bond issue for sidewalk and street improvements as the president of the town's largest employer - and the mayor's boss - tried to derail their approval.

    Jim Goodnight, president of SAS Institute, said Monday he would bombard a section of town with new development if the town uses money from the bond issue to extend Cary Parkway through land he owns.

    Goodnight also said he would likely move from his home on the land.


    He said extending the parkway from North Harrison Avenue to Trinity Road would cut through the entrance of Cary Academy, the private school Goodnight founded, and would likely not benefit Cary commuters because he thought they would rarely use the road.

    If it is built, Goodnight wrote, he would plan to make use of the road by developing the 300 to 400 acres he owns that lie around it.

    As for his moving, Goodnight wrote: ``Once the parkway is in, I will be developing most of the land I own and probably moving. I am not that attached to the place, I've lived there about long enough.''

    Asked how he would feel if the road bond passes, Goodnight retorted: ``It doesn't matter. Either way, I'll win.''


    Funny isn't it.....even after all these years Cary Parkway never has been connected from Trinity Road to Harrison.

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    Once I am done with Glen Lang and his corruption at Connexion has been fully exposed, this is one of the next areas I will be focusing on. We will develop a complete understanding of how it is Jim Goodnight came to own our municipal government, which politicians are his sock puppets, and what we the people need to do to reclaim our city government. I've already got the ball rolling.

    We've got a corrupt city council folks, get over it, the truth is what the truth is. Whether Marla Dorrell was crafting sweatheart deals for Time Warner Cable, or Harold Weinbrecht robbing the municipal treasury to fund his tennis hobby, to Glen Lang -enough said there-. This is a corrupt government, it is neither transparent nor accountable. We will get there, but we're not there now.

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    This was an excerpt from the Raleigh News and Observer dated July 21, 1996.

    "Perhaps the most telling example of how SAS' and Cary's fortunes have become interwoven is a 63-year-old West Virginia native named Koka Booth - part-time mayor of Cary and full-time SAS employee.

    Booth had been mayor for eight years in 1993 when Goodnight hired him for the new job of community relations specialist, in charge of managing volunteer efforts by SAS employees.

    Goodnight said he offered the job because Booth needed it:

    Aeroglide Corp., a Cary food-processing equipment maker where Booth had worked for more than three decades, was in trouble after its chairman, James F Kelly; was convicted of defrauding the federal government. Booth said he took the job because "if I could write the story of the best place in the world to work," it would be about SAS.

    But being a SAS employee and the mayor has forced Booth to sit silently at many a Town Council meeting. Hardly one goes by without some decision involving SAS, from housing developments to roads, coming before the board. And Booth refrains from discussing or voting on every one of them

    A review of council meeting minutes since Booth's hiring at SAS shows he has abstained more than 30 times. "I don't think I'm a pawn for anybody;" he said. But not everyone agrees Booth can work for SAS and be an effective mayor.

    "I think it's very difficult to serve two masters," said Jim DePoy, Booth's opponent in the last election.

    During the campaign, which included a debate between the candidates at Prestonwood Country Club, DePoy raised Booth's dual role as a concern. But it apparently didn't register much with voters. Booth won a third four-year term with 62 percent of the vote, to DePoy's 33 percent.

    Although SAS projects come up at council meetings more and more these days, Goodnight seldom goes to watch. But his sway still can be felt as strongly as the night he charged in and stopped the convenience store.

    Last winter, SAS executives went before the council to ask approval of its construction plans for the private school. There was one problem: The company's plans ignored a proposed extension of Cary Parkway putting a parking lot where the road would go.

    Cary's planning and zoning departments would not approve the plan because of the conflict. But the SAS executives said they would pay to remove the parking lot later if need be, and the council gave its unanimous approval.

    The road was moved."
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