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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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    Here is the email Jim Goodnight sent arguing for a NO vote on the road bonds back in 1999.

    If you are a Cary resident, I hope you will take the time tomorrow to vote on the Cary Bond Issue.

    In particular I hope you will vote NO on the road bond. If these bonds are approved, the town will most likely feel that they must build the projects they said the bonds were for. Cary parkway extension from N. Harrison to Trinity road will obliterate the entrance to Cary Academy and increase traffic flow and noise just outside the Admin and upper school buildings.

    The town has defended the road only by saying it has been on the thoroughfare plan since 1978. As a long time resident of the area I can not see the cost benefit of a road that goes from N. Harrison to the NC State farm. It is just not a trip many of us make every day. If we are to spend money on roads they should be roads that help Cary residents get to work primarily in the triangle.

    I suspect that the main reason the town wants this road is to spur development along its path. The section it passes through after ruining the Cary Academy campus is totally undeveloped. About 300-400 acres. It will be a great economic boon for the owner of that land, who, by the way, is SAS Institute.

    The parkway if built, will allow us, as we expand east of Reedy Creek, to build a connecting road to give us an additional entrance. Thus we will make money developing all that land, get a third entrance, and not have to pay anything for the parkway as most developers do when a road crosses their land. SAS wins big!

    One other note about being a NIMBY. The parkway will not cross any of the land I own personally. And it will not, because of the topo of the land. It's cheaper to go around a lake rather than through it. It will not even be visible from my house. 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.

    Please vote NO on the road bonds ... Thanks.

    Jim Goodnight
    Chairman, Board of Directors
    Cary Academy

    One response quoted to Goodnight's email was this:

    "Gary Ashworth
    Ashworth Drugs

    I'm encouraged the bond passed, despite his efforts. I think things will settle down now and the Cary Parkway issue will be settled on its own."

    Goodnight lost the battle but won the war. That extension of Cary Parkway was one project in that bond referendum that was never built. He deliberately sited Cary Academy in order to maximize the disruption the extension of Cary Parkway would provoke. His assets on the city council did as he wanted and made sure Cary Parkway was never completed.

    His actions demonstrate the truth that a set of politicians that will stay bought is a very valuable investment.
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    The saddest part in the trajectory of this tale is that NOW Cary municipal employees are running interference
    for the politicians who did Jim Goodnight's bidding.

    Tim Bailey <>
    '' <>
    Ben Shivar <>, Belinda Adams <>

    Subject: RE: FW: public records request: changes to Cary Parkway

    Priority: Normal Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:55 AM Size: 10 KB

    The minutes of the citizen task force contain 455 sheets and will cost $13.66 to
    copy. After you pay we will make the copies and mail them to you. To pay visit
    the engineering department and ask for Belinda Adams who will assist you with
    the payment process and obtain your mailing address.

    If you need other documents please specify which documents are of interest.


    Tim Bailey, P.E., Director of Engineering
    316 North Academy Street, Cary, NC 27513
    P.O. Box 8005, Cary,NC 27512

    -----Original Message-----
    From: []
    Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:54 PM
    To: Tim Bailey
    Cc: Ben Shivar
    Subject: Re: FW: public records request: changes to Cary Parkway

    Mr Bailey,

    Are you intending to impart the idea that Cary Parkway was never planned to be
    anything but a two lane road up Harrison? And that what is on the 2008 plan for
    that section of Cary Parkway between Harrison and Trinity Road was never
    intended to be anything but a two lane road with the "possiblity" of being
    widened after initial construction?

    Seriously? And all documentation which would reflect otherwise was destroyed?

    When is Cary Parkway going to be cut through Jim Goodnight's backyard??

    I have trouble taking your response seriously. The richest man in the state and
    one of the richest on the planet made this threat:

    Posted: February 1, 1999

    SAS Chief Threatens Development if Bonds Pass

    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.

    The extension has not been built 13 years after the bond to pay for it was
    approved. The current mayor, one council member, the former city manager, and
    one former mayor all now work at SAS. Another former mayor (Lang) took $500
    million in cash from Goodnight. Goodnight has his assets. I don't begrudge the
    man the right to buy politicians, it's a useful investment. As a Cary resident I
    have a right to know which council members are bought / paid for assets of his.
    Adcock and Weinbrecht are obvious. There are more than two.

    Yes, the minutes from the citizens task force would be useful. It might help to
    refresh everyone's memory.

    ---- Tim Bailey <> wrote:

    >I was here and was involved with the transportation plan in the past. I recall
    >things much differently than you have described in your email so I would have a
    >difficult time providing records based on what you submitted. I will provide
    >some basic information which may help you refine your records request.
    >Records of the Engineering Department from 1998 associated with the
    >thoroughfare plan maps details have been discarded in accordance with records
    >retention policy. The one exception is the minutes from the citizen appointed
    >task force which are kept for a longer periods of time. The task force worked on
    >the first Cary transportation plan in early 2000s, again prior to that time we
    >only had a black and white thoroughfare map with no text or multimodal plan
    >elements. The current plan map (link below) is online and available to the
    >public as well as the rest of the plan document. It shows this section of Cary
    >Parkway as two lanes with a median and additional right of way allowing for
    >future widening to four lanes or more based on the plan note. If you would like
    >us to reproduce the task force minutes just let me know and provide your
    >preferred delivery method for paper records so we can determine the cost for
    >If you have additional records requests please let me know the specific
    >document you would like copied.
    > Tim Bailey, P.E.
    > Director of Engineering
    > Town of Cary
    > 919-469-4034
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Ben Shivar
    > Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:39 AM
    > To: Tim Bailey
    > Subject: Fw: public records request: changes to Cary Parkway
    > Will you or staff prepare a response?
    > Thx
    > Ben Shivar
    > Town Manager
    > Town of Cary
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: []
    > Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 05:42 PM
    > To: Ben Shivar
    > Subject: public records request: changes to Cary Parkway
    > Mr Shivar,
    >I noticed that in the 1998 version of the Transportation Plan Cary Parkway was
    >supposed to be a four lane road from the point where it T'd into Trinity Road,
    >across Harrison and back to the connection to the current two lane (shoulda been
    >4 lane) Cary Parkway.
    >I noticed also that Jim Goodnight made some explicit, direct, and thuggish
    >threats at our city council regarding the construction of that portion of Cary
    > I would like to get the documentation showing the changes to the
    >transportation plan over the years which reduced Cary Parkway from what it was
    >originally supposed to be to what it is now.
    >Also, I'd like to see the documentation showing who approved the degradation
    >of the planned 4 lane Cary Parkway through this area to what it is now. Nothing.
    >This affair has the stench of a rich guy bullying the city council. I hope I
    >am wrong. I doubt I am, but if I am it is only because Goodnight's assets on the
    >council don't need to be bullied, they were already bought.
    > John Barbara

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    Suffice it to say that the attached minutes (the first thing I could put my hands on) make it quite clear what the Cary Parkway Extension was originally planned to be.


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    Given the way the Engineering Department lied to the city Council about the average speed of vehicles on Brookgreen Drive it really is no surprise now that Bailey would make this deceptive attempt to re-write the past.

    Look, let's all be clear, I'm not disputing Jim Goodnight's right to place his assets on the city Council. I am only disputing their right to hide what and who they are. That's it folks!

    Harold and Gayle are assets of Jim Goodnight. Glen Lang was as well. Bill Coleman and Koka Booth join them in that status. There are more, but their status is hidden from We the People.

    This goes back to the question I asked: who buckled and gave in too Jim Goodnight's demand? When did this occur? Who were the coconspirators?

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