Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lee Street Corridor Project Great News!

I lived in Glenwood for about 3 years and the Lee Street Corridor Project is great news for that area. There was a public hearing last night on the effort.

Mike Kirkman, fellow UNC-G MPA grad, brings planning experience that understands the diverse residential populations along the need to facilitate private investment. I'm excited to see his participation in the project and support it 1000%! Mike spent several years in High Point and I'm pleased to see his leadership and passion. This project can make a REAL difference in Greensboro. Mike Barber, former commissioner and current City Councilman, raised the issue several years ago. We discussed Lee Street in a broader development scheme, but I like to see this focus on the Lee Street area specifically.

I believe the timing is right and look forward to following the process!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Learn more....

about Victory Junction. A great effort to support in the Piedmont Triad.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

One Voice Movement

This is why I believe peace between Israelis and Palestinans can happen. One Voice Movement.

Executive Director Nisreen Shahin gives her message from Ramallah.


I had the opportunity to meet former chairman of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC)Gilbert F. Casellas over at Bennett College on Thursday. A group of us had the opportunity to have lunch with him afterwards.

I appreciated his comments, and the insightful discussion with Ted Childs,IBM Vice-President. They both had a great understanding of globalization, 21st century social dynamics, race and ethnicity, and common sense.

I also want to express my appreciation for the ongoing leadership of Bennett President Johnetta B. Cole. The Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute at Bennett College is a great effort and brings a variety of leaders to Greensboro like Gil and Ted.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Guilford College Incident this past weekend

As a former student-athlete, appellate court member, alumnus, and employee in student admissions, I firmly believe Guilford College presents great opportunities for growth, change, and learning. That belief comes from personal expericence.

I find myself struggling through my immediate emotions: anger, disbelief, internal need (and external desire!) to draw conclusions around the acts of violence this past weekend. The combustible social ingredients composed of ethnic and racial slurs, violence, alcohol, involving domestic and Palestinian students, within our broader societal context are overwhelming. Practically conducive to gasoline on a fire compounding the situation.

I'm disheartened this took place at Guilford- a school that has a great vision, faculty, and students. I take consolation and have a great deal of confidence in the Guilford College community and their capacity to engage this difficult situation. I look forward to full accountability for those involved and my thoughts go out to them in the coming weeks.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Online Marriage Application! Fresh for the Valentine Season!

Tell your single friends when they want to get married, save time in the Register of Deeds office through our online marriage application!

Friday, January 19, 2007


The campaign to end poverty.

Guilford County Register of Deeds

Winter Newsletter 2006.
Sorry, pictures not included!

This makes you want to visit..

Eastern North Carolina.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Bold Leadership from Gov. Arnold...

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a sweeping plan to mandate universal health care in California.

Employers with more than 10 workers that do not provide health insurance would pay 4% of their payroll into a state fund to offset healthcare costs. The plan would also levy a dividend tax of 2% on doctors and 4% on hospitals. (From WSJ)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California and Safeway, Inc. both support the plan. It appears the plan is similar to the Democratic leadership's plan as well.

"On its face, this is a good start," Cal. Assembly leader Mr. Fabian Nuñez (D) said.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Tax System and Spending in State Government in NC

Two good op-ed pieces this morning in the N&R related to the state government budget by Elaine Mejia and Joseph Coletti.

Key Words: Health care and medicaid; prisons; public school student growth; public confidence; tax code changes; and "Welcome" to the General Assembly to new members!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

61 County Boards Go Blue!

Democratic County Commission Boards in NC.

Catawba County wants Local Option Sales Tax

Catawba Board of Commissioners Legislative agenda:

Introducing legislation that would ask the General Assembly to consider a one cent sales tax increase. This one cent sales tax would yield about $13 million for Catawba County revenue and it would avoid ten and one-half cents on the tax rate. Significant revenue will be needed for jail construction debt and operational costs, school construction and additional funds for teacher supplements.

Hmmn, sounds familiar.....jail construction; schools; etc. possible 9 cent tax increase in Guilford County. Our Board has their retreat this Friday at 12:30 pm at the Elon Law School in Greensboro.

NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer takes the helm!

A dizzying collection of ambitious proposals.....