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Greenville County Council moves vote Hispanic Alliance financing

Following controversy over downtown statues, council members clash over money

Greenville County Council moves vote Hispanic Alliance financing

Following controversy over downtown statues, council members clash over money

THE CONSENT AGENDA, BUT FRANKLY THERE WAS NOT A LOT OF CONSENSUS TONIGHT. DRAMA OVER DOLLARS AT GREENVILLE COUNTY COUNCIL. That’s What THE CONSENT AGENDA IS FOR TAKING NON-CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES AND MOVING THEM FORWARD AS A BLOCK, AND I STRENUOUSLY OBJECT TO WHAT YOU’RE DOING. RENEE: COUNCILMAN DAN TRIPP SPOKE OUT AFTER OTHER MEMBERS OBJECTED WHEN COUNCILWOMAN LIZ SEMAN SAID SHE WANTS TO GIVE MONEY BACK TO THE Regional HISPANIC ALLIANCE. >> THE QUESTION BEFORE US IS NOT DO WE LIKE THE EXHIBIT OR NOT LIKE THE EXHIBIT. RENEE: TENSIONS FIRST FLARED AFTER SOME CITIZENS COMPLAINED ABOUT THESE SCULPTURES. >> THE STATUES ARE A VERY, VERY DISGUSTING NAKED MAN AND I WAS LOOKING AT SOME OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA, SOME OF THE LAWS, IF SOMEBODY WOULD BE LITERALLY EXPOSING THEMSELVES LIKE THE STATUES, WOULD GO TO JAIL. RENEE: THE HISPANIC ALLIANCE FUNDRAISED THROUGH CORPORATE DONORS TO BRING NINE TEMPORARY ART PIECES TO DOWNTOWN. LAST WEEK, THE COUNTY FINANCE COMMITTEE VOTED 4-1 TO TAKE TAX MONEY AWAY FROM THE HISPANIC ALLIANCE. COUNCILWOMAN SEMAN WAS THAT ONE VOTE TO HAVE THE HISPANIC ALLIANCE KEEP THAT FUNDING. >> KEEPING THIS MONEY AND GOING TO THE HISPANIC ALLIANCE WOULD’VE BEEN A VERY STRONG STATEMENT IN SUPPORT FOR LATINOS IN GREENVILLE COUNTY. RENEE: ACCORDING TO COUNTY RECORDS, THE HISPANIC ALLIANCE WAS ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO GET $7500 OF WHAT’S CALLED ACCOMMODATIONS TAX. IT’S MONEY COLLECTED FROM THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY. THINK HOTELS. THAT MONEY NOW? RE-ALLOCATED TO ARTISPHERE. BUT NOTHING’S OFFICIAL, BECAUSE COUNCIL DIDN’T VOTE. >> TONIGHT HAS BEEN QUITE CONTENTIOUS. LET’S NOT ADD TO IT. LET’S HOLD US ON THE FLOOR, TALK A LITTLE BIT, AND COME UP WITH A GENERAL CONSENSUS THAT EVERYBODY CAN LIVE WIT RENEE: NO DECISION TONIGHT WE WILL JUST HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS. RENEE WUNDERLICH, WYFF NEWS 4. MICHAEL: POLICE IN FOUNTAIN INN HAVE A HIT AND RUN ON THEIR HAND A PERSON IS BADLY HURT AFTER BEING HIT BY A TRUCK. IT HAPPENED SATURDAY NIGHT ON MCCARTER ROAD NEAR NORTH NELSON DRIVE. POLICE BELIEVE THE TRUCK IS A 2017 OR 2018 CHEVY SILVERADO 2500HD. THE DRIVER LEFT THE SCENE. THE TRUCK WILL LIKELY HAVE DAMAGE TO THE FRONT-END, GRILL, AND HOOD. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS, CALL FOUNTAIN INN POLICE. CAROL: IN ASHEVILLE, POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A DRIVER OF A PICK-UP TRUCK. THEY SAY HE TRIED TO RUN OVER A MAN. POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED MONDAY AT THE EXIT 44 OFF-RAMP ON I-40 EASTBOUND. POLICE SAY Rather than HITTING THE MAN, THE TRUCK HIT THE MAN’S CART WHICH WAS CARRYING A CAT. THE MAN AND CAT ARE BOTH OK. IF YOU CAN HELP POLICE IDENTIFY THE DRIVER OF THIS TRUCK, CALL ASHEVILLE POLICE. MICHAEL: IN GREENWOOD COUNTY, A MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED ACCUSED OF THREATENING A DOCTOR WITH A FINGER GUN. GEORGE MICHAEL OSBORNE IS CHARGED WITH THIRD-DEGREE ASSAULT AND BATTERY. THIS MORNING AT LAKELANDS ORTHOPEDIC ASSOCIATES, OFFICIALS SAY OSBORNE POINTED HIS FINGER LIKE A GUN AND THREATENED A DOCTOR AFTER BEING TOLD THAT NOTHING COULD BE DONE FOR HIS INJURY. OFFICIALS SAY THE DOCTOR AND OTHER STAFF AT THE PRACTICE BELIEVED OSBORNE MIGHT COME BACK TO THE OFFICE ARMED WITH A GUN. CAROL: A FORMER TEACHER WITH GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOLS HAS HAD HER EDUCATOR LICENSE SUSPENDED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. COURT RECORDS SHOW AMY HAUGH WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH NEGLECT OF A MINOR IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. STATE OFFICIALS SAY SHE WAS A TEACHER AT THE TIME OF HER ARREST AND WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. ACCORDING THE GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, HAUGH WAS A TEACHER AT STERLING SCHOOL. THE REPORT FROM THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SAYS SHE RESIGNED FROM THE DISTRICT EFFECTIVE APRIL 1. MICHAEL: GREENWOOD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 52 IS JOINING A LAWSUIT AGAINST JUUL. THE BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY EARLIER THIS MONTH TO JOIN THE CASE AGAINST THE MAKER OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES. THE SUIT ACCUSES JUUL OF MARKETING ITS PRODUCTS TO MINORS. AND SAYS THE MARKETING STRATEGY Resulted in AN INCREASE OF E-CIGARETTE USE AMONG MINORS. THE GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ALSO PART OF THE Identical LAWSUIT. CAROL: A BILL TO ADDRESS A RISE IN ANTI-ASIAN HATE CRIMES IS HEADING TO PRESIDENT BIDEN’S DESK AFTER EASILY PASSING IN THE U.S. HOUSE. THE COVID-19 HATE CRIMES ACT CREATES A PROCESS FOR THOSE CRIMES TO BE INVESTIGATED AND DOCUMENTED BY STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. A POSITION AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE ESTABLISHED TO HANDLE THOSE REVIEWS. TODAY’S VOTE COMES AFTER WHAT OFFICIALS ARE CALLING A SURGE IN ATTACKS AGAINST ASIAN-AMERICANS DURING THE PANDEMIC. MICHAEL: PLANS TO FORM A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE THE JANUARY 6 CAPITOL RIOT WILL NOT HAVE SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE MINORITY LEADER. CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY SAYS HE DOES NOT BACK THE COMMISSIO INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ONLY ON THE RIOT AT THE CAPITOL, HE WANTS THE COMMISSION TO LOOK AT ANTIFA AND OTHER RIOTS Across the Nation. >> IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A COMMISSION, YOU SHOULD LOOK AT THE WHOLE BROAD SPECTRUM. WE JUST WENT THROUGH A WHOLE SUMMER OF RIOTS THROUGHOUT THIS CITY. WE SHOULD GRASP THAT AS WELL. MICHAEL: THE BILL CAN PASS THE HOUSE WITH ONLY DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT, BUT WOULD NEED 10 REPUBLICAN VOTES ON THE SENATE SIDE. CAROL: INFRASTRUCTURE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN SENATE REPUBLICANS AND WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS CONTINUE. LAWMAKERS AGREE INVESTMENTS NEED TO BE MADE BUT ARE DIVIDED OVER HOW MUCH TO SPEND AND WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR IT. TODAY, PRESIDENT BIDEN TOURED A FACTORY IN MICHIGAN. HE’S TOUTING ELECTRIC CARS AS A KEY TO COMPETING WITH CHINA’S INFRASTRUCTURE. >> THE REST OF THE WORLD IS MOVING FAST, THEY’RE MOVING AHEAD, THEY’RE NOT WAITING FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. GOVERNMENT, LABOR, INDUSTRY WORKING TOGETHER HAVE TO STEP UP. CAROL: PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS HIS PLAN WOULD HELP THE COUNTRY TRANSITION TO CLEAN VEHICLES. CREATE GOOD-PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS, AND TACKLE CLIMATE CHA

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Greenville County Council moves vote Hispanic Alliance financing

Following controversy over downtown statues, council members clash over money

Drama over dollars in the Greenville County Council meeting Tuesday.“The consent agenda is for taking non-controversial problems and moving them forward as a block – and I strenuously object to what you’re doing,” said Councilman Dan Tripp.He spoke out following other members objected when Councilwoman Liz Seman said she wanted to return to the regional Hispanic Alliance. “The question before us isn’t do we enjoy the display or do we not enjoy the exhibit,” stated Seman. Tensions first flared after some citizens complained about sculptures downtown.“The statues are very, very disgusting nude men,” said Milka Plumble, who talked to county council Tuesday night, “And I was looking at a few of the South Carolina, a number of the laws-if someone would be literally exposing themselves such as the statues…will go to jail.”The Hispanic Alliance fundraised through corporate donors to deliver nine, temporary art pieces to Greenville’s Falls Park and the Peace Center. Last week, the county finance committee voted 4-1 to take tax money from the Hispanic Alliance. Councilwoman Seman was that one vote to have the Hispanic Alliance maintain that funding.“Maintaining this money going into the Hispanic Alliance would’ve been a really strong statement of support for Latinos in Greenville county,” T.J. Rumler stated.According to county records, the Hispanic Alliance was initially supposed to get $7,500 of what’s called accommodations tax; cash collected from the hospitality sector to promote future tourism. That money could be reallocated to Artisphere. But nothing’s official, because council didn’t vote.“Tonight has been quite controversial -let’s not add to it,” said Councilman Ennis Fant, “Let’s hold us on the ground, speak a little bit, and think of an overall consensus that everyone can live with.”The county council will take up the financing issue in their next meeting.

GREENVILLE, S.C. —

Drama over dollars at the Greenville County Council meeting Tuesday.

“The consent agenda is for taking non-controversial problems and moving them forward as a block – and I strenuously object to what you’re doing,” said Councilman Dan Tripp.

He spoke out after other members objected when Councilwoman Liz Seman said she wanted to give money back to the regional Hispanic Alliance.

“The question before us isn’t do we enjoy the display or do we not enjoy the exhibit,” stated Seman.

Tensions first flared after some citizens complained about sculptures downtown.

“The figurines are very, very disgusting nude guys,” said Milka Plumble, who talked to county council Tuesday night, “And I was looking at a few of the South Carolina, a number of those laws-if somebody could be literally exposing themselves such as the statues…will go to jail.”

The Hispanic Alliance fundraised through corporate donors to deliver nine, temporary art pieces to Greenville’s Falls Park and the Peace Center.

Last week, the county finance committee voted 4-1 to take tax money from the Hispanic Alliance.

Councilwoman Seman was that one vote to have the Hispanic Alliance maintain that financing.

“Maintaining this money going into the Hispanic Alliance would’ve been a really strong statement of support for Latinos in Greenville county,” T.J. Rumler stated.

According to county records, the Hispanic Alliance was initially supposed to get $7,500 of what’s called accommodations tax; cash collected in the hospitality industry to promote future tourism.

That money could be reallocated to Artisphere.

But nothing’s official, because council didn’t vote.

“Tonight has been quite controversial -let’s not add to it,” said Councilman Ennis Fant, “Let’s hold us on the ground, speak a little bit, and think of an overall consensus that everyone can live with.”

The county council will take up the financing issue at their next meeting.

https://www.wyff4.com/article/greenville-county-council-moves-vote-on-hispanic-alliance-funding/36468156

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