Cityhood politics

From the Brookhaven Post. "A letter to supporters signed by Mary Kay Woodworth, Chair of the Lakeside Cityhood Alliance (LCA), tells supporters that Senator Fran Millar told the group compromise over city boundaries with Tucker was essential if the bill were to move forward in this legislative session. Thursday’s letter also says, “Senator Millar made it very clear to us that because of political forces at work behind the scenes, the only way to move our bill forward was to reach this compromise with Tucker – remove part of the Midvale voting precinct and the Pleasantdale voting precinct, as well as the retail and commercial area south of Lavista Road (including Northlake Festival and Best Buy shopping center and industrial on Montreal Road).”..."[Read more.]

Neighborhood Watch meeting notes 3/13/14

From Dawn Forman of Laurel Ridge: Mr. Fowler and several officers attended our Neighborhood Watch meeting last night. He noted the importance of the partnership that we have built with him and the police department. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the communication is so much better. Our crime rates have dropped since last year. Warm weather can bring crime and we need to get our awareness up.

Crime Tips:

* He stressed not to hesitate to call 911 if we see anything suspicious.

Clifton Rd traffic alert 3/15/14

From Emory University: This Saturday, March 15, Arborguard Tree Specialists with support from DeKalb County, Georgia Power and Emory Facilities Management will remove two oak trees along Clifton Road that have been identified as risks for structural failure. The trees are located just north of 1463 Clifton Rd. adjacent to the sidewalk near the entrance to the Lullwater Preserve. The work will begin at 8 a.m. and will close one northbound lane on Clifton Rd. for approximately 75 yards for a period of 4-5 hours.  Southbound lanes on Clifton Rd. will not be affected.

Order flowers and benefit Friends of DeKalb animals

From Friends of DeKalb Animals via Barb Dalton in Medlock Park: "Our organization needs your help. For every purchase made on this site Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to Friends of Dekalb Animals.

Burglary and mail theft alerts

From Dawn Forman in Laurel Ridge via Barb Dalton in Medlock Park: Today there was a burglary to a home on the 2500 block of Wilson Woods near Shetland Drive. It appears that someone backed up into their driveway. They tried prying the the door at the carport, but were unable to pry it open, and went around to the back of the house and were able to get through the back door. The burglars took a tv, cash, keyboard, ipad, and other electronics. This happened before 12:30 pm today.

Clairmont Heights break-ins

From WSBTV coverage of the MANA Neighborhood Watch meeting 3/13/14: "Neighbors are fed up with thieves targeting their homes -- so they're doing something about it.

County event update 3/8/14

From the interim CEO's office: County budget press conference; Citizen's Police Academy; Gardening series and plant sale; Zoning code update; Youth leadership; Electronics Recycling; Atlanta Science Festival; Economic development survey; Workforce development; Household hazardous waste; Expedited commercial plan review; Dialectical Behavior Therapy training.

Commissioner Rader update 3/8/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 Events and March 11th BOC Agenda: Electronics Recycling 3/15; Youth Commission accepting applications; Household Hazardous Waste 3/22; Embrace Our Green Space Race 3/29; Park Pride conference 3/31; Youth Leadership Program; Daylight Savings.

Bulldozing mistake in Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

From Chris Beck, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve president 3/8/14: "You may have noticed a bit of an, ahem, disruption at the preserve. We are currently working with DeKalb Watershed Management to evaluate what has happened and make plans for restoration."

Cityhood hearing 3/6/14: Tensions rising

From Jonathan Shapira for WABE: "Tension is rising over cityhood efforts in central DeKalb County. It comes as the Georgia House considers three conflicting proposals.  Thursday, after two hours of packed hearings before the House Governmental Affairs Committee, it seemed no one was any closer to agreement...."   [Read more.]

Cityhood hearing 3/6/14: Briarcliff, Tucker say they could coexist

From Melissa Weinman for Reporter Newspapers: "Supporters of forming cities of Briarcliff and Tucker asked the House Governmental Affairs Committee to consider recommending approval for both of their cities.

Survey on future of Dekalb

From Dawn Forman, Laurel Ridge Neighborhood: Please take a minute to take the DeKalb County 2020 survey and give your input on DeKalb County and it's future. The opening survey page says:  

What can DeKalb County do to create a bright future?
What actions can we take to develop our economy?
How can we provide more job opportunities?

These are big questions. Our firm, AngelouEconomics, has been hired to help identify answers.

Notes from commissioner Kathie Gannon's "Blueprint for DeKalb" meeting 2/20/14

From Ted Daniel in the Civic Association Network: "Hi All!  Attended the first Blueprint meeting to ‘improve DeKalb government’ hosted/sponsored/organized by Comm. Kathie Gannon last Thursday night, and it was interesting.  About 60-75 people from all over DeKalb attended.

DeKalb residents divided over cityhood

From Bill Torpy in the AJC: "DeKalb residents divided over city of Lakeside.  State Senate OKs Lakeside plan, but resident opinions are all over the map.... Across an eight-mile swath of north-central DeKalb, however, the battle still rages, judging from opinions gathered at random from more than two-dozen residents.

Email addresses for Cityhood legislators

If you would like to email the DeKalb Delegation and the House Government Affairs Committee and comment on the cityhood options, here is a list of addresses.  The CHCA board has weighed in against the cityhood proposals, partly because of the disenfranchisement of people affected by the proposals, partly due to the lack of time allowed for due deliberation, and partly due to overt partisanship in the current process.  Emails should be sent as soon as possible.  Action is expected next week.

School Board Shrinks to 7

From state rep. Mike Jacobs: School Board Shrinks to 7, Election Problems Averted. First, an announcement:  Senator Fran Millar and I will host a town hall meeting on state and local issues next Monday, March 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Chamblee First United Methodist Church, 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, between I-285 and Peachtree Blvd.  Then, an update:  One month ago, the school accrediting agency SACS took the DeKalb County School System off of probation, which is the status one step away from complete accreditation loss.  The system had been placed on probation approximately one year earlier for mismanagement, dysfunction and other shortcomings of the school board.  

DeKalb Cooperative Extension's 2nd Annual Plant Sale

For our gardeners from DeKalb County Cooperative Extension office: DeKalb Cooperative Extension Announces 2nd Annual Plant Sale for DeKalb County Residents.  DECATUR – DeKalb Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its second annual Plant Sale. The office will accept orders [See attached form] between January 6, 2014 and March 10, 2014.  The one-day pick up is Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the DeKalb Cooperative Extension office.  We have several varieties to choose from including azaleas, blueberries, hydrangeas, gardenias and many more. 

All cityhood plans still in play

From Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers: "....  Though the bill to incorporate a city of Lakeside was the only one of the three DeKalb city bills approved before Crossover Day, the House Governmental Affairs Committee agreed to hold hearings on each of the three proposals before making a recommendation on what the Legislature should do. The hearings for the Briarcliff and Lakeside bills are scheduled for March 6 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Emory speaker series on Atlanta begins

Event Date and Time: 
03/18/2014 - 6:30pm

From Emory News: "Atlanta-based urban photographer Chip Simone is the first guest in the "Atlanta Intersections" speaker series at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room.  Simone will be in conversation with Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political and Historical collections at Emory'sManuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), who is directing the series. The conversation, free and open to the public, is entitled "Photography: The Beautiful Lie."  Atlanta Intersections will feature conversations with creative and dynamic Atlantans about the city's past, present and future. The interdisciplinary series will draw a wide variety of participants — activists, artists, authors, foodies, historians, musicians, scholars, preservationists and urbanists — to talk about their work, their experiences of the city, and the influence of Atlanta on their work.

Friends of Ira B Melton Park Annual Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
03/06/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

From Valerie Boss: Friends of Ira B Melton Park will hold our annual meeting at Melton¹s App and Tap on March 6 from 6:30-8:00pm. All are welcome. Melton¹s has kindly reserved tables for us, and if folks feel inclined to purchase food or drink I¹m sure the proprietors would appreciate it.  The agenda will include updates on the county¹s impending park improvements, signage by the South Fork Conservancy, and a landscaping project funded by a grant from Park Pride. We will also elect a chairperson for 2014. Valerie Boss

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