Dekalb Co. Workshop: Become an Informed and Effective Advocate for Your Neighborhood and Community

Dekalb County: Become an Informed and Effective Advocate for Your Neighborhood and Community

Tue, 1/20; 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030

This workshop will provide you with the tools to become an active voice in your community on issues that matter to you. The topics that will be covered include an overview of the State Legislature, the state legislative process, lobbying do's and don'ts, and community organizing strategies.   [READ MORE]

Numbers on CCRPI vary between DeKalb, Decatur school districts Read more: Neighbor Newspapers - Numbers on CCRPI vary between DeKalb Decatur school districts

NeighborsNewspapers.com: Scores for the College & Career Ready Performance Index have been released and the City Schools of Decatur again surpassed the state average with a cumulative score of 87.3; the state average is 72. The DeKalb County School District has a cumulative score of 61.9, however it has seen an increase in its middle schools.  [READ MORE]

 

Tensions rise as annexation, cityhood proposals move forward

Decaturish:  Together in Atlanta representatives sat in front of a crowded room at Young Israel on LaVista Road on Jan. 7 and defended a proposal to annex the Druid Hills neighborhood into Atlanta.

The format proposed by the North Druid Hills Resident Association was to have TIA representatives and City Councilmember Alex Wan answer questions submitted on index cards. It wasn’t long before the conversation veered into the audience shouting questions – and a few accusations – at the panelists.  [READ MORE]

 

 

Dekalb History Center: 2015 Spring/ Summer Camps

Information regarding the Dekalb History Center's 2015 Spring/ Summer camps for kids [READ MORE]

 

 

CHCA Board Meeting - Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Clairmont Heights Civic Association Board will hold its January meeting on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 3 pm. The location is 674 Densley Drive. Among other items, the officers will discuss the state of neighborhood affairs as the Georgia Legislative session begins.

"Annexation, cityhood looms over 2015 housing market in DeKalb"

Decaturish:  Two local real estate agents say that annexation and cityhood will be on the minds of home buyers in DeKalb County this year.

There are several proposals for creating new cities and adding territory to existing cities. Areas that are unincorporated now could be within city limits by the end of 2015. All of the proposals will have to make it through the state General Assembly this year. The first day of the legislative session is Jan. 12.  [READ MORE]

"At Issue: Is annexation right for Decatur or is it too much too fast?"

AJC: After a public meeting last month where many residents voiced an unequivocal distaste for annexation, Decatur’s longtime city manager Peggy Merriss sympathized. “I appreciate the passion,” she said. “And a lot of folks in Decatur are generally passionate about three things — their property, their children and their dogs.” [READ MORE]

Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project, 1/17-19

You are invited to sign up to volunteer at the 13th annual Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project on the weekend of January 17-19. Volunteers will work on senior citizens’ homes in Decatur, making greatly needed repairs and doing yard work that the elderly homeowners have been unable to afford. There are volunteer opportunities available for skilled, unskilled and everyone in between.     [READ MORE]

"Task Force recommends DeKalb County reforms"

Decaturish: Proposals for new cities are likely to be on the agenda for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly. A special task force has made several recommendations to clean up the dysfunctional county government that’s motivating cityhood groups.  [READ MORE]

City of Decatur - City Commission Meeting 1/5/2015 7:30 PM

City of Decatur - City Commission Meeting
1/5/2015 7:30 PM
Location: Decatur City Hall
509 N. McDonough Street

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"What’s the Likelihood GA Legislature Will Vote on Annexation Next Year?"

DecaturMetro: There’s been a lot of news coverage and discussion about annexation around DeKalb over the past year, with Decatur finally approving their own annexation Master Plan this month. But what’s the real likelihood that the Georgia Legislature will actually take up the issue of dealing with DeKalb’s many newly proposed and expanded cities?  [READ MORE]

"Meet Together In Atlanta, the group boosting the city's push to annex Druid Hills"

Creative Loafing: Among all the proposals to carve DeKalb County up into cities, join nearby municipalities, or stay unincorporated, one stands out as the biggest game-changer: Atlanta's annexation of Druid Hills, a mostly residential neighborhood that also includes Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [READ MORE]
 
 

"Avondale calls special meeting on annexation"

Decaturish: Avondale Estates City Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on Jan. 5, 2015 to discuss annexation. While an agenda hasn’t been published yet, it’s likely commissioners will consider approving an annexation master plan.  [READ MORE]

"Applications now available for DeKalb School of the Arts’ 2015-2016 school year"

via BrookhavenPost:  Applications are now available for DeKalb School of the Arts’ (DSA) 2015-2016 school year. Serving students in grade 8-12, DSA is one of several school choice programs in the DeKalb County School District.  [READ MORE]
 

Tree Recycling Sat Jan 3 - Decatur Home Depot

Dekalb County will pick up trees placed on curbs (trees longer than 7ft need to be cut into pieces)

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Tree Recycling Sat Jan 3 - Decatur Home Depot 
AtlantaIntown: This year’s annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event will take place Jan. 3 at seven participating Home Depots, including stores in Midtown and Decatur. A full list of stores is available at this link.  [READ MORE]

DHHS PTSA: Community Forum on Cityhood & Annexation

DHHS PTSA: Community Forum on Cityhood & Annexation sponsored by the PTSA  

Jan 8, 6:30pm - 8pm
Uhry Theater at Druid Hills HS

(Names of speakers on panel will be released once confirmations are in place)

AJC: "Safeguards against corruption proposed for DeKalb"

AJC: "Safeguards against corruption proposed for DeKalb" -  No one in DeKalb County’s government asked questions when commissioners used thousands of dollars of taxpayer money for meals, personal cellphones and speeding tickets. Fishy contracting practices weren’t stopped until a special grand jury investigated, resulting in extortion and bribery charges against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.[READ MORE]

Dekalb Police: auto theft on Desmond

Motor Vehicle Theft THEFT OF AUTOMOBILE 14-129223 2300 BLOCK DESMOND DR DeKalb County Police 12/26/2014 9:00:00 AM Map It

Decaturish: "Decatur City Manager says more annexation ‘tweaks’ possible"

Decaturish: Decatur recently spent several months crafting its annexation master plan. In August, the city awarded a $25,000 contract to the Sizemore Group for annexation master planning services, the same company used by the city schools of Decatur. [READ MORE]

AJC: "DeKalb may raise taxes on cities"

AJC: All of DeKalb County residents who live in cities would see the county portion of their property taxes increase next year, according to Interim CEO Lee May’s proposed budget. Meanwhile, the tax rate for unincorporated DeKalb would remain unchanged. [READ MORE]

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