Rep. Oliver's legislative update 3/26/14

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s FINAL email newsletter for the 2014 General Assembly Session which convened Monday January 13, 2014, and completed the annual 40 day Session at midnight March 20.  WHEW--OVER!!.  Thank you for your responses to my legislative newsletter  and "votes" on pending legislation.  I am very grateful for your thoughtful responses, I personally read all your answers, and you can read past newsletters and past questions asked under the Media section of my website . Final 2014 question: The General Assembly failed to pass legislation to mandate insurance coverage for the diagnosis of autism, and failed to grant immunity from prosecution for possession of medical marijuana prescribed for children with seizure disorders.    But it did find time to pass legislation to expand gun carrying permission into churches, bars and government buildings.

4th Annual Embrace Our Green Space Race

Event Date and Time: 
03/29/2014 (All day)

From Ted Daniel via the Civic Association Network yahoo group: Please consider joining us for the 4th Annual Embrace Our Green Space Race on Saturday, March 29th. The start and finish line is once again the parking lot behind Oak Grove United Methodist Church. We will have an event for everyone: 24K bike ride, 10K skate and run, 5K run/walk and 2K walk. The courses are all very hilly and moderately challenging. These are non-competitive events so anyone can participate! Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Park groups at 4 local parks: Clyde Shepherd, Mary Scott Nature Preserve, Frazier-Rowe (new park on Lavista near Oak Grove) and Kittredge Park.

Is this puppy yours?

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Is this your dog?  Do you know where this dog belongs?  This really  cute and sweet puppy was  found several days ago near Medlock Park.  If you have any information,  please contact Liz at or 480-241-2053. Thank you 

Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment Ends March 31

From the county's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: website.  You can generally buy Marketplace health insurance only during the annual Open Enrollment period. On March 31, 2014: 2014 Open Enrollment ends.  The following locations offer assistance.

Commissioner Rader update 3/24/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader:  Zoning agenda; Oak Groove Festival 5/4/14; Tactical Urbanism Pop-UP Parklet competition.

Urban Coop Tour

Event Date and Time: 
03/29/2014 - 12:00pm - 03/30/2014 - 5:00pm

From the Wylde Center, Decatur: Tour the Coops, Saturday, March 29, 2014, noon-5:00pm; Sunday, March 30, 2014, noon-5:00pm. Decatur - Grant Park. Join the 7th annual Urban Coop Tour to find out why people are getting so excited about backyard chickens.  Urban coops are a fast growing trend in metro Atlanta neighborhoods, with families, community gardens and neighborhood co-ops all getting in on the action. Benefits include farm fresh eggs, kitchen waste disposal, bug patrol and just plain fun!

Fernbank Spring Plant Sale

Event Date and Time: 
03/29/2014 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

For our gardeners from Fernbank Science Center: Spring Plant Sale, Saturday March 29, 2014, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Available for Purchase - A wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowering perennials. Many of the plants are native species that are often difficult to find elsewhere!  Click here for a sample list of plants

Ira B Melton Park workdays March 29 and April 12

From Valerie Boss:  Help plant native trees and shrubs at Ira B Melton Park! Bring the family! It’ll be fun. On March 29 from 1-3pm, Friends of Ira B Melton Park will hold one final prep day before planting. If you can, please come over and help move wood chips and pull those last weeds out of the way.  Then, on Saturday April 12, from noon-3pm, it’s planting time! Put the date on your calendar. We have beautiful trees and shrubs to install, and need plenty of willing hands.

DeKalb's new property fraud alert system

From Jodie Fleischer for WSBTV: "DeKalb County homeowners have a new layer of protection from thieves who steal houses after a series of Channel 2 Action News investigations exposed how difficult it's been for law enforcement to combat the fraud.  Clerk of Superior Court Debra DeBerry is the first in Georgia to enact a fraud alert system, which is already in use in several other states.  The system is free and simply requires users to go to the clerk of court's website and register their property. They will receive an electronic notification via email or text message if any new deed or lien is filed on their property.  Register your DeKalb Co. home ...." [Read more.]

AJC: Why Lakeside cityhood plan failed

From April Hunt and Bill Torpy in the AJC: "It was clear state Rep. Mike Jacobs didn’t want to touch the controversial Lakeside cityhood issue with a barge pole.  But the Republican lawmaker cobbled neighboring Brookhaven into a city two years ago, and desperate Lakeside backers, who were watching their effort fall apart last week, drafted Jacobs to work his magic again.  Jacobs spent an afternoon drawing up a compromise map that split some land with the competing proposed city of Tucker. The move brought quick outrage from two Democratic legislators from DeKalb County, who in emails to Jacobs, called the maneuvering a “backroom deal.” One, state Rep. Scott Holcomb, noted he’s the only legislator living inside Lakeside, and was incredulous Republican lawmakers performed such machinations without letting him know.  Lakeside, once seen as a politically connected inevitability, had many forces going against it: proponents of two competing city proposals; those who wanted no city; many who thought its backers moved too quickly and even underhandedly; and an identity based around a high school district, not a historic community...." [Read more.]

Commissioner Rader update 3/21/14

From county commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 Events - Hazardous waste recycling; Animal services adoption special; Olmsteat parks talk; Embrace our greenspace race; Tactical urbanism pop-up parklet contest.

City of Briarcliff 2.0 and County Reform

From Keith Hanks, City of Briarcliff initiative board member via the Brookhaven Post: "DeKalb County, GA, March 20 – While no new cities in DeKalb County will be realized this year, the resolve of proponents to create a City of Briarcliff remains strong.  In a letter to supporters, Boardmember, Keith Hanks describes lifting up DeKalb County through citizen involvement and remaining focused on DeKalb County reform.

Decatur Makers maker space

From CHCA neighbor Chris Goode: An unused church gym across from the Decatur post office will become the first home of Decatur Makers, a community-organized makerspace where adults and school-aged kids can invent and build. Metro Atlanta’s first “family-friendly” makerspace, Decatur Makers has embarked on a campaign to raise funds and recruit volunteers to repair the gym, which is owned by First Christian Church of Decatur. The church has agreed to lease the 3,200-sq. ft. facility to Decatur Makers for five years in exchange for building improvements.

Traffic advisory for Sunday's marathon

From Emory: The annual Publix Georgia Marathon will occur this Sunday, March 23, 2014 starting at 7 a.m. from Centennial Olympic Park. As in previous years, part of the marathon route runs from downtown Decatur along Clairmont Road, then North Decatur Road and Haygood Drive heading toward Emory and crossing Clifton Road.

Commissioner Rader update 3/17/14


DeKalb History Center's Summer Camp 2014: Frontier House 1850

From the DeKalb History Center: DeKalb History Center's Summer Camp 2014: Frontier House 1850. June 16-20 and June 23-27, ages 8-12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Cost: $250 per week;  $220 for members at household level and above. After care from 2-4 p.m. for $10 per day. Must register in advance.

Rep. Hank Johnson update 3/19/14

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Unemployment insurance; Job fair.

Ira B Melton Park Workday

Event Date and Time: 
03/29/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

From coordinator Valerie Boss: Workday at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, March 29, 1-3 pm.  Friends of Ira B Melton Park invite our neighbors to drop by and help pick up trash, pull honeysuckle near the trailhead, and move some wood chips. We’ll be putting in native trees and shrubs next month--expect an announcement about that soon--and this will be the final prep day. Please bring your own gloves and drinking water, and a shovel if you have one. 

County event update 3/18/14

From Bettye Davis, Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: Teens talk back; Smart911; Household hazardous waste event; etc

Cityhood bills dead for the year

Coverage from the Patch, Reporter Newspapers, AJC, and WXIA.  

From April Hunt for the AJC: "After a back-and-forth battle over potential borders, neither Lakeside nor Tucker got the OK on Monday to try to become DeKalb County’s newest cities this year.  The latest bid to subdivide the state’s third-largest county died in a packed committee room, with one of the General Assembly’s staunchest advocates of new cities saying this fight was so tough he won’t revisit trying again next year and may not even support other lawmakers’ efforts.... Now, those areas will become part of a discussion being advocated by state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, and interim DeKalb CEO Lee May.  Last week, May created a 15-member task force charged, among other things, with carving up all of DeKalb County into cities either via annexations or new municipalities and, possibly, by creating townships. " [Read more.]

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