Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Senate to Vote on Cityhood for LaVista Hills and Tucker

By Mark Niesse - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The state Senate is scheduled to vote today on legislation that could lead to the creation of the cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker.

These bills already passed the state House earlier this month, but a Senate committee changed their shared borders, shifting about 2,000 residents from Tucker to LaVista Hills.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Former GA Attorney General Bowers to Investigate DeKalb

The AJC is reporting that Mike Bowers, Former Attorney General in Georgia, was hired by Lee May, the Interim CEO of DeKalb, to investigate corruption in DeKalb County.  May stated:
"We are willing to spend what is necessary to root out corruption. I think Mike could throw me in jail if I’m doing something wrong. This administration is willing to take on an endeavor that could possibly go even to my office, and I’m fine with that".
The investigation is slated to take at least 120 days. Bowers will have a team working to help examine documents and interview some of the 6,000 government employees. Bowers shared his goal of the investigation:
"We’re going to try to restore the public’s trust in its government. We’re going to root out conflicts of interest, corruption, malfeasance".
Bowers has ties to DeKalb, as he was resident there during his service as Attorney General. His children also graduated from DeKalb County schools.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tip sheet: Here Come the DeKalb City Bills


By: Jim Galloway, AJC 

The number of working days left until the end of the 2015 session of the General Assembly: 11.
With the Crossover Day deadline closing in, the House and Senate will try to crank through a pile of bills. We’re bracing for a long day.
The action will start at 10 in both chambers. The House calendar has 17 bills and that list is expected to grow.
Among the bills that made the calendar are three cityhood bills:  HB 514, which would create the city of South Fulton; HB515, which would create the city of Tucker; and HB 520, which would create the city of LaVista Hills. The first two are sponsored by Democrats; the last by a Republican.

Former DeKalb Police Officer Tom Oakes Dies



Former DeKalb Police Officer Tom Oakes, age 69 of Conyers, died Monday March 9, 2015 . He was preceded by his parents Charlie & Lois Oakes. He is survived by his wife, Angela Oakes, Conyers, GA; Daughters & Sons-in-Law, Lacey & Corey Fuller, Douglasville, GA., Tiffany & Matthew Donald, McDonough, GA., Ashley & Drew Smarr, Locust Grove, GA; Son & Daughter-in-Law, Kevin & Amy Hutson, McDonough, GA; 12 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Scot Ward Funeral Services at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens with Rev Ken Sirmans officiating; interment will follow Thursday, March 12th at 2:00pm at N.R. Mooney Memorial Gardens, Tickanetley Road, Ellijay, GA 30536. The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 2:00pm til 4:00pm and 6:00pm til 8:00pm at the funeral home. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Rd., Conyers, GA, 770-483-7216.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

So It Comes Down To Our Pension

So, it comes down to our pension. The residents of south DeKalb, aka Greenhaven, want to opt out from the county and become a city because they think they are paying more then their fair share into our pension.

Nice of them to use our pension as a political football.

They claim south DeKalb can become self sustaining and viable. Have they driven down Candler Road lately?

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Scrambling For Lifeboats in DeKalb

Having a corrupt commission and a superintendent of schools hurling the race card is not helping when it comes to citizens wanting to flee DeKalb's governance.

Click here to read more.

Greenhaven Passes Financial Test


South DeKalb city would become 2nd largest in Georgia.

  By Mark Niesse  mark.niesse@ajc.com  

     The proposed city of Greenhaven in South DeKalb would be financially solid, according to a study by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.  

   The report’s finding clears a path for the city to be considered by the Georgia General Assembly and, if approved by   state lawmakers, come to a vote by residents of the area.  

with about 294,000 residents and a median household income of $41,418, according to the study.

   The city would cover about 126 square miles, stretching from Atlanta’s eastern border near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and beyond Stone Mountain. It would encompass most of the southern half of DeKalb except for existing   cities and the proposed city of Stonecrest.  

   “We consider the results of the report to be a validation of our belief that we have a viable area that can now begin to focus on economic development within its boundaries,” said a statement by Concerned Citizens for Cityhood of South DeKalb.  

   Greenhaven’s projected revenue from taxes and fees exceeded its expenses for government services by more than $27 million, the UGA study said. The city would take in about $45.6 million annually   compared to costs of $18.4 million. 
 
   The city would offer three basic services: code enforcement, planning and zoning, and parks and recreation. DeKalb would continue to provide police protection, road maintenance and other services through existing taxes paid to the county.  

Greenhaven is one of six potential cities seeking approval by state lawmakers this year.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Enough is Enough. Or Is It?

Poor Elaine Boyer. She miss uses a credit card and it's off to federal prison for her.

And where is Stan "The Man" Watson? Probably at the Tanqueray Lounge sucking on a gin and juice, buggin counting his bones.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

So Why Should We Believe She Won't Get Away With It Again?

And the citizens of DeKalb County keep re-electing her.

Surprised?
 
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alexander's Wish May Just Come True

Since the days of the justified killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri, Chief Cedric has hoped something of that magnitude would happen on his watch in DeKalb County.

He is fueling the fire of the protest of the shooting of Kevin Davis, who was armed and refused to surrender his weapon. Make bad decisions, bad things happen.

Cedric has called in the G.B.I. for an independent investigation. He is showing he has no confidence in the credibility's his own detectives.

Now he is releasing information to the press. Cedric, if you are going to have an independent investigation, then keep your freaking mouth shut!

Cedric doesn't need to be siding with the perpetrator's family before the investigation is complete. There can be only two reasons he would do such a foolish thing; incompetence and hoping the protest will explode to the levels of Ferguson so Cedric can feed his narcissism.

We pray the officer made a just decision, because Cedric does not have his back.

Read the AJC article here.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Paradise in the Ghetto

How could they commissioners not know of a large land deal involving the county's head of development authority?

Oh, that's right; incompetence.

How many commissioners are being investigated for corruption? All?


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Friday, January 30, 2015

Trading Pension Contributions for Cronyism

We gripe about the county commissioners being corrupt. Some look to cityhood to make things better. But are things better?

The people scream they want control that the county doesn't share. One could come to the conclusion they are talking about the lack of sharing in the corruption.

The only difference we see between the county and cities is our pension not being funded and city politicians continue with their own corruption.

Click here to read more.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Is Our Pension Doomed?

This is a very disturbing article by the AJC. At the same time, rumors are swirling that the county wants to drop all retires from health benefits and force them into ObamaCare.

Click here to read more.

Thursday, January 1, 2015