Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Commissioner Boyer Resigns

 What about Sharon Barnes? No double standard here, surely.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cedric Claims Victory In Ferguson

“The biggest thing that I was able to do going in there as an outsider representing NOBLE was to get them at the table,” said Alexander. “That was huge."

The man is delusional. Ferguson is still burning.

Click here to hear it for yourself.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cedric to Bring Peace to Ferguson

Good Lord, now Cedric wants to be the next Christ, Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton.

Just what does Cedric know about Ferguson Missouri?

And maybe somebody should do an open records request to make sure Cedric is using leave time, and not being paid by the few taxpayers that are left in DeKalb.

Click here for more.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's Good To Be King

Today all the precinct commanders and their staff get their new cars.

Also today the uniform officers are shown their appreciation by Chief Cedric. He has summoned all line officers to Sanitation for shit sandwiches and drink.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

First, You Gotta Have an Office to Manage!

Promises, promises. Cedric promised us take home cars, but the only cars we see are rotting away on Camp Circle.

So what will it be Ced? You going to give us our promised office to manage? Or is it just more smoke?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vernon Jones Looses His Mind

Vernon Jones and the politics of drinking clorox.

Read here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

An Arguement Why Some Want To Become a City

The question was asked; Why does Pine Lake have a police force?

And one persons answer is.........

The net cost to us is roughly $130,000. The city takes in about $175,000 in traffic fines annually — a figure that has been declining by double-digits for the last few years, even accounting for the dramatic pullback in fines in 2001. Our court administration costs about $100,000 a year, leaving $75,000 to offset the cost of policing.

The net present value of a $130,000 annual expenditure is roughly $2.6 million at current interest rates. That implies that eliminating police would reduce taxes sufficiently to increase aggregate property values in the city by $2.6 million.

Only, it wouldn’t. Comparable properties near Pine Lake are valued an average of about $35,000 less. Some of that can be attributed to the special nature of the city — a close-knit hippie community surrounded by the highest ratio of public parkland to overall acreage in Georgia. Some of it might be due to local planning and zoning control. But I suggest half of that can be attributed to having a police officer no more than 90 seconds from your door in an emergency. Pine Lake’s crime rate is puny, even though we’re in the middle of DeKalb County.

That $35,000 average increase in value translates into a tax digest about $6 million higher than the comparable par.

There are other reasons, too. For example, about 25-30 percent of Pine Lake’s households are gay, lesbian or bisexual. There’s added value in having a police department that can be expected to manage LGBT public safety issues with sensitivity. Also, the county’s response to property crime and code enforcement in unincorporated commercial areas near us has been … unsatisfactory … or so business owners tell us. Basically, the county cops don’t respond without significant provocation. We think the police may serve as an economic development tool as a result, if used correctly to protect property owners instead of as a ticket-issuing machine.

Copied from The Peach Pundit

Friday, July 18, 2014

Check Is in the Mail

First we were to get our raise on the first check in July. Then the next. Then the first in August, and now that has been pushed until the second check.

So, are we getting it or not? Are the funds there or not?

Maybe we'll get it the same time we get those cars that are sitting there dry rotting. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Batting 1000

Ethics complaint filed against DeKalb Commissioner Gannon

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

An ethics complaint filed Monday against DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon accuses her and an assistant of spending government money on gift cards and lawyers.

There are now ethics complaints pending against all six DeKalb County commissioners and Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May.

Gannon said the allegations are unfounded, and she said she has legitimate explanations for every expenditure in her budget.

The complaint, brought by Lithonia resident Monica Parrott, said Gannon’s assistant Michelle Walldorff bought gift cards during the Christmas season that Gannon used for her personal benefit.

Parrott also accuses Gannon of spending county money on attorneys to influence zoning decisions, and of buying votes through financial support of nonprofit organizations.



Briarside? Lakecliff? And What About Tucker?

By: Lisa George, WABE

The proponents for two proposed new cities in DeKalb County are joining forces. Advocates for potential cities called Briarcliff and Lakeside have agreed to try to agree on a map for a single city.

As Mary Kay Woodworth, head of the group now called “Lakeside-YES,” put it: “We’re dating. We’re not engaged” We’re not married. But we’re getting along well.”
They are getting along well enough to agree central DeKalb can accommodate two new cities but likely not three. According to Briarcliff proponent Allen Venet, “There just is not enough tax base to do that very easily. He added, “You could potentially create one mega-city, but that would I think would be difficult to govern. So in between those two, clearly you can create two cities, and so that is the goal I think that everybody has. The question is exactly where exactly should the lines be.”

So where does that leave Tucker? “If Briarcliff and Lakeside had announced, ‘We’ve made a deal. We’ve agreed on all our borders. We’re ready to talk to Tucker,’ we’d be saying, Hallelujah,’” said Frank Auman of the group Tucker 2015. “But they didn’t say anything like that. So Tucker’s going to keep doing what Tucker does. We’re going to keep our heads down, keep working for what’s best for our community. When time comes to have somebody to talk to, we’re prepared to talk.”

One thing on which all three already agree: to make progress toward cityhood, the maps will have to be finalized, with no overlap of boundaries, before the groups bring them to the 20-15 legislative session.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DeKalb County and Ethics (From The Peach Pundit)

June 17, 2014 13:05 pm
It turns out that DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson has been billing DeKalb County for his personal cell phone. Over the past three years it adds up to almost $5000.
From the AJC
Watson put $4,882 worth of cellphone costs on his county debit card between May 2011 and March 2014 for an average of about $140 per month paid by taxpayers, according to Verizon bills obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an open records request.
Watson, who represents about 350,000 residents in east DeKalb, said earlier this month that the expense was justified because he used his personal cellphone to talk with residents and government officials as part of his daily job as a commissioner.
“I do use my personal phone for county business. If the county thought it was wrong, why would they pay for it for three years?” Watson said. “I don’t see the big deal about the cellphone.”
This seems a bit ridiculous. I understand that sometimes you use your personal phone for work. I know I’ve done it; the only phone number I have is my cell. That being said, I don’t have a second work issued cellphone that is paid by the company (or in this case the government).
I can’t say I really buy the “but more people know my personal number” defense either. You’re an elected official. People put their trust in you to govern effectively and fairly. Not waste their money because you want to the County Government to pay for your monthly subscription to Verizon Navigation because you can’t find Google Maps.
Maybe there’s an argument that you can partially expense your personal cell phone bill to the county because you did county business on it. That’s fine, but all $140/month for three years? That’s stretching it.
The other money quote came from our own editor Stefan. And I don’t think I could have said it better.
Stefan Turkheimer, an attorney whose practice includes political law and employment law, said charging the government for personal cellphone bills could amount to ethical and criminal violations.
“If independent people were looking at it, they’d have a hard time justifying two cellphones,” Turkheimer said. “This is not an extension of his salary. Use of his P-card is not part of his benefits package. It’s something that allows him to do his job.”
It all seems like just another day using taxpayers’ money in DeKalb county.