Thursday, April 2, 2015

The End Is Near: Georgia Lawmakers Wrap Up Session Today

ATLANTA, GA, March 31, 2015by Trey Benton  Brookhaven Post

The proposed City of LaVista Hills and City of Tucker Bills failed to get support from the State House of Representatives Tuesday, because House members did not agree with changes the State Senate made to the respective boundaries.

While in the Senate, Senator Fran Millar proposed moving the boundaries to shift approximately 2,000 people in the Livsey Elementary School area from Tucker to LaVista Hills. Millar said this move was because numerous people in the area said they wanted to be in LaVista Hills rather than Tucker.

Because the boundaries the House originally approved got changed in the Senate, the Bills had to travel back to the House for them to accept or reject the changes. The House rejected them.
If the House and the Senate cannot come to an agreement, a Conference Committee may be appointed to settle the boundaries. Either way, they must act fast as the last day of the Legislative Session is Thursday.

If neither Bill is approved by both the House and the Senate, the Bills will die.
Back in November, then House Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Amy Carter appointed a panel of five State House members to the DeKalb County Cityhood Subcommittee of the House Governmental Affairs Committee to carry out the task of drawing city boundaries.
Because the Tucker and LaVista Hills cityhood groups could not agree on boundaries on their own by November 15, 2014, the boundaries were decided for them.
In December of 2014, the Cityhood Subcommittee voted 3-1 to approve a map they came up with that Subcommittee Chairman Buzz Brockway said sets the boundary between LaVista Hills and Tucker in stone, stating he would not support changes to this line.


Anonymous said...

Tucker would be best if the surrounding cities ( Norcross, Clarkston, Doraville, or even Lavista Hills) would swallow it up and forget about the City Of Tucker. Tucker has never been something that would make sense in a city of any kind.

Because of the blooming idiots who feel that Tucker had something going for it, must have had their minds stuck somewhere it didn't belong because the end result has finally reached that point.

If by some remote chance the State House approves the new boundaries, it still would be up to the voters to approve, which I do not think is going to happen.

So, the beat goes on and on, and the idiots who want Tucker to ever become a city or village will have their heads in the same places.

Anonymous said...

I hope and pray that our pensions remain intact. The November referendum will bring DeKalb as a County to its knees.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I feel so deflated and beaten down by DeKalb that I really don't have anything to say other than it's nothing more than a job with no opportunity for advancement (under the rank of captain) or a raise.

Punch the clock and go home.

Ed Williams said...

Thanks to everyone for making your voices heard and to the legislators that did not support cityhood bills. On to round 2. The South DeKalb "Greenhaven", South Fulton and Stonecrest Cityhood bills did not make the cut. The cityhood bills are dead for this legislative session year 2015-16. This will give residents more time to learn more about cityhood and its impact on their quality of life and taxes

Must Read

Citizens Against Cityhood in DeKalb

Ed Williams said...

DeKalb Cityhood Economics Annexation Gentrification Self-Determination

“Leaders must go beyond bringing white people back to the city to reverse white flight, because resegregation is not the answer. The answer is not black and white. Segregation of race and class kills a region’s economy. For instance, a study called “The Equality of Opportunity Project” found that areas with greater mobility tend to have five characteristics: less segregation, less income inequality, better schools, greater social capital, and more stable families.”

Citizens Against Cityhood in DeKalb

Anonymous said...

These cities will go forward as well. Another 100,000 people that will chose local government over DeKalb County. And who will recruit from the rapidly shrinking DCPD.

Until DeKalb County gets their house in order, this will continue.

Anonymous said...

Its sad because im white and its all about white flight. I completely understand about the mismanagement of the county but cities do the same thing its all about power. Look at the Brookhaven mayor and city manager. And i dont care what anyone says. Ive done ride alongs with dekalb police and the cities in dekalb and theres no comparison you dekalb officers remind me of nypd and professional and knowledgeable. I find that city officers are rejects from larger departments and cant make the cut. Just my opinion. Thanks for your hard work and keeping me and my family safe.


Anonymous said...

With the dysfuction of the DeKalb BOC and all other related issues, these 2 new cities will pass. Over 100,000 more residents will be getting their police and other services locally instead of DKPD. And none of those cities, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Tucker, or LaVista Hills will not be obligated to fund the pensions due to the total incompetence of the 3 previous administrations. BOC cares nothing about anything but their own enrichment, yet the DeKalb voters keep voting in folks like May, Barnes-Sutton, Watson, Johnson, etc, who have maybe a combined IQ of 250. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

APRIL 6, 2015 AT 10:00 PM...

Prepare to say goodbye to your veteran officers that remind you "of nypd and professional and knowledgeable."...

They're raising our copays and out of pocket expenses again next month during open enrollment. That on top of no raises in near future and no opportunity for advancement for MPO's, Sgt's and lieutenants.

Next thing you know, they'll also raise our pension costs.

If you want to keep good employees, you need to look out for them and give them incentive to stay.

Save Tucker! said...

Thank you for your protection of Tucker's citizens, both the idiots and the non - idiots. We are fighting to keep our area unincorporated because we cannot trust those who want to lead cities any more than we can trust the county. Actually, the city groups have been far more difficult to deal with as they don't seem to really understand what it is they are asking to take over or what the costs will be. Our DKPD deserves great pay, benefits and a fully funded pension plan and most citizens we know are happy to pay for it. It's all the corrupt special projects that the insiders want to push for their own enrichment that we don't wish to support. Hope voters get the message in time to vote NO.

Read about our efforts at:

Anonymous said...

The Dekalb County Government has no comon sense at all...NONE !

You can not get good people to do THIS job, witout a future and good benefits. Get it ?

Anonymous said...

APRIL 15, 2015 AT 5:48 PM, how right you are.... Open Enrollment is next month. Our of pocket expenses are AGAIN going up...I'm sure they'll continue to tell us with a straight face that they've kept the costs the same.

No future.... Right again...there is no path to promotion or a pay raise.

Anonymous said...

The end is near... Is tomorrow's captain/lieutenant meeting at 34 the come to Jesus moment?

Or will half get early retirement packages that gut our pension.....

Anonymous said...

The cone of silence and uncertainty has descended.... I'm updating my resume. The downsizing of Dekalb is under way.

Anonymous said...

Are y'all, the Blog, still in business, out enjoying retirement or busy interviewing?