From the interim CEO's office: County budget press conference; Citizen's Police Academy; Gardening series and plant sale; Zoning code update; Youth leadership; Electronics Recycling; Atlanta Science Festival; Economic development survey; Workforce development; Household hazardous waste; Expedited commercial plan review; Dialectical Behavior Therapy training.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 Events and March 11th BOC Agenda: Electronics Recycling 3/15; Youth Commission accepting applications; Household Hazardous Waste 3/22; Embrace Our Green Space Race 3/29; Park Pride conference 3/31; Youth Leadership Program; Daylight Savings.
From Chris Beck, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve president 3/8/14: "You may have noticed a bit of an, ahem, disruption at the preserve. We are currently working with DeKalb Watershed Management to evaluate what has happened and make plans for restoration."
From Jonathan Shapira for WABE: "Tension is rising over cityhood efforts in central DeKalb County. It comes as the Georgia House considers three conflicting proposals. Thursday, after two hours of packed hearings before the House Governmental Affairs Committee, it seemed no one was any closer to agreement...." [Read more.]
From Melissa Weinman for Reporter Newspapers: "Supporters of forming cities of Briarcliff and Tucker asked the House Governmental Affairs Committee to consider recommending approval for both of their cities.
From Dawn Forman, Laurel Ridge Neighborhood: Please take a minute to take the DeKalb County 2020 survey and give your input on DeKalb County and it's future. The opening survey page says:
What can DeKalb County do to create a bright future?
What actions can we take to develop our economy?
How can we provide more job opportunities?
These are big questions. Our firm, AngelouEconomics, has been hired to help identify answers.
From Ted Daniel in the Civic Association Network: "Hi All! Attended the first Blueprint meeting to ‘improve DeKalb government’ hosted/sponsored/organized by Comm. Kathie Gannon last Thursday night, and it was interesting. About 60-75 people from all over DeKalb attended.
From Bill Torpy in the AJC: "DeKalb residents divided over city of Lakeside. State Senate OKs Lakeside plan, but resident opinions are all over the map.... Across an eight-mile swath of north-central DeKalb, however, the battle still rages, judging from opinions gathered at random from more than two-dozen residents.
If you would like to email the DeKalb Delegation and the House Government Affairs Committee and comment on the cityhood options, here is a list of addresses. The CHCA board has weighed in against the cityhood proposals, partly because of the disenfranchisement of people affected by the proposals, partly due to the lack of time allowed for due deliberation, and partly due to overt partisanship in the current process. Emails should be sent as soon as possible. Action is expected next week.
From state rep. Mike Jacobs: School Board Shrinks to 7, Election Problems Averted. First, an announcement: Senator Fran Millar and I will host a town hall meeting on state and local issues next Monday, March 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Chamblee First United Methodist Church, 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, between I-285 and Peachtree Blvd. Then, an update: One month ago, the school accrediting agency SACS took the DeKalb County School System off of probation, which is the status one step away from complete accreditation loss. The system had been placed on probation approximately one year earlier for mismanagement, dysfunction and other shortcomings of the school board.
For our gardeners from DeKalb County Cooperative Extension office: DeKalb Cooperative Extension Announces 2nd Annual Plant Sale for DeKalb County Residents. DECATUR – DeKalb Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its second annual Plant Sale. The office will accept orders [See attached form] between January 6, 2014 and March 10, 2014. The one-day pick up is Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the DeKalb Cooperative Extension office. We have several varieties to choose from including azaleas, blueberries, hydrangeas, gardenias and many more.
From Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers: ".... Though the bill to incorporate a city of Lakeside was the only one of the three DeKalb city bills approved before Crossover Day, the House Governmental Affairs Committee agreed to hold hearings on each of the three proposals before making a recommendation on what the Legislature should do. The hearings for the Briarcliff and Lakeside bills are scheduled for March 6 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
From Emory News: "Atlanta-based urban photographer Chip Simone is the first guest in the "Atlanta Intersections" speaker series at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room. Simone will be in conversation with Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political and Historical collections at Emory'sManuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), who is directing the series. The conversation, free and open to the public, is entitled "Photography: The Beautiful Lie." Atlanta Intersections will feature conversations with creative and dynamic Atlantans about the city's past, present and future. The interdisciplinary series will draw a wide variety of participants — activists, artists, authors, foodies, historians, musicians, scholars, preservationists and urbanists — to talk about their work, their experiences of the city, and the influence of Atlanta on their work.
From Valerie Boss: Friends of Ira B Melton Park will hold our annual meeting at Melton¹s App and Tap on March 6 from 6:30-8:00pm. All are welcome. Melton¹s has kindly reserved tables for us, and if folks feel inclined to purchase food or drink I¹m sure the proprietors would appreciate it. The agenda will include updates on the county¹s impending park improvements, signage by the South Fork Conservancy, and a landscaping project funded by a grant from Park Pride. We will also elect a chairperson for 2014. Valerie Boss
From the interim county CEO's office: DeKalb County Police Citizens Academy Free 12 Week Course. Every Tuesday, March 18-June 3rd, 7-9 p.m., East Precinct, 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia, GA. Sessions will cover: Overview of the department, Crime scene investigation, Police scenarios, Citizen's court, Self defense, Gun safety.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Community Meeting - March 3, 2014; Neighborhood Watch meeting March 13.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: 2014 Budget Analysis.
From Dawn Forman, Laurel Ridge neighborhood: 2/26/2014 7:30-8:30pm McLendon Elementary School. Representative Karla Drenner, Representative Michelle Henson, State Senator Steve Henson. Please Look for Action Items at the End of the Notes.
From Melissa Forgey at the DeKalb History Center: How it all started - The Story of The Champion At the DeKalb History Center's March 18 Lunch & Learn, Carolyn Glenn will tell the story behind the newspaper she publishes with her husband, Earl Glenn. There's a sign on the wall in Carolyn Glenn's office at The Champion that reads, "All because two people fell in love." That's the short version of what is actually one of the most compelling stories in Georgia newspaper history.
From Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers: ".... [LifeLine CEO Rebecca] Guinn said there’s still a lot of work to do, but she’s pleased with what LifeLine has accomplished in Fulton and DeKalb. “Where it used to be that 83 percent were dying [at the DeKalb shelter], in December, 87 percent left alive,” Guinn said.