From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: Last night's DeKalb delegation public meeting drew a good number of representatives and 1 senator, plus an audience that didn't overwhelm the Maloof but didn't look skimpy either. There were more questions & statements (some "speechifying") than the two hour window could hold. There were prickly moments especially between legislators, a fair amount of support for the Blueprints recommendations, and a wide variety of issues being raised with a fair amount of emphasis on whether or not the Druid Hills cluster was going to maintained within one city or not. My notes are attached, if you're interested. BethN -- North Briarcliff area; parks activist; Blueprints activist
From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Get out and vote! The contested elections for the Nov. 4 General Election are outlined below, followed by Early Voting Locations and Dates.
From Emory's Carlos Museum: Sunday, October 26, 4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three. The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Carlos Museum present Jean de Brunhoff's classic tale, Babar the Elephant, set to music by Poulenc, performed by pianist Elena Cholakova and narrated by WABE 90.1's Lois Reitzes. Family Concerts are designed with young listeners in mind but are perfect for audiences of any age! The concert is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on the weekends in both the Fishburne and Oxford Road decks.
From CHCA president Michael Dowling: The greater portion of the Clairmont Heights neighborhood appears on the Atlanta annexation petition map proposed recently by the Druid Hills Civic Association. DHCA's annexation committee used elementary school attendance zones for Briar Vista ES and Fernbank ES as the basis for their map. Clairmont Heights Civic Association was not involved in its creation, but the board will actively follow the process to ensure that neighborhoods interests are represented accurately. In an effort to keep the greater Fernbank ES community informed about this process, the Fernbank PTA invited CHCA officers and neighborhood residents from Clairmont Heights and Druid HIlls to attend their general membership meeting on Wednesday evening, 10-22-2014, where a panel addressed the issue. Notes from the meeting can be found here.
From Keep DeKalb Beautiful: Electronics Recycling 8-12:00; Document Shredding 9-2:00. Northlake Mall Parking Lot, 4800 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30345. Please donate at least one pair of shoes when you come to participate in the electronics recycling or paper shredding event. Please tie the shoe strings together or place a rubber band around the shoes.
From District 82 rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: Voting reminders; Ballot guide; Cityhood updates.
The Druid Hills Civic Association, in preparation for a survey of its residents, has posted a letter with information about the options they face. ".... Many residents have expressed concerns about three major factors. These are: (1) property taxes, (2) the public schools that serve geographic areas within the DHCA’s stated boundaries (specifically Fernbank Elementary, Briar Vista Elementary, and Druid Hills High School), and (3) Emory University’s position...." [Read more.]
From our District 84 rep. Rahn Mayo: 2014 Proposed constitutional amendments and ballot questions.
From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Early Voting and Sunday Voting; Household Hazardous Waste Recycling; International Food and Music Festival; Legislators Town Halls; Animal services "Fall in love" adoption special; BOC agenda.
From Dan Wright via the Civic Association Network: "Fellow DeKalb Citizens: Please devote some time to catch up on the ongoing debate about how to improve DeKalb County Government. Detailed meeting notes and presentations from the latest OTF (Operations Task Force) meeting (and all of the other ones) can be found here.
From our District 84 rep. Rahn Mayo: MY CURRENT POSITION ON CITYHOOD AND ANNEXATION PROPOSALS IN DEKALB COUNTY
Generally speaking I support a community in pursuit of self determination. My reluctance to supporting additional new cities in DeKalb County is based on the lack of cohesiveness with which new cities are often created. In the past, there has been a tremendous disconnect between DeKalb citizens, and political leaders driving cityhood efforts. In my opinion, cityhood plans have provided very little concern for the impact on the DeKalb County as a whole.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: International Food and Music Festival 10/18; Conversation with county police 10/29.
From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Health Services grants; Supporting police; Ebola info; Economic needs of women; Medicare open enrollment; Hispanic heritage; Civil Rights.
From PTA co-Presidents Laura Disque (CHCA neighbor) and Melissa Fishbein: Please join us for out General PTA Meeting on Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Annexation will be a top agenda item. We will have informed individuals on a panel to share information and answer questions.
From the League of Women Voters, AJC, and WSB: "The 2014 Online Voter Guide is a non-partisan resource for voters in the metropolitan area. The questions are a product of the work of the League of Women Voters of Georgia and AJC staff. The League, the AJC, and WSB-TV do not endorse candidates and thoroughly believe that voters should judge candidates based on their own merits, ideas and platform. We work very hard to provide an intelligent, equitable forum where that can occur.
From the CHCA Board: The CHCA board is seeking a volunteer or volunteers to replace retiring CHCA website/newsletter editor and website administrator Tim Bryson. A content editor for the website and newsletter finds relevant news, posts it on the website, and distributes a digest of those posts weekly via Mailchimp. They also administer CHCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts. This takes on average about an hour a week.
For our literary residents, a free lecture open to the public, from Emory: Ron Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus at Emory University, will give a lecture titled “Into the Heartland of the Ordinary: Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, and the Divided Tradition of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room at Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.
From Mark Niesse in the AJC: "DeKalb County’s state representatives are holding a series of three town hall meetings in October. The meetings will be open to the public, and the most of the 16-member DeKalb House Delegation is expected to attend. The events will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Maloof Auditorium in Decatur and Oct.