DeKalb Ethics Reform: vote on November 3!

MANA: On November 3, DeKalb voters will have the opportunity to vastly strengthen the code of ethics that governs county operations. And you would never guess it by the rather bland wording on the ballot.

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Commissioner Gannon: Fall Newsletter and Your Vote Is Needed NOVEMBER 3

Commissioner Gannon: Fall Newsletter and Your Vote Is Needed NOVEMBER 3

Important Countywide Referendum on Ethics!!!
Everyone Get Out and Vote!
Tuesday, November 3
Municipal Elections


DeKalb voters have the opportunity to approve sweeping improvements to the ethics laws affecting County officials and employees as first advocated by Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb and supported by the County Operations Task Force. To implement the law, voters in DeKalb must approve the changes by voter referendum. You helped get this law passed by the General Assembly. Now all of DeKalb County needs to go to the polls to continue the march toward reforming DeKalb.  

Ballot Question: “( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Act be approved which revises the Board of Ethics for DeKalb County?” 

You can help implement it by voting YES on November 3rd.

The new legislation will:

  • Create an independent Board of Ethics. No longer will the Board of Ethics be appointed by the CEO and Board of Commissioners.
  • In addition to elected officials, all County employees, appointed officials and contractors must comply with the ethics standards.
  • The Ethics Board will hire an Ethics Officer to make certain all County officials and employees are aware of the standards. This ethics officer will monitor a hotline and report alleged ethical violations to the Board of Ethics.
  • The Board of Ethics has the power to fine, refer for prosecution and reprimand.

[FULL NEWSLETTER HERE]

 

Letter from DeKalb County School District Superintendent Green

October 20, 2015


Dear DeKalb County School Community,

Household Hazardous Waste Event

From Jeff Rader:
Household Hazardous Waste Event
October 17th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
DeKalb Sanitation Central Transfer Station
3720 Leroy Scott Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
Need to get rid of any old paint, batteries, cleaning products and other hazardous wastes? Then come to the Household Hazardous Waste Event, where you can safely dispose your products. Sponsored by DeKalb County Sanitation and Keep DeKalb Beautiful. This event is at no charge for any resident of DeKalb County.

 

Chemistry Day at Fernbank Science Center

Chemistry Day at Fernbank Science Center

October 24

12pm - 3pm

http://fsc.fernbank.edu/chemistryday.htm

 

May Defends Against Allegations, But is Considering Resigning

Brookhaven Patch: As more and more calls mount for his resignation, interim DeKalb CEO Lee May told a Lithonia town hall meeting Tuesday night that he takes responsibility for the county’s recent governmental, political and financial troubles, and that he is considering resigning. 

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MARTA visiting Emory/CDC area to discuss expansion

AJC: MARTA is seeking input from businesses along a potential future expansion route between Lindbergh Center and Avondale stations.

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"On the Scene with Dr. Green"

New DeKalb County School Superintendent Stephen Green holding "On the Scene with Dr. Green.... a conversation with your superintendent" meetings

 

On the Scene with Dr. Green (Chamblee High School)

Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

On the Scene with Dr. Green (Columbia Middle School)

Report: Sprouts Farmers Market coming to Decatur

Decaturish:  Tomorrow’s News Today is reporting that Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market will be the organic grocery store to anchor Fuqua’s Decatur Crossing at Scott Boulevard and North Decatur Road.

The news site attributes a “source familiar with the plans.”

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Interim CEO To Hold Community Meetings

ONE Dekalb:

Interim CEO To Hold Community Meetings
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May will hold a series of community meetings throughout the county. Titled Up Close and Personal, these meetings are an opportunity for residents to discuss issues important to them with Interim CEO May, including the county budget, government operations, and other topics of community concern.
 

BOC Agenda for October 13th & Other Events

Commissioner Rader:

BOC Meeting October 13th 9:00 a.m.

Manuel Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA  30030
To view the agenda, click here
* The next BOC Meeting is October 27th.

Commissioner Kathie Gannon's Response to Special Investigation

Dear Friends,

The Bowers Report was released this week and there are many conversations that will need to continue.  First, I need to converse with you as a listing of some of my expenses has been included.  This will also be sent to Mr. Bowers, the GBI, FBI, Attorney General and Governor.   [FULL RESPONSE]

Commissioner Rader’s Response to the Report of the DeKalb Special Investigator

Commissioner Rader’s Response to the Report of the DeKalb Special Investigator
In April of this year, Interim CEO Lee May took unilateral action under questionable authority to hire Mike Bowers, without a contract or budget, to serve as “Special Investigator” for DeKalb.  Insofar as the County Attorney supported his authority to take this action, and given swirling scandals, I, with you awaited the results of Bowers’ investigation.   [FULL RESPONSE]

 

Decatur police investigating 68 overnight car break-ins

AJC: Decatur police are investigating a total of 68 vehicles that were broken into, and one stolen, from parking decks located at 130 Clairemont Ave., 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave. and 335 West Ponce de Leon Ave. Apparently all occurred the night of Oct. 1/early morning Oct. 2.  [MORE INFO]

 

Notes: Community Forum on Proposed City of LaVista Hills

Notes from Beth Nathan via the Civic Association Network

Senate Study Committee on Annexation, De-annexation & Incorporation

From the Office of Sen. Elena Parent:

Hello friends,

This is just to let you know that we have scheduled our last two meetings for the Senate Study Committee on Annexation, De-annexation & Incorporation. The third meeting will be held on October 21st from 2-5 PM in Room 450 of the Capitol, and the fourth/final meeting will be held on November 3rd from 9 AM-12 PM in Room 450 of the Capitol.

More details will be sent in the next week or so as we finalize the agenda for both.

You can also find the committee documents that have been posted online [HERE] and the notes here:[HERE]
 

BOC Summary from September 22nd & Other Events

Commissioner Rader:

Summary from Sept. 22

PolitiFact: Annexation will not contribute to overcrowding in Decatur schools

Decaturish: PolitiFact Georgia waded into a contentious debate in Decatur regarding how annexation plans will affect the city’s school system. [MORE INFO]

 

Annexation or not, Decatur schools are overcrowded

PolitiFact: The specter of annexation still floats around DeKalb County, even as voters decide in two months whether to form the cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker.

If approved, the cities would share a border roughly along the eastern edge of I-285. Depending on how those votes go, the decisions could revive Atlanta’s failed effort to annex Druid Hills and a bid for Decatur to take in key commercial areas such as Suburban Plaza and the Kroger shopping center on DeKalb Industrial Way.   [MORE INFO]

 

Sunday: Open Streets Emory Village

Open Streets Emory Village
Sun, 9/20
3pm - 7pm
Free / open to the public

Note: North Decatur Road will be closed to vehicular traffic at/around the roundabout for this street festival

 

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