"It is time to issue a Call for BLUEPRINT II"

Commissioner Gannon:

Nov. 5, 2015

Dear Friends,

It is time to issue a Call for BLUEPRINT II.

Almost two years ago, DeKalb County citizens from neighborhoods all across the county came together and began a process to redefine our County government.  We called it a Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb. With Tuesday’s election and the success of the ethics reform ballot measure, DeKalb can look back on those two years of work and see how much has been accomplished. Together, we have brought about three key reforms.

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

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

DeKalb County audit oversight committee info

via Civic Association Network:


DeKalb County audit oversight committee

The DeKalb Board of Commissioners today voted to put Belinda Pedroso

and Harold Smith Jr. on the five-member audit oversight committee
created under House Bill 599.

Smith, a retired internal auditor at the Georgia Department of Labor,
was approved for a four-year term.

Pedroso, president of the DeKalb Section of the National Council of
Negro Women, was approved for a one-year term. She currently serves as
a trustee of the DeKalb library system.

Other committee members will be appointed (one each) by the county's
CEO, the chair of the DeKalb County House delegation and the chair of
the DeKalb County Senate delegation.

"DeKalb Special Newsletter"

Interim CEO Lee May - "Up Close and Personal Townhall Meetings"  [MORE INFO]

Commissioner Rader: BOC Agenda Summary from 10/27/15 & other news

BOC Agenda Summary
To view the summary, [CLICK HERE]

*The next BOC Meeting is November 10th.

*Daylight Savings is this weekend.  Change your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night.

*Don't forget to vote on November 3rd.

Have a very safe Halloween weekend!

Jeff Rader
On Twitter @raderjeff

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.






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.



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



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. 


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.



"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.”



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

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