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





Fernbank Science Center - Fall Plant Sale

Fernbank Science Center - Fall Plant Sale
Sat 9/19
8am - 3pm



Finances questioned for proposed DeKalb city of LaVista Hills

AJC: A study of the proposed city of LaVista Hills’ finances relied on unrealistic tax estimates that overstated its viability, according to a researcher’s analysis.  [MORE INFO]


Smoke Sewer Testing Assessments

Smoking Out Sewer Leaks

"DeKalb County contractors will be conducting Smoke Testing Assessments in your area in the upcoming months. Smoke testing is used to detect sources of infiltration and inflow of the sewer system, and citizens may witness smoke escaping through leaks in the sewers, providing a visual identification of defective areas. This evaluation will locate leaks in the sewers that allow rainwater, creek water and other storm water run-off to enter the system. Smoke test are non-toxic and are not harmful to pets. One third of the County will be undergoing Smoke Testing Assessments. Be on the lookout! The picture below will show you what you can expect to see with smoke testing happening in your neighborhood."


CHCA Fall Boil and Ice Cream BLOCK PARTY

THIS Saturday -- you are invited to the:
CHCA "Fall Boil and Ice Cream BLOCK PARTY/ Membership Drive"
4pm to 8pm
703 Densley Drive

CHCA will be serving: 
Low Country Boil (w/ Shrimp, Potatoes, Corn, and Sausage 
Hot Dogs 
Ice Cream Truck Treats 
**Bring a side to share and your own drinks!!!!


LaVista Hills supporter, critic respond to report on finances

Decaturish: A report published on Monday raised questions about whether the proposed city of LaVista Hills could run the surplus its supporters claimed.   [MORE INFO]


DeKalb County finances now open for public review via online platform

The Chamblee Post:

DeKalb County finances now open for public review via online platform


DeKalb County, GA, September 12, 2015– The Post Reports – DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May announced Wednesday the County has begun use of a financial analysis platform called OpenGovthat opens up the County financials for public review.


State of the District Address

State of the District Address by DeKalb County School System Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green
Thu - 9/24, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Tucker High School Auditorium
5036 Lavista Rd, Tucker, GA 30084

A portion of the meeting will be dedicated to Q&A. We encourage you to send in your questions ahead of time. Please email your question(s) to: Wendy Wheeler-Drew, Corresponding Secretary, ELPC at




Ira B. Melton Workday

Greetings park friends

Marianne and I are hoping to schedule a workday at Ira B Melton Park on

BOC Summary from September 8th & Other News/Events


News / Events:

Only One Week Remains:  DeKalb Solicits Residents to Serve on Audit Oversight Committee!
The deadline to apply for DeKalb County’s Audit Oversight Committee (AOC) is only a week away.

In the interest of fostering accountability at all levels of the organization, DeKalb County Government is creating the AOC as authorized by the Georgia General Assembly in House Bill 599 (signed into law May 12, 2015).  This committee will function independently in conducting performance and financial-related audits for all departments, offices, agencies, and programs of the County.  The objective is to ensure County programs are effectively achieving the purpose for which they were authorized and funded.  

How to apply: County residents interested in volunteering to serve on the 5-member AOC are invited to submit their resume to

Woodlands Garden: Garden Storytime

Saturday, Sept, 12 10:00 AM—11:30 AM

Children All Ages

Join Woodlands Garden and DeKalb County Public Library for more outdoor storytimes. Come to the Woodlands Garden for stories, crafts and a walk in the woods.

Woodlands Gardens, 932 Scott Blvd.    [MORE INFO]


Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event

Deep Dekalb Beautiful: Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event

It's that time again...time to recycle your old electronics, shred your old documents and donate gently used shoes! Come join us and bring your old tax records, legal documents, etc. for free on-site shredding (limit of (5) standard size boxes per person). Recycle old computers, televisions, cell phones, game consoles or anything with a cord. We are also recycling gently used shoes. (Accepted Shoes: Sneakers, Casual Shoes, Dress Shoes, Sandals, Heels, Flats. No ski/winter boots, slippers or rubber flip flops please).
When Sat Sep 12, 2015 9am – 12pm Eastern Time
Where Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, 2340 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur, GA 30034, United States (map)
Beulah Baptist Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event 2015 08 18 gab.pdf



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