Cityhood bills dead for the year

Coverage from the Patch, Reporter Newspapers, AJC, and WXIA.  

From April Hunt for the AJC: "After a back-and-forth battle over potential borders, neither Lakeside nor Tucker got the OK on Monday to try to become DeKalb County’s newest cities this year.  The latest bid to subdivide the state’s third-largest county died in a packed committee room, with one of the General Assembly’s staunchest advocates of new cities saying this fight was so tough he won’t revisit trying again next year and may not even support other lawmakers’ efforts.... Now, those areas will become part of a discussion being advocated by state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, and interim DeKalb CEO Lee May.  Last week, May created a 15-member task force charged, among other things, with carving up all of DeKalb County into cities either via annexations or new municipalities and, possibly, by creating townships. " [Read more.]

Decatur electronics recycling day

Event Date and Time: 
03/22/2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

From the City of Decatur: Decatur has combined two of your favorite recycling events to make it simple and convenient for you to recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam, and safely shred and recycle your documents too!

WHEN: Saturday, March 22nd, 9 am -1 pm

NEW LOCATION: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley Street
*Enter from Columbia Drive

MORE INFORMATION: Sean Woodson, Solid Waste Superintendent, 678-898-8562.

GPC garden events

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College Garden: Lunch and wildflower series; Plant sales.

Spring events in Druid Hills

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Druid Hills tours; Atlanta science festival; Fernbank bird walk; Callanwolde classes; Atlanta Preservation Center events.

Suspicious white truck 3/12/14

Seen casing houses in Laurel Ridge: a white ford f150 with plate # PSC7770. It was 3 white males and one white female. They were casing houses on Delcourt and Atterberry. I called the cops at 2:45 and I saw a patrol car about 10 minutes later. The truck had a dent in the back. They were looking in carports.

DeKalb History Center talk/tour at Swanton House

Event Date and Time: 
03/29/2014 - 1:00pm

From Melissa Forgey at the DeKalb History Center: On Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. the DeKalb History Center will host a living history tour of the Benjamin Swanton House followed by a lecture given by local historian Dr. George Coletti. The program, which is sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council, is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at 404-373-1088 extension 20 or by email at  The Swanton House is located at 720 West Trinity Place, Decatur, Georgia, 30030.

Rep. Oliver's legislative update 3/9/14

From rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s fourth email newsletter for the 2014 General Assembly Session which convened Monday January 13, 2014, and has completed 34 days of the annual 40 day Session. In each newsletter, I ask how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. I am very grateful for your thoughtful responses and I personally read all your answers, and you can read past newsletters and past questions asked under the Media section of my website .

Lakeside Cityhood bill tabled 3/12/14

From Jonathan Shapiro for  WABE: "A House committee has tabled a bill that would create a city of Lakeside in central DeKalb County.   With only three days left in this year’s legislative session, it’s now an uphill battle for Lakeside, but advocates say it’s not over yet...."  [Read more.] See also this report in the Reporter Newspapers.

DeKalb Police: Burglaries on Webster, Clairmont Circle 3/12/14

From DeKalb Police via 

New map for Lakeside/Tucker cities 3/13/14

From Collin Kelley for the Reporter Newspapers: "A new map showing boundaries for the proposed cities of Lakeside and Tucker emerged this morning in a tweet from Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), who said he got the map from the Reapportionment Office.

Cityhood round up 3/14/15

From Deb Belt in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "The effort to incorporate three areas in central DeKalb County has little chance make it through the state legislature as the session wraps up.

Cityhood bill on the table 3/17/14

From state rep. Rahn Mayo: "Lakeside Cityhood Legislation (SB 270). Cityhood - Monday 3/17/2014 Committee Meeting, Newest Map. The House Governmental Affairs Committee, which is considering the bill that would enable a referendum to be held on the creation of the City of Lakeside (SB 270), is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 17, from 3:30p-5p, in Room 606 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.  The city of Lakeside would like to include lucrative commercial areas of DeKalb County in their tax base. The economic impact on the families remaining in DeKalb has yet to be accessed.  To voice your opinion about the future of DeKalb County to the House Governmental Affairs Committee, please find their contact information below.

Cityhood politics

From the Brookhaven Post. "A letter to supporters signed by Mary Kay Woodworth, Chair of the Lakeside Cityhood Alliance (LCA), tells supporters that Senator Fran Millar told the group compromise over city boundaries with Tucker was essential if the bill were to move forward in this legislative session. Thursday’s letter also says, “Senator Millar made it very clear to us that because of political forces at work behind the scenes, the only way to move our bill forward was to reach this compromise with Tucker – remove part of the Midvale voting precinct and the Pleasantdale voting precinct, as well as the retail and commercial area south of Lavista Road (including Northlake Festival and Best Buy shopping center and industrial on Montreal Road).”..."[Read more.]

Neighborhood Watch meeting notes 3/13/14

From Dawn Forman of Laurel Ridge: Mr. Fowler and several officers attended our Neighborhood Watch meeting last night. He noted the importance of the partnership that we have built with him and the police department. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the communication is so much better. Our crime rates have dropped since last year. Warm weather can bring crime and we need to get our awareness up.

Crime Tips:

* He stressed not to hesitate to call 911 if we see anything suspicious.

Clifton Rd traffic alert 3/15/14

From Emory University: This Saturday, March 15, Arborguard Tree Specialists with support from DeKalb County, Georgia Power and Emory Facilities Management will remove two oak trees along Clifton Road that have been identified as risks for structural failure. The trees are located just north of 1463 Clifton Rd. adjacent to the sidewalk near the entrance to the Lullwater Preserve. The work will begin at 8 a.m. and will close one northbound lane on Clifton Rd. for approximately 75 yards for a period of 4-5 hours.  Southbound lanes on Clifton Rd. will not be affected.

Order flowers and benefit Friends of DeKalb animals

From Friends of DeKalb Animals via Barb Dalton in Medlock Park: "Our organization needs your help. For every purchase made on this site Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to Friends of Dekalb Animals.

Burglary and mail theft alerts

From Dawn Forman in Laurel Ridge via Barb Dalton in Medlock Park: Today there was a burglary to a home on the 2500 block of Wilson Woods near Shetland Drive. It appears that someone backed up into their driveway. They tried prying the the door at the carport, but were unable to pry it open, and went around to the back of the house and were able to get through the back door. The burglars took a tv, cash, keyboard, ipad, and other electronics. This happened before 12:30 pm today.

Clairmont Heights break-ins

From WSBTV coverage of the MANA Neighborhood Watch meeting 3/13/14: "Neighbors are fed up with thieves targeting their homes -- so they're doing something about it.

County event update 3/8/14

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.

Commissioner Rader update 3/8/14

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.

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