For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden. Spring Series and Plant Sales start Friday, Mar. 29.
Second update from Rep. Gardner: Monday, March 25, is the 38th legislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly. We will also be in session Tuesday, March 26, for Day 39 and Thursday, March 28, for the 40th and final day of the session. [Gun legislation; Foreclosure assistance; Boating safety; etc.]
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver filed a bill to enable residents in the Druid Hills and Briarcliff areas to discuss the pros and cons of cityhood over the next year, according to the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch. According to another article in the Patch, Rep. Fran Millar filed a bill for the Lakeside City Alliance to do the same for their area.
From the Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch: "Decatur's plan to annex two commercial areas died in the General Assembly.
From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: “Pop-up Parks" and "Parklets" are relatively new terms which describe outdoor temporary installations at community/business locations. These small recreational spots or gathering places create a sense of ‘place’ within a community or business. Sometimes called "tactical urbanism", the use of imaginative small-scale, inexpensive outside additions has become a catalyst for positive change in the built environment. The DeKalb County District #2 competition is intended to provide both the County as well as metro Atlanta with new ideas for how communities and retail shopping areas can begin to consider creative approaches for the installation of small, relaxing low cost parks.
The Little Creek Farm Conservancy (LCFC) will be hosting their Annual Pony Ride Day next Saturday, March 30th from 12-3PM at Little Creek Horse Farm, 2057 Lawrenceville Hwy. Decatur. Admission is free and each ride is $5 (cash or check only). Concessions (hotdogs, veggie burgers, homemade baked goods, etc) and merchandise will also be sold so bring a little extra cash! All proceeds go to benefit LCFC and their efforts to renovate the farm's outdoor riding arena.
From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: March 23, 2013 – MMO LEGISLATIVE NEWSLETTER. 2013 GENERAL DOWN TO FINAL THREE DAYS! This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s SIXTH email newsletter for the 2013 General Assembly Session which convened January 14, 2013 and has completed 37 of its forty days of work. .... In each newsletter, I ask how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. Thank you for your opinions and guidance! SIXTH newsletter question: Would you support funding a Venture Capital fund from Tobacco settlement payments for investors to come to Georgia to start high tech companies?
From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Budget; Arts competition; Miller Grove B-ball; Presidential medal; Taxes; Academy Day; Healthcare; Covington; Resources; Gwinnett meeting; Rare act; Mobile privacy; VA medical center parking.
From district 6 commissioner Kathie Gannon: Green Expo; Zoning update briefing; South Fork Conservancy Friendraiser; Household hazardous waste event; South River at Constitution Lakes cleanup.
From Laurel Ridge resident Dawn Forman: Around noon today (March 21) there were 2 burglaries on the 1300 and 1400 block of Willivee and an attempted burglary on the 1300 block of Willivee. I was able to speak to two officers patrolling our area. This is what I found out:
From wsbtv: "The DeKalb County School Board has pulled its name and money from a lawsuit challenging the governor's authority to remove school board members and replace them with people of his choosing....." [Read more]
From district 6 commissioner Kathie Ganno via North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: The 6th Annual DeKalb County Green Expo will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission to the event in Georgia Piedmont Technical College's conference center in Clarkston is free. Local “green” businesses will promote their products and services.
From Bike Emory and the Office of Sustainability: Would you like to ride a bicycle to Emory but feel unsure of where to ride or how to do so safely and confidently? Do you wish you knew more about the rules to follow, how to avoid crashes, and what to do in case of a flat tire? Do you want to gain enough knowledge to teach your children to ride carefully and wisely on their own?
If yes, then consider registering for a Confident City Cycling class at Emory. All classes are led by certified instructors from our friends at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
From Emory's Office of Sustainability: All are welcome to attend Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's Rain Barrel Workshop from 1p.m.-2p.m. at Glenn Memorial Church on Sunday. There is no fee and registration is not required to watch the workshop, but all rain barrels to take home are sold out for this event. For event details, visit http://bit.ly/emoryrainbarrelworkshop
I've elided the section on her constituency in Fulton County; the rest of the summary might be helpful. Wednesday, March 20, will be the 35th legislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly. With only six legislative days remaining before final adjournment, scheduled for March 28, lawmakers still have a number of major issues on the remaining agenda...
House approves $19.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2014
From Bettye Davis, county Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: Zoning Ordinance Update meetings; Neighborhood Watch program; Child exploitation discussion; Green expo; Race for the Arts; Recycling training.
This is in regard to the proposed changes in the drive through McDonald's on N Decatur Road near Clairmont Road. From Pat Thomas, posted originally on the Civic Association Network, reposted with permission: "Last night, I went to the pre-submittal community meeting for the McDonald's on N. Decatur Road. Two McDonald's representatives were there, and I guess I represented the community. It was just the 3 of us.
[Update 3/21/13 - see district 1 commissioner Elaine Boyer's announcement below and the reactions from the Tucker Civic Association to the Lakeside City proposal here.] From Jim Spencer via the Civic Association Network: I am sending this out to several distribution lists as what I feel is an important educational opportunity. As you probably know, there is movement afoot to form various cities, all of which may include YOU.
The newly constituted Dekalb School District Board met for the first time March 20, 2013. It was a business meeting and not open to public comment. Their agenda can be found here (h/t to Harvey Nation on Civic Association Network) and former board member Nancy Jester's live blog of the meeting -- including listener comments -- can be found here.