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My Support of J. Max Davis for Mayor

Looking forward to voting once again for J. Max Davis on December 4th to be our City’s first Mayor

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors of Brookhaven:

As a mother of four young children who has lived in the heart of Brookhaven for the majority of my adult life, I am looking forward to voting once again for J. Max Davis on December 4th to be our City’s first Mayor.  If you are like me and want a Police Department that will be first class and protect your family, your vote should be for Mr. Davis.  If you are like me and want our Parks to be clean, safe and fun for our children, your vote should be for Mr. Davis.  If you are like me and want our neighborhoods to be connected by sidewalks, bike trails and other means that promote an active and healthy lifestyle, your vote should be for Mr. Davis.  If you are like me and are confident that the strength of our schools will increase with a strong City behind them, your vote should be for Mr. Davis.

J. Max Davis’ dedication and commitment to bringing the City of Brookhaven to reality shows me that he is the right person to be our first Mayor.  Mr. Davis, unlike his opponent, has been an advocate for the City and its residents since Day 1.  We can trust that he will do everything in his power to make the City grow and prosper for the great people of Brookhaven.  If you are like me and want your children to be proud to be growing up in the City of Brookhaven, Georgia, please join me on Tuesday, December 4th to vote for our first Mayor, J. Max Davis.

Sincerely,

Andrea C. Keefe

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Carl Childers November 14, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Mrs. Keefe, Thank you for your comment. May I offer a retort? Thank you! I have done extensive research on the topic of police. In looking at cites that have a similar geographic structure to our beloved Brookhaven, it comes to the forefront that what J Max is proposing in terms of the numbers of boots on the ground is woefully deficient. J Max calls the standards set forth by The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) within the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) within the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) (he refers to them as "bureaucrats") suggest that there should be 1.8 officers per 1,000 residents. Link here... http://tinyurl.com/4g3qhek . This would mean a police force of 88.53 officers for a population of 49,188 citizens. Again, he is stuck on 53. Conclusion: J Max Davis is endangering the citizens of Brookhaven by woefully understaffing our police department creating a very dangerous situation. Additionally, he wants to copy/paste the Dunwoody Police construct in Brookhaven. Well, we know how thats working out for them. Yikes. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/dunwoody-grapples-with-police-shortage/nS2YN/ I am a scientist and a genius. Notice my enormous cranium.
Eddie E. November 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM
In which of the areas considered a 'heart' do you live? What has jmaxjr. actually 'done' for that area?
HamBurger November 14, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Ms. Andrea, I appreciate your support of J. Max Davis, but I have concerns about all the promises Jay, Brookhaven Yes, and their supporters have made as to exactly what Brookhaven will be. In recent weeks several folks I know have questioned the accuracy of the Vinson study. And, ultimately, just what promises made by Brookhaven Yes can be kept and the degree to which they can be implemented. I understand that there are even city council candidates with these same concerns. Some folks want to know where these folks were six months ago! As to your comments about DeKalb schools being strengthened with a strong city behind them, this is folly at best. Chamblee and Doraville have had no impact on DCSS and Brookhaven will have the same impact. And, was it not C of C that delayed the construction of CHS renovations? The strength of our schools is based on parent participation and folks like you, your husband and voting for the best representation we can have on the school board. That is realistically the best we can expect now. Daily I meet folks in our little burg that still question the need for an additional layer of government. Clearly, our area has been divided with this new city. In closing, you may find this article of interest: http://northdruidhills.patch.com/articles/curious-residents-ponder-cityhood-in-oak-grove The same elected officials intent on dividing our county instead of cleaning it up and uniting it! Please pass the yellow mustard!
Enuff Govt Already November 14, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I believe we have an excellent police force now; we have safe parks and cleaner parks than most of the metro area. I believe the area is well connected through sidewalks and with the number of cyclist and joggers I see lead me to believe the area already supports active and healthy lifestyles. I also believe the children would have been proud to have grown up in Brookhaven with or without an additional layer of govt.
JBrookhaven November 15, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Enuff Govt Already, I respect your opinion. However, while you may believe the parks are safe and clean, they are a far cry from what they should be in an area exploding with young families. With the exception of Asfhord Park, the others are an embarrassment. take a look at Briarwood Park, or Georgian Hills park. They leave a lot to be desired. There is nothing safe or appealing about Briarwood park. I am not sure how you define metro Atlanta, but take a look at parks found in the VA Highlands area, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Forsyth. Further, take a look at parks in other cities around the country. As a whole, ours are really rough. They haven gotten very little attention from the county. The parks are important to me and a lot of families, and personally, I think J Max and his family are more representative of what our community has and continues to become.
JBrookhaven November 15, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Regardless of whom they support for Mayor, I am always curious about the credentials of people who question the Carl Vincent Institute. It's amazing how many average Joes think they know more than an institute with 80 years of experience on the issue. I cannot help but think of them as armchair quarterbacks.
Brookhaven Maven November 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
To Ms. Keefe original blog entry -- The only one of the dozen mudprint parks in which I have ever felt even a little unsafe is Skyland, and then, only at night. That is because there are no lights up in there and there is gang activity. I have been in ALL of the parks for years from dawn until "closing" around midnight, and I have never felt my safety to be threatened. A good police department is not an issue in this election. DeKalb PD is more than just satisfactory, and they provide nearly limitless resources. It never ceases to amaze me how you and others continue to denigrate these men and women. Do you not realize that many of the (1 per thousand) mudprint officers will be recruited from the DKPD? You will have many of the same individuals to complain about. The mudprint will exercise no influence over DeKalb School System. As was stated above, you and other parents are the only hope for straightening out that mess. Here is a combination of police and school you may not have considered: DeKalb PD has a Tactical Unit (motorcycle officers) that is responsible for the safe transit of children in school walk zones. If you have a speeding problem near Ashford Park Elementary, for example, all you have to do is call DKPD and request that the Tac Unit set up shop there for a few days. Will the mudprint police force have sufficient staff to be able to provide this service? Or, will we continue to use DKPD Tac Unit and pay out the wazoo for it? -- The Maven
Brookhaven Maven November 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
To Ms. Keefe -- Don't you think both remaining candidates for mayor have the same goals (parks, police, blah, blah, blah)? Exactly what attributes -- personal or professional -- set J M Davis apart from S Murray? What makes him a better choice than her? All I can tell is that one was pro-city and one was anti-city, but even that distinction is blurred, now. NEITHER of these two have any significant business experience, and most certainly have never managed a business the size our mudprint is proposed to be. NEITHER have ever served in a governmental (elected or otherwise) position. In, fact, BOTH of them have lost every election they've run in. NEITHER has the requisite marketing skills to promote the mudprint to companies looking for a new home or to citizens looking for a great place to live. NEITHER of them has what I would call a scintillating relationship with the elected leadership of DeKalb County. Please give me nitty gritty about what great thing distinguishes one of these mayoral candidates from the other. Thank you. -- The Maven
HamBurger November 15, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Mr. Jay, please tell us just what “friends of” parks memberships J. Max Davis is involved with. Let us know what his participation is with these parks. Is he involved with the Georgian Hills or Briarwood parks groups? http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/dekalb-re-ups-with-park-group/nS6G7/ Or, is he only involved with the Brittany Club at Silver Lake? You know, a private club? Man! Can you imagine? Silver Lake as our new public park? Folks like to claim J. Max has a stellar community involvement record, but we have yet to see that he is only involved in creating a new city for advancement of his political career. Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger November 15, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Mr. Jay, your questions are better directed to a certain state elected official off of Harts Mill Road that instructed the Vinson folks how to manipulate their study for the benefit of C$ND. You want armchair accounting? He proudly gave it to you. The Vinson folks are going to be very quiet on this one. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Jack of Kings November 15, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Enuff, you need to get out more. Anyone who thinks are parks are well-maintained have not seen Gwinnett's parks. But when you do, please post again.
Joe The Plumber November 15, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I've seen Gwinnett parks. They are crappy.
Eddie E. November 15, 2012 at 01:15 PM
JB, You do realize that the CVI only studies the questions as presented to determine feasibility don't you? It isn't like there was a broad overview of all the variables, instead it was a specific package of conditions presented to the Institute that was digested (at fairly substantial cost) to ensure a desired result. The real world does not always provide the desired result but just as a question, can you identify any potential governmental entity provided to the CVI for review that was not determined to be 'feasible'?
Eddie E. November 15, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Your identification of Ashford Park is somewhat unusual. Unless people will remain under 5 years old forever, what use is a giant sandbox?
Andrea Keefe November 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Eddie, we do not know each other, but my husband tells me your child went to Ashford Park School and that you continue to be a supporter of the school, so you earn points in my book. To answer your first question, if my sons' soccer ball finds its way out our front door and down the steps, it has an equal chance of landing in Brookhaven Fields, Ashford Park or Drew Valley. That is the area we consider to be the heart of Brookhaven, and if you look at a map of the City, you can't get much more centralized than we are. My opinions and beliefs are based on conversations my family has had with Mr. Davis when he has visited our front door, the park we frequent (the one you consider to be a sandbox), and the school our children attend. What has he done for my area? That is a good question, and I'll respond by asking you what has Sandy Murray done for my area? Another good question, agreed? However, I am more concerned about what Mr. Davis will do for our area and the City as a whole compared to what Mrs. Murray will do. The only time I have personally seen Mrs. Murray's presence near my family's home is when her campaign worker was trying to place her yard sign in front of Mr. Davis' at our front step, a situation I found very disrespectful. We have two options when it comes to voting for our Mayor on December 4th. My choice is for the person I believe has best communicated his visions for the City of Brookhaven which are visions I share for myself and my family.

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