UPDATE: Mitchell Responds To Low Candidate Rating

A community organization rated candidates for past support, but this District 2 candidate received only one star.

District 2 city council candidate Russell Mitchell said the rating given to him by the Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Alliance (BPCA) "is misleading, and I find it unfortunate the news this morning implies I don’t support the overlay district when in fact I do."

In a statement sent to Patch early Monday afternoon, Mitchell said another District 2 candidate, Jim Eyre, "sits on the board for this organization so I think it’s a conflict of interest for them to rate candidates in the district."

The organization announced on Monday morning its ratings for Brookhaven's municipal candidates based on their past support of the organization.

While most candidates received two or three stars, Mitchell was the only candidate listed by the BPCA as receiving one star. The organization did not list any candidates who received no ratings at all.

"I understand and fully support the initiatives of the organization but felt it is not in my best interest to respond directly," Mitchell told Patch. "Rather, my focus has been speaking to voters and hearing their concerns."

Mitchell also forwarded to Patch an email he sent to the BPCA in regard to a candidate-training session that it was offering, a session that he declined to attend.

"I was made aware of the training at 9pm the day before the session was to occur," Mitchell told Patch. "I find it hard to believe my opponent was made aware of the event with the same short notice. Jim’s involvement with the BPCA organization leads me to believe there was some collusion to exclude me from the original invitation to the training and now single me out as a non-supporter of the Brookhaven overlay district."

Here is the text of the email that Mitchell sent to BPCA:

"I apologize for not being able to attend the event this past Sunday. Unfortunately, I was not able to accommodate with such short notice. I appreciate your inquiry, but my focus right now is on the campaign. I fully support the overlay district and its vision for the area. I look forward to working with you after the election as Councilman for District 2."

“Neighbors keep asking us which candidates are supporting the Brookhaven Livable Communities Initiative overlay and we felt there was no other way to provide all of our supporters with a sense of confidence in the candidates they are considering,” said board member Jack Honderd. “This process has had a measurable impact on the candidates and raised awareness about the overlay and the organization.”

Candidates were awarded one, two or three stars based on their level of support for the BPCA and support for the organization's goals:

Mayor -

  • Three stars: Larry Danese, J. Max Davis and Sandy Murray

District One -

  • Three stars: Kevin Meaders and Rebecca Chase Williams
  • No other candidates received stars in this race.

District Two -

  • Three stars: Jim Eyre and Larry Hurst
  • One star: Russell Mitchell

District Three -

  • Three stars - Deborah Anthony, Hope Bawcom, Bates Mattison, Bridget O'Donnell, Julia Russo and Erik Steavens
  • Two stars: Kevin Quirk
  • District Four -
  • Three stars: Joe Gebbia and Kerry Witt
John Q Public October 31, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Has anyone seen J Max's untraceable gun?
hmm October 31, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Yep your MAMAs got it!
hmm October 31, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Don Garbichy I find it incredible you are still off your meds. I find it incredible they let you out I find it incredible you are able to feed yourself I find it incredible you can remember your password
hmm October 31, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Dan GArbychy did you hear the exciting news???? The Mexican Consulate is going to share space with the Brookhaven City Hall and set up a permanent voter registration and voting site. Here is the link for the announcement: http://tinyurl.com/MexicanConsulate
HamBurger October 31, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Mr. Johnathan, you seem to have forgotten that Mr. Russell used to frequent the Patch as GuruLikeDrucker in his quest to “sell” the new city. He has been rather quiet about just who funded the C$ND Vinson study. He held important positions with C$ND and Brookhaven Yes. He worked for Calvin Giordano and Associates, a contractor providing services to Dunwoody. He publically stated here on the Patch in a headline story about him that he was not going to run for office. Additionally, he is in “pay to play” mode with Calvin Giordano and Associates having taken a $2,500.00 contribution from them for his city council campaign. Regardless of one’s district, I think everyone in this city should be taking a much closer look at Mr. Russell! Please pass the yellow mustard!
John Q Public October 31, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Calvin Giordano stands to gain a $2,000,000 contract from Brookhaven. Wonder if thats why they are funding their "BOYS". PAY TO PLAY. TRICK OR TREAT. WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT. CROOKED S&IT! http://www.calvin-giordano.com/government-services/city-of-dunwoody-ga-administrative-services http://jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2010/Oct/10252010_Contract_Amed_CalvinGiordano.pdf
hmm October 31, 2012 at 08:41 PM
johnathan 2:55 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 I tell YA ROCKY YA A CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!!! Bob and WEAVE, Bob and WEAVE You told me you loved me So I don't understand They'll catch you if they can Lies lies lies yeah Lies lies lies yeah Lies lies lies yeah Lies lies lies yeah
hmm October 31, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I mean he's attractive enough but that doesn't explain why y'all gots such wood for him. On the chance you missed it: Doubt Hambooger lives in District 1. Hambooger has never related an experience he has had in District 1. Hambooger talks about people volunteering but never mentions accomplishments in a neighborhood park. Hambooger just says District 1 to go with the handle Why does Hambooger know about your neighbors? Could be he is just Creepy Could be he is a paid political operative Could be he is a candidate. Hambooger's obsessive interest in the District 2 race is telling. Trick or Treat Y'All!
John Q Public October 31, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Calvin Giordano stands to gain a $2,000,000 contract from Brookhaven. Wonder if thats why they are funding their "BOYS". PAY TO PLAY. TRICK OR TREAT. WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT. CROOKED S&IT! http://www.calvin-giordano.com/government-services/city-of-dunwoody-ga-administrative-services http://jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2010/Oct/10252010_Contract_Amed_CalvinGiordano.pdf
John Q Public October 31, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Tell Dennis how much you appreciate his attempt to PAY TO PLAY! Dennis J. Giordano President 560 Village Blvd, Suite 340 West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.684-6161 561.684-6390 www.calvin-giordano.com dennis@calvin-giordano.com
don Gabacho November 01, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I find it incredible that "J. Max" would not have told anyone---vendor or not---that a meeting between the public and those who govern them was simply not the time and place for contributions being offered and/or accepted---period. Much less the very first time the public was allowed any access at all to those already governing them. Access, as it turned out, limited to viewing-only and "no [at least open] discussion" about it. Given, also, J. Max's rationalizations afterward, and still, can anyone really claim J.Max demonstrates being even capable, much less having the will, to make any distinction at all between free-and -open government and paid -or-closed political events?
don Gabacho November 01, 2012 at 03:55 AM
"Don Garbichy I find it incredible you are still off your meds. I find it incredible they let you out I find it incredible you are able to feed yourself I find it incredible you can remember your password"---jonathan Me too. What's your excuse?
don Gabacho November 01, 2012 at 05:32 AM
"I think I did criticize you yesterday..." Are you apologizing? "...I honestly don't know if your name is Gabacho or not so I doubt of I would criticize you for such..." Re-read your responses to me. Or, better said, the script you relayed whether you realize it or not. As far as "don Gabacho," it is a nick-name, so to speak, bestowed upon me while living in Mexico by working-class Mexicans. "don" is a title of respect. "Gabacho," more or less, means Gringo. Mexico's working-class stateside also call me "don Gabacho." As to my real name? You should know it. I sent you an email once. Recall? When you had a problem qualifying to get your name on the ballot because of an unexpected deadline to register and pay? About the same time what I had posted to the Patch that it could be regarded a "candidate tax"? If you are apologizing, I will be happy to accept, and not only for me but also for you, the day I see your enumerated response---and yours only---addressing my queries, properly and with "respect," already enumerated: the "respect" due from a candidate to every Citizen, voluntary or not, of the City of Brookhaven. Until then, I can only regard you as the strawman, witting or not, you have proven to me that you are allowing yourself to be. If you need to clear your mind somewhat prior to responding, strike words like "imply" and "insinuate" from your vocabulary, both in thought and writing. It should help.
Thom Shepard November 01, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Mr. don Garbacho, What you are implying with your insinuations has no bearing on reality. Seriously.
don Gabacho November 01, 2012 at 06:29 AM
"What you are implying with your insinuations has no bearing on reality. Seriously."---Thom Shepard Thom, you are incorrigible. You could have been a role-model. Not a role-player.
don Gabacho November 01, 2012 at 06:40 AM
"Russell used to frequent the Patch as GuruLikeDrucker."---Hamburger GuruDrek? Really. One thing I have to thank---I think---the editor and moderator of the B'Patch. I had no idea I had such a gang of nasty neighbors. And gang they are.
don Gabacho November 01, 2012 at 07:12 AM
"In reference to your criticism of the Governors Commission Meetings it seems you did not understand...."----Thom Shepard Don't tell me, sonny, or anyone else, what I certainly saw and understood. After seeing it, and having to quietly endure it and even survive it first-hand for some twenty years in Mexico, I thought it would be a relief just to finally get home to the good old USA. If you were even capable of shame, you would be ashamed of yourself for even trying to tell me, or anyone else, that that seminal event wasn't exactly what I described. Heaven help us, our children and children yet to come. Welcome to 'corporatist' governance.
don Gabacho November 01, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Mr. Shepard, From your B'Patch bio, I've taken note of your profession as a "Grip" and especially the credit awarded you for "special effects" on the film/video "Zombieland" shot here in Atlanta. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1156398/ Mighty impressive. Do elaborate on just what the special effects were, including technical, if any, other such or related work in Atlanta, and just how familiar you are with video production companies, public or private, in the area. And, given your background, do explain to the readership just what "capture stages" are including their portability. It would certainly be a great public service to the Citizens of the City of Brookhaven.
don Gabacho November 01, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Most especially the new phenomenon in film/video productions,and objectives, of such new video-production companies as, for example only, 'Motus Digital - Motion Capture Studio" http://motusdigital.com which I have referenced before in posts to this forum. Do note that access to its highly trained troupe of actors, mimes and even facial contortionists has been blocked by password in since posting the references here. How fortunate we are to have a person of your renoun in the industry to describe it for us.
Kestrel Larson November 01, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Hi! I just signed the petition "Honorable Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal: Exclude ALL vendors vying for contracts who contributed to campaigns." on Change.org. It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/honorable-governor-of-georgia-nathan-deal-exclude-all-vendors-vying-for-contracts-who-contributed-to-campaigns Thanks! Kestrel
Thom Shepard November 01, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Mr. don Gabacho, First to the question of a capture stage. While we do a lot of green screen work on the large productions I tend to work on in Atlanta, I have not worked with motion capture as might be best understood as what the used in Avatar to have real people create the motions for computer generated characters. Interestingly the fish in Big Fish was really a mechanical fish, as was the one in Frankenfish. A rather extensive rig set up by a special effects crew that specializes in puppetry and life like modeling. These are typically very specialized companies based out of LA, and these crews are great fun to work around and support as grips tend to do. Motion Capture is probably also very common with a lot of the video game work being done in Atlanta, but I do not work in that field, I mainly just work on feature films and television shows. <<<continued>>>
Thom Shepard November 01, 2012 at 02:57 PM
<<<continued>>> As far as Zombieland, thanks for asking, that is one of the most enjoyable jobs I have had in film. While I have known Bob Shelley, the Special Effects Coordinator, since before I worked in the business there is often not as regular work for special effects as there might be for grip, electric or camera. Those who have many years of experience, usually gained in Los Angeles, can stay busy but I mainly work as a grip. However the first 6 weeks of Zombieland was filmed in Valdosta Georgia at Wild Adventures and they needed a larger special effects crew. Since Bob knew I had my Department of Defense clearance from my year working for a private contractor in Iraq in 2004-2005 he knew getting Federal and State clearance and a license for me to work with and handle explosives would not be a problem so I am now permitted under their company to handle explosives. A lot of the work included rigging up what are called squibs, explosive charges to blow out blood packs or in structures to simulate gun shots. We worked closely with the stunt teams on a lot of the work which made it even more interesting. While controlled these charges can still take a hand off or kill a stunt person if not wired and treated properly so it is a rather meticulous business to be taken seriously. <<<continued>>>
Thom Shepard November 01, 2012 at 02:58 PM
<<<continued>>> We also built out the rigging where the Hummer is propelled into the lake, which was handled by a series of pullies and wire where one truck had to pull the Hummer in a short distance off a dock covered with stunt doubles. Rather dramatic and fun to work on. Also, the smoke that you see all around the amusement park was mostly a real effect, not digital so much of our time was spent operating smoke machines, large and small all over the park and set. Special effects also handles “wetdowns”. Pavement when shooting at night has a strong glare, so most of the time it has to be wet down to address this, so this is common work in Special Effects on sets. It includes large water trucks, fire hoses as well as regular water hoses for the closer shots. When the production returned to Atlanta I shifted over to Grip as the special effects work was much less on the more scenic shots in Atlanta. So while I did two jobs on the film I was full time from start to finish. I have been gotten to work on some amazing productions like Big Fish and The Blind Side, and it is hard to compare, but this was one of the more exciting and interesting shows technically to work on. Thanks for asking.
hmm November 01, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Interesting. But I'm scratching my head. Don whatcha up to?
hmm November 01, 2012 at 06:30 PM
LMAO DON! That's one of the best responses from you I've seen. So you aren't crazy after all. As to me, yes, the fact The Patch has not deleted my account is evidence of how easy it is to make a mockery of these boards.
hmm November 02, 2012 at 05:04 PM
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Ben Podgor November 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Re: LCI vision for Brookhaven. In the interest of full disclosure, let me state that I refused to take any position on any item that particular organizations are seeking. This does not imply that I have no interest in the matter. It may be true that I am not fully informed on all aspects of the problem. I believe that placing this question before a candidate is highly improper. The city faces many complicated matters and trying to get your problem a priority is not fair. It makes it appear that this is more important than the formation of the city. I am sure that all the candidates for all the openings are interested in solving the problem. It could be easy to just say yes. I will support everything your group asks for. There may be people within your group looking to get some work out of this. This is too important for a yes or no answer. Ben Podgor
Worker B November 03, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I received robocalls from Russ Mitchell and Chris Boedeker, both with an area code of 978, which is Massachusetts. What's up with that? Are they outsourcing jobs to Massachusetts?
HamBurger November 03, 2012 at 01:36 AM
The robo calls from Russell Mitchell and Chris Boedeker are bout them, not about their constituents, or the new city they represent. Please pass the yellow mustard!
don Gabacho November 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
"Interesting. But I'm scratching my head. Don whatcha up to?"----Low and Behold I'll be posting soon.


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