Recap: Brookhaven Yes Fundraiser Draws Enthusiasm

Leadership urged attendees to start knocking on doors.


Last night I attended the Brookhaven Yes fundraiser which I'm told by the group's treasurer Chris Elsevier, raised more than $10,000 for its on-going campaign to support efforts to form a new city.

The mood at Pub 71 was celebratory as the casual envionment allowed for attendees to meet and greet with time left near the end for scheduled speakers. Many spoke victoriously about the bill's passage in the House last week and took the 101-57 vote as a sign that the formation of a new city is inevitable.

Featured speaker U.S. Rep. Tom Price urged advocates for the new city to talk to their neighbors to inform them of the issues and said enthusiastically that this bill would pass with its original name.

"Most folks aren't paying attention to what's going on," Price said. "You've got to knock on doors, talk to them at church, at little league. If you don't you're going to leave votes on the table," he said.

Price said that while cityhood was a good thing, "It doesn't mean all your problems go away," he said. "What it does mean is that the people you can go to to solve your problems live in your community."

In addition to the usual suspects, including Rep. Mike Jacobs, the bill's sponsor and Rep. Tom Taylor, the bill's co-sponsor and board members of Brookhaven Yes, Dunwoody City Councilman John Heneghan, Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson, and County Commissioner Elaine Boyer's Chief of Staff Bob Lundsten made an appearance. Additionally, DeKalb County CEO candidate Jerome Edmondson - a Democrat among a sea of Republican voters - attended the event and was well received.

There were a smattering of cityhood skeptics sprinkled among the more than 100 or so attendees, but the mood kept its upbeat tempo.

The pro cityhood movment seems to be moving right along.

Rick February 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM
If you don't want to live in a city, then cast a vote. A city is a city is a city, I don't think you're proximity to historic Brookhaven makes much of a difference.
Booyah February 23, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I don't get how this works. What if people on either side of you want to be in a city and you don't. Do they get ignored, or do we draw a line around your house? What if I don't like the new redistricting, do I get to opt out?
HamBurger February 23, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Interesting that Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson was present at this meeting. I certainly wish he would work on his own city. Of prime concern is his police department and their lack of professionalism. It’s just a little thing, but ever since the MARTA station in Chamblee was built and Peachtree Road between Pierce Drive and Chamblee-Tucker Road was expanded, there have been issues with the road. Protruding manhole covers, settling where sewer pipes were laid, etc. making for a very uncomfortable ride. Is this obstacle course not repaired so Chamblee can justify their failure to maintain lane tickets on this stretch of road? Yes, always in search for a source of revenue . . . Chip Douglas, you are not the Lone Ranger . . . Mike included our area for the revenue as well. This city business is not all that it is cracked up to be. The Carl Vinson study that is frequently spoken of does not take in to consideration much beyond the requirements of a new city. Vote for the city and then get prepared for the demands of years five through ten and beyond. There is a reason folks like living in unincorporated DeKalb County, think twice and then once again before you give it up. Now excuse me . . . Please thin slice those onions and pickles and pass the mustard . . .
Rick February 23, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Don't bring logic into the equation, it will only muddy the waters.
pat thomas February 24, 2012 at 08:51 AM
The police coverage in the CVI Ashford/Brookhaven study only accounts for patrols – no gang unit (Buford Hwy has gang activity), no detectives, no CSI unit, no SWAT, no helicopters, no communication officers, no evidence custodians, no jail or detention center, etc. Ashford will expect DeKalb County to supply those specialized services – paid for by residents in unincorporated DeKalb County. Why should we subsidize Ashford, and have to pay higher taxes to do it from which we will receive no benefit? Ashford will be removing revenue from DeKalb County by pulling out an area that will become the largest city in DeKalb County. The rest of us will have to make up for it in higher taxes.
NorthDeKalbCounty.org February 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Everyone. Last night I ran into a DeKalb County Police Officer at dinner. I asked him if this new city proposal and the insinuations that DeKalb Police is doing a poor job is like a slap in the face to them. He said absolutely. Also, he said he and the rest of the department at the north precinct - across from Perimeter Mall - will be happy to supply numbers for crime, etc. Just go in and ask. And BTW. They do a great job for us and we should let them know that this assault on them is only from a very few individuals that want to make everything that DeKalb County is doing look bad in hopes that people will believe that a new crowd can do it better. It's really sad.
Kevin G Hughley February 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I think City Hood to say DeKalb Police is doing a poor job is a bunch of crap and I believe the average resident in Brookhaven will tell you when they call DeKalb Police has been great. This is a issue Brookhaven Yes is using to try and cover their senses issue. Kevin G Hughley, President of Brookhaven Chsmblee Home Owners and Neighborhood Business Alliance
Booyah February 24, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Do you just make this stuff up. Do you assume if you say anything often enough people will believe it. I see very little from Brookhaven YES saying the police are doing a bad job. I've heard them say they pay a lot for the coverage but I don't see anything disparaging officers on the street. Do you just make this up to incite or mislead.
Booyah February 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
As a guest columnist in the Brookhaven Reporter (2009) Kevin Hughley wrote: "The community has become a haven for the criminal element because of the response time of DeKalb police. Recently, we have witnessed it has taken DeKalb police 50 minutes to respond to certain types of crime."
NorthDeKalbCounty.org February 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Notice in my post above that I did not call anyone out specifically for making disparaging comments regarding police protection in the proposed city hood area. Those people know who they are and it's not my place to call them out - no matter who they are. It has been injected in many city hood conversations though. My point was that I decided to simply ask an officer his opinion and how he felt. Imagine if your job was being discussed and that someone may be taking over some of your responsibilities. How would you feel? The first thing most people would ask themselves is "What am I doing wrong." Again, I think that this city hood really is about the lack of representation at the county level from our commissioner, then perhaps we should try a new representative before we create a whole new city that could have negative results. Thats all.
Booyah February 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
It was Mr. Hughley who commented on "City Hood" disparaging police.
NorthDeKalbCounty.org February 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM
PLEASE take the survey at http://northdekalbcounty.org/. Lets see what people REALLY think. Thank you!!!
HDM February 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Northdekalbcounty.org, you are spamming this site with your website link, how about disclosing who you are and your intentions?


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