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City Of Brookhaven Can Do What DeKalb Will Not

A new entry into The Forum supports Brookhaven cityhood.


My street, Ellijay Drive, has not been paved for years. It’s full of ruts, broken asphalt, pot holes and uneven pavement. The size of the hole at the foot of my driveway is expanding at an alarming rate. Maybe I need to call “Pothole Pete” in for a fix!

Requests and petitions to the DeKalb County government have gone unheeded. Oh, one time they came down the street with spray cans of paint to mark where they would make their improvements. But that was way back in early 2011. Now those paint lines are worn off and have disappeared, much like any hope for a paving job any time soon.

Since none of the DeKalb Commissioners lives anywhere near Brookhaven, they never have to drive on our nasty old pavement. 

I intend to vote YES for the new city of Brookhaven, in part because I believe local control of an issue like roads will result in a more responsive city government.  It’s worked for Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, and I’m confident it will work for Brookhaven too.

Christopher Binkert

Eddie E. July 27, 2012 at 03:22 AM
William, No, they weren't, but you guys can pat yourselves on the back for what you didn't 'expose'. Everyone knows you are all in the pocket of for profit contractors and eager developers.
Eddie E. July 27, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Tim, I feel so comforted knowing that 'my best interests' would be entrusted to those who's first goal is to make a buck! What an entirely odd consideration for 'public service'. Isn't that part of the biblical definition of 'service'?
Eddie E. July 27, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Dean (anonymous menace), No they aren't fooled. They understand Foul-Underhanded-Double-Dealing, and you will soon see how little of it they want to 'buy'!
HamBurger July 27, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Mr. Tim, so you admit that Brookhaven Yes will do anything to secure a city for themselves. Even if they have to purchase it. I received another offensive mailer from the secondary arm of Brookhaven Yes today. Signs of how our city will be run. Please pass the yellow mustard and thin sliced onions!
Eddie E. July 27, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Tim, And the limp claim of 'county involvement' is just so much digested beans. I'm sorry your party is over, at least you used other people's money and they (probably) get to deduct it. Did you get that list together of the C4ND donors? We were wondering how many of the same Contractors were on it?
HDM July 27, 2012 at 03:28 AM
LOL, how hypocritical of you Mr. Ehlert. Your NOCity group is financially and political directly connected to he DeKalb Democrat bureacracy! It is in their "best interest" to continue to plunder Brookhaven.
Eddie E. July 27, 2012 at 03:30 AM
guru (another anonymous menace), Tell me, what happens when a 'designer city' is run by a 'contractor' who files for ch11? At least in San Bernadino, the assets of the Citizens were protected. What happens when the People OWN NONE OF THE ASSETS and the creditors come to collect the Police cars?
HDM July 27, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Everyone now knows NOCity is "in the pocket" of the entrenched DeKalb Democrat bueacracy.
Tim Nama July 27, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Burger, It's good to see that you can't even respond to the question. Just more misdirection as usual. I bet you're a pro at 3 card monte. At least you were able to call Eddie and get him out of bed, you were sinking fast trying to hide the ball all by yourself. That's it for me tonight, I'll log on in the morning to catch up on what you, Jodi, & Burrell come up with in the morning to make it all ok. Goodnight.
No City Busted July 27, 2012 at 03:48 AM
"Confidence Builders: We have a good story to tell and we’re not presenting it to the neighborhoods. The CEO’s communication team can lead this effort... Armed with the above analysis, information and tools, the anti-Brookhaven organization will have the ability to reduce the credibility of the CV [University of Georgia Carl VinsonInstitute] study and the rationale for a new city.". This is an email to County staff from Kathie Gannons taxpayer funded assistant, Davis Fox. Uh Ooohhh.... Wow!!! This is illegal. Sounds just like a No City mailer. NoCity forgot about Politics 101 again.
Eric H July 27, 2012 at 03:52 AM
So was Mr. Konas faking his indignation at the Reporter's Town Hall meeting at Oglethorpe or is he unaware of what is going on? Also I'd like to know more about this Kathy Gannon email. I still have her sign in my yard and would be very disappointed if they would promote a temporary elevation of service levels just to fake people into thinking DeKalb was becoming responsive. Unbelievable Tim excellent response.
No City Busted July 27, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Ms. Cobb, Mr. Konas? Click here to read an e-mail in which “No City” treasurer Jodi Cobb pushes CEO Burrell Ellis and DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan to release a statement about the location of the DeKalb County North Police Precinct. CEO Ellis and Mr. Brennan issue the statement at Ms. Cobb’s request, and she replies: “Fantastic! Thank You. Any help we can get to help fight the city is appreciated.” No coordination with the county?! Busted!!! BrookhavenFacts.com
No City Busted July 27, 2012 at 04:24 AM
To answer Eric H- Yes, he was feigning indignation. Jodi Cobb actually scolded Stan Segal for even hinting there might be some county/nocity collusion. The sad thing is there are good people supporting NoCity who have been led by the nose thinking they weren't really on the side of Dekalb County government. They have been used by the no city leadership and their now obvious partners in county government. Many of them are old folks who just don't like government too much and to think they were taken advantage of in order to protect personal agendas and cozy relationships with the county is a little disheartening.
Eric H July 27, 2012 at 05:07 AM
GuruLikeDrucker has the history of the Lake 100% correct. Regarding the email, the plan they came out with was laughable. We have someone with knowledge in the community and he pointed out some issues, that caused the project to go back to the EPD for permitting, and it appears to be on hold again. Some people wanted to do anything. But most were like, why waste money? Must of it would wash away fairly quickly. Major issues weren't addressed and because the person who hand wrote the plan were no longer there the people presenting it weren't aware of all of the issues.
Erik July 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Phil 10:51 pm on Thursday, July 26, 2012 From: Jodi Cobb [Ms. Cobb's e-mail address redacted throughout] Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 9:57 AM To: Brennan, Burke; Ellis, WB Subject: Re: N. Precinct article Fantastic! Thank You. Any help we can get to help fight the city is appreciated. From: “Brennan, Burke” To: “Ellis, WB” ; Sent: Fri, April 20, 2012 9:46:53 AM Subject: Re: N. Precinct article I will send it right over. From: Ellis, WB Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 09:41 AM To: Jodi Cobb Cc: Brennan, Burke Subject: Re: N. Precinct article Jodi: I did issue a stmt. Burke Brennan will send it to you.
Erik July 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Phil 10:51 pm on Thursday, July 26, 2012 From: Jodi Cobb [Ms. Cobb's e-mail address redacted throughout] Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 9:57 AM To: Brennan, Burke; Ellis, WB Subject: Re: N. Precinct article Fantastic! Thank You. Any help we can get to help fight the city is appreciated. From: “Brennan, Burke” To: “Ellis, WB” ; Sent: Fri, April 20, 2012 9:46:53 AM Subject: Re: N. Precinct article I will send it right over. From: Ellis, WB Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 09:41 AM To: Jodi Cobb Cc: Brennan, Burke Subject: Re: N. Precinct article Jodi: I did issue a stmt. Burke Brennan will send it to you.
HamBurger July 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Inquiries were made as to the accuracy of Brookhaven Yes’s Police Flyer. Remember, Brookhaven Yes never tells the rest of the story. Here is the response to the misinformation being spread by Brookhaven Yes: I’m looking at these watch lists, and let me just share with you a few things that I notice… 1. On one of the watch lists, there are four units under the heading “SPECIAL” that are blacked out. These units were assigned to a special detail and were very much available to handle calls/address issues in the proposed footprint of Brookhaven. As a matter of fact, the special detail itself was more than likely being conducted within the Brookhaven area to address a prevalent issue at the time. Cheerwine and a special hamburger?
HamBurger July 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM
2. In looking at the map of our territories, and the units assigned to each territory, think of that as a preliminary template. As the shift progresses and evolves, and different situations and needs arise, we have a proven system in place to move assets to where they are needed. For instance; it is true enough that the majority of our map of our 180’s territories is outside the proposed footprint for Brookhaven, but, if we have a priority call come out in “the footprint”, and we have a 180 unit assigned to something that can wait, or not assigned at all, the call in the footprint is not just going to sit there until one of the 160, 170, or 190 cars is available. To say that a 180 unit is not available to handle calls/address issues in the footprint is a fallacy. I can tell you that I have worked many a shift where I spent very little time in my assigned territory, because there was a greater need elsewhere. 3. Of the watch lists chosen to be presented, three of the four are for the same date. So we are looking at “two days in the life” of North Precinct. One of the things you do not see is that we have a Robbery Task Force that works a swing shift and predominantly works the Brookhaven area. That provides for an additional Lieutenant, Sergeant, and a number of officers right there. This task force is placed on a separate watch list. Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger July 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM
4. There are officers shown to be on different types of leave, to include sick (FMLA included) and military. Having personnel on leave is a fact of life for any police department/precinct. An important point to consider right now is the scheduling plan that Major Ellison has proposed to the Uniform Division Chief. This plan is a 12 hour plan that is used by departments like Dunwoody and Chamblee. This plan maximizes man power and would put 17 line officers, 2 Sergeants and 2 Lieutenants on the road from 6 am to 6 pm and 6 pm to 6 am. These would be the numbers before allowing for leave time and training time. This plan greatly increases the number of officers on patrol and better serves our mission to reduce crime and provide better police services. May I have some more of those thin sliced onions?
Truth before Power July 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Truth before Power 8:08 am on Friday, July 27, 2012 David Scott Rials Chief Executive Officer Live Oak Site Development Inc Cumming, GA Received $15,500 from No City Brookhaven as: Right Path Strategic Affairs Cumming, GA Per Georgia Secretary of State: RIGHT PATH STRATEGIC AFFAIRS, LLC Registered Agent: RIALS, DAVID SCOTT
Truth before Power July 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM
David Scott Rials Chief Executive Officer Live Oak Site Development Inc Cumming, GA Received $15,500 from No City Brookhaven as: Right Path Strategic Affairs Cumming, GA Per Georgia Secretary of State: RIGHT PATH STRATEGIC AFFAIRS, LLC Registered Agent: RIALS, DAVID SCOTT
Tim Nama July 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Thanks Eric, here is the link to the email that Davis Fox (Kathie Gannon's assistant) sent out on Commissioner Gannon's behalf: http://brookhavenfacts.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/dekalb-county-no-city-brookhaven-playbook.pdf I'm going to email Ms. Gannon this morning to ask what her stance is on this and if her assistant truly did send the email on her behalf as it is stated on the first page. I'm sure Eddie's jaw will hit the ground when he reads this next part because he believes me to be so evil & greedy but I attended a fundraiser for Kathie Gannon a couple of weeks ago in our neighborhood and I even made a donation. We spoke about several issues with the Brookhaven incorporation effort being one, and her stance in person was far from what is written in that email so I'm eager to hear what she has to say and I hope I get a response. I'll keep you posted either way.
Scott Phillips July 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Looks like the cat is out of the bag! And no snarky, sarcastic or dismissive comments from the No City side is going to be able to put it back in.
William July 27, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Burger- No one cares about your anonymous sources that are being spoon fed by the county or are the county itself. Politics 101....again, they should have taken a course from someone other than DeKalb county.
William July 27, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Eddie- If a county employee is using county resources on county time to pen an email entitled "Items to Support the Brookhaven Opponents" and then emailing that to other county employees and presumably providing that information to the no city group, that is the very definition of using county dollars to support a campaign. Those employees aren't free. They are paid for out of that 26% tax increase that those same commissioners approved. I'm appalled.
GuruLikeDrucker July 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Burger, nobody cares to hear about scientific polls and the correct interprtation of county police assignements from a short order cook. You should contact the county to see if they will prepare another deck of talking points for you.
Eric H July 27, 2012 at 03:18 PM
What jumps out at me about that list is that its just basic stuff that should have been happening for the past 10 years, but its the type of stuff you'd have to pull teeth to get the county to respond. I blame the bloated bureaucracy and the fact everything it seems has to go through several layers of authority. If the list had been written at any other time I would be say Thank You! Great Job! But the fact that it took until the 11th hour of City Incorporation to get them to try to put on a show makes it very troubling and just an indictment of the mismanagement. Its been well known that more incorporation or annexation was coming down the pike once these unicorporated islands or peninsulas were created by the incorporation of Dunwoody and Annexation by Chamblee up to 285. It really throws the whole artificial shifting of the millage rate between police and fire and gen ops by the county into an even worse light. Clearly that backdoor increase on all DeKalb residents living in incorporated areas has no basis in proper cost allocation but is designed solely to allow that artificially created millage rate difference that interestingly the NO City Folks were fully aware of before the public was.
HamBurger July 27, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Calvin, Giordano, & Associates (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) $10,000.00 to Brookhaven Yes Provides municipal services to Dunwoody For those paying attention, this is the firm Mr. GuruLikeDrucker used to work for in Dunwoody. He certainly has been exceptionally quiet lately! Please pass the thin sliced onions!
HDM July 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Burger ignores the fact that her NOCity group has raised twice the amount of money from thralls of the DeKalb Democrat bureaucracy to fight against Brookhaven. NOCity is in the pocket of the DeKalb Democrats.
Steve Walker July 30, 2012 at 03:31 PM
....Most likely the only reason Ellijay is on that list is because the Hines Project will tear up the road during construction...........Would not surprise me if Hines is going to pay for the re-paving instead of Dekalb too........After all they are going to want their new complex to be as pristine as possible to attract their new tenants....

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