Ellis to Senate: Delay Cityhood Bill

The DeKalb CEO said caution is necessary.


Today, members of the Georgia House of Representatives, by a vote of 101 to 57, adopted HB 636, which would allow for a referendum on the proposed city of Brookhaven/Ashford. I commend the members of the DeKalb County House Delegation, led by Chairman Howard Mosby, who spoke out on behalf of all DeKalb County citizens by opposing this legislation which bypasses the local legislative process.

I am not against cityhood, because I believe citizens have a fundamental right of self-governance.  I am, however, against an unfair process which disenfranchises DeKalb County voters and allows the cherry picking of the choicest commercial districts and neighborhood amenities by cityhood advocates.

I am calling on the State Senate to delay acting on HB 636 so the Georgia General Assembly can study the incorporation process.  Caution is necessary if we are to protect the future viability and sustainability of municipalities and counties.


Burrell Ellis is the DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer.

don Gabacho February 20, 2012 at 04:15 AM
As I've had to consider of late also, is an application for "stage capturing" besides video; the similar rendition of still photos captured into "foto-novelas" or Mexican comic-books making the bad guys look good and the good guys look bad; and, no matter how camouflaged real persons captured are as the characters, including the most lurid, villainous and damaging (personally and/or politically) characters imaginable, the reading audience, as is Latin America's, nonetheless know just who is who. Besides other motives for such productions, far beyond mere "Alice in Wonderland," this application alone captures "upwards of 400,000 readers per month in Mexico" alone. Quite a lot of pesos.
don Gabacho February 20, 2012 at 04:17 AM
"The issues with video surveillance is similar...The issue is not whether the surveillance is sufficiently effective to bother doing and whether there are safeguards to prevent abuse. Most of us who drive on interstate highways, take trains or subways, use airports, or visit banks, grocery stores, or shopping malls are subject to video surveillance. Cameras are everywhere...[No "safeguards"] from looking at certain zones, such as [even] looking through the windows of private homes...Security measures and technologies are not inherently good or evil; it is how they are applied.." ----Arthur A. Clarke; "Your Government Failed You;" 2008
don Gabacho February 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
From the "Why I Support Brookhaven" thread: 9:50 am on Friday, January 27, 2012 Me: " I regard the proposal to include only the businesses along Peachtree by Dresden, not merely an attempt to include those businesses within a new tax base but, for the politicians and would-be politicians involved, to consolidate particular space for their WiFi and 'capture staging' capacities."
HamBurger February 24, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Mr. Ellis, is your man William "Wiz" Miller still on the payroll even after the DCBOC has asked for this position to be eliminated for the past three years? . . . No sliced onions and pickles with yellow mustard on your hamburger for you . . .
NorthDeKalbCounty.org February 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
PLEASE take the survey at http://northdekalbcounty.org/. Lets see what people REALLY think. Thank you!!!


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