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 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM
If there be a new city at all, it's motto should be adopted from New Orleans': "The City That Care Forgot"
Steve Walker February 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM
CEO Ellis knows his form of Gov't is on the line and that there is strong support of eliminating the CEO form of Gov't in Dekalb. He is trying to save his job more than anything else.
Residentt 30319 February 18, 2012 at 12:31 AM
North Dekalb to Ellis: Full steam ahead unless you have a plan to stop ignoring us.
don Gabacho February 18, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Oringinally, Parent and Ellis were scheduled for the "BrookhavenYes" show on February 21st at, of all places, "Pub 71." The list, as published now, is down to the following role-players: "Guest Speaker Congressman Tom Price Hosted by: Representative Mike Jacobs Representative Tom Taylor Senator Fran Millar Brandon Beach, GDOT Board Member – 6th District Eric Clarkson, Mayor of Chamblee Mike Davis, Mayor of Dunwoody Mike Bodker, Mayor of Johns Creek Joe Lockwood, Mayor of Milton Eva Galambos, Mayor of Sandy Springs" I'm sure this short-list of role-players won't change.
Frustrated Incorporated February 18, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Where is 30139? Not from Brookhaven?
don Gabacho February 18, 2012 at 06:55 AM
@Frustrated Incorporated Fairmount, GA 30139 maps.google.com
Robert Zweig February 18, 2012 at 04:09 PM
What is "Ashford" where did that stunning idea come from?
~C February 18, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Chip- I'm disappointed in you. Your condescending attitude and name calling completely leaves out Rep Tom Taylor, co-sponsor of HB636. C'mon Chip, we've mentioned this before. You must TRULY alienate your audience to win them over...no really! ~C
don Gabacho February 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
The 'BrookhavenYes' event is billed RSVP which nowadays does not necessarily mean just to exclude. It can also mean to include and isolate an individual or individuals inside, within the invited peanut gallery, to be subjected to a video production producing video that, redigitalized and reedited, can have the subject talking to people the subject never met, saying things never said, doing things never done in even places never been. Inside a perceptible bully-pen/"capture stage." Even with an educated and vigilant crowd just outside viewing in; though now unlikely. As it is, it would be most wise not to venture off the sidewalk and inside anywhere past the public sidewalk itself, which, given surveillance nowadays, is probably being videoed too. Meanwhile do start educating yourselves to a new and most pertinent phenomenon around and about. Do an I-Net search using the following key words: "motion capture stage Texas." And, when you go, do go with video cell phone cameras and video cameras etc. Time to turn the cameras.
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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