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Five Questions With Hope Bawcom, District 3 Candidate

Patch interviews the candidates for Brookhaven city office.


Editor's Note: will take place on Nov. 6, 2012, with runoffs set for for Dec. 4, 2012.

Patch has contacted every candidate for mayor and city council, asking them to participate in our popular 'Five Questions With ...' series. We will publish their answers, unedited, in the order their responses are received, from those who choose to participate.

And now, Five Questions With Hope Bawcom, candidate for city council district 3.

 

1. In this day and age of intense scrutiny, and especially considering the recent, hotly contested debate and vote over Brookhaven municipalization, why are you running for city council?  

Bawcom: Now that the formation of a new city has been approved it is critical we get this right and I believe that is contingent on the strength of our leadership.

Building a fiscally responsible City using common sense and thoughtful decision making; offering transparency in governance and providing excellent municipal services and quality customer service while bringing our community back together will produce a City that we are all proud to call home.  

I believe in my ability to make this happen and that is why I am running for city council. 

2. What do you think separates your candidacy from the other contenders?

Bawcom: While we are fortunate to have the advantage of how other cities began incorporation the reality is we will be a start-up. Having worked for a high tech start-up company and building a company myself I know firsthand what is required.  

My real world business experience negotiating vendor and outsourcing agreements in excess of $50M and managing revenue greater than $30M while building consensus and solid relationships will positively impact our City.  

Building Brookhaven will require significant time and focus.  If elected this will be my full time job.  

3. With a newly incorporated municipality, is one responsibility (i.e., police, zoning, etc.) more pressing than some of the others?  

Bawcom: With respect to the five services we will be providing and ensuring we are delivering on the covenants of our city charter of offering excellent municipal services, this begins with public safety.  

Getting our police force in place - hired, trained, and equipped for keeping Brookhaven safe is paramount.  Vendor assessment, requirements analysis, selection and negotiations for the remaining services will also need to happen immediately - all of this putting us on the path to building a safe, beautiful, sustainable family oriented community. 

4. Moving forward, what do you envision Brookhaven's relationship with DeKalb County to be?  

Bawcom: We need to continue developing our partnership with DeKalb County.  DeKalb will continue to provide many services to the city of Brookhaven and we need to ensure the interests of Brookhaven are alive and well within the DeKalb County Government.

5. Candidates make promises when running for public office all the time. Can you make just one promise that, with absolute certainty, you will keep?

Bawcom: I object to the idea of governing without listening to the voice of the Constituents. I promise transparency and open honest communication with the citizens of Brookhaven who together we will author and support any agenda that will improve the quality and safety of our community. 

Eric H September 07, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Impressive answers and an impressive background. My only nitpick, and I'm probably in the minority on this one, is the phrase "family oriented community". "Family oriented" is a phrase that can mean a lot of things and though one direction the concept of "Family Oriented Community" could certainly be taken by parents as assuming a family unit with school age children is the norm that should be the gauge for the policies pursued. Not that they necessarily contradict or are different than the best answer, but it is a phrase that could be legitimizing one section of our diverse population more than others. Anyway i don't mean to make a mountain out of a mole hill, as I said an great answers and background District 3 has some good choices.
Enuff Govt Already September 07, 2012 at 09:26 PM
A violent crime drop of 27% in violent crime but we need a new police department. The ability to quickly call upon hundreds of additional officers if needed (say a tornado) but we need a new police department. The ability to call upon enhanced police services (SWAT, helicopter, uniquely trained detectives like Crimes against Children) but we need a new police department. When Dunwoody became a city it paid the county $460,000 a month or $5,520,000 a year for police services and police dispatching. Now the city budgets $5,782,794 for police with their only enhanced service being a partnership with Sandy Springs and Johns Creek for SWAT service (they've been used once in Dunwoody unsuccessfully). They also pay some $369,500 to Chattcom for police dispatching raising their overall cost to $6, 152,294. Almost 1/3 of their operating budget; next year the combined cost is expected to $6,795,065. The new city needs to think this though. Paving and police will consume the budget; pick one and leave the other with the county. Don’t downgrade our police service over false information.
Starts With E September 07, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Yes we're aware you're running for city council to leave police with DeKalb. If you win you'll be a one person minority on that issue.
Enuff Govt Already September 07, 2012 at 11:53 PM
No, just trying to raise an issue I believe is important. If Chamblee annexes itself up to 27K in population and they hold firm on their mayor's promise of 1 officer for every 450 residents then they'll be close to 60 officers and an even larger city department. Last time I looked I think their public safety was consuming 40% or more of their budget. I don't think they'll be able to afford the added employees but we’ll see. Brookhaven with more population and a higher crime rate is being promised 53 (officers and employees?), less than what Chamblee promises to provide and less than we have now. I suspect something is up with core group planning this endeavor; like a shared police force. Remember one guy even suggested sharing a jail recently. This is all beginning to resemble "you scratch my back and I'll scratch your back". We are better served by using the economy of scale for this service. If the residents want a park system like no other and every cul de sac repaved yearly then something has to give.
don Gabacho September 08, 2012 at 01:52 AM
"I suspect something is up with core group planning this endeavor; like a shared police force."---Enuff Govt Already That's been apparent from the beginning while the Chamblee police department is unacceptable. Moreover, there has been no info given on just who are the police who comprise the "private security" "chaired" by the Governor's, somehow, appointee to the non-elected interim government/commission Clockadale. Welcome to 'corporatist' governance.
Booyah September 08, 2012 at 02:41 AM
@Gazpacho, the names and badge numbers of the entire secret poliza was shared with a small cadre of private corporatist shareholders. We cannot include you for fear you are colluding with the Mexican government officials. We will continue to monitor your activities with our satellites. The aluminum foil on your windows has been breached. When we are sure you are cleansed, we will have the force bring you in for protective custody. The MX Consulate General is an undercover friend. Please go take your medication now.
Zeke Ballew September 08, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Best luck, Ms. Bawcom. Your responses are all cogent, clear, and very sensible. I for one would enjoy seeing you on Council.
don Gabacho September 08, 2012 at 02:22 PM
You are beyond merely trivializing the issue. Aren't you? As it is: You left out "paracaidistas," pubs, coffee houses, government offices, etc. serving as "capture stages." The quality---not mere quantity---of those who are to police us. "Aluminum foil"? The last time I again had to think of hiding and being silent, I happened to be watching at least a dozen toddlers playing here. Growing up here. I had to think of the future being bulldozed here for them too. But hey! They are going to get their rubber mats! BTW, Because Jacobs drives the bulldozer hardly means he made the bulldozer.
Zeke Ballew September 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
don Gobo-bo is a putz. Just because you believe a thing does not make it true. Spare us all your demented paranoid illusions, they are watching YOU, waiting, and when they come for you, they will say you were a bad apple. This is why we incorporated, to 'cull the herd' and strengthen the breed. There are no issues, simply new challenges and new horizons, donnie.
Brookhaven Maven September 08, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Ms. Bawcom -- So far, you seem to be the best-qualified candidate, and like others above, I think you have responded well to the basic questions. I have a couple of other questions: District 3 contains almost all of the area traditionally associated with the Brookhaven name (brand), including Historic Brookhaven, most of the LCI footprint, and the older "Brookhaven" neighborhoods. How do you see assimilating the other three districts into this core to create a cohesive "brand?" Or, do you expect there will always be a disconnect in people's view of the city (i.e., District 1 being North Brookhaven / North Atlanta, District 4 being International / Industrial Brookhaven, and District 3 being "I thought that was Chamblee.")? District 3 also includes quite a bit of the more recently-built and currently-proposed retail and commercial development (Towne $embler, Dre$den Drive) in Brookhaven. Would it be your plan to continue this build-up in what appears to be the core area of the city? And, finally, it has always bothered me to see that funny little prong of District 4 sticking up into District 3 on the city map. Do you know why the dividing line wasn't drawn across North Cliff Valley --- or, perhaps, across Briarwood / Pine Grove? Is there something in that prong that the cartographers were told to keep out of District 3? -- The Maven
don Gabacho September 08, 2012 at 05:14 PM
'Just because you believe a thing does not make it true."---Zeke Ballew No kidding. "... they are watching YOU, waiting, and when they come for you, they will say you were a bad apple." They've done that several times and, every time, they have said nothing. Try having your government bring the MxGov to task for enslavement and theft. Try having your government bring the MxGov for having and using our voter registration forms and see what happens to you. I can assure you that they go far beyond simply denouncing you as "demented" and "paranoid" though they do that too. "This is why we incorporated, to 'cull the herd' and strengthen the breed." 'Gentrify.' "There are no issues, simply new challenges and new horizons, donnie." Until you try it, you just don't know---"putz."
don Gabacho September 08, 2012 at 05:39 PM
A Resident & Zeke, Just what kind of neighbors---indeed Americans---are you? Do recall (in response to Jacob's B'Patch editorial declaring the following to be "diatribe": don Gabacho 8:30 pm on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Somehow, petitioning the Governor to stop Jacob & Co smacks of asking a tumbling boulder to stop the pebble it tumbles. In any case, I'll sign on if you add that all voting, and plans for any voting, on this or any other issue and, indeed, election, be suspended until full remedy of officials and employees of the Mexican Government registering voters in Georgia, U.S.A.: http://bit.ly/nkqBuS http://bit.ly/odEZbI http://bit.ly/nWDzCU
don Gabacho September 08, 2012 at 05:39 PM
don Gabacho 12:39 pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 P.S.: Please, do revisit the petitioners for co-addressing the petition to the Supreme Court of Georgia, at this point, given: "'And why shouldn't they [Chamblee] be a part of the conversation?' For the same reason that 'the conversation' is grossly premature for anyone, given (and made an unavoidable concern at least since Doraville's perceptible foray into Embry Hills): the unavoidable perception that, no matter the municipalities of origin or sequence for establishing new expansions or new cities, current municipalization plans being ploy to their eventual consolidation as a single super-city also under the ***still unremedied*** influence of a foreign government even registering voters for not only public office holders (and those they might appoint) but also referendums (including such municipalizations), despite the U.S. Constitution obviously never having empowered any foreign government to so involve itself plus the U.S. Constitution binding all public office holders to---first and foremost---protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
don Gabacho September 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
don Gabacho 5:51 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012 Mr Jacobs: 5:50 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012 5:33 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2012 Mr. Jacobs, Just as obvious as the US Constitution not empowering any foreign power to involve itself in our elections is, so is the U.S. Constitution not a "personal attack": "Article. VI. ...This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution..." http://bit.ly/nkqBuS http://bit.ly/odEZbI http://bit.ly/nWDzCU 12:09 pm on Sunday, February 12, 2012 Yet again: "All Contributions appreciated. Corporate and personal contributions are accepted.'? For what? At a 'Pub' no less?" Obviously, this solicitation can be construed to be an additional price for public service already paid. Or, even, the price to protect from public service already paid.
don Gabacho September 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM
don Gabacho 7:19 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012 Mr Jacobs: Word (692 K) - Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores portal.sre.gob.mx/atlanta/pdf/NC12nov07.doc 12 Nov 2007 – Consulado General de México en Atlanta ... Mesa Directiva del Instituto de México, Charlotte Carral, y el Coordinador de eventos del ... minutos antes de terminar el programa, agradeció a nombre del Gobierno de México, los http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/Filings.asp?138726 http://bit.ly/nkqBuS http://bit.ly/odEZbI http://bit.ly/nWDzCU 12 Nov 2007 – Consulado General de México en Atlanta ... Mesa Directiva del Instituto de México, Charlotte Carral, y el Coordinador de eventos del ... minutos antes de terminar el programa, agradeció a nombre del Gobierno de México, los Consulado General de México en Atlanta http:\\portal.sre.gob.mx/atlanta/index.php?option... esfuerzos ...[DOC] Word (692 K) - Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores http:\\portal.sre.gob.mx/atlanta/pdf/NC12nov07.doc
Booyah September 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Thank you Donna Gaspacho, you're rambling posts gave us time to lock onto your IP address. The surveillance equipment was moved to our new MX consulate and needed to be calibrated. We will visit you tonight between 1am and 3am to pass the cache of kryptonite.
don Gabacho September 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Ms Balcom, Given, the U.S. Constitution obviously never having empowered any foreign government to involve itself in our elections and referendums plus the U.S. Constitution binding all public office holders to---first and foremost---protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, what are you going to do about both: 1) bringing the MxGov to task for its incorporation in DeKalb County, GA by successive Secretaries of the SOS of GA as its "Instituto de Mexico" and its being provided, having and using our voter registration forms and 2) not only protecting the right to seek (and obtain) redress of grievance but also those who seek the redress? Note: I'll be asking all appointed to the non-elected commission and candidates for office also.
don Gabacho September 08, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Past inquisitions called what you are doing clamosa insinuato. [Do you need a translation?] What do you call it during your Inquisition?
Hope Bawcom September 10, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Hi Maven, Just like a family, our individual neighborhoods / districts bring unique personalities and attributes to our new singular governing body. The City of Brookhaven can be a cohesive thriving community without all of our neighborhoods being the same and I believe that is a strength. One source of revenue to cities in the U.S. as well as Atlanta are from the sales tax distributions from businesses in the community. Concentrations of small businesses in geographically condensed areas that are zoned properly act as a strong tax base for the city. I would support a committee on Economic Development whose charter would be to lead the city’s economic effectiveness of businesses with a focus on strategic economic growth through collaboration, innovation, economic sustainability in areas that are supported through consensus by the citizens of Brookhaven. With regard to the district lines, I was not a part of that process so I cannot speak to what the criteria was. I believe that the citizens who were involved with drawing the district lines did their best in creating the most logical districts. Hope Bawcom http://brookhavenbawcom.org
John Q Public September 10, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I beg to differ. Hope I am certain you are a smart lady and a good person and thank you for having the guts to run for office. But you have no idea nor experience working in any governmental capacity. It is a shame that governments dont run like businesses which is where your experience is. The political machine and the way governments work - at any level is entirely different. It is indeed a fact. Sorry. If it were a business we were electing candidates run - perhaps you would get my vote - but we are talking about a municipality - not a business. When it comes to knowing the political machine, how government works, etc., the most qualified candidate in district 3 is Deborah Anthony - hands down.
Brookhaven Maven September 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Ms. Bawcom - I understand your answers to my questions 2 and 3, but am a little confused about 1. I thought the idea was to build a Brookhaven brand. Are you suggesting that the various neighborhoods (Hampton Hall, Byrnwyck, Murphey Candler, etc.) that are now Brookhaven should not be branded Brookhaven? Should Perimeter Summit remain Perimeter Summit and not be advertised as Brookhaven? -- The Maven
don Gabacho September 10, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Ms Balcom, It appears that you have elected not to respond to my question: "Given, the U.S. Constitution obviously never having empowered any foreign government to involve itself in our elections and referendums..." I will have to add to John Q. Public's comment: So far, you lack the most essential ingredient: states[wo]manship. So far, not even enough to acknowledge having an obligation of public office.
Grieg Ericsson September 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Hope, do you or do you not plan to support the LCI to the letter or are you - like JMax - of the mind that Brookhaven will need to do whatever it takes to bring business tax dollars to our city - even if it means doing away with the LCI? FYI - JMax has stated that he will work to do away with the LCI. Do you support this? A non answer will be interpreted as you either don't have a clue or you support abolishing the LCI. Thanks.
Hope Bawcom September 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I'm very happy that there are so many concerned citizens here in the city of Brookhaven. I understand that some of you may not have ever met me or don't know much more about me or my positions than what is listed on my website: http://www.brookhavenbawcom.org/Topics.html#bpca . If you would like to understand my positions on more of these topics in depth I will be holding an open Q&A in Brookhaven Park this Wednesday at 6PM. I look forward to meeting anyone who is interested in working to make Brookhaven a great city. Open Q&A with Hope Bawcom Brookhaven Park 9/12/12 6PM
Ben Podgor September 10, 2012 at 05:24 PM
don Gabacho: Have seen you pose this question in other places as well as above. Please be aware that any attorney who brings what some judges believe is a case without merit in some jurisdictions is subject to a fine, in New York of $10,000. One evening, while I was still practicing law, 10 men came to me with a problem. The IRS was after them, they had formed churches, believed that they did not have to pay taxes. They had been to other law offices, no law firm would touch this. I was able to convince them that I would file amended returns, therefore lowering they liability, penalties and interest. Collected payment in advance an amount equal to what I will get for the entire year of service if elected in the City of Brookhaven. Would have been subject to penalty of 10 x 3 open years x 10,000 if I touched thier case as they desired. So clarify your problem: Forming a corporation in GA appears to be o. k., using some forms does not appear to be a crime. Spell out in detail what your problem is. Ben Podgor
don Gabacho September 10, 2012 at 08:17 PM
"Please be aware that any attorney...is subject to a fine, in New York of $10,000."---Ben Podgor Good grief. You had already been informed that the Offices of the AGs of Georgia and the US would be at your disposal for any "opinion" and action. It is what the offices "are for." "So clarify your problem: Forming a corporation in GA appears to be o. k.,..." For a foreign government? A 'corporatist' one at that? I've already posted the incorporation papers several times. Aside from the MxGov's "Instituto de Mexico(*)" being incorporated as a non-profit, under the perceptible pretense, "to promote culture," its officials and employees have been participating in "Si, Se, Puede," "Moving America Forward," "Latino Voter Registration" Drives---at minimum---registering voters for our elections. While employees of the MxGov's Secretary of Public Education have been trained as US voter registrars in Dalton/Whitfield County GA and have also participated in "Latino Voter Registration Drives" for our elections and referendums. (*Which, according to the MxGov own web-pages, also "prepares" incoming Mexicans for their [2nd] Matricula IDs at the MxConsulate.) '...using some forms does not appear to be a crime. Spell out in detail what your problem is..." My problem? Ben, if elected, will you or will you not bring the MxGov to task for involving itself in our elections? For having acquired and using our voter registration forms? Yes? Or No?
don Gabacho September 10, 2012 at 08:41 PM
PS: Ben, to clarify: In either or both, "legal opinion" and "legal action" it would be the AG of GA or the US who would be the attorney of record. While "being subject to fine" is unConstitutional and, thus, have no legal standing anyway. Due process is not reserved for merely a defendant. Obviously the plaintiff has the right to avail him or herself to due process; while the right of due process itself is "inalienable."

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