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Five Questions With Larry Danese, Candidate For Mayor

Patch interviews the candidates for Brookhaven mayor and city council.

 

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 Larry Danese. candidate for Brookhaven mayor.

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 mayor?

Danese: Sadly, intense scrutiny is not really the issue, it is the loss of legitimacy in that scrutiny that pains.

I have the qualifications, experience, background and work ethic necessary to make our city successful. I am a qualified choice for the office. I know the issues. I know the path forward. I have support cityhood from the beginning, starting with the Township plan and I want to help see this through.

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

Danese: I have a 15 year history of service to the community, serving on numerous boards and committees. I have worked with county and city governments on watershed management, planning and zoning, code enforcement, and with state officials on transportation issues and animal related legislation.

I hold MBA and engineering degrees, I am a retired registered engineer, and a business owner. I have managed very large projects for a Florida public utility and large transportation projects for the federal government. I have the experience and skills necessary to make our city work.

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

Danese: “Pressing” may not be the right word. Based on recommendations from the Governor’s Commission, it may be possible to start some contracted for services fairly quickly – and, if the council is in agreement, those that can be started should be. Startup of the police force can be expected to take longer. It is capital equipment intensive, requires the hiring of individuals and requires the dispatch, 911 and recorders court infrastructure to properly function.

Some early important responsibilities, in no particular order, are the agreements for the continuation of services with the county, the hiring of city staff and leasing of office space, the establishment of the funding mechanisms for city operations and the adoption of policies, procedures, codes and ordinances.

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

Danese: The other cities in the county have set a tone for their individual and collective relationship with the county, which we should match. I expect our relationship to be cordial, cooperative and constructive. Since I personally know many of those in our county government, I expect to be able to help resolve contentious issues that do arise, quickly.

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?

Danese: No one will work harder than me to make this city successful.

Here is an additional free promise: Where District representation is appropriate, I will only appoint members of Boards, Commissions and Authorities who are recommended by their respective council member.

Grieg Ericsson September 12, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Phil, You need a Costco Hotdog and a Churl. I see you up there all of time wearing your tight white shorts schmoozing with the sample ladies. However, those shorts will only get you so far, especially after labor day.
Jack of Kings September 12, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Grieg....so you have divulged that you are running for public office but are posting under an alias too. Am I correct? Why not be transparent and differentiate yourself from HamBurger. BTW.. I am NOT running for any public office and have no white shorts.
Bill Lowe September 12, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I'm running for office too. I have a online store where we are having a special sale on a book/DVD set about how to make your own "Brain Protector". This is useful to prevent aliens from reading your mind. It's a great deal for people like Phil that actually think that aliens are not already here and living among us....let alone believe that such a device would actually protect a brain from aliens. It is fun for the whole family and an educational tool as well. Don Gabacho, these would be aliens from another planet/galaxy/multiverse/dimension, not illegal aliens that may also need brain protection that are on sale. Pesos are an acceptable form of payment! Note: Aliens living among us can assemble but not wear the brain protector. Being an Alien and wearing the helmet may inadvertantly cause you to explode.
Bill Lowe September 12, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I'm running for office too. I have a online store where we are having a special sale on a book/DVD set about how to make your own "Brain Protector". This is useful to prevent aliens from reading your mind. It's a great deal for people like Phil that actually think that aliens are not already here and living among us....let alone believe that such a device would actually protect a brain from aliens. It is fun for the whole family and an educational tool as well. Don Gabacho, these would be aliens from another planet/galaxy/multiverse/dimension, not illegal aliens that may also need brain protection that are on sale. Pesos are an acceptable form of payment! Note: Aliens living among us can assemble but not wear the brain protector. Being an Alien and wearing the helmet may inadvertantly cause you to explode.
Grieg Ericsson September 12, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Now come on Phil. Let's be truthful dear heart. You know you have those white Sergio Valente's from 1987. You look good in them. Don't be shy honey. Ill tell you my real name soon enough. Just waiting on my huge war-chest to be freed up by my fathers trust. I am going to blow these wannabe's right out of the water. I am going to have about 3 mailers a week and have a daily 8am robo call and 2 on Sunday evenings. Ill probably have 9 meet and greets at Silver Lake and 8 or so on your street. Word up Phil the Rill Dill, its on!
Grieg Ericsson September 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Thanks Bill. I think the tight white Sergio Valente shorts are a dead giveaway. They provide better access for probing.
Charade buster September 12, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Still waiting for the rest of the clown car to respond.......
William Baxter September 12, 2012 at 03:43 AM
King Jacob is definitely questionable and you forgot Sonny Perdue also..... Danese has very close with Burrell Ellis and his tribe...... and dont forget he worked with Kathy Gannon who has no love for us in BH You sure eat alot of Hamburgers and Mustard
William Baxter September 12, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Hamburger that is my word for Danese flip flopper Pass the common sense or are you the Danese Avatar?
Grieg Ericsson September 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Oooooo. William. That's really hurtful. Your post may get deleted. Good thing you didn't say the "I" word.
SayWhat? September 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM
HamBurger - I am curious about the expertise you see in Davis. I was not that impressed with the 55-45 margin in the vote and in attending many of the YES meetings it appeared to me that others were carrying the "sales" burden. I do appreciate his enthusiasm for the city and I share that, but would appreciate your thoughts. I am voting for Danese, mostly on the basis of a single event at Silver Lake when some homes down stream from the dam where flooded and the dam was damaged, while he was President of the Association. Early the next day he was at the dam with the Georgia safe dams inspectors and had a contractor inspect the dam for repair. He found the reason for the flood event, sued Lowe's, argued the case in a 2-hour arbitration hearing, and came back with $100K check. He managed the repair of the dam and had it reinspected. Further, he established liability with Lowe's, helping the downstream homeowners, in their damage. It is true that someone else might have done it, but he was there, and just did it - with no cost to Silver Lake. I was involved with this at the time, and came away impressed.
Kestrel Larson September 12, 2012 at 01:36 PM
@SayWhat?, As a resident of Silver Lake, I can tell you that I cannot say enough good about the work of Larry on the issue you described. He is truly a really good guy. I wish he were running against Mike Jacobs. I do agree that during the cityhood campaign, J Max did have the sales hat on. Unfortunately, I think he believes that his campaign was delivering a Yes message, but in all actuality it was a No message. My meaning here is that the city was a by-product of voting No to Dekalb County, thus the result of doing so meant some municipality would have to be formed, so therefor a city was the by-product. I think there are certainly those who voted Yes to an ideal that that was promised to them would be 100% doable as framed out but we know that isn't possible. The No side of the equation did not have to "sell" anything to the voters - only try to present factual information that supported their claims that the framework as presented was flawed at best and that voters should fully consider what they were buying into - quite literally. Personally, and I think the majority of the citizens of Brookhaven have now come to realize - that in the heat of the moment there were alot of promises made by J Max Davis that he full well knew them and knows now he cannot deliver as stated. So in a nutshell, it's not only can J Max deliver on his promises, but whether or not he can be trusted. This "Silver Headed" Silver Lake resident says ABSOLUTELY NOT. He is in it for himself..100%.
Charade buster September 12, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Say What? You would need to delete your past posts before you can say you were enthusiastic about the city or attended "many" yes meetings.
Kestrel Larson September 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM
@Charade (fitting handle I might add), I have seen where Gerg has suggested that your real identity is J Max Davis. This post by you almost confirms that for me.
don Gabacho September 12, 2012 at 02:10 PM
"Still waiting for the rest of the clown car to respond......."---Charade maker You'll have to wait until they are finished bellying up to Pub 71's bar. BTW, they have more than one "clown car."
HamBurger September 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Mr. Phil, has been a frequent poster up until the time the city vote passed. Also, he has denied he is running for office. However, the folks in Drew Valley know otherwise. You have proven with your manipulations of my answers to past questions that you are not a man of your word. Please pass the yellow mustard!
don Gabacho September 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
"You would need to delete your past posts before you can..."---Charade make Actually your main man does that. Thank heavens for Google keeping a searchable cache.
HamBurger September 12, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Mr. Say What, now you have done it. You have interjected common sense into the voting equation. Sometimes you just have to look at the individual running for office and examine their track record, particularly in small town non-partisan elections. Your example with Mr. Danese classically points this out. This is true of folks that may not have a lot of political experience but have been successful in other areas, look at their transferable skills. I find J. Max to be a manipulative elitist that wants to distance himself from certain population groups. I have listened to him and have observed him manipulating information to the benefit of his agenda. Quite frankly, I have been amazed with the hatred directed at DeKalb County from city proponents, yet few if any of these individuals have made any effort towards changing our county government. And, let’s not forget the school system. To a lesser degree I feel the same way about Rebecca Chase Williams. You can read my comments about her here: http://tinyurl.com/9cmnh9t So, I am going to be voting for J., Max Davis and Rebecca Chase Williams. These two candidates are representative of the heart and soul of C$ND and Brookhaven Yes and that slim margin of voters that want a new city. And, they have no clue what they are doing. I am voting to give this new city the leadership it deserves. Man! May I have another special hamburger?
HamBurger September 12, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Mr. William, see my comments above in response to Mr. Say What about just who I am voting for. Man! Those special hamburgers with thin sliced onions, pickles, and yellow mustard are out of this world!
HamBurger September 12, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Mr. Kestrel, acknowledged. Not the first, not the last . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
SayWhat? September 12, 2012 at 02:57 PM
HamBurger - Thanks. I think.
Eric H September 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I probably shouldn't bother posting, but I will say I think both Mr. Danese and Mr. Davis bring valuable assets to the table. Regarding the issues of sustainable development that will assure a sustainable Brookhaven both fiscally and quality of life wise I know Mr. Danese is an ideal candidate and he certainly has the skill set to be the Mayor of Brookhaven. Though the immediate challenge is getting things up and running. Mr. Davis has demonstrated an incredible work ethic and commitment in getting the city birthed, I believe his leadership and involvement to date gives him the knowledge and connections to get the city started properly. And with 4 council people I'm not buying into this whole notion of contracts awarded to only "friends" at the expense of the city's greater good. Anyway let me ask this question. Should the other 2 candidates for Mayor drop out? Frankly while not the end of the world, it would be nice to avoid a runoff for the mayor's spot.
HamBurger September 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Mr. William, just a thought that I cannot stress enough. Conservatives do not vote for more government on themselves, they repair the government that they have. This cityhood issue shows you the bastardization of the political system in Georgia. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Kestrel Larson September 12, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Eric, J Max cannot be trusted and should you decide to put your trust in him, you will indeed be disappointed. Eric, I know you and we have talked many times. I'll give you a call later and we can discuss. I've heard some things about J Max you really need to know...and they are from sources that I know you know are reliable sources of information.
SayWhat? September 12, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Charade - Since I am ok with whatever posts I made at the time and in their context, I don't go back and read them. One of the problems that you may be having, and many persons do, is appreciating that someone can be in favor of the city, while being distrustful of its charter. The charter specifies how city governance is to be implemented.. How the city is to be governed has little to do with our (or at least 55% of us) desire to: improve our services at the same, or lower, cost; keep staff size appropriate to the need; or to avoid the creation of legacy benefit obligations. We need to be mindful that because our governing body is small, there is an opportunity for an even smaller group to control decisions. I am not saying that will happen, I am just saying that we will want to remain vigilant as we get past the elections and into decision making. And, darn, I sure thought I attended those meetings.
Corey Self September 13, 2012 at 01:41 AM
FYI - There is a candidate forum for District 2 candidates on Thursday September 27th at 7pm at Ashford Park Elementary. I've not seen this published anywhere else yet but Russell Mitchell, candidate for district 2 has it on his Facebook page here... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Russell-Mitchell-for-City-Council-District-2-Brookhaven-GA/150961755044879
Tim Darnell (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Comments that speculate about anonymous posters' identities will be removed.
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite September 19, 2012 at 09:59 PM
My dear Mr. Darnell: Everybody knows that you don't apply the TOS fairly! Countless examples exist to suggest otherwise. I would list them; however, to do so would require me to violate the Patch TOS. As a refined lady & socialite this is something I cannot do. Fond regards, Ms. Millendorf
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite September 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Oh my goodness darlings, Someone has a very defined fixation on tight white shorts and how good another looks in them. Such talk should be kept to the spring & summer months. I do realize though that an addiction to such things is difficult to break. And might I suggest that coming out day is 365 days/year. I would welcome you at any of my lovely soirées. Affectionately, Ms. Millendorf
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite September 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM
My darling Mr. Lowe: I welcome you to Brookhaven. I was not aware of you in the Brookhaven society. Either you must be new to us or perhaps you lived in a non-Brookhaven area? If you need any special introductions I would gladly raise my hand to assist you. And please let me know if you'd like an invitation to one of my many lovely soirées. I invite a very diverse group of individuals and am certain you will find others of your ilk at them. Fond regards, Ms Millendorf

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