Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Elmer Veith of Clairmont Terrace was one of our local residents who spoke at Monday night's meeting.
At a meeting that seemed to be designed to slow the on-rushing train of cityhood, Democrats in DeKalb’s legislative delegation urged residents to consider a variety of issues before deciding to incorporate. “You all have gotten our attention in a very substantial way; we hear you,” said state Sen. Jason Carter (D-42) told the several hundred people in attendance. “I’m not sold on the idea of creating new cities, but the fact that we have so many people here tonight is a good sign.” The meeting was held this past Monday at Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, and was hosted by state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur). Oliver has been an outspoken opponent of the way that cities are created in Georgia, most recently during the debate over …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Brookhaven Yes is accusing No City Brookhaven of missing a mandatory state filing deadline. But the No campaign says it still has time to file.
The argument over Brookhaven becoming a city got uglier late Tuesday afternoon. BrookhavenYES sent out an email to its subscribers, claiming that the other side – NoCityBrookhaven – missed a mandatory state deadline for filing campaign disclosures. But NoCityBrookhaven said it has not missed the deadline and has until July 23. According to the state ethics commission, named the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, ballot committees – such as those formed around the Brookhaven issue - have to disclose campaign contributions and expenditures. The commission’s website states that such committees must file their disclosures 15 days before a special election. In this case, because voters will decide on July 31 …
Friday, June 29, 2012
BrookhavenYES hosted the meeting Thursday night at Cross Keys High School.
Officials from four neighboring cities participated in a standing room only town hall meeting hosted by BrookhavenYES Thursday night. The event, held at Cross Keys High School, included the mayors of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Decatur, Chamblee and Johns Creek, along with four additional city employees. The meeting, held in a Q&A format, allowed neighbors to voice concerns, ask questions, and gain some insight into what has been successful in other cities who have recently incorporated. Each of the mayors opened the meeting with an introduction and their perspective on the positive side of cityhood. "We truly believe cities are the way to go," said Mike Davis, mayor of Dunwoody. "At some point a county gets too big and isn't able to provide…
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The cityhood advocacy group is hosting its next fundraiser in Town Brookhaven.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Brookhaven YES announced this week its plan to host its third fundraiser - the time in Town Brookhaven. Scheduled for May 10, the fundraiser will be held at Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub at 705 Town Blvd. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP with Laura Goss 678-571-2889 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A six-part viedo of the first hearing of the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Democratic state representatives said that the current model for creating a city is inadequate.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
State Representatives Mary Margaret Oliver (D-83) and Elena Parent (D-81) announced Monday the introduction of House Bill 830 - legislation that would help the General Assembly and Georgia voters assess the financial viability of proposed municipalities. “The financial model we currently use is inadequate,” Oliver said in a prepared statement. “The electorate deserves to know what impact a new city would have on the financial health of those inside and outside the boundaries of the proposed city before they are asked to make a decision on incorporation.” Since 2005, the cities of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton, Chattahoochee Hills, and Dunwoody have all been incorporated as new municipalities. Efforts to incorporate Brookhaven are…
Friday, May 20, 2011
The civic association listened to examples of Dunwoody and Chamblee annexation as the Brookhaven Cityhood option moves forward.
Dispelling myths of Brookhaven’s proposed cityhood or annexation, while outlining options and next steps in the process, was the focus of the Ashford Park Civic Association Meeting Thursday night. The organization commissioned the help of Mallard Holliday, a member of the Dunwoody non-profit that helped raise money for its cityhood study, and Nick Guerrero, a Chamblee resident who helped lead a group of residents in Embry Hills to successfully petition Chamblee for annexation. The two offered insight into both processes and what taxpayers could look forward to. “The biggest misconception that I’ve seen is that people think the [hopper bill] will make you a city on day one,” Holliday said. “All it does is give your community the right to …