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Noemi Novela Vega April 10, 2014 at 08:13 PM
My children and I, along with other families, used to take walks through Fernbank Forest as part of Read Morea nature night class that we have been attending for some years. The last time we had permission to walk the forest was almost two years ago. Now the children in our class gaze at Fernbank Forest through locked gates. This is not putting the forest in the hands of the children. What Fernbank Inc. is doing is absolutely shameful. There are some guided walks available in the forest on certain days, but for those who have paid to enter Fernbank Museum of Natural History. There are several in our communities who are not able to afford these fees, and the forest should not be out of reach for them.
Noemi Novela Vega April 16, 2014 at 04:17 PM
This is what Fernbank Museum of Natural History was charging for a night walk through FernbankRead MoreFores t during Atlanta Science Week: $5 for their museum members and $10 for non-members. This is too expensive for the majority of people, and prices like this will keep too many people out. http://www.americantowns.com/ga/atlanta/events/atlanta-science-festival-fernbank-forest-night-walk-2014-03-28
Patricia Killingsworth April 18, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Ralph - When you say "All that is left now is to get the bill approved by the legislature andRead Moreh ave the vote by the people now inside the boundaries," you make it sound so simple. It isn't. The bloodbath that occured during the last session left some gaping wounds, both in the legislature and in the affected communities. Last minute decisions made under pressure rarely pass the test of time - I expect a reevaluation by Tucker. Fran Millar paid a high price for his arrogance and temper and burned some major bridges that will cost him support in the legislature next year, assuming he wins reelection. And many residents within both the Lakeside and Briarcliff boundaries were so put off by the personalities and (lack of) process involved that they will vote against Lakeside on general principle and revisit cityhood down the road. I have no doubt that there will be well-organized opposition to Lakeside (less so for Tucker) both in the General Assembly and, if necessary, during a referendum. Without bipartisan and civic association support, which do not currently exist, "all that is left" will be another bitter battle.
Rhea A Johnson Jr April 18, 2014 at 07:19 PM
BREAKING NEWS: Megan Much,erstwhile ace reporter for the local fish wrapper reports from herRead Moreelegan t Dacha in Liechtenstein that due to a massive bulk purchase of crow meat on the international market by RandyRand the tri-cityhood victory celebration to be held at Fran's Comedy/Tragedy Sports Bar has been canceled. The menu was to include nine grain pizza with a double topping of smoked organic farm raised crow from a boutique hatchery in Dunwoody accompanied by stale Tucker Ale. Megan is recovering after splitting her left toe nail when the right front on her Bentley blew out after striking a discarded crack pipe on Memorial Drive. Her driver SW, nattily attired in a tailored orange jump suit narrowly missed three prostitutes standing in the 20 foot wide median. Stan was driving Megan to interview SBS about SB's latest heart problem!
HamBurger April 18, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Mr. Rhea, I have had too much to drink and not enough special hamburgers to eat. You want toRead Moretransl ate that for me? Please ignore the fact that I am part of Brookhaven’s “slow crowd” mentally. Please pass the yellow mustard!
J. W. MacMahon March 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM
I have used both the "Dish" & most recently, Comcast for an extended period. Dish was Read MoreO.K. unless it really stormed & the signal was lost. I have never lost my Comcast signal and appreciate the consitancy of their availibility. The programming options are wide, depending on what you wish to watch including everything to XXX porn, if you wish to pay (like $15.00) as well as a multitude of movies, i.e. HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & more such as Turner & others that are included within "packages" you may select. My pricing plateau price has not changed and what is offered is a true value in my opinion. Literally 200 channels or more in my package give all the T.V. anyone could want. I find it difficult to be critical of my service when it is always there when I push the on button. How much would all you may recieve cost if gleaned from a multitude of sources. How much T.V. can you watch, but when I wish to do so, there it is!!!! RxJiMac/Atlanta
mind springy March 12, 2014 at 05:14 PM
probably Dekalb county roads and engineering. It's always a bit of a guessing game, but start atRead Moreht tp://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/findadept.html
Patricia Killingsworth March 20, 2014 at 02:00 PM
And Jeff - My two children went to pre-school at Glenn Memorial Methodist Church, K-6 at FernbankRead MoreEl ementary, Chamblee Middle and Chamblee High School. My oldest went on to graduate from Vanderbilt (BA) and University of Virginia (JD), both with honors. My youngest graduated from Yale (BA) with honors, and then returned to Georgia to establish a highly successful nonprofit that provides after school creative writing workshops to at risk middle school students. The school board was riddled with corruption and grossly mismanaged while they were in school here, and there definitely issues with the schools, but they did well because of active parent participation and support. So don't give me that crap about how the schools are so broken that they aren't fixable, and take some personal responsibility to improve them. And yes, both my husband and I have maintained full-time jobs throughout.
Keith Hanks March 20, 2014 at 03:37 PM
No sure what happened to the other post from yesterday. Just reposted...Read Morehttp://northdruidhills.patc h.com/groups/opinion/p/briarcliff-lessons-learned--next-steps_53d6f35c
The Scarlet Pimpernel March 20, 2014 at 09:26 PM
You woke the Tiger and it ate your A$$ up...
Longerthanu March 04, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Neither of these cityhood groups will be a governing entity. The most important vote will be forRead Morethe first mayor and city council in November. They will have the power to decide how the city is run and the direction it takes. They will adopt the first zoning and set the ordinances. We're merely watching the legislature paint the broad brushstrokes now. The important detail comes with the November election.
TruthWillSetYouFree March 04, 2014 at 03:11 PM
Something I can agree with you on longer but lets be honest. Those LCA members who just spent aRead Moreyear in front of all of us would have a pretty big upper hand against a challenger. The trend tends to be those who run these groups end up in office.
Longerthanu March 04, 2014 at 04:48 PM
We're a little different on this side of I-85 than the Dunwoody and Brookhaven crowds. (No Dunwoody Read MoreHousewife jokes over here!) We're less homogenous. It will be up to us to encourage people to run and support them with our votes. Also, we've yet to see who gets to run the City-Yes campaign. Could be a surprise by the time the legislature is done. This could go anywhere.
Longerthanu March 06, 2014 at 03:59 PM
No matter what anybody writes, there's somebody ready to attack. Heck, I got questioned for layingRead Moreo ut simple facts above... Sentiment that I've heard articulated by people for a city-- and people against a city. Gotta have thick skin around here.
Enuff Govt Already March 06, 2014 at 04:46 PM
What’s a new city to do? Why not build a monument to gov’t and while we are at itRead Moredestro y a citizen or two. The city of Sandy Springs in using eminent domain to seize one of the area’s oldest existing businesses. Why? The politicians want to build their gov’t building there or as they stated the location is needed for a future civic facility. The Mayor’s reasoning, “we’ve embarked on a project where we’ve spent over $20 million in taxpayer money…couldn’t put the project at risk.” The business owner, “The main thing is the city is taking prime real estate for government use.” Be careful what you wish for.- http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2014/03/04/sandy-springs-council-votes-allow-city-file-eminent-domain-master-kleen-site/ Or try the Brookhaven way, lease a city hall of 24,000 sq ft for 6 employees, a part time mayor and 4 councilmen. Rent a different building of 16,000 sq ft for the police and a rent a third space for a city court facility.
Tom Doolittle March 06, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Enuff--there are a few aspects of the Sandy Springs project that are interesting: (1) It shows howRead Mored ifficult it is build centers of new cities in typical suburban areas (crossroads, I guess)--is possible that new suburban cities shouldn't have traditioanl city centers. (2) the city center project is a public/PRIVATE project--so essentially they aren't taking private property solely for a public good (which the traditional use of eminent domain didn't envision as government centers)--dubious "taking" for a new private concern. If new cities were indeed a dollar for dollar trade with county government or "no added government" or "closer to the people (the business owner is not a "people", but the new private developer is), you have to wonder what the new cities would be like with those as their top priorities. Then, along the lines of what we really should be identifying right now--what are the things that voters did NOT anticipate when they voted for cities? Point being--FORM A CITY--but know what you're voting for ahead of time. Start making a list of the winners and the losers--its always a zero sum game. Is that any worse than county government? Maybe not, except its your own neighbors making the decisions.
Tom Doolittle February 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM
We can blame "people" for not "paying attention"--I suppose that's OK--we'reRead Morenot responsible for the community. However, I doubt anyone responsible for getting "yes" votes will take that risk--or shouldn't anyway. Fact is, we should have a pretty good idea about how many people have "paid attention"--and if we don't we ought to listen to the reasons why. If not, they may "not pay attention" all the way to the pools and vote "no".
Keith Hanks February 25, 2014 at 11:23 PM
@Tom you might have gotten your wish for "Northlake"
Keith Hanks February 25, 2014 at 11:23 PM
New Posting... "Rumor: Tucker & Lakeside to Combine?" Posted to both North DruidRead MoreHills / Briarcliff Patch and Tucker Patch >> View the duplicate posting on North Druid Hills / Briarcliff Patch... http://northdruidhills.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/rumor-tucker--lakeside-to-combine >> http://tucker.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/rumor-tucker--lakeside-to-combine_5e5fa083
RandyRand February 19, 2014 at 02:24 PM
What is going on in Brookhaven is Brookhaven’s issue but I certainly don’t believe inRead Moreig noring the law or the local voters. Brookhaven was created by it’s own residential voters, in part to deal with zoning law issues which were being weakly applied by Dekalb. What kind of lazy excuse or sorry inference will you make up next TWSYF?
Tom Doolittle February 19, 2014 at 04:20 PM
We've never gotten real clear or specific about what the "zoning" interests are from theRead Morea verage person on the street. However, I'd start with the average person on this blog. I'm not necessarily asking for the complaints--I'm more interested in what you're interested in--specifically. BTW--my guess is the zoning "service" you want isn't where the real benefit is to the "zoning" department when it comes to a city govt being "closer to the people" (in other words, different than DeKalb). The fact is, by the time a "zoning" application is made and a hearing is held where you would have to lobby against it, the decision to support has already been made for reasons you have no idea exists--like a finance authority already issuing bonds, tax breaks, loan guarantees and TADs. By then, a rejection is out of the question--what you get at best is a delay until the heat is off or a cosmetic "downgrade" in density--and DeKalb does all of that.
Tom Doolittle February 19, 2014 at 04:36 PM
This article is about the prediction model. Fact is, on a referendum, once one is proposed, theyRead Moresai l thru--period. These guys do most of their "testing" ahead of time--in fact on really troublesome issues (or those that the AJC takes issue with)--they either do preliminary polling (liquor) or recently have done straw votes (mock elections)--gambling. My point is--after all of that, on statewide issues, a referendum is a done deal with the General Assembly WHEN ONE IS PUT TO A VOTE. Therefore, for referendums, this model described above isn't needed--except perhaps to what...INFLUENCE THE PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS. BTW--local referendums for cities SHOULD be dealt with more seriously than the normal special-interest referendums that most voters don't even understand--and are heavily influenced by the preamble on the ballot.
Keith Hanks February 07, 2014 at 10:20 AM
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Roberto February 08, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Here is the latest update --- NO PROGRESS.
Carrie Redwine February 09, 2014 at 09:04 AM
City of Briarcliff makes so much more sense, thank goodness City of Lakeside didn't show up! IRead Morejust hope City of Tucker can still move forward - a no-brainer on that one!
Bruce T February 13, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Typical of them. No community involvement. Just a couple politicians deciding to change withoutRead Morenot ice.
Marv Peck December 30, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Truthfully, I'm not in favor of creating any more cities in DeKalb. However, I could get behind an Read Moreeffort to name a city in honor of the great blues man Muddy Waters.
Tom Doolittle December 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM
The process has certainly turned to fodder for some great blues.
Doctor DeKalb January 01, 2014 at 03:31 PM
How many bills are out there for Tucker? Sheesh! We didn't even want to be a city and only askedRead Moref or a bill so that we wouldn't have half our CDP taken by Lakeside and now I've read where MMO, Billy Mitchell and Michelle Hensen have all submitted bills for Tucker plus Fran Millar offered to help us out. How about leaving us alone? Maybe that would help us out?
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