I've never seen a Green Party candidate be a drooling tool of the GOP before!
Does't that qualify as change?
Well well well, absolutely shocking that Jill Stein would eventually align herself with Trump in defense of Russian espionage. I've never seen a Green Party candidate be a drooling tool of the GOP before!
@ Roxanne Dimacale
Two years later...
It is July 2016 and my wife and I are considering moving to Adair Park or Capital View. We are looking intensively. The parks and architecture are beautiful. We cannot wait to find the right home. Do you know of anyone that is planning to sell soon?
Are there unsafe areas of AP and CV? I have been told that the west side of Adair Park across Sylvan Road is not as safe. I appreciate your counsel. Thank you!
They were a product of their environment, if they grew up in suburbia they would be running a fortune 500 company...prison I feel like is never the answer..there has to be a better form of rehabilitation for certain criminals, burying them under a prison isn't where they need to be!!!
I am curious, Mr. Driskell by what you said about Fulton County's General Fund. It is my understanding that South Fulton already pays for its own Fire, Police protection, parks and recreation, and environmental and zoning activities via the South Fulton Special Services District Fund (SSD). South Fulton has already been operating as a city anyway, but without a charter. This vote will get us our charter.
The items in the General Fund are covered for ALL cities in Fulton County, including the County Attorney, 911, Grady Hospital, Libraries, State and Superior Court Judges. Perhaps I am missing something, but South Fulton becoming a city will not suddenly transfer responsibility for all of these things to South Fulton only, will it? We will continue to pay our share - as we do today.
Plus, South Fulton becoming a city would make us eligible to receive approximately $20 million in Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), which we do not receive today because we are not a city.
You also mentioned about the feasibility study. The Sandy Springs feasibility study was done in 2003 - 2 years before their incorporation vote in 2005. South Fulton HAS done a detailed study (2014). See pages 6-10 in the 'Georgia State University study' link in the article. When I compare the 2 reports, its the same type of information - just organized differently.
I do not understand why South Fulton is being held to a different standard than other cities who have voted for incorporation:
* For example, Chattahoochee Hills voted "Yes" for cityhood in 2007. Their comprehensive plan was only developed after the election of the Mayor and City Council, with citizen input: "...Beginning in December of 2009, the Mayor and City Council began recruiting citizens to work on the Comprehensive Plan."
* The citizens of Milton voted "Yes" for cityhood in 2006; their comprehensive plan was created in 2008.
* The citizens of Johns Creek voted "Yes" for cityhood in 2006 also; their comprehensive plan was adopted in 2008.
What we as citizens of South Fulton can do now is vote "yes" on cityhood on November 8, 2016. To get the facts, please visit cityhood.net. Once we vote "yes" and are incorporated, we then elect our Mayor and City Council. They will be accountable to act in our community's best interest.
This is a sad case, however what happened to rehabilitation? This (Taylor) was a young boy who made a mistake. Nothing will bring Mr Luck back however, Mr Taylor should (all these years later) be assessed which would no doubt prove he is not a threat to society. He should be allowed the chance to contribute to society and fully right his wrongs! He is no longer a young boy, he is a man now and people change! This man could be an example to why the death penalty is wrong! He deserves a chance, not his life taken. This will solve or change nothing, this I know from experience! What happened to in God we trust? Two wrongs do not make a right! He without sin....
Commenting as an unincorporated South Fulton citizen, the reasons to vote yes include:
* Many of us are dissatisfied with the level of services that Fulton County provides
* Do not want our children forced to attend Atlanta public schools
* Want to have a voice in how our tax dollars are spent
* Want leadership who actually lives in this area - for transparency and accountability of government.
Think about this: If you have chest pain regularly, would you keep on ignoring the problem in hopes that things will get better on their own? Would you ignore the problem because an acquaintance (who never had a chest pain in his life) tells you that you don't need to go to a doctor?
He whispers in your ear that a doctor might cause more problems or tries to make you suspicious that the doctor may have an ulterior motive.
Would you take this acquaintance's advice? No, you are smarter than that. You realize that it won't affect his life one way or the other if you heeded his advice and ended up having a heart attack! He'll keep on living his life just fine. After all, he had no "skin in the game."
But you'll be the one living with the consequences, experiencing the pain. All because you ignored the signs that were speaking to you in your daily life.
I am writing to those who live in the area and are undecided about the vote. I am convinced that the City of South Fulton is in our best interest based upon what is happening in our area NOW.
To see why it is in our best interest to vote "Yes," please visit cityhood.net (quick video) or voteyescitysfulton.org has FAQs and other information.
If we do not "Vote Yes," on November 8, then forces outside of unincorporated South Fulton will continue to dictate what happens in an area that most of them don't even live in and whose daily lives won't be affected one way or the other. We cannot afford to be silent on this issue.
I got a headlight-off (accidently!) citation two weeks ago, and due to some strangely nefarious circumstances (a completely unwarranted George Zimmerman-esque line of questioning and a thorough, if unsuccessful, probable cause tag search; I thank the Almighty that I wasn't dragged out of my car and beaten to death or found hung in a cell like so many unfortunates of color), two weeks later and one of these PTIT postcard shows up. Thankfully, I Googled this thread and got at least a few answers to what the heck this is all about, as the postcard explains little of nothing.
Not in the least because this is an election year, with a HOTLY multi-way contested Fulton Co. Solicitor runoff race yet to be decided, it seems like this program may have been trotted out more kindly than in years past, as I think the current SG is running for reelection. But the circumstances surrounding outright dismissal of those aforementioned seem sketchy at best to me. Though the fine isn't in dispute, the overtly racially biased profiling behavior is something that I plan on addressing with that officer's zone commander, the solicitor general, and my city council person.
PTIT aside, I will address my grievances with that officer in a manner befitting the circumstances. But am I to understand that most of these cases are being adjudicated to cut down on court backlog (now that the SG wants to tell voters he's cut down on it to save his job), and may be thrown out if the officer doesn't come to court? Are there any other circumstances which would cause my fees to be dropped and/or eliminated?
Another question...to the best of my understanding, there is supposed to be a price list of moving violations somewhere from PTIT, despite the fact that they're discretionary? At least a range?
I forgot to turn my headlights on. I didn't try to kill the President. I'm on a tight budget, and without having the slightest cue what this might cost, I can't begin to plan on paying anything in full.
Though I hope 100.00 will cover it, will I have to check w/the City of Atlanta for additional fees?
Any assistance provided would be awesome😚
It's been a long time since I have seen a raise, something like 10 years. When the city finally decided we have suffered enough they give there version of compression pay. It basically leaves anyone who has been employed with fire department for more than 15 years and in there current position for 10+ years with the current pay scale. They were kind enough to leave a crumb of a one time only 3% bonus for us though. That should make up for the past Ten years of getting nothing.
Where is the equity in this. I feel like just a got gut punched. I don't know why anyone would want to come work here. The CityAtlanta treats the department like life insurance. You got to have it you don't want to pay for it.
Dont worry this does mot change my dedication to the people I serve. I do my job no matter the pay. To bad the city no that too.
@ Atlanta Steel. You can't replicate authenticity, and these buildings tell a story. The buildings are made of steel and brick, not stucco like all the other crap they replace authentic well built buildings with along the BeltLine. It is also an environmental waste to fill up yet another landfill to be replaced with something of inferior, mostly plastic, materials with shelf life of 30-40 years.
Atlanta City will tax you for services and then use your taxes over time to build the infrastructure to actually provide those services. It will take years to accomplish.
I cannot understand why anyone would swap the Atlanta Public Schools for the Fulton County Schools.
I was curious when I read Corro'll Driskell comment that he wants to see "a detailed plan of city operations and a budget that lists what services could be offered and at what cost — something more like the detailed study the people behind Sandy Springs published before that city's 2005 incorporation vote." The article pointed to the equivalent of a Sandy Springs feasibility study that was done in 2003 - which was done 2 years before their incorporation vote. South Fulton HAS done a detailed study (2014). See pages 6-10 in the 'Georgia State University study' link in the article. When I compare the 2 reports, its the same type of information - just organized differently.
For anyone who is interested in the financial viability of a new city of South Fulton, watch the quick video at www.cityhood.net. It is very informative. I was shocked to see how much money we are paying into the tax system and how little we are getting back in terms of service. My home was burglarized 2 years ago and it took 2 HOURS for police to come.
My husband and I are participating in Fulton County Citizens University and the Fulton County fire chief told us that the City of Atlanta has to contract with them to provide services to the southern parts of the city. So, if a fire occurs at Mayor Reed's house, the City of Atlanta won't put it out - Fulton County will!
So the question becomes - if the City of Atlanta annexes the areas they are petitioning for in unincorporated South Fulton, how will the City of Atlanta provide service to them when they can't adequately service the folks they have already?
We have the knowledge, talent, and skills in South Fulton to have local control. Now is our time for our new city charter, given that we are already paying our own way.
I miss The Stein Club too! It was a small place but I had so much fun there! How Cool was the outside patio but had the cool white rocks and picnic tables. Favorite song "Straight to Hell" Drivin' N' Cryin' It made Monday nights my favorite part of the week! 💖☺
With the national average life expectancy being 74.79 years for white men and 67.66 years for black men and 79.84 years for white women in comparison to 74.64 years for black women, it is clear that the statistical odds of living longer than whites in many states seems bleak.
Maybe Reed should bike to work and ditch his high cost taxpayer funded SUV!
Word to all in Atlanta: read all of Hravey Davis's wonderful blogs and nice words. And please consider that when you are looking to employ this unemployed person.
Let's not fool ourselves, its all about the (black) votes. The next election can finally kick-out the corrupt political machine that has been running Atlanta for the last 30 years or so. They will do anything they can to stay in power and in the interim are making all the deals they can.
The citizens of South Fulton need to do is look at history, and vote for their own self interests. Don't fall for platitudes and empty promises like so many other neighborhoods have suffered though for generations. Don't be taken for granted, or worse yet, suckers.
Ah yes, the calling card of cityhood supporters.
When confronted with facts they do not like, those facts are distorted and those posting the facts are corrupt.
Here is a simple yes or no question:
Is it not true that the feasibility study claiming south Fulton is financially viable is now more than two years old; and is it not further true that the feasibility study is based upon a map that, as a practical matter, no longer exists?
Facts as posted by Kesiha Lance Bottoms and corrupt supporters. Many distorted facts listed above.
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