Skip to main content

Petition Signers Say They Were Tricked by "Neighbors for Lakeside City"

Sen. Millar
Sen. Millar should know better.  When he claimed that 80% of the Livsey precinct wants to be in the City of Lavista Hills (aka Lakeside City), he already knew that there are people claiming the petition takers lied and even harassed them in order to get them to sign.  Some said they were made promises having to do with attendance zones and Lakeside High School.  Some even said they were told the only referendum would be the Lakeside one so it would be the only way to have a vote at all.

In short, they were sold a bill of goods by some people whom they can never actually hold accountable and might not ever even see again.  Some of the petition signers spoke limited English and later said they signed just to stop the person from returning to their home every day to ask if they had changed their minds and were ready to sign.

High pressure, low morals.  Great combination for disaster.  

And, this "Neighbors for Lakeside" group that was taking names was spear-headed by none other than another member of the Tucker Parent Council.  Why does this one particular attendance zone have such strong advocates on BOTH sides of the argument?  Good question.  Since they won't tell us, we'll have to guess that perhaps there are some political stink tanks lurking around these parts and they are running a big game on all of us.  Controlling both sides  of the city debate allows them to push forth an appearance of a real conflict with lots of community input on both sides, ending with a compromise both sides say they can live with.  But, all along, our voices ... the real people who live here ... are the ones being ignored and pushed aside.  And our tax dollars will fund more of their games if we let them get away with it.

Here's an email that we were carbon copied on last year.   It was written by a Tucker resident who encountered the petition takers for Lakeside City:

Dear State Legislators,
  As you consider the merits of a Lakeside City bill this year for DeKalb County, GA, please keep the following in mind: I live in the area that was added to Sen. Fran Millar’s bill at the last moment because someone who came to my neighborhood on three separate occasions was successful in convincing many of my neighbors that they had to sign her petition if they wanted any chance to vote whatsoever, even though they had all told her they did not want to be any part of a city of Lakeside.  She told them that a city of Tucker was not going to be voted on this year and that there was no chance that we could remain unincorporated unless we had a chance to vote no.   
I graduated from Tucker High School proudly and my sisters will go there one day as well.   We live only a block away from the back of the school and I cannot imagine how these LCA individuals could be so bold as to try and tell you and the rest of Georgia that we would want to be in a city that operates in this deceptive manner. 
Lakeside is a rival school, but even the students I know who have gone there would never want to be so rude and insulting to us as this “Neighbors for Lakeside” petition taker was.  I believe many people were tricked into signing and they will be very upset when they learn what has happened.  We will all vote no and I am sure most others throughout Tucker and even Lakeside feel the same.   
I would question the validity of the names you received, especially if they are in a computer format because what we were given was a hand printed form to fill out ourselves.  Anything else is not a valid representation of how we feel or what we were told.  
Thank you,  
XXXXX  (name withheld for privacy)

Popular posts from this blog

Taxpayers and Voters are Unhappy with Commissioner Barnes-Sutton:

IMPORTANT RUNOFF ELECTIONTUESDAY, JULY 26!  DEKALB COUNTY'S DISTRICT 4 CHOOSES BETWEEN INCUMBENT BARNES-SUTTON OR CHALLENGER BRADSHAW! 

If you DID NOT vote in the last election, do not despair, you can STILL VOTE in the July 26 Runoff so long as  you were registered to vote at the time of the first election.  To have a say in this runoff, you will need to ask for a "Democratic ballot" for you to cast your vote on.

From the desk of the group "Unhappy Taxpayers and Voters," we received the following:

To DeKalb Teachers and Georgia Teachers:

Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton (of the 4th District in DeKalb County) has a long history of arriving to work late (Commission meetings and/or committee meetings) and/or not showing up at all. We ask that you review the following records (prior performance and work history/records of arriving to work on time and/or showing up) and ask if teachers that are not elected officials could get away with the same violations:

How ma…

Tucker Township? A Vision or a Pipe Dream?

Who drew this map?  We are not really sure.  We stumbled upon it recently while looking for Tucker election results. We do, however, think this map, called "Tucker Township" actually shows a good compromise between Tucker and Lavista Hills that could have worked well for everyone.   It offers a great way to share the Northlake area commercial tax revenue.  So, why didn't anyone suggest something like this  prior to putting forth competing bills in the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions?  And, why is Tucker's city still being allowed to move forward when it has been called "unconstitutional" by even the legislators who supported it?
Limited services government in the form of a new city is something that the Georgia constitution does not allow, apparently.  But, unless citizens decide to fight the creation of Tucker or Peachtree Corners, two of such limited cities are going to continue operating until someone tells them that they cannot.  
Save Tucker…

Tucker Behaving Badly

Newly elected Tucker Mayor Frank Auman (center) and four council-members were sworn in to their positions on March 8 at Tucker High School.  The council members represented exactly 2 of the 3 districts.  Despite the fact that they were not bound by any particular charter requirement to do so, they decided to move forward without the conclusion of District 2's election, which was held over by the need for a runoff.

When met with objections, they promptly began holding meetings anyway.  And they hired staff members, specifically lawyers, more specifically lawyers who are experts in election laws and understanding the charter. 

The seats for District 2 were decided in a runoff election March 29. And April 1, the results were deemed finalized by the Elections Supervisor in DeKalb County.  A separate swearing in ceremony was held at Tucker Recreation Center for them.

When Auman was elected mayor, he said his first goal is to build a foundation for the city.
“We have to get the rev…