Skip to main content

Residents Ask: "What is the Problem?" and "Will Cityhood Fix It?"

Reasonable people, like Ed Ewing from the Amberwood
neighborhood, have serious questions about the methods
by which city advocacy groups determined that there was
an actual, real problem identified that cities will now fix.

If you share this and other concerns, please show up to
vote No on Nov. 3.  The city groups have a lot of people
convinced that a city will help them.  There must be enough
skeptics willing to show up and vote no or else we will
all find out the hard way that neither Lavista Hills
NOR Tucker  will be viable cities without raising our taxes. 
In reviewing the public comments portions of the Tucker, Lakeside and Briarcliff meetings before the House of Representatives back in 2014, we found some speakers who made some excellent points (and others who didn't make much sense to us at all.)  

We'll post some of those transcribed comments here and others we will post on our YouTube channel in case you want to catch up with all the things that happened as our Central DeKalb communities were faced with the issue of a cityhood referendum.

So, first, we give you the comments from a resident who found himself in the boundaries of both the Lakeside and Briarcliff maps (which were pretty close to identical except for Briarcliff wishing to take the Emory campus and take the city limits right to the borders of existing cities of Decatur and Avondale Estates.

Here is Ed Ewing from the "Amberwood" neighborhood inside the perimeter of 285, what's now being claimed by "Lavista Hills" and slated for a vote, along with the Tucker city vote, on your ballots this November 3, 2015.

Good afternoon.  I'm Ed Ewing from Amberwood.
 What is the problem?   
And would cityhood be the solution? 
Everyone knows there have been problems in DeKalb County.  But has anyone comprehensively defined the problem beyond a mere collection of anecdotes?  
No, the organizers are relying on "impressions."  A systematic, quantitative study would supposedly be "too expensive."
These are all smart, experienced, likable, earnest people but they are manifesting the all too common human tendency to rush to solutions instead of taking on the hard, unglamorous work of defining problems.  
What does a positive $30,000 feasibility study prove?  A financial feasibility study should not be confused with a viable, strategic plan, which does not exist at this time.   
To some, "plan" is a four letter word.  What do the 63,000 citizens in the proposed cityhood area really want?  LCA organizers have diligently counted all the community meetings they have held: some 75 or more, they claim.  But, have they actually conducted any polls, sampling the meeting attendees let alone the population at large? 
No, they are relying upon "impressions."
A political poll would be too expensive, they claim.  So, how many Facebook "likes" do they have?  600 something.  About 1% of the target population. 
In other words, 99% of the 63,000 citizens have NOT liked LCA on LCA's own Facebook page.
I'm afraid this attempt at "empire building" is all about what LCA wants.   
Vote no on Lakeside cityhood.  (now known as "Lavista Hills.")

Note:  The original person who requested that Senator Millar sponsor a bill to form a "Lakeside City" in DeKalb County was Steve Schultz, a community organizer who has his own, very successful political consultancy business.  This business, called Rosetta Stone, is notorious for making "robo calls" on behalf of their clients.  So, while it might be too expensive for the average person to make a call to every resident in the proposed area with a question or two about cityhood, for Schultz and Rosetta Stone, it would literally be just another day at the office. And yet they didn't do it.

Why?  Because this effort to form cities has never been about caring about what the citizens think.

Do you really think they are going to suddenly start caring now?

Popular posts from this blog

Welcome to Smoke Rise, Soon to be Tucker, GA

The driving force behind the city of Tucker has been the leadership within the community known as "Smoke Rise, GA."  Smoke Rise residents currently have addresses that say "Stone Mountain, GA" and many of them worked hard in order to create a separate identity for themselves, petitioning the U.S. Post Office to change their official name to "Smoke Rise."  While the Post Office did not agree to change the official name, they did agree to allow "Smoke Rise" as a recognized alternative to "Stone Mountain" that could be used interchangeably as long as it accompanied their 30087 zip code.

It is important to note that these residents did not ask the Post Office to recognize their use of "Tucker" as an acceptable alternative.  They asked to be called "Smoke Rise."

It appears that zip codes and address labels are important to them, just as our Tucker zip code is important to us.  And, while we do understand that Smoke Rise…

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…

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…