Come to think of it... neither is Steve Schultz - the man who once claimed the city of Lakeside was his bright idea. He later faded into silence when his personal connection to the politicians was made publically clear. His company will surely profit from more politicians - they are a robocalling consultant group working behind the scenes for most conservatives in the North and Central DeKalb region.
So, who were the "leaders" when this city stuff started? Well, the "alliance" at the time was refusing to give names of all their board members and when pushed to reveal them, those unknowns simply chose to step down instead.
But, the ones who were willing to put their name behind their own claims of wanting things more "urban" and "walkable" in the Lakeside / Oak Grove included:
- Kevin Levitas, a former Lakeside City Alliance Co-Chairman. He once said in a state hearing that the idea for a new city was started by the few present there that day. He said, "they" asked themselves, "If not us, then who?"
Fortunately (or unfortunately) for the pro-city group, they didn't have to count on his leadership alone because he bailed on them sometime at the end of the 2014 legislative session.
- Then there is on-again, off-again Mary Kay Woodworth who has taken more breaks and vacations throughout this entire cityhood process than she probably cares to admit. First she was MIA for a long period of time when she claimed she was hosting "neighborhood meetings." Then, she simply quits the entire effort earlier this year. (See report here.)
Later she resurfaces as if nothing has changed, except for the name of the non-profit, going from one that cannot advocate to one that does, only for a city by a different name (but then she doesn't advocate for it at any public meetings).
- Honey VandeCreg, beloved business woman most associated with the downtown redevelopment of Tucker's Main Street and the newly formed Tucker CID was cast as a leader, but then dropped out of sight while the less-than-well-known Tucker 2014 newbies gave things a try on their own with little success.
- They only recently moved to Tucker and it isn't even clear if they actually plan to stay much longer, either as the President's husband (Ben Subzuski) actually works for a big time developer who is creating new jobs for him in Cobb County.
- So, they called in a heavy hitter, Frank Auman, who spoke up as the voice of Tucker 2015, only to drop into low profile mode once his status as a paid lobbyist was made public.
- Michelle Penkava, who has repeatedly dropped the ball with regard to gaining any action on school related issues as Tucker Parent Council President has been the name on most legal documents, but sat quietly by as Auman talked about the community of Tucker, where he does not presently live. And then there is the little thing she doesn't want you to know ... she has a very strong political connection to the pro-Lakeside City effort.
She's even listed as the Financial person on the campaign for Lakeside's Jim McMahan, something that's clearly against the rules for non-profits like the PTA and Parent Council. But, before she would get in trouble for that, she would have to actually lead the Parent Council in something, which hasn't happened beyond the "Save Livsey" annual event that's become as expected as a Fall Festival this time of year.