COVE Report – March 12, 2015

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March 12, 2015

Legislative Update

Atlanta Annexation of Victoria Estates and Mason Mill

Rep. Pat Gardner, Chair of the newly formed Atlanta House Delegation has sponsored a bill for annexation of Druid Hills and adjacent areas, including all of Victoria Estates and Mason Mill. The bill is here [Atlanta Annexation Bill ] The census map with block numbers corresponding to the bill is located here [VE Census Block Map]  (you must download the map to see the full details or click here for a close up ). A full map from the legislature should be made available soon. If you wish to contact Rep. Gardner she may be reached at 404.656.0265 or pat@patgardner.org.

3/13/15 – Addition – The latest map as of yesterday afternoon. This map now shows Mason Mill split between municipalities. Victoria Estate remains entirely in the proposed annexation. atlanta-annex-N.-Druid-map

3/12/15 – Addition – Here is a map posted by (GIS professional) on Decaturish. This may be the best representation of the proposed annexation area prior to receiving an official map from the legislature. atlanta-annex-map.

3/12/15 – And here is the draft legislative map DH annexation map (2)

DeKalb Reforms Held Hostage

Proposed ethics, audit, and procurement reforms to DeKalb County require legislative approval. Bills based on national best practices with widespread community and political support were held hostage by Senator Fran Millar who refused to let them be sponsored in the Senate. Now the House has passed the same bills and sent them to the Senate for approval. Call or write to ask Senator Millar to stop jeopardizing county reforms (see information below).

Senator Elena Parent Town Hall Meeting, Thursday (TONIGHT) @ Young Israel 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Hear the latest updates on Cityhood, Atlanta Annexation of Victoria Estates and Mason Mill, DeKalb reform bills, and other goings on at the capitol. If this follows the same format as her previous town hall meeting, she will provide details on current legislation and then open the floor for Q&A. Come early to get a seat as there should be a large turnout of pro and anti-LaVista Hills residents. Young Israel, 2056 LaVista Road NE, 30329, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

LaVista Hills and Other Cityhood Bills

Various bills to municipalize most of DeKalb County are poised to be voted on in the Legislature. No bills have passed to both the House and Senate, a requirement for approval. The deadline is “Crossover Day,” which is tomorrow. It’s quite possible there will be a flurry of last minute activity and approvals by the end of Friday. Attend the Town Hall meeting tonight for an update.

3/12/15 – Correction – Cross over day is tomorrow 3/13/15

Write Senator Fran Millar for DeKalb County Reforms

Proposed ethics, audit, and procurement reforms to DeKalb County require legislative approval. Bills based on national best practices with widespread community and political support were held hostage by Senator Fran Millar who refused to let them be sponsored in the Senate. Now the house has passed the same bills and is sending them to the Senate for approval. Call or write Senator Millar to stop jeopardizing county reform.

Let Senator Millar know that it’s unacceptable to block these reforms that were recommended by the Operations Task Force on which he sat! There is no excuse for jeopardizing these reforms for political “horse trading” on other issues and bills.

Call Senator Millar’s office at (404) 463-2260 (His aides are polite and will note your call) or

Email: Senator Fran Millar (Fran.Millar@senate.ga.gov)
Copy: Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (casey.cagle@ltgov.ga.gov), Chairman of the State & Local Government Operations Committee John Albers (info@senatoralbers.com).

For more details on the bills go to the citizen led group Blueprint DeKalb which was instrumental in crafting this legislation.

Sample Email to Fran Millar:

Dear Senator Millar:

I ask you to support the DeKalb County audit, ethics and procurement reform bills approved by the House and before you in the Senate. These reforms are based on national best standards, have widespread community and political support, and were recommended by the Operations Task Force on which you sat.

I understand you blocked Senate versions of these bills. County reform is too important and requires your leadership, not political posturing. Regardless of any outcome on cityhood initiatives, all can agree that the county requires reform. I ask you to remove yourself as an obstacle to these reforms and support these bills, without delay.

Sincerely,

Your Name Here
Your Address Here [This must be included to have any impact!]

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