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39 Comments on "Senator Millar to Mayor Davis: Put aside annexing Executive Park, give Lakeside a chance"

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Pablo
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Pablo

Hogwash. Millar is just mad Davis is a better businessman.

Dave
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Dave

Perhaps you have it Pablo, J. Max has an interest in the annexation? Tell us more.

Lane Barton
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Lane Barton

Brookhaven will continue to thrive. No matter who tries to quash it if Lakeside was so good and wonderful there would be a city right now. Keep it going Brookhaven no matter who gets in the way.

Brookhaven Bob
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Brookhaven Bob

I was at the hearing and heard Fran Millar tell the Brookhaven Mayor to “cease all attempts to grab additional land for your city or the state legislature will have to slap you down.” If I were Max Davis, I would heed his warning.

Kiersty
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Kiersty

Mr. Davis heeds no one warning Brookhaven Bob.

Dave
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Dave

Given Governor Deal’s otherwise inexplicable veto of the bills that would have ended the Brookhaven Century Center grab, I think Mayor Davis may have more juice than Senator Millar.

Thomas Porter
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Thomas Porter

J. Max Davis tried to play with the big boys but got a smack-down. Thought he was one of them, but was forced to face the truth.

Appropriate and further evidence we need to mature a bit before we try for Redevelopment Powers.

Riley
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What is also interesting is that people keep going to Mike Jacobs for help in forming cities that are not in his district. The process is that any cityhood move is initiated by the State Representative of the general area of the proposed city. I don’t think that he planned for this happening, and probably doesn’t want it. Let the people of that district handle their own affairs.

Carrie
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Carrie
Funny how Doolittle can’t hide his anti-Brookhaven bias even remotely in this “article”. I left before the meeting was over but I was at the meeting for the exchanges he mentions. I and others present (including the mayor and council members ) got a different impression than Doolittle’s rah-rah, anti city viewpoint. Mary Margaret Oliver started off ungraciously and rudely attacking the mayor and the city when no citizens at the forum raised their hands to ask questions of the legislative panel. It was the only way she could fill in for the lack of interest the panel’s presentation generated… Read more »
Thomas Porter
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Thomas Porter

Mayor: the days of the Brookhaven Yes or No camps are over. Let’s move forward (appropriately & intelligently).

Brookhaven Bob
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Brookhaven Bob

Thank you for your comments, Mayor Davis.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

So let’s make sure the scorecard reads properly:
Considering what is best for all involved = anti-brokehaven
For Representative Oliver to REPRESENT her constituents =rude and ungracious
Legislators not in the pocket of unseen developers = perplexed

This would all be so much easier if the truth were presented transparently in advance.

Brookhaven Bob
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Brookhaven Bob

Transparency has not been observed in the JMD Administration. That has been a real disappointment for me and other commenters on this blog.

Thomas Porter
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Thomas Porter

I believe it is far more pervasive than the commenters only, I think MANY people who would never comment here feel the same way.

Dave
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Dave

But it was okay for Jacobs, without the normal honorific, such as Mr. Doolittle, to talk over his colleague?

Joe S.
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Joe S.

Perhaps the video tell more than meets the eye.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

Wow, if Senator Millar had spent a few days getting the opinions of people outside dunwoody 3 years ago, we might not be in this mess today.
I can’t help but remember being in a meeting at the Doraville library with the Senator standing behind me as citizens asked questions. A lady spoke wondering why a new city was being instituted without clear, broad Citizen interest. Behind me, Senator Millar spoke to a cohort and said “She just doesn’t see that dunwoody train coming at her”.
It appears today that the ‘dunwoody train’ might just have gone off the rails.

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert

“An agitated Millar reminded Davis that he stopped Dunwoody from taking its boundary inside I-285 to protect a future Brookhaven’s commercial revenue potential. “The same principle applies to the Executive Park area”, equating the arrangement to a move that might now be made “across I-85” by Brookhaven.”

I have made this point several times relative to Brookhaven’s accepting the Century Center Annexation request and now this Executive Park annexation request.

Bottom line Fran Millar’s statement is correct.

Carrie
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Carrie
There is some truth to Millar’s and Eric’s point. There is a crucial difference as Dunwoody never received an application for annexation from Perimeter Summit or anybody south of 285. Ashford Park residents, who are impacted daily by policies and operations of the adjacent PDK and Plaza Fiesta, called for the Airport Fiesta parcel to be included in the Brookhaven map. Didn’t Millar give Chamblee what it wanted? It wasn’t until a year later that Chamblee decided to go for the bigger land grab and add Century Center and neighborhoods south and east of the airport. Has anybody shown that… Read more »
Thomas Porter
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Thomas Porter

Mayor: that would probably be a better argument if citizens didn’t have so much mistrust of our leaders. Fix that problem (truly fix, not just declare it’s fixed) and support would grow dramatically. For all issues, but start with the Pink Pony.

Brookhaven Bob
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Brookhaven Bob

Mayor Davis: Do you have any idea how much ill will you have created among your neighboring cities (both present and future) related to your incessant demands for annexing commercial property adjacent to your city? Do you care?

New Chamblee resident
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New Chamblee resident
Carrie: I would like to correct one of your misstatements listed above. Chamblee did NOT initially approach DECA about annexation. In fact, it was the other way around. Max Davis came to our DECA meeting and told us that he only wanted to annex Century Center and NOT the surrounding residential areas. DECA approached Chamblee after that fateful meeting. In November 2012, 61% of the voters of the area in question voted for annexation into Chamblee. That vote percentage was far higher than that who voted for Brookhaven cityhood. Please get your facts straight. Thank you.
elveith
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elveith
Carrie, as someone who lives next door to the Century Center property, and who was involved in the area’s annexation into Chamblee, I can tell you that Century Center, PDK, and Plaza Fiesta were always part of our maps. Going back to 2012, when C4ND and then Brookhaven Yes were drawing and adjusting their maps, the residents of this area told all involved that the maps either had to include all of the residential areas around those commercial parcels, or those commercial parcels had to be left out of the Brookhaven maps to allow our areas the funding needed to… Read more »
Happy New Chamblee resident
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Happy New Chamblee resident

Carrie: Please be more careful with the facts related to the Century Center annexation by Chamblee. It’s obvious that you have a distinct bias in your postings on this subject. You probably owe the people of Chamblee an apology for your misstatements.

Jealous
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Jealous

No, the people that insisted people to vote yes on the annexation owe the residents an apology. We are really screwed over in the Chamblee neighborhoods. 2 of Dekalbs lowest ranked schools, crime, gangs, no parks, no grocery stores, no builders coming in to remodel homes(because they couldn’t sell anything more than a cheap flip rental), no plans to get rid of the crap along Plaster Rd. (the only thing that could rescue these neighborhoods, and not one peep of concern for our homes and investments from elected officials. The ‘yes Chamblee’ group owes the homeowners a big apology!!

Happy New Chamblee resident
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Happy New Chamblee resident

I really feel sorry for you, Jealous. You sound like a bitter old lady. If you are unhappy in Chamblee, then why don’t you move? I have suggested this before.

Jealous
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Jealous
It would have been beneficial to the Chamblee annexed neighborhoods to have waited patiently and really researched the options. I keep hearing the same few proclaiming Brookhaven would never have annexed us. That’s probably 1/2 true. 1/2 of the neighborhoods, it wouldn’t have made sense, but Dresden Rd. would have been a natural boundary. Brookhaven would have had another large park AND been able to help initiate redevelopment of the troubled area. The fact that B’haven has clout and developers willing to invest , it wouldn’t have taken long for some developer to want the whole Clairmont/Buford Highway corner. That’s… Read more »
Jealous
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Jealous

I expect my city officials to be smart, productive, efficient, honest, responsive, open, transparent and make decisions in the best interests of the taxpayers, none of which exists in Chamblee at this time. I do have to wonder why a city supporter is willing to stoop to such unsavory tactics, apparently just for kicks. It’s a sad reflection on a city that’s already having great difficulty attracting anything of quality.

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert
” It wasn’t until a year later that Chamblee decided to go for the bigger land grab and add Century Center and neighborhoods south and east of the airport.” A year later than what? Century Center was drawn out before the Airport Plaza Fiesta parcel was because DECA and thus Century Center were going to go to Chamblee. Ask any Brookhaven Yes person. Drawing out those two nubs east of Clairmont and keeping Brookhaven on the West Side of Clairmont also makes sense from a simple boundary issue. People have a tough enough time knowing what city they are in… Read more »
enuff govt already
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enuff govt already

The senator was knee deep in the new city legislation orgy. He voted to ease the annexation requirments. To cry now because one of the new cities isn’t behaving the way he wants it to is lame. Poorly written legislation has resulted in a balkanized north DeKalb full of neighbors and neighborhood angry and mistrustful of each other. …

“People have a tough enough time knowing what city they are in now and thus who to call”…I think that was their aim. Divide, conquer and invest based on insider real estate info.

Elle Woods
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Elle Woods

That video is a must watch. Poor Carrie Max, it’s clear just how much the state goverment doesn’t respect him. As a side note, can someone please get that man a decent meetin’ folks suit?

Elle Woods
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Elle Woods

Another thing. I think it’s great that the City is providing services for the poor people. It’s very nice of them. Some of the poor people are even Facebook friends with the police. Precious.

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert
I seriously doubt that Carrie is Max since Max knows about Century Center being drawn out of the Proposed Brookhaven City Boundaries well before the Plaza Fiesta/Airport section was in response to desires to keep it with the DECA area so that they could be annexed into Chamblee (or maybe it could have been another city). Also J. Max knows that the Dunwoody Mayor made it known that he would not consider annexation of the Perimeter CID area inside 285 unless the Brookhaven City vote was No. Personally It doesn’t matter what Carrie is since she/he provides a viewpoint that… Read more »
thedeal2
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thedeal2
Fran wants what he wants when he wants it the way he wants it. That is all. He wanted Dunwoody to get what it wanted, but now that Brookhaven wants something, he thinks they should pull back the reins. He wants Lakeside to pick, piecemeal, its desired areas because it is the people’s “free will”, but he doesn’t want Executive Park owners to have free will. He thinks the Executive Park neighbors should have a say in what goes on around them, but he doesn’t think that Tucker or Idlewood or Stone Mountain should have a say in his Lakeside… Read more »
Dan Wright
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Dan Wright
I am a member of Blueprint DeKalb Leadership (www.BluePrintDekalb.org) that is trying to convince citizens and elected officials to adopt meaningful changes to bring the rule of law back to DeKalb govenment. After all, city or no city, everyone in DeKalb will still have many interactions with the county and school board. I agree that there are many things about DeKalb government that are unacceptable. However, the decision whether Brookhaven should annex the Executive Park district southeast of I-85 has other more important local issues. I personally spent hundreds and hundreds of hours over the last decade with my neighbors… Read more »
Robert Smith
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Robert Smith

Mr. Wright: There are many residents of Brookhaven who agree with your point of view. We support you in your fight.

Dan Wright
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Dan Wright

Thank you for your support, Mr. Smith. Unfortunately we must rely on the charity of others in the proposed Brookhaven leap across I-85. As you may know, the annexation laws, also used to create new cities, is inherently unfair because it denies any standing to those outside the boundary in question no matter how close or impacted they might be.

yourmomma
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yourmomma

Dan, the mayor of Brookhaven has made it clear on more than one occasion: If you are not a citizen of the city, your opinion is not wanted or considered unless you are bringing some cash or lucrative taxable properties. Self interest rules here.

Good luck with your points. They are all well thought out and logical, but you are dealing with greed and holier than thou elected officials in Brookhaven.

D4 Innocent Bystander
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Dan,

Bring all your thoughts, presentations and neighbors to Brookhaven City Hall. Sit through long faces staring back at you as you plead your case. Then be dissappointed when annexation occurs.

The only way it doesn’t happen is with new leadership. That will come with a ballot box question in June 2015 to remove Mayor Davis or next November when all 4 of the existing reps are removed. Plan your strategy around those assumptions. Good luck.

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