Chamblee, GA, February 14, 2016 – Commentary – Chamblee resident Grant Yarbrough, has written the following “Open Letter to Chamblee City Council and Mayor” concerning the proposed annexation of an area the City refers to as, “the LaVista Hills Area.”
From Mr. Yarbrough:
City Council and Mayor Clarkson,
I want you to know that I am extremely disappointed with the manner in which this process has moved forward.
As possibly the most significant vote in Chamblee’s history the failure of each of you to communicate your views and the perceived blindness with which you are moving forward means I do not feel that you should continue to serve as my elected representatives.
For the record, I am still 50/50 on this vote – however, I have seen no email from any of you regarding your thoughts, no op-ed, no open letters, no update on your webpages, no door to door solicitations. I am also going to assume that none of this has happened in Spanish, Thai, Chinese, or many of the other languages spoken by our neighbors and fellow residents.
Several “polls” show that the majority of residents are against this annexation, yet there has not been even a whisper of an attempt to slow down and ask for more time to weigh the benefits.
I am especially disappointed that we had to find out about this whole thing from the press and not from council members or the mayor.
I am upset with you, Mr. Mayor, for your comments regarding academics at the first Q&A meeting. Your dismissal of a whole group of people is hurtful, not least because (at least for a time) my wife and I were a part of that group. But also because what other groups might you be dismissive of, those who oppose this vote? Those who are for it? You were elected Mayor for and by all of the residents of Chamblee, not those who you wish were citizens.
Therefore, I want you all to know that I am willing to go door to door with a recall petition – not because I disagree with the result of your vote, but the manner with which you have handled this whole process.
I am asking that you postpone the city council vote until you publicly demonstrate that you have exhausted all other methods to slow down or postpone this vote in the legislature.
We live in an era of a dizzying variety of channels for communication – use them to communicate with your constituents.
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