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Please vote Tuesday!!! Three school board seats and the Sheriff will be decided then.

This Tuesday is a very important election. While you may think it’s only a runoff, there are four non partisan positions that will be decided, in addition to several primary runoffs. PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE! It does not matter if you did not vote in the May primary – you can still vote this week! If you picked a party in May, you must stick with the same party, but if you were non partisan, you can now choose a party, or stay independent.

Three school board seats are each down to a choice between two candidates. District 3 candidates are Michael Erwin, Incumbent, and newcomer Atticus LeBlanc. District 4 has two incumbents because of the changes to the districts – Karen Carter and Jim McMahan. District 5 pits incumbent Thad Mayfield against Vickie Turner.

The sheriff’s race is also non-partisan, although both candidates are Democrats. Incumbent Jeff Mann had a commanding lead in May but failed to garner 50% + 1 of the votes cast, leaving him in a run off with former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones.

Winners in these four races will be decided Tuesday!

Republicans have additional choices for their candidates for US Senate – Jack Kingston or David Purdue – and State School Superintendent – Mike Buck and Richard Woods. The winners of this election will face Democratic opponents in November.

Democrats only have one additional race, and that is for their candidate for State School Superintendent – Alisha Morgan or Valarie Wilson. The winner of that race will face the Republican winner in November.

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Wednesday, July 16
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030

The Task Force on DeKalb County Operations (the Operations Task Force) Subcommittee on Municipalization/Annexation will hold its first meeting Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 6 -8 the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.

The Operations Task Force was created by DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May through an Executive Order in March 2014 and is charged with making recommendations that can be forwarded to the Georgia General Assembly by December 2014.

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DeKalb County Operations Task Force web site is up now

Here is the URL for the site. There are links to each meeting, along with downloads for the presentations, and a link to the DCTV video recordings. Many thanks to the County for making this information easily available to all citizens!

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Lindbergh LaVista Corridor Coalition Cityhood Public Forum

July 9, 2014 7-9 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
1438 Sheridan Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

The COBI-Lakeside Leadership Team has been invited to make a short presentation on the history of the cityhood movement for people who have not previously attended such a forum. We have also been asked to share our updated plans given this new alliance. A Q&A session will follow these presentations.

While this forum is specifically geared to residents of Woodland Hills and LaVista Park, it is free and open to the public. However, in order to have the room properly prepared for your comfort, we are asking that you REGISTER for the event. Please cut and paste this link to their registration form.

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Press Release: Briarcliff and Lakeside Present Joint Statement to DeKalb County Operations Task Force


Briarcliff and Lakeside Present Joint Statement to DeKalb County Operations Task Force

Atlanta, GA (PRLog), July 3, 2014 — Two DeKalb County cityhood groups, The City of Briarcliff Initiative, and Lakeside Yes read a joint statement before the DeKalb County Operations Task Force (OTF) on Tuesday, July 2, at the Maloof Auditorium. The Operations Task Force was created by Interim CEO Lee May and is charged with making recommendations that can be forwarded to the Georgia General Assembly by December 2014.

For months both citizens and legislators have urged the two groups to communicate and work together more. Briarcliff and Lakeside have historically shared many overlapping views of cityhood, but have differed on proposed city borders. Both groups view cityhood as an opportunity to lift up the community and improve the strength of DeKalb County.

The prepared statement from the July 2nd meeting reads:

Lakeside Yes Chairman Mary Kay Woodworth read, “Lakeside YES and The City of Briarcliff Initiative appreciate the invitation to present maps to the Operations Task Force. You have received our individual working maps, but we respectfully present this joint statement in lieu of focusing on a specific map.”

She continues, “Both of our groups presented maps during the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly. However, because our current maps overlap, Lakeside and Briarcliff have agreed to collaborate with the goal of creating a unified map free of overlapping areas and respecting existing city borders and future annexation plans. We respect the compromise map between Tucker and Lakeside as the starting point of this collaboration, and we respect the inclusive approach of the Briarcliff map. We will continue to work with our sponsors, Representative Jacobs and Senator Millar, residents and business owners in our community to reach the goal of local control and governance for this community. We invite the advocates of the city of Tucker to join with us so that we can present two cities with a clear path to cityhood prior to the 2015 session of the General Assembly.”

City of Briarcliff Imitative President Allen Venet read, “We are committed to working together because we agree on almost every issue except boundaries, and boundaries can be solved. As we refine our map, we are soliciting neighborhood input, and we will work with state, county and local elected representatives of both major parties and with the existing cities of DeKalb County.”

He continues, “We seek to unite, rather than divide, to improve government operations not just in our region of DeKalb but in the entire county. The residents of unincorporated DeKalb deserve, and with respect we demand, the opportunity to form new cities that will become destinations where business and families can flourish. The time has come for us all to cooperate, north and south, inside the perimeter and outside, city advocates and county officials. We all share DeKalb County, and we all know the challenges we face. Cities are an important part of the solution.”

He concludes, “We welcome your questions and your suggestions.”

More updates from the City of Briarcliff Initiative can be found on  and

About City of Briarcliff Initiative:

The City of Briarcliff Initiative, Inc. is a non-profit corporation chartered under the laws of the state of Georgia. The group seeks to enable residents to form a new city government in central DeKalb County that would serve all people within the community and promote the health, welfare, and safety of the general public.

Media Contact:

Keith Hanks
Member, Board of Directors
City of Briarcliff Initiative, Inc.

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Next Operations Task Force Meeting 7/2

Briarcliff will have representation at this meeting. Please attend if you can. If you have time to stick around afterwards, our group will be assembling outside the auditorium and coordinating a local place to grab a drink, debrief about the meeting, Task Force status and cityhood status. We would love to have you join us!


Wednesday, July 2 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030

The Operations Task Force, created by DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May through an Executive Order in March, held its first meeting on June 5, 2014. The Operations Task Force is empanelled to explore and study (1) the financial, business, zoning and quality of life impact on residents and government operations caused by the creation of new cities and annexations; (2) the effectiveness of the current governance structure of DeKalb County and ethics and transparency in County operations; (3) the equitable distribution of Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) proceeds and legacy pension costs between the DeKalb County and it’s cities; and (4) other related matters.

The Operations Task Force is charged with making recommendations that can be forwarded to the Georgia General Assembly by December 2014.

The meeting will be broadcast live on DeKalb County’s cable channel, DCTV, on Comcast Channel 23.

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DeKalb Medline plan review deadline extended

The public comment deadline has been extended until July 7, 2014.
Draft Medline LCI Master Plan Available for Review & Comment
The public is invited to review the draft Medline LCI Master Plan and to submit comments during the 30-day comment period which ends on Monday, July 7, 2014. All comments should be submitted in writing to or by postal mail to the following address:

Medline LCI Master Plan
c/o Sycamore Consulting, Inc.
195 Arizona Avenue, Unit LW-4
Atlanta, GA 30307

There are two ways to access the document
For the pdf format please click here or visit:

For the flip-book format, please click here or visit:

For background information on the Medline LCI process including details of the Medlock Road/North Decatur Road/Scott Boulevard recommendations please click here to review the Medline LCI Factsheet.

The DeKalb County Department of Planning and Sustainability is partnering with the community to create a shared vision for the Medline area. This study will seek to enhance the long term economic viability, create a healthy and safe place for pedestrians and cyclists and promote easy access to jobs. Through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative, the plan will help shape the future of this community for the next 20 years.

For more information visit the project site at:

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No Task Force this week

Some of us are headed to Melton’s App and Tap anyway as we had planned to eat out after the meeting. We’ll just mosey on over about 7-7:15 if anyone wants to stop by and chat.

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What happened to the next DeKalb Task Force 2014 meeting?

We can’t find any announcements about it, although we are pretty sure they said it would be two weeks from the first one. We did find where they have posted the video recording from the Inaugural Meeting, so if you missed it, or want to refresh your memory, here is the link:

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Next Task Force meeting, please join us!

Thanks to our friends and neighbors who joined us last night at Fellini’s! We understand your concerns, and look forward to hearing from more of our neighbors from different parts of the county.

We plan to attend the second Task Force meeting next Thurday, June 19th, from 6-8 PM at the Maloof Auditorium. Please join us! After this, we plan to meet up at Melton’s App & Tap to grab a bite to eat and rehash the meeting. Everyone is welcome to join us for discussions, whether you are or would be in a city or remain in the unincorporated area.

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