(VIDEO) Potential business partners for LaVista Hills attend fundraiser

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 27, 2015

An organization working to create a new city held a fundraiser on Aug. 26 at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant at the DeKalb–Peachtree Airport.

As planes took off and landed, potential contractors gathered to hear from representatives from the LaVista Hills Alliance and local politicians. The alliance is raising funds to support creation of a new DeKalb County City with over 65,000 people. It would be bordered on the north and west sides by I-85 and bisected by I-285.

The Alliance held the fundraiser in the “bunker room.” The hostess explained the room was located down the hall, past the dance floor. There’s an open-air patio adjacent to it.

Patti Peach, who helped organize the event, worked the door and gave a reporter a friendly handshake. She checked the list of invitees. She said she’d been expecting Decaturish to show up.

Kevin Levitas, the former co-chair of the Lakeside City Alliance, chatted up Joe Estey, vice president of iXP Corporation. The company has the contract to operate ChatComm, a 911 dispatch used by other new metro Atlanta cities: Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Dunwoody and Brookhaven. The Lakeside cityhood movement merged with the former Briarcliff cityhood movement to become the proposed new city of LaVista Hills.

The suggested minimum donation to attend the LaVista Hills Alliance fundraiser: $500. Peach estimated there were 35 to 40 attendees, but not all of them paid to attend. The LaVista Hills Alliance will file campaign disclosures that will include a list of donors to the cause.

Another attendee: Angela Parker, who until this year was the Community Development Director for Sandy Springs. According to Neighbor Newspapers, she left to become vice president of The Collaborative, a company that has a contract to run departments in the city of Sandy Springs. Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Brookhaven are unlike older cities in terms of service delivery. They rely heavily on private contractors to provide basic services. But they also don’t have the large payrolls and costly pension obligations of older cities.

The largest department on the payroll of a new city is usually the police department.

The fundraiser drew criticism from DeKalb Strong, a group that opposes cityhood. The group addressed the topic on its blog in a post written as a response to a presentation LaVista Hills made to the general public on Aug. 24 at Briarcliff United Methodist Church. That event drew over 400 residents interested in hearing more about the LaVista Hills proposal.

“This is pay-to-play,” the post says. “Saying that contractors have to pony up campaign cash if they want to do business with a government is wrong. It violates most government procurement codes, and is the exact kind of behavior we need less of in DeKalb.”

Politicians from local cities who attended the meeting spoke favorably about the benefits of being a city.

“I agree that cities provide a sense of community and a sense of place,” Decatur City Commissioner Patti Garrett said.

Former Decatur mayor Bill Floyd, who is now executive director of the DeKalb Municipal Association, also spoke to the group.

“You’re in for an incredible treat, because you’re about to go through the greatest experience of your life as you see your community change in front of your eyes,” Floyd said. “You’ll see people take an interest in everything that goes on. You’ll see people want to participate in stuff, and you will see things happen that have not happened in the past. … And the other thing is, if you’re a business person in the area, you’re about to go through a great experience also, because you’re about to (do business) in a place that really wants you there and will work with you to make your business the best that it can do.”

Jason Lary, president of the Stonecrest City Alliance – another group pushing a proposed new city in DeKalb County– spoke favorably of the idea, too. The dysfunction of DeKalb County government, which seems to top itself with each new revelation of mismanagement and corruption, is one of the primary reasons cited for creating a new cities.

“It has to change folks,” he said, adding later, “I came here in full support of what you’re doing.”

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  • Cities Are Bad

    Great they are already lining up contractors to do the work of the county. Is ther a report showing how much money is lost to the economy not having county workers do the jobs that all of these contractors are going to take away? DeKalb strong needs an even like this to raise money. They are being outspent. How is the message to save the county from these theives going to get out if there is no fundraiser or donations? Vote no for the city nonsense. Atlanta does not need to be like a big city.

    • notapunk

      DeKalb certainly won’t have to lay off any 911 dispatchers. The county is currently short by more than 80. Plus, they ones who are still around are underpaid and forced to work 12-hour days. Guess too many are going to work for ChatComm, which is owned by two local governments.

      • Jan Atlanta

        notapunk and hb – you should volunteer your services to LaVista Hills Alliance to be their FB, NextDoor and other social media commenters. They are smart enough to refrain from responding – but could use your voice!

        • notapunk

          Just stating facts, Jan Atlanta, not “responding” to any allegations. I’m a free agent, beholding to no one but my family and I intend to keep it that way. My vote’s certainly not in the bag… but the other side has some convincing to do, too. They do tend to be more emotional than cerebral.

        • HB

          Agreed, same boat as notapunk. While I am seeing the value in cityhood, I, unfortunately, do not trust Woodworth, Millar etc. and wouldn’t want my name directly associated with their efforts–they are frankly too bought and bossed. And too many out there aren’t capable of thinking outside of black and white “government bad!” platitudes, and wouldn’t be able to grasp a nuance of how I could be pro-city but anti Mary Kay. It only means that I will not vote for anyone in THEIR particular cadre as my chosen representative if given the chance. And yes, we can have a city without having to elect those guys. Plenty of other good, smart people here in N. Druid Hills.

          Feel free to repost my comments on the other sites.

          • notapunk

            Totally agree, HB. I was open to either side, but DS can’t get past the headlines. The devil is in the details. And the deeper I read, the less I believe DS. We can make this area something special. It’s up to us to take charge. This high school football mentality has to end. We can do better.

          • RAJ

            You are correct….and don’t think we need a third party movement, just help our friends at LVHA get the referendum passed THEN select the best candidates for districts 4,5,6…..the candidate for mayor will surprise you!

          • Gee, couldn’t you tell from the video who the candidate might be?

      • Not all of them… “DeKalb County E-911 Communications operator, received a national award for her exemplary work as a certified training officer.”


        • notapunk

          Welcome back, Cheryl. Your non sequitors have been missed.

          • Well, aren’t you just a breath of fresh air and a veritable oxymoron all wrapped up into one? I’ve been here all along. I just got bored of reading how many different ways Tucker, Lavista Hills and Briarcliff could offer the same exact things without actually defining how they plan to offer the residents something they actually asked for.

          • notapunk

            Bless your heart.

          • See, that didn’t hurt so much after all, did it?

  • Suzie Lavista’s Neighbor

    Good to see these people are already on the take before we even vote on this thing, Lavista Hills Alliance new slogan should be for this city should be, “Taking Your Tax Dollars. Rewarding Our Friends With It!” I can’t believe they let you video this.

    • To be fair, they were actually nice and welcoming to me. They didn’t attempt to exclude me from the proceedings.

      • Suzie Lavista’s Neighbor

        Good to know Dan. Not being welcoming of course to the press would have sent a bad message so what choice did they have. How many people there would you guess were people looking for business from Lavista Hills vs other politician types?

        • Don’t know. Didn’t get to see the list, but I recognized faces from my work covering Sandy Springs back when I was associate editor at Reporter Newspapers.

          • Suzie Lavista’s Neighbor

            At what point do they have to release the donor list? Does the lists for Briarcliff, Lakeside and Lavista Hills Yes get disclosed as well? They do not seem to want to let us know who put in all the money for the 3 studies done. I have a hard time believing the 75k for the studies plus the other thousands spent came solely from us residents. It would be interested to know who their major donors are.

          • It will be part of routine ethics filings that are made by all organizations like the LaVista Hills Alliance. Don’t know the filing dates off hand, but looking them up is on my to-do list.

          • RAJ

            Strange then that LVH has no ethics provisions in their Charter…..they were removed by MKW & Co when the “merger” happened(actually they never merged)with Briarcliff!

          • notapunk

            Might be better to let the city council set the ethics provisions (as provided for in the charter). Won’t the city council be better represented along party lines?

          • RAJ

            Ethics provisions were changed at the time of the “merger” by MKW to ensure for “flexibility” in ethics and allowing the City Council to make the decision was the means to this end since the Council is expected to be split 3-3 North/South with a North(voting) Mayor. The VERY best choice for LVH is a STATE LAW(similar to DeKalb’s) setting up the ethics board with independently selected members. Your suggestion moves LVH in the direction of Brokenhaven on ethics and this is no surprise since TK crafted the charter!

          • Does that pertain only to current Organizations, or does the requirement pertain to any group, current or disbanded that contributed to the cause?

          • Tracy White

            Briarcliff’s largest donation was 10K from DHCA, a fact which was posted on their now-defunct web site.

  • HB

    Thanks Dan. Nothing out of line here. Every populated area requires service contracts, and contractors bid for them. (Dekalb Strong is saying we need “less” of this somehow? Huh? How do you propose that?) Kudos to LVH for agreeing to post their donors. Dekalb Strong refuses to post their donors.

    People, Dekalb is the king of underhanded, nontransparent graft, with overpaid buddy-network contracts where the lion’s share of the contract pads both thier pockets with our tax dollars, and we are seeing little for it. A smaller, more accountable city group with true locals running the show and actually *representing us* will be a step in the right direction.

    My point is really not to diss Dekalb Strong–their hearts are in the right place–they remember the good ole days around here and wish it was still that way. They are all good people. They are just a bit shortsighted, a bit blind to what’s going on in the county, and underinformed in financial matters. They don’t yet grasp how diverting some of our funds for local use and control is actually a huge HELP to our community.

    They were sharply corrected by actual tax accountants on Nextdoor on how their rally cry of “but what if there are more taxes?!” is neither factually based, nor based on real financial analyses. It’s just their “feelings” (their word). They brush over the fact that most Dunwoody residents are loving the results of the new city. And Brookhaven, whose property values have risen since cityhood, and are now paying more to the *county* in taxes–are now starting to see major improvements in THIER area because of city efforts –look what’s in store for Buford Highway! It took some localized govt focus to affect a change in that area–Dekalb had no plans to do that on thier own.

    If we stand to improve our area by diverting some of what we already pay out of Dekalb’s pockets and into our control–sign me up. Heck, I’d even be willing to pay a little more in taxes for higher property values and a significant improvement to the services, roads and quality of life around here. And having a defined city does indeed generate more community involvement.Another win. We can choose to elect good people from our neighborhood to do this who will “have our back.” Another win.

    Times have changed in Dekalb, and this is the natural progression. A small local city is a step toward taking charge of our own area’s future.

    • Suzie Lavista’s Neighbor

      HB. When will the Lakeside, Briarcliff, Lakeside Yes and Alliance people be releasing their lists? Tens of thousands spent and lots of pro bono work yet we do not know who the major donors are. Personally I don’t care to know if my neighbor donated 50 bucks. I do though want to know how much the attorneys and other potential business people have donated in money and time. When will the people promising the more local transparent government start being transparent themselves?

  • Jan Atlanta

    Suzie – or is it Ed (Amberwood’s anonymous and illegal mailbox letter writer), have you ever worked in the private sector or only for the government/academia? You are probably right about the attendees – these folks will look for business from a new city. Therefore, they donate money to help fund the CAMPAIGN so to get the referendum passed. Without new business opportunities, business doesn’t grow. But that doesn’t matter to you. It’s apparent you are anti-business, anti-cityhood and deeply suspicious of anyone who doesn’t share your anti-cityhood position. Not every one is on the take.

    • Suzie Lavista’s Neighbor

      Jan I am Suzie Lavista who posts on nextdoor neighbor, Do you know her? I am a neighbor of hers. It was made clear at the last meeting he other night this was a pay for play fundraiser. The quote was “It’s perfectly reasonable to ask them to invest in us before we invest in them” I’m guessing that’s was Burrell Ellis was thinking to. Invest in him and he will invest in them. Can you imagine what you would be saying if a Dekalb offical said something like that?

      • Jan Atlanta

        I was there, also. You take it out of context, as Ms. Snook did in her most recent missive. Levitas, Woodworth, Slappey, etc. are not elected officials. They are citizens who are campaigning to get a referendum passed. It IS reasonable to ask businesses – potential contractors or not – as well as residents and others outside of the city map to invest in getting this referendum passed. You are correct on this point though – if one of them WAS an elected official and was shaking down contractors for money or accepting money and “forgetting” that they were a county official – that is another story.

        • Suzie Lavista’s Neighbor

          Jan if this is so popular with us residents shouldn’t they have no trouble raising the money they need? Lots of wealth in this area. They should not have to put us in bed with these outside people. Question to you. What do you think the chances are that Levitas, Woodworth, Slappey run for office? If they do should we worry that these donors might get special treatment for past donations to their group? Also why did they form their own group? What was wrong with Lavista Hills Yes? Funny how they left the well intentioned COBI crew behind about 5 minutes after they no longer needed them isn’t?

          • Jan Atlanta

            And residents are still giving money, but as you have pointed out, have already donated over $50K for feasibility studies. I hope that they do run for office – along with community active folks all over this area who can make a difference because they live here. Regarding the two groups – again you said it: “well intentioned COBI”. Inactive COBI. Combative personality-populated COBI. Folks who like to sit, debate, debate it again. Look closely at the video – Allen Venet is in it. Talk to Venet. Woodworth offered an option that Alliance would raise money, help support LVH Yes initiatives and Alliance would in turn campaign to get out the vote – but COBI wanted none of it. They’d take the money – but former COBI (YES) wanted to muzzle anyone but themselves. Lot’s of former LVH Yes volunteers saw that, and are on board – including Dems, Reps, Independents – and are now working hard for cityhood, with Alliance guidance. Venet and Woodworth took the highroad and publicly support each other, can’t say as much for some of the other COBI folks.

          • RAJ

            Thank’s for your support, but as a recent convert to the city hood movement in Central DeKalb guess you don’t realize that success in the November election depends largely upon the number of votes in “old” Briarcliff ….the Southern tier…Districts 5& 6 and part of 4.

          • Susan In NoMansLand

            So, you’re saying that LVH YES is the former Briarcliff, while LVH Alliance is the Lakeside. Thanks for helping to keep the players straight. People liked the idea of Briarcliff, while Lakeside was always divisive. So, LVH YES I s the “let’s all work together” grouo, while LVH Alliance is the “looking out for #1, forget everyone ekse” group.

          • Mike

            It’s pretty clear that the Woodworth/Levitas/Millar/Kurrie crowd is the same as always. They’re good at getting people to drink kool-aid. But you certainly don’t want them having any effect on your lives. Just remember the names of the people in that group — they’ll all be running for something in March. VOTE FOR ANYONE ELSE!

          • RAJ

            Same but different…..confusing to most people, but Lakeside and Briarcliff were 501C(3) to tax exempt donations for the study and other “educational” costs while LVHA & LVHY are 501C(4) political action committees….I may need some help with this myself, but I do know that you have to keep the tax stuff straight….some people in both groups stay the same others come and go just like in any other organization; after all we have been at this for about 3+ years now with these groups.

      • RAJ

        I think this was Levitas at his finest ….if only he had left off “we in vest in them”!

    • Russell Carleton

      So, to recap, a bunch of people advocating for cityhood — none of whom have ideas of running for office — got together at a restaurant and invited some vendors who would be in line to feed at the city trough to donate to create the city council — that of course, none of them are thinking of running for… but y’know, you do have to create the office before you run for it. In return, these vendors are just looking to stir up a little business and not looking for any special treatment whatsoever in contract bids, especially if they are the types of people who work in industries where there will be 4-5 companies bidding on a municipal project.

      Maybe that’s all true. But perhaps you can see how it looks a little fishy?

      • Jan Atlanta

        Russell, what line of work are you in? Does your business or do you personally donate to organizations, causes, to support their efforts? The LVH Alliance and LVH Yes organizations are in place to win a referendum to get a city passed. They are not raising money for a mayor or city councilperson’s campaign. Even if they were – a donation is not a promise – it’s a donation. In business terms – business development or a cost of doing business. By suggesting that these individuals are soliciting donations as quid pro quo hinges on libel. Unfortunately, in DeKalb (and other governments), that has too often been true.

        • Russell Carleton

          So if it has been true in Dekalb County, is it at least possible that it could happen here as well? Maybe not. Maybe. But… possible?

        • Mike

          Burrell was collecting money for the good of mankind too. And Sharon Barnes sutton. And Stan Watson. And now Levitas and Woodworth. Same story; different cast.

          • RAJ

            Apples & Oranges…some people can’t tell the difference!

          • Oh no, they’re already pulling out the fruit card! Please, make it stop! We all know you can’t grow fruit on a bunch of trees that you just clear cut to make way for another supermarket.

      • Wait, no one is running for office? All of this effort and expense and no one actually wants the job? This sounds like a great plan. Campaign promises being made without any actual campaigns… that’s classic!

  • Tom B. Doolittle

    Great scoop Dan. Your hustle is remarkable. I’d love to see more media coverage in the so-named “LaVista Hills” area and about the new city when/if it becomes one. You do a great job–perhaps it can expand under your own banner.

    • notapunk

      Echoing Tom. Great job Dan. I do hope you’ll be able to expand your coverage of our otherwise forgotten area.

      • RAJ

        I think North Central DeKalb is what we should call ourselves…..old news, but if we get a yes vote in Nov understandably we will be City of LaVista Hills!

        • HB

          North Druid Hills is what it should be called. Because that’s what it is now, and has been for as long as any of have been around. It’s what’s on the maps. It’s what’s on our GPS.

          • RAJ

            Agree….since I live here, but if we cast a wider net, then what?

          • Except they only want to take one side of it. Maybe call it “Northside of N. Druid Hills” or “North North Druid.”

          • HB

            Haha–indeed. that’s pretty funny!
            That said, way I understand it is that “South North Druid” actually fought hard to be left out of the map, especially over by Mason Mill. Those folks didn’t think that through too well though. Had they been smarter about it, they’d have fought to stay IN the map, so they could vote on it one way or another. They’d have had more of a “no” base. I think most of the rest of us in the map have since come to understand the financial benefits of cityhood, and how we are going to enjoy a similar rise in benefits and property values under the stability of local guidance.

        • notapunk

          Sorry, HB. But Oak Grove better fits my area.

          • HB

            Actually, I totally agree. It’s the best name of all, both aesthetically and location-wise. I suggested that last year as well and got roundly shot down by everyone who didn’t live in Oak Grove proper. I figured NDH would be the wider net RAJ mentioned. All moot now though.

            Really though, I do see the logic in Lavista Hills and don’t have a problem with it–Lavista pinpoints the area, traverses the city, and it is indeed very hilly here. It nods to all the Hill-related neighborhood names. It’s certainly more phonetic than Briarcliff too, which I think appeals to those who went to that high school, but not so much others.

          • RAJ

            Odd that you should mention Briarcliff High as it may be back in play as a State Charter in the future!

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  • Tom B. Doolittle

    Regarding taxes. This is really a complex issue because there are many ways to keep taxes from rising from cutting services back (but keeping street-level perceptions high); charging fees for services; giving away the “commons”–public/private partnerships where the private sector owns the public assets or leases them and is able to set up concessions.

    The the mother of all–regionalizing service deliveries when all else fails. Bottom line–the solutions chosen to remove the natural tension between service delivery costs and tax levels will not be communicated and will have to be diligently “watch dogged” (in any jurisdiction with a “no tax increase” pledge).

    Note: Many would say the answer to avoiding higher residential taxes is new commercial development. Not necessarily–none of the models that may show that pertain to new cities with limited service delivery–or that are principally suburban in form. Commercial development provides it own benefits to the public–but also costs the public. It’s not a panacea tax wise.

    I’m with HB on this one–I’d pay a little more to get the type of Utopian service levels being promised by cityhood proponents. I’ll go further than HB too– I just wish they’s sell it that way and truly educate people on the way things will work.

    • Suzie Lavista’s Neighbor

      Tom. Where are they getting it? Dunwoody with the higher crime rates then before and continued development despite the already clogged roads? Or Brookhaven where they continue to build despite the already terrible traffic and constant traffic ticket writing by their new police?

      • Tom B. Doolittle

        As I said–the new taxes from development are often eaten up with costs, direct, indirect and social (that is never in the equation).

        I believe offering higher density, where approporiate (Northlake) is actually net positive lifestyle-wise given the better services that then follow it. However, on the city government side, I doubt it makes a difference to residential taxes if for no other reason the new commercial revenue gets pumped back into further growth.

        Also, an indirect cost of PERCIEVED public revenue gains from commerical development is the increased political power of the Development Financial Complex–as if it doesn’t already exist in spades.

        • What better services are you expecting to follow high density, Tom? Maybe we don’t value the same services, but I still don’t see what we’re supposedly missing that high density will help. To me, it means more traffic and longer lines, more crime and exhaust fumes, overcrowded schools and higher prices for everything. No thanks!

          • Tom B. Doolittle

            High(er) density is what I wrote. Obviously, town and villages centers have high-er density than subdivisions–and they are generally not covered up in crime. If they are, it has little to do with density–more to do with income levels.

            To services, you don’t have to be an economist to understand that more people means more customers. More customers means at least more services (possibly better). This is most evident where the customer base is young, single–young couples or empty nesters.

            What you may be referring to in “density” are apartment complexes on the suburban fringe–where poor people ultimately end up in a homogeniously poor environment, problems with suburban public schools etc.
            This is obviously not what I have in mind.
            I should have stipulated the income levels and diverse demographics in my statement.

            People of means are moving into Decatur for this lifestyle. Take a trip into East Atlanta–I’m wondering why I didn’t make that move 15 years ago.

          • But the Lavista Hills referendum appears to be a city concept, not a “village” or “town center” like you just described. So, I’m not sure why you are using that as your example. I’ve never heard people say they want the area to change so that it can bring in more people. I’ve never heard of anyone getting a “better” service based on their higher density housing, either. They might have better access to public transportation, for example, but they didn’t need to have that until the higher density required it. Just like we don’t need “more police” right now to investigate when someone’s GPS is stolen from their unlocked car. But, we will need more police when the higher density brings in more people and creates more opportunities for domestic disputes, road rage and other such altercations between residents.

  • jo

    Hearing iXP was there is scary. Brookhaven and Dunwoody fell for their
    sales pitch. LVH will take the 911 tax and give it to this company. The company
    charges Brookhaven and Dunwoody additional fees for the same service level and
    bench marks as DeKalb 911 but they do not dispatch the fire department or EMS. They
    call DeKalb 911 to dispatch those calls. The net effect is a longer response
    for fire and ems calls. A waste of money
    and time that could cost lives. Wasn’t it interesting to see LVH supporter
    Commissioner Jester claim DeKalb 911 was short on staff? It gives cover for LVH
    to divert tax money to this contractor who in turn will make campaign
    contributions. What’s local about having
    a New Jersey company answer DeKalb 911
    calls way up in north Fulton County?

    “Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Brookhaven are
    unlike older cities in terms of service delivery. They rely heavily on private
    contractors to provide basic services.” On Heneghan’s Dunwoody blog; The City of Dunwoody states “In
    2015…At the conclusion of the RFP selection process, the City decided to
    bring in-house five formerly contracted positions (Community Development
    Director, Parks and Recreation Director, Economic Development Director, a part
    time Economic Development Retention Manager, Human Resources Director and a
    Human Resources Specialist). These new city employees.” This follows the
    pattern of all the new cities. Research
    a little further and see each city is paying a salary equivalent of a full time
    employee for a contractor that only works part time on a city problem and that
    contract employee isn’t even familiar
    with the city or its problem they are working on; I fail to see the benefit.
    Ask the residents of Ashford Park in Brookhaven about the city contractor and

    argues we need another government because DeKalb has been in the news. But when
    I look at the corruption stories I see that Commissioner Boyer who was a major
    supporter of new cities is in prison. She and her indicted chief of staff were
    the go to people for the City of Dunwoody. They evoked her name or had her chief
    of staff speaking at every other city council meeting. And I’ve been informed
    that Brookhaven’s former attorney, the one who apparently conspired with that
    city government to hide the allegation that the mayor sexual harassed a city
    employee was assisting LVH. There are just
    as many stories of bad behavior with elected city leaders as there are with DeKalb.
    Which contractor did the Chamblee mayor work for when that news story ran about
    him replacing city workers with contractors from his employer?

  • Why didn’t they hold the meeting inside their own proposed city limits? With all that commercial property that’s going to pay for everything, couldn’t they find a single business that would be a suitable location? Or were the invitees just more likely to show up for the photo op if they brought the party to them? The standing room only looked very uncomfortable and why did one person welcome everyone to the meeting “tonight” while the buffet has scrambled eggs indicating it is actually morning. It’s just odd.

    • Cities Are Bad

      They did not like what happened over at the hotel and restaurant last year at Northlake when we threatened the business owner with a boycott if they allowed the lakeside meeting and fundraiser to happen there. Dekalb Strong shut them down good. Now they have to go to someplace that is outside of the cities so we cant do that anymore. We really showed how strong Dekalb can be with one of our first united efforts. Those anti tucker people got their clocks cleaned with the blame on that one. Keep DeKalb strong and vote against these cities. They don’t do anything but take away our jobs and invite immigrants and big houses to move in.

      • Marjorie Snook

        That incident happened before DeKalb Strong even existed. We didn’t have a think to do with it.

        I would never support threatening a restaurant with a boycott for holding a fundraiser.

  • Tom B. Doolittle

    Check this out–any weather TV hawks out here? I believe I saw a TV weather map that highlighted “Lavista” or “Lavista Hills”–pretty much where they used to show “Tucker”. Hmmm….

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