Keith Hanks April 23, 2014 at 04:53 pm
A pathway moving forward seems to be levering the opportunity to energize the community and get themRead More committed not just to voting for a change, but acting on it and being part of the process. This is that idea of asking people to "Be a Founder." Takes a little more time to do it this way, but should unite the community and result in a better outcome and a place that many more people will be happy with.
mikeatl April 23, 2014 at 05:04 pm
The inability of groups to get together is a real problem. I know from earlier comments that theRead More Briarcliff group had tried. I've also attended some Lakeside meetings, and know that they thought only God (possibly) was worthy of discussion with them. I feel bad that nothing happened. But at least it wasn't Lakeside.
Brett April 24, 2014 at 07:34 am
"I've also attended some Lakeside meetings, and know that they thought only God (possibly) wasRead More worthy of discussion with them." What does this mean? You attended Lakeside meetings and they only wanted to discuss God? That doesn't sound quite right. Are you sure you didn't accidentally go to church?
Joe Maifeld April 24, 2014 at 09:33 am
yeah, that's what we need, 5-10k new residents on 160acres so that the traffic and overcrowding canRead More get even worse...
Longerthanu April 24, 2014 at 11:12 am
I wouldn't expect to see any real change to Northlake Mall. Simon isn't "selling" theRead More mall. It's spinning off 98 strip centers and smaller malls into a separate REIT and keeping the SPG REIT focused on its bigger, higher-end properties. There's a "smaller is better" trend among the big REITs of late. Several are splitting their portfolios. It's a way to try to attract investors to the REITs while cleaning up their balance sheets.
Brian Crowe April 24, 2014 at 11:52 am
Agree with Longerthanu. There's nothing in this announcement to indicate any change in Northlake'sRead More operations, much less a complete shift away from the traditional mall model. That said, going forward there is likely to be much more value for the underlying property as residential rental. But it may be quite a while before that happens.
Cheryl Miller April 24, 2014 at 07:25 am
I appreciate you giving me the website and Facebook page, Kirk, but neither of them provide theRead More information I was asking about. You stated that "the leadership" of the Tucker Parent Council has always been great at returning calls and emails, but how does one go about learning who to call or how to reach them via email or otherwise? And, it is nearly the end of the school year, so shouldn't they be talking about holding elections for new officers? I asked about this process a year ago and no one responded. Who are the outgoing officers? Can we ask them? If Tucker is going to get serious about improving its situation against a very aggressive Lakeside City in the months ahead, one thing we need to do is figure out who is running the groups we have now and whether or not those groups are reaching as many people as possible. A big part of the city issue was the fact that some parents do not want to send their kids to Tucker Schools and the taxpayers here deserve to know and understand why that is. We are paying for schools that a large number of our own children are not able to attend. If the TPC isn't taking that matter seriously, then it is time to get some new blood into the organization. Finding out about meetings after the fact and through a third party is not acceptable any longer. We can't trust that everything will be okay. We need to get more people involved and be honest when we give our critique of the current system if we are truly wanting to improve upon it.
Kirk Lunde April 24, 2014 at 09:12 am
@Cheryl, Please accept my apologies. I thought one of those pages would have contact information.Read More While there is no doubt the cityhood issue is due to the school district, the need to improve the schools is not driven by the cityhood movement. It is driven by the needs of the students and teachers. I am offended at your suggestion the TPC doesn't take the concerns of parents seriously. I am appalled that you wrote "We are paying for schools that a large number of our own children are not able to attend." Parents have choices. Parents can choose where their children are educated. Your tone is not constructive. Perhaps, you should reconsider your motivation. Jennifer Praul Winterscheidt is the person posting on Facebook. I suggest you contact her for more information.
Cheryl Miller April 24, 2014 at 10:40 am
My experience with the Parent Council is obviously different than yours, but that doesn't make itRead More any less real or legitimate. I am appalled that after at least a year, if not more, I am still unable to get a straight answer from anyone about who exactly is in a leadership position with the Tucker Parent Council and when they hold their elections.
gdfo April 18, 2014 at 11:29 am
If people knew where the vineyard is and what other wineries were around it, they would appreciateRead More the price tag more. Usually it IS a very good wine. For that price it is a wonderful wine. What is the supply situation for that vintage?
Kirk Lunde April 16, 2014 at 10:51 am
I just spoke to Maria Balaif from Leadership DeKalb who explained the "Its For ThemRead More DeKalb" project to me. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta was concerned the earlier primary election date, May 20, would not allow for people to be informed enough about the candidates to make educated decisions. They looked for a non-profit organization which has the ability to organize and communicate and partnered with Leadership DeKalb. The goal of the Its For Them DeKalb project is to make information about the BOE candidates easily accessible to all the citizens of DeKalb via their website. To that end, over 7 hours of video was shot of 20 of the candidates (2 did not participate). Those videos will be posted when the website is officially launched on April 22. In addition, all candidates were sent a questionnaire. The responses will be also be posted on the 22nd. I have seen the questionnaire. It is not fluff and the answers will allow voters to see the differences between the candidates. I am looking forward to reading the responses. Hopefully, Its For Them DeKalb will continue to do voter education for future elections.