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capitol_pc47a-2DESSERT AT THE CAPITOL
Monday, March 9
Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 605

Lunch is at noon, but come early for a chance to speak to our elected officials!

Good Growth DeKalb is sponsoring dessert at the legislator’s lunch on Monday. Come let them hear what’s on your mind — and ask them to sponsor legislation to help reform DeKalb County’s governance. We hope to see you there! NOTE: This event will take the place of breakfast, which was scheduled for March 13.

GOOD GROWTH DEKALB MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, March 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
North Decatur Presbyterian Church
611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033

Come hear the latest on the zoning code, our meeting with state legislators, and other things going on with GGD and the county!


CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS TODAY

DeKalb County government is in dire need of a mechanism to regain citizen trust. Corruption and misdeeds are epidemic. From the indictment of our CEO and conviction of our school board head to the federal conviction of a commissioner, the list of DeKalb government officials under scrutiny for impropriety goes on.

When will it stop? We need a strong ethics board now. We need procurement process reform now. We need an independent auditor now

Please write our state legislators (click here and, like magic, their email addresses will appear) and ask them to support legislation regarding the county’s Board of Ethics (SB 118), purchasing (SB 120) and internal audits (SB 121). These bills are based on recommendations from the DeKalb Government Operations Task Force and Blueprint DeKalb, a citizen-driven group working to reform DeKalb County government.

We’ll let you know when they’re introduced in the House. More information can be found on the Blueprint DeKalb website. Visit it now!


WHAT’S UP FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF “DECATUR CROSSING”?

Last week, the developer Fuqua held a required community meeting regarding the second phase of the development across the street from Suburban Plaza.

Read notes from the meeting on MANA’s website >

A representative from Good Growth DeKalb is working with the Cross Neighborhoods Committee, a group of local neighborhood representatives trying to make the development better. Please send questions, concerns and suggestions to crossneighborhoodscommittee@gmail.com.


JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY AND SMART GROWTH 

At the behest of out-of-state plastic and chemical companies, Georgia legislators brought forth SB 139. This bill, which will prohibit Georgia communities from enacting bans and other incentives to reduce the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam containers, has passed the Senate and is headed to the Georgia House of Representatives for passage.

Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment for hundreds of years, so communities around the country are finding ways to discourage the use of plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, and more.

Good Growth DeKalb is dedicated to sustainability and smart growth. Please take a moment join us in emailing and calling our representatives and demanding that they put a stop to these overreaching efforts to subvert local control, environmental protection, and sustainability.


THANK YOU! ZONING CODE VOTE DELAYED AGAIN

The vote on DeKalb County’s new zoning code has been postponed until March. Thank you to everyone who wrote the county commissioners and attended the January 27 meetings!

We strongly believe that the issues of appeal and standing for neighborhoods and communities need to be strengthened. Please call on your commissioners to today to ask them to continue to work with the task force to make this code better serve residents:

And let us know if you or your neighborhood association would like to be involved as we move into these final weeks. Thank you again!


OUR DEBT HAS DROPPED AGAIN!

ImageProxy.mvcThanks to an outpouring of generosity from people like you, our legal bill has dropped again! It’s now less than $7,000, which we think is pretty good considering it was $25,000 this summer! 

For more than two years, Good Growth DeKalb worked diligently to fend off the Walmart at Suburban Plaza.

While we were ultimately unsuccessful in our efforts, we have made a substantial difference for our community, none more important than letting our collective voice be heard!

Please consider making a gift of $50, $100, $500 or more today. We have monthly giving options available too. Thank you!


DO YOU THINK DEKALB COUNTY IS IN NEED OF REFORM?

Blueprint DeKalb is a citizens group seeking to reform DeKalb government, in particular regarding ethics, operations, elections, government structure and infrastructure funding. You can get involved:


UPDATED: 2015 CITYHOOD & ANNEXATION MAP

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