More Proof That DeKalb County Sux!

I am sure that everyone is pretty much familiar with my Post, “How DeKalb County Sux”.  

The Atlanta Journal & Constitution Recently Posted the following article.:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/dekalb-ceo-ellis-indicted/nYN8S/

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has been indicted by a DeKalb grand jury today on charges he illegally pressured contractors into giving him campaign contributions.

The 15-count indictment includes 14 felonies. Among them, four counts of extortion, two counts of theft by taking and several conspiracy charges.

DeKalb District Attorney Robert James, in an afternoon news conference, said Ellis is charged with extortion and other felonies for soliciting campaign contributions under threat. Ellis has turned himself into the DeKalb County Jail and has been released, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has confirmed.

The indictment, as read by James, says Ellis extorted CIBER Inc., a vendor in DeKalb, by threating a local manager. It says Ellis threatened to tell CIBER’s CEO that the local manager, Joanne Wise, delivered poor customer service if she did not agree to a campaign contribution. The indictment said Ellis acted similarly with other vendors and used DeKalb employees to draft lists of contractors doing business with DeKalb for the purpose of extorting them for campaign cash.

Ellis spoke to the media at his home late Tuesday. On the advice of his attorneys, he would not speak to the charges. But he professed his innocence.

“I do want to make one statement emphatically to the good people of DeKalb County that I’ve done nothing wrong as I’ve said from the very beginning. Done nothing wrong and I would never, ever, ever do anything to violate the public trust,” he said.

At least one of Ellis’ colleagues thought the criminal charges put the entire county in a negative light.

“This is a sad day for DeKalb County,” said Commissioner Lee May, who serves alongside Ellis. “While every person is innocent until proven guilty, this ongoing saga has been a distraction and continues to bring unwelcome negative attention to our county and our government.”

For a year, a special grand jury investigated possible corruption in the county water and sewer department contracts and eventually it led to search warrants being executed at Ellis’ home and office and at the home and of attorney Kevin Ross, the CEO’s former campaign manager.

Ross was not indicted Tuesday. None of the companies named in the search warrants on Ellis and Ross seeking campaign records were included in Tuesday’s indictment.

Special grand juror Albert Trujillo, 72, said the grand jury’s investigation led to the office of the CEO. He said he was unsure if he could discuss specifics of the investigation, but he was pleased that the special grand jury’s work was apparently a blue print for the indictment.

Trujillo, a retired as an IT consultant, said he has lived in DeKalb since 1972 and he is saddened by all the negative publicity.

Ellis’ indictment comes just months after Gov. Nathan Deal removed five DeKalb school board members for mismanagement.

“Businesses shy away from a county that’s in disrepair when they have that many problems and they smell bad with all these problems,” he said. “… Why go and put your headquarters in a county which resonates with bad press. It breaks your heart.”

But those close to Ellis still say Tuesday’s indictment doesn’t square with the man they know, who was elected to DeKalb’s top job promising reform.

“I don’t know of any forced campaign contribution that Ellis ever attempted, and I worked in all his campaigns,” said Oliver Brown, a DeKalb political operative. “I’d be shocked (if this is true).”

The criminal charge alone means Ellis can be removed from officce.

DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader said the law requires Gov. Nathan Deal to form an advisory committee headed by Attorney General Sam Olens.

If the committee recommends suspension and the governor implements it, then Commission Chairman Lee May would step in as acting CEO until Ellis either resigns or is cleared or convicted in court. “And that could go on for a long time,” said Rader, who added that Ellis hasn’t been around the administrative offices much since his home was raided by investigators in January.

Should Ellis get suspended, he’ll be the seventh elected official in DeKalb to meet that fate since March. That’s when a federal judge allowed Deal to suspend two-thirds of the county school board over an accreditation agency’s allegations about nepotism, financial mismanagement and other concerns.

Taxpayers such as Robert Richardson are disillusioned.

“Every elected official in DeKalb County seems to be a crook,” said Robertson, a retired Realtor who lives near DeKalb Peachtree Airport. He said he and a lot of his friends voted for Ellis because he looked “polished” and seemed honest. Then, Robertson read about how connected some of Ellis’ campaign supporters were.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in February that nearly 40 percent — almost $600,000 — of the campaign cash Ellis collected had come from firms that either worked, or wanted to work, for the county.

“You don’t have a chance unless you’re in the shakedown,” Robertson said. “It’s disgraceful.”

Staff Writers Rhonda Cook, Ty Tagami and Steve Visser contributed to this report.

AMAZON PRIME HAS JOINED THE RANKS OF DON’T GIVE SHIT NO MORE

From: amazon-transcript@amazon.com (amazon-transcript@amazon.com)
Sent: Thu 7/25/13 2:45 AM
To: nootkabear@(nootkabear@)
  Your AccountAmazon.com
Message From Customer Service
Hello,Here’s a copy of the chat transcript you requested:Initial Question: Something I Ordered > Order# 102–3813 > When will I get this?
06:26 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): Hello, my name is Rajeev. I’ll be glad to help you today.
06:27 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald: The tracking shows it was damaged in shipping and undeliverable. Does no one plan to contact me about this issues, and what about the fact I paid for it and am still waiting?
06:27 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): I’m sorry that you were not informed about the status of the order.
06:28 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): In this case I can help you with a complete refund.
06:28 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald:  What about getting me the product I paid for and give me a refund.

06:30 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): Normally I would have replaced the order, however, your order is only shipped by amazon and sold by a seller on our site. In this case I can only help you with a refund, I’m sorry about that.  I request you to place other order and I’ll upgrade the shipping for you.

06:31 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald: That makes no sense to me. What do you mean that the order is shipped only by amazon, I bought it through Amazon Prime.

06:32 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald: You say that you will upgrade the shipping, Amazon Prime is free shipping.

06:32 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): Yes I’ll upgrade the shipping to One Day and to make up for the inconvenience I’ll extend your Prime membership by one month.

06:33 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald: Besides, when you got the item back damaged, why in the world did someone not just mail one right back out, it was supposed to be here ten days ago

06:34 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald: I tell you what, don’t worry about the shipping, and extend my membership six months.

06:34 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): I completely understand and I apologize for the inconvenience you had to face.
06:35 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): I’m sorry, I’m afraid I can’t extend the prime for six months I only have the option to extend it by one month.

06:35 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald: How can I get in touch with a supervisor.

06:36 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): Could you give me a minute?

06:36 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald: Yes

06:37 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): Could you wait for some more time it is taking a little longer.

06:38 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald: Yes, I can wait. One thing Amazon should consider, not giving me a refund when the item was returned, and ten days later no one has made me refund?

06:40 AM(GMT) Rajeev(CSA): I’m sorry for the delay I’m trying to connect to my supervisor, I’ll try make it real fast.

06:40 AM(GMT) Janet McDonald: Yes
06:43 AM(GMT) Sarath(CSA): Hello, my name is Sarath. This is the supervisor.

By the time the supervisor apparently arrived on the scene, I had been disconnected –  Not disconnected from my end- their end.  To date, still no refund…

DeKalb County Drinking Water Sux!

I don’t know about where the rest of the people live.  We live in Stone Mountain, GA, in DeKalb County.  DeKalb County Sux!  From time to time we get these “boil water” alerts.  Have you ever gotten one of those?  You know, where the quality of water coming out of your spigot is so bad, that you need to boil the water before drinking it…  Who gets told these things in time not to have drunk some of the water?  If you get up in the morning, and don’t have a local radio station or tv station on, how are you supposed to know not to make coffee at home that morning?  Then later that night or a few days later, you find out that there had been a boil water order out there, one that you again, did not get in time not to drink the water.

DEKALB COUNTY SUX!