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CVI UGA Holistic View of Impact of County Video Presentation of the Meeting https://dekalbcountyga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2698
Welcome to the land of Oz and secret meetings
RICHARD MERRITT: BARCOMPLAINT.COM REPORTS FORMER SMYRNA ATTORNEY ARRESTED ON FELONY ELDER ABUSE, THEFT, EXPLOITATION AND CHECK FRAUD CHARGES — 3/05/2018
Cobb County, GA – Former Smyrna attorney Richard V. Merritt, who was disbarred Monday after admitting to settling a client’s suit for $75,000 and then pocketing the money, woke up in the Cobb County Jail Thursday after being arrested on separate felony elder abuse, theft, exploitation and check fraud charges.
The spokesperson for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office said he had no further information on the charges, which were apparently filed by the Smyrna Police Department. The booking report includes a notation that Merritt is to be held for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, where a press liaison said they received a bench warrant for “indirect criminal attempt.”
He provided no further information, and there was no immediate response from Smyrna police.
On Friday, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said there was little he could offer concerning Merritt’s case so far.
“We have yet to receive the complete investigative file from the Cobb Sheriff’s Department,” said Reynolds via email. “When we do, our White Collar Unit will begin the process of determining what charges we will proceed to the grand jury with. In addition, our Investigators will begin reviewing the file upon receipt to see if there are any additional victims or charges which need to be pursued.”
Merritt remained in jail on Friday afternoon.
Merritt is the subject of multiple civil suits in Cobb County, including one filed by a woman who claims he forged her name on a $150,000 settlement agreement and check without her knowledge. She claims Merritt never turned over any funds.
He also faces several legal malpractice and fraud lawsuits in Cobb County from clients claiming he agreed to handle their cases and then never filed them and never pursued any actions.
Merritt has represented himself in each of the lawsuits.
The attorney for a plaintiff in one case, Sapp & Moriarty partner Daniel Moriarty—interviewed before word of Merritt’s arrest was known—said he was surprised at the mild tone in the state Supreme Court’s disbarment opinion, which only said Merritt “settled a client’s personal injury matter for $75,000 but failed to promptly disburse those funds to his client or her medical providers and failed to render a full accounting of the funds to his client.”
“That’s a euphemism for stealing money,” said Moriarty. “I talked to an investigator who has seen his bank records and determined that he had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars. It just blows my mind what he’s gotten away with.”
According the bar complaint reviewed by the Daily Report, Merritt was retained to handle a personal injury matter in December 2016 and settled it last February, cashing the forged check Feb.7. On Feb. 10, he filed a lawsuit “and continued to lead me on until late May 2017 when I learned what he had done,” the confidential complaint said.
“I have never seen a dime of the $75,000,” said Merritt’s former client.
Another civil suit filed in Cobb County State Court last year said Merritt forged a husband and wife’s signature on a settlement and check in a medical malpractice case and never told them.
Another complaint said Merritt accepted a med-mal case and continually told his client that he was investigating it. Merritt sent emails saying “All is well and we are moving forward on your case,” and “No worries I’m on it!”
Then he stopped accepting the woman’s calls, and the filing deadline passed.
In that case, Judge Maria Golick struck Merritt’s answers and ordered a damages-only trial after finding he “willfully failed to respond” to hearing notices. Golick scheduled a show-cause criminal contempt hearing, and the decision is apparently still under advisement, according to court records.
In the case Moriarty is handling, Merritt also allegedly claimed to be conducting discovery and searching for experts, even scheduling bogus depositions for his clients, only to cancel them at the last minute.
Merritt was the principal for the Smyrna-based Merritt Firm, whose offices were the subject of several dispossessory actions between 2015 and 2017, according to court records.
Last August, Merritt sued two attorneys on behalf of spine surgeon and frequent medical expert James Chappuis. At the time, Merritt said he vice president and general counsel of Chappuis’ Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery of Atlanta.
That case settled confidentially shortly after it was filed.
February 3, 2019 by nootkabear
Dekalb PD seek help in locating suspect in the alleged murder of his mother
One of my people was represented by this guy, and he stole $45,000.00 of her settlement. She and some other victims testified in Court a couple weeks ago. He was sentenced to 30 years, with 15 to serve. He was supposed to turn himself in 02/01/2019. He did not show up.
02/02/2019 Sharon Swanepoel Top News
Tucker, Ga. – Dekalb County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in the alleged murder of his mother. According to DCPD, at 9:30 a.m. this morning, Feb. 2, 2019, police responded to a home on Planters Row in Stone Mountain in reference to a dead person call. The victim, Shirley Merritt, was found stabbed to death inside her residence. Police believe this is an isolated domestic-related incident.
Richard Merritt, 44. Photo courtesy of Dekalb County Police Department
The victim’s son, Richard Merritt, 44, has been identified as the suspect. He is described as a white male, 5’10”, 175 lbs, brown eyes and brown hair. There is an active murder warrant for his arrest. He is possibly in possession of the victim’s 2009 Lexus RX350, Brown Color, GA Tag CBV6004.
DeKalb Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Richard Merritt to please contact the DeKalb County Police Department at 770-724-7850 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS(8477).
I have been following the BOC meetings and what is being voted on, and am curious as to why on earth we (DeKalb County as a whole) will be purchasing apple computers, or anything Apple has:
2018 2652 Commission District(s): All
CO Change Order No. 2 to Contract No. 1070267 for Technology Solutions with Related Equipment and Accessories: for the Department of Innovation and Technology (IT) to be used by various County departments. Consists of the purchase of Apple computer hardware, tablets peripherals, printers, network gear and other approved software. Awarded to CDW Government, LLC. Amount Not To Exceed: $1,000,000.00.
(10/2/18 Committee of the Whole: Accepted to the BOC agenda and assigned to the OPS County Operations)
(10/9/18 OPS County Operations: recommended for approval. to the Board of Commissioners)
(10/9/18 Board of Commissioners: deferred for 2 weeks to the OPS County Operations)
2018 2657 Commission District(s): ALL
RFP Request for Proposals No. 18 500488: Landscape Maintenance Services
I realize that not everyone on earth knows that Apple is in bed with the Chinese, but I contacted someone already about China/Apple and see that no one cares. No one cares that because of the hack of Hillary Clinton’s personal emails resulted in the deaths of over 20 US personnel in China. Why was the hack possible? Because of the China/Apple collusion. It may not have been in mainstream news, but it is found through research. Just like the following:
Where the discussion of how China planted chips in Apple and Amazon servers. Apple has been working with China for some time now, even Bloomburg is aware of the collusion.
A Chinese military unit has been inserting tiny microchips into computer servers used by companies including Apple and Amazon that give China unprecedented backdoor access to computers and data, according to a new Bloomberg report.
The tiny chips, as small as the tip of a sharpened pencil and designed to be undetectable without specialist equipment, were implanted on to the motherboards of servers on the production line in China, the report in Bloomberg Businessweek said.
Although there has been denial of anything of the sort, the fact remains that even after the allegations, nevertheless, it was also reported on the following sites: http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-china-surveillance-20181004-story.html
Bloomberg said the denials were countered by testimony from “six current and former national security officials” as well as insiders at both Apple and Amazon who had detailed the investigation and its aftermath.
Explosive Report Details Chinese Infiltration Of Apple, Amazon And The CIA
by Tyler Durden
Thu, 10/04/2018 – 18:34
One week ago, President Trump stood up at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council and accused China of attempting to tamper with US elections – mimicking some of the same allegations that had first been levied against Russia nearly two years prior. In his speech, Trump claimed that China was working to undermine Republicans, and even the president himself, warning that “it’s not just Russia, it’s China and Russia.” While the media largely shrugged off this proclamation as more presidential bombast probably inspired by the burgeoning US-China trade beef, the administration continued to insist that it was taking a harder line against Chinese efforts to subvert American companies to aide the Communist Party’s sprawling intelligence apparatus. As if to underline Trump’s point, the FBI had arrested a Taiwanese national in Chicago the day before Trump’s speech, accusing the 27-year-old suspect of trying to help China flip eight defense contractors who could have provided crucial intelligence on sensitive defense-related technology.
But in a game-changing report published Thursday morning, Bloomberg Businessweek exposed a sprawling multi-year investigation into China’s infiltration of US corporate and defense infrastructure. Most notably, it confirmed that, in addition to efforts designed to sway US elections, China’s intelligence community orchestrated a pervasive infiltration of servers used to power everything from MRI machines to the drones used by the CIA and army. They accomplished this using a tiny microchip no bigger than a grain of rice.
BBG published the report just hours before Vice President Mike Pence was expected to “string together a narrative of Chinese aggression” during a speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington. According to excerpts leaked to the New York Times, his speech was expected to focus on examples of China’s “aggressive moves against American warships, of predatory behavior against their neighbors, and of a sophisticated influence campaign to tilt the midterms and 2020 elections against President Trump”. His speech is also expected to focus on how China leverages debt and its capital markets to force foreign governments to submit to its will (something that has happened in Bangladesh and the Czech Republic.
So, do we (DeKalb County Residents and Voters) really want to buy Apple computers, or anything else Apple? Rumor has it that Apple is moving all of its operations to China. Rather than dig up the articles about that, I will close with what I have given you this far to think about.
Since the last time I emailed someone about this very subject, and apparently no one cared, I send it to you, my Commissioner. I personally disagree with being found in bed with Red (China).
An article from 2015: Justice for judges: You have the right to remain silent, your honor ATLANTA-NEWS … https://www.myajc.com/news/local/justice-for-judges-you-have-the-right-remain-silent-your-honor/x4ICZOux5H5B5MVG6LCeaJ/ Posted: 1:06 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015 More than five dozen Georgia judges have stepped down from the bench in disgrace since the state’s judicial watchdog agency began aggressively policing ethical conduct eight years ago. More […]
A select group of some of the world’s richest and most powerful people is getting together this week for the annual Bilderberg Group meeting, attracting controversy and conspiracy theories due to its elite and secretive nature. This year’s gathering, which will be the 66th annual meeting of the mysterious group, takes place in Turin, Italy, […]
[DeKalb County commissioners are discussing options to remove the Lost Cause Confederate obelisk in Decatur Square, erected in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.]
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
By Rosie Manins May 4, 2018 (…)
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
he next step for DeKalb County in its quest to remove a 110-year-old Confederate monument from Decatur Square will be decided by the county’s operations committee.
The committee – made up of DeKalb Commissioners Steve Bradshaw, as chairman, Nancy Jester and Mereda Davis Johnson – will discuss what to do at their next meeting on May 8.
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
Mereda Davis Johnson
Johnson, representing District 5, introduced a resolution to remove the Lost Cause monument that was passed by the Board of Commissioners in January, and has since suggested a taskforce be set up, involving DeKalb citizens, to explore options and make recommendations.
Commissioner Kathie Gannon, of Super District 6, has also suggested the monument be relocated to county property in a less prominent position, and that historic context be added to the display.
Those options will be considered by the committee, as the county received only two responses to a public request for information about moving the monument, which ran 60 days from Feb. 22 to April 23.
DeKalb chief operating officer Zachary Williams said one respondent suggested the monument be left in place, outside the historic DeKalb County courthouse, and turned into a veterans’ memorial.
The other respondent suggested the 30-foot-tall obelisk, erected in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, could be relocated to the Allatoona Pass Battlefield of the Red Top Mountain State Park in northwest Georgia.
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
Williams, speaking to commissioners during their Committee of the Whole meeting on May 1, said the county had contacted the director of the department of natural resources for state parks, who agreed to respond if the county provided a detailed request or submission.
Williams said another “potentially interested party” was sent a submission form by the county at the end of April.
“We’ve continued to solicit and seek ideas, although the RFI period has expired,” he said.
Prior to issuing an RFI, the county also contacted the Atlanta History Center, Oakland Cemetery, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Site, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Marietta Confederate Cemetery and Marietta National Cemetery, to gauge interest in the monument.
“We did not receive an interest from any of those, and overall we’ve not received a robust interest in doing anything as it relates to moving or contextualizing or anything else as it relates to the monument,” Williams said.
Rader, who represents District 2, suggested the operations committee take charge, to form a recommendation for the Board of Commissioners to consider.
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
“I think that it would be time now, given that we’ve solicited input from outside folks, that we then commit this to the operations committee, since they’re responsible for county property, to take those suggestions and maybe come up with our next step,” Rader said. “Because what I see us having to do is to go ahead and now resolve to take the next steps forward, whether it’s one of the suggestions from commissioners or a hybrid of those, depending on how the commission wants to move forward and it seems like that deliberation would best occur in the operations committee.”
In April, Johnson said the county would remove the monument no matter what, once it had explored its legal options.
“We have the authority to do so,” she said April 10. “I would like to put it in storage until we can get someone that can take it. We have to follow the law and the bureaucracy but we intend to remove the monument.”
The obelisk, which “glorifies and praises soldiers of the Confederacy,” has become a contentious issue for thousands in the community who have signed petitions for and against its removal.
Hundreds of people have also marched against the monument and held vigils calling for it to be taken away from downtown Decatur.
Opponents of the Jim Crow-era obelisk say it is inappropriate to have a monument, which was created to intimidate people of color, in a prominent position at the county’s seat of justice and administration.
They point out the monument’s installation in Decatur Square came on the heels of the bloody Atlanta race riot of 1906, when armed white mobs attacked black people, killing more than 25 and injuring more than 90.
Those who prefer the monument to stay in situ say it is an important reminder of history, and that more information should be installed around the structure for historic context.
Hell, let’s all get together and bitch about something, just for the sake of finding out if the County will remove it. NOTICE the article shows that the thing is at the “old” Courthouse. Not at the currently used Courthouse, but the ancient, antique courthouse. So WTF, is the problem here?
Having Been Voted Best Fleet, this came out:
DeKalb Awarded $3.6 million in Mass Transit Improvements
Wed, 2018-04-25 15:12
DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County will receive $3.6 million in mass transit improvements through a federal grant issued to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). The award will enhance public transportation in the county and includes new buses.
“This investment in DeKalb County transit infrastructure and rolling stock will begin to bring more service into south DeKalb County, while also improving the emissions with cleaner CNG fuel and improving our rider experience from the central into the eastern and southern segments of our county,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond.
MARTA was awarded $3.6 million in funding for buses that will expand capacity in central and south DeKalb County. The funding from the Federal Transit Administration will upgrade and replace 40-foot diesel-fueled buses with 60-foot Compressed Natural Gas buses. The new and environmentally friendly buses will be stationed in central DeKalb County at the Laredo Bus Depot in Scottdale. They will be used to enhance service on MARTA Route 121, which connects riders to the Avondale Station and the city of Stone Mountain. The bus route travels the Ponce de Leon Avenue corridor and is one of DeKalb’s most heavily used routes.
“As we build out More MARTA across the region, we will continue to partner and enhance existing service options with the jurisdictions in our core service areas. Our goal is to simply become and maintain the status of being one of the best transit and transportation systems in the nation,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker.
“This grant will allow MARTA to provide more service in DeKalb County, along one of our busiest routes,” said MARTA Board of Directors DeKalb County representative Frederick L. Daniels.
Based on customer feedback and service analysis, MARTA also modified several bus routes in DeKalb County to improve overall service, on-time performance, ridership and safety. Routes 39 (Buford Highway), 116 (Redan Road) and 121 (Memorial Drive/North Hairston Road) schedules have been adjusted to enhance weekday and weekend service.
The county, in partnership with DeKalb Municipal Association, has also engaged the Atlanta Regional Commission to produce a Transit Master Plan to provide a comprehensive vision for public transit in DeKalb. The Transit Master Plan will review additional public transportation service expansions and serve as Phase I of the DeKalb Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update that will be completed in 2019.
DECATUR, Ga. – The DeKalb County Fleet Management Department was awarded the “Best Fleet” in North America Award sponsored by 100 Best Fleets in America and Governing Magazine. The county earned first place out of 38,000 public fleets and was recognized for distinguished customer service, sustainability practices and employee training.
“The DeKalb Fleet Management Department exemplifies all that is right about public service,” said Tom C. Johnson, founder of the 100 Best Fleets in America program. “The county has developed best practices that reduce the need for unscheduled repairs, maintenance costs and negative environmental impacts.”
Fleet Management maintains repair services for a fleet of approximately 3,600 county vehicles and equipment. In the past year, the department has maintained a 99 percent positive feedback rate on customer service surveys and implemented green initiatives that include upgrading the fueling program, opening an environmentally friendly above-ground fuel site and reducing gasoline and diesel fuel consumption. The county also trained nearly 300 drivers on idle reduction which limits engine running time and improves DeKalb’s air quality.
“DeKalb County is pleased to recognize the leadership of Robert Gordon, deputy director of fleet management,” said CEO Michael Thurmond. “His commitment to excellent service, environmental stewardship and creating a high-trust culture is an example for all of us to follow.”
Fleet Management which is part of the Department of Public Works includes 1,600 full- and part-time employees and a budget of $460 million.
“We keep DeKalb rolling,” said Deputy Director Gordon.” Winning the 100 Best Fleet Award shows that the county is providing value to the citizens we serve and that we are focused on doing the right thing.”
Started nineteen years ago, the annual 100 Best Fleets in America program recognizes high-trust, high-performance fleet operations in North America and Canada. Criteria for the award includes use of technology, performance, collaboration, service turnaround time and accountability. This award was recently announced at the NAFA Institute and Expo. For more information, visit http://www.the100bestfleets.com.
A neighbor didn’t like looking over our 6-foot fence into our back yard with 2 BBQs, 8 bikes hanging from a rack, a swing set, and a garden of wild spinach/goosefoot/lanb’s quarter, among other things.
The City redefined a description in logic “inoperative” to prohibit any vehicle that can’t be driven on the streeet, including RV and cars that have Permits from California to be kept non-Operational in a driveway.
Since 2013, we have actually tried to cooperate with the City of Lakewood on many things: we painted over minor paint chips on a post and window and siding trim areas, we prettied up our flower beds more, but nothing satisfied the City and our neighbor.
They tried to declare our Property a Public Nuisance, but the Planning Commission held a hearing on November 3, 2016 and decided that our Back Yard and Pet Door were not Public, so they ruled to Abate a Private Nuisance, which the California Codes don’t allow. Civil Code 3494 allows the City to abate a Public Nuisance, not a Private Nuisance. The agency summary, section 8 stated “ Any reference to the term “public nuisance” shall be replaced with the word “nuisance”” We appealed that decision to abate a Private Nuisance and Code Enforcement withdrew the action before a hearing on appeal with the City Council on March 14, 2017 by saying we complied.
The City lost in their own hearings, so they decided to fool the Court into helping them harass us:
2/21/2018: CA Superior Court, Bellflower, Judge Tsao signed an Administrative Inspection Warrant to allow the City to conduct a Fishing Expedition in our Back Yard (within the curtilage of a 6 foot fence). The Affidavit by the City Employee was insufficient, and stated simply “Since the property located at 5708 Candor Street, Lakewood, California 90713 may pose a danger to the health and safety of the local residents and since the property owner refused entry into the rear yard for an inspection, I am requesting an Administrative Inspection Warrant be issued to inspect the rear yard of the property.”
There were no allegations of violations of “of a state or local law or regulation relating to building, fire, safety, plumbing, electrical, health, labor, or zoning, which, if such violation existed, would be an immediate threat to health or safety”, as required by Code of Civil Procedure 1822.56. By not stating it, the City admitted that there is no immediate threat to health or safety.
We requested an ExParte Hearing to Quash the Warrant, which was denied. The City used the Warrant to trespass on our private property without our permission to “inspect” our back yard.
The City filed a “Return of Administrative Inspection Warrant”, which did not mention any Hazard to Health and Safety, but merely named 4 Municipal Codes alleged to be violated:
So, a trash can was visible from the street, some back yard plants were higher than they’d like, and they’d like me to get rid of some bicycles and our swing set, because it hadn’t been used for a while – all aesthetic opinions about our private property in our private back yard, with no hazard to Health or Safety.
4/12/2018: CA Superior Court, Bellflower, Judge Tsao signed an 2nd Administrative Inspection Warrant to allow the City to conduct a Fishing Expedition in our Back Yard (within the curtilage of a 6 foot fence).
We requested an ExParte Hearing in Court to Quash the Warrant, which was denied. The City used the Warrant to trespass on our private property without our permission to “inspect” our back yard.
2 Violations of our Right to Privacy and Property without unreasonable Search and Seizure, protected by the 4th Amendment and Article 1 of the California Constitution.
Now, they also want to tow away a vehicle that they say is “innoperable”, with no evidence, but try to use Municipal Code 44330 (G) to arbitrarily classify as “Inoperative”. These Municipal Codes are applicable on the streets or on City Property, but not on Private Property. Unlike State Codes relating to building, fire, safety, plumbing, electrical, health, labor, or zoning, Municipal Codes are not Law, don’t apply to Private Property, and can’t be used to get a Warrant under Code of Civil Procedure 1822.56.
Government is out of Control!
Cities, Counties, States and the Federal Government are overspending and over-controlling.
In the past, Cities have left the individual alone. The IRS, FTB, ATF, FBI, CIA and other higher govenment entities have been the ones to usurp power.
Now, Cities are getting out of hand, too.
Palo Alto v. Leibrand: Gardening Grandma Arrested for Failure to Prune
In Palo Alto, Calif., a 61-year old grandmother was arrested and almost went to jail,
because “her hedge of xylosma bushes was more than 2 feet tall”.
This was covered in the Monday, December 8, 2003 edition of the Daily Press, which commented “While she won her fight with cancer, she couldn’t prevail over city hall. But frankly, she shouldn’t have had to try.”.
Check out the grandma’s story at dailysignal.com/2010/05/14/criminalizing-unsatisfactory-hedge-pruning/ (Criminalizing Unsatisfactory Hedge Pruning)
Stockton arrests Lady for sharing Ceviche with PotLuck Facebook Group. 1, 2, 3, 4
Landlord helps near-homeless with low rents – City goes after him because repairs after vandalism aren’t fast enough. 1, 2
2 Peter 2: 2-3) warns us “and through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you”
Michael Downs, the son of a neighbor, (who does not even live in Lakewood – apparently lives at 2257 Jeans Ct, Signal Hill), has been complaining to the City of Lakewood for years about our property. He doesn’t like our mini-RV parked in our driveway, but the Non-Opp status granted by DMV makes it legal. Because he couldn’t get the City of Lakewood to force us to get rid of the mini-RV, Michael Downs has constantly made PETTY COMPLAINTS to the City of Lakewood. Michael Downs’ PETTY COMPLAINTS are continued HARASSMENT, using the City as a pawn to harass us. It appears that the City has received complaints from him that:
our lawn isn’t green enough (in a drought, we should water less),
that our front flowerbeds weren’t pretty enough (so, we made them prettier),
that our front porch post had a small amount of chipped paint (so we repainted it),
that our bikes at the side of the house weren’t pretty enough (so, we put them behind a gate),
that we shouldn’t have a pet door to our garage for our cat to go in and out,
some Paint on the eaves in our back yard was chipping (so we painted there too),
my (tall) garden of wild spinach in my back yard didn’t look nice (now removed, season over),
we should remove the swing set and BBQ in my back yard,
We fixed every petty thing he complained about, except we’re not blocking the Pet Door in the Garage Door that our Cat uses, and we’re not getting rid of the swingset, BBQ, etc in our Back Yard. Michael Downs made a false complaint to the City of Dog Poop in the Back Yard, which SEACA quickly determined was false.
The City’s Code Enforcement didn’t know what to do, so they finally asked the Planning Commission to see if we should be declared a Public Nuisance. At the Public Nuisance Hearing on November 3, 2016, it was obvious that nothing on our property rose to the level of a “PUBLIC NUISANCE’, so the Commission decided to remove the word “Public” and just make it a “Nuisance”. Sorry, Commissioners, if it’s not a Public Nuisance, it’s a Private Nuisance, which is not a crime and the City has no business acting on something that 1 neighbor doesn’t like.
We’re tired of fixing PETTY THINGS that Michael Downs is complaining about!!
We fixed everything they asked except for their request to cover the Pet Door and throw away more possessions in the Back Yard.
They had a Public Nuisance Hearing on November 3, 2016, and they found that it was not a Public Nuisance, so they declared it a “Nuisance” (without the word “Public”) instead. Planning and Environmental Commission Resolution 14-2016.
California Civil Code says that any nuisance that is not a Public Nuisance under 3480 is a Private Nuisance. (There is no other). A Private Nuisance is a private tort by a neighbor that a City is not allowed to get involved in. Their is no “Municipal Affair”, nothing “public” and no “necessity for immediate abatement”
As quoted and stated by the California Appellate Court:
“While we have not found authority in California that states where the burden of proof lies, other jurisdictions have held that the municipality has the burden of proof of the nuisance and the necessity for its immediate abatement. (See Solly v. City of Toledo, supra, at p. 466; Crossman v. City of Galveston, 112 Tex. 303 [247 S.W. 810, 815, 26 A.L.R. 1210]; Lawton v. Steele, 152 U.S. 133, 135 [38 L.Ed. 385, 388, 14 S.Ct. 499].) We feel that the reasoning of these cases should be applied here. Such conclusion is consistent with the rule requiring the state to have the burden of proving.” Leppo v. City of Petaluma (1971) 20 Cal.App.3d 711 at page 718
The City of Lakewood is another City that is overeager to unnecessarily enforce Municipal Codes on non-City Property without any necessity, where there is no “Public” Nuisance or need.
The City Manager sent us a letter stating “…on March 9, 21017,Code Enforcement staff conducted a follow up inspection and established that the remaining two violations had been corrected sufficiently for the Community Development Director to determine that at this point in time that the property was in substantial compliance with the Lakewood Municipal Code.” and “RECOMMENDATION That the City Council accepts and files this report, as the subject matter of the appeal is moot and compliance with the original Final Notice of Violation has been accepted by the City.”
Agenda and Notice 11/3/16
Agenda and Notice 11/3/16,
Hearing Summary 11/3/16,
Resolution 11/10/16, Appeal 11/14/16.
1) CA Superior Court Los Angeles County Case # VD030155 TRO/Domestic Violence 6/18/1997
Loretta V. Downs v Michael Downs – to Protect Derrick 12/14/94 & Michael Jr 8/10/91 at 17825 Clark Ave Bellflower
It was alleged that Michael came several times and stole TV and furniture while Loretta was gone and a relative was watching the 2 kids.
2) CA Superior Court Los Angeles County Case # VS006831
Yolanda Batriz v Michael & Loretta Downs – Civil Harassment granted 10/8/1997
3) Michael Downs sued Long Beach twice:
8/17/1994-6/29/1998 CA Superior Court Los Angeles County Case # SOC074310
9/3/1987 – 9/23/1991 CA Superior Court Los Angeles County Case # SOC089152
In California, Cities have often gotten totally out of hand, so the Legislature had to start restricting them more.
In 1967, the ability of Municipal Corporations to issue Citations or Notice to Appear was repealed (former Penal Code 853.1 to 853.4).
In 1970, the California Legislature repealed provisions for municipalities to enact ordinances or regulations imposing restrictions equal to or greater than those imposed by the state. California Health and Safety Code 17958.5, requires that the Building Code can only be amended for geographical, topographical, or climatic reasons, not by whim..(see Briseno v. City of Santa Ana 6 Cal.App.4th 1378, 8 Cal.Rptr.2d 486 (4th Dist 1992), Building Insustry Assn. V. City of Livermore, 45 Cal.App.4th 719, 52 Cal.Rptr.2d 902 (1st Dist 1996), Baum Electric Co. v. City of Huntington Beach 33 Cal.App.3d 572, 109 Cal.Rptr. 260 (4th Dist 1973), Gonzales v. Santa Ana 12 Cal.App.4th 1335, Cal. Apt. Assn v. City of Fremont 97 Cal.App.4th 693.
Many Cities are using False Pretexts for Domination, usually labeled an unreasonable application of the Municipal Code or Building Code, because it is not for any needed purpose or exigent circumstance. “A legislative body may not, under the guise of the police power, impose restrictions that are unnecessary and unreasonable upon the use of private property or the pursuit of useful activities. (McKay Jewelers vs. Bowron).” In Chantiles vs. Lake Forest II Master Homeowner’s Assn, 37 Cal.App.4th 914,922, (1955), the Court terms the [government’s] actions as “a clear cut case of a ‘nanny state’ – nanny in almost a literal sense – going too far. These actions flew in the face of one of the most ancient precepts of American society and Anglo-American legal culture. “A man’s house is his castle” was not penned by anonymous, but by the famous jurist Sir Edward Coke in 1628.” “It is of far greater concern to effectuate an incremental whittling away of private property rights absent demonstrable public harm.”
Hurwitz v. City of Orange, (September 24, 2004) (cite as: 2004 WL 2129731 (Cal. App. 4 Dist.) “… a city’s finding of “nuisance” could be found by a trial court to be pretextual (as a cover for the substantive taking of property, or as here, a property right), this is it. “in substance, the sequence shows that the city was not using its police power to abate a nuisance. Rather, it was trying to use its police power to abate nuisances as a fig leaf to hide the rather naked expropriation of an existing property right.” “We need only add that there is precedent for the point that a public entity cannot mask what is substantively a taking merely by invoking its nuisance power.”
Most Cities have no charter granting them exclusive jurisdiction for “Municipal Affairs”, and thus, each as a Municipal Corporation with the limited powers of a General Law City, is subject to County and State Codes and Statutes, with which it is in conflict. (An ordinance which prohibits the same acts which are forbidden by state law is void to extent that it duplicates state law. People v. Commons (Super. 1944) 64 Cal.App.2d Supp. 925, 148 P.2d 724; see Municipal Corporations 592(2).
The police powers of a city under Government Code 38660 include the power to regulate construction, but not maintenance and use, unless they are unsafe for renters and the public: it is not designed to protect the owner from himself.
Health and Safety Code section 17912. “Rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this part and building standards published in the State Building Standards Code, relating to the erection or construction of buildings or structures, shall not apply to existing buildings or structures or to buildings or structures as to which construction is commenced or approved prior to the effective date of the rules, regulations, or building standards, except by act of the Legislature, but rules, regulations, and building standards relating to use, maintenance, and change of occupancy shall apply to all hotels, motels, lodginghouses, apartment houses, and dwellings, or portions thereof, and buildings and structures accessory thereto, approved for construction or constructed before or after the effective date of such rules, regulations, or building standards.”
Building Code 3401 essentially grandfathers in existing structures that are safe.
Many Cities still go beyond their authority in the application of Building Codes. The City’s Building Official, Code Enforcement Dept., and Dept. of Community Development all work under the auspices of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, whose vesting authority is delimited in 2001 California Building Code section 101.17.
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DeKalb bills to abolish CEO and create Greenhaven city fall short in Ga. House
By Tia Mitchell – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kathryn Rice speaks in favor of creating the city of Greenhaven during a press conference at the State Capitol last month. TIA MITCHELL/TIA.MITCHELL@AJC.COM
Posted: 4:36 p.m. Thursday, March 01, 2018
Two bills affecting DeKalb County — one eliminating the CEO form of government and one that created the path for the city of Greenhaven — failed to get a vote on the House floor Wednesday.
That means both measures are likely dead for the 2018 session.
Proponents of House Bill 644 said they were surprised to learn Friday that the bill sponsor, Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, was no longer in support.
“We found out a new person is going to present our bill and the map is going to change,” said Kathryn Rice, who has led the Greenhaven effort for four years.
Mitchell said he backed off the bill because fellow members of the DeKalb delegation were not on board.
Supporters say the cityhood bill is a fairness issue and that south DeKalb residents should get the chance to vote on forming Greenhaven. Opponents have argued the new city is a bad idea because of its large footprint with 300,000 people and relatively small amount of commercial property.
Although a committee approved the measure largely along party lines with Republicans in favor, it did not come up for a floor vote. Rice said she and others will huddle soon to determine next steps. They aren’t ready to throw in the towel.
“We don’t tolerate suppression of the vote from anybody,” she said.
Ed Williams, chairman of Citizens Against Cityhood in DeKalb, was happy with the outcome. He believes there should be a moratorium on creating cities until new procedures are in place.
“We hope the Georgia General Assembly reforms the cityhood process before it allows any other cityhood or annexation bills to be passed,” Williams said in a news release after the vote. “We hope DeKalb County will have completed its study on how cities impact its services and budget before any other cities are allowed to be created.”
+ The DeKalb Board of Commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond discussed a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) in 2017.
The DeKalb Board of Commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond discussed a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) in 2017. MARK … read more
A second bill that would have dissolved the county CEO position also failed to get a floor vote. House Bill 961 was introduced and approved in committee before DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond and most members of the Board of Commissioners knew it existed. Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, said she sponsored the legislation after becoming convinced the unique CEO government structure was causing many of the county’s issues.
In addition to facing criticism for being fast-tracked, the bill was panned by those who said DeKalb voters should determine whether the CEO position should be eliminated.
For two years, county leaders have asked members of the DeKalb delegation to create a Charter Review Commission that would come up with recommendations about how the government can operate more effectively. So far, the delegation has not acted.
Hanson said Thursday that she plans to file a resolution showing support for creating a study committee.
Commissioner Jeff Rader, presiding officer of the board, envisions a panel of private citizens and elected officials. If their suggestions include doing away with an elected CEO, he would put it on the ballot as early as 2019, Rader said. Thurmond, who was critical of Hanson’s bill, said he would support the formation of a committee.
“I will work with the DeKalb County Commissioners and the legislative delegation to establish a Charter Review Commission that includes a comprehensive review of our county government,” Thurmond said in a statement. “This will include robust public involvement and rely ultimately on the decision of DeKalb citizens.”
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We have been fighting, not only Annexation into Stone Mountain, City Limits, but also creation and Annexation into a new City of Greenhaven. Some responsible, caring individuals, with their heads on straight have led the fight against Greenhaven.
We need more people like Ed Williams, Ed.D.
One such individual, Ed Williams, Ed.D. was an instrumental opponent who knows how to get people to understand the truth about what they were trying to accomplish, and it was not for the good of the people.
The email I received today:
I have attached a press release related to the recent failure of Greenhaven cityhood bill (HB644) to make it to the House floor for a vote o Crossover day
Ed Williams. Ed.D.
Chair, Concerned Citizens For Effective Government
Residents in Georgia have gone nutts! They have decided the way to get around a corrupt County, is to make all unincorporated areas, a city or part of cities. There has been a horrible Bill entered, to make whatever is left of DeKalb County, a city called Greenhaven. Sounds like a Cemetary to me, and a really, really bad idea.
So, to get away from County corruption, lets create a city that will be or will become as corrupt as the County. Don’t make a damned bit of sense to me. I think we are already over governmented as it is. If we can’t fix the County, we sure as hell don’t need a city…
Some other bright, and resourceful citizens have been involved in this fight for quite some time, and we thank them!
From their sites:
Help Us Stop Greenhaven. Contact the following legislators and let them know your are against creating the proposed city of Greenhaven HB644.
Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee
House Governmental Affairs Committee
DeKalb Delegation Members
One of the biggest issue with the Greenhaven feasibility study is that it was based on a 3 services model. It has since been reviewed by several lawyers which state that there cannot be a limit on services by a referendum or by charter millage cap, The feasibility study does not consider the cost of police, road maintenance, other services, If those costs had been included in the Greenhaven feasibility study it would not have passed See the attached UGA Peachtree Corners Charter review study which was based on 3 service model.
In addition, if you were to compare a city which has a much closer demographic and size such as the new city of South Fulton which was not limited to 3 services its costs are about $50 million a year for a population of 100,000 residents. Lets assume that fire services will remain with DeKalb county then we would substact $15 million from expenses which would result in a cost of $35 million a year for South Fulton. Contrast this to Greenhaven (300,000 residents) then real expense costs would likely be over $100 million dollars as instead of $18 million a year which was projected in the UGA CVI feasibility 2015 study, having 3 times the population of the city of South Fulton and a larger land size of 126 square miles compared to South Fulton 100 square miles.
Even if one were to leave police and fire with the county, the South Fulton annual expenses would be about $18 million a year. Since Greenhaven is 3 times the population, the cost would likely be about $54 million a year for the proposed city of Greenhaven, without fire and police. The UGA CVI feasibility 2015 study for South DeKalb (Greenhaven) projected total revenues to be 45 million a year, which would likely make it 9 million short.
Futhermore compare the assessed property value of South Fulton (100,000 residents) which was $2,704,407,283 while the proposed city of Greenhaven (300,000 residents) was 3,473,948,143. which is a 77% ratio. There is going to be a problem see the property values for each of the DeKalb cities compared to Greenhaven.
Also, note that Greenhaven reports do not report the median home value, however, they do report median income. Brookhaven and Dunwoody median home value are 3 to 4 times more than homes in South DeKalb. This has an impact on the amount of revenue generated from property taxes
The proposed of Greenhaven would be 10 times the land size of Dunwoody, the 2nd largest city in Georgia, 6 times as many residents as Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Stonecrest, and 9 times the population of Tucker. The City of Brookhaven and Dunwoody median home values are 3 to 4 times that of the proposed city of Greenhaven. Much more time is needed to evaluate the proposed city of Greenhaven creation in its current form before a referendum vote is scheduled. Most new cities were not created overnight including Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Johns Creek and Peachtree Corners. The time it took these communities to become cities. Sandy Spring took 30 years. Peachtree Corners 13 years Johns Creek 6 years Brookhaven 5 years Dunwoody 3 years Tucker 3 years Milton 1 year. It took Atlanta 150 years to reach a population of 450,000 residents. Most cities in Georgia have populations less than 15,000 people.
The City of Peachtree Corners residents raise questions about the legality of City Lite providing only 3 services with a millage Cap. The City of Tucker, Stonecrest, and Greenhaven are based on the same model.
2017 Property Tax Revenue Report for Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Tucker, Stonecrest, and the proposed city of Greenhaven
Winter/ Spring CACD Newsletter
Online Opposition Petition to the creation of the CIty of Greenhaven
Citizens Against Cityhood in DeKalb
There is supposed to be a tree ordinance in DeKalb County, GA where you cannot cut down a tree this size without an arborist deciding that the tree is ill.
There was a dumpster there for 2 weeks the first time a dumpster was brought in. The toilet under the dumpster was there the second week, and when the dumpster left, the toilet stayed in the yard.
When we complained, they told us that we need to be more tolerant! What? A toilet sitting in the yard for 2 weeks, one of those weeks there was a dumpster there? Are you shitting me? No pun intended.
We were also told, that they have the right to work. Yes they do. BUT
You have people with no knowledge of construction doing major structural work to a house that they don’t intend on living in.
One look at the side of the house, tells you that behind that vinyl siding is a major problem.
Not to mention that vinyl siding does not wave up and down, but it sure as hell don’t curl upward for no reason.
But we have to be more tolerant.
A house that fifteen people in the neighborhood, who had all lived here 20+ years, and knew the history of the house, signed and notarized a petition to have the house demolished because no one has lived there for 30 years, the house is 77 years old, and the lines from the house to the septic tank dissolved 20 or more years ago.
But that’s ok, we must be more tolerant. A rat infested, hole with no toilet in it (No the toilet has not been replaced), with anywhere between 6-12 people working at a time, for 6-10 hours a day, and we are supposed to be more tolerant, because they have a right to work.
What is going to happen to the unsuspecting single mother moves in, thinking she has finally found a home, and the whole thing collapses on her and kills her and her child?
YOU’VE GOT IT, DEKALB COUNTY SUX!!!
Brian Hernandez Acosta and his brother, Nilageo Alvarez Acosta, have been arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, sex trafficking of a minor, and transportation of a minor for prostitution. A third man, Jaime Adam Riano, was arraigned on the same charges on April 13.
“These men allegedly preyed on vulnerable young girls by sexually exploiting them for quick money,” said U.S. Attorney John A. Horn. “This case highlights the danger that lurks on social media sites, where the defendants allegedly pursued some of the child victims.”
“These federal charges are a reminder that sex trafficking of minors continues to be a very real problem and that it is not confined to urban areas. This case further illustrates how law enforcement, working together across many jurisdictions and state lines, remains responsive in addressing this heinous crime problem that will forever scar those being exploited,” said David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.
“We are thankful for the work and success of all involved in this investigation that has ended the elaborate criminal enterprise these predators operated. The scope of their operation is a reminder that sex trafficking is a real danger for the young people in our communities,” said Chief Jason Parker, Dalton Police Department.
According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: Hernandez Acosta, Alvarez Acosta, and Riano allegedly conspired to traffic minor girls for commercial sex throughout North Georgia as well as in Florida and Tennessee. Beginning in or around November 2015, and continuing until December 2016, the defendants caused at least five girls between 16 and 17 years old to engage in prostitution, including by using force, fraud, and coercion.
Hernandez Acosta, after pursuing some of the girls on Facebook, allegedly posted provocative photographs of them in the adult entertainment and escort sections of www.backpage.com, a classified advertisement website, to solicit men to have sex with the minors for money. The advertisements used fake names for the minors and falsely listed the minors as between ages 19 and 21 years, when in fact, they were all underage. Hernandez Acosta and Alvarez Acosta forced one 16-year-old girl to have sex with the men after driving her from Florida to Georgia to engage in prostitution, and after falsely offering the girl a place to live.
Riano often drove this 16-year-old victim to the locations where she engaged in commercial sex acts. Another 16-year-old high school student was driven to a residence in the Atlanta area to have sex with a man for $150, which was paid directly to Hernandez Acosta. The defendants operated a high-volume, low-cost business, requiring the young girls to have sex with multiple men each night and kept nearly all of the money they earned.
Hernandez Acosta, 26, of Dalton, Georgia, Alvarez Acosta, 31, of Tampa, Florida, and Riano, 29, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, were indicted April 11, 2017.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dalton Police Department. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Murray County Sheriff’s Office have also provided assistance.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Suzette A. Smikle and Dash A. Cooper are prosecuting the case.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
Roderick L. Wyatt, 61, of Stone Mountain, has been charged with accepting bribe payments in exchange for approving the enrollment of almost 20 students to a local college, through a federal workforce program in DeKalb County. The federal indictment alleges that Wyatt agreed to accept payments from the college president for each student sent to the college through WorkSource DeKalb, a federally funded program.
“Wyatt allegedly sold his supervisory position with WorkSource DeKalb for cash. In doing so, he allegedly accepted a “bounty” for each student sent to a specific college,” said U. S. Attorney John A. Horn.
“An important mission of the Office of Inspector General is to investigate allegations of fraud relating to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grants issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate these types of allegations,” said Rafiq Ahmad, Special Agent in Charge, Atlanta Region, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General.
According to United States Attorney Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a federal public law designed to improve and modernize America’s workforce development system by providing dislocated and low-income individuals with the skills and education needed to obtain employment and by providing employers with trained and qualified workers to fill employment vacancies.
WorkSource DeKalb (formerly DeKalb Workforce Development) was a DeKalb County department funded exclusively by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. WorkSource DeKalb (“WSD”) served the unemployed and underemployed citizens of DeKalb County by providing work readiness programs, services, and activities necessary to obtain sustainable wages. Using federal funds, WSD paid the cost for unemployed and underemployed individuals to attend pre-screened schools or programs where the individuals gained the technical or vocational skills needed to obtain employment in fields such as nursing, truck driving, or welding. After reviewing the unemployed individuals’ career aspirations and educational interests, WSD staff members recommended the individuals to particular pre-screened schools or programs.
From 2013 to April 2017, Wyatt served as a WSD Employment and Training Supervisor. As a supervisor, Wyatt reviewed and approved the school/program recommendations made by WSD staff members.
In 2014, the president and founder of a pre-screened school that offered its students nursing assistant and medical technician certifications approached Wyatt and offered to pay him for each individual that WSD referred to the College. In 2014 and 2015, Wyatt approved the enrollment of approximately 19 students to the College. The College’s president paid Wyatt $100 for each student approved to attend his school. In total, the College received approximately $82,000 in federal funds under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The name of the college has not been identified in the Information or any of the court pleadings.
This case is being investigated by the Department of Labor – Office of the Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey W. Davis and Special Assistant United States Attorney Tyler Man prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.
State Representative Vernon Jones (D-Lithonia) today announced that he will introduce legislation that would create a state commission on historic monuments during the 2018 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly.
“The recent events in Charlottesville, Va., have spurred on calls for the removal of historical monuments and artifacts that honor a dark era in Georgia’s history,” said Jones. “While I have my personal beliefs on the matter, I propose that a bipartisan, systematic and transparent study be conducted in an effort to arrive at an inclusive solution.”
Should this legislation pass and be enacted, this commission would hold statewide hearings to discuss historic monuments and artifacts, and would make recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly regarding monument placement and the possibility of adding new monuments that hold historic value to the citizens of Georgia.
“Hysteria and knee jerk reactions are not the solution. Sensitive subjects such as this deserve calm, practical and open dialogue. A house divided cannot stand, and Georgians must show the nation that we can unite for the greater good,” added Jones.
Commission members would reflect and represent a broad spectrum of interest on the subject, and would include, but not be limited to, preservationists, historians and advocacy groups.
Jones represents the citizens of District 91, which includes portions of DeKalb and Rockdale counties.
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Police investigation leads to officer arrest in DeKalb
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A DeKalb County police officer has been charged with theft by taking, tampering with evidence and violation of oath of office.
Officer Ajamia Guyton resigned immediately during the investigation that led to the charges.
“It’s very upsetting to me when an officer crosses that line, but what I do take great pride in is that our own officers recognized the wrongdoing, initiated the investigation and made the arrest of someone undeserving to wear the badge,” Chief James Conroy said.
The charges resulted from a call of forced entry to an apartment at 2795 Evans Mill Road in Lithonia on March 4. Officers arrived on the scene and found suspected narcotics, firearms and currency in view. Three suspects were detained and Guyton was assigned to secure the location until the search warrant was obtained. When detectives returned with the search warrant they observed items in the residence had been moved.
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Detectives immediately initiated an investigation that led to the arrest of Guyton and the recovery of $231 taken from the scene.
Guyton began working with the department in December 2015 and was assigned to the Uniform Division.
Guyton was incarcerated in the DeKalb County Jail on the stated charges.
It may not be much consolation to residents facing high water bills, but DeKalb County officials say they’ve significantly reduced billing and metering mistakes.
Out of 190,000 water customers in DeKalb, the number of errors that occurred when the government miscalculated a bill declined from 1,140 in the first half of 2014 to 468 in the first half of this year, according to county figures provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The number of errors caused by bad meter readings dropped from 858 in the first half of 2014 to 228 through June of this year.
Most of the time, residents’ bills go up because they’ve increased their water consumption, especially during summer months when lawns need watering.
Customer water usage was the reason that bills rose 71 percent of the time, according to a 2014 county audit of bills that more than tripled. Water leaks and irrigation systems accounted for another 16 percent, and the county was responsible for billing spikes 13 percent of the time.
One of the solutions for DeKalb’s water billing problems is to complete the installation of more accurate digital water meters that wirelessly transmit usage information. So far, about 20,000 of these smart meters have been put in place, and it will take four or five years for the rest to be installed.
The smart meters are expected to reduce mistakes because they’ll record water usage hourly and remove the human element of reading older mechanical meters.
Once communities are switched over to the new meters, customers will start receiving bills monthly instead of bimonthly, which will enable residents and the government to find errors more quickly. In addition, the county’s water billing system is continually being updated to reduce miscalculations.
DeKalb government customer service representatives continue to receive about 32,000 calls per month. Requests to delay billing payments, make payments and set up new service are the most frequent reasons for calls. Average call wait times have decreased from more than 13 minutes two years ago to about two minutes so far this year.
So they are telling us that the Smart Meter will fix all of the over billing going on? Yea, right. One thing that most likely happens, is when a property owner decides to tap into the water line, prior to the water going through the meter, someone has to pay for all of these water thefts. Like I am the house, in line, right before the house, where that happens. I have good pix of the plumber over there sitting on the ground partially in a hole, unwinding the blue water line that he connected before the meter.
The County tells me that I am not being billed for something like that. But think about it. The water gets lost at my house, then for the next couple of houses, which are in some stage of foreclosure or another, so maybe five addresses down, on the same side, a whole bunch of water goes missing. Who do you think will be paying for it? The guy who tapped in before the meter, or me?
There is really no telling how many people are doing this. We watched the house, the plumber, etc. and took pix of the doing it. There is no question about what had been done. They began working on it at 3 AM and ended up taking a sledge hammer to the old meter. You can’t tell that the meter worked after 3 big men beat the hell out of it in the middle of the night.
We are told, that there are no code violations at that house. HA! Maybe we should all begin stealing the damned water.
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Nine people were arrested Saturday after a counter-protest at a “pro-white” rally turned physical, police said.
A group called Rock Stone Mountain scheduled what the called a “pro-white” rally at Stone Mountain park outside of Atlanta to “protest efforts to erase the white race.” According to the group’s Facebook page, the rally was expected to draw just under 500 people, but early on, only about 25 to 30 people had gathered.
All Out Atlanta, an anti-racism group, organized a counter-protest for the same time and location. Both groups had permits from the park and were sanctioned to protest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Police made provisions to keep the groups in separate sections of the park to ensure the rallies stayed peaceful, but efforts to do so quickly deteriorated.
According to John Bankhead, a spokesman with the Stone Mountain Park Police, nine All Out Atlanta protestors were arrested before noon Saturday.
Authorities say the protesters were asked to take off masks in compliance with a park ordinance. When the protesters refused to comply, they were arrested.
Bankhead said other All Out Atlanta threw rocks. Bankhead himself was struck with a rock, he said.
Authorities were continuing to keep the two rallies separate, but Bankhead said some of the All Out Atlanta protesters were trying to get through blocked areas leading to the Rock Stone Mountain rally.
On Saturday afternoon, park authorities said attractions would be closed for the remainder of the day, but the main park entrance and walking trail would remain open.
Amazing! I live in Stone Mountain, and did not know anything about this before or after it happened. Only in DeKalb County!
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My last post stated that there were no other cameras on the property, except the one viewing our property.
Now go back and look at the angle of the camera before, and the angle in the picture above. Now, it is pointed directly at us. Amazing, yes?
After I stated that, the camera pointed more toward our property, and another camera was added to a tree, in yet another neighbor’s property. Another property where no one lives, makes one wonder if the owner of that property knows that his property is being used to spy on us.
Also, the owner went to the property after dark the other night, and had a really big ladder on the truck. He took the ladder off, and I don’t know what tree he climbed, but I would imagine, that now, there is a third camera spying on our every move. I guess if someone, in an answer to a lawsuit, claims that you have been trespassing, they have to get evidence from somewhere, huh?
Funny thing, my neighbor put one of those game cameras on the house next door. Yes, that same house where no one lives. The camera is pointing at us. Then, in an answer to a civil action we filed, they allege we have trespassed on their property. Yea, right, like I really lost something over there, in that junk heap! We didn’t trespass for 21 years, all the sudden, we are trespassing.
What is even funnier, it was on our own easement that we trespassed.
Anyway, a couple of weeks prior to that, we noticed the wild game camera mounted on the post. So not only did we trespass, but we waited till they mounted the camera, so they could take pix or video of us trespassing on our easement.
I think that these game cameras, and these sick people that have nothing better to do than spy on their neighboring properties are sick puppies, and need to get a life, before they go to jail for illegally spying on the neighbors.
Heads up! You never know how much your neighboring properties is violating the privacy of your home!!!
NOTE: They have changed the angle of the camera to point over to our house more. They had to see how much they were seeing of us first.
The angle was changed as shown below. Now, it covers our driveway, our gate, our front yard, the side of our house. Everyone that comes here has their picture taken. Every time we come or go from our house, go to the mailbox, etc. It does not point at anything in their own yard. We have been violated!
These two pictures were taken from the right hand side, behind the camera from our yard. See the angle of that camera? It is mounted of the back section of that house.
Keep in mind also, that is the only camera on the whole property, the only no trespassing sign is on their gate to keep out. No private property or keep out anywhere except ono the gate, and the side yard fence has been removed, so it is open. So they are intentionally only spying on us and our yard. The chain link fence is bent over on the top at the other side of the yard where kids have been crossing through the yard forever.
The property next door, changed hands, and I cannot in good conscious, continue with the old stories about the property. Who knows where Robert (previous owner) went, or what happened to him. We have a good idea, but without any kind of evidence, I dare not say more.
I will update as soon as I have something nice to say. Mama always said, “If you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say anything at all”. I personally added, unless you have the proof.
Unless and until things move along, it would be best if I get rid of all the inferences to criminal owners and illegal acts, etc. That way, I cannot be accused of slandering, defaming, libeling the new owners of the property. I will say, that the property had changed hands in May 2015, but change of ownership was not recorded into DeKalb County Georgia Records, until July 2015.
They have the house boarded up, but that does not mean there is no work being done over there, or that no one is planning to pick up harrassing us where DiNapoli left off. Only time will tell. We been here almost 21 years now, we ain’t going nowhere. I will be revamping my blog, Keep a heads up yall, Fukushima is still killing us softly and slowly.
Grand jury hears more evidence in DeKalb judge case
Updated: 5:22 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 | Posted: 4:23 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
By Rhonda Cook – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For the second time in a week, a special prosecutor laid out evidence for a grand jury that allegedly proves DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker made false statements to the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Prosecutor Parks White is asking the grand jury to return an indictment against Becker, who resigned March 1 after 14 years on the bench. In a letter announcing her planned retirement, Becker wrote that she was leaving the bench because she was getting married and moving to another county.
Becker allegedly made the false statements during an interview at a law office in Marietta, which made it a Cobb County matter.
White, the district attorney for five counties in northeast Georgia, was appointed special prosecutor when the Cobb district attorney recused his office because three of his top prosecutors were once practiced before Becker as assistant district attorneys in DeKalb.
He left the Cobb courthouse Thursday without commenting. Grand jury proceedings are secret by law.
Becker’s attorney, Brian Steel, also declined comment Thursday.
Becker is accused of making false statements when she was questioned about her sentencing of former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis, which the the JQC was investigating.
Two years ago, Lewis was charged with felony racketeering and faced the possibility of up to 65 years in prison. But two weeks before his trial was scheduled to start, Lewis agreed to testify against his two co-defendants. — Pat Reid, the school district’s former chief operating officer, and Reid’s ex-husband, architect Tony Pope. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to let him plead guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of the investigation of school construction contracts and to recommend a sentence of 12 months probation.
Prosecutors and Lewis’ lawyers said Becker agreed to the deal.
Yet, when it came time to sentence Lewis, Becker ordered him jailed for 12 months. She said the deal was void because his testimony was not truthful. Becker also ordered Lewis locked up immediately and refused to consider an appeal bond until she returned the following week from an out-of-town trip to attend the Army-Navy football game.
Nine months later, the JQC started an administrative investigation into Becker. Last September, she was called to to the Marietta law office of JQC member Robert Ingram to answer questions. Becker insisted several times that Lewis never asked for a bond.
On a personal Note, on personal experience…
Personal Note: Judge Becker was the Judge that gave GA Power easement over our entire property, after we proved that GA Power had forged and falsified documentation so that they could claim to have an express grant easement. There was no Dr. Robert Wells in 1937, 1942, or ever. There had been Dr. James Wells, but he passed away before that date.
The Wells Family lived in the Brown-Wells house on Ridge Avenue, which is where the Stone Mountain Historic Society is currently located.
Remember, if you are going to lie, don’t lie about one of the most known families in an area. Also don’t lie about the people’s names in the family. The Wells Family Tree is great! When I saw it, it went back to the 1560’s in England, I believe it was, and the Wells Family came here almost on the Mayflower. A lot of History and Heritage in the Wells Family. Very well documented, and the property the Wells Family had owned, was sold and became Stone Mountain Industrial Park, on the other side of town is where their property had been.
Georgia Power must have paid Judge Becker a lot of money to find against all of our evidence. Including evidence that showed the documents were signed by a ball point pen, which did not come out until the late 60’s. May she get what she deserves!!!
TV: “Can’t believe it’s happened again” on San Francisco coast — Mysterious whale deaths baffling scientists — Officials: An “inexplicable” trend — Dolphins wash up dead on beach nearby, “heartbreaking to hear the dying baby calling out” (VIDEO)
Published: August 3rd, 2015 at 8:34 pm ET
San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 2, 2015 (emphasis added): Another dead whale washes up on Pacifica beach — Yet another dead whale washed up at a Pacifica beach in what has become an inexplicable summer trend, marine officials reported… The whale that washed up Sunday is just the latest in a string of mysterious dead whales found in the area. A humpback whale washed up on Sharp Park Beach in Pacifica in May, and in April the rotting carcass of a sperm whale on the beach near Mori Point left scientists baffled as a dissection revealed no official cause of death.
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. –
Many DeKalb County residents are having problems with water pressure while others have even been without water at times.
Officials tell FOX 5 New that a mowing crew damaged a fire hydrant Thursday near Henderson Mill and Evans Road.
Water pressure was reduced overnight so crews could get control of the leak. Officials say the leak was still there Friday night and crews will resume work on the damaged line at midnight.
The good news for residents is that there is no boil water advisory at this time.
Good ole DeKalb County Georgia. I don’t know about everyone else in the County, but my water is coming out the color or red mud. They said: “The good news for residents is that there is no boil water advisory at this time.” I don’t know on what world they are living, but hell, I won’t even give my dogs this water. I let it run a while, and it only gets worse.
They are telling people that there is no problems, and how many kids live in this County and won’t even pay attention to what the water looks like? Hell yea, lets just make a bunch of kids in DeKalb County Georgia deathly ill, by telling the community the water is safe.
I can’t wash dishes, take a shower, or give my dogs water. And people wonder why I think DeKalb County Georgia sux.
Speaking of SUX, who has read the new Zoning Ordinance? You would be better off living in a communist country just about. They want the ridiculous! We have had our gate and fence on our property almost 21 years, and the short, fat, code enforcement lady that threw the Warning Notice on the ground outside the fence so I would have to come out and get it, said we have to get a Permit. BITE MY ASS!
On June 15, 2015 (Check the Date on the Warning, it shows June 13, 2015. The date she was at our property, was July 17, 2015) while getting a cup of coffee, at 08:37 am, I saw someone messing around our gate. I went to see who it was, it was our less than friendly Code Enforcement Officer, J. Brown, leave the Warning on the ground, she screamed at us at the top of her lungs, in front of a whole bunch of neighbors, and went huffing off.
One might wonder why she parked across the street for the visit. According to the recording at DeKalb County Code Enforcement Office, they open at 08:30 am. She was at our house at 08:37 am, and it takes 20-30 minutes to get there from here.
mail from J Brown
The Warning was also mailed to us, from Austell, GA, not Decatur. Notice the date on the postmark, July 17, 2015, the same day she visited us.
The Gate and Fence code enforcement claims we need permits for, has been in place for 20 (twenty) years. We are not on County sewer. Our septic system is in tip top shape.
Looks like a fraudulent claim to me. Makes me wonder who she is friends with. It also makes me wonder why someone would make such a fictional claim against us.
DeKalb County Georgia Probate Court
Marriage License, Weapons Carry License, General Information, Wills & Administrations /
Year’s Support, Guardianships/Conservator, Minor Guardianships /Non-Standard Forms, Standard Forms, Probate Information Clinic, Attorney’s/Client
Photo – DeKalb County Courthouse Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh was elected in 2004 and has served as Judge of the Probate Court of DeKalb County since January of 2005. Formerly she served the Probate Court in various capacities since 1985, including Associate Judge, and Acting Judge. She is responsible for appointing and supervising personal representatives of estates who administer the assets of deceased residents of DeKalb County. Additionally, Judge Rosh’s duties include the appointment of guardians for both adults and children, and the issuance of marriage licenses and firearms licenses. Judge Rosh also hears all bench or jury trials concerning estates, guardianships, and mental health.
After copying in 6 pages, I got tired of copying the pages, but if you have been involved in any probate matters, no difference what state you are in, you will know what I am getting at. I have heard numerous stories about the County Court appointed Admiistrators and Guardians. And yes, had to endure the horrors of such. The incident that we were involved with, ended in the death of an elderly, beloved aunt, may her soul rest in peace…
Had I as much sense as I do now, I would have copied each and every page of the Guardian appointed by Rosh, as he had many, many, many pages just like Mary Margaret Oliver has, but alas, I trusted that the cases would not disappear after I had begun looking at the obvious illegal acts that went on in the court, by the court, and through the court and the appointees.
If you are involved in any kind of proceedings in the Probate Court of any state and county, do yourself a favor and copy everything you can, when there is a court appointed entity involved in the proceedings, and gather every bit of information you can get your hands on, it might just save a life!
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Ch. 2 Investigation reveals possible kickback to DeKalb officials
By Jodie Fleischer
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County’s Interim CEO Lee May is calling for an investigation into a $4,000 check with his name on it, saying he didn’t endorse it, or receive the money from it when it was cashed.
A Chanel 2 Action News – Atlanta Journal Constitution investigation uncovered the check while looking into work done at May’s home which was paid for by DeKalb taxpayers. The vendor who did the work went on to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in DeKalb contracts.
“Absolutely, I plan on having a conversation to figure out what the hell was done, excuse my French,” May told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer.
“Morris [Williams] contacted me and said, ‘Doug, Lee’s having some financial trouble, is there any way you can help him out?'” Cotter recounted.
May was a DeKalb commissioner at the time, and had just filed bankruptcy.
Cotter got the check from a water removal and restoration company that had just completed work at May’s home in January.
“It could have been a reimbursement check. Yes, but it wasn’t my signature on it and I’m not sure how the check got out there,” said John Meyer, who used to own that company, Water Removal Services.
Cotter says it couldn’t be a reimbursement, because the county directly paid for the work at May’s house, roughly $6,500. But the $4,000 check was made out to Lee May, personally, six days later.
Cotter says he delivered it to Morris Williams because he was close friends with him and saw him more often than he saw May, since Williams was the commissioners’ chief of staff he worked at the Decatur office full time.
Within a few days, Cotter says he heard from Morris Williams again.
“Morris asked me, ‘Doug, is there any way you can cash this for Lee?’ said Cotter, “I said sure, I know both of them.”
Cotter’s family owns a liquor store with a check cashing business inside, and he admits he’s the one who turned that check into $4,000 cash.
“I handed that money to Morris Williams and that was the last time I saw it,” said Cotter, “I was hoping it was going to the intended use , to help Lee [May] and his family.”
“I’m answering this very clearly,” said May, “That is not a check that was cut to me. I’ve never received $1 let alone $4000.”
The contract connection
Records show two weeks after that check cleared, bidding opened on a new county contract for water removal. Cotter submitted a bid for the same company that had done the work at May’s home, Water Removal Services, and won the contract.
“I never wanted to participate down there to begin with, that’s why we never took that contract,” said Meyer, the company’s former owner, “We just kind of backed out.”
But Meyer says Cotter still wanted the contract badly.
In fact, three days before Cotter placed the Water Removal Services bid, he reserved the name for his own new company. Haw Creek Restoration went on to make more than $300,000 in DeKalb work.
“If it’s a situation where a brand new company is getting work and they didn’t compete after it, absolutely not, that should not occur,” said May.
But it did occur. May has asked DeKalb County’s new purchasing director to investigate why it was allowed.
Fleischer asked Cotter if the $4,000 had anything to do with his bid to win that contract.
“No!” Cotter replied, “No. Lee had nothing to do with the bidding process.”
Lee May says he also had nothing to do with that check.
“It is absolutely not my signature,” said May, adding that he didn’t even know the check existed.
Fleischer pulled samples of Lee May’s signature from official county records, as well as samples of Morris Williams’ handwriting, since Cotter says when he got the check back from Williams it was already endorsed with May’s name on the back.
The “M” in May appears to resemble the “M” in Morris Williams’ regular signature.
After 17 years with the county, Williams abruptly retired last month, just as the FBI began investigating all of this. Williams had since been promoted to the position of deputy chief operating officer.
Morris Williams declined our request for an on-camera interview. By phone, he would only say Cotter’s version of events “did not happen that way.” Williams said he did not receive “that amount of money” from Cotter, but he refused to comment when Fleischer asked whether he ever gave May any money.
May has been particularly vocal in his efforts to root out DeKalb corruption since he’s taken over as interim CEO. He forwarded all of the records Channel 2 requested and a copy of the $4,000 check to the GBI, FBI, the district attorney and local law enforcement to prove he’s serious about getting to the bottom of it.
“For someone to benefit off my name, that’s inappropriate, that’s illegal and they need to be dealt with,” said May.
Updated: 8:43 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Posted: 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015
DeKalb CEO launches investigation into own county
By Richard Belcher and Jodie Fleischer
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The man heading up DeKalb County has ordered a comprehensive review of operations in his county in search of corruption.
Interim CEO Lee May announced Wednesday that he’s launching an investigation and he wants all 6,000 employees to cooperate.
The investigation will employ two of the people who spent 10 months digging into the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde will have unfettered authority to look at whatever they want.
Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May’s announcement comes on the heels of a year-long Channel 2 Action News and Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation exposing misspending, corruption and theft within DeKalb County government.
Our reporting led the district attorney’s investigators and the FBI to file records requests to obtain many of the same records we did; it has already led to guilty pleas, ongoing criminal investigations and more than $25,000 repaid to DeKalb taxpayers.
Last April, May rewrote the county’s purchasing card policy after our investigation caught then-Commissioner Elaine Boyer spending taxpayer dollars on airline tickets, family vacations and other personal expenses. She resigned, and pleaded guilty to federal charges after we uncovered her scheme to pay a man who didn’t do any work but billed more than $80,000 and then funneled much of it back to Boyer’s personal bank account.
“To the people of DeKalb, I’m just deeply, deeply sorry,” Boyer told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer.
Last June, we exposed Commissioner Stan Watson’s use of taxpayer money to pay for his personal cellphone, even though he also had a county-issued phone. He agreed to pay back about $5,000. Watson said at the time he believed it was permissible, but agreed to stop because Channel 2 was asking about it.
He has not repaid roughly $1,800 in taxpayer money spent to operate his campaign website, exposed after an investigation in September.
Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton and her aide failed to provide receipts for more than $45,000 spent with county debit cards. Sutton said she didn’t know she was required to keep receipts. She said she didn’t know she used taxpayer dollars to pay a $130 speeding ticket she got while driving a rental car at an out-of-town conference. She also paid more than $30,000 to her boyfriend, as a consultant.
“Every dime I’ve spent has been spent for the public interest,” Barnes Sutton said.
Just last month we exposed questions about a phony ethics opinion that allowed DeKalb Development Authority Chairman Vaughn Irons to win a million-dollar contract for his personal development company, APD Solutions.
Watson voted on that contract, even though he was on Irons’ payroll at the time.
“I apologize to the citizens if I did that, I didn’t know I did that,” Watson told Fleischer.
In mid-February, former DeKalb zoning official Jerry Clark pleaded guilty to taking a bribe from a nightclub owner who wanted a special land use permit. That vote was the subject of a Channel 2 Action News investigation in 2012.
Former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is facing a 14-count indictment accusing him of shaking down vendors for campaign contributions and manipulating contracts, among other things. His first trial ended in a hung jury; the retrial is scheduled for later this year.
During the original Ellis trial, state’s witness and unindicted co-conspirator Kelvin Walton, the former DeKalb purchasing director, admitted vendors gave him cash to help a secretary out of financial trouble. That secretary also sat on numerous selection committees to award contracts.
Ex-DeKalb Co. official Boyer sentenced to prison for embezzling county money
Mar 23, 2015, 5:30am EDT
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Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer is sentenced to serve one year and two months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation for embezzling county money and misusing her government credit card. Boyer must also pay restitution of $87,350.
On Sept. 3, 2014, Boyer, 58, of Stone Mountain, Ga., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. On Feb, 20, 2015, Boyer’s husband, John Boyer, 62, of Stone Mountain, Ga., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit mail fraud. John Boyer is scheduled to be sentenced on May 6.
“Elaine Boyer helped herself to over $75,000 in taxpayer funds which were intended to benefit and improve DeKalb County,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John A. Horn following Boyer’s sentencing on Friday. “Instead, she used the money for things like her personal travel and for purchases at high-end department stores. The citizens of DeKalb County deserve to be represented by honest elected officials who put the interests of the public first.”
Ex-DeKalb Co. Commissioner Boyer’s husband pleads guilty to fraud
Ex-DeKalb Commissioner Boyer pleads guilty (VIDEO)
According to Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court:
In 1992, Elaine Boyer began serving as the Commissioner of District 1, which served citizens in north DeKalb County, including in Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Tucker, and Smoke Rise, Georgia. Among other responsibilities, Ms. Boyer sat on the BOC’s Finance, Budget, and Audit Committee and was the Chairwoman of the Employee Relations and Community Services Committee. Although Boyer’s term of office did not expire until 2016, she resigned on Aug. 25, 2014, the day before she was charged in this case.
In September 2009, as the Commissioner of District 1, Ms. Boyer retained an individual (“Advisor”) supposedly to assist her with government consulting and advisory duties on issues that affected her constituents. From September 2009 to November 2011, false invoices were submitted to Ms. Boyer’s office for consulting services purportedly rendered by the Advisor.
In fact, the Advisor performed no services for Ms. Boyer, District 1 constituents, or DeKalb County. Ms. Boyer used the false invoices as a basis to authorize payments to the Advisor. Based on requisition requests from Ms. Boyer, DeKalb County issued approximately 35 checks to the Advisor for consulting services that were never performed. In total, DeKalb County paid the Advisor approximately $80,000, believing that legitimate services had been performed for the county.
After being paid by DeKalb County, the Advisor funneled approximately 75 percent of the money received from DeKalb County into Ms. Boyer’s personal bank account. Between September 2009 and November 2011, the Advisor deposited approximately $60,000 in DeKalb County funds into Ms. Boyer’s personal bank account (while retaining the remainder of the money). In turn, Ms. Boyer used the money deposited into her account to pay personal expenses, including purchases at hotels and high-end department stores.
Additionally, in her capacity as a Commissioner, DeKalb County issued Ms. Boyer a Visa Purchasing Card (“P-Card”) to make county-related purchases. On Jan. 14, 2010, she signed a Cardholder Users’ Agreement stating she would not use the P-Card to make personal purchases.
From October 2010 to February 2014, Ms. Boyer made more than 50 personal purchases on her P-Card, including purchasing airline tickets and hotel rooms for herself and her family for personal travel. In total, she made over $15,000 worth of purchases on her P-Card for personal goods and services.
Fugitive Arrested in Decatur
The man is now facing a litany of drug and other charges; traffic and college classes were temporarily interrupted due to the arrest.
By Justin Ove (Patch Staff)
March 20, 2015 at 3:01am
DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies were able to track down and arrest a fugitive who was wanted on over a dozen criminal charges in a joint operation on Thursday afternoon.
Randall Washington was taken into custody without incident in the vicinity of Memorial Drive at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office statement said. Sheriff’s deputies were joined in the operation by DeKalb police, U.S. Marshals, and Georgia Perimeter College police.
According to the sheriff’s office, Washington was wanted on a failure to appear warrant for charges of possession of cocaine to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and obstruction of an officer; felony aggravated assault and felony criminal damage/first degree; along with two counts of family violence battery, criminal trespass damage, and simple battery harm.
In order to minimize the danger to the public, traffic within a several block vicinity of Memorial Drive was intentionally slowed, the sheriff’s office said. Georgia Perimeter College also instituted a temporary lockdown while the operation was ongoing.
Former DeKalb zoning official pleads guilty to bribery charge
Ken Watts | 2/27/2015, 1:36 p.m.
Jeremy Clark, a former member of the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals, pleaded guilty on Feb. 19 to a …
Jeremy Clark, a former member of the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals, pleaded guilty on Feb. 19 to a federal charge of accepting a $3,500 bribe. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Jeremy Clark, a former member of the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals, pleaded guilty on Feb. 19 to a federal charge of accepting a $3,500 bribe in exchange for his zoning vote in favor of letting a nightclub operate later hours.
A U.S. grand jury in Atlanta indicted Clark on Feb. 10 on one count of “converting to personal use property of another,” U.S. District Court records show.
Clark, who served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for four years, entered his guilty plea at a hearing in U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May’s court in downtown Atlanta. He will be sentenced on April 30.
Clark is facing up to 20 years in prison.
His attorney, Gary Spencer, said he’s hoping for a sentence significantly less than that because of Clark’s cooperation with prosecutors.
Clark, who left the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2013, admitted meeting with the owner of a Tucker nightclub before a zoning vote in November 2012.
Federal prosecutors have not named the club owner.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Davis said at the hearing that the club was trying to provide late-night dancing without obtaining a special permit.
In November 2008, the Board of Commissioners passed a zoning ordinance that regulated the placement and operation of late-night establishments and nightclubs.
As a general matter, the ordinance mandated that new businesses must obtain a Special Land Use Permit if they wanted to operate either as a late-night establishment or as a nightclub.
Davis said that Clark and the club owner had an agreement that Clark “would be rewarded” if the Zoning Board of Appeals granted permission for the later hours.
The board approved the club’s request and Clark was paid $2,000 in cash and received a $1,500 donation to a charity with which he was involved.
Clark must repay the $3,500 as a federal fine, according to the terms of his plea agreement.
Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said it took only $3,500 to subvert the purpose of the DeKalb zoning ordinance that was to regulate the operation of late-night nightclubs.
“This case demonstrates how a corrupt public official can sell out the legitimate interests of the communities and citizens he serves, solely for his own profit,” Horn said. “DeKalb County citizens deserved better.”
DeKalb interim CEO Lee May appointed Clark in 2009 while he was District 5 commissioner.
In a Feb. 13 statement, May said he was deeply disturbed and saddened about the allegations and that Clark no longer has any association whatsoever with DeKalb County.
“Situations such as this are what compelled me to give the DeKalb Board of Ethics the resources and tools to serve the residents of DeKalb County, and why I signed an executive order in June 2014 to define ethics rules for county employees,” he said.
One would wonder what the hold up in sentencing is. Like this woman didn’t know what she was doing was illegal?
Elaine Boyer’s sentencing rescheduled again
12:03 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 | Filed in: Local News
Elaine Boyer’s sentencing has been rescheduled again, this time to March 20, according to Bob Page, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta.
The former DeKalb County commissioner faces about one to two years in federal prison for admittedly funneling more than $78,000 to an evangelist posing as a legislative consultant, with him kicking about $58,000 of it back to her. She also admitted running up more than $15,000 in personal purchases on her county Visa card.
Her sentencing was first set for December, then later for earlier this month. The delay could stem from the time federal prosecutors need to establish if Boyer has provided “substantial assistance” in exchange for their recommendation of a lighter sentence, a condition of her plea agreement.
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4:25 p.m. — An Austell company stopped getting calls to service county-owned generators soon after telling suspended DeKalb Chief Operating Officer Burrell Ellis the business would not contribute to his 2012 re-election campaign, a witness testified Tuesday.
Eneida Robles, who at the time worked for Power and Energy Services, had taken three calls in 2012 from Ellis trying to reach one of the business’ owners to ask for money for his re-election race.
Robles said she told him each time “we could not contribute to his campaign” and he became angry. She testified that Ellis said he would contact the county’s purchasing office the company did not want to service DeKalb.
Soon the calls to service DeKalb County generators stopped, Robles testified.
“They told us we couldn’t service DeKalb County until further notice,” Robles said. “I knew our service people were not going out to any annuals (yearly inspections).” Court is in recess until Wednesday morning.
3:50 p.m. — A former employee of an Austell company described in court the tense conversation she had with suspended DeKalb County Chief Operating Officer Burrell Ellis when she told him the business would not contribute to his 2012 re-election campaign.
The contract Power and Energy Services had with DeKalb County to service generators was relatively new and she feared she would lose her job at the small business after Ellis threatened to withhold business.
Eneida Robles testified that she took three calls from Ellis, asking to speak with one of the company owners. Each time she told Ellis co-owner Brandon Cummings was out of the office on a service call, as were her instructions. She had been told calls from Ellis should be treated as a solicitation.
When the third call from Ellis came a few days after the first two, Robles said she checked with her boss before giving Ellis a response to his request to speak to Cummings about a campaign contribution.
“When I got back on the phone, I told him that at this time we were not interested in his services, in providing campaign funds, that we could not contribute to his campaign,” she testified. “He was pretty angry with the fact that he couldn’t get Brandon on the phone. He told me ‘if you don’t want to service DeKalb County then I will contact the purchasing manager over there.’ When I said again we could not contribute, he got more angry. The tone was not a good tone.”
Minutes later, a call came from the head of DeKalb’s purchasing office, Kelvin Walton, she testified.
“I was pretty much worried about my job because I thought I had cost them the contract,” Robles testified.
2:38 p.m. — The first three witnesses called in the trial of suspended DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis offered jurors a quick tutorial on government operations and campaign finance reporting but their testimony didn’t get t o the heart of the corruption case.
A member of the special purpose grand jury that discovered the alleged corruption testified that the 23 members of the panel were assembled first to look at the Department of Watershed Management but their charge was they could examine other county agencies.
Jimmy Davis,the first witness in the trial that could last six weeks, mostly read from the court order that created the 23-person special grand jury, which completed its work in January 2013, and he responded to questions such as how often the grand jury met.
Davis was quickly followed by the head of DeKalb’s elections and voter registration office and then an investigator with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, also known at the State Ethics Commission, both to take about the mechanics and requirements of campaign reporting.
None of the three — Davis, Maxine Daniels with the county Office of Voter Registration and Elections and Ethics Commissioner investigator Bethany Whetzel — were asked about the charges of extortion, criminal attempt to commit extortion, bribery and perjury, against Ellis.
Daniels testified the outcome of elections in 2008 and 2012 when Ellis won the vote for DeKalb CEO.
Whetzel explained information contained on Ellis’ campaign disclosure reports.
12:07 p.m. — There will be no evidence any vendor lost a contract because they didn’t contribute to the 2012 re-election campaign of suspended DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, one of his defense attorneys said in opening statements in just-started corruption trial.
Defense attorney Dwight Thomas said Ellis didn’t have the authority to revoke contracts of more than $50,000 and once jurors hear secretly recorded conversations in their entirely — rather than just the snippet prosecutors played in their opening statement — they will understand that Ellis was not threatening anyone.
He was angry, however, that some vendors did not return his phone calls, Thomas said.
“He (Ellis) will say they don’t have to give (to his campaign) but they can’t be not returning phone calls.,” Thomas said. “They have to show respect for the office.”
11:35 a.m. — One of the attorneys defending suspended CEO Burrell Ellis told jurors they will see he did nothing to personally enrich his bank account or that he took kickbacks from vendors with DeKalb County contracts.
Defense attorney Dwight Thomas said the vendor records prosecutors say Ellis broke the law to get were available to any citizen, just for the asking.
“There will not be one single piece of evidence that Burrell Ellis asked for a bribe or solicited a bribe,” Thomas said. “There will be no evidence Burrell Ellis willfully lied to a special purpose grand jury….There is no evidence Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis took, stole or skimmed any political funds from any campaign.”
Thomas said Ellis at all times “acted within the power and the scope and the responsibilities” of the CEO’s office.
But assistant district attorney Lawanda Hodges, before wrapping up her 38-minute opening statement, played a brief clip from a recording of Ellis telling the county employee over contracts to cut off a vendor who refused to contribute to Ellis’ 2012 re-election campaign, or to “dry him up.”
Hodges said Ellis is guilty of theft by extortion, criminal attempt to commit extortion, bribery and perjury.
10:59 a.m. — A DeKalb County prosecutor told jurors power, punishment and perjury were at the core of the case against former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.
Assistant District Attorney Lawanda Hodges said Ellis used his power over an appointed agency head to get a list of vendors and phone numbers to use for soliciting campaign contributions.
He also tried to use that power over vendors to raise money for his 2012 re-election effort and then he threatened to pull lucrative work from companies that didn’t pay up.
Ellis was relentless, even after vendors said “no” and even after vendors said they were no longer interested in doing business with DeKalb, Hodges said.
And when asked before a special purpose grand jury about those threats, he lied, Hodges said.
10:09 a.m. — Even before the jury was brought in for opening statements Tuesday the defense team for suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis suffered two losses.
DeKalb Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson rejected defense attorney Craig Gillen’s efforts to show prosecutors may have tampered with a witness. Through his questions Gillen focused on assistant district attorney Lawanda Hodges’ email to subpoenaed witness Nina Hall in which the prosecutor included questions and proposed answers that Hodges said came from numerous prep sessions with Hall, a one-time Ellis aide.
Then the judge said prosecutors could use some recordings of Ellis talking about contracts in their opening statement.
9:37 a.m. – Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, with his wife sitting behind him and surrounded by his attorneys, is getting his day in court.
Fifteen months after he was first indicted, opening statements in his corruption trial are to begin Tuesday with 12 black women, two black men and two white women — 12 jurors and four alternates — seated to decide if Ellis committed extortion and bribery to advance his political career.
Opening statements, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., were delayed, however, because all the jurors had not arrived at court. In the meanwhile, the judge heard from attorneys any outstanding motions.
The first issue was whether to quash a subpoena for Nina Hall, a former top aide to Ellis. Hall is expected to decline to answer questions out of concern for self-incrimination unless she is granted immunity.
Prosecutors, led by DeKalb District Attorney Robert James, say the man who once ran DeKalb government and oversaw its $1.2 billion annual budget also strong-armed county vendors into giving him campaign cash.They say they will show Ellis illegally mixed county business with his 2012 re-election campaign by threatening county contractors unless they donated.
“The evidence will not show that Ellis is simply a ‘heavy-handed campaigner,’ but will show that he is an extortionist,” wrote Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Leonora Grant in one of the hundreds documents unsealed on Tuesday.
Ellis’ defenders are expected to counter that while Ellis was aggressive in raising campaign funds — $1.5 million — he never linked support for his re-election with winning lucrative county business.
But previously sealed pre-trial rulings will limit Ellis top-tier defense team.
Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson ruled previously that Ellis can’t claim he was set up and his attorneys can’t ask witnesses if they thought an alleged victim of Ellis’ was racist. Johnson also decided that jurors can hear about vendors not included in the indictment who Ellis hit up for campaign contributions.
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By Alexis Stevens – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A former janitorial services manager for DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center has been indicted and arraigned on charges of mail fraud and bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.
Patrick Jackson, 55, of Loganville, is accused of accepting bribes while he was employed by both agencies from 2006 until 2012, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.
“Jackson is charged with abusing his official positions with DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center,” Yates said in an emailed statement. “According to the indictment, over a six-year period he accepted bribes in exchange for his helping a company attain and maintain exclusive government contracts.”
While employed by both DeKalb County and the GWCC, Jackson lived in a luxury apartment in Atlanta that was being paid for and furnished by an unnamed company, Yates’ office said. In exchange, Jackson agreed to use his position as a public official to benefit that company’s interests in its business dealings with DeKalb and GWCC, but he did not disclose to either employer that he was being provided with an apartment, according to investigators.
Jackson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 9 and later was arraigned, Yates’ office said. A trial date has not yet been set.
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