Illegal Tire Dumping

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The serious issue of illegal tire dumping is continuing to get worse. These pictures are in the wooded area on the north side of Campbellton Road between Sandringham and Wells Drive. Please join me in calling 311. A high volume of calls will get faster action…”the squeaky wheel gets the oil”.

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We need to call, email, and meet with our legislators to let them know they need to pass tougher legislation with severe penalties for this atrocious crime that affects the health and well-being of our residents.

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This is a City, County, and state problem. Please contact all of our elected officials this week AND again in January (State Legislator are pre-filing legislation for the Session that starts in Jan.). We need our elected officials to work collectively to expeditiously solve this problem.

If it is true that tires have unique serial numbers, as mentioned at one NPU meeting, then it should not be difficult to determine what business dumped these tires. In the meantime, perhaps the city can put a locked gate at the entrance (at the orange barriers) to prevent further dumping.

Getting a handle on this problem means resident do not have to worry about mosquitos and the west mile virus next summer.

Thanks in advance for making sure those we elected know about and fix this problem NOW!!

Happy Birthday Wishes

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Thanks to all my friends who sent me Happy Birthday wishes today. 

Yep!  I am 40 again!

I spent most the day at City Hall at the Transportation Committee Meeting (it was much longer than usual) doing what I love:  advocating on behalf of residents for equity in local public projects.

After that, I reminded people in my path to early vote or vote on Tuesday, December 4 in the Georgia runoff elections.  The two items on the ballot, Secretary of State and Public Service Commission are very important offices.

For dinner, I ate at one of my favorite vegan restaurants (healthy meals and healthy living can translate into more birthdays!).

I also thanked The Lord for another awesome day and birthday.

 

MLK Medians, A Safety Hazard??

If you drive down MLKing Jr. Drive, you will see medians, that most of the community did not want, are being installed and lanes are being reduced from 4 to 2 with bike lanes.  Emergency vehicles, especially fire trucks may not be able to go around a MARTA bus, garbage truck, GA Power truck (working on power lines), etc. as MLKJr Drive between I-20 and Northside Drive.  This could be a huge public safety disaster. Yet, everyone is passing the buck.
Here are the facts:
MLKing Jr. Drive, a major thoroughfare and state highway, will now have medians that are “cute” yet dysfunctional.  They may actually impede the ability of emergency vehicles (especially fire trucks and ambulances) to navigate and will grossly impede traffic for delivery trucks (including UPS & FedEx), tractor trailers, utility service trucks (including GA Power, as power outages are on the rise), stalled vehicles, accident vehicles, police traffic stops, etc.
After I spoke to ReNew/TSPLOST spokesperson, Joshua Williams (newly appointed ATL Deputy COO) and Public Works Commissioner James Jackson, neither are not sure of the lane measurements.  Neither could assure me or the fire department if the lanes are wide enough….Are you kidding me?
Besides, there was a huge community meeting held at the Adamsville Rec Center to discuss this massive ReNew/TSPLOST expenditure about 2-3 years ago.  It was hosted by “then” City Councilman C.T. Martin.  It was jam packed with residents against the MLKJr Drive medians and reduction of lanes.  Other elected officials attended.  Outcome was: Since residents did not want the MLK medians, between I-20 (at Westview Cemetery) and Fulton Industrial Blvd, Martin said he would keep all four lanes.  Residents asked for sidewalks, street resurfacing, grass cutting & cleaning of highway entrance and exit ramps, etc.
Now it is truly evident this median project has major flaws and is WASTING OUR TAX DOLLARS:
1)  Median UNDER the I-20 overpass at MLK & Bolton Road.  Why is it there??
2) Median in front of Fire Station #5 had to be cut back after being installed because the fire engine could not clear it to turn left out of the station (fire department warned before it was done).
3) Median at shopping center at Lynhurst no longer allows left turn from MLK to this popular shopping center
4) NPU-H and others were against medians for reasons including City not having funds to keep the grass cut in the medians. They were right!  Often the grass gets knee high before the City cuts it.
BEFORE more money is wasted, this project needs a public safety check.  Both ReNew and Public Works say, “It should have been done.”  However, they are not sure if it was done.
Upon speaking in public comments at the City of Atlanta Public Safety meeting on Nov. 13 and the Transportation meeting on Nov. 14, I was told to contact Public Works & ReNew (PW&R). Unfortunately, it is clear that PW&R DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON!  ReNew is blaming their woes on increased construction costs. They:
1) are over budget
2) have pushed project dates on most south and southwest side projects forward by 2-4 years or they have no date at all.
In the meantime Campbellton Road between Dobson Drive and Bent Creek cannot get half a mile of sidewalks so the local kids can walk to the Adams Park Library and Young YMCA without walking in the treacherous street.
Also, Council President Moore, at the Nov. 14 Transportation Committee Meeting asked for a full accounting by District of all ReNew/TSPLOST funds spent, cost of projects currently underway, cost of projects pending on the list.
What are your thoughts??

Vote!…Say Something!

From Fulton County Commissioner Emma Darnell. Thanks for this comprehensive early voting list. For early voting sites in other Georgia counties, visit:  www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

 
 
Alpharetta Branch Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, 30009
Johns Creek Environmental Campus
8100 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, 30022
Fulton County Government Center
C.T. Martin Natatorium/Recreation Center
3201 M.L. King Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, 30311
Southeast Atlanta Library, 1463 Pryor Rd., SW, Atlanta, 30315
Northwest Branch at Scotts Crossing Library
Chastain Park Recreation Center
South Fulton Service Center
Welcome All Recreation Center
Ponce De Leon Library
Dr. Robert E. Fulton Library at Ocee 
East Roswell Branch Library
North Fulton Service Center
EARLY VOTING OUTREACH LOCATIONS
2 specific days only at each facility:
Weekdays and Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Senior and Neighborhood Centers

Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26

H. J. C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility
Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21
Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility
Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility
515 John Wesley Dobbs, Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30312
Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21
Quality Living Services Senior Center
Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26
Park Place at Newtown School
Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21
Roswell Neighborhood Senior Center
New Horizons Neighborhood Senior Center
Tuesday, Oct., 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 17
Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
State University Campuses
 Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19
Georgia Institute of Technology
Ferst Center
Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 24
Georgia State University
Veterans Memorial Hall in Dahlberg Hall
Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26
Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Edwin A. Thompson, Sr. Student Activity Center
Building 800, Conference Room A
 

Contact Commissioner Emma I. Darnell
DISTRICT OFFICE
South Fulton Service Center


DISTRICT OFFICE

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
(By Appointment)
677 Fairburn Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30331

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Ebenezer Baptist Has Serious GOTV Events

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To inspire all to vote, especially the youth, Clark Atlanta’s marching band performed on “College Sunday”, Oct. 14 at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

As Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the church of Martin Luther King, Sr. and Martin Luther King. Jr., it is expected that they stay entrenched in the foundational issues that  are key to achieving social justice.

Here are ways to get involved in the 2018 Election:
Don’t just sit there. Stand Up, get involved, get valuable info to share with your circle of friends and family.  IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  

Come be a part of our ELECTION SEASON EVENTS.

The Midterm election is upon us and it is very critical that everybody gets out and vote. At Ebenezer. The Social Justice Ministry and the New Georgia Project are encouraging everyone to early vote or by absentee ballot.

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The Clark-Atlanta choir filled with angelic voices, sang beautifully on College Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Please click on your county link to see your early voting location. EACH ONE REACH MORE.

Fulton County: http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/registration-elections-cd/7448-early-voting

DeKalb County: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/voter-registration-elections/current-election-information

Cobb County: https://www.cobbelections.org/AdvanceVoting.php
Once you have voted early, we need you to volunteer to help us encourage more people to vote. The Social Justice Ministry has a series of events leading up to elections day and we need your help. Here are two opportunities for you to help us in this effort.

For other counties, go to your county elections website or visit: http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

  1. Event: EBC Cares: Walk the Ward Canvassing

Goal is to knock on everybody’s door that resides in Old 4th Ward to encourage them to vote.

Date: Saturday, October 27th
Time: 11:00am-6:00pm
Location: Cyber Cafe in MLK Sr. Resource Center

  1. Event: Get out to Vote Rally

Date: Monday, November 5th
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Location: The Heritage Sanctuary

Our voice begins at the ballet box but it does not stop there. We must continue the fight to create we want to see in the world. Here are the opportunities to continue justice seeking.

  1. Event: The Connect: Chat, Chow & Chill (College Students Only)

Date: Various Dates
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Banquet Hall, MLK Sr. Resource Center
Contact Minister Darin Waite at darienw@ebenezeratl.org for more information.

  1. Event: Young Adult Ministry Bible Study: The Social Gospel

Special Guest: Rev Bill Honor
Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Cyber Cafe
Contact Minister Bronson Woods at bronsonw@ebenezeratl.org