Wednesday, August 27, 2014

McDonald's to Dunwoody Village?

Currently there are four McDonald's fast-food restaurants in Dunwoody: 

1.  Ashford Dunwoody by the mall (a fancy design and very busy location)
2.  Mt. Vernon/TillyMill/Dunwoody Club intersection  (gets a daily beat-down by Chick fil a)
3.  Wal-Mart (inside)
4.  Cotillion Drive in Georgetown area (busy, off of 285 exit ramp)

Is a 5th on the way?

As most of you know, Hickory House is closed and now for sale. The property will be sold to the highest bidder, via a closed envelope bid process.  May the deepest pockets win.  Old Hickory House had a drive-in window at some point in time, so the lot is most likely approved for a drive-thru.  

If it becomes official that a McDonald's buys the lot, it will take under one minute for the following demands to be made by people who don't own the McDonald's and won't eat at the McDonald's:

1. no drive thru
2. two bike racks
3. back-lit signs only
4. no golden arches
5. no drive thru 
6. close at 10 PM
7. donate to my school's team/club
8. no drive thru
9. senior discounts
10. can I have a car wash here since BK closed?

With an estimated sale price of above $700,000, don't look for a small mom and pop diner or fruity cafe to replace Old Hickory House.  This is prime real estate on Dunwoody's Main Street.  If you buy that lot and and pay big bucks for it, you'll need high volume and traffic to recoup your investment.  And nothing says volume like a Big Mac.  

A McDonald's here could do well.  First, it will offer free WiFi for those too cheap or too poor to buy their own WiFi. I've seen people camp out at Starbucks for hours at a time, using the place as their personal office - all for the cost of a small short Fizzio soda.  Imagine the backpack guy sitting alone in a booth (a booth designed for four people, but hey, a guy needs some office space) for a few hours, nursing a coffee.  And a McDonald's is great for the old guy crowd.  The BP gas station posse may even sneak over once a week.  Old people seem to enjoy McDonald's.  

The tween crowd is not that much into McDonald's.  They like to hang out at Panera, Starbuck's, and Village Burger.  I doubt the cool factor includes Mickey D's.  How about the 10 and under crowd?  Will Dunwoody moms (you can order a Dunwoody Mom T-shirt via take their kids?  Maybe.

Note: Don't confuse the NEW "Dunwoody Mom" shirts for sale with this original from a few years ago:
This shirt is NOT the shirts for sale

As we learned when Walgreen's briefly considered going 24 hours in da Vil, there is no rule saying you can't be open 24 hours a day.  How do you feel about a 24/7 McDonald's?  How about a colonial Williamsburg designed McDonald's.
If McDonald's does buy this property the DunwoodyStaff will need to add some words to our DT dictionary.  We already have ideas to work in terms such as McFarmHouzer, McWoody, and McDonaldson-Chesnut-Spruill Farm-fresh egg McMuffin.

The price range for a McDonald's property ranges from $500,000 to $2.5 million and has a 4,000 square foot building on a 1.1 acre lot.  The Hickory House lot is only .8 acres.  The minimum lot size for a McDonald's is .75 acres so the space is okay for a smaller footprint McDonald's.

A McDonald's would most likely be the death of the neighboring Burger King.  How that Burger King stays open is a mystery.  They have a decent 'ladder on the truck/van' crowd for lunch, but not much else.  On a side note, are there no Burger Kings in Sandy Springs?  Why do clubs and teams from North Springs High School use the Dunwoody Burger King for fundraisers?  I know they have dirty cars over by North Springs, I see them often. 

Will the BP Posse relocate to a McDonald's?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Property Rights Mean Nothing in Dunwoody?

By a 6-1 vote Dunwoody's city council voted to deny a landowner from sub-dividing his property. Where are our local Tea Party an Liberty Party folks?  The Red Shirt Posse won a spot on council last election - did they see their man waffle and crumble and vote against property rights?  Come on Councilman R., where's that Tea Party stance?  Norb and the gang must be disappointed.  I know everyone on council and they all are great people, but they got this one wrong.

Last night the city council voted to stop a property owner from sub-dividing a lot.  The lot owner in Dunwoody Club Forest has a large lot, over 38,000 square feet.  The plan is to create two lots, each approximately 19,000 square feet.  These newly created lots would not be the smallest lots in Dunwoody Club Forest.  You can go the Dunwoody's GIS web site and use the measuring tool and find quite a few lots in the .4 acre range.  And you'll find lots a lot bigger as well.  The average lot in DCF is reportedly to be 24,000 sq feet (approx), so the new lots are smaller than average, but not the smallest.

The houses that will be were to be might be built would have a higher value than many homes in DCF, perhaps worth more than most.  But DCF homeowners are not focused on home value; they are focused on maintaining the character of the neighborhood.  Most seem to oppose the in-fill and a large new home on a smaller lot.

What happens when lots are subdivided?  Do newer, more expensive homes in the neighborhood equal higher values for existing homes? Not necessarily.  If you own a well-maintained home with some upgrades and renovations, your home value would not be harmed by new homes nearby.  For those whose homes have not been maintained or updated or renovated, then your home most likely declines in value if lot sub-dividing occurs often.   Your home value drops and only your lot has value.  Prospective buyers view your lot as a blank slate and the tearing the home down is another expense on the way to building something new.  Sad in a way, but is it the Government's role to control supply and demand for residential lots in Dunwoody Club Forest? Is it city council's job to protect you (your home value) from newer homes on lots that still meet the zoning requirements?  If you believe it is the city's role to protect your home value, then you should be opposed to every new home application in Dunwoody.  You should have stuck around last night and opposed the rezoning for the 55 condos.  You should have shown up and opposed the new fancy homes going to be built across from the Vermack pool (home to the world-champion Vermack Viking swim team).

The DCF case and council decision is about mob rule.  The mob opposes the subdivide and the elected officials (6 of 7) agreed with the mob.  There was no rezoning decision last night.  The new lots met the city's definition for DCF's zoning class. No rules were broken (the order in which the paperwork was submitted was a technical issue that could have been corrected quite easily) and no one suffered any harm.  No water run-off issues occurred and no setbacks were violated.  

The case came down to securing votes for future elections and a few words in a city document that says, "in a manner compatible with existing development'.  Now that's a loose set of words for sure.  Is building a $700,000 home in a neighborhood with homes valued from $400,000 to over $1 million compatible?  Is building a home on a 19,000 square foot lot compatible with some neighboring homes built on 18,000 square foot lots?

Would I want the subdivide if I owned a home there?  Probably not, unless I too planned on selling my lot at some point in the future.  The victory is one for the homeowners in Dunwoody Club Forest.  The defeat belongs to the property owner, property owners throughout Dunwoody, and the taxpayers. This case is probably headed to court, and the city will pay to defend its position that property rights are inferior to its own personal opinions on what is compatible. Taxpayers will pay the price either way this shakes out.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Nancy Jester for DeKalb Commissioner

We know, it's a bit early to start talking about candidates, but we here at DunwoodyTalk would love to see Nancy Jester as our next DeKalb District 1 commissioner.  She did a great job exposing financial issues within DeKalb's school system, and it seems that skill is needed at the county commission.

The existing county commissioners won't want her there, investigating spending and contracts, so look for people outside of District 1 to support candidates not willing to take a stand for the taxpayers.

We support Nancy Jester for DeKalb County Commissioner, District 1. Looks like the special election will be on the November ballot.

O.C.G.A. § 21-2-540

Copyright 2014 by The State of Georgia
All rights reserved.

*** Current Through the 2014 Regular Session ***


O.C.G.A. § 21-2-540  (2014)

§ 21-2-540.  Conduct of special elections generally 

   (a) Every special election shall be held and conducted in all respects in accordance with the provisions of this chapter relating to general elections; and the provisions of this chapter relating to general elections shall apply thereto insofar as practicable and as not inconsistent with any other provisions of this chapter. All special elections held at the time of a general election, as provided by Code Section 21-2-541, shall be conducted by the poll officers by the use of the same equipment and facilities, so far as practicable, as are used for such general election.

(b) At least 29 days shall intervene between the call of a special primary and the holding of same, and at least 29 days shall intervene between the call of a special election and the holding of same. The period during which candidates may qualify to run in a special primary or a special election shall remain open for a minimum of two and one-half days. Special elections which are to be held in conjunction with the presidential preference primary, a state-wide general primary, or state-wide general election shall be called at least 90 days prior to the date of such presidential preference primary, state-wide general primary, or state-wide general election; provided, however, that this requirement shall not apply to special elections held on the same date as such presidential preference primary, state-wide general primary, or state-wide general election but conducted completely separate and apart from such state-wide general primary or state-wide general election using different ballots or voting equipment, facilities, poll workers, and paperwork. Notwithstanding any provision of this subsection to the contrary, special elections which are to be held in conjunction with the state-wide general primary or state-wide general election in 2014 shall be called at least 60 days prior to the date of such state-wide general primary or state-wide general election.

(c) (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a special primary or special election to fill a vacancy in a county or municipal office shall be held only on one of the following dates which is at least 29 days after the date of the call for the special election:

      (A) In odd-numbered years, any such special election shall only be held on:

         (i) The third Tuesday in March;

         (ii) The third Tuesday in June;

         (iii) The third Tuesday in September; or

         (iv) The Tuesday after the first Monday in November; and

      (B) In even-numbered years, any such special election shall only be held on:

         (i) The third Tuesday in March; provided, however, that in the event that a special election is to be held under this provision in a year in which a presidential preference primary is to be held, then any such special election shall be held on the date of and in conjunction with the presidential preference primary;

         (ii) The date of the general primary; or

         (iii) The Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

   (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a special election to present a question to the voters shall be held only on one of the following dates which is at least 29 days after the date of the call for the special election:

      (A) In odd-numbered years, any such special election shall only be held on the third Tuesday in March or on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November; and

      (B) In even-numbered years, any such special election shall only be held on:

         (i) The date of and in conjunction with the presidential preference primary if one is held that year;

         (ii) The date of the general primary; or

         (iii) The Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

   (3) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to:

      (A) Special elections held pursuant to Chapter 4 of this title, the "Recall Act of 1989," to recall a public officer or to fill a vacancy in a public office caused by a recall election; and

      (B) Special primaries or special elections to fill vacancies in federal or state public offices.

(d) Except as otherwise provided by this chapter, the superintendent of each county or municipality shall publish the call of the special election.

(e) Candidates in special elections for partisan offices shall be listed alphabetically on the ballot and may choose to designate on the ballot their party affiliation. The party affiliation selected by a candidate shall not be changed following the close of qualifying.

HISTORY: Code 1933, §§ 34-806, 34-1314, enacted by Ga. L. 1964, Ex. Sess., p. 26, § 1; Ga. L. 1969, p. 308, § 35; Ga. L. 1969, p. 329, § 8A; Ga. L. 1984, p. 1, § 14; Ga. L. 1984, p. 638, § 3; Ga. L. 1986, p. 382, § 6; Ga. L. 1986, p. 1538, § 3; Ga. L. 1991, p. 316, § 1; Ga. L. 1994, p. 1406, § 27; Ga. L. 1996, p. 145, § 21; Ga. L. 1997, p. 590, § 42; Ga. L. 1998, p. 295, § 1; Ga. L. 2001, p. 240, §§ 43, 44; Ga. L. 2005, p. 253, § 64/HB 244; Ga. L. 2008, p. 131, § 1/HB 296; Ga. L. 2010, p. 914, § 25/HB 540; Ga. L. 2012, p. 995, §§ 41, 42/SB 92; Ga. L. 2014, p. 1, § 8/HB 310.

CV Classic 5K at Dunwoody's Peachtree Middle School October 18

Peachtree Charter Middle School 5th Annual CV Classic Saturday, October 18th, 8:00 am - 10:00 am This Year's Theme: COMMIT 2B Fit

Join us at the 5th Annual CV Classic here at Peachtree Charter Middle School (PCMS).  Both courses will start and end on the PCMS track.  5K begins at 8:00 am and 1 mile Run/Walk begins at 8:30 am.

As part of our theme "Commit 2B Fit", Northside Hospital is offering FREE screenings for persons over 18.

Registration forms are available at

Individual registration is $20 by September 5, $25 Sept 6-Oct 18; family sponsorships are available for $100 (includes two registrations). All proceeds will go to the PCMS Foundation to provide a school nurse for our students.

Race Number Pickup: Thursday Oct 16th from 4-6 PM, Friday Oct 17th 10am - 2pm in PCMS gym. Race numbers are also available day of event starting at 7am.

Parking available at Peachtree and neighboring Chesnut Elementary. 

CV Classic runners

Sponsor & Celebrity Ribbon Cutting CV Classic 2013

2013 winners with Coach G

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Old Hickory House For Sale

An alert DunwoodyTalk reader sent us a photo of a 'for sale' sign posted on the front door of the Old Hickory House. Rumor on the street says a bank is interested in the property and is already in negotiations.  

But expect a bidding war for the coveted spot.  A local cyclist is spearheading a group of investors to put in a Petals and Pedals franchise.  Petals and Pedals, with its corporate headquarters in Ashvile, NC (and its franchise arm based in Berkeley, CA) is a new concept sweeping suburbia.  The stores are half bike shop, half organic/locally farmed & grown green cafe. "We are seeing great franchise growth since UN Agenda 21 was signed into law by Executive Order by Obama," said Penelope Burkinstalk. "Our citizens of the World should know we offer only resting spots for bicycles and electric cars here. One can get her bike chain and bike seat lubed in the 'pedal' zone while enjoying a piece of toasted pine bark and butterfly mucus dip in the 'petal' zone.

"We're interested in a financial institution of some sort, either a traditional bank or an investment house arm location," said Katie Wescaught, a representative of the Dunwoody Chamber. "Dunwoody is proud to offer first-class banking options for metro Atlanta.

But Yvonne Sprinkle, a spokesperson for the CVB disagreed.  "The CVB anticipates a more traditional retail offering such as a pet store or a check cashing store. Everyone knows we have plenty of banks here."

Bill Robsman of the DHA disagreed with both the CVB and Chamber. "As long as it's Williamsburg traditional design in nature, we support the steam car wash moving to this location, or possibly a pawn shop, massage parlor, or methadone clinic. Dunwoody lacks all those amenities but they are all in demand."

Other rumors suggest the Georgia Music Hall of Fame may be eyeing the location as is the Dunwoody Dog Park Association.

Local breakfast seekers are having a tough go of it this week.  "I tried getting a seat over at the BP this morning, but those old guys wouldn't budge. They show up at like 6 AM and hang out until noon. What's up with that?" asked Bob Lunger.  Terri Knawl, a frequent Hick House visitor commented, "I'm a basic eggs and toast guy. Quinos bowls and Crepes? What the hell? I can't go there," as he pointed across the street.

Eric Monahan Spruill said he is at his last straw. "You really think I want to sit down every morning at home for breakfast and have my wife tell me about the kids' school work and hear about her Alta team? I'm headed to the Waffle House over there in Georgetown until,this gets sorted out."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Old Hickory House, The Manuel's Tavern of Dunwoody, Closed

The Old Hickory House, a favorite of many locals, has closed its doors.  Most folks visited HH for breakfast. The evening crowd was light.  Local social groups, Old Men posses, bloggers, Red Shirts, and politicians all shared the counter, booths, and tables at Hickory House.  At the HH, all Men were equal, all treated with great care and respect, regardless of your order.  Guys like Farmer Bob would get a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal, while DunwoodyTalk staffers would get Country Chicken with Gravy, a side of bacon, and  a Diet Coke in a to-go cup.

Old Hickory House
Lot size is .8 acres and building approx 4200 sq feet. Valued at $1.1 million, up from $870,000 last year

DunwoodyTalk staffers had many great meetings at the Old Hickory House.  It was here I met the legendary Nancy, on her first trip to Dunwoody during her local school board campaign.  Local political folks known only by first name dined here.  The likes of Fran, Dan, Tom, Danny, Terry, and Mike all broke bread toast at HH.

I think the Dunwoody Preservation Trust should buy one of the booths from HH and put it on display at the FarmHouse or FarmHouse 2 for future generations to see.  It can have a temporary display at Lemonade Days so our youth can learn to appreciate a part of Dunwoody's past.  Me, I want that sign advertising Smoked Turkeys For Sale that dangled from the back. I remember when HH sold bottles of Budweiser.  The manager at the time joked that the employees drank more beer than they sold, so they discontinued selling beer.  I thought that he was funny and honest when he told me that.

Old Hickory House joins a few other restaurants that have closed.  Firkin Gryphon, Allison's, Macaroni Grill, and China Garden II all gone.  But when one door closes, another opens.  Replacing Firkin Gryphon is the new Memphis Barbecue Company.  Wild Wing Cafe is replacing Macaroni Grill, and something is replacing China Garden II

Did a new BBQ joint opening a few miles away contribute to the closing of Old Hickory House?  I doubt it.  Hickory House was  responsible for its own demise.  The place was not known for 90+ health scores and a bright, clean facility.  Good breakfast food and decent service, but apparently not enough customers?  Or, do they plan to sell the hot-spot for a profit?  Dunwoody has changed the past two decades, and there are many more places to enjoy prepared food. (Note: Slope's BBQ in Sandy Springs is a great BBQ joint.  Check out Scout Mob for a $10 off coupon).  FirstWatch took some breakfast and lunch clients from HH.  HH did not change with Dunwoody.

I'll probably be asked to resign from the DHA (Dunwoody Homeowners Association) when I say that HH's location is perfect for a Waffle House, but it is a perfect spot for a Waffle House.  I know, it's not off a major interstate, but the traffic count on Dunwoody's Main Street (aka Chamblee Dunwoody Road) would support it.  The local teens love WH and the Dunwoody Tavern faithful can fill it late night.  With State Farm bringing hundreds of 24/7 reps to work in Perimeter, these folks will want a place to go at 5 AM for a bite to eat.  Would a Zaxby's make it at that location?  I am not alone when I say that I hope another bank does not take that spot, but it wouldn't surprise me.  A pizza place?  Doubtful. A burger place?  Nope.

Possible Options for the HH spot:

Pollo Tropical,  Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Grub, Newk's, A Chinese place? A bar?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Welcome Back to School Dunwoody

Parents across Dunwoody rejoice as the DeKalb schools open their doors for students.  We wish much success for all the kids and teachers.  Our district is not perfect, but we do have lots of great students, parents, teachers, and admin staff at our local schools.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Georgia, the Feds, the CDC, Emory, and Ebola

Ebola is spreading across west Africa and has now entered the State of Georgia.  Two confirmed cases of Ebola infection people are here in metro Atlanta, the patients housed a few miles from Dunwoody at Emory hospital.  But don't worry; the Government will keep you safe.  All is well.  Don't read blogs, Tea Party rants, or any other media criticizing the CDC.  Just live life, YOLO!

From the CDC web site:  The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has statutory responsibility for preventing the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases in the United States.

Don't worry about that introduction of Ebola to metro Atlanta. It's only two people, and they are Americans.  No way would our country's leaders allow sick people to flow into the United States of America.  No way.

So, who is in charge in regards to Ebola-infected people coming to Georgia?  Can, or will, the State of Georgia stop the CDC and the Feds from importing more Ebola victims?

The Georgia Department of Health (DPH) is the state agency in charge of preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective.  But don't believe that for a second.  Just as the Feds bribed subsidized sponsored funded our education department with Race to the Bottom Top grants and backdoored Common Core (Common Core is a set of standards, not curriculum.  Why our Dept of Ed doesn't modify the curriculum in GA is a mystery and ignored by our political types) they, via the CDC, fund Georgia's Department of Public Health with tens of millions of dollars.  You telling me a governor or health department official in Georgia will say 'no' to someone giving them tens of millions of dollars?  

Do know the State of Georgia has broad powers when it comes to quarantine and isolation.  It has the power to restrict people coming in to Georgia. But don't look for Georgia to interfere when the Federal Government is in charge.  Sure, our Republican leaders in Georgia will say 'hell no' to Common Core and the Feds to win an election, but when it comes to Ebola and bringing infected patients to Georgia, all is well.  What's the worst thing that can happen?

The CDC suggests Americans avoid travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, but Delta flights today from Conakry to Atlanta are all on time.  

The CDC admits that the incubation period, from exposure to when signs or symptoms appear, is as long as three weeks.   And what happens to these patients?  There is no cure for Ebola, is there?

What happens if the CDC wants to fly in to Atlanta 250 patients at a time, to treat for Ebola?  Will the State of Georgia stop it or simply ask for more money?

If offered a ride tomorrow in this ambulance are you accepting?*675/Emory-Arrival-080214.jpg

Head over to the official Micheal Savage site for his educated response:

The madness of Ebola is only matched by the madness of America.
Let’s start with common sense. If a member of your family has the viral illness known as the common cold, what do you normally do? Well, you try to avoid contact with that person. Certainly, you want to avoid them sneezing on you or the droplets from their cough spreading anywhere in the house.
 You both isolate and avoid an infected patient. Well, Ebola is a viral illness. Common sense would dictate you isolate and avoid contact with patients, because in this case the disease is often fatal.
And yet, the morons who are running America are bringing infected patients to America, allegedly to treat them, but we all know it is an untreatable disease. It can only be managed. The entire story of bringing these Ebola patients from West Africa to America stinks to high Heaven. There is much more involved.
But let us look at what Ebola is. Ebola is one of several viral hemorrhagic fevers. In the field of epidemiology, it is known as a non-vector-borne infectious disease. That means it is not transmitted by an insect or other vector. Other similar non-vector-borne infectious diseases you may have heard of would include:
  • Hantavirus, contracted from rodent droppings
  • Lassa fever
  • Marburg virus
Hemorrhagic diseases that are vector-borne, transmitted by mosquitoes, include dengue and yellow fever.
While each of these diseases is different, they are all hemorrhagic fevers, with some common symptoms including flushing of the face and chest; small red and purple spots; bleeding; swelling caused by edema; low-blood pressure; and shock. In some cases symptoms are more dramatic than in others.

Why are they bringing patients to Atlanta when they should be treated in Africa?
Well, I think you have to look at the money involved. But before we follow the money as to what’s involved in terms of the potential vaccine profits, let us look at the disease itself.

Ebola is one of various viral hemorrhagic fevers. There have been notable hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in history. In Cocoliztli, Mexico, in 1545, there was an outbreak that wiped out a great part of the population. There was the great yellow fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia in which nearly 10 percent of the population of 50,000 succumbed to the disease. In Congo in 1998 to 2000, there was an outbreak of Marburg virus disease. And, of course, there is now the ongoing West Africa Ebola outbreak with record numbers already dead and spreading rapidly.
So here are some questions. All these experts on television are telling us it’s perfectly safe and we need not worry. And the lamest answer comes when you ask them how the medical doctor who they brought to Atlanta contracted Ebola in Africa. Their answer is always the same: “Oh, an accidental needle prick.”
This is nonsense. It is possible they were experimenting on the poor African villagers and the disease got out of control. Now, they are bringing in highly infectious patients into this nation that is Ebola-free. In doing so, they are violating the primary rule of contagion: isolation. They are now using this: “We must fight our fears or remain compassionate.” This story is unraveling.

We all know that for the full-blown Ebola hemorrhagic virus, there is no drug on the planet that is going to cure it. But as of now, in the monkey model there are drugs that can arrest early stages of infection. Why have they brought an infected doctor and another patient from the area of contagion to Emory University in the U.S. when these individuals could treated just as well in Africa? Perhaps they are using these two patients as guinea pigs in a trial for a new vaccine from which billions are to be made if successful.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dunwoody National Night Out Tuesday August 5th at Target

Event move to Walmart. Thank you Walmart for hosting this event.

Incident: National Night Out
Date: 08/05/14
Location: Walmart, Dunwoody, GA.

The Dunwoody Police Department is partnering with Target for the 31st Annual National Night Out event on August 5th, 2014. “National Night Out is a unique crime and drug prevention program that is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch”. This will be the 6th year that the Dunwoody Police have participated in this program. National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to: (1) Heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This year, the event is in the parking lot at Walmart on Ashford Dunwoody Road between 6PM-8PM. The Dunwoody Police will also have special equipment on display including patrol car, Segway and SWAT vehicle. DeKalb County Fire along with over 15 local businesses and special interest groups will be on hand with booths. This will be a great opportunity for citizens to interact with members of the department and community.

2010 National Night Out Dunwoody Target

2010 Natl Night Out Dunwoody
2010 Police Car Dunwoody

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sandy Springs Puts The Brakes on Apartments, Temporarily

Last week the city council in Sandy Springs approves a 60-day moratorium on apartments in commercial zones.  See Press release HERE.

SANDY SPRINGS (July 24, 2014) — The Sandy Springs City Council approved a resolution during a special-called meeting on July 23, 2014, to place a 60-day moratorium on apartment permits in commercial zoning areas identified as C1 and C2. The moratorium was enacted to allow city staff time to review current ordinances to determine if changes are needed to ensure development in these areas align with the City’s 2027 Comprehensive Plan, the City Center Master Plan and the Livable Communities Update. The current ordinance allows for apartments to be built on top of and behind retail and office uses in Commercial Zoning Districts.
“The intent of the Comprehensive and City Center Master plans are to bring true mixed-use to this area along Roswell Road. That calls for pedestrian areas, active retail and housing within a walkable environment. We want to make sure our ordinances support these objectives,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.
Any proposed changes will come before the City Council and will include an opportunity for public input.

You can also read a piece on this topic at BizJournals HERE.

Sandy Springs is trying to do a better job of shaping development patterns on Roswell road. It still deals with the consequences of land-use policies years ago that today have left parts of Roswell Road cluttered with a glut of aging apartments.

Regulars here recall a piece we wrote earlier this month where 500 new apartments were approved for Abernathy /Mt Vernon/Peachtree Dunwoody. These 500 are just the latest in apartment growth in Sandy Springs.  Many more were recently built off Peachtree Dunwoody Road and other locations in the Perimeter area. 

The PCID leaders constantly are in the ear of the local mayors, telling them about the huge demand for apartments.  We've written a few pieces on the PCID and apartments. 

Here is one that is relevant, back from July 2011. 

A couple of weeks ago I posted information regarding the MARTA Villages planned for Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.  At the Dunwoody Council meeting two weeks ago, where the PCID plan was briefly discussed, at least one council member mentioned he did not like Jobs to Apartment mix suggested by the PCID.  He attempted to negotiate a better (I suppose better is the word) ratio.  The suggestion was lower than the current 9.25 but higher than the proposed 6.3 in 15 years.
I have an idea for council - how about insisting the PCID KEEP it at the 9.25?
The PCID has taken a different approach.  They've decided to take the Jobs/Apartment ratio out of their LCI update.  Brilliant. 
From July 2011:
By taking out the jobs/apartments ratio, the PCID has achieved its ultimate goal - to plan for more and more and more multifamily apartments for Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.  High density is the name of the game.  So one or two on council suggest a ratio closer to 9.25  than 5.06 so they have some campaign fodder? We have candidates announced for council and mayor, and some up for re-election.  Ask them to ask the PCID to put the jobs/apartments section back in the LCI document and set it at 9.25 going forward (okay, perhaps an '8' will do).  Watch PCID laugh and pull the marionette's strings tighter.

For you Sandy Springs folks, click and read the link below:

An interesting read is the "Perimeter @ The Center - Future Focus - 2011 LCI Update - Final Report" (bought and paid for by the PCID and ARC)

When reading all the documents from ARC and others, keep in mind their goal is High Density Urban District type stuff for Dunwoody And Sandy Springs. It's all about higher density and growth.  Who said the cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have to grow?  Note: Don't be surprised to know that very few ARC and PCID leaders actually own a home in Dunwoody or Sandy Springs.

It's refreshing for Sandy Springs homeowners to see their mayor and council take a step back and consider the future of life in Sandy Springs. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brookhaven Police Chief Suggests Banning Guns at City Meetings

The Brookhaven Post has a piece regarding the Brookhaven police chief suggesting a ban on firearms in parts of Brookhaven where city leaders assemble.  See HERE for original article. Many will see his actions as anti-gun, others will not. Police chiefs opposed to concealed carry are a dime a dozen in the USA.  If your local chief is a proud member of the IACP (Int'l Association of Chiefs of Police) he/she is likely not a huge 2nd Amendment fan.  Not all police chiefs are anti-2nd Amendment and not all police organizations are anti-2nd Amendment.

The IACP is not known for its support of the Second Amendment because most police chiefs are appointed by gun-grabbing politicians.  The IACP wants only the police to have semi-auto rifles. And the IACP believes if you feel threatened that you still need to wait five days to purchase a firearm to protect yourself and family. The IACP annual conference is a great place to see new gear and technology.

For those of you new to Georgia, our state legislators passed HB 60 (Safe Carry Protection Act) last session.  Governor Deal signed it into law earlier this year.  From the Georgia Attorney General's office, an FAQ on the law:

So let's get back to the Brookhaven, GA police chief's alleged attempt to undermine work around GA law. Currently one can walk into a Brookhaven city council meeting or other public meeting at city hall carrying a firearm concealed. There is no metal detector and the law permits this action.  Same for Dunwoody* and other cities.  People have been carrying a concealed firearm to public meetings in Brookhaven and Dunwoody (and other cities) since July 1.  Some would argue the meetings are safer now compared to when only criminals concealed a handgun at a city hall meeting.  Others will say not.

I would recommend screening take place at City Council Meetings and other controversial planning / zoning meetings scheduled." Brookhaven Police Chief

Why does the chief  recommend screening?  Based on the new law, a person with a weapons carry license carrying a firearm cannot enter a Government building when the Government building has security personnel manning a security checkpoint. In other words, everyone attending (council and mayor cannot exempt themselves) a Brookhaven city council meeting (and other 'controversial' city meetings) will go through a metal detector.  Will Mayor Max Bloomberg Davis allow this restriction on visitors to Brookhaven meetings? In theory, you don't need your firearm here because the screening (when done properly) has made the place a gun-free zone, and supposedly a safe place to sit without personal protection.  If Brookhaven feels these controversial meetings are dangerous, then perhaps have an officer attend.  I've seen that in Dunwoody and other places. 

According to the article, "In response to this new gun law and requests from the City Administration to ensure the highest degree of safety at City Hall, Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura gave the council a couple of suggestions for consideration."  Okay all you Brookhaven folks, you may want to file an Open Records Request and see about these requests for the highest degree of safety from city administrators. 

From the article:  to ensure the highest degree of safety at City Hall

Mayor J. Max Davis, you want to ensure the highest degree of safety at city hall?  Require your council members and city administrators to all carry a Glock, and allow citizens with a Weapons Carry License to carry concealed at your meetings. 

If Brookhaven screens for firearms, they should also screen for lighters and matches, thus eliminating the need for fire extinguishers and fire suppressor/sprinkler systems, offsetting the cost of the additional police officer.  And why does Brookhaven even have fire extinguishers?  We do have a fire department in DeKalb.

DeKalb Voters Pull the Strings

Voters turned away from Vernon Jones in his bid to become DeKalb's next sheriff.  Vernon dusted off the old DeKalb political playbook and went to Chapter One, Race Un-Relations.  His attempt to make the sheriff race a black/white race (against an opponent who is not white) was unsuccessful.  Had Jones won, however, the chances of a Bill at the Gold Dome to eliminate DeKalb County increased.  As many have said over the years, one key factor in Dunwoody becoming a city was Vernon Jones.  Sure, lots of Farmhousers put in hundreds of hours and lawmakers put us on the ballot, but it was Vernon's actions that put the grease to the wheel.  No Vernon, probably no Dunwoody. And for creating the atmosphere politically to create a City of Dunwoody, we thank you, Vernon. Congrats to Sheriff Mann.

White and Blacks voted against Vernon

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vernon Jones Sticking it to The Mann

Vernon Jones has added some racial humor to the DeKalb Sheriff race.  A flier was mailed in certain parts of DeKalb, but we don't think many made it to the 30338.

See flier here:

The flier depicts appointed (not elected) Sheriff Mann, Jones' opponent, as a puppet of four white guys.  One of those white guys is our very own mayor, Mayor Mike. I know Mike and I don't think he pulls Mann's strings.  

And leave it to Vernon to get in a jab at Dunwoody Crier editor/owner Dick Williams.  I'm sure Mr. Williams wants one of those fliers so he can frame it for his office. DunwoodyTalk will pay $4 to the first person to get us an original flier. We're not sure if the flier helps or hurts The Mann or The Man, but we give Vernon credit for keeping it real. 

If Vernon loses, we hope he applies for DeKalb School Superintendent. We think he'd do better than Thurmond.  He's taller and Vernon is open and transparent on his feelings toward much of Dunwoody.

Vernon should have made a dog park flier and passed them out at Brook Run. 

The sheriff doesn't do much up here in Dunwoody. But if we see a couple more cities added in DeKalb look for a movement to consolidate the DeKalb Police Department under the DeKalb Sheriff umbrella. Georgia law puts the sheriff as the top law enforcement puppet in every county.

Get out and vote today. Jack Kingston needs your vote.  DunwoodyTalk was prepared to endorse Vernon, but we'd ruin his puppet scenerio. Plus, we didn't want Mann putting us on a flier pulling Vernon's strings. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Do Not Vote for Mike Buck for Georgia School Superintendent

The League of Liberal Women Voters, a self-described non-partisan group, held a forum recently with the four candidates for Georgia State School Superintendent.  As expected, the candidates are not up to speed on much of anything.  No matter who wins, don't expect to see any major changes on how Georgia outspends and under-performs when compared to neighboring states.

But one question at the forum should throw up a red flag for those of us in support of local control and breaking up the monster districts like the failed DeKalb School System.

Head over to DeKalb School Watch (but don't go there daily and read all the great stuff because you will either: 1. Move out of DeKalb or 2. Get deeply involved in trying to make change only to get kicked in the face.

A question was posed to the four candidates regarding allowing GA voters to have a chance to vote to change the state constitution to allow new school districts.  Mike Buck shows his total ignorance on the issue.  Do not vote for Mike Buck.

Q) As you might be aware, there’s a movement in Dunwoody, Ga. to create an independent school system. Georgia’s constitution limits the number of school systems. Would you support a constitutional amendment allowing new cities to create their own school systems?
Buck: “That’s a new one on me. Before I would consider a constitutional amendment to do other things to education, I would like for us very much to fully fund the educational systems that we’ve got and improve upon our past performance.”

Mike Buck is a self-described Republican.  Whatever.  The two answers from the Democrats were far worse, but thankfully neither has a chance at winning.


Although his answer was not perfect, it was far better than Mike Buck's (don't vote for Mike Buck Georgia School Superintendent), DunwoodyTalk supports Richard Woods for Georgia State School Superintendent.  Visit Woods' web site and compare him to his opponent.

Vote Tuesday Dunwoody Georgia primary Jack Kingston