Sometimes Citizens Must Send A Letter To City Hall…

Leah LaRue, Assist Dir.
The city of Atlanta Dept. of Neighborhood Planning

Hello Leah,
I wanted to follow up on your email about the Community Impact Grant, CIG, and a line item for a Lawncare Program. The grant that we worked on never had that item, no members remember voting on it and it has never been discussed. You also mentioned several other things that I did not complete. I serve as the secretary, fiscal agent, project manager, supplier, and community engagement chair for NPUR. The sergeant of arms and I were able to complete almost everything planned for NPUR’s 2022 grant fulfillment.

The NPUR chairs Donovan Dodds and Rita Harden, have only sat in on one planning meeting and only after the grant funds were received and had cleared my business bank account. Understand me, they stopped communicating with me after the vice chair was told by your office that I had complete oversight of the grant budget. The chairs attempted to force me to pay for a drawing that the chair made and wanted the executive committee to agree to use it as the new logo for branding. The chairs walked out of this planning meeting which was at a local restaurant after I stated that I would not use grant funds to pay for our dinner and drinks as an NPUR planning expense. This type of behavior has continued relentlessly for the past few months.

The chair, removed our largest and quite possibly the most impactful community engagement event, from the budget during this meeting after realizing that we were granted $6500. and not the $7474. that we requested. Never have either of the chairs brought forth any leadership to the NPUR executive committee, no committee building, or community engagement planning and implementing not even an email communication stating such, the entire time while holding their positions. I had to make some executive decisions because they would not. I have no problems with doing a budget check-in from time to time but not weekly. I will not be held to another standard because the chairs have come to you complaining like petulant little children because things have not gone their way. Remember your office came to me and asked that I assume these duties and now you email me with false accusations of misappropriation of funds.

After receiving your email with erroneous statements and having spent time with the NPUR chairs whom I believe to be dishonest, guarded, and who have picked up very bad behaviors with no good intentions of leading NPUR, anywhere except, down. The “Vote For One, Vote For All” election, was allowed to take place this month and it was a farce. Many members would like a new election, before the new year. Leah, I believe that you may very well be the cause of the discourse in our communities, right now. Please remember that you work for all, of the residents of Atlanta, not just a few. I am a neighbor and a volunteer of NPUR and it should be a joy to volunteer in one’s community, however, right now, it is not.
I become upset when my rights are blatantly subverted by the same people we elect and pay to work on our behalf. Many neighbors give up and stop when they come up against these types of community leadership challenges, but I will not… and I pray that you become better in your service to the neighborhoods and the people of Atlanta.

I have asked the Partnership For Southern Equity to step in and help resolve the matters you are having regarding the erroneous grant line items, how the money was spent, and to see if NPUR is truly following our “Best Practices” for proper leadership. Per your email request, I have stopped all spending of the grant funds, canceled the NPUR Year-End Gathering, and requested the deposits back. I will update the budget and have a check cut and mailed to the city for the balance of the unused grant funds, email receipts, and paid invoices and that should close out the NPUR 2022 grant.

Sincerely,
Sheryl-

Sheryl Brown, NPUR Secretary 2022, NPUR Clean Energy Advisory Board Representative

US EPA Environmental Justice Academy Alumna 2016  



 Below, are Donovan Dodd and Leah LaRue.


Citizens really do not want to involve themselves in such matters and creating great working relationships is of the utmost importance, but sometimes you have to lean in.

I would love to hear your feedback on this post or about volunteering, and how you like to serve in your community. Highlight good leadership and shine a light on bad leadership too, or any challenges that you may be experiencing in your NPU or community. These are our neighborhoods let’s Stand Up for them and Participate in them, more.

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NPU-R, Held It’s Annual Elections…

All NPUs have their issues…

Last Wednesday night was a doozy that included a 3-hour meeting, which is designed to run the time down and force members to grow tired, bored, and leave and little community business gets done. Muting Madness, was the theme of the night, and how the meeting was run with a guarded tight fist. Voting did not begin until after 9 PM, and this meeting is scheduled for 90 minutes, which is very disrespectful of members’ time.

We were introduced to a triple ballot where if you vote for one candidate you vote for the entire executive committee slate, tricky huh??? So if you only want to cast your vote for one candidate you were forced to vote for all of the candidates whether you like them for the position or not. So confusing all members came to cast their vote for new leadership, 49 people were on the call and only four people voted.


Plain and simple, we must manage our employees and volunteers too. And hold them accountable for bad behavior and for being very bad actors.

Congratulations to Mr. Ben Howard, as the 2023 Secretary of NPUR.


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Finally, A Due Diligence Tool…

I talk about vetting candidates and knowing who you vote for all of the time. Well here is the answer to all of our prayers, The GCV Ballot. We must vote the entire ballot, regularly vetting and hiring the best candidate for these positions are vital to us as citizens. Pay close attention to the Public Service Commission positions they affect us directly in our bank accounts every month but we can change that, too. Here is the Civics Tool we all need, so get ready to Boss Up!

The GCV Voter tool shares information on the positions and its duties and responsibilities. Candidate information and their platforms, what they plan to do to make change and how they will or will not move policies forward are here on your very own build a ballot. Also candidate information on past posts or positions, how they vote and their outcomes. And how to vote is explained here, too. Four referendums, two amendments and eleven offices will be voted on in this midterm election. Please visit this tool and share it with everyone and make this dinner conversation for the next three weeks. I recieved my ballot immediately and seeing my choices in front of me with their pictures duties makes me feel empowered and like a BOSS.

Get to know Georgia Conservation Voters, GCVOTER.ORG and Kudos GCV and Thank you so much for creating this extremely valuable tool to help citizens obtain unbiased candidate information so that they can make enlightened decisions about the people, that want to represent us.

GCV Voters Education Fund supported BOSS UP a virtual online event in 2021.

The State of Democracy in Georgia

For environmental voters, safeguarding our democracy and increasing civic engagement is not an optional strategy: without it, we cannot and will not succeed in our fight to save our air, water, and people. We must advance and protect our democracy so that it is representative of and responsive to all the people that call this country home. For us, this means having transparent and accessible elections, and ensuring that elected leaders represent all of the people that live in their district, no matter where they come from, how much money they have, or the color of their skin. We must work to prevent unchecked corporate dollars from drowning out the voices of Georgians in our political process. In the democracy we seek, everyone has access to and meaningful involvement in their government and the decision-making about their lives and communities.  

A few interesting facts about civic engagement and voting in Georgia. (Source) repost from GCVEDFUND.ORG/DEMOCRACY.

10.52M The total population of Georgia as of 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

214 The number of polling places that have been closed across the state by Georgia county election officials since 2012.

300K The number of voters purged by Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger in December 2019 alone.

4% The percentage of Georgia’s electorate that got purged— more than enough to change the outcome of close elections

7.1M The number of people on Georgia’s voter rolls, down from the 7.4 million that were on the rolls before the recent voter purge.

159 The total number of counties in Georgia

500K The number of voters removed from voter rolls in 2017, this was the largest single removal of voters in Georgia history led by then secretary of state, Brian Kemp.

619 The total number of cities in Georgia


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Follow Up To, Thomas LaVone, Post.

Thomas LaVone, Atelier and business owner.

 TRO HEARING: Thomas Lavone, LLC, et al. v. Floshae at the Point, LLC, et al. (22cv365315).  TRO, Temporary Restraining Order are used as a  short-term injunction issued to prevent a party from taking a certain action until the court is able to issue a more enduring order, such as a preliminary injunction. TROs are a type of equitable remedy.

Floshae At The Point LLC had already taken the most aggressive action to erase Thomas LaVone LLC, from the Cascade business corridor because he asked her to make repairs and prevented them from installing a wet condensation line across the electrical box which is dangerous and without a permit. Floshea often uses its own people and rarely applies for permits from the city.

Floshea stated that they had placed all of Thomas LaVone’s property at the curb. However, that is not what the neighbors, fellow business owners, and supporters of LaVone and the business owners themselves witnessed.

Floshae used precedence called Regus to create their egregious contracts to move tenants out in 24 hours and confiscate their property. Rutgers has never been upheld in Georgia and it was new to the judge and to LaVone’s attorney. The judge is ready to move forward with the next stage of these court proceedings and as you see from the video above that Mr. Wesley, business manager for LaVone stated that this business is a whole total concept that took 20 years to create. Floshea tried to destroy these gentlemen’s hard work, but they failed. LaVone no longer wants the space and the judge agreed to move forward with the stated damages.

LaVone will prevail. Floshea operates off of grant funding ONLY…These crooks have no money to invest in our communities Floshea uses GOVERNMENT money which is the money that we pay in taxes. Anyone can apply with a good project and acquire those funds. Floshea was brought to our community to prey on us. Thomas LaVone, LLC your neighbors, customers, and friends are supporting you in whatever you choose to do, we are with you.

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Clean Energy, Do You Know What It Is And How To Achieve It???

The City Of Atlanta is on a mission to operate on 100% Clean Energy by 2035, which is great however we would have needed to begin over 20 years ago. But all is not lost and there are many ways to achieve cleaner energy than what we are using presently if we begin NOW. Visit CLEAN ENERGY ATLANTA to learn more and to find out what incentives and opportunities to help with making your homes clean energy ready. Also, here you can get a better understanding of how clean energy works and what we can do right now.

When our homes and businesses run efficiently that helps to create clean energy. Let’s start by getting to know our homes and how they work and if they are running efficiently by keeping warm air in and cold air out. Usually these are windows, doors, and roofing but crawl spaces attics are culprits for escaping air too. Get to know these types of clean energy resources, they are the most popular.

  • Solar Power
  • Wind Turbines
  • Fuel made of vegetables
  • Sunlight
  • Geothermal

The most southernly Neighborhood Planning Units in Atlanta that happen to be in communities of color are the most burden communities and consists of zip codes 30310, 11, 18 and 31. What this means is those residents pay more for their utilities about 9-11% of their income whereas Buckhead residents only spend 4% on their utilities. The culprit for this is the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). These elected hires determine how much we pay for insurances, telecommunications, gas and fuel and all other utilities. many citizens do not pay attention to these elected positions and we do not weight out how much these positions make us pay for these services, but we must.

 All members on the Georgia PSC are REPUBLICANS and they do not serve all citizens well, equally nor do they care about what we want mainly because we do not pay close attention and vote on these public service positions, but we must. Scroll down to an older blog titled “Meet the Georgia PSC” and do your research on these elected hires and learn how they have not worked on behalf of all of their constituency. Not knowing these positions and who holds them we often times do not vote because we do not know and they are praying that we do not. But we are amazing and need to put this on our “To Do List” to be better informed.

Heck, you might realize that this is the perfect job for you and run for it and we invite you to do so. The primary was on May 24, 2022, and a primary runoff is scheduled for June 21, 2022. A general runoff election is scheduled for December 6, 2022. The filing deadline was March 11, 2022. District 2 which runs from Gwinnet to Laurens County and district 3 which consists of Fulton, Dekalb, Rockdale and Clayton Counties are on the ballot and where I live, work and play. Please visit, https://ballotpedia.org/Georgia_Public_Service_Commission_election,_2022, to learn more about this election and better prepare yourself to be better informed about the candidates, how they have voted in the past and who funds their campaigns which will also give you an idea as to who they may or may not work for. Do your Due Diligence and vote for whoever you believe care about us The People and Clean Energy.

Meet the candidates…..

Shelia Edwards wins District 3 Public Service Commission race, https://www.ajc.com/news/shelia-edwards-builds-lead-in-district-3-public-service-commission-race/Y5M6ADVICZDP5M5GRCWQD3SYYI/.

The incumbent, Fitz Johnson, https://psc.ga.gov/about-the-psc/commissioners/fitz-johnson/


We must participate and ask for what we want.


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Commercial Gentrification, Looks Like This…

Definition: Commercial gentrification is defined as the physical, social, economic, and cultural changes of a region due to the increased displacement of houses and neighborhood stores in residential areas and the increase of cafes, Western restaurants, and chain stores.

Commercial property management Flo Shea At The Point, LLC, in The Cascade HeighTS,. hired an APD officer to illegally evict their tenant, change the locks and confiscated all of their merchandise.

Flo Shea, entered the business of Thomas LaVone, a designer, located at 2291 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311 with an APD officer in full uniform and driving a APD vehicle. The officer informed Mr. LaVone that he had to leave his business and the locks were changed around 4PM on Friday April 29, 2022. The officer showed a copy of a letter from Flo Shea’s lawyer and stated that he was in full rights to evict him from his place of business, he also stated that Shea Embry, hired and paid him to do so.

Fulton Co. Sheriffs office are the official process servers of dispossessory notices in Atlanta and Fulton Co. but only after legal paperwork is properly filed with the Fulton County courts. Flo Shea had not filed any paperwork with the courts at the time regarding this matter. Mr. LaVone has a five-year lease with Flo Shea at the Point.

Mr. LaVone reported intolerable conditions to management in February and escalated their requests in March after no response or repairs were made and his boutique flooded from March rains, LaVone Studio Flood footage on FB.

Flo Shea At The Point, creates predatory leases that violates Georgia Tenant’s Rights and states they can lock you out of your business and confiscate your merchandise. That will not fly in Fulton County. Thomas LaVone is deep into a law battle with these Predator’s (a person or group that ruthlessly exploits others), they will all have their day in court.

Several businesses were to open at the Cascade Point location over the past few years. Surely Flo Shea’s egregiously predatory contracts have been the hold up.  Flo Shea’s funding comes from grants provided by Invest Atlanta and other public funding. Flo Shea At The Point, has actually become a plague on the business corridor by subverting tenant’s rights through many predatory behaviors and illegal evictions. The City Council Representative offered no help to Thomas LaVone stating that “there was a civil case impending”. However, this did not become a civil issue until Flo Shea served the illegal eviction and changed the locks.

Mr. LaVone passed out that same evening and had to be rushed to the hospital due to a seizure. Another tenant, Mr. Leonardo’s had the same experience of passing out while running her business out of the same location, they were evicted, too. This story has many layers, let’s keep an eye on this and RESPOND back and let me know your thoughts?


On a lighter note check out Archive Atlanta by historian Victoria Lemos episode 2 about Aleaxander Hamilton, one of Atlanta’s first and very successful business owners, his story is interesting, Black Americans built Atlanta and we have always run our own businesses, https://www.archiveatlantapodcast.com/e/episode-2-alexander-hamilton/.


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This is what real leadership looks like..

Atlanta City Council Member At Large Michael Julian Bond, hosts a community food giveaway every week throughout the city of Atlanta, he makes his constituents proud and helps them feed their families good and healthy meals, Thanks CM Bond, link to article and for food giveaway locations and dates visit https://www.facebook.com/michaeljulianbond.

Sometimes I am embarrassed by the behaviors of the leaders that we hire/ elect but since this is their truth here goes. A few weeks ago I was asked to take on a community task and shed some light on a challenge that was taking place in my community that was not being spoken about by the leaders at City Hall. Upon questioning my representatives staff member, they stated, “they would get back to us at our next meeting”. Well, the next meeting was not for 30 plus days and things can move fast or slow at City Hall depending on the who and the what. Here’s the thing public servants should bring challenges to our attention and stay on top of it until it is resolved, that is what we hire/ elect them to do. We should not have to go to them and ask questions about what they were solely hired/ elected to take care of.

However when I began to work on the challenge and trying to create more awareness and community feedback I only reached out to two city leaders. But was contacted by several and sent statements by others and of course if there were to be a press conference all wanted to be a part of it, but neither offered to call a press conference or even share the findings with the community, themselves. This is a problem…. because I feel that they should have shared all information with the community that they represent instead of waiting to see what the residents do or do not do. What we do is work jobs so that we can pay taxes which pays their salaries so that they can do what they promised during campaign season. It seems once we hire/ elect them they go on a City Hall Boot Camp and are taught to HATE us and totally disrespect our wishes. Plain and simple some people are not meant to be community servants or leaders. Most come into these positions and negate their platform and then there are some who do not know how to serve, do not care to learn, and will not spend time with their constituency to learn what is wanted, needed and what is already working in those particular communities.

I read Stacey Abrams, plan for Georgia, I trust her and know she will be a GREAT governor for Georgia, the governor we need and deserve, read her plan @staceyabrams. I am a fan and posted her campaign sign in my yard within moments of her announcing her campaign run for Georgia’s governor, I saved my sign from 2018.

#BOSSUP #BOSSUPSWATLANTA #BOSSUP&CHANGEYOURLIFE

Happy New Year Bosses!

This new year brings many new first times and opportunities for us as citizens, neighbors, and family of the United States of America. I wish for so many great things for our country but most of all I wish for citizens to BOSS UP and participate in our country and it’s democracy. I spent the past two months working with New Georgia Project (NGP) and to pull off “Party At The Polls” for three days my team of site supervisors, collected information from hundreds of Atlanta voters that spoke highly of the voting injustices that we as citizens have to face, re adjust to and deal with because BLACK PEOPLE voting is still not fully accepted in America. The surveys also told us that some were still apprehensive up until 7pm on election night and others were very proud to use their vote to state their intentions to hire elect a new beginning and change.

Now is an awesome time to acquaint yourselves with the new mayor, members of city council and Atlanta Public School board members and share your interests and concerns, remember they work for us. Also go ahead and plan your 2022 calendar to attend Atlanta city council and your NPU meetings three to four times per year or maybe every month now that they are all on ZOOM…

Here’s to a great new year and to thriving communities all over the world!

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