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.

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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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Atlanta is set for a Runoff…

I wish only the top three candidates were allowed to forum and campaign for the last five weeks of an election/ interview season. Too many candidates in one race can be overwhelming and it splits the votes between too many which creates Runoffs. Runoffs are important and definitely a time to use your vote so make your decision and place your vote for the best person for the job. So here we are one week away from voting in new leadership.

The Andrew and Walter Young YMCA, located at 2220 Campbellton Rd. will host a mayoral forum for the two final candidates, Felicia Moore and Andre Dickerson and the margins are close. For a final look and opportunity to question the candidates in SW Atlanta a forum will be held tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 23rd.

District 11 BOSSES, Get ready for NPUR Atlanta.

On a great note, the neighbors of Neighborhood Planning Unit R, BOSSED UP in a serious way and removed the sitting executive committee with exception to the present chair at the annual November election and it was unanimous. This vote ushers in a new executive committee whom I know will bring young, intelligent, and thoughtful inclusion, of all as well as planning and implementation of the initiatives and quality of life issues that the previous committees could never do.

I have returned to serve as secretary which I did ten years ago and am pleased to do so again. Congratulations, to the NPU-R Atlanta, 2022 executive committee and I look forward to working with you all and the greatness that is about to explode in District 11.

The People VS. Family Dollar. Neighbors, We Have A Court Date for Family Dollar, located at 2324 Cascade.

The court date is for October 25th, 2021 at 9:00 AM in courtroom 5A.

The residents of Cascade have a Court Watch, team in place and we need neighbors to join us in court to share every infraction that Family Dollar has committed in our community. Please share your pictures, interactions with employees and district managers of Family Dollar. We want to make our case that Family Dollar and all its inadequacies as a poorly managed business and community partner. Family Dollar’s presence has eroded our quality of life here in southwest Atlanta must be shared with the judge. For those who cannot attend and want their voices to be heard please write a “Victim Impact Statement” to be read in court. Typically, when a business does not follow the rules set in place by Code Enforcement a judge can monetarily fine that business every day for those infractions until it is resolved.

We are hoping for the most strenuous ruling against Family Dollar so that if they want to continue to do business in our community they will keep the parking lot and green spaces adjacent clean and litter-free and garbage dumpsters are not overfilled and picked up regularly and fencing always closed. The store must be kept clean and orderly and they cannot sell foods that have expired. Any damage to the store exterior windows doors lighting etc. must. Be repaired immediately and never become an eyesore to the community. Please join us with this community initiative by making our voices heard and send a message to Family Dollar that they cannot come into our community and do whatever they want, we pay all of their salaries, and We The People of SW Atlanta take great pride in our community.

Special Thank You, go out to The Hempire owner Cathleen Richardson who has proven to be a true community partner and neighbor for the business corridor. Ms. Richardson reached out to Marci Overstreet for a hand with this and she got code enforcement involved. Please create your document and title it “VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT” please share it here and bring to court on the 25th or one of your neighbors will read it on your behalf and please email it directly to me at savvysherylbrown@gmail.com.

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Below Are The Scores Of The People Who Want To Represent Us.

Below are score cards from the Committee For A Better Atlanta, CBA.

Local elections are the most important to citizens because all of the elected hires determine how much taxpayers pay and how those funds will be spent. From mayors, city council, public service commissioners (I covered those guys last month) and court judges, all determine how much money we spend. Since so many people have interests in our dollars let’s put some focus on them. The CBA hosts several candidate forums throughout the spring and summer of local election years. This CBA score card is from the 2017 forums and clearly states who was QUALIFIED to do the job and who is UNQUALIFIED.

Here is are great research tools to do Due Diligence with and to help quell any thoughts about what prospective candidates and incumbents know the job they are applying for. Please acquaint yourself with the people who campaign for your vote so that you interview and choose representatives who will work on your behalf and not because you knew them as a child. Below is CBA’s score card for 2021 the scores are pretty amazing. I cannot deny I would like to see some of the very comfortable incumbents who don’t do a great job in their perspective communities become shook, for lack of a better word.

The score card above states that the District 11 representative did not participate, I watched the video and she did participate in the forum but her opponent did not, fast forward to 1:42:38, to see and hear from the district 11’s representative. I look forward to having great representation for southwest Atlanta but the writing is on the wall that we may continue to get what we have because of the apathy that is exercised in our communities by not doing due diligence and finding out who these people are and blindly giving votes to people who clearly do not deserve it.

Boss Up, here is a hint, if an incumbent is not meeting with their constituency on a regular basis to find out their wants and needs, they are not representing their constituents but rather collecting a paycheck on behalf of the citizens of Atlanta and that part time job, pays $60,300. Start grooming yourselves future Bosses, these city jobs require no experience, age requirement is 18 and if you love your community and Atlanta, please apply, we have a spot for you in 2025.

Score cards courtesy of the Committee For A Better Atlanta.

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We The People Must Boss Up, If We Really Want Change.

Calling all future presidents, mayors, governors, senators, members of Congress, city council, chiefs of staff, community leaders, public administrators, and regular citizens to BOSS UP… If every citizen invested 75 minutes a month into your community, city, state, and or government, America would function as a democracy. Citizens must BOSS UP and manage their elected hires, we must do our Due Diligence and use campaign seasons as a time to interview the candidates.

BOSS UP, Virtual Event, is a fortification and thank you to seasoned voters, and those who think civic engagement isn’t for you. We are going to keep it interactive, interesting and gives you some information you can use. DJ Ear Doctor & Guests will spin a couple of Old School New School dance contest.

Test your Civics Education knowledge with “Be About It, BOSS” Trivia… Bring your best game because BOSSES WIN PRIZES.

The first 50 attendees to register & sign-in will receive a Uber Eats code for free lunch & delivery. 

REGISTER today on the GCV website: https://www.gcvedfund.org/boss-up-with-gcv/

BOSS UP is a Civics Education workshop designed to give citizens skin in the game and an interesting and fascinating look at how democracy works so that we can better understand the three branches of the law, the system of checks and balances, and understand that every politician works for We The People and we simply need to BOSS UP and manage our elected hir

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Meet the Georgia Public Service Commissioners

The Georgia Public Service Commission is a five-member constitutional agency that exercises its authority and influence to ensure that consumers receive safe, reliable, and reasonably-priced telecommunications, electric and natural gas service from financially viable and technically competent companies. The current slate of five commissioners are all Republicans.

Who is most impacted?
Many PSC issues boil down to who pays customers or shareholders. Georgia Power is required, per agreement with the PSC, to provide a minimum shareholder return of 10%. That has led the current PSC to allow Georgia Power to send higher bills to customers (Augusta Chronicle).

“The PSC is by far the most important commission in Georgia when it comes to your money,” said William Perry of the Georgia PSC Accountability Project in a voter education video about the commission. “It’s made up of five politicians who regulate utilities. They’re supposed to represent you when deciding how much you have to pay for your electricity, natural gas and telecom services.”
Most importantly for many, the PSC approves the rates and fees Georgia Power charges and how the regulated monopoly produces electricity. Over the last decade or so that’s meant a focus on protecting and supporting the only ongoing expansion of nuclear power generation in the Georgia at Plant Vogtle.
Public Service Commissioners, are paid $118,781 per year, serve staggered six-year terms so that at most two commissioners are on the ballot in any election year, (Heather Pohnan).

Jason Shaw, Commissioner, District 1
James S. “Jason” Shaw Jr., a native of Lanier County, was appointed to the Public Service Commission by Governor Nathan Deal and was sworn in on January 3, 2019. Shaw states his goal to “Diversify energy sources with new and renewable technologies.” Shaw has supported increasing the state’s biomass capacity. He voted for the deployment of solar as a Commissioner, and continues to support solar. Shaw supports plant Vogtle and called it “an important part in Georgia’s plan to provide safe and reliable energy for a growing state.”

Tim Echols, PSC Vice Chairman, District 2
Echols ran for and was elected to statewide office in 2010 serving as Public Service Commissioner. The PSC’s primary job is energy regulation. When Echols took office, Georgia was 34th in solar power. Now, 9 years later the state is 10th in the nation in approved solar. In 2020, Conservatives for Clean Energy dubbed Echols the “Solar Architect of Georgia.” Mr. Echols has a tour that he travels around the state and discusses how clean energy works. In 2009 the Commission approved certification of two new units at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant. The commission continues to make decisions about whether company shareholders or customers will pay for the ballooning cost of this project, which is years behind schedule and billions overbudget.

Fitz Johnson, Commissioner, District 3
Johnson will replace the outgoing commissioner George Eaton on the all-Republican, five-member commission and was chosen by Gov. Kemp who also gave Eaton a judgeship in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit Court, replacing Shawn Ellen LaGrua who now serves on the state Supreme Court. This is a lot of unchecked power that “We The People” allow when we do not vote, and these positions directly affects our everyday lives. Johnson ran as a Republican last year for the Cobb County Commission, narrowly losing to Democrat Jerica Richardson. I honestly feel that he is the one to watch and track his record of performance on behalf of the people or the PSC stockholders.

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Commissioner, District 4
McDonald, who served 20 years as a state Representative, was appointed to the Commission in June 1998 by Governor Zell Miller to fill a vacated post and then re-elected in a special mid-term election in November 1998. Energy Equity and Energy Burden, the blogger was unable to confirm the candidate’s position on this energy-related issue in published media, public records, or the campaign website.
However, McDonald is a consistent supporter of nuclear energy, calling it the “best friend” and “best partner” for solar. He has consistently voted in favor of continuing construction of Plant Vogtle’s Units Three and Four. When asked about nuclear, he said, also stating, “ it’s foolproof.” It’s amazing… nuclear has got to expand.” McDonald has supported solar over fracked gas.

Tricia Pridemore, PSC Chairwoman, District 5
Pridemore was appointed to the PSC by former Governor Nathan Deal and backed by Georgia Power, with endorsements like these she had the position without any opposition. Pridemore has worked on, lowering the cost of landline telephones in Georgians homes from 6% to 3.75%,. and of course, the Plant Vogtle project which continues to raise our power bills, is the only clean energy project that is taking place in Georgia that is being funded by the taxpayers.

November’s ballot will have two PSC positions for your vote. Please do your Due Diligence and find out who these people are and if they represent your wishes and wants. Next month I will share a grade for each commissioners performance and your reactions to this story. Please share your comments, I would love to hear from you.

BOSSUPATLANTA

BOSSUPAMERICA

Works Cited

State Of Georgia Public Service Commission, website, https://psc.ga.gov/about-the-psc/commissioners.

Pohnan, H., (December 18, 2020), Where the Candidates Stand On Energy: Complete Series, Clean Energy, blog,
https://cleanenergy.org/blog/2020candidates/.

Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics will not take an interest in you…

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Calling all future presidents, mayors, governors, senators, members of Congress, city council, chiefs of staff, community leaders, public administrators, and regular citizens to BOSS UP… If every citizen invested 90 minutes a month into your community, city, state, and or government, America would function as a democracy, not an aristocracy.

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Americans Will Choose New leadership In Three Months, Are You Getting Ready To Make Your Most Important City and State Decisions For The Next Four Years?

Hello, Bosses have you been behaving like Boss’s over the past few months by
reading about the candidates and asking yourself “can this person do that
job, can they represent me?”. If you have not, you have three months to
determine and cast your vote. If you are not ready, please do your Due
Diligence, the candidates have signs everywhere, some names I have never heard
of before, so I employ you to take a picture of the campaign signs of
candidates you have never heard of and google them, find out what they have
been doing check their social media and see how they have voted in their past
positions…That is our job as BOSS’s to manage our city, state and government.
I know that politicians make us seem small and as if they have all the power,
but they do not, WE THE PEOPLE, do but if we do not exercise our vote and do
not communicate with our representatives then they will use our power and often
it will not be in our favor.

 

Here is a good read, Politicians
Behaving Badly
, lengthy but deep dives into the psyche of politicians and
how intoxicating a position like this can be for people with big egos, low self-esteem,
poor self-control and easily swayed to go along to get along. These types of
appointments bring that mentality to the offices that are supposed to represent
us… DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE and find out about candidates and imcumbants before you give the the job/ your vote for four years.

 

 


 

 

The BOSS UP, Outdoor Civics Education Workshops are coming in August, Stay Tuned

The BOSS UP is a series of Civics Education Workshops taught in local community parks, in five counties surrounding Atlanta, Georgia A partnership with the Georgia Conservation Voters Fund and Thrive PR Atlanta, to teach Civics Education to the masses has begun. Learning how Democracy works gives citizens skin in the game and helps them to manage elected hires, share important government, state, city, and community information that builds great constituency.

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#BOSSUPAMERICA

Take a look at a history of poor political behavior by people that are paid to represent us…

 

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