Creating community partnerships is my talent, I discovered this character trait 12 years ago while I was working on a production for a community organization and needed items that we could not afford. So I began bartering and trading and from there I saw how I could partner others up to achieve the same outcomes.
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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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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The BOSS UP, A Virtual Civics Education Workshop
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.
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.
Take a look at a history of poor political behavior by people that are paid to represent us…
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Candidates are filing paperwork to raise funds for their campaigns so that they can possibly work on our behalf. Now is the time to do your Due Diligence, due dil·i·gence (reasonable steps taken by a person in order to satisfy a legal requirement, a comprehensive appraisal to be undertaken by a prospective BOSS, especially to establish assets, liabilities and evaluate its potential.) Research the candidates one of the panels had a former business owner who ran his business into the ground and employed several tactics to keep him from making the clients that he fleeced whole again, and this is all public record. Another candidate for mayor was incapable of answering questions effectively and gave out names and phone numbers.
The Committee for a Better Atlanta, CBA hosted their annual Atlanta mayor, city council president and at large posts, forums which will deliver a report card on how well all candidates fared will come out soon. I attended this event in 2017 and was absolutely floored at how many candidates were UNQUALIFEID to do the job. But Atlanta seems to have about 750 votes that can win an unqualified candidate an election. I have often wondered if those are all senior votes. Kasim Reed, paid his campaign fees and formally announced his run for mayor after the CBA forum took place and immediately hosted a Birthday fundraiser in Buckhead this week. Please click on the hyperlink above or below and watch this forum for yourself and make an educated plan to vote for the best candidate by not doing so Atlanta will continue to get what we have and presently this is not working, later BOSSES.
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