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.

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

 

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Bosses, The Interview Process Is Underway, See Who Wants To Work For Us, The Citizens Of Atlanta…

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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The Entire Ballot or the Bullet…

To not vote the entire ballot is like putting a bullet to our heads. We must learn to vote the entire ballot. On November’s ballot the Insurance Commissioner, is up for election, and they determine what our insurances and utilities costs will be and because communities of color are red lined and made to pay higher fees and costs for everything we must vote on these jobs and hire/ elect appropriately. Bosses, here is an area you must pay close attention and vote for who serves you best and can do the job better. Insurance and utility costs affect our funds and budgets daily and rarely ever go down in costs. As Bosses each of those candidates are applying for jobs and they have completed their interviews and now we must hire. The whole ballot must be accounted for we must do our due diligence on this matter as well. Please find out who is running and if you like them VOTE for them but never leave those boxes unchecked. There are many types of commissioners and we pay them a lot of money but we must also manage them too. There are many distractions for some of these elected/ hires like lobbyists and some elected/ hires are weak and can be bought which sells us out. So choosing the best and honest candidate should be high on our list of characteristics to look for in candidates. These ballots can be long and a little confusing but imperative to our everyday life that we choose these candidates wisely. Also pay attention to the Board of Education and Judge positions, all of these directly affect us more than government because these are lawmakers who create laws for our states, counties and cities.

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Southwest Atlanta pays 9% higher cost for utilities simply because we are people of color and live in a predominantly Beautiful and Black AF community. Here is a little something to fortify your soul… Shout Out to Black Wall Street, 100 year anniversary of another hate filled tantrum put on by the KKK, facilitated by local government to SUPPRESS us … And still, we rise! Discover O.W. Gurley and the other serial entrepreneurs who built Black Wall Street.

Politics is a Long Game With Many Placeholders…

Hello Bosses, last week’s little shake up in Atlanta city politics comes as no surprise. Politics is a long game and some of the players, wait for the right time to stroll in and walk away with victory. As you begin to look closer at the opponents in this long game of the 2021 Atlanta Mayoral race it is easy to see many telling signs in the beginning. 1. How many candidates are in the race or how few, that has more to do with one’s ego and the “I think I can do this job better” syndrome. 2. How few opponents are in the race; this is more about respect for the one’s whom have announced and the true knowing that they are the best person for the position.

Incumbent Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, has withdrawn from the 2021 race after stating that she would mount a vigorous race for a second term after Felicia Moore’s announcement.

Photo Credit: Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com

The registered candidates thus far Felicia Moore and six others have officially joined the Atlanta Mayoral Race 2021. Bosses, please do your Due Diligence and research the candidates to see if they share in your values, needs and wants for Atlanta and yourselves. There is a lot of announcing and very few qualifications being shown off during this time of candidate interviews. Candidates are raising money, interviewing and unabashedly smiling into the camera but so few are qualified to do the job. Everyone is not a Maynard Jackson but for anyone that has a fraction of the experience and integrity please step up, please do so immediately. Four years is a short time for a true, long game.

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Registered candidates thus far Felicia Moore and six other candidates have officially joined the Atlanta Mayoral Race 2021. Bosses, please do your Due Diligence and research the candidates to see if they share your values and wants for Atlanta the same things that you do. There is a lot of announcing and very few qualifications being shown off during this time of candidate interviews. Candidates are raising money, interviewing and unabashedly smiling into the camera and so few are qualified to do this job everyone is not a Maynard Jackson but for anyone that has a fraction of the experience and integrity please step up, please do so immediately. Four years is a short time for a true, long game.

Do you know Natalyn Archibong? She’s a powerful candidate for Atlanta City Council, President.

Natalyn Archibong shared her news online with her friends, cohorts, constituency, family and Atlanta proper. Ok, bosses this is our turn to do our Due Diligence and get to know council member Archibong, https://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/council-members/natalyn-archibong. Ms. Archibong has held her position for quite some time, let’s find out what she has been doing over on the eastside of Atlanta.

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City of Atlanta

Third term for former mayor Kasim Reed, maybe?

Here is a good read, former mayor Kasim Reed, is considering the position and I think he could get it. I met him a few weeks before his first run and Mary Norwood was his only opponent at the time. I knew, I could not give her my confidence, my vote, which I hold dear. By the time the event was over I knew Kasim Reed would have my vote, he exuded confidence, that may have been ego but Atlantans LOVE him and hated to see him go plus he has major swag and black and white Atlantans, love that about him and when we needed leadership Kasim Reed showed up stood up and let all who questioned know not to try it. Yes, we like him. Bosses, do your Due Diligence, here… don’t you want to know what the former mayor has been doing over the past four years? Is he still married, how old is his daughter, has COVID19 been a time a reflection, if he were to become mayor again what would he do differently??? Also refresh your memory of Mr. Reed’s track record as former mayor all information is public and certainly interesting. Please remember campaigns are interviews and We The People, are interviewing.

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  • Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, The Kingmaker.

Maynard Jackson ran for a third term and won. I am ready for the 2021 campaign season in Atlanta to heat up, it is always EXCITING, even when they lie, cheat, and steal their way into the job, which is the constituents’ fault for not doing our due diligence and selecting the most qualified person to represent us. If you don’t know, get to know Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Atlanta’s first black mayor.

If you did your Due Diligence, please share your thoughts about the candidate and possible candidate?

Midtown is proposing a green space over the Downtown Connector that could cost over $1 billion.

Supporters say it would sit above part of the Downtown Connector and span across 10 blocks.

Credit: MCP Foundation

The east side communities spent years planning and building concrete jungles and now they want to put a green space above it. Whoever thought of this is selfish, greedy and do not care that people are homeless, dying and hungry not to mention we have police on payroll that we pay and they kill black people. Can some great thought and time go into resolving that??? Let’s get real there is nothing about this project that will do anything to help us live better lives here in Atlanta. This is a big project that will make someone, rich. I have two words for this project, Piedmont Park. https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/proposed-midtown-green-space-could-cost-12-billion/85-5bf3e39c-8d44-44c1-bebb-7f2fef9d9c41?

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The American Society of Civil Engineers earlier this year gave Georgia a C+ on its 2019 infrastructure report card. Here’s the breakdown:

Aviation: B+

Bridges: C+

Dams: D

Drinking water: B-

Energy: B

Parks and recreation: C-

Ports: B-

Rail: B

Roads: C+

Schools: B

Solid waste: C

Stormwater: C-

Transit: D+

Wastewater: D+

The report card grade comes from a committee of 50 Georgia civil engineers using eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience and innovation. A score of D equates to “poor, at risk.”

Ok Bosses, which of the elected/ hires do you think oversees this type of infrastructure projects as a requirement of the position for?

  1. Senators
  2. Congress
  3. House
  4. City Council
  5. Mayor

Please share your responses and let’s take the mystery out of these positions and how they should work for,
“We The People”.

The more we know and the better informed we are about political positions, the responsibilities of those positions, And the track records of the incumbent and candidates the process for voting will become much more discerning for us. and only then will we have safe and well maintained roads and infrastructure to travel to and from work on without feeling a need for a chiropractor and a mechanic. if we put the very best people in place who actually care about our quality of life.

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