Although the County Clerk once again provided this packet only on paper
and only in black and white, we got via CD-ROM color maps for
REZ-2014-17 Grand Bay Estates
from County Planner Jason Davenport in response to a separate Open Records Request.
The request to the County Clerk also asked for
electronic copy, but once again she chose not to honor that part of the request.
And we hear he’s angry because he thinks we called him an “angry white man”.
what I said (also here,
and here) was:
As an old white man, even I find it impressive how much this area is run by old white men.
Curious that someone would be angry about what we didn’t say.
Maybe he just heard what somebody erroneously told him we said.
That happens when somebody volunteers for public office.
Which is why I applaud anyone who steps up to volunteer.
People ask me: why do the NAACP and the SCLC oppose school consolidation?
Well, here’s some recent research that backs up their position, followed
by their positions.
My summary: because it caused great damage last time, and this time would be no different.
…the review of research evidence detailed in this brief suggests that
a century of consolidation has already produced most of the efficiencies
obtainable. Research also suggests that impoverished regions in particular
often benefit from smaller schools and districts, and they can suffer
irreversible damage if consolidation occurs.
Is a private prison “good clean industry” as a local leader once told me?
According to the CRF [Constitutional Rights Foundation], over 25 percent
of black males and 16 percent of Hispanic males spend time in prison,
while only 4 percent of white males do so. Blacks make up only 12 percent
of the United States population.
Lanier County gained more than 30% in children under 18.
Lanier looks like the exurbs around Atlanta, except it’s even more striking.
Also visible on the map is Hamilton, County, Tennessee, home of Chattanooga,
CUEE’s favorite example of school unification:
Hamilton County showed a loss of children while just across the state line
Catoosa County, Georgia gained 15-30%.
If school unification doesn’t cause bright flight, it doesn’t seem to
Because families with children tend to live near each other,
is an increasingly patchy landscape of communities teeming with kids,
and others with very few.
Even in counties where the percentage of children grew, only 49 gained
more than 1 percentage point — many of them suburbs on the outer edge
of metropolitan areas such as Forsyth, Whitfield and Newton outside
Atlanta and Cabarrus and Union outside Charlotte.
“Because certain people won’t share with you and I think it’s
unfair. We were approached about three weeks ago, Mr. (Joe) Pritchard
(County Manager) was, by the Industrial Authority, and we were tentatively
asked to make a move to ask that they not extend the contract.”
Chairman Paulk words prove that there is an apparent pattern and practice
Date: Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 7:54 AM
From: Brad Lofton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good morning Kay, Sandy et al.
Our unprecedented effort of educating the public included numerous public
hearings, briefings with all elected officials, the VDT Editorial Board and
groups all across Valdosta. We’ve even spent a great deal of effort trying
to brief the NAACP leaving messages and making numerous phone calls to Leigh
Touchton that have never been returned. We’ve spent more time educating the
community on this project then the sum of any other projects we’ve worked
combined. I’m amazed at how someone could dare say that we’ve not informed
the public. The vast majority of her concerns for our project would have
been answered two years ago if she had come to any of our forums or if she
would at least answer her phone when we call. Now that we’re moving into the
third year of due diligence, she’s concerned all of a sudden.