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Former LaVista Hills co-chair joins fundraising group, new maps revealed, WABE story contested

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Former LaVista Hills co-chair joins fundraising group, new maps revealed, WABE story contested

A map of the proposed city of LaVista Hills


Things have cooled off a bit since the end of the 2015 Legislative session when lawmakers approved a referendum to incorporate a new city of LaVista Hills.

Heading into summer, things will be heating up again before the November vote on whether to create the new city.

Last month, former LaVista Hills YES co-chair Mary Kay Woodworth resigned her position, saying she needed a break. Not long after that announcement, Woodworth formed LaVista Hills Alliance, Inc. with LaVista Hills political consultant Steve Schultz, according to records filed with the state Campaign Finance Commission.

So what is LaVista Hills Alliance?

“LaVista Hills Alliance is a placeholder group,” Woodworth explained. “If a fundraising group is formed, it could be utilized to separate fundraising from the information-sharing function, LaVista Hills YES.”

In other LaVista Hills news:

The city’s advocacy organization didn’t care for a recent WABE story that tackled the demographics of the proposed city. According to WABE, “Anyone attending these cityhood meetings can see it ─ Greenhaven and Stonecrest supporters in the south of the county are majority African-American, while LaVista Hills and Tucker, in the north, are mostly white.”

The article also notes LaVista Hills is 64 percent white, “while only 16 percent is black.”

LaVista Hills YES pushed back against the article on its Facebook Page, with a strong rebuke from former co-chair Woodworth.

“C’mon, WABE… You can do better than this,” Woodworth wrote. “The proposed city of LaVista Hills is one of the most diverse areas in DeKalb County, and racial segregation has NEVER been part of the motivation or discussion to create a new city. This fear-mongering tactic is a red-herring and woefully tiresome.”

Decaturish reader Rhea Johnson has been busy creating maps of the proposed city using data from the DeKalb GIS Department.

Johnson has closely followed the cityhood process. LaVista Hills YES Chairman Allen Venet said the organization did not have a hand in producing these maps but isn’t disputing them either.

“I see the DeKalb GIS mark in the corner, and I have no reason to doubt that they produced this map, or that it is accurate, but I don’t know anything except what I see,” Venet said.

Here are all of the maps Johnson has provided so far …

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