DeKalb Strong announces upcoming forums, fundraisersDeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.
This story has been updated.
The group leading the opposition to new cities in DeKalb County has a busy itinerary over the next few weeks as both sides of the cityhood debate gear up for the Nov. 3 cityhood referendums.
DeKalb Strong is holding two fundraisers and attending several community forums about proposals to create new cities. Proposals to create cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills are on the Nov. 3 ballot. LaVista Hills would have over 65,000 people, a city bordered on the north and west sides by I-85 and bisected by I-285. Tucker would have a population of over 30,000 people. Its western border would be I-285 and its southern boundary would be portions of Stone Mountain Freeway and East Ponce de Leon Avenue.
The cityhood issues are driven in part due to the ongoing corruption and dysfunction of DeKalb County government. Cityhood groups argue that a locally-controlled government will be more effective than the county, while DeKalb Strong argues that new cities are simply another layer of government that’s just as susceptible to dysfunction as DeKalb.
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DeKalb Strong will hold the following fundraisers, according to a recent email.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
2836 Lavista Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Home of Pat Killingsworth
1364 Rainier Falls Drive Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30329
There will also be forums in the next few weeks:
LaVista Hills Cityhood Discussion
Sponsored by a coalition of LaVista Road neighborhood associations
Sept. 16th, 7 p.m.
Mt. Zion AME Church, 2977 LaVista Road
Sponsored by Sen. Elena Parent and Reps. Scott Holcomb, Michelle Henson and Mary Margaret Oliver
Sept. 30th, 7 p.m.
Lakeside High School
Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association Q&A
Oct. 13th, 7 p.m.
Druid Hills Middle School
Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the host of the community forums regarding cityhood. This story has been updated with the correct information.