Brookhaven Meetings & Happenings

December 10, 2012

The mayor and city council for the City of Brookhaven will be sworn in tonight, Monday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Lupton Auditorium in the main building at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road.

The swearing in ceremony will be followed by the first business meeting of the Brookhaven City Council. The meeting will start at 8:00 p.m.

Both events are open to the public.

The city officially begins operations on December 17, but the city council is authorized to take binding action as soon as a quorum is sworn in.

Mayor-elect J. Max Davis has made arrangements for citizens to recycle their plastic yard signs now that the election season is over. There is a recycling trailer parked at Village Place Brookhaven, 2524 Caldwell Road, off of Dresden Drive. You may drop off your old yard signs at Village Place until Wednesday, December 12.

The members of the Georgia House of Representatives who represent portions of DeKalb County, including me, will hold a public hearing this Thursday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Cross Keys High School, 1626 North Druid Hills Road. This is your chance to make your voice heard on state legislative issues for the 2013 General Assembly.

Vote Today, Brookhaven!

December 4, 2012

It’s a beautiful day to cast your ballot.

TODAY is the runoff election for Mayor and City Council of the City of Brookhaven. Your regular polling place will be open until 7:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get our new city started on the right foot.

Click here to see the sample ballot for the election.

Please click here to see a map of the four Brookhaven City Council districts. There are runoffs for Mayor and Districts 1, 3 and 4. District 2 was the only district to elect a councilmember by more than 50% of the vote in the November election, avoiding a runoff.

Click these links for the Brookhaven Reporter’s Q&A with the candidates:

Mayor and Council District 1

Council Districts 3 and 4

See you at the polls!

Shame on Sandy Murray

December 2, 2012

Shame on Sandy Murray.

I’ve been in public service eight years and have seen some pretty crazy things in that time, but nothing that sank quite this low.

Today a canvasser for Sandy Murray approached me and my wife in our driveway. He handed us an orange flyer that said the following: “J. Max Davis is a serial tax delinquent. He paid his taxes late in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012.”

I looked up this claim in the real estate deed and lien indexes of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA). Here is what I found:

The tax liens DO NOT belong to J. Max Davis, the candidate for Mayor of Brookhaven. The tax liens belong to his deceased father’s estate. J. Max and his father happen to share a name.

I then called J. Max Davis, the mayoral candidate, and asked him about it.

J. Max Davis, the mayoral candidate, is not the administrator of his father’s estate. J. Max Davis, the mayoral candidate, is not responsible for the estate in any way whatsoever.

All of the tax liens happened because DeKalb County was sending tax notices to the wrong address for the estate. DeKalb has continued to send the notices to the wrong address year after year, despite having been notified of the problem.

Finally, all of the liens were marked “cancelled” when the mistake was pointed out and the estate’s property taxes were paid.

False smears are what desperate candidates do at the end of a losing campaign.

Sandy Murray did something similar at the end of her 2010 campaign for State Representative (click for more information), flyering and e-mailing a “Hail Mary” false attack, although it didn’t stoop nearly this low.

Attacking an opponent for the non-transgressions of his deceased father’s estate is beyond the pale.

Please consider forwarding this e-mail to your neighbors. They need to be aware before they vote on Tuesday, December 4.


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