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Songwriter Jesse Winchester dies at age 69

posted @ Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 14:07

Small steps taken toward revitalizing Atlanta Highway corridor

@nowheregirl: I am certain that @Kelly Girtz will address your questions when that information is available. It is not public information, as it is only the business of the landlord/developer.

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 16:09

Small steps taken toward revitalizing Atlanta Highway corridor

@nowheregirl: I one strips away the snarkyness and opinionated manner, @snarkydude asked some good questions with some opinionated answers. I intend to address snark's questions.

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 16:07

The Editor's Desk: A do-nothing mayor and commission?

[quote][b]proftom[/b] - it takes two to get an item placed, not just one.
just a thought.[/quote]

Sorry, prof, it takes seven commissioners to get an item on the agenda. A motion to place an item on the agenda would pass only with no less than seven commissioners voting "yea".

To be clearer, the motion would have to be to place an item on the agenda, then seven votes to pass--getting the item on the agenda for discussion and action.

A motion to discuss an item not already on the agenda would be out of order. A motion to vote on an item not already on the agenda would be out of order.

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:35

Small steps taken toward revitalizing Atlanta Highway corridor

[quote][b]Dr_Strangelove[/b] - The Atlanta Highway corridor will continue to transform into service industries and 2nd tier discount stores, with maybe a few new eateries for the CAT folks, and the GA Square Mall will continue it's slide into oblivion.[/quote]

No, it won't.

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 07:49

The Editor's Desk: An economic metric that's easy to understand

[quote][b]nowheregirl[/b] - Does @Jerry Nesmith: know what's to come?[/quote]

I do not, but I'm betting that Kelly Girtz knows or can find out. I'll ask.

posted @ Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 07:55

The Editor's Desk: An economic metric that's easy to understand

The conversation about demographics was prompted by discussion of new discount retail coming to the east side.

The demographics of the west side are quite different, See income by household here:

http://jerrynesmith.com/demographics/

The Atlanta Highway business corridor is still viable, attracting shoppers from the entire region. It is at the hub of major regional roadways. Water and sewer infrastructure have considerable capacity to support additional commercial and industrial growth. Georgia Square Mall is the commercial center of the area and the mall's new owners seem committed to investing in the beautification and marketing of their location.

The outlook for the west side commercial corridor is good, though there is much work to do.

posted @ Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 06:54

The Editor's Desk: A do-nothing mayor and commission?

@proftom: (Did not mean to "Report" your post! Just clumsy mouse skills this morning.)

posted @ Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:40

The Editor's Desk: A do-nothing mayor and commission?

[quote][b]proftom[/b] - Jerry NeSmith forgot to mention the recently mentioned study about long term planning for Atlanta Highway/Wet Broad St.[/quote]

I did not forget Atlanta Highway. There is a committee, chaired by Mike Hamby, and work continues. We had a good forum at last night's Federation of Neighborhoods where a panel discussed the issues of Atlanta Highway, ideas to improve the corridor and some things that are happening now.

posted @ Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:39

The Editor's Desk: A do-nothing mayor and commission?

[quote][b]proftom[/b] - I would think that any commissioner should have the right to bring an item up on the agenda, but perhaps that motion must be 'seconded' by one more commissioner.[/quote]

No, sir. A motion to place an item on the agenda would be out order, because a commissioner does not have that power. Commissioners discuss and vote only on those items on the agenda, set by the mayor.

I am not complaining about that here, proftom, just replying informatively to your post.

posted @ Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:34

The Editor's Desk: A do-nothing mayor and commission?

[quote][b]drdonna[/b] - I'm interested in how this works when there is not an election at stake.[/quote]

You may contact any commissioner and/or the mayor with an issue. If the issue can be resolved through a work order (such as a repair or enforcement of an ordinance), the commissioner can easily request the work to be done.

If your complaint needs an ordinance and/or requires funding (such as a new traffic light Smile , then the mayor may choose to place the item on the agenda. If the mayor does not choose to do so, then at least seven commissioners must sign an affidavit requiring the item to be placed on the agenda.

The items I listed were meant to be examples, but they are all complex issues requiring the mayor to assign them to a committee of commissioners for preliminary work, then to departments, such as Planning, for detailed recommendations for amendment of existing ordinances and/or new ordinances. Then those recommendations may be placed on the agenda by the mayor for discussion and voting by the Commission. Each set of issues/initiatives will take a lot of time to get through the process.

Hope that helps, Dr D.

posted @ Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:20

Release of first peanut genome sequences to aid plant breeders

Congratulations, CAGT. This has been a long and hard project.

posted @ Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 08:25

Amazon unveils Fire TV set-top streaming device

"Amazon.com Inc. has invested heavily on making TV shows and movies available to customers who pay $99 a year for Amazon Prime."

(and chosen not to make Amazon Prime movie selections available on TiVO and Apple TV)

posted @ Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 06:18

Athens-Clarke County gets $60K grant for greenspace project

Thanks to Riverview Foundation for helping preserve this beautiful property.

posted @ Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 07:06

Durst: The Cold War is back

"Because the Cold War is back and it’s colder and warrier than ever."

Was will around then, because this "cold war" isn't even close?

posted @ Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 06:32

Blackmon: Improving education is simple question of will

Myra,
Your beliefs inspire me.

"we can restructure our uses of money to be sure every child gets an excellent education"

This vision will result not only in educated children, but economic prosperity and nearly the end of poverty.

posted @ Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 23:32

Obama says health care program stable

[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - They identify a relatively small problem,[/quote]

And what was that problem in this case?

posted @ Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 15:43

Dresses still available at benefit sale presented by Friends of Advantage

Gratitude to Georgia Square for hosting this worthy event.

posted @ Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 09:42

Athens ranked No. 1 in trade magazine's 'Best Foodie Cities'

[quote][b]edwardb[/b] - the quality of ethnic cuisine, aside from Hispanic, is very spotty.[/quote]

Couldn/t disagree more. I do wish we had a Greek restaurant, though.

posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 07:55

VIDEO: Obama hams it up for health care on Funny or Die

Hilarious!

posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 14:59

Valk: Don't ignore science on climate change

[quote][b]sweept[/b] - I think the problem comes when ppl try to point out the source of that change.[/quote]

More evidence:
http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence

posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 08:03

Holmes: GOP confused on Obamacare

It appears that there are many physicians in Athens who accept Medicaid:

http://www.yellowpages.com/athens-ga/doctors-that-accept-medicaid

posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:57

Pitts: Sometimes, things hurt too much not to laugh

The pain from the loss of a loved and loving mother never dulls. You just get used to it.

posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 - 08:24

New instruments headed to Clarke Middle School thanks to AthFest donations

Thanks to Athefest and Jared Bailey.

posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 02:18

New instruments headed to Clarke Middle School thanks to AthFest donations

Thanks to Athefest and Jared Bailey.

posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 02:18

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