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    Suburbs Secede As Atlanta Becomes 'Detroit of the South'

    Any commonalities between the crushing failure of these cities? Aaaaanything at all?

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    SUBURBS SECEDE FROM ATLANTA

    'Detroit of the South' bludgeoned by troubles

    Published: 23 hours ago


    By John T. Bennett

    As Detroit – beset by violence, debt and social woes – prepares to undergo a historic takeover by the Michigan state government, the city of Atlanta could be sliding toward a similar fate.


    Some are quietly wondering whether Atlanta is in danger of becoming “the Detroit of the South.”

    The city has experienced an ongoing succession of government scandals, ranging from a massive cheating racket to corruption, bribery, school-board incompetence and now the potential loss of accreditation for the local DeKalb County school system.

    For several years, problems of this sort have fueled political reforms, including the creation of new cities in northern Atlanta suburbs. Due to the intensification of corruption scandals in DeKalb, some state-level reform proposals could become national news very soon.

    ‘Super-white majority’ cities

    As a result of the unsavory politics in urban Atlanta, northern suburban communities acted to distance themselves. Beginning in 2005, many communities began the process of incorporating into cities.

    Thus far, Milton, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Chattahoochee Hills and Johns Creek have done so.

    These cities, after breaking away politically from urban Atlanta, have become so successful that a libertarian think tank, the Reason Foundation, has featured Sandy Springs as a model of effective government. The Economist has also applauded the northern Atlanta cities for solving the problem of unfunded government pension liability and avoiding the bankruptcy that looms over some urban areas. The new cities may soon be able to create their own school districts, which would free them even further from the issues besetting Atlanta.

    While incorporation has been popular with residents of the new cities, not all of Atlanta is as satisfied. The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus filed a lawsuit in 2011 to dissolve the new cities, claiming they were a “super-white majority” and diluting the voting power of minorities.

    A key leader in the black community and a driving force in support of the lawsuit, who wishes to remain anonymous, bemoaned the “disturbing tendency of black electorates to not elect the smartest and brightest, or even the cleverest.”

    Nonetheless, he believes that there is a social contract between the northern and southern parts of the county.

    “So when you allow powerful groups of citizens to opt out of a social contract, and form their own, it may benefit the group opting out, but it hurts the larger collective,” he said.

    The lawsuit would have canceled incorporation and tied the cities back into the very county that they purposefully left.

    State Rep. Lynne Riley, a Republican who represents one of the new cities, called the lawsuit “frivilous” and “disrespectful to the citizens of these cities who are most satisfied with their government.”

    The federal trial court rejected the lawsuit, and the court of appeals affirmed the dismissal. However, an attorney for the Black Caucus plans to file an amended lawsuit.

    Meanwhile, the same concerns that spurred incorporation continue to mount.

    Failing schools

    DeKalb County contributed to what the New York Times called “the biggest standardized test cheating scandal in the country’s history” in 2011.

    Now, the county is faced with losing its regional accreditation. Losing regional accreditation is, by any objective measure, a devastating indictment of a school board, with severe consequences for students and families within the district.

    When nearby Clayton County, Ga., lost its regional accreditation in 2008, it was the first school system in the country to do so in 40 years.

    The result in Clayton, according to the Pew Foundation, was that thousands of students left county schools, the district lost millions of dollars and hundreds of teachers were fired.

    In response to the Clayton County crisis, after witnessing the fallout and the harm to the state’s reputation, the legislature acted to prevent a repeat. In 2011, the Georgia legislature essentially gave the governor authority to remove board of education members when a district was placed on probation by the accreditation agency.

    Last December, DeKalb was placed on probation. Then, in January, the governor of Georgia used his new authority and removed six members of the nine-member DeKalb Board of Education.

    This year, well after the accreditation issue broke open, DeKalb school board elections were held. Four of nine board members were up for reelection. Voters in one of the four districts returned their incumbent board member for another term, despite knowing that accreditation was at risk.

    This week, a federal judge sided with the governor and agreed that the six suspended board members can be replaced. The decision places the dispute into the Georgia Supreme Court’s purview.

    As the issue looms, the mere mention of losing accreditation has impacted the housing market in DeKalb, with at least one potential buyer directing his realtor not to search for homes in the county.

    School leadership

    Recently, at the helm of the DeKalb school system stood Crawford Lewis. The former superintendent has been indicted on racketeering charges.

    Along with several of his associates, Lewis is accused by the DeKalb DA of fraud, theft by a government employee, bribery and a web of racketeering. The charges arose out of Lewis’ practice of steering lucrative government contracts toward favored companies.

    According to the indictment, Lewis also used government funds to pay for a hotel room, which he used as the venue for an affair. Lewis had this affair with a person who held the position of “Executive Director of the Office of School Improvement.”

    One of the numerous complaints about the DeKalb school board was that it voted to pay for Lewis’ legal defense. There had been a $100,000 cap on the costs allowed for legal defense, but the school board waived it for Lewis’ benefit.

    The CEO in charge

    At the very top, the head of DeKalb’s government is the position of CEO. The current CEO, Burrell Ellis, is being investigated for a list of concerns, including alleged bid rigging. Police searched Ellis’s home and office recently, and local news outlets report that while no charges have been filed, search warrants are reportedly aimed toward potential extortion, bribery, theft, conspiracy, and wire fraud in connection with private vendors who contract with the county.

    Most recently, Ellis sought approval from the county ethics board to establish a legal defense fund to benefit himself. The board rebuffed the request.

    A corrupt school board becomes a civil rights issue

    Instead of being treated as a story about rampant, inexcusable corruption, the school board fiasco has morphed into a civil rights issue. Atlanta’s NBC affiliate reports that the Georgia NAACP “accused Republican Governor Nathan Deal of being part of an alleged conspiracy to get rid of black office holders and deprive black voters of their rights.”

    State Rep. Tyrone Books pointed out that criticism of the governor needed to include a word about black politicians who supported the governor’s removal authority.

    “How can we complain about him when we have black folks standing there embracing the removal of black officials?” asked Brooks, D-Atlanta.

    The state legislature is trying to prevent public funds from being used in the legal defense of the ousted board members. Because the ousted board members see their positions as a civil rights entitlement, the attorney’s fees required for their defense will quickly rise, unless legislation puts an end to the entitlement.

    One of the suspended board members, Eugene Walker, responded to the judge’s ruling with a familiar appeal: “Minorities should not feel secure if contrived allegations from anonymous sources with hidden agendas can go to private agencies and to have their civil rights stolen away.”

    DeKalb has changed from majority white to majority black over the last several decades. As the Atlanta Journal Constitution gingerly put it: “The county’s transition from majority white to majority minority was politically rocky .”


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    Re: Suburbs Secede As Atlanta Becomes 'Detroit of the South'

    Well, maybe we should have picked our own cotton.

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    well we know the DRIFT(hidden agenda) of your 'PC' approach to this ISSUE so let's talk about THIS statement in the article!? com'on, you DO want to be an INVESTIGATIVE example for the PRESS, dont'cha ..................wish ya had a girlfreind like me, dont cha!? ::yelcutelaughA::crazy1:

    Minorities should not feel secure if contrived allegations from anonymous sources with hidden agendas can go to private agencies and to have their civil rights stolen away
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    Some miss the point that america is becoming the Detroit of the planet. The political/financial class oligarchs simply don't need an american middle class any more. We'll sell shit to Asia's burgeoning middle class and sodomize the society here for our deductions, exemptions and resources while we dangle never-to-return living wage jobs in front of their noses.
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    all the cities run by blacks are in ruin. You can't show one example on the planet of a black run city being a winner!!
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    Re: Suburbs Secede As Atlanta Becomes 'Detroit of the South'

    Quote Originally Posted by SnappyDan View Post
    all the cities run by blacks are in ruin. You can't show one example on the planet of a black run city being a winner!!
    CITY OF NEWARK RANKED 10TH BEST CITY
    IN THE UNITED STATES FOR SENIOR LIVING

    Study ranks Newark in nine categories: Healthcare, economy, health and longevity, social, environment, spiritual life, housing, transportation, and crime

    http://www.ci.newark.nj.us/press/pre...ior_living.php

    Newark, NJ – October 4, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker and Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement President Scott Perry announced today that Newark has been ranked as the 10th best city and metropolitan area in the United States for senior living.

    Criteria in the areas of senior issues and gerontology identified the qualities for optimal senior living. Major categories were: healthcare, economy, health and longevity, social, environment, spiritual life, housing, transportation and crime. Each category was statistically weighted to reflect the needs of the senior population. Minneapolis, Boston, and Pittsburgh were the top three cities, in order. The top 50 cities are listed below. Newark ranked high in the transportation, healthcare and social segments, and has one of the lowest crime rates in the metropolitan areas surveyed.

    The Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement Best Cities for Seniors 2011 was conducted in July of 2011 by the independent survey administrator Sperling’s Best Places and identified the top 50 metro areas. Scores for Newark and the complete report may be viewed at www.CenterForASecureRetirement.com.

    “Over the past five years, my administration has stressed the importance of addressing the needs and concerns of our senior citizens through a variety of social services and initiatives. The results of this survey demonstrate that we are succeeding in our efforts to transform Newark into a great place to live and work for people of all ages and backgrounds. We are proud of how Newark ranked in this national study,” Mayor Booker said.

    The Healthcare category includes physicians per capita, gerontologist to senior ratio, hospitals per capita, hospitals with special care, nursing homes per capita, nursing home beds per capita, continuing care retirement communities per capita and average nursing home rating.

    · Economy includes consumer price index, sales tax rate, the unemployment rate and the stability index.

    · Health and Longevity includes life expectancy, age 85 expectancy, depression rate, heart mortality and cancer mortality.

    · Social includes percentage of seniors, social and emotional support, satisfaction with life rating, art and museums, education level, recreation, four-year colleges and libraries.

    · Environment includes number of sunny days, clean air levels, clean water measurement, natural disaster risk index, ocean coastline miles, river and lake square mileage, and local/state park number and size.

    · Spiritual Life includes percent of population belonging to organized religions and the number of religious congregations.

    · Housing includes cost of living index, housing price, property taxes and apartment rentals.

    · Transportation includes public transportation, special access and mass transit percentage.

    · Crime includes violent crime rate and property crime rate.

    “Most surprising is that the survey results contain many cities we don’t often associate with senior living,” said Scott Perry, President of Bankers Life and Casualty Company, the national life and health insurer. “We weren’t interested in another study on where to enjoy your retirement, but instead wanted to find cities that did the best job in providing the services and support that seniors need. Newark may not come to mind when you think about where to spend your golden years, but their parks, education system, and low crime all earned top scores. In addition, the number of general and geriatric physicians, nursing home ratings and nursing homes per capita all ranked high, boding well for seniors.”

    Since 2006, the Booker Administration has worked hard to not only address the needs and concerns of Newark’s senior citizens, but to elevate their importance as role models, mentors, and active members of the community. In 2010, Mayor Booker swore in the City of Newark’s Senior Citizen Commission and in partnership with The Salvation Army opened the Grand Family Success Center in 2009, to assist grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Also in 2009, the City launched a senior homeowner rehab program to aid many struggling seniors with critical repairs, and developed multi-generational affordable housing for grandparents raising children. Mayor Booker also launched the NewarkHealthPlus and Newark Rx plan in partnership with Heinz Family Philanthropies and NewarkNow in 2010, to help Newark’s uninsured and under-insured residents receive quality, affordable medical care and prescription medication. The Department of Child and Family Well-Being has four buses that it uses to transport seniors. In addition, the City of Newark offers a number of programs, from Senior Water Aerobics and the annual Senior Fishing Derby to the Senior Fashion Show Extravaganza, and the Senior Citizens Police Academy,which had its largest class of 106 students in 2010. It has grown in popularity as a valuable activity and learning experience that is empowering Newark’s senior residents as auxiliaries to the Newark Police Department on crime prevention and public safety issues.

    For information about any City of Newark program or policy, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnappyDan View Post
    all the cities run by blacks are in ruin. You can't show one example on the planet of a black run city being a winner!!
    And there's pwrone's underlying implication!

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    It's ing NJ!! The whole place is a dump!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnappyDan View Post
    It's f-u-c-king NJ!! The whole place is a dump!!
    Well, I gotta agree with you Snappy.

    NJ is a dump, and Newark sucks.

    But, at least it ain't as bad Florida.

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    It's f-u-c-king NJ!! The whole place is a dump!!


    Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Look who got his shyte packed again. Hey Testicleese, tell us again how all govt housing residents are black. Oh wait, you had to backpeddle from that. Well then, tell us again how all govt housing residents in your state are black. Oh wait, you had to backpeddle from that too. Well then, tell us again how all govt housing residents in your city are black. Oh wait, you were wrong about that too.

    And you're back with the same MO, and nothing more. You keep following pwhine around that closely and sooner or later you're gonna be charged with sodomy.
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