Community Forum Saturday: Funding Bicycle Projects Post-TSPLOST

Jan 24 2013

Hi everyone,

I'd like to invite you to attend a community forum on transportation funding being hosted by the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition this Saturday, January 26 from 4-7 pm at Studioplex.

Community Forum: funding for bicycle transportation post-TSPLOST

Still feeling blue about alternate transportation options in the ATL following the failure of the T-SPLOST back in July? Want to learn more about how to effectively advocate for better cycling here in Atlanta, using proven planning, research, and organizing strategies--rather than reinventing the advocacy wheel?

Join ABC staff and volunteers at a Community Forum Saturday, January 26 from 4-7pm at Studioplex. Bring your big ideas and enthusiasm for cycling.
Facilitators from the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists will give a short presentation on what's happening around the country in places where referendums have failed. A city planner will bring us up to speed on current bicycle projects in the city. Then you'll hear all about ABC’s newly developed campaign and how supporters can get involved.

The forum is an addition to the Winning Campaigns training ABC board, staff, and some volunteers are participating in Friday and Saturday (http://bit.ly/VGqd58 to learn more).

This is a free and informal event, with opportunities for mingling, asking questions, and sharing your point of view.
Complimentary appetizers will be provided, along with a small cash/donations wine table.

Location: Studioplex http://goo.gl/maps/yRmTe (metal door if you go to street view)
RSVP on Facebook (www.facebook.com/events/191285507682364/) or Eventbrite (http://communityforumbikefunding.eventbrite.com)


Thanks,
Rebecca
--
Rebecca Serna, Executive Director
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
rebecca@atlantabike.org

213 Mitchell St. Atlanta 30303
o: (404) 881-1112
c: (678) 431-5079
Join today to support Atlanta's voice for better biking at www.atlantabike.org.

Are You Struggling to Make Your Mortgage Payment?

Jan 24 2013

See attached flyer for info on a "Help for Homeowners Event" to be held Friday, January 25.

 

Sponsored by HOPE NOW.

 

Free.

Community Meeting on Ponce de Leon Avenue Improvement Projects for 2013

Jan 24 2013

Dear Neighbors

Ponce De Leon Avenue is slated for several road improvement projects over the next several years to enhance its efficiency and improve the mobility of pedestrians, cyclist, and vehicles.

We invite you to attend the community meeting “Open House” on February 7, 2013 at Inman Middle School from 6:30pm-8:00pm to learn more about the road improvement projects, anticipated sequencing of these projects, and more detailed schedule information where possible. See the attached flyer for additional details. 

Sincerely,

Lynnette Reid
Community Engagement Advocate
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Office: 404.477.3551         Fax: 404.477.3607         lreid@atlbeltline.org

Coyote Meeting

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – Church of the Epiphany – Atlanta

The Druid Hills Civic Association is sponsoring a meeting on January 29, at 7:30 p.m., for a discussion on coyotes living within intown communities in Atlanta.

The meeting will begin with three speakers:

  • Chip Elliott, a coyote trapper who has been working throughout the metro Atlanta area for over 20 years. He was recently hired by private citizens to trap coyotes in two locations in Druid Hills. (That trapping is now complete.)
  • Chris Mowry, an associate professor and head of the biology department at Berry College. A former resident of Druid Hills, he has studied coyotes in the southeast and Yellowstone National Park, and he’s currently talking with local and state officials about a proposal to study coyotes in Atlanta.
  • Mary A. Paglieri, a consultant with Little Blue Society in the San Francisco area. The Society specializes in human-animal conflict resolution, and Mary is the Director of Program Design and Implementation.

The speakers will be followed by a generous Q&A period.

The Church of the Epiphany is located at the corner of East Lake Rd. and Ponce de Leon Ave. (2089 Ponce de Leon Ave; Atlanta, GA 30307). The entrance drive to the church is on East Lake Rd. The meeting will be held in the parish hall.

For more information: Bob Ballou (rcballou@bellsouth.net)

Date: 
Tue, 01/29/2013 - 7:30pm
Location: 
089 Ponce de Leon Ave; Atlanta, GA 30307

Quarterly Meeting with Parks Commissioner

Jan 24 2013

 

The City of Atlanta
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

  Invites You To

The Commissioner’s Council on Parks, Recreation and

Green Space Quarterly Meeting

Hosted by

  Commissioner George Dusenbury

  Wednesday, February 6, 2013

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
 

The Atlanta Civic Center

395 Piedmont Avenue, NE

Atlanta, GA 30308

Take a Break from Hibernation at the Groundhog Day Dance!

Jan 22 2013

 

The Lake Claire Community Land Trust invites you to dance the midwinter blues away at our first-ever Groundhog Day Dance. It’s happening on Saturday, February 2, 8:00 pm to midnight, at the First Existential Congregation, 470 Candler Park Drive, 30307. A number of local musicians have agreed to perform to help support and develop the Land Trust’s programs, and the music planned for this evening demonstrates that idea in a dramatic way.

Once again, Dr. Bill Fleming has agreed to perform, recruiting friends with whom to harmonize and play. Whenever Bill plays, people feel like moving around rhythmically, and Groundhog Day at the “E Church” will be an opportunity to satisfy the need we all have to dance, along with helping our local green spot remain healthy.

Ralph Roddenbery and Tommy Jones, who have performed at the Land Trust in the past, will be returning to give a hand to the Land Trust as it moves to expand its programs supporting the arts, nature, and the community. Ralph and Tommy will be drawing on that deep Southern tradition of “poetry in motion” as the evening progresses

Opening the program will be the Radio Ramblers, including Bob and Gail Vinsentin, long time friends of the Land Trust, and Michael Ellis, Atlanta’s legendary Good Morning Blues man. Michael’s Friday morning “Good Morning Blues” program, 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. on WRFG (89.3 on the FM dial, and streaming live 24 hours a day at wrfg.org) has long enchanted listeners. Not only does Michael have an encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, but he is an adept practitioner of the musical arts: you do not want to miss his eclectic guitar stylings.

Beverages and snacks will be served; suggested donation is $10.00 (and up, as Charlie Pope likes to say). We hope to see you there in support of one of Atlanta and Lake Claire’s favorite garden spots, the Lake Claire Community Land Trust!

-- LCCLT Board member Dave Fasano

The mission of the Lake Claire Community Land Trust is to acquire, maintain, and protect green space for neighborhood enhancement and education; and to provide a place for neighbors and friends to celebrate nature, community, and the arts.”

Visit us at www.LCCLT.org!

 

Carjacking at Edgewood Shopping Center -- second incident

Jan 20 2013

From APD: ON JANUARY 20, 2013 AT 4:08 AM OFFICER P. WILLIAMS WAS DISPATCHED TO 1275 CAROLINE ST. TO INVESTIGATE A REPORTED CARJACKING.  UPON ARRIVIN AT THE TARGET SHOPPING CENTER, OFFICER WILLIAMS SPOKE WITH THE VICTIM WHO STATED THAT HIS CAR WAS STOLEN AT GUNPOINT BY A BLACK MALE WEARING A BLACK HAT AND WEARING A HOODIE. THE VICTIM STATED THAT HE HAD PULLED UP TO WORK AT THE TARGET SHOPPING CENTER AND AS HE WAS GETTING OUT OF HIS VEHICLE ( A 2000 MAROON SATURN LS BEARING GA. LICENSE PLATE PFG9420) AN UNKNOWN BLACK MALE ARMED WITH A SILVER REVOLVER HANDGUN APPROACHED HIM.  THE GUNMAN DEMANDED THAT HE GET OUT OF THE CAR AND TOLD HIM TO WALK OFF. THE VICTIM WALKED WITH HIS HANDS UP TOWARDS THE ENTRANCE OF THE TARGET. THE SUSPECT JUMPED INTO HIS VEHICLE AND DROVE OFF TOWARD MORELAND AVE.  THE VICTIM STATED THAT THERE WAS ANOTHER VEHICLE INVOLVED THAT WAS STANDING BY AS A LOOKOUT. HE DID NOT KNOW  THE MAKE AND MODEL OF THE 2ND VEHICLE AND DID NOT GET A LOOK AT THE DRIVER, BUT WAS POSITIVE THE VEHICLE WAS A BLACK FOUR DOOR S.U.V. HE  WAS NOT INJURED DURING THE INCIDENT.

Master Plan Committee Update

Jan 19 2013

 

The Candler Park Master Plan Committee is excited to announce that we have completed the evaluation of the 6 firms who submitted a proposal in response to our RFP. The firm who the Master Planning Committee will be recommending to lead our neighborhood in this process if we choose to proceed with the Master Plan is Market and Main. To learn more about the Market and Main team we have selected feel free to look at their website http://www.marketandmain.net/index.html

At January’s Membership meeting, the committee will be introducing Market and Main to the neighborhood, describing our evaluation process, and presenting Market and Main’s proposed vision for a Candler Park Master Plan. Aaron Fortner (Principal Partner of Market & Main) will be present at the meeting to present the plan with our committee and answer questions from the membership.

Included in our presentation of the plan will be the following:

·          Details of the evaluation process

·          Planning Philosophy of Market and Main

·          Details of the proposed plan (Timeline to be eligible for the Quality of Life Bond, Scope of Work included in the plan, Neighborhood Involvement, Funding Strategy).

Our committee has been researching and gathering information about Master Planning and what it could mean for Candler Park throughout the course of the past 7 months. Along the way we have been updating the neighborhood of our progress at every monthly neighborhood meeting, held public forums, and posted periodic updates to the Messenger and neighborhood website.

In case you are new to the neighborhood or haven’t been engaged over the past few months, I’ve posted the RFP which we made public to firms and interested neighbors upon request in November, and I’ve also reposted (below) the video segments about what Master Planning involves and why it is so important that neighborhoods go through this type of planning process from our Traffic Forum in August.  This forum discussion which included (Alex Wan - our City Council Representative and Aaron Fortner) led to our committee deciding a Master Plan was the best method for our neighborhood to build consensus in a community building setting in order to address not only traffic issues, but a diverse set of interconnected issues/concerns which neighbors continue to bring to our attention and would like to see addressed (land use, sidewalks, streetscape, walkability, open space, zoning, and urban design) 

Alex Wan segments
Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx12eOsNSzY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ETUSezAXH0&feature=channel&list=UL

Alex Wan & Aaron Fortner segments

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG3PTz9mdf4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zs4VpmNsxE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxjSNn3vWO0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpArGFrNt4s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

We are incredibly excited to share with you the details of the proposed Candler Park Master Plan on Monday at the January membership meeting! We hope after you all learn more about Market & Main, the proposed planning process for the neighborhood, and the potential opportunities which could come to the neighborhood as a result of us going through this process this year, you will be as excited as our committee to support the neighborhood moving forward with this process! We hope you’ll use Monday night and the weeks ahead to learn more about the proposed plan and to ask any questions you may have!

Jimmy Bligh

 Public Safety Officer - Candler Park Neighborhood Organization 

Update from Happy Ending Productions about Sweetwater 420

Jan 18 2013

Just a reminder, in case you didn't see it in the email blast, but we will not be voting on the Sweetwater 420 Festival at the January 21st meeting.  As the event won't be on the NPU-N agenda until February, we plan to take advantage of the extra time to continue to work with Happy Ending Productions and the City to help allay concerns about the event.  We plan to get an update from Jenn on Monday, January 21st and vote in February.

In addition, here is an update from Jenn Bensch at Happy Endings:

  1. We took the guidance that the member committee made at the December meeting and submitted the application in accordance with site plan and proposal A
  2. Updated signage for Traffic and Parking Plan -  attached to this post. 
  3. We have created parking spaces on the Candler Park Drive to assign the church, golf course, and those without driveways.  We will be in touch with passes and assignment of these spaces closer to the festival. Anyone without a drive way on CP Drive please contact Crystal Bryan at resident@sweetwater420fest.com
  4. We have a meeting scheduled for January 25th at 10am with Councilmen Wann and Hall ,as well as members of the CPNO and MARTA.  We will send out an email after this meeting with updates on MARTA.
  5. We are looking into the doing a drivers license instead of passes for those residents in the effected street closing zones.  This is standard protocol for Piedmont Park events.  We will have a final decision by Monday nights meeting on this.

As always, please reach out with additional questions.

Thanks,

Steve Cardwell

President, Candler Park Neighborhood Organization

Revised Storm Water Ordinance

Jan 18 2013

From the City of Atlanta Dept of Watershed Management:

Please share the revised Storm Water Ordinance with your neighborhood association (it is attached).  Please inform your neighborhood that citizens are welcome to contact their councilmember to express opinions about the ordinance.  If there are any questions concerning the ordinance please contact Susan Rutherford at 404-546-1251.