Georgia Marathon

The sixth annual Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2012. The race will pass through Candler Park and several roads will be closed that morning, including part of McLendon Drive. For more information about the race, please visit

Road closures include:

North Ave from North Highland to Candler Park Drive, 7:25 - 9:30am

Candler Park Drive from North Ave to McLendon, 7:25 - 9:30am

McLendon Ave from Candler Park Drive to Clifton, 7:30 - 9:45am

Clifton Road from McLendon to Ponce, 7:30 - 9:45am

The marathon also goes through neighborhoods on virtually all sides of us, so expect road closures all morning.

Sun, 03/18/2012 (All day)

City Council Redistricting Meeting

Editor's notes about why this meeting matters: Atlanta is divided into 12 Council Districts representing between 33,000-37,000 residents each. When census results are posted, our City Council adjusts the District boundaries to try and even up the population (+/- 5%) for each representative.

Candler Park is in District 6 and we have Alex Wan as our representative.  Lake Claire is in City Council District 5 and has Natalyn Archibong. Inman Park is in District 2 and has Kwanza Hall. Though we all go to the same elementary school, our City Council reps vary greatly.

Our City Council is in the midst of redrawing those boundaries. Depending on which map they finally decide on, we will likely end up changing reps to either Kwanzaa Hall or Natalyn Archibong. Get more details at

Recently, in response to concerns from Morningside and Va-Hi about City Council and Atlanta School Board representative district alignment, the map was adjusted to move Grady High School back into District 6 in the new map.
Council is now hearing from many Midtown residents about the same issue and the possibility of changes to the map again.
Per Alex Wan, it appears very likely that the Committee on Council will be finalizing the map on Tuesday, January 17, at 11:15 am. At this meeting there will be a public hearing where citizens will have the opportunity to share your opinions before the map is approved. If you want your voice to be heard on which Council district Grady High School will be placed, please email Council members or attend the public hearing.


Meeting notice from City Hall:


Atlanta City Council’s Redistricting Process


Interested citizens of Atlanta are invited to lend their voices to the City of Atlanta’s Redistricting Process at another public hearing during the next regular meeting of the Atlanta City Council’s Committee on Council.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

11:15 am

Atlanta City Hall

Committee Room 2, Second Floor

55 Trinity Avenue, SW

Atlanta, GA 30303

A copy of the Charter amending Ordinance 11-O-1827 and its attached Plan 6 map under consideration by the Council may be reviewed in the Office of Municipal Clerk at City Hall or visit the City Council website at:

This public hearing pertains to the redrawing of city council district boundaries.

For more redistricting information, please email or call (404) 330-6771.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:15am - 12:15pm
55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Committee Room 2, Second Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303

Recap of January 9 APS Meeting

Jan 15 2012

As drafted by a Lake Claire resident and circulated on the Candler Park Parents email list:

Jan 9 Meeting Summary (Key Points Relevant for SRT -3)

·       Meeting started with a review of the redistricting project – what has been accomplished to date and next steps.  Refer to the timeline later in this note for details on next steps and timing.

·       The final 2 – 3 options will be presented at the end of January followed by more community meetings (refer to the get involved section for more detail).

·       Morningside voiced their perspectives and presented a 1000+ signature petition.  They want to keep Morningside Elementary in the Inman Middle/Grady feeder path (versus going to the proposed new middle and high school to be constructed).

·       SPARK voiced their perspectives and also presented a 1000+ signature petition.  They are very much opposed to the split academy  proposal with Hope-Hill and want $ to continue to expand SPARK.  Key concern of these parents is that their children were recently moved from Morningside to SPARK, and a split academy proposal would be yet another move for their children.

·       Kirkwood residents made the case to expand either Toomer or Coan to be a K-8 school and rezone the neighborhoods to the north (i.e. 30307) to this school.   Stated it would be fiscally irresponsible for APS to build a new middle school when an under enrolled facility (Toomer/Coan) could be used instead, and brought to capacity by rezoning neighborhoods to the north to it.  (Kirkwood APS rep supports this and recommended the board consider this proposal)

·       Consistent comments from many parents about the lack of transparency in the process, data inaccuracies, opposition to split primary school academies, the positives of having children attend schools that are walkable/bike-able, APS needs to improve the quality of all schools in the system, etc.

Key Takeaways

·       The final 2 (maybe 3) proposals will look very different than the four options presented back in December.  The original options were created to drive community feedback, and the final options take into account the community feedback (as stated by APS).   So while the original proposals kept 30307 in the Inman Middle/Grady cluster, we should not assume we will remain in the final proposals

·       While there were many requests for a more inclusive and transparent process, the timeline (see below) will not change (per APS).   That means we as a community will need to be prepared to act quickly when the final options are presented late January.

·       The final rezoning proposals are meant to last 10 years are longer – it is important that the final option is one that works for our community. 

Redistricting Project Timeline

·       January 2012 Demographers will develop the final 2 – 3 rezoning proposals based on ABOE and community input.

·       January 30 – Feb 2 2012:  Final 2- 3 options are presented, community meetings held.

·       February 2012 - Demographers will collect and evaluate community response to the  options and debrief the ABOE.  Final report delivered.

·       March 2012:  Superintendent Erroll Davis will take ownership of the process through the following phases: Superintendent Evaluation, Superintendent's Public Hearings, and Superintendent's Report and Recommendations

·       April 2012:  Final Superintendent Recommendations to the ABOE

·       Fall of 2012-13 School Year: Implementation

Get Involved

(1)   Reach out to Our Representatives

It was clearly stated at the Jan 9 ABOE meeting that the demographers are still open to public feedback and are also taking into account guidance provided to them by APS Board Reps based on the community feedback they receive.   The Demographers are drafting the final options, the Superintendent will recommend one to the Board, and the Board will make the final decision.  

·       Superintendent Erroll Davis:

·       Brenda Muhammad:

·       Reuben McDaniel:

·       Cecily Harsch-Kinnane:  (CP/LC rep)

·       Courtney English:

·       Nancy Meister:

·       LaChandra Butler-Burks:

·       Yolanda Johnson:

·       Emmett Johnson:

·       Demographers:

(2) Attend Key Meetings 

Mark your calendars to attend these important meetings - strong attendance from our community is important to ensure our opinions are heard and that we are viewed as a cohesive, active group.

January 30th - SRT3 Community Meeting  (Final 2 – 3 rezoning options will be presented and discussed)

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Location:  Jackson High
  • 801 Glenwood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316

February 6th – Next APS Board Meeting

  • 2:00 p.m. – Board Committee Meeting (no public comments)
  • 6:00 p.m. – Community Meeting (public comments)
  • ***It is critical that you arrive by 5:30  to get your name on the list to speak****
  • Location:  APS - The Center for Learning and Leadership Auditorium
  • At 130 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Where to Get More Information

Informational source organized by parents to support the Grady High School cluster of schools and help improve them where possible.

Online discussion forum – very interesting to hear point of views from parents/residents of other neighborhoods (e.g. Morningside, Kirkwood, etc.).

Community news site that regularly publishes articles and points of view of the redistricting, and also has a repository of all the neighborhood positioning statements.

Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools, represents a cluster of eleven schools, all located within Atlanta in town neighborhoods. CINS mission is to work with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to foster the development of safe, quality education, in the Grady cluster of schools.

Atlanta Public Schools Redistricting Page

Want To Be Featured in AJC's Private Quarters of Sunday Homefinder?

Jan 15 2012

From AJC Photographer Christopher Oquendo, as passed along by a Candler Park resident. If interested, please send Christopher an email.


Happy New Year!  I am reaching out to you because in the past you have supplied me stories to run in the AJC’s Private Quarters of the Sunday Homefinder.  I am putting together my stories that will run Spring/Summer and wanted to see if you might have any families that would like to be featured along with their homes (features of their home,renovations or things they love about their community) for the paper.

The one restriction that the paper has is that homes cannot be for sale. I am looking for homes inside and outside the perimeter with the first choice going to outside the perimeter.

Here are some sample galleries that have I have had published:

Events Process Guidelines

Jan 13 2012

Every year, a few dozen events take place in and around Candler Park. Some are small road races with a few hundred runners and other are large festivals that bring more than fifteen thousand visitors to our neighborhood. Regardless of their size, these events impact our neighborhood in ways large and small.

Many impacts are positive: we're lucky to live somewhere that we can take part in so many activities right outside our door. Often, event organizers give money and volunteer hours back to the community. And we can take pride in living in a neighborhood others want to visit.

Other impacts are less welcome. Large events bring traffic and parking problems, noise issues, litter, and crime. Our quality of life can be affected. Frequently these negative impacts are unnecessary and occur only because the organizers aren't familiar with our neighborhood, and don't know how to plan for them. 

This happens because the City of Atlanta gives us a limited voice in the planning and approval process for these events. And they give no guidance at all to event organizers about how they should engage with the neighborhood. Consequently, many event organizers don't know who to work with in Candler Park and we miss opportunities to make events better for both visitors and our neighbors.

We'd like to change that. We have proposed a set of guidelines for how event organizers should engage with the neighborhood, and we'll discuss them at our upcoming membership meeting. The guidelines can be found here. Please review them and come prepared to share your ideas on January 16th.

These are a work in progress, so we welcome feedback and suggestions. However, we'd like to start socializing these guidelines outside the neighborhood, so we will take a vote of support for using them. If you have questions before the meeting, please address them to

CPNO Monthly Meeting Monday at 6:30 pm

Jan 12 2012

The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization monthly meeting is this Monday, January 16th. We'll start with socializing (wine, beer, and snacks) at 6:30 pm and move on to general business at 7 pm.

Reminder, we have child care available!

On the agenda this month:

  • Votes on grants to fund the L5P Mini-Precinct and a ramp replacement at First Existentialist Church
  • A discussion and vote on our proposed event process to help manage the impact of festivals on our neighborhood
  • An update on the proposed Candler Park visioning exercise

Where: First Existentialist Congregation (470 Candler Park Drive) -- Across from the golf course

When: January 16th at 6:30 pm (this Monday)

Significant Votes

  • We will vote on a zoning variance at 620 Oakdale.
  • We will vote on a Liquor License application for Cameli's Pizza at 337 Moreland Avenue.
  • We will vote on a $4,000 grant to the First Existentialist Church for a ramp replacement.
  • We will vote on a $5,000 grant to the Little Five Points Business Association for operating the Mini-Precinct.

CPNO Board Memo on Little Five Points Mini-Precinct Grant

Jan 11 2012

The Little Five Points Business Association has asked us for $5,000 towards the operating budge of the mini-precinct in Little Five Points. They need about $20,000 per year for rent & utilities. Labor (one police officer) is provided & paid for by the City of Atlanta.

Their funding for 2012 includes $5,000 from the Inman Park Neighborhood Association, $5,000 from the Halloween Festival, and $6,000 in donations from businesses and individuals (numbers taken from the budget they provided in the grant request). Our $5,000 would complete their funding needs for 2012.

More information about this grant can be found in this article written by the Little Five Points Business Association.

When we discussed this grant, the board expressed reservations about the limited contribution from businesses and the hours the precinct is staffed (9-5 on weekdays only). There were also concerns about the size of our expected contribution given that our budget is significantly smaller than IPNA.

We have asked several times what it would take to adjust operating hours to more closely conform to our current crime problem times -- evenings and weekends -- but have not gotten an answer. To help make a solution to that a priority, a board member proposed a compromise: $2,500 given unconditionally, and $2,500 given on the condition that staffing transitions to at least 20 hours a week between 7pm and 2am.

The board recommendation is to support this grant application with the condition that these requirements are included. We voted on the following proposed motion:

"A motion to give $5,000 to the Little Five Points Business Association for rent and utility expenses related to operating the Mini-Precinct. Half of this money will be given immediately, and half once APD staffs the precinct between 7pm and 2am at least 20 hours per week."

We will take a vote on this grant application at our upcoming membership meeting on Monday, January 16th.


CPNO Board Memo on First Existentialist Church Ramp Replacement Grant

Jan 11 2012

The First Existentialist Church has asked us for $4,000 to help with a ramp replacement project. The ramp will be replaced with a mechanical lift. They have already raised $7,000 via grants from their national church organizing body, and believe they can raise the remaining money from their membership.

More information about this grant can be found in an article written by First E and published on our web site.

In general, the this grant aligns with our mission to promote the common good and general welfare in our neighborhood. As with other grants, we recommend we attaching conditions to our funding that specify when the money needs to be spent by, and that the organizers must raise enough money to complete the project before we disburse funds.

The board recommendation is to support this grant application with the condition that these requirements are included. We voted on the following proposed motion:

"A motion to give $4,000 to First Existentialist Church towards the purchase of a mechanical lift to replace their existing ramp. These funds will be released when the project is fully funded. All work must be complete by December 31st, 2012".

We will take a vote on this grant application at our upcoming membership meeting on Monday, January 16th.

APS Community Meeting Regarding New Maps / Options

Note: Candler Park is in SRT-3, so the community meeting for our cluster of schools is on January 30 at Jackson High School. Please attend if you can so we have a good showing and we all stay informed.


Posted on the APS web site:

The next round of Demographic Community Meetings have been scheduled.  Demographers will present new options and maps to the public and request input.  Please see the list below for dates and locations:

January 30, 2012:  SRT 3 – Jackson High School

January 31, 2012:  SRT 1 and SRT 4 North West – Young Middle School

February 1, 2012:  SRT 4 North East – North Atlanta High School

February 2, 2012 SRT 2 – Price Middle School

All meetings begin at 6:30pm.

The first presentation of options and maps by demographers took place at the end of 2011.  Below are documents and support data from those meetings.  New options and maps will be posted on the district’s website  prior to the January 31 – February 2 meetings.

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Jackson High School - 801 Glenwood Avenue Southeast Atlanta, GA 30316-1813

APS Board Meeting on Monday, January 9

Jan 8 2012

Update following the meeting:  For a play-by-play, you can read the live tweeting here.


  • No slow-down of the process is happening, per APS Superintendent Davis
  • Two new scenarios will be available online prior to community meetings the week of Jan 30
  • Feedback on the scenarios will be considered and is supposedly very important
  • Recommendations go to Superintendent in March, then the demographers are out of it and it's in Davis' hands.
  • March - supposedly more public feedback
  • April - final recommendations, will be voted on and ultimately approved by the board
  • New plan will go into effect for the 2012/2013 school year


As posted on the Candler Park Parents email list:

APS will be conducting its monthly board meeting Monday, January 9th.  For those of you following the demographic study and possible rezoning, there will be an update on the study at 2:00 p.m.  At 6:00 p.m. the community meeting will be held, where comments from the public will be heard.  If you want to speak at this meeting, you must arrive by 5:40 p.m. to sign up.  The location and agenda for tormorrow's session can be found below.
My understanding is that this meeting will likely have good attendance with parents from local neighborhoods/schools, as this is the LAST MEETING PRIOR TO THE TWO FINAL REZONING OPTIONS BEING PUBLISHED (end of January).
It is important that OUR (Mary Lin and IP/CP/LC) voice is  heard at this meeting.  Other schools/neighborhoods are planning on being very vocal/visible at this meeting.  
Please attend if you can  - details are below.  
Meeting Location:
Center for Learning and Leadership
130 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Janauary 9, 2012 - BOARD MEETING NOTICE
2:00 PM - Committee of the Whole
Organizational Meeting (Board Elections)
Work Session Topics
1. Chuck Burbridge, Chief Financial Officer
-Financial Forecast
2. Steve Smith, Deputy Superintendent & Chief of Staff
-Demographic Study Update
6:00 PM - Community Meeting
7:00 PM - Legislative Meeting