Freaknik is a good example since until recently, I don’t recall county officials taking much of a proactive approach to anything that could have a negative impact (in many cases some former elected officials were Clayton’s own worst enemy!) I was in college during Freaknik’s heyday but never experienced it in person and if you go solely by news coverage, it looks out of control. After hearing that Atlanta issued no permits to party promoters, I wondered if they’d end up in Clayton somehow since events were planned outside of the perimeter.
It was good to see CCPD Chief Tim Robinson, Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, and other Clayton officials publicly shut Freaknik down here early last week before it even got started, although Clayton’s curfew in and of itself should have kept kids away (children under age 17 must be off the street from 11pm-6am Sunday-Thursday; and 12am-6am Friday-Saturday).
Further, while C-Tran’s demise was a nightmare for riders, it was the fiscally responsible thing for our Board of Commissioners to do for the sake of the majority. Hopefully SB 1393 will pass so it can be federally and/or state funded as is normally the case.
I also think some issues addressed in the survey were a bit unfair. For example, a licensed practical nurse stated, “The jobs I find are $2 [an hour] less than in Atlanta,” as opposed to Clayton. My job pays more in Atlanta too as opposed to Clayton. It also pays more than it would in Cobb, DeKalb, Fayette and any part of Fulton county that is not considered Atlanta proper. I don’t care what state one resides in, jobs in a major city usually pay more than anywhere else within the state.
For the record, this blog isn’t meant to be an invitation to trash Clayton county, although I’m sure some will take pleasure in doing so. But I still subscribe to the fact that life in Clayton is slowly improving.