County cars, C-Tran and Xpress, oh my!

Thanks to Governor Sonny Perdue’s late signing of House Bill 1446, one thing that we will not be voting on come July 20 is the legislation aimed at reinstating bus service. It is also possible that by this time next year, there will be no public transportation in Clayton at all.

On Tuesday, July 13 (5:30 PM–7:00 PM) C-Tran supporters will march from the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) Park and Ride in Jonesboro to the Board of Commissioners meeting. As per the web site, “The purpose of this rally is to urge the [BOC] to approve House Bill 277, allowing for a public transportation only sales tax to bring back public transportation in Clayton County.”

According to the AJC, Clayton residents will vote on whether to join MARTA in November via a non-binding straw poll. The BOC has until September 2 to approve a binding vote and if not, the state legislature would need to grant an extension.

Additionally, Xpress bus riders are facing fare increases and a looming cutoff date.

“In order to permit the Xpress service to continue operation until June 2011, when the fiscal year 2012 state budget can be considered, [GRTA] management has proposed a group of expense reductions and revenue enhancements,” states Marketing Director Robert Alexander.

Those enhancements include, “Reduc[ing] the rate of discount on the pre-sold fare media and restructure the pass and multiple ticket system; end acceptance of free transfers from MARTA; and, increase cash fares for six GRTA-operated Xpress routes …”  which includes Clayton’s route #440.  Fares will be calculated based on distance, so the farther away you live the more money you’ll pay.

Xpress will accept public comment on the proposed fare policy change through August 6, 2010.  Xpress customers and the public may provide comment on the proposed fare policy changes in writing delivered to the GRTA offices (245 Peachtree Center Ave., Suite 800, Atlanta, 30303); by e-mail to customerservice@XpressGa.com; or at either of two public meetings that will be held on August 5, 2010, the first from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the second from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the GRTA offices.

Do you ride the Xpress bus? Will you pay the increased fare or find another way to work? Will you march on Tuesday to help reinstate bus service in Clayton?

Finally, what are your thoughts on Tax Commissioner Terry Baskins’ recent brush with the law? Out of all the county employees whose car(s) could be taken, why take one from the person responsible for collecting taxes?

84 comments Add your comment

Roach

July 12th, 2010
11:59 am

You have to believe that the attack on Terry Baskins is personal. We can only wonder what it was that Baskins said to, or refused to do for, the puppet (wade for it) master that caused him to lash out like this.
Actually, I’m disappointed. What, no SWAT team? No snipers on the rooftops? An urgent order to impound the cars (maybe Baskins was threatening to go to Sonic for lunch?) is fine enough, but Clayton County has come to expect more from its two-bit tyrants. Lawsuits are looming–if Clayton County wants to save money, it needs to retire the three-headed puppet of Smith Street.

Nemesis

July 12th, 2010
12:16 pm

While I don’t know If Mr. Baskins needs to take his car home or not. I Do feel that if The policy is that the only ones to take home vehicles is Law Enforcement . Then every on of the commissioners County cars should have been the FIRST to go Oh that includes Starr’s and Cohilias cars too. The same goes with the pay cuts. you start at the top and work your way down..
Now The way Mr. Baskins vehicles were taken smacks at political dirty tricks. and unfortunately has opened the County up for another lawsuit we can not win. If it wasn’t political payback there would of been no reason to make sure the media was there to film it beforehand. The media were there so the voters could see Mr. Baskins arrested. I guess he should not have had a fund raiser and given his support for one of the Commissioners opponents. This taught him didn’t it?

sam

July 12th, 2010
12:19 pm

please lets not tax ourselves for marta and be taxed again in 2012 boc please keep it out. let the the state or fed pay for it .clayton co. pays more than anyone else in taxes

jimmy (conservative brother)

July 12th, 2010
12:47 pm

Roach, you are on the right track. According to the story printed by the Clayton News daily Baskins apparently attended a fund raiser for Wole Ralph’s ex wife who just happens to be running against Sonna Singleton for her commission seat. We know that Ralph is not above using law enforcement to strike out at his wife. Remember when he had Victor Hill tell his wife to leave the Love Joy City Council meeting where she had been invited to speak.
According to the same article Bell stated that there was no apparent reason for this action since the budget has already been balanced and passed. I think there needs to be an immediate investigation on the actions of this County Commission. This action and the questionable firing of the police chief which also seems to be more personal than business.
Turner stood up to the commissioners on several issues and won with the support of many homeowners associations. Now that he has been dismissed rumor has it that the commissioners are also looking at getting rid of the police vehicle take home policy as well. Turner made valid arguments for the current police vehicle policy and won.
This election appears to be so important now. We can not let this commission continue to drag this county into a hole. They talk about budget cuts but none of the cuts are coming from their offices. All the new positions created and raises given in the commissioners office while all other departments struggle with depleted staffs and no raises in six years.
We have to look at places where the county can not only save money but make money before we start making drastic cuts with regard to personnel, especially Constitutional Officials and law enforcement.
Why have none of the commissioners talked about selling the beach and the airport inside Henry County. Why are we building another Recreational Center. We are building another center in Jonesboro when we already have two (senior center at beach, aquatic center). There is no question in my mind that we are loosing money while securing, staffing, and everyday upkeep on the centers in existence. The two shootings over the weekend show that the great reasoning for building them in the first place just isn’t working.

disgusted

July 12th, 2010
1:06 pm

Please tell me how 2 (tax commissioner) cars can save so much money. What about those departments that have numerous cars, eventhough they fall under the umbrella of “law enforcement” they could be parked at night and not driven home as these go out at night on calls. Employees are furloughed, but they continue to get a car to drive to work and back. I could really save a lot of my hard earned money, if I did not have to upkeep a way to get me to my job.

19&41

July 12th, 2010
1:51 pm

Let the people who want public transit in the county PAY FOR IT. This county can not raise more taxes for freebies that are given away as commissioners’ patronage. MARTA will not transport people on a revenue negative basis. Atlanta is learning this Clayton County needs to. CTRAN’s current status should be a hint. Ask the operators from ATU 732 which ones will drive out of the goodness of their heart, because the buses ain’t gonna be burning extra taxes in this county. The people who has to pay them are getting tapped out, and are tired of paying for votes for these dead end commissioners.

Barbara

July 12th, 2010
4:53 pm

Don’t vote for people who want C-Tran

Ric Baxter

July 12th, 2010
5:15 pm

The tax commissioner’s office does a lot more then go back and forth home in a county car. They move tag inventory from office to office, make bank deposits, attends meeting in and out of the county.

Do I think that some of the take home cars are unnecessary, of course. The two cars that were take seem to b the only cars that the tax commissioners office had.The tax commissioner was elected by the people of Clayton to conduct the peoples business. I suspect that most offices have county vehicles to do county work. If they county took back all the cars that Baskins office has how is that business to be done. Edrin Bell says that the study of what to do with take home cars has not been finished. Can Bell not control the people who work for him?

This smacks of payback by a petty bunch of county commissioners who single out a department for retaliation for supporting someone else.

Last I heard, freedon of speech and assembly has not yet been taken away.

Bellwether

July 12th, 2010
6:55 pm

Keep chasing the boogeyman — and you’ll soon find yourself lost in the woods. That’s where the people of Clayton are. Constantly voting for a bunch of politicians that don’t have your best interest at heart! Since accreditation loss all Clayton’s politicians has gone in a free fall— 1) commission chair suits commission, 2) fires top cop, 3) commission chair shot off finger, 4) Sonny report legislators didn’t pay taxes 5) arrest tax assessor. This county is the abyss! Good Luck with your vote!

DirtyPolitics

July 12th, 2010
8:12 pm

Roach, you are exactly right. There is no doubt the attack on Terry Baskins (Clayton County Tax Commissioner) is personal, and for all the reasons you pointed out (he’s not a puppet in the BOC theatre and he supports a candidate that will replace a present board member in an upcoming election), and all those riding the vindictive wagon need to be removed as continued embarrassment for the county. This has to be the first time in history that an ELECTED tax commissioner is arrested and hancuffed (will Clayton County ever stop embarrassing itself?)
The Tax Commissioners office is the money collector for the county. If ANY department needs cars to conduct business, it is the tax commissioners office. Eldrin Bell cautioned about cutting off an arm to spite their face and setting themselves up for a possible lawsuit, and that is exactly what they have done with the seizure of the cars given the function of the tax commissioners office (revenue collection). Were the tax commissioners vehicles purchased through his budget? If so, those vehicles are not costing the county anything but gas given that they are probably still under the warranty (and repairs are covered). No one could possibly be so gullible to believe that the seizure of the cars is to save the county money given the many other individuals who use their county cars as personal vehicles including Eldrin Bell who recently wrecked his while NOT on county business and uses it for personal use all the time. There is no doubt that cars being used by others should be removed, starting with Eldrin Bell, the Board of Commissions, Starr, Cohilas, and working from the top down as another suggested. There is a long list of individuals who use county owned vehicles for personal transportation and who need to turn them in to truly save the county money. Why are they always exempt when the issue of county vehicles comes up, and idiotically thinking that a statement of how two cars from the revenue collecting aspect of the county is going to save the taxpayers has any merit? The transparent seizure of the tax commissioners office vehicles has nothing to do with saving the taxpayers money, especially given that odds are they are going to turn around and give the vehicles to other members of the county for personal use. Nemsis you called it right-”Political dirty tricks” and Mr. Baskin is a true leader by standing tall calling those responsible out for the “shenanigans”. We need more elected officials who will stand up and expose vindictiveness and political dirty tricks such as those displayed last Friday. These shenanigans are just another in the long list of reasons the entire board needs to be replaced, starting with the first two in the upcoming election.

Right Tyme

July 12th, 2010
8:33 pm

Clayton Voters:

Make the correct choice for Commissioner(s) or we are all doomed.

P.S. The Police are next on the 3 puppets chopping block. Now they are taking away all take home cars for CCPD.

VOTE THEM OUT, starting with the District 1 race.

bigdogears

July 12th, 2010
8:33 pm

I do not ride the Xpress bus nor do I plan to march in favor of any bus service. If changing routes and fare structure make Xpress bus service self sustaining than that’s fine. However, I hope C-Tran or a MARTA bus equivalent does not return to Clayton County. C-Tran was clearly the vehicle of change for the county. I think most homeowners would agree. I also think it would be the final nail in the coffin for the county’s retail businesses if our sales tax were higher than surrounding counties. On the other hand, A MARTA type rail service is a different story and would probably be supported by more homeowners.

The Baskin county car incident is very unfortunate. At least Mr. Baskin lives in the county. I say give him the car back and take them away from the “first responders” that live outside the county.

RayJay

July 12th, 2010
11:07 pm

That guy that was dismissed by Jewell Scott because he dared to run against her husband, Lee Scott is suing in court. The fact that Mr. Baskin is supporting someone other that a sitting commissioner – and for that is being singled out for retaliation, smells like another lawsuit. Is there no recourse for the citizens – other that wait and hope until they come up for election. Doesn’t the state have any power here?

Michael

July 13th, 2010
7:39 am

I say no to public transportation in Clayton County. If there is enough demand for buses so as they can be run profitably, then private industry will provide it. The same can be said for recreation centers and many of the other “services” provided by government.

Barbara

July 13th, 2010
8:07 am

And why are we building recreation centers and we don’t have any money and then charge people to use them. Only in Clayton County that we charge to get in a recreation center to swim when I grew up we used the gym for free and had a safe place for neighborhood kids to come to get away from the streets.

We should all be disgusted!

July 13th, 2010
9:35 am

Bell and company sought to use the CTRAN issue to launch campaigns. His hatred for his fellow commissioners is obvious. His lack of concern for the citizens of Clayton County is even more evident by his actions.

Bell and Company are trying to help Shegale Crute the ex wife of Commissioner Ralph. He has been trying to raise money for her and begging for votes on her behalf.

When questioned, “Why are you running in District 1? The response from Crute was, “Because “they” asked me to? When asked what are the issues? She replied, The issue is 3-2. Sad, sad reason for wanting to be a public servant. Sounds like a woman scorned or desperate to prove something to herself.

Crute does not know the citizens of District 1. She moved into an apartment in District 1 with the sole purpose of trying to get a seat on the Commission.

We can not afford to be bamboozled by those who are funding her campaign. Intelligent and astute voters will not fall for the lies about Commissioner Sonna Singleton. Eldrin Bell needs to know his politics of misinformation and division will no longer work here in Clayton County.

District 1 resident

July 13th, 2010
11:20 am

Shegale Crute is an opportunist that’s for sure. She’s run for three different offices in three different districts and never won, but Singleton’s not much better. Rosa Barbee is District 1’s best shot at honest leadership.

Nemesis

July 13th, 2010
11:51 am

After reading the two anti Shegale Crute. I realized something. If she gets elected we cut two of the puppet-master’s strings for controlling the BOC. 1- we get rid of Singleton. and 2- any thing her ex supports she will be against. Or he won’t come to the meetings so he won’t be able to vote. Sounds like a win-win situation to me. I bet that has the Puppet-master shaking in his boots. So VOTE for Shegale Crute. She can’t be any worse than Singleton. LOL.
BTW the politics of misinformation and division seem to be coming for the Puppet-master and the gang of three. So that is kind of like the pot calling the kettle black, isn’t it?

WTF?

July 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

so instead we’ll elect an ex wife with an axe to grind who may vote against anything her ex supports just for the hell of it? If you think Shegale has NO ties of her own, you’re fooling yourself. Do some research before you support a candidate based on how others will react to her election. No wonder this county is circling the bottom of the bowl.

District One

July 13th, 2010
12:39 pm

Am sick of both Sonna and Shegale. They both crooked as the day is long and we all know it. We in District 1 don’t need their stuff.

I got to agree with “District 1 resident”, my vote is for Rosa Barbee. Once she is elected all this petty politics of Sonna, Shegale, Wole, Wade Starr and Eldrin go out the window. Barbee don’t play that.

Citizen of Rex

July 13th, 2010
3:58 pm

I agree! I’m so sick in tired of all the B.S!
My wife and I have lived in Rex for over 30 years. We need to vote them All out.
Our vote is also for Rosa Barbee.

stanthefireman

July 13th, 2010
4:16 pm

Say it loud Barbara

We are feed up with this mess and will not take it any more

Barbara

July 13th, 2010
4:23 pm

I agree with District One I’m sick of these people. We need a change all over Clayton County getting on TV talking about a hit and run why do you have a vehicle on Sunday driving to church and the police cars have to go? I would like to see a police car in my neighborhood sitting keeping out fools.

James

July 13th, 2010
4:34 pm

Richard Reagan is the BEST candidate running in District 1. The “powers-that-be” are worried he might actually win and are supporting candidates they can control.

We should all be disgusted!

July 13th, 2010
5:13 pm

Richard Reagan is a elderly gentleman who once served on the Morrow City Council. Have you seen him in District 1 and the community? No! Will you see him? No! This is another attempt by the “we want our county back” folks to regain control of the commission. They are well heeled liars who use derogatory methods to divide the voters.

MorrowDude

July 13th, 2010
5:52 pm

James, you are correct. Singleton has not listened to her constituents about lack of code enforcement, which is one of the main issues in my Morrow neighborhood. Giving code enforcement the power and support to do their jobs is never mentioned as a campaign issue. The lack of enforcement hurts our property values. Crute is just a plant to hurt Singleton. Barbee doesn’t have any experience except being a “community organizer.”
REAGAN FOR COMMISSIONER!

Just Thinking

July 13th, 2010
10:23 pm

Does any supporters that live in Clayton County ever march ? They want a free ride not walk.

MorrowDude

July 14th, 2010
8:40 am

Double Action- I’m just curious, what rights do we not enjoy as enumerated in the US and Georgia constitutions?

C-TRAN should be a dead issue by now, the majority of the taxpayers (HOMEOWNERS)do not want to fund intra-county public transportation. The Xpress buses are a good thing and possible light rail would garner support.

Jimmy (Conservative Brother)

July 14th, 2010
8:53 am

As crime escalates in this county “the three puppets” do everything they can to belittle law enforcement and ensure that citizens will get less and less law enforcement value for their tax dollar. Officers who live in the county will not be able to take police vehicles home. Former commissioners made the decision that it would be a good idea to have marked patrol vehicles in neighborhoods to deter crime. This commission came to the same conclusion last year when they were confronted with HOA after HOA president telling them they felt safer when a police officer with a marked vehicle lived in their community. Somehow between last year and this one that fact has changed.
I saw a story in the paper a couple of weeks ago where the county had received funding to provide affordable or discounted loans for Police Officers and teachers to purchase homes in foreclosed areas in the county. That money was made available with the reasoning in mind that police and teachers provide a great value to the community. I guess “the three puppets” just don’t get it.

19&41

July 14th, 2010
8:56 am

I see Shegale Crute has the endorsement of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union. They will be expecting big things of her, as will Roberta Abdul-Salaam. If you want to see a increase in the sales tax and a death blow to business in this county, be sure that they (the candidate, the union, the fixer) get your vote.

Employer

July 14th, 2010
9:44 am

I vote for Rosa Barbee. She is the best candidate. Rosa Barbee is someone we all can trust.
Rosa Barbee! Rosa Barbee! Rosa Barbee! Rosa Barbee! :)

Make it Count on July 20th

July 14th, 2010
9:58 am

@ DoubleAction of Clayton County

I’m finally glad that someone else knows that CC will not change until the INCUMBENTS in the State Legislature are VOTED OUT. They have all been around for about 6-8 years, yet all everyone talks about is the Clayton County BOC and school board.

As long as Valencia Seay, Victor Hill, Roberta Abdul-Saleem, and Darryl Jordan are in charge of anything in CC, the county will remain the same! GET IT TOGETHER CLAYTON COUNTY!!! Did you know that Valencia Seay was the mentor for Victor Hill? Did you know that Valencia Seay is the mentor for Roberta Abdul-Saleem? Did you know that she was part of the CC school board for 7 yrs? No wonder Governor Perdue’s people had to step in and pull the accreditation! So if all the followers are bad for the county……how bad do you think their mentor is? Take a look at her legislative record for the past four years! NOTHING POSITIVE PASSED FOR CC……..only resolutions honoring her friends and family.

BonBon

July 14th, 2010
10:07 am

An article in the AJC – about Jesse Jackson again coming to Clayton to drum up the C-Tran bus system, and happily it rained out – the article was, I thought appropriately, on the Obituary page. Thumbs up.

Barbara

July 14th, 2010
11:27 am

Ha, Ha, Ha the Scott ’s didn’t get out of this one. Good for the courts to allow the lawsuit!!!!!!

new neighbor

July 14th, 2010
12:55 pm

Rosa Barbee has are vote.

Jason

July 14th, 2010
12:56 pm

To all the people on this vent who do not want Marta but seem to be infavor of the light rail you need to check out actnoegeorgia.wordpress.com . the .1cent sales tax will also go to help fund the Lovejoy to Atlanta comutter rail line. You are not getting one without the other. For the ones who say the Express buses are great well they will be out of money come April of 2011. By the way all of you do not speak for all of the home owners in Clayton. I will will vote yes for the .1 cent sales tax.

new neighbor

July 14th, 2010
12:58 pm

I agree with District one. Vote No to Sonna Singleton and Shegale Crute.

BonBon

July 14th, 2010
7:24 pm

Jewel Scott was in the court room testifying on the Randall case against her and Lee. Now she gets to see the inside of a courtroom – since her never saw it when she was DA.

Barbara

July 14th, 2010
10:10 pm

I agree with you BonBon she thought she was in a fashion show always worrying about what other people were wearing on the job instead of working to put criminals away.

Nemesis

July 14th, 2010
11:04 pm

@ DoubleAction of Claton County. Turner had every right to criticize the State Laws and the Actions of the Governor. He was exercising the Amendment that our Founding Fathers thought to me more important than your favorite . He was exercising his First Amendment Rights. The
Right to free Speech. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

We should all be disgusted!

July 15th, 2010
8:02 am

Can anyone help determine who is sending out these negative, lying mailers about candidates? It is being sent from P.O. Box 2045 Morrow GA. This smear campaign is being waged by cowards who are trying to divide the community. We must stop this type of political ignorance now. Whoever these culprits are, they are weak, mean and quite illiterate. Stand up voters and say NO to this stupidity. Send a message and send the derogatory mailers back to the sender at P. O. Box 2045 Morrow GA 2045.

Baskin is a Basket Case

July 15th, 2010
8:08 am

If this man thinks that going to the media is going to help his cause, he is crazy. He should focus on his elected duties and stop trying to unseat his fellow colleagues in government. His level of intelligence has been brought into question by his latest actions to hold onto some cars. Is this the type of person we elected to serve us? Two more years!!!!

Roach

July 15th, 2010
9:11 am

This is *exactly* who we elected to serve us . . . someone who has the cometence and integrity to do their job and to stand up to intimidation from the puppet master. The last thing we would want is someone who is incompetent, corrupt or wilts under pressure (in other words, your typical Clayton County’s elected official). Go Terry!

Put in your pipe and smoke this

July 15th, 2010
9:11 am

Turner was dumb and still is a figment of his own imagination. Instead of moving on with his life, he is still trying to spew out anger and revenge behind the scenes. He and his defenders need to get over it. We are ready for a new day in policing in Clayton.

Pittbull

July 15th, 2010
9:17 am

Baskin is a Basket Case

Nice try! LOL

Pittbull

July 15th, 2010
9:41 am

Looks like a county commissioner is in here today trying to do damage control. He would be better off trying to find a real good lawyer fast. Spewing garbage in here will not save your neck.

Put in your pipe and smoke this

July 15th, 2010
9:50 am

you are really off track if you think any elected official will take the time to respond on this blog to the ranting and ravings of agenda driven bloggers.

Put in your pipe and smoke this

July 15th, 2010
9:53 am

Baskin– who cares who he has a fundraiser for. Its funny how these hit dogs will holler! suggestion to Baskin do your job and worry about getting reelected yourself. Right now you are looking real foolish man.

John Stewart

July 15th, 2010
10:14 am

@We should all be disgusted! – What lie has been told with those mailers? If you are referring to Sonna it’s a fact she is a pawn and part of the 3 amigos controlled by the puppet master. How about you send some scissors to Sonna’s campaign headquarters so she can cut the marionette strings.

@Baskin is a Basket Case – Doesn’t Mr. Baskins have the right to support whoever he wants? Again it’s your 3 amigos playing tit for tat retaliation games that are preventing Mr. Baskins from doing his elected duties. I think you need to call into question the level of intelligence of the enforcer Cohillas and why the educational requirements for his position had to be waved so he hired for his job.

Two more years? 5 more days!!!!

The handicapped match of the century takes place Tues July 20th 7pm. On the card will be…….

The 4 horsemen…..starring

Wole Ralph as Ric Flair….whoooooo, Sonna Singleton as Tully Blanchard, Gail Hambrick Ole Anderson, Mark Cohilas as Arn Anderson the enforcer and starring Wade Starr as James J. Dillon the manager.

vs

Informed Clayton County voters as the American Dream Dusty Rhodes ready to drop bionic elbows all night long!!!

WTF?

July 15th, 2010
10:25 am

Forget about talking to this blog! Elected officials won’t even address constituents who attend the commissioner meetings! As soon as the meeting is over they all scurry into the back like the rats they are. How about that?

We should all be disgusted

July 15th, 2010
10:44 am

John Stewart you are pathetic and all that crap you just blogged is just that crap! Your ignorance is evident in your gibberish. Your attacks on the three commissioners shows your lack of knowledge, inability to see the forest for the trees and your misguided quest to destroy the good works of the new administration. Your ignorance and Willie Lynch tactics will not prevail in Clayton so take your ars on with that crap.

Pittbull

July 15th, 2010
10:47 am

The scum crawl out of there hole right before every election, and spew here venom. I love it! Watch them squirm. LOL! Remember how Victors crew did the same thing? LOL

We should all be disgusted

July 15th, 2010
10:54 am

Richard Reagan? Come on now people do not fall for this one either. Who is Richard Reagan? Do you know? Does anyone know? What has he done in the community? Do not be blind-sided by this one.

On another note if our commissioners were white we would not hear a negative word! An all white board ruled for many years and the end result was a county destroyed by their greed and racism.

Stay the course Singleton, Ralph and Hambrick and we are thankful for your hard work and ability to take a lickin and keep on tickin! The real and true community has your back!

Delta

July 15th, 2010
11:28 am

I wish the CLayton County was back the way it was in the late 70’s and 80’s when Charlie Griswell, Raymond E. Johnson, James Stewart, Gerald Matthews, C. Bray, etc on were on the Board, this county was so much better.

Pittbull

July 15th, 2010
11:48 am

We should all be disgusted

Yes the county is so much better now isn’t it? Jobs, and business have left. Crime everywhere, section eight everywhere, foreclosures every other house, and three unqualified, wanna be commissioners who are out of there league. Yeah we are in great shape.

ex-employer

July 15th, 2010
11:56 am

@ We should all be disgusted!
Yes, we are ALL disgusted with Singleton, Hambrick, & Ralph. We understand that your a Singleton supporter BUT! It’s OVER..as in.. DONE! she’s FINISH!

John Stewart

July 15th, 2010
12:13 pm

@We should all be disgusted

I am so glad you responded. Let me ask you something Ms. Singelton’s judgment on the board. Just a few weeks ago Mr. Hugh Morton offered to the commission some FREE land in Ms. Singleton’s district for a police precinct and the board rejected it (the 3 amigos that is) saying they couldn’t afford to put a precinct in that location. Now at the next board meeting we find out that the same FREE land that was offered to the county will now be LEASED for 40K a year and the precinct that they couldn’t afford will go up on that location. THIS IS FACT!!!! Go look up the minutes. I thought we were in a budget crisis but we can now afford to pay 40K a yr for FREE land.

Roach

July 15th, 2010
12:24 pm

It’s not about better or worse *then.* It’s about making things better *now* and in the future. Down with the puppet master and his puppet commissioners, down with the dirty tricks and the fat lawsuit settlements that bankrupt our future. Clayton County must stand up. Singleton has to go.

kallen

July 15th, 2010
12:33 pm

FYI about two upcoming candidate forums:

Meet the Candidates & Transit Forum TONIGHT, July 15 at 6:00 pm at the Lovejoy Community Center.

This forum is open to ALL candidates. Look at the candidate’s qualifications, record, and activities in the community. They need to be able to fulfill the role required by the office, make sound judgments, and be accessible to the community. You are invited to “Meet the Candidates & Transit Forum” Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Lovejoy Community Center at 6:00 pm. The Lovejoy Community Center is located at 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, Lovejoy, Georgia 30250. For more information call (678) 479-8655

AND

Candidate Meet and Greet Breakfast
Saturday, July 17, 2010
8:00am – 10:00am
Location: Oakwood Café, 16 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA

You, your family, friends and neighbors are cordially invited to join us for Breakfast.

Listen to the candidates speak about current issues, who they are and how they plan to represent you once they are elected. Afterwards, we will have a more informal time to mingle and talk to the candidates on a one on one basis.

Our Guests include:

Max Wood – Attorney General
Melvin Everson – Labor Commissioner
Gerry Purcell – Insurance Commissioner
Preston Smith – Attorney General
Jeff May – Public Service Commissioner
Pam Adamson – School Board District 1
Gail Buckner – Secretary of State
Tim Echols – Public Service Commissioner
Maria Sheffield – Insurance Commissioner

say what?

July 15th, 2010
12:54 pm

I cannot tell which COWARD is sending the anti-Sonna message so I had no other choice but to vote for her. No where on the trash did it say what the person would do for us. I looked for positive messages and received none from that PO box, and now the phone calls. If you are big enough to sling mud be ADULT enough to say that you did it. Otherwise you are childish, and children and Cowards have no place on the BOC.
@ John Stewart- you really do not qualify for such a lovely name. How is Baskin unable to collect taxes without a car? Tax collectors no longer go door to door, most activities are technology based, or did he not know that? I do find that it smacks of hypocrisy to say take home cars are for law enforcement jobs, yet Cohilias has a car. Apply the rule to everyone- friend or foe.

In Rex, a police officer drove his patrol car home, and when it is not in the yard, guess what? The criminals knew he wasn’t home and stole his personal truck, broke into his home. What crime was detered in the community, and how safe are the citizens while he is away doing his job? I would love for every patrolman/woman to take home a car, but the police department chose to make a departmental change to reflect the decrease in budget.

I do not know if every incumbent basher realizes this but the economy TANKED globally/worldwide/on the planet called EARTH. Not the BOC fault that mortgage companies encouraged and approved sub prime mortgages to people working at Burger King 40 hours/week @$6/hr. That responsibility lies with your former neighbors who wanted their own home, and not to pay rent for someone else to create wealth. Job loss is globally, but primarily in the US as companies continue to EXPORT jobs. Nursing shortages in QA/QC are now outsourced because your medical records can be read online; thereby our hardworking nurses no longer have an advancement ladder. I cannot believe that people blame elected officials for EVERYTHING negative in a community but the fact is maybe it is the populace fault that negative continues to pool in certain communities.

Yeah right

July 15th, 2010
1:17 pm

@Say What? I don’t agree with the crap mail that’s been going around about many candidates not just Singleton, but man or woman up and just admit that you wanted to vote for Singleton and did exactly that.

I hope you put the same amount of work into investigating other candidates running in your district as you did trying to find out who sent that mailer. Positive messages don’t guarantee a worthwhile candidate.

We should all be disgusted

July 15th, 2010
2:19 pm

Singleton haters need to let it go. Don’t jump on me about my support for my commissioner because of your anger and hatred towards the Commissioners. The arguments you present here are very juvenile and personal. Tuesday, July 20 is on the horizon. The good people of district one will re-elect our commissioner.

ex-employer

July 15th, 2010
2:34 pm

I agree with Roach!!! Singleton must go!! and all her flunkies!!

jimmy (conservative brother)

July 15th, 2010
3:16 pm

I wish I had a better choice in my district 4. It is probably due to the election that Edmonson is trying to distance himself from the “three headed puppets.” I do not see anything positive done by the commissioners. We have been burdened with budget shortfalls since they have been in office. My taxes have increased while county services have decreased.
It is like the elected officials in this county take turns embarrassing themselves and causing shame on this county. If anyone can tell me why you would vote for Singleton, Edmonson, Hambrick or Ralph and feel good about it let me know.
They banded together to create a position of power which they believed they could control and now it appears that the position created is going to cost the county first in the way of law suits and then I hope it will cost them their part time jobs. They have attempted to politically assassinate two people and it appears that those attempts have back fired.
If they had a valid reason to fire the chief of police then state that reason and move on. Don’t create some big scandal, call the media and put on a public display of lies and half truths while denying the accused person the ability to defend themselves.
If we have budget issues then lets make moves to really correct the budget issues like selling or leasing the airport in Henry County, or selling the beach for starters. Not closing training facilities for law enforcement or taking vehicles from Constitutionally elected officials.
After the election we should immediately call for the termination of the two new created positions from which all the trouble seems to be coming. Then force a resolution requiring all meetings of the commissioners to be recorded whether those meetings are closed door or in public. That way the formation of these little cliques could be more closely monitored and all of their deviant little plots can be exposed before they have a chance to negatively effect the lives of anyone in this county.

say what?

July 15th, 2010
3:43 pm

@yeah right- actually did reach out to one of the candidates, and she did respond. However, her paranoia led her to unbecoming behavior. Guess I will get another email from her because of this post- yes the candidates do watch this blog!!! I reviewed the answers given to ajc.com, but some candidates did not respond. I have looked at websites, but I have not seen much other than “we need new leadership” and “we need transportation”. What transportation other than c-Tran and MARTA do any candidates have; if not many other options, then we don’t need it. MARTA is so broke that they have cut forty routes. Marta is not an option if they cannot service the areas to which they are mandated to cover.
Short sighted leadership can do no better than ineffective leadership. How about addressing my other points? The world is beyond Sonna and Shegale, and their petty sets/egos.

Blast from the Past

July 15th, 2010
5:33 pm

Did Wade buy the land – that would account for the 3 voting that way . or maybe kick-backs to the commissioners or Mr Starr. Paying 40,000 a year for free land – this must be investigated. Smells rotten.

Bon Bon

July 15th, 2010
5:37 pm

to – DD of CC – gotta defeat the Scotts first.

Resolute

July 15th, 2010
5:47 pm

To Delta – apparently you were not paying attention to the goings on of Bray and Griswell thru the 80s and 90s that set this county up to be exactly what it is. These two made sure that the word NO was never spoken to a contractor. Due to the money-grubing by these two – they were enriched and we got high occupancy subdivision – 6 to 8 houses to an acre, way too many apartments and no true planning guidelines. Even the guidelines they had they disregarded. The 70 and 80 in Clayton may have been better -in your estimation, but it just took longer for the damage these two caused – to be seen. Go look at some of the BOC meeting minutes from those time. You may be suprised.

Port O'John

July 15th, 2010
7:05 pm

Clayton County’s rich want to change the demographics of the population. It’s way too late for that! The majority population of Clayton will remain no matter what. Even if they to walk to Atlanta daily! However, when ever they learn the power of the “Vote” they’ll rule!

Pittbull

July 15th, 2010
11:56 pm

Port O’John

Clayton County rich? My god what world are you in? Are you homeless? There is not one rich person in this county.

jimmy (conservative brother)

July 16th, 2010
3:07 am

Double Action, I’m clear that some deals are made in private places, however they are still discussed in closed door sessions prior to being presented for a vote at the commissioner’s meeting. I do not assume that Eldrin was at the Golf course when the others attempted to nip his authority by creating the Assistant Chairman title that Ralph now holds or the creation of the position held by Cohelas.
In the closed door session someone has to present the resolution and present their reasons for the resolution and then that resolution is discussed. If these meetings were recorded we might be able to find out some of the foolish reasoning behind some of their latest resolutions and we might be able to get a better understanding of exactly what they are trying to do.
I would love to know what Eldrin said when some of these plans were presented. I would also like to know how these resolutions were sold to the other commissioners. If the other commissioners are just agreeing with the resolutions presented by Ralph without any discussion then you would definitely have your answer on whether they are indeed a three headed monster.
I know that it is not fool proof but it will provide a degree of transparency that we don’t have now. Oh! Maybe we would know some of the questions the Dekalb Co. D.A. wanted to know about how internal police records were obtained in the Turner investigation or why it was not handled in executive session instead of in an open forum. I’m sure some of these things were discussed in official closed door session prior to being presented to the public.

Blast from the Past

July 16th, 2010
8:08 am

Lee Scott and Jewel Scott in the local Clayton newspaper have said they are only running for office to serve. Yeah, right. And Lee even said he would bow out of the race if Jewel were to win the Democratic primary. Lee is either lying – no surprise – or he feels like he did when Jewel was DA – when he slammed his fist on a table in a local eatery and said “I run the DA office” . He may feel he can run the commission seat by ruling over his wife. There is nothing in their past to show she has her own mind or would ever go against Lee’s quest for influence and power.

SynamonSays!

July 16th, 2010
8:23 am

Thank you Resolute for making it plain.

Resolute

July 16th, 2010
9:47 am

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Resolute

July 16th, 2010
9:51 am

Congratulations to the Clayton County’s fifth State Court judge. Judge Aaron Mason is a welcome addition to our court system. This will allow our backed-up cases to be cleared more judiciously and give the judges a little breathing room. Welcome and good luck, Judge Mason.

say what?

July 16th, 2010
11:05 am

why is Ed Walls name tied to the financing of the anti-Sonna messages? He is the former MARTA board chair found having oral sex at the airport, and former investment banker for Clayton County. It amazes me that people will align themselves with sleeze to then claim someone else is sleezy.

Luckily Fred Daniels,Sr has replaced him on the MARTA board.

BnB

July 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

Jeff Turner deserves an investigation to clear him of the erroneous charges leveled by the Wade trio of commissioners. It will also hopefully serve to initiate an investigation into the dealings of the workings of the commissioners and their unorthodox and vendetta plagued time in office. Eldrin – do not stand in the way.

Good Question

July 18th, 2010
10:57 pm

Why is Ed Wall a convicted sex offender fixated on sending out smear messages, mailers and raising money for Singleton’s opponent, the ex wife of Commissioner Ralph? Who else is behind this attack on Singleton?

If you would all just leave...

July 18th, 2010
11:01 pm

Don’t like it just leave Clayton, so that those of us who love Clayton can bury the negative and move forward in being the Best in the metro area>

BnB

July 19th, 2010
3:12 pm

So now the day before the primary election, Lee Scott’s mongrels – those who do his bidding for money – are pulling up and stealing campaign signs of their opposition, and putting his own in place. If your ne’er-do-wells step foot on my land Lee, they will be in jail for trespassing and for stealing. I made a deal with those I support that these sign were my property as long as they were on my land. I will prosecute, old man. Oh yeah Lee – your signs are gone now , too. Have a good day – loser.

Clayton is terrible

July 19th, 2010
4:57 pm

So many idiots here. Don’t want bus service but you want rail service like Clayton is that densely populated. Clayton is suppose to be so nice and full of all these homeowners in these nice areas but you can’t even foot a small 1% sales tax to better the county’s transit needs. Someone above had the nerve to say Clayton will move forward to be the best county in metro ATL… yeah that will happen… when the other 27 counties are destroyed and taken off of the map!

BonBon

July 20th, 2010
10:23 am

Is Clayton densely populated? IT is one of the smallest counties in the state – but with 50,000 students – Clayton is behind only 5 metro counties in student population. Those students come with parents. Yes – Clayton is more than populated enough to reap benefits from a regional rail syatem.

Buy A Clue

July 25th, 2010
1:52 pm

You’d think they would eventually understand that the residents of Clayton County do not want public transportation targeted to the poor. Now I’ll gladly pay a little extra in state tax so the poor can live closer to downtown Atlanta with decent transportation and better paying opportunities to work in restaurants and hotels. If Clayton County keep electing officials that insist on catering to poor blacks instead of the middle class and the developers who build the bells and whistles the middle class wants – then we will continue to be the arm pit of Atlanta.

say what?

July 25th, 2010
10:05 pm

@buy a Clue=exactly! Public transportation’s only option is NOT joining MARTA and or bringing back MARTA run C-Tran. Think of transportation on a larger scale to include mixed use (transit station, retail, work, live, play) development. tired of hearing that MARTA needs to come to Clayton for the poor people. what about those of us not necessarily poor, but could be close to it?