Clayton leaders come together on October 2

Some residents have wondered aloud why Clayton’s elected officials don’t appear to work together on issues that affect the county as a whole. This mindset could be changing, thanks to the newly formed Leadership Roundtable.

Co-hosted by Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt and Senator Gail Buckner, these monthly meetings aim to bring our leaders from all over the county together every month to communicate with each other and the public.

“The purpose of the Leadership Roundtable is to give the elected officials of Clayton County an opportunity to have on-going conversations on a regular basis,” says Buckner. “By getting together to share information about what we’re working on, we can maximize one of our most valuable resources – our time – to give and get information that is important to our community.” All county elected officials are invited to participate.

The first meeting will take place October 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake City Municipal Center council chambers (5455 Jonesboro Road), with a meet and greet from 9:00-9:30 a.m. to give citizens an opportunity to chat with elected officials. While public comment will not be allowed at the initial organization meeting, that could change at future meetings.

“I think some things that have been going on in the county are not good for the county,” says Mayor Oswalt. “Municipalities and the county have to mutually agree on every aspect of it, but we have to sit and talk these things out.”

The Leadership Roundtable will meet every month in a different Clayton city, with the November meeting being held in Riverdale.

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Email gailbuckner@bellsouth.net to be added to Senator Buckner’s newsletter, which will keep citizens notified about upcoming meetings.

“I hope people take it serious enough to know that Clayton county is on the verge of heading in the right direction,” adds Oswalt. “Everybody needs to be on the same page, that’s the whole purpose of these meetings.”

Will you attend? What issue(s) would you ask your elected official(s) to bring to the Roundtable for discussion?

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Clayton resident

September 27th, 2010
11:57 am

This could be a great idea IF and only IF all these leaders can put their “stuff” aside and work in the best interests of the county and not themselves.

Interesting

September 27th, 2010
12:03 pm

It might do some good, but the big problem in this county is the BOC. What is the BOC doing to better the county? What new business have they brought in? What business have they stopped from leaving the county? (265 jobs are about to leave the county at Low Temp)What have they done to improve the counties image? The cities can do things, but without a decent BOC, its all in vain.

FACTSTATER

September 27th, 2010
1:15 pm

At first I had thought about attending the Leadership Roundtable meeting but after long and careful consideration and the fact that they will not allow public comment at their very first meeting, I will not attend the meeting.

The truth of the matter is that the leaders and elected officials of Clayton County cannot, will not, and do not have the will, might, motivation, guts, courage, caring, and fortitude to do the very hard work necessary to undo the negative, destructive, harm, and mess that was caused not only by their precedessors but by some of them themselves in making Clayton County the mess that it is in today.

The majority of Clayton County especially Tara Boulevard is an absolute mess, looks like a trash-filled ghetto, has numerous broken down, blighted, and deteriorated buildings and apartment homes.

Clayton County has taken on the look of the people who now are the majority population and because the income of the majority population of Clayton County is of low socioeconomic means and income, Clayton County is full of low-end, low rate, “third-class” businesses such as pawn shops, beauty stores, dollar stores, check cashing places, cell phone stores, “bling bling jewelery stores”, “hip-hop” clothing stores, car washing establishments, mom and pop restaurants, and dry cleaning stores.

Because of the dirt, grime, filth, and trashy look of Clayton County, no high class or high end businesses that cater to the middle-to upper class people would come to Clayton County because of the way Clayton County looks now at this present time and the ones that were once here, have long gone.

The good people that live in Clayton County are for the most part apathetic, do not care, and will not hold their elected officials accountable, answerable, and responsible and this is one of the main reasons that the leaders and elected officials who will come together on this Saturday October 2, 2010 will not accomplish much if not anything at all.

They will not even allow for public comment at this meeting.

They know that because the citizens of Clayton County will not hold them answerable, accountable, and answerable for what they are not doing and because the majority population that now makes up Clayton County have VERY LOW TO NONEXISTENT EXPECTATIONS OF THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND BECAUSE OF THE APATHETIC, LOOK THE OTHER WAY, DO NOT WANT TO DO THE HARD AND TOUGH WORK ATTITUDE, DO NOT WANT TO GO TO IMPORTANT MEETING LIKE THE CLAYTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETINGS WHERE THE REAL POWER, MIGHT, AND AUTHORITY IS AND MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD, AS WELL AS THE CLAYTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS, CLAYTON COUNTY IS BEING DESTROYED BY THEIR NONACTIONS AS WELL AS BY THE LOW CLASS SECTION EIGHT POPULATION OF PEOPLE, AND OTHER UNDESIRABLES THAT HAVE COME TO LIVE IN THIS COUNTY.

AT THIS POINT OF TIME IN CLAYTON COUNTY, NO ELECTED OFFICIALS, NO LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE, AND NOTHING CAN TRULY HELP CLAYTON COUNTY UNLESS THEY CAN:

CHANGE THE SOCIOECONOMIC MAKEUP AND INCOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO PRESENTLY LIVE HERE FROM THAT OF A VERY LOW MEANS TO THE MOVING IN TO CLAYTON COUNTY OF PEOPLE OF A VERY HIGH MIDDLE TO UPPER MIDDLE AND RICH SOCIOECONOMIC MEANS AND INCOME,

ATTRACT A MORE AFFLUENT, RICH, WEALTHY, AND WELL OFF DIVERSE ETHNIC GROUP OF PEOPLE BECAUSE THE UGLY BUT BLUNT TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE RICH AND WELL OFF WOULD NOT TOLERATE, PUT UP WITH, OR ALLOW THIS MESS AND THE TRASHY LOOK OF CLAYTON COUNTY. ONLY THE PRESENT CLASS AND POPULATION OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN CLAYTON COUNTY PUT UP WITH, TOLERATE, ALLOW, THIS MESS AND THE NEGATIVE PRESENT LOOK OF CLAYTON COUNTY.

GET RID OF ALL OF THE APARTMENT HOMES, EXTENDED STAY HOTELS AND MOTELS, AND THE LOW CLASS, LOW END, GHETTO RETAIL STORES AND STRIP MALLS THAT PRESENTLY GLUT CLAYTON COUNTY.

BRING IN STATE TAX MONIES THAT ARE DUE CLAYTON COUNTY BUT DO NOT COME INTO CLAYTON COUNTY BECAUSE OUR PRESENT ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITIANS ARE WEAK, GUTLESS, SPINELESS, INEFFECTIVE, LACK COURAGE, FORTITUDE, STRENGH, BACKBONE, AND BECAUSE VIRTUALLY IF NOT ALL OF THEM ARE DEMOCRATES, THEY ARE DOGGED OUT AND ‘STEPPED’ UPON BY THE REPUBLICANS WHO PRESENTLY CONTROL EVERYTHING IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA FROM THE GOVERNORS OFFICE TO THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE STATE SENATE OFFICE.

THERE ARE A LOT MORE REASONS WHY THIS GROUP OF ELECTED OFFICALS THAT WILL MEET ON THIS SATURDAY WILL NOT IN THE LONG RUN BE EFFECTIVE.

HOWEVER, THE UGLY, BLUNT, DIRECT, AWFUL, AND IN-YOUR-FACE TRUTH IS THAT CLAYTON COUNTY IS NOW A COUNTY THAT IS SEVERLY OVERCROWDED AND FULL OF A POPULATION OF PEOPLE THAT ARE TRANSCIENT, WHO ARE A PEOPLE WHO ARE IN A CLASS OF MIDDLE TO LOW SOCIOECONOMIC MEANS AND INCOME, FULL OF LOW CLASS SECTION EIGHT GHETTO PEOPLE MAINLY FROM THE CLOSED UP HOUSING PROJECTS OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, FULL OF UNDESIRABLES AND A CRIMINAL ELEMENT AND UNDERGROUND THAT HAVE LOCATED HERE BECAUSE OF OUR GLUT OF SUPERAFFORABLE AND CHEAP HOUSING DUE TO THE MASSIVE FORECLOSURE RATE AND SEVERE DROP OF PROPERTY VALUES OF HOMES IN CLAYTON COUNTY, THE APATHY AND LOW EXPECTATIONS OF MANY OF THE GOOD PEOPLE IN CLAYTON COUNTY WHO NOT EXPECT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITICANS TO DO GOOD AND WORK FOR THE CITIZENS OF CLAYTON COUNTY INSTEAD OF AGAINST THE CITIZENS AND ARE ONLY IN POLITICS FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH DESIRES AND ONLY TO ENRICHED THEMSELVES.

CLAYTON COUNTY CONTINUES TO BE ON A DOWNWARD SPIRAL AND TRAJECTORY WITH NO FORESEEABLE HOPES FOR ITS RECOVERY.

CLAYTON COUNTY IS A COUNTY THAT IS A CLASSIC TEXTBOOK COUNTY FOR OTHER COUNTIES IN EDCUATING THEM ON WHAT NOT TO DO TO KEEP THEIR COUNTY FROM BECOMING LIKE OURS.

I HAVE COME TO THE SAD CONCLUSION THAT THERE IS NO HOPE FOR CLAYTON COUNTY NO MATTER WHO MEETS, NO MATTER WHAT LEADERSHIP GROUP GETS TOGETHER, NO MATTER WHAT ELECTED OFFICIALS GET TOGETHER TO TRY TO DO BECAUSE THIS COUNTY HAS BEEN DESTROYED FROM THE INSIDE OUT BY THE GREED, CORRUPTION, CRIMINAL ACTIONS, APATHY, NONCARING ATTITUDES, ACTIONS, BEHAVIOR, AND CONDUCT OF OTHERS, SELFISHNESS, WORK OF ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITICIANS PAST AND PRESENT, AND FROM ITS CITIZENS PAST AND PRESENT WHO TOLERATE, LOOK-THE-OTHER-WAY, DON’T SEE, ACCEPT, HAVE VERY LOW EXPECTATIONS OF THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE IN CLAYTON COUNTY, AND WHO WILL NOT DO THE VERY HARD WORK IN HOLDING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITICIANS WHO ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN CLAYTON COUNTY ANSWERABLE, ACCOUNTABLE, AND RESPONSIBLE.

Zombie Hunter

September 27th, 2010
2:50 pm

{{ FACTSTATER : ATTRACT A MORE AFFLUENT, RICH, WEALTHY, AND WELL OFF DIVERSE ETHNIC GROUP OF PEOPLE.

The good people that live in Clayton County are for the most part apathetic, do not care, and will not hold their elected officials accountable, answerable, and responsible and this is one of the main reasons that the leaders and elected officials who will come together on this Saturday October 2, 2010 will not accomplish much if not anything at all.))

Factstart; I have been all over this Internet and the many forums and news groups, but, I have never seen anyone, especially you, confront our Legislators on their poor and lopsided voting records. Don’t tell me that I don’t hold my Elected Officials responsible. I have embarrassed these ( so called ) legislators on their own facebook pages, in the presence of their own supporters and potential voters, and not once have I seen you. So far; from I have read from you, I see nothing but hot air.

Tell The Truth

September 27th, 2010
3:11 pm

FACTSTATER,
All that complaining and not one solution or suggestion that has teeth. How about thinking about some effective ways to improve Clayco instead of wallowing in the negativity. Continuing the negativity only makes you part of the problem. Just something to think about.

I see stupid people

September 27th, 2010
6:46 pm

Truthstater is telling the truth. Until the ghetto people and ghetto BOC are replaced thru gentrification, Clayco will remain a third rate ghetto county and Atlanta dumping ground.

Soulman

September 27th, 2010
8:26 pm

Well stated FACTSTATER.

You have elaborated the inner thoughts of many, but are too proud to verbalize it.

Star Parker’s book “Uncle Sam’s Plantation” is worth the read. Simply put, we will not move forward until we get off Uncle Sam’s plantation right here in Clayton County.

Secret Agent Man

September 27th, 2010
10:10 pm

Too much trash here. I think we need to call CLM to clean house. I’m mad!

Personal Solvency

September 27th, 2010
11:18 pm

Very interesting! Lost of power has propelled some into efforts to keep their hand on or near the purse string of the county. I mean, how dare someone who has earned/inherited property or wealth think that they are entitled to their own stuff? The rich certainly know it and won’t hesitate to buy as much political influence as possible to protect their wealth. Thus monthly meetings now that I’m on the outside! How fitting, for the displaced! Good Luck!

Synamonsays! Education, Jobs and Justice

September 27th, 2010
11:29 pm

Progressive, forward thinking and intelligent people know that quality schools attracts strong families. All that other venom being spewed here sounds like some self-hate. Clayton is not a third rate ghetto county nor are we Atlanta’s dumping ground. I hope that you can move so you can purge yourself of the anger and hatred you have for our county, our home, our investment, our community…change can be self-healing.

Quagmire

September 27th, 2010
11:44 pm

Like now they’re worried about tax dollars. Really now! The property tax system in Clayton County is inherently unfair! It denies the vast majority of citizens, who do not own property, the right and privilege of contributing their fair share to the revenue coffers of the slobbering government hogs and piglets who wallow near the public trough.

Hampton Place

September 28th, 2010
9:04 am

Don’t we have enough name calling and finger pointing going on with the elected officials. I am about solutions, complaining doesn’t get you very far. As citizens and taxpayers let’s come up with our own round table! I think we should come to the table and discuss what we want to see and then get others involved to push our elected officials to work for us. They can go to the table but if their constituents interests are not being addressed then the county will continue to look like it is now.

Kim,
Is there anyway we can work together to get a round table going?

kallen

September 28th, 2010
9:24 am

Hampton Place – please email me at kallenis42@yahoo.com to discuss further. Thanks.

Tell The Truth

September 28th, 2010
9:39 am

I see stupid people,

If it were not for the leadership of the past not having vision for the county, that now holds the busiest airport in the country, this wouldn’t be an issue. Let’s be real about gentrification. The majority of houses in the county are small and the majority residents (80%) are apartment dwellers (Again, thanks to the policies of past politicians). Where do you expect the middle class rush to move into? Furthermore, with Fayette and Henry next door, why would high income earners choose to move to Clayton? In fact, other than the Lake Spivey area, when have high income earners ever lived in Clayton? The answer is NEVER. Face the fact that Clayton county is, at best, a working class county with working class residents. As far as being “ghetto”, I guess when banks decided to give home loans to anybody with a pulse, these small houses became obtainable to a lot of people who would have continued to rent.
The solution to Clayton’s problems begins with the person in the mirror. There are far too many complainers who don’t involve themselves in the improvement process. I have called the police and code enforcement so many times that they know me by name. My commissioner and I are also on a first name basis. The area that I live in has improved by leaps and bounds because I have invested my money in making improvement to my property and I have made not allowed criminals and “ghetto” residents to control my neighborhood. This is a result of me doing this without the help of anybody in my area. I know this because I’ve tested it an abandoned vehicle that I let sit on HWY 314 for 3 weeks before I finally called to have it removed. Thousand of people passed by this vehicle and never called to have it removed. That’s not just the “ghetto” people that everybody that passed by that vehicle. On another level, a majority of homeowners are not keeping up their properties. I’ve lived in Clayton for over 15 years and the curb appeal is exactly the same. There are residents that don’t take pride in the way their homes and yards look. Rusted fences, faded or chipped paint, ragged gutter, sheets on the windows, falling gutters, and don’t get me started on the yard. This is not something that is new to the county. Don’t get me wrong there are pockets of the county where people take pride, but that’s hasn’t been the majority in the 15+ years that I’ve lived here. My point in all of this is for all the complainers to take some investment in where they live and stop simply complaining. In other words, “STOP COMPLAINING AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.”

He is right

September 28th, 2010
9:54 am

Although “Factstarter” could have used a little more tact in delivering his message without the offensive stuff, he is right on target with most of his statement. Its sad but its true. The county even looks like Simpson Road now! “Progressive”, and “change” have a bad smell to them. These are words that people with a political aspirations use around uneducated voters. How about residents act like humans? Keep your yard, and home as clean as your car that you wash constantly Teach your kids respect for others, and their property, and TEACH YOURSELF also! Pay for garbage service, instead of dumping it down the road. Patronize good restaurants that charge more the five bucks for “all you can eat”, so they will stay here. Be responsible with your finances so you don’t have to use “pay here motors”, check cashing, pawn shops, etc.If they were not used, they would not exist here. Until you do, you will live in a dump! Quit voting for someone just because he has the most signs, and fools you into believing he is for YOU. Get educated! You are not employable if you can not speak english at least half correctly, and do not go off with filthy language every time you disagree with someone, or when children are present. You are living in the house that YOU built. Enjoy!

He is right

September 28th, 2010
10:00 am

PS: Don’t get me wrong. There are good people in the county. Most who are educated enough to read this forum are not the people I speak of. The people I speak of, don’t even read the paper.

Synamonsays! Education and Justice

September 28th, 2010
10:38 am

Not a matter of whose right. Its a matter of who has the will to do something about it. Identify the problem and offer solutions. Quite frankly I am tired of reading about the negatives of Clayton County. We have some very awesome neighborhoods that never get any attention from the media or you haters of “anything that is Clayton.” There are many homeowners and renters who love where they live and want to build quality communities for our families in Clayton.

Huh?

September 28th, 2010
10:53 am

I’ll be going to that meeting on Saturday, I believe there will be no public comment because it’s the first meeting and they are just getting started give them a chance! I am not happen with our leaders the commissioners especially but I will pay attention to which elected officals go to these meetings because it will show who’s willing to work together and who’s not and will be apart of my voting decision. Kimberly do you know if any elected officials besides Bucker will be there on Saturday.

I see stupid people

September 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

A meeting with a former elected officials and little opportunity for public comment = a waste of time. I predict a community turnout of approximately 20 people (including speakers ).

To other posters trying to clown on me, uh, no I am not a hater or filled with self-hate. I, like FACTSTATOR am a realist. Too many of our CURRENT leaders have failed us and blaming past leaders is a copout. The past is gone, so I ask, what have you done for us lately? What businesses are you attracting to Clayton County, other than chicken and watermelon joints, LOL!

Perplexed but Unsurprised

September 28th, 2010
9:10 pm

If this monthly meeting can become anything “but political pandering and posturing” maybe the county can move forward. However, the people in the “Political Know” that this will only be more political back scratching. Moreover, some of these blogger are bordering on xenophobic! We all can do that though! Right chicken and watermelon man, you porker!

He is right

September 28th, 2010
10:24 pm

Please do not group me with “I see stupid people” who is obviously a racist.

Obvious

September 28th, 2010
10:28 pm

This whole political monthly meeting is all about trying to keep public transportation and/or public transportation tax out of the county. If you are not the lead dog, the scenery never changes. When others are the lead dog and they like the scenery from up there. “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government. You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you,
but helping other Americans…oh no.”

Roach

September 28th, 2010
10:32 pm

Roach would like to come out into the light and share ideas about specific problems and how we can make things better. But Roach knows an “idea motel” when he sees one. If the bosses can’t understand, or can’t figure out how to personally benefit, they just say no, or just don’t say yes. Ideas check in, but they don’t check out. How do we fix a county whose government is controlled by the corrupt and incompetent?
Roach says everyone is welcome in Clayton County if their intentions are good and they are just trying to make a way for their family, just like Roach.

Tell The Truth

September 29th, 2010
10:29 am

I see stupid people,
Obviously you are not only a complainer but you have prejudice in your heart (a la chicken & watermelon joints comment). With your defeatist view of the county’s progress, all you’ll do is add to the problem. If that’s all you have to contribute to the uplift of the county, then we don’t need you at any meeting.

TRUTHSTATER

September 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

Clayton County is overall a good county with a great location near the main interstate highways.

Clayton County has some good people, good elected officials, and some good neighborhoods in it.

However, the bad, the awful, the mess, and the massive problems that are present in Clayton County and many of the people who now populate Clayton County who are of questionable character and undesirable way of life and living, and of a noncaring, apathetic, and disrepectful way of living as it relates to the rights of others FAR OUTWEIGH THE GOOD IN CLAYTON COUNTY AND ITS CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS WHICH ARE IN A MINORITY.

THE GOOD, CARING ELECTED OFFICIALS WHICH IN MY OPINION ARE SO FEW THAT ONE COULD COUNT THEM ON ONE HAND ARE FAR OUTNUMBERED AND ARE MADE POWERLESS AND INEFFECTIVE BY THE MANY CROOKED, CORRUPTED, GREEEDY, AND ON-THE-TAKE ELECTED POLITIANS AND OFFICIALS THAT ARE PRESENTLY IN OFFICE.

THE GOOD, CARING, CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS WHO NOW LIVE IN CLAYTON COUNTY WHO LIVE RIGHT, RESPECT OUR LAWS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS AND RESPECT THE RIGHTS AND PROPERTIES OF OTHER CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS AND THE COUNTIES PROPERTIES ITSELF ARE FAR OUTNUMBERED AND OVERWHELMED BY THE OVERABUNDANT POPULATION OF A MAJORITY GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOVED IN FROM OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTY, DRAWN TO THIS COUNTY BY ITS CHEAP, LOW-COST, LOW-END, SUPERAFFORABLE HOUSING, APARTMENT HOMES, EXTENDED STAY HOTELS AND MOTELS, MOBILE AND TRAILER HOME PARKS, WHO UNFORTUNATELY AND REGRETABALLY ARE LOW INCOME EARNERS WHO LIVE OFF OF ENTITLEMENTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (FEDERALLY FUNDED SECTION EIGHT HOUSING VOUCHERS, FOOD STAMPS, WELFARE CHECKS, AND ANY OTHER TYPE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS), ARE RENTERS, MOVE FROM PLACE-TO-PLACE, DO NOT CARE NOR RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS, THEIR PROPERTY, THE COUNTY WHICH THEY PRESENTLY LIVE IN, WITH SOME WHO HAVE A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND, AND ARE CRIMINAL INTENT AND ACTIONS.

MANY OF THESE TRANSPLANTED PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW IN CLAYTON COUNTY VIRTUALLY DESTROYED THE PREVIOUS PLACES WHERE THEY LIVED WHICH WAS FROM THE NOW TORN DOWN HOUSING PROJECTS OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA WHICH WAS CRIME, DRUG, AND GANG INFESTED.

WHEN THE CITY OF ATLANTA TORE DOWN THESE HOUSING PROJECTS, THEY MADE SURE THAT THESE POPULATION OF PEOPLE WHO NOW HAVE MOVED TO CLAYTON COUNTY DID NOT COME BACK TO THE NEWLY BUILT MIXED-USE HOUSING COMMUNITIES THAT WERE COMPLETED.

JUST LIKE THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION IN CLAYTON COUNTY DESTROYED WHERE THEY PREVIOUSLY LIVED (THIS IS A DOCUMENTED FACT- JUST DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND READ), THEY HAVE NOW MOVED INTO CLAYTON COUNTY AND HAVE DESTROYED THIS COUNTY WITH THEIR WAY OF LIVING WHICH RUNS COMPLETELY OPPOSITE TO THE WAY THAT GOOD, INTELLIGENT, SMART, PROGRESSIVE, KNOWLEDGEABLE, EDUCATED, AND STABLE JOB INCOME EARNERS AND THEIR FAMILIES LIVE.

THIS IS WHY THE CLAYTON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM NOW HAVE THE LOWEST TEST SCORES IN THE METROPOLITIAN ATLANTA, GEORGIA AREA. (THIS IS A DOCUMENTED FACT THAT WAS REPORTED BY THE ATLANTA JOURNAL AND CONSTITUTION AND EVEN IN CLAYTON COUNTY’S OWN CLAYTON NEIGHBOR NEWSPAPER LAST WEEK)

THIS IS WHY TWO OF CLAYTON COUNTY CITIES (FOREST PARK AND COLLEGE PARK) ARE IN THE TOP TEN CITIES IN THE METROPOLITIAN ATLANTA, GEORGIA AREA WITH THE HIGHEST CRIME RATE WITH COLLEGE PARK BEING THE HIGHEST.

THIS IS WHY TARA BOULEVARD WHICH IS THE MAIN HIGHWAY THAT RUNS THROUGH THE HEART OF CLAYTON COUNTY IS FULL OF LITTER, TRASH, OVERGROWN GRASS, WEEDS, POOR LANDSCAPING, BROKEN DOWN, RUN DOWN, AND DILIAPATED BUILDINGS AND BUSINESSES.

THIS IS WHY CLAYTON COUNTY HAS THE LOWEST PER CAPITA INCOME PER PERSON OF ALL OF THE COUNTIES IN THE METROPOLITIAN ATLANTA, GEORGIA AREA. (THESE ARE DOCUMENTED FACTS. CHECK OUT THE STATISTICS OF ALL OF THE METROPOLITIAN ATLANTA, GEORGIA COUNTIES ON-LINE AND READING THE ATLANTA REGIONAL COMMISSION REPORTS)

SO MUCH IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE TO CLAYTON COUNTY BY ITS PAST ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITIANS (THE PREVIOUS ENTIRE CLAYTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WHO IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF CLAYTON COUNTY BEING THE WAY IT IS TODAY WITH THEIR CRIMINAL SPOT ZONING THAT CREATED THE GLUT OF LOW-COST LOW END HOUSING SUBDIVISION, APARTMENT COMPLEXES, LOW-END STRIP MALLS, ETC.) AND OTHER CORRUPT ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM CLAYTON COUNTY IN THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRENSENTATIVES AND THE SENATE YEARS AGO) THAT CLAYTON COUNTY IS IN THE SAD, AWFUL, AND DEPLORABLE STATE THAT IT IS IN TODAY AT THIS PRESENT TIME.

THIS IS WHY NO MEETING OF ANY ELECTED OFFICIALS, LEADERSHIP GROUP, PERSONS. OR ANYONE CAN HELP OR SAVE CLAYTON COUNTY AT THIS PRESENT TIME.

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO CLAYTON COUNTY THAT IS RAPIDLY BECOMING (IF IT HAS NOT ALREADY BECOME) A COUNTY THAT IS HOME TO A CLASS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE OF LOW INCOME EARNING STATURE, A HOME TO POOR PEOPLE, A HOME TO THE UNDERCLASS WHO ARE TOTALLY DEPENDENT OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE AND ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS, A HOME TO A MAJORITY POPULATION OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERY LOW EXPECTATIONS OF THE PEOPLE THEY ELECT TO SERVE THEM AND WILL NOT AND DO NOT EVEN CARE TO HOLD THEM TO WORK ON THEIR BEHALF AND IN THEIR BEST INTEREST AND FAVOR.

MANY OF THE ELECTED POLITIANS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS DO NOT WANT DO DO THE HARD, AND DETAILED WORK TO EVEN RIGHT SOME OF THE NUMEROUS WRONGS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE TO CLAYTON COUNTY BY ITS PAST ELECTED POLITIANS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS.

I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT CLAYTON COUNTY WILL TURN AROUND FOR THE BETTER WHEN THE COUNTY HAS REACHED ROCK BOTTOM AND THAT THE LIVING CONDITIONS AND QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE CITIZENS OF CLAYTON COUNTY HAVE GOTTEN SO BAD, DEPLORABLE, AND SO “GHETTO-LIKE” MUCH LIKE THE SECTION EIGHT DRUG, CRIME, AND GANG INFESTED HOUSING PROJECTS OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA THAT THE FEDERAL AGENCIES WILL BE FORCED TO COME DOWN AND TEAR UP CLAYTON COUNTY FROM THE INSIDE OUT AND BUILT WITH THE HELP OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTORS AND PARTNERS, UPSCALE HIGH-CLASS MIXED-USE COMMUNITES AND HIGH END HOMES THAT WILL DRIVE THE POOR TO LOW INCOME EARNERS AWAY FROM THE COUNTY AND ATTRACT THE UPPER-MIDDLE TO HIGH INCOME EARNERS TO CLAYTON COUNTY WHICH WILL PRODUCE A WAY AND QUALITY OF LIVE AND LIVING IN CLAYTON COUNTY THAT ALL OF US WANT AND EXPECT.

THIS IS WHY THE GROUP THAT WILL MEET ON THIS SATURDAY OCTOBER 2, 2010 WILL BE INEFFECTIVE, POWERLESS, AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING OF ANY GREAT POSITIVE CHANGING NATURE TO PRODUCE THE POSITIVE TURNAROUND FOR CLAYTON COUNTY AND ITS CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS.

Tell The Truth

September 29th, 2010
3:32 pm

TRUTHSTATER,
I agree with much of what you stated. However, how can the county be an ‘overall good county’ if you believe the majority of residents are dysfunctional and the politicians are crooked? With that said, what are the things that make it an ‘overall good county’?

Truthstater

September 29th, 2010
5:30 pm

What makes a county a good-to-great county is having citizens and residents who are in the majority number who truly care about where they live, take pride and caring in not only where their physical home residence is, but also taking pride and caring in their overall community as well as the county or city where they reside.

Also the citizens and residents should be engaged and make their wants, needs, and desires for what they want their community, city ,or county to be and have as it relates to basic governmental services such as parks and recreation facilities, public safety, police protection, etc to their elected officials and politicians.

The elected officials and politicians should respect and fear these engaged citizens and residents because they are the ones who elected them to public office to serve them and their constituents and know that if they deviate, change for the worst, or become corrupted or crooked by negative influental businesses and well-connected people who will try to “buy” them off, they will suffer the wrath, fury, and anger of their constituents who will in turn work tirelessly to remove them from office by recalling them or voting them out.

The citizens and residents must be fully, actively, and totally engaged and know each and every day how their elected officials and politicians are voting and the ordinances, rules, regulations, and laws they are passing that should work for the betterment and benefit of the citizens and residents.

Also the city, county, or community must have as their majority population, people and families of diverse ethnic groups of high upper middle class, to well-off, to rich and wealthy people and families as these socioeconomic group of people DEMAND AND DO NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING OTHER THAN TOP NOTCH FIRST-CLASS, CLEAN, ORDERLY, SAFE, WELL PLANNED, GOVERNMENTAL BASIC SERVICES THAT WORK FOR THEM AND HAVE AND SHARE THEIR VALUES FOR A CLEAN, SAFE, BEAUTIFUL, WELL ORGANIZED, AND WELL-PLANNED COMMUNITIES, CITY, OR COUNTY (SEE FAYETTE COUNTY, FORYSTH COUNTY. THE CITY OF JOHN’S CREEK, PEACHTREE CITY IN FAYETTE COUNTY, SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, NORTHERN FULTON COUNTY, ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA, ETC.)

THESE GROUP OF PEOPLE DEMAND EXCELLENCE IN THE SERVICES THAT THEY RECEIVE FROM THEIR GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES THAT THEIR COUNTY OR CITY PROVIDES AND THEY EXPECT EXCELLENT, STRONG, AND EXCEPTIONAL REPRESENTATION FROM THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITICIANS AS THEY WORK ON THEIR BEHALF AND FAVOR AND NOT AGAINST OR FOR THEIR OWN SELF- SERVING INTEREST.

ALSO, THESE GROUP OF PEOPLE DEMAND AND HAVE VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS OF THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITICIANS AND WOULD NOT PUT UP WITH, TOLERATE, OR ACCEPT ANYTHING LESS.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE CHARACTERISTICS, QUALITIES, AND ATTRIBUTES THAT MAKE A CITY, COUNTY, AND COMMUNITY A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, PLAY, AND RAISE THEIR FAMILIES.

BnB

September 29th, 2010
6:16 pm

to the staters – Pleas stop yelling (CAPS LOCK)

I see stupid people

September 29th, 2010
10:10 pm

Whatever! Da truf is da truf. The irony is that this really is a broken, crooked, forgotten and ghetto county. Sorry, but the racists have all moved away for the most part. They do not care what happens here as they are mostly gone. What we have left are transient ghetto whites, blacks and Mexicans. The only hope for Clayton is dissolution of the county charter (hello Milton) or bankruptcy or the Feds coming in and firing all county leaders. Da truf is da truf and is no lie.

35yrs in Clayton

September 30th, 2010
12:19 pm

In 1970 something we bought our brand new house near Morrow High School to be in short drive to the Ford Plant. Clayton County then was not perfect by any means but a great place to live. Nice stores, primarily middle class people of many races and cultures getting along pretty darn good. We don’t have any kids but we were told the schools stink – but no worse than any other in Georgia. Crime was pretty low as well.

Now my house is worth less than I paid for it over 30 years ago. I have to drive to the other side of Atlanta to do any serious shopping or decent produce and I’m had to join the gym to get enough exercise because I no longer feel safe walking outside after work (after dark).

They can hold all the meetings they want. By the time they can pat themselves on the back to just get us back to where we were 30 years ago I’ll be too old to care or long dead. It pains me to say I have given up. The minute the housing market stabilizes I’m getting my house on the market, taking whatever I can get and moving on.

And I’ll cry like heck the day I have to move out of the only home I’ve ever owned. But I’m not about to end up on old lady living in “gun shot central”.

Tell The Truth

September 30th, 2010
3:45 pm

35yrs in Clayton,
The good people of Clayton from yesteryear were living in a fools paradise. They allowed all of these apartments to crop up to consume the county. Clayton county has always been the cheapest county in the metro area, even back when you bought your house. The only thing that keep Clayton so sheltered was the fact that there was no public transportation. When C-Tran arrived, everybody realized that the emperor has no clothes and instead of taking a proactive response to the problem, they started blaming Atlanta for closing their housing projects and sending their inhabitants to Clayton. This wouldn’t have been the case if Clayton didn’t set itself up by not developing single family housing as its residential standard. As a result, we have what we have now.

Troll Hunter

September 30th, 2010
4:18 pm

I see stupid people

The racist are still here, only now they hide behind their keyboards, and spew venom, because they are way outnumbered , and are basically cowards to say things to peoples faces!

RealTruth

September 30th, 2010
7:24 pm

People like Truthstater and Tell The Truth and those that have lived here for 20-35 years and “Allowed” those politicians form yesteryear, who were in the majority “then” screwed those on this blog crying now! However, I said they screwed themselves. They were born and raised down here in the south during segregation and Jim Crow and “still” didn’t have money and savings like others who left the county long ago. Now, they must live amongst the once slaves and those only 40 years away from national civil and voting rights. I can’t see why they can’t go 60 miles away from Atlanta and find a foreclosed home and live out their lives in peace. Then us downtrodden people can have mass public transportation like other major cities. Goodriddens!

Secret Agent Man

September 30th, 2010
11:16 pm

Clayton will never improve until the gov’t dependent are removed. They are not contributing positively to the county and only bring crime, unsupervised kids, litter, poor test scores, substance abuse, obesity, and burden the healthcare and prison systems. So, until they depart, the good people of this county are stuck.

P.S. Thank you Truthstater for stating the truth!

TRUTHSTATER

October 1st, 2010
9:44 am

Secret Agent Man also states the truth.

Thanks for your great posting.

TRUTHSTATER

October 1st, 2010
9:47 am

Tell The Truth also states the truth.

Thanks for your great postings also.

TRUTHSTATER

October 1st, 2010
9:55 am

Soulman, please elaborate and give more information about the book Uncle Sam’s Plantation and how it ties in with Clayton County and its numerous deep extensive and massive problems that are occuring right now at this present time.

Your comments, knowledge, and intelligence in the problems in Clayton County are much needed and the information that you can add to this discussion can be of great value.

Tell The Truth

October 1st, 2010
11:15 am

RealTruth,
Did you even read my last post or did you just skim through it? I said the exact same thing that you said, without having to reference slavery or Jim Crow (which was decades before I was born). I didn’t grow up in Georgia, but I’ve been in Clayton county long enough to see things degrade. I guess you’re comfortable with the quality of life that currently exists throughout the county. I guess having schools that are dead last in metro-Atlanta, in a state that is at the bottom nationally is ok with you. I guess, having the sharp increase in crime over the last 15 years is ok with you. I guess, having the convenience of a bus system is more important than the debt that it’s sinking the county into. As for me, I take pride in where I live and truly want what’s best for my community. That means being honest about what ails us and taking responsiblity for how our community looks and operates. Tell me what your solutions are for the county’s economic and social issues?

Star

October 1st, 2010
11:47 am

I live in Riverdale. If my family or just me and my husband want to go out and eat can we have some decent choices of restaurants. The all you can eat buffet is okay of you have kids, but I would like to sit down and have a decent meal. The only way to do that is to either go into the city or Fayette County.

On GA HWY 85, my son has made mention of the number of check cashing places, fast food restaurants etc. Where is the rec center that was to be built for those who live on the south side of Riverdale. The new city hall is now up and we still don’t have a rec center, a place to walk etc.

Rita of Riverdale

October 1st, 2010
11:50 am

FACTSTATER,

Soulman is right. Star Parker’s book is a great read. She tells her story of being in East LA on the Government Plantation and how her dependency on the government was holding her back. It explains the same ills we have in Clayton County. Our citizens are dependent (and stuck) on “Uncle Sam’s Plantation” and the politicans benefit in keeping it that way.

Until we have real leaders willing to step up and do the right thing for us without being motivated by greed, the citizens of Clayton County will continue to be on the government plantation.

As for me, I (ike Star Parker) refuse to be held back on the plantaton any longer. The election is coming up and I (at least in my district of Clayton County) now have another choice in my legislative respresentative. I’ve done my homework and like what I’ve learned,

Bottom-line. I have done my homework on where the candidates stand and it is the responsibility of all voters to do thier own homework. Otherwise, they will remain on the plantation.

Tell The Truth

October 1st, 2010
12:40 pm

Star,
In regards to the rec center and city hall, the City of Riverdale financed the builing of City Hall & the Board of Commissioners voted for the rec. centers. Two different coffers. You’ll need to call Commissioner Wole Ralph about the rec. center and the hold up in its construction.

FACTSTATER

October 1st, 2010
1:05 pm

Thank you Rita Of Riverdale for your informative, educational, and enlightening posting.

FACTSTATER

October 1st, 2010
1:39 pm

Because Clayton County is at this present time a county with the lowest per capita income per person, highest foreclosure rate, lowest quality of life indicators, lowest test scores in its high schools, highest population percentage of its majority ethnic group living in this county, one of the highest rates of illegal immigrants living in this county, highest population of people living per square mile (over 1,350 people living per square mile- THIS IS THE ONE OF THE HIGHEST OVERPOPULATION OF PEOPLE IN ANY ONE COUNTY AND HAS REACH SEVERE OVERCROWDING LEVELS), one of the highest crime rates, lowest property home values, highest percentage of renters to owner occupied homes, one of the highest unemployment rate of its citizens, and its overall look, appearance, and asethetics which is one of grime, filth, dirtiness, with overflowing and running over trash dumpsters that everyone can see on the weekends while traveling down Tara Boulevard because these dumpsters sit in front of the businesses instead of behind the businesses out of the sight of people;

THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN WHY THE LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE GROUP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITICANS THAT WILL BE MEETING TOMORROW MORNING WILL BE INEFFECTIVE BECAUSE IF THEY HAVE NOT ADDRESSED ALL OF THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE MENTIONED IN THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH (WHICH THEY HAVE NOT BECAUSE IT TAKES HARD WORK, CARING, AND GUTS TO WORK TO SOLVE THESE NUMEROUS PROBLEMS IN CLAYTON COUNTY) THEY MOST CERTAINTLY WILL NOT WORK TO SOLVE THESE MANY PROBLEMS AT THIS MEETING.

IT IS SIMPLY AMAZING THAT THREE PAST CLAYTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISIONERS MEMBERS INCLUDING IN THIS NUMBER, ITS PAST CHAIRMAN IN THE 1980′S, 1990′S AND THE EARLY PART OF 2000 (BEFORE 2005), CHANGE THE LAND-USE PLAN OF CLAYTON COUNTY IN ZONING EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTY FOR EXTREMELY HIGH DENSITY LOW-END HOMES, FOR APARTMENT HOMES, FOR COMMERICAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE LOW-END LOW CLASS RANGE, ETC.

CLAYTON COUNTY IS A COUNTY THAT IS CONTROLLED BY THE CLAYTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND IF YOU HAVE A THREE VOTE MAJORITY ON THE COMMISSION, THE COMMISSIONER OR COMMISSIONERS CAN DO VIRTUALLY ANYTHING THEY SO DESIRE AND WANT TO DO WHETHER IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS OF CLAYTON COUNTY OR NOT.

CLAYTON COUNTY HAS BEEN VIRTUALLY DESTROYED AND MADE A THIRD WORLD, THIRD CLASS, POOR COUNTY FULL OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE OF VERY LOW SOCIOECONOMIC MEANS AND STATUS AND A DUMPING GROUND, REFUGE, AND NOW HOME FOR THE POOR PEOPLE, SECTION EIGHT PEOPLE, CRIMINALLY MINDED PEOPLE, CRIMINAL GANGS, DRUG DEALERS AND DISTRIBUTERS, RENTERS, TRANSCIENTS, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (THEY MOSTLY LIVE IN THE TRUE GHETTOS OF CLAYTON COUNTY IN THE NUMEROUS MOBILE HOME AND TRAILER HOME PARKS THAT ARE LOCATED AND SIT BEHIND THE BUSINESSES ON TARA BOULEVARD.

ALL OF THIS AND MUCH MUCH MORE WAS DONE BY THE GREEDY, SELFISH, CORRUPT, NONCARING, AND IN MY OPINION, CRIMINAL ACTIONS (THE SPOT ZONINGS AND THE DEVIATION AND CHANGING OF CLAYTON COUNTY’S LAND-USE LONG RANGE PLAN) OF THE PAST COMMISSIONERS ON THE CLAYTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS IN THE 1980′S, 1990′S, AND THE EARLY 2000′S.

THIS IS WHY THE PRESENT ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITICANS, MANY OF WHOM KNOW THIS WAS DOING ON BACK THEN BUT DID NOT SPEAK OUT AGAINST IT, OR TRY TO STOP OR CURTAIL THIS WILL BE NOT BE EFFECTIVE BECAUSE THE DAMAGE HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE TO CLAYTON COUNTY AND IT WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO GET MUCH MUCH WORSE BEFORE IT WILL GET BETTER, IF IT WILL EVER GET BETTER FOR THE CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS OF CLAYTON COUNTY.

Tell The Truth

October 1st, 2010
4:03 pm

This is for everybody that says that Atlanta dumped its problems on Clayton County.

http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2010/jul/20/barney-simms/are-former-atlanta-tenants-flooding-suburbs/

The fact of the matter is, that poor people live where it’s affordable and practical to live. This isn’t rocket science. You can’t expect to have the lowest cost of living in the metro area, cheap rent, along with C-Tran and not expect the working poor not to follow. I remember when Clayton’s little infrastructure was overwhelmed with problems and many kept their heads in the sand. Remember Sheriff Tuggle saying there was absolutely no gang problem in Clayton? Couple that with Clayton’s cities throwing up houses anywhere (even around a water tower and behind strip malls facing trash bins) to try and capitalize off of the surge in home sales since there was nowhere else to build do to earlier overdevelopment of apartments. Hopefully, this meeting will be another step in the right direction. I’m not going to say that there is no hope for changing Clayton. I’ve seen many changes in the right direction (a la our new District Attorney & the fact that the Scotts can’t get elected as 3rd assistant dog catchers by buying big billboards & racebaiting).

TRUTHSTATER

October 1st, 2010
5:21 pm

Tell The Truth: Great informative and educational posting on some of Clayton County’s past history.

I see stupid people

October 1st, 2010
5:46 pm

I read that article awhile back, but those numbers are from the closed down AHA units and doesn’t include Katrina transplants, poor non-AHA residents on federal section 8 and other poor people on government handouts who contribute to social problems . I’ve met several people on Section 8 in Clayton who never lived in Atlanta, so while its a bunch of data, it doesn’t excuse the fact that many of them do live here.

Tell The Truth

October 1st, 2010
6:37 pm

Star,
The reason you can’t find any nice restaurants in the city of Riverdale is because the city will not allow alcohol sales in them. I’m surprised that this hasn’t change yet, being that there is so much potential for them on Hwy. 85. Instead of just going to Fayette, why not go to Morrow and support those restaurants as well?

Spelling Bee M.King

October 2nd, 2010
3:48 pm

This is for Tell The Truth but to my Knowlege when I sued the City of Riverdale many times, I remember the City of Riverdale from 2004 thru 2007 and also from 2007 to the present date has made serious changes to their Alcohol Ordinance to sell Alcohol or make it easier for restaurants to sell, but because of me an the Wonderful Ex-Mayor of Riverdale Phaedra Graham and Churchs and our Great Supporters for our campaigns like the Lee and Jewel Scott and the Clayton Democratic Party had put a stop to this outrage of selling Alcohol in the City of Riverdale.

James Brown

October 2nd, 2010
5:36 pm

My hat is off to you Mr. Factstater.

I will work your last comments in my campaign. I’ve read most of those stats (and demographic study results) earlier this year. Great insight on your behalf.

Barbara

October 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

We don’t have any nice places to eat, but I’m happy to see a Zaxbys on Hwy 85 coming. We need more nice companies coming in not title pawn stores, liquor stores, Chinese Restaurants, we need big companies to come. I hate to tell you but I go Camp Creek Pkwy to eat out sometimes.