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Attorney General Letter Response to Open Records Act Complaint from Viola Davis dated August 17, 2018.

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Attorney General Letter Response to Open Records Act Complaint from Viola Davis dated August 17, 2018.

 

 

Attorney General Letter Response to Open Records Act Complaint From Viola Davis by Viola Davis on Scribd

Open Records Act Complaint on Price Gouging by DeKalb County

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Open Records Request Complaint on Water/Sewer Billing Crisis

By Viola Davis

To DeKalb County Taxpayers and Voters:

We submitted an Open Records Request for the emails of Zachary Williams and Antrameka Knight to perform further research on the water/sewer billing and water crises.  We were given an original price of $135.00 each for the digital versions of the emails.  We delivered the full payment of $135.00 for Zachary Williams’ emails via money order on July 9, 2018.  We agreed to pick up the request via a hard drive on July 16, 2018.  We had several citizen researchers ready to go through the emails.  However, the county attorney changed the price from $135.00 to $5,376.74.

Truthfully, we cannot afford this price and see such a price as an “over-charge”.

We have received email information from several similar Open Records Requests in the past without such a “review charge” to include:

  1. Kelvin Walton’s emails – Prior Chief Purchasing Officer (CPO) for DeKalb County Purchasing and Contracting Department …charge was $52.50 on request number 1 and $97.50 on request number 2.
  2. Talisa Clark’s emails – Present Chief Purchasing Officer (CPO) for DeKalb County Purchasing and Contracting Department…charge was $187.50.

We are forced to ask, “What are they trying to hide?”

Please Note.  In reference to your correspondence to me dated August 10, 2018, concerning our Open Records Request for Zachary Williams’ emails, I am not requesting this information as a State Representative-Elect for House District 87.

You will note that all correspondence concerning our request has been submitted by our organization/ministry of Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter and as a community missionary.  I have submitted requests to the County as a community missionary for over twenty years.   Kindly consider this request as the same.

We are forwarding a timeline of events involving this request and copies of emails, plus other documents for you to review.

 

Since it is your vote that “hires and fires” elected officials, and your tax money that finances the elected officials’ salaries, budgets, staff, equipment, etc., we proclaim that you are the “Employers” and elected officials are the “Employees”!

 

Please contact your “employees” and ask the following:

 

  • Why did the County overcharge for this Open Records Request?  Is it because we are researching the water/sewer billing crises?
  • Finally, what are they trying to hide?

Timeline for Open Records Request for Zachary Williams and Antrameka Knight emails

  • July 5, 2018 – We sent an Open Records Request for Zachary Williams’ and Antrameka Knight’s emails.
  • July 5, 2018 – We were informed the Open Records Request would cost us $135.00.
  • July 6, 2018 – We stated that we would deliver the money for the items requested in the Open Records Request to the Finance Department.
  • July 9, 2018 – We delivered $135.00 in the form of a money order to the Finance Department for Zachary Williams’ emails.  At that time, we requested an approximate date of when we could pick up the emails (hard drive).
  • July 11, 2018 - We agreed to pick up the emails (hard drive) on Monday, July 16, 2018.
  • July 12, 2018 – We informed our citizen researchers/volunteers that we will pick up the emails (hard drive) on Monday for them to start review.
  • July 13, 2018 – We were informed that our Open Records Request concerning Zachary Williams would have an additional charge.
  • July 16, 2018 – We requested information on the additional charges.
  • August 3, 2018 – We made a second request for information on the additional charges.  We were informed the charges will be well over $1000.00.  We challenged the reason for such a drastic and elevated charge.
  • August 12, 2018 – We decided to inform the taxpayers and voters of the additional charge of $5,376.74.  We ask, “What are they hiding”?

Open Records Act Complaint – DeKalb County Price Gouging With Attachments by Viola Davis on Scribd

Health Alert Op/Ed: Are African Americans Allergic to Their Hypertension Meds?

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Community Alert: Are African Americans Allergic to their Hypertension Meds?

By Viola Davis

I recently forced my mother to seek medical help due to her allergic reaction to a source we could not identify. My mother approached me with an ice pack on her face and lip claiming that she had either bit her lip and/or had an insect bite. I noticed that she had massive swelling of her lip and knew that something was wrong. However, within 24 hours, the swelling had spread to include her lower face. By this time, I refused any further excuses and demanded we go to the doctor and I’m glad we did.

The doctor took one look at my mother’s face and reviewed her medications and said that she was having an allergic reaction to her medications. My mother was taking angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors which include drugs such as lisinopril, enalapril, captopril, and fosinopril. More than 40 million people take these drugs to treat heart failure or hypertension, especially after myocardial infarction. These drugs are also given for coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic renal disease, or recurrent stroke.

The most common adverse reactions to ACE inhibitors are a cough, low blood pressure, and dizziness. My mother’s primary doctor explained that the adverse reaction she experienced to her medication is called angioedema. This is localized skin swelling resulting from the release of inflammatory mediators. Apparently, African-Americans are at greater risk of experiencing angioedema (swelling). Angioedema can develop over minutes to hours, and typically resolves in 1 to 2 days with treatment. It can also be life-threatening, especially if it goes unrecognized and untreated.

The doctor we visited for this emergency was my mother’s primary doctor and she changed my mother’s hypertensive meds and ordered medication to treat the allergic reaction.

The doctor went over some of the most common signs and symptoms of angioedema to include shortness of breath, lip and tongue swelling, and laryngeal edema. In more severe cases, patients had swelling of the lips, tongue, posterior pharynx, and eyes. The doctor warned that this reaction is known to cause swelling so bad that a person is unable to breathe. The true danger happens when people simply write the reaction off as an allergy to food, drugs, latex, and insect stings or bites. These reasons delay treatment from the healthcare provider.

If you suspect angioedema, obtain a thorough medical history (including medication history). Be sure to document a description of the edema and its pattern, noting its first appearance and associated signs and symptoms such as shortness of breath, lip and tongue swelling, etc. ACE inhibitor-related angioedema (swelling) usually arises shortly after drug therapy begins, but in some cases, it’s delayed for months or even years. To tell the truth, my mother had taken this medication for years without any reactions.

After this experience, I decided to write this article and warn the people. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor to change my blood pressure medication because I have many of the same allergies as my mother. I was also on an ACE-inhibitor.

Viola Davis is a critical care nurse with over 20+ years’ experience. She and her mother are founders of Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter. She is also State Representative-Elect for House District 87.

Scott Towler vs. DeKalb County – Whistleblower Lawsuit Civil Action No. 18CV7119

Scott Towler v Dekalb County – Whistleblower Lawsuit Civil Action No. 18CV7119 – Towler Lawsuit – 7-13-18

Do you want to read the lawsuit for yourself? Well, we uploaded the document for you to read.  Enjoy.

Scott Towler v Dekalb County – Whistleblower Lawsuit Civil Action No. 18CV7119 – Towler Lawsuit – 7-13-18 by Viola Davis on Scribd

New Leadership Set Higher Standards and Quality Life for DeKalb County

New Leadership Set Higher Standards and Quality Life for DeKalb County
By Viola Davis

DeKalb County electorate sent a strong message that its taxpayers and voters wanted a higher quality of life and ethical leadership. Due to continuous news stories of corruption, blight and unethical behavior, the voters demonstrated accountability by removing several incumbents and replacing them with new leadership. After a year, we want to report the following findings:

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CEO Michael Thurmond – CEO Michael Thurmond entered the office with an initial action plan that placed the money where his mouth is. He went on the attack to improve blight in DeKalb County with the help and support of the Board of Commissioner by financing the Quality of Life unit, an innovative program created by the Solicitor General’s Office. CEO Thurmond ended deficit spending, built the county’s fund balance and moving forward to place DeKalb County on a more solid financial foundation. Due to systemic problems ranging from inadequate planning, staffing and training to inefficient billing software, defective water meters and insufficient communication that had eroded customer confidence, he continued the moratorium on water shut-offs.

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The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved $2.6 million for Operation Clean Sweep in the county’s 2017 operating budget of $1.3 billion. This funding helped CEO Thurmond address his top priorities involving the county’s water billing crisis and blight. We are proud to announce that CEO Thurmond is responsible for the removal of more than 5,600 tons of debris, clearing over 20 illegal dumping sites, and addressing over 80 dilapidated properties. It is long overdue to sing CEO Michael Thurmond’s accomplishments.

Commissioner Steve Bradshaw – Commissioner Steve Bradshaw defeated the incumbent in a runoff election with a landslide victory from the 4th Commission District of about 150,000 people in the Stone Mountain area. He recently demonstrated unity by appearing with Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and Commissioner Gregory Adams at a town hall meeting to discuss the proliferation of store closings in South DeKalb at the Lou Walker Senior Center on Panola Road. Commissioner Bradshaw and Presiding Officer Jeff Rader created the ad hoc committee to identify the “root cause” of the problems causing the water crisis in DeKalb County.

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Commissioner Steve Bradshaw set a completely new standard for launching “Quarterly in the Fourth” community breakfast meetings for District 4 constituents and other interest parties. He sent out a mailer to inform the public about the meetings. The focus of the meetings involved code enforcement, quality of life issues, and safety. The meeting was heavily attended and gave the taxpayers and voters the opportunity to address Commissioner Bradshaw directly with their concerns and issues within the district. With the cry for more information and public contact, Commissioner Bradshaw is setting a high standard for others to follow. Hats off to you, Commissioner Steve Bradshaw!

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Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling – Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling established the “Quality of Life Unit” in 2017 to address concerns about code violations and nuisance issues in the county. With the help of CEO Michael Thurmond and the Board of Commissioners approving a budget request of over $70,000 from the Office of the Solicitor-General, the “Quality of Life Unit” includes:
 Two Assistant Solicitor-Generals
 A Community Prosecutor
 An Investigator
 A Legal Assistant

One of the Assistant Solicitor-Generals appeared at Commissioner Steve Bradshaw’s community breakfast over the weekend to inform the public of Solicitor-General’s mission and a directive to target dilapidated properties with numerous code citations, the prosecution of cases involving code violation, blight, nuisance and other issues plaguing communities. By working with the Magistrate Court, the partnership between the different government agencies demonstrates how the overall quality of life for the citizenry of DeKalb County can be uplifted through unity and setting priorities to eliminate these problems and answer the public outcry for improvements. We say to Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling, thank you for showing us that action speaks louder than words.

SB183: STATE LEGISLATURE TRYING TO ELIMINATE SEALED BIDS & EVADE PUBLIC SCRUTINY BY GIVING TAXPAYER MONEY TO OTHER ENTITIES TO DO WORK

SB183: STATE LEGISLATURE TRYING TO ELIMINATE SEALED BIDS & EVADE PUBLIC SCRUTINY BY GIVING TAXPAYER MONEY TO OTHER ENTITIES TO DO WORK

Posted on March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017
Hearing on SB183 March 9, 2017 at 2PM
https://livestream.com/accounts/19771738/events/6811894/videos/151342386

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The following information was sent from Catherine Bernard, a lawyer and political activist. This information shows you how desperately we need to drain the Georgia swamp!

“…to preserve [the people's] independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” -Thomas Jefferson

Dear Friends,

With a Republican-controlled state legislature and Republican officials occupying all executive offices in Georgia, you’d think we might get some fiscally conservative policies. This legislative session continues to show how wrong that expectation would be. Other than a few targeted tax breaks for wealthy special interests, like yacht owners and Delta, the 2017 legislative session has been new taxes, more taxes, regulations, and scariest of all – new powers to borrow and lend public money.

Today at 2:00 p.m., in Room 506 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building at the Capitol, the House Transportation Committee will hear testimony onSB183. Most of the coverage of this bill so far has focused on how it would create permanent mandatory toll roads, but that’s only part of the issue. What’s even more dangerous are the provisions eliminating the public competitive bid and sealed bid process requirements for State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) projects, combined with the massive new grants of power to SRTA: to extend credit and make loans to any type of entity, to incorporate multiple non-profit corporations as subsidiaries of SRTA, and to expand the definition of “self-liquidating project” to include not just projects by cities and counties, but by any “person, firm, corporation, limited liability company, or other type of entity”. I.e., they can take your money and give it to literally whoever they want to, and they might even do it through private corporations set up to evade public scrutiny.

The permanent mandatory toll road part is pretty bad too. Georgia law only authorizes the state to charge a toll until the road construction project is fully paid for, e.g. GA 400, where tolls were collected from 1993 to 2013 (and even then, it took dedicated citizen activists holding the government to its promise). Changing this would be a big deal, deserving of much more public debate than we’ve seen on this important topic.
Send an email to the Committee chair, Rep. Kevin Tanner, and the bill sponsor, Sen. Brandon Beach, letting them know what you think of this bill.Email Rep. Tanner Email Sen. Beach Or give them a call: 404.656.3947 and 404.463.1378

Good news on the no-knock search warrant bill, though: I showed up at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing ready to testify against SB94, but the bill sponsor didn’t show up and it was removed from the agenda. Since it didn’t pass the Senate before Crossover Day, technically it’s dead for the session – but this legislation has already been revived too many times, so I’m keeping a close eye on it.

Thanks for engaging with these important issues, so that together we can make our political world more reasonable and thoughtful.

Warm regards,
Catherine
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Suspicions surround DeKalb’s ‘missing’ millions by Mark Niesse

Suspicions surround DeKalb’s ‘missing’ millions
By Mark Niesse – The Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 9, 2016

The item is buried on a 4-year-old DeKalb County Purchasing Department spreadsheet: an eyebrow-raising $72,348,739.04 to build a sidewalk.

The actual cost? Just under $1.26 million.

DeKalb officials say the discrepancy is some kind of error — a baffling but harmless mistake.

But the citizens group Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter is more wary. In a county that has seen one government corruption case after another, members of the group say, it’s obvious a comprehensive audit needs to be conducted.

Read entire article at link: http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/suspicions-surround-dekalbs-missing-millions/nsCqL/

https://www.scribd.com/document/317834011/Where-is-the-70-Million-Dollars-that-s-Missing-from-DeKalb-County-Watershed-Department

When to Stop: Sharing the Road with School Buses

When to Stop for School Buses

When to Stop: Sharing the Road with School Buses
Courtesy of SDIA

As DeKalb County students return to school on August 8th, SDIA’s Safety Committee reminds you of Georgia’s law regarding passing school buses.

In most cases, all drivers are required to stop when meeting or overtaking a stopped school bus that has its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended when loading or unloading passengers. The only exception to this rule is when highways are separated in the center by a dirt, grass or concrete median. In this situation, only vehicles following or traveling alongside a school bus in the same direction must stop.

A warning that a bus stop is about to take place will always be given with the flashing amber lights on the front and rear of the school bus. Upon seeing these flashing amber lights, vehicles approaching the school bus from both the front and rear should immediately slow down and prepare to stop. All drivers must pay special attention to children, be focused and exercise caution when in the vicinity of a school bus stop, as student riders can sometimes be unpredictable. Once the bus is fully stopped, the flashing red lights will activate and the stop arm will deploy. Vehicles must stop and should remain stopped until all loading students are aboard in the morning or all unloading passengers have cleared 12 feet off the roadway in the afternoon. Motorists should proceed with caution, only after passengers have cleared the roadway, the stop arm is cancelled and the flashing red lights are deactivated.

MULTI-LANE: Paved. Vehicles traveling in both directions MUST STOP.
DIVIDED HIGHWAY: With dirt, grass or barrier median. Vehicles behind MUST STOP. Vehicles traveling in opposite direction must use caution.
TWO LANES: Vehicles traveling in both directions MUST STOP.

Failure to obey the law not only puts the safety of our children at risk but also puts you in a position to be fined. The fine? $300 for a first offense, $750 for a second offense, and $1,000 for each subsequent offense in a 5-year period. Think you won’t get caught? Every school bus driver who observes a violation is authorized and directed to record the vehicle description, license number of the offending vehicle, and time and place of occurrence and report to local law enforcement agency which has jurisdiction where the alleged offense occurred.

South DeKalb Improvement Association, Inc. (SDIA)

Top Nine Zip Codes for Section 8 Housing in DeKalb County, Georgia

Top Nine Zip Codes for Section 8 Housing in DeKalb County, Georgia
By Viola Davis, May 11, 2016

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Red Dots – Section 8 Housing in DeKalb County…Glenwood Road, Covington Hwy, Redan Road, and Rockbridge Road…

We have the top nine zip codes for Section 8 Housing to include:

Dekalb County Zip Code; Total Section 8 Housing
1. 30032; 906
2. 30058; 878
3. 30034; 677
4. 30083; 503
5. 30035; 443
6. 30038; 400
7. 30088; 343
8. 30021; 333
9. 30319; 215

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Red Dots – Section 8 Housing outside City of Atlanta around Candler Road, Glenwood Road, and Columbia Drive

Thank You to District 1 Office in 2012 for Section 8 Stats

Viola Davis and Ruby Bozeman-Davis CrossRoadsNews 2016 Community Kudos Award Honorees

April 22, 2016

Viola Davis and Ruby Bozeman Davis
Founders of Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter
909 Rays Road
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

Jennifer Ffrench Parker and Curtis Parker
Crossroads Newspaper
2346 Candler Road
Decatur, Georgia 30032

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Parker:

We wanted to take a moment to extend our most sincere thanks for choosing us to receive the CrossroadsNews 2016 Community Kudos Award. We are writing to express our sincere gratitude to you for a memorable and wonderful evening that will stay with us forever. You have no idea how happy you made us when you handed us the award.

We are truly humbled and honored you recognized us with your “Making a Difference Award with Dedicated Service”. Once again, we are very grateful for this reward, which is an excellent morale-booster that will encourage us to continue doing our community ministry work. We are also very appreciative to everyone who helped you make the gala a “must attend” yearly event.

Yours sincerely,

Viola Davis
Co-Founder