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BUCKHEAD IN THE NEWS
Here in our news section, you’ll find stories and the latest updates about how our work is helping to improve the community and the exigency of our efforts.
2 GOOD SAMARITANS SHOT WHILE TRYING TO STOP BUCKHEAD CAR THEFT
Dec 8, 2020
2 good Samaritans shot while trying to stop Buckhead car thefthttps://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-2-shot-in-possible-carjacking-in-buckhead/PR3MO3LKOFC6HGEOMO7JUNJQ7I/
GA HOUSE SPEAKER: STATE POLICE MAY NEED TO TACKLE ATLANTA CRIME
March 26, 2021
“Unchecked violent crime in our capital city can threaten our status as the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business,” AG Chris Carr. https://www.ajc.com/news/crime/georgia-house-speaker-send-state-police-to-help-tackle-atlanta-crime/NRREDH5C2NA4PETCAY2LMSZYSQ/?ecmp=pg&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pg_fb&fbclid=IwAR0F87rE-GWt9fYumwlVy_7QLL54tYagkS9x8KT2HhGCbcg3-n1kyctEWp0
GEORGIA STAR NEWS REPORTS ON DETERIORATION OF ATLANTA AND MOVE TO CITYHOOD
April 10, 2021
BEC CEO Sam Lenaeus speaks with Georgia Star News on Buckhead City, citing residents terrified by violent crime, unresponsive 911 calls, long permit processes and failures of APS to serve education needs.
BUCKHEAD CITY IS REAL - BILLS SPONSORED BY STATE LAWMAKERS
April 12, 2021
Buckhead City a reality. Bills sponsored by Representative Todd Jones and Senator Brandon Beach for November 2022 ballot. BEC raising funds for feasibility study. https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/a-bill-would-carve-buckhead-city-out-of-atlanta-heres-what-could-happen-next/EWZYAGX34VBDFFBL32M3JFRW44/
URBANIZE ATLANTA ASKS BUCKHEAD CITY FOR NEW SLOGAN AND RECOGNIZES SERIOUSNESS OF BUCKHEAD CITY EFFORT.
April 12, 2021
Urbanize Atlanta asks Buckhead City to come up with catchy slogan to promote new city. Cityhood Is popular among residents and businesses, but not among existing leaders like Atlanta Mayor Bottoms and head of newly merged BuckheadATL leaders like Jim Durrett, who would lose power in the new city.
SAFETY AND LACK OF CITY SERVICES DRIVE BUCKHEAD CITY MOVEMENT
May 1, 2021
Dramatic rise in violent crime and lack of city services fuel Buckhead City movement. Failure of leadership by Mayor Bottoms and City Hall to hire a permanent police chief, attract officers to understaffed APD and closed detention centers are causes of increased criminal activity.
BUCKHEAD CITY WANTS LOCAL CONTROL OVER SAFETY, ZONING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
May 2, 2021
Buckhead City to de-annex and enhance quality of life for its residents and commuters with accountable leadership. New city will provide a well-funded, adequately sized police force, control its own zoning and permitting laws to protect tree canopy and manage housing density, and fund investments in infrastructure.
CEO OF BEC BILL WHITE PRESENTS CASE FOR CITY-HOOD TO BUCKHEAD COUNCIL OF NEIGHBORHOODS
May 14, 2021
BEC chair White and President Sam Lenaeus laid out progress of Buckhead City and divorcing from Atlanta rather than hope for better mayor. $500k has been raised. Referendum will be on ballot for Buckhead residents in November 2022 and the City will have 24 month transition. Parks and fire stations have set prices by law at low transfer cost. City can’t charge more for water/sewer. Bond obligations will be met. https://reporternewspapers.net/2021/05/14/buckhead-cityhood-a-necessary-divorce-or-least-efficient-solution-to-crime/
BUCKHEAD CITY LEADERS MEET WITH STATE LAWMAKERS AT FIRST COMMITTEE HEARING ON ATLANTA CRIME WAVE
May 27, 2021
Buckhead City leaders, including Bill White, speak with state lawmakers about the rise of crime in the area and need for cityhood to establish its own police force. Representatives from across the state cite need to address Atlanta crime as it affects the whole state. Police, community leaders, victims and university experts will be invited to participate in committee hearings. https://www.cbs46.com/news/state-lawmakers-hold-first-meeting-to-discuss-atlanta-crime-surge/article_7284e9de-beb7-11eb-a64f-ef53153e354d.html?block_id=1056881
AMID SURGE IN VIOLENT CRIME, ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOOD PONDERS NEW CITY
May 31, 2021
Buckhead Exploratory Committee has raised $600,000 and experienced a rapid increase in support for cityhood fueled by wave of nuisance crime (street racing & water boys) and uptick of violent crime (40% homicide, 64% car theft, 39% robbery) already this year compared to 2020, which was a record setting year for crime. Buckhead joins state and national cityhood movement as residents take control over their municipalities as exodus of police officers and policy of no cash bail fuel crime. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/buckhead-secession-atlanta-crime/2021/05/29/30e25cce-be25-11eb-b26e-53663e6be6ff_story.html
LIBERALS AND CRIME SPIKES
June 5, 2021
Violence spiking in major cities at 33% increase. Atlanta increased 59% murders, rapes, thefts, assaults. Crime driving force behind Buckhead City as thieves case houses, illegal street racers block streets and gunshots ring around residents, many of whom now have firearms for self protection. Criminal justice reforms calling for lighter sentences and decreased dependence on police face uphill battle amidst violence. https://www.economist.com/united-states/2021/06/05/liberals-and-crime-spikes
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