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@Mack711 - Just to be accurate the Chamber does not represent Gwinnett citizens, the Chamber is a private membership organization. This is at the crux of the problem, taxpayer money is given to the Chamber, then the Chamber determines what issues to support or oppose with no accountablity to citizens.
Most Gwinnett cities contribute money to the Chamber, county goverment contributes $500k and GCPS contribute $150K - none of these government entities have an accounting of how the money is used. The Chamber has only made wild, outlandish claims of creating $800 M of business development over the past 5 years. That's a significant impact during the worst recession of our lives. If the impact has been so great, why has Gwinnett experienced one of the highest rates of foreclosure and why has our unemployment rate been equal to the country's and only marginally less than Georgia's?
If the Chamber has done such a wonderful job, why won't they provide hard facts, figures, and documents to prove it?
@Jan. Yes Jan I too would like to know how you determined the ROI on GCPS' "investment" in Partnership Gwinnett and the Chamber of Commerce. What is the source of your "facts"? Please provide the details to us?
Also please explain when the mission of the public school system morphed to include attracting businesses to Gwinnett County? For some reason I thought GCPS' mission was to educate children.
@Kat. Very good points, let's hope that in the year Lassiter and Cain wore wires to record conversations that they were talking to the developers that have helped to corrupt our county government.
Kennerly's trial is scheduled to begin in the next couple of months, it too should result in some eye openning testimony.
teelee if having the Feds involved in airport security is so effective in preventing drug trafficking why was there a major drug bust at Westchester airport last September?
So what's easier for the DEA to track, a late night flight of a private aircraft from a foreign country or a scheduled passenger flight from within the US? I would guess the DEA is more focused on those late night private aircraft flights. And let's not forget a private aircraft arriving from a foreign country must clear customs, which can't be done at Briscoe.
Let's not overlook the statement Mark Gary made, "An honest developer can't do business in Gwinnett County", combined with DA Danny Porter's description of Gwinnett government as, "a culture of corruption."
This clearly needs to be a wake up call to the citizens of Gwinnett that it is time to make changes to our government to eliminate corruption. The primary source of corruption is the district courtesy voting which allows each commissioner to create a fiefdom when it comes to zoning hearings. Two changes will help eliminate this source of corruption - first place a permanent moratorium on spot zoning, second let's change the structure of county government.
Gwinnett County adopted a 20-year land use plan approach to zoning in the 1990s and ever since has chipped away at the plan one spot zoning case at a time. Allowing commissioners to override the land use plan creates opportunity for corruption. It's time to close that loophole.
We have four part-time commissioners earning $31,000 and the full-time chairperson earns $62,500 to run the county with a $1.5 B budget. In the corporate world salaries for these positions would range from $175,000 to $400,000. Alvin Willbanks, Gwinnett Superintendent, base salary is $272,000. Do any of us think by underpaying elected officials we are going to attract the most honest and capable persons among us to hold these offices? Can we be sure paying commissioners more will guarantee honesty? No, but we can be certain that what we are doing now is not working.
You're right in this instance Shirley will never be in a position to do further damage and she is totally broke. But how will this sentencing affect future elected criminals? And what about Kennerly? More than likely Kennerly took bribes for 16 years, some of which were $1M. We may never know what he raked in as a dishonest commissioner, but there are those that would serve 3 years in Club Fed detention in order to get their hands on $10-15M. At least if they think they can keep the cash.
Let's not forget that we, the 800,000 residents of Gwinnett, are the victims and we will continue to pay the tax bill for their crimes for years to come.
I sure hope Judge Pannell took that into consideration for Lassetter's sentencing.
ImagineAir is already flying from Briscoe, each of you supporters need to put your money where your keyboards are and book a flght. You can fly to Charleston for only $2,200, no this isn't a typo it costs twenty-two hundred dollars, if that is too expensive it will only cost $1,700 for a weekend trip to Charlotte.
Of course they are flying noisy prop planes now, once they get those quiet jets that costs 10 times more than a prop plane prices can only go down, right? Um, something seems wrong there, if the planes cost more and it costs more to operate them wouldn't tickets cost more?
Well that's just economics, what's really important here is that ya'll need to pony up and fly someplace from Briscoe so you don't have to waste time driving to Hartsfield. Better hurry up! These deals may not last long.
Read these two documents.
The first is the aviation analyst's reponses posed by the committee.
The second is the Majority Report issued by the committee.
These should clear up any confusion about whether Briscoe should be expanded.
KipKorn you are too late Brett Smith admittedly had me investigated almost two years ago, to his and no doubt your disappointment, there was nothing to find.
As far as the "hastily-written report and last-minute vote" I received a copy of the report at 10:39 AM, it was sent to all committee members and the DOT staff. The airport committee meeting had no time limit on our meeting. All committee members were offered time to read and discuss the report before the vote occurred. The five members who elected to abstain rather than vote rejected this offer, instead they made a motion to table the item until a future date. This motion failed and the report was submitted to a vote which passed. All these mechanisms are documented in Robert's Rules of Order by which the committee operated and were perfectly appropriate.
All the evidence, which is documented by independent, professional studies, regarding Briscoe expansion demonstrates the risk and harm to taxpayers. These are the pros and cons the committee did actually consider.
Companies will not relocate to Gwinnett because of the airport nor will it create thousands of jobs, reduce taxes, or any of the other promises which have been made.
If you want to see the decay it will bring drive around College Park or PDK airport. You will have noise pollution, air pollution (jet fuel failout), and traffic congestion. This is not just a Lawrenceville issue, plane will be flying over much of Gwinnett - Loganville, Dacula, Lilburn, Duluth, Suwanee, and Buford.
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