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► New surveillance cameras, plate readers coming PAGE 2 ► Perimeter Center bus, shuttle lanes proposed PAGE 4

The fun is back at Atlanta Memorial Park

BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net


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“Find ways to talk to people in the community, outside of a policing activity’s context.” Residents share their ideas for improving local policing. See COMMUNITY SURVEY Page 8

COMMENTARY Trump order inspires first-time protestor Page 9


Master plan proposes big road changes

Whitney Phippen, and her daughter Josie Phippen, 1, try out the slide at the new playground at Atlanta Memorial Park. The new playground opened Jan. 26 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The playground replaces a facility damaged by flooding and sewage last year and was moved to higher ground closer to Wesley Drive off Northside Drive.. Read story page 10.►

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A new Ga. 400 interchange on East Paces Ferry or Lenox roads was among the “big ideas” in the “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” master plan that got the crowd talking at a Jan. 19 meeting. Dozens of ideas for improving connectivity and open space in Buckhead’s commercial center were presented at the meeting, held at Atlanta International School. Other notable examples were a Lenox Road linear park with a “boardwalk” and a new loop pairing bike paths with a dedicated lane for the Buc shuttle bus. But two Ga. 400-focused ideas — the additional interchange and rebuilding the existing Lenox Road interchange as a “diverging diamond” — seemed to get the most eyebrow-raising and chin-rubbing from the crowd of about 100 people. District 6 City Councilmember Alex Wan, a candidate for council president, later said those items were “freaking me See MASTER on page 11

Mayoral candidates make pitches, cite scandals BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The 2017 Atlanta mayoral race got an unofficial kick-off at the Buckhead Coalition’s annual luncheon Jan. 25, where eight candidates gave brief pitches that defined their personalities. The only moment of heat came when one Buckhead candidate, former city Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman, slammed another Buckhead candidate, City Councilmember Mary Norwood, and Council PresSee MAYORAL on page 12

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crimes or warrants. The Atlanta Police Foundation’s board chair is Robin Loudermilk, who is also Automated police surveillance of cena BCID board member. He called the extral Buckhead will get a big increase this panding surveillance system a “gameyear, with an installation of 20 cameras changer” and said it has reduced car and 30 license-plate readers. break-ins in his neighborhood. The $705,000 surveillance package is The BCID’s new purchase and combeing paid for by the ments about it show Buckhead Community some changes to how Improvement District, police conduct surwhose board approved veillance. While reguthe expenditure Jan. lar video cameras have 25. The devices will be long been promoted aimed at public areas as crime prevention throughout the BCID, tools, some BCID board the self-taxing busimembers talked about ness district around the license-plate readPeachtree and Lenox ers being more useroads. ful because they autoCrime “is the pubmatically catch those lic’s number one conalready accused of cern,” said City Coun- ROBIN SUGGS crimes. cilmember Howard Robin Suggs of SiSIMON PROPERTY GROUP Shook, a BCID board mon Property Group, member. “I’m thrilled which operates the to see this getting closLenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls, er to the finish line.” said plate readers around her properties The cameras will plug into Operation are more important than cameras. Shield, the network of public and private “You will see there are a lot of stolen cameras around the city that are coordicars driving around,” she said, adding nated and monitored by the Atlanta Pothat with the expanded system property lice Department with support from the owners and residents can “expect to see a Atlanta Police Foundation. lot more blue lights.” Many cameras are already installed Shook said that Police Maj. Barry in other parts of Buckhead, often with Shaw, the new commander of Buckhead’s funding help from Shook or City CounZone 2, is making plate readers a primacilmember Yolanda Adrean or the BCID. ry crime-prevention tool rather than the Executive Director Jim Durrett said BCID previous practice of tightly enforcing mihas paid for 17 other cameras since 2011. nor traffic laws to scare off roving crimThe security cameras can be moved inals. Shaw is scheduled to attend the and zoomed in by police. According to a BCID’s March 22 board meeting. purchase order form, they also have “twoThe new cameras and plate readers way audio,” meaning that they at least come with a three-year maintenance have the capability to pick up sounds and package, Durrett said, but he did not have broadcast voices. License-plate readers details on their expected lifespan. There are specialized cameras that automatiis no specific date for installing the camcally read the license plates of passing eras, but Durrett said it will happen “cervehicles, store the information and comtainly this year.” pare it to a database of people wanted for johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

“You will see there are a lot of stolen cars driving around. Expect to see a lot more blue lights.”



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Beverly Bremer, the founder of the landmark Peachtree Road silver shop that bears her name, died Jan. 22 at age 85, according to an obituary from H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel. Bremer started her business in 1975 as the “Collector’s Corner,” a table at a Lindbergh flea market. She grew the business into Beverly Bremer Silver Shop at 3164 Peachtree Road, which continues to run as a family business. In a 2011 Reporter Newspapers interview, Bremer recalled the business’s beginnings. “It all came out of my house,” she SPECIAL said in that interview. “From there, we started a unique little Beverly Bremer place that had good retail, wholesale and second-hand silver.” A memorial service was held Jan. 26 at the Cathedral of St. Philip. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Westminster Schools, 1424 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30327, or the Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602.

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Perimeter Center bus, shuttle lanes proposed BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A network of road lanes dedicated to buses and shuttles is a main new proposal in a “Last-Mile Connectivity” study for Perimeter Center, whose rough-draft ideas were presented at a Jan. 26 open house at the Northpark Town Center complex in Sandy Springs. The study by Gresham, Smith and Partners was jointly commissioned by the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. It began last summer and the team aims to present a final report by March. Much of it is a housekeeping effort to create a plan of plans, consolidating dozens of previous planning documents, but the planners also are putting forth some new ideas, such as the dedicated, or “managed,” bus lanes. The idea, said planning team member Erin Thoresen, is figuring out “how to consolidate projects or kind of blend them together,” as well as kill old ones that “just don’t make sense anymore.” Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal was in the audience. In an interview, he said the “limited lanes” in Perimeter Center make him question the dedicated lanes idea, but he wants to hear more information and says the area needs more transportation options. “I believe that mass transit is going to have to be part of the answer,” Shortal said. The “last-mile connectivity” of the study title refers to getting commuters out of cars by making sure it’s easy to get from mass transit stops to local destinations across the gap of the “last

mile” or whatever the distance may be. That connection could take any number of forms: another type of transit, a sidewalk, a multi-use trail, a taxi. In addition, Thoresen said, the planners decided to broaden the study scope to include improving Perimeter Center’s regional transportation options to nearby neighborhood centers or “nodes.” Those areas include Sandy Springs’ City Springs, the Brookhaven/ Oglethorpe MARTA Station area, and Dunwoody’s Dunwoody Village and Georgetown. Thoresen said the team reviewed more than 60 existing city and PCIDs plans, then focused on more than 40 of them containing more than 600 individual transportation projects. Many overlap or compete; as one example, she said, they found “at least eight different projects planned for Hammond Drive.” The study’s main goals, she said, are creating a unified project list and a look at “opportunities to introduce transit into the area.” To help prioritize projects, it will update cost estimates for projects and suggest funding sources, which are likely to involve both public and private money. The list will include not only infrastructure projects, Thoresen said, but “also policy recommendations and strategies” for alternative transportation. And the study will include placing all of the projects into a single mapping system that all of the cities can use. Thoresen said the study will include proposing or reviewing corridor studies for several specific key streets, such as Hammond Drive and Glenridge Drive.

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The big new piece is the dedicated “Last-Mile Connectivity” study has dislane system for private shuttles, MARcarded rail options as expensive and foTA and GRTA buses, and maybe even cused on buses, though the right of way cars hired via taxi services such as might remain. Uber and Lyft. Those lanes would act as Tochie Blad of the Sandy Springs a circulator system through a grid mostly in the business center along Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, but also venturing into such areas as Pill Hill and Brookhaven’s Perimeter Summit. The lanes might be limited You can’t say, ‘I’m Dunwoody’ to such vehicles only during peak hours and usable by regular vehior ‘I’m Brookhaven’ or ‘I’m cles the rest of the time. Sandy Springs and I’m in A similar idea was recently proposed in Sandy Springs’ “Next Ten” my own little world,’ because land-use planning, which has a subwe’re all in this together. plan for that city’s piece of Perimeter Center. It included dedicatDENIS SHORTAL ed transit space that could be used DUNWOODY MAYOR for buses, but also allowed the possibility of a streetcar or more exotic options, such as a monorail. The

Council of Neighborhoods asked how the planners would handle the differences in the cities’ policies and guidelines on border-crossing projects. Thoresen acknowledged that’s a “fundamental challenge of the project. ... One jurisdiction’s priority is not [necessarily] going to be another jurisdiction’s priority.” Joe Seconder of the advocacy group Bike Walk Dunwoody said in an interview that recommendations should start with “carrots and sticks” to encourage people to not use cars. “Until you change the policies and/ or laws, I wouldn’t spend a dime on infrastructure. Otherwise, you end up with the Atlanta Streetcar,” he said, referring to the downtown Atlanta streetcar that has had low ridership since opening in 2014. Shortal said that traffic tie-ups related to the upcoming I-285/Ga. 400 in-

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Community Survey/ Local police Question: Do you think local police and local governments are doing enough to protect you and your neighbors from crime? While crime is often in the local news, Here’s what some of those who responded to we seem to like our local police protection. the survey had to say: More than 60 percent of the respondents to our most recent 1Q survey said they thought “Find ways to talk to people in the police and local governments were doing community, outside of a policing activienough to protect them from crime. But they ty’s context.” also had plenty of ideas for improving the — 32-year-old Brookhaven man ways officers do their jobs. “My neighborhood is pretty safe in my “We need more cops, better trained, view, with a large amount of security and po[and] more community policing.” lice patrols around the nearby shops,” said a — 43-year-old Atlanta woman 26-year-old Buckhead man who was among 200 adults who responded to the cellphone“More surveillance, more cameras.” based survey. “I personally think that police — 36-year-old Atlanta woman presence does a great deal to combat crime.” Yes 122 (61%) A 45-year-old Brookhaven woman ex“Police are PLENTY present in our inpressed similar sentiments. “I think ner-city neighborhoods.” No 78 (39%) Brookhaven police do a great job,” she com— 26-year-old Atlanta woman mented in the survey of adults in communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown. “They need to engage with the citizens But other respondents felt police themselves may create problems. “I think that police in the community they serve as citizens forces could do a better job distributing their patrols across the city, as well as reduce inand not criminals first. Build relationstances of racial profiling,” a 20-year-old Sandy Springs man wrote. “In addition, I think the ships to establish trust.” rate of fatalities involved with police encounters is grossly out of control, and steps should — 24- year-old Brookhaven woman be taken to address that issue by reducing the amount of deaths and shootings committed by officers.” “More late-night neighborhood paAsked what strategies or technologies police should use to better combat crime, respontrols.” dents offered plenty of suggestions. — 33-year-old Brookhaven woman Some proposed more community engagement with police. “I think there should be more proactive community outreach,” a 27-year-old Brookhaven woman said. “Build trust “In my neighborhood, there is a signifto build safety.” icant police presence and they are very “There should be more involvement between government, police and citizens [through] responsive. However, I am in Buckhead, events where all can interact and build trust,” a 41-year-old Sandy Springs man wrote. and it may get better service than some And a 26-year-old Buckhead man called for foot patrols and community engagement. other areas.” “Be a presence that isn’t in a car,” he said. — 68-year-old woman Others looked for high-tech solutions and suggested everything from increasing surveillance cameras in public places, to adding more car-tag readers to putting more eyes in the sky. “Autonomous drones for chasing might 1Q is an Atlanta-based startup that has developed a technology which sends quesbe good,” a 32-year-old Atlanta man noted. tions and surveys to a cellphone via app or text message from businesses and organizaNot everyone agreed, of course. tions across the country. Respondents are paid 50 cents per answer, through PayPal, for “Please don’t spy on me,” a 26-year-old sharing their opinions. Payments may also be donated directly to charity. Sign up to be inman said. cluded in our local community polls at 1Q.com/reporter or by texting REPORTER to 86312.

Voices from the community I think if offenders have more than one or two offenses, they should have a harsher punishment. I know there is a lot of overcrowding in jails, but they shouldn’t be allowed back on the street. You also find a lot of juveniles doing the crime, so more serious consequences for them, too.

I haven’t heard of any crime or know of anyone affected by it. Bryan Hieser

I think [the police] are awesome. I’ve always had quick responses. They are always levelheaded and not reactionary. I have had to call them myself and I feel that if I do need to call the police, they will be here in very little time. Naponisha Sivad

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Why Trump order inspired my first political protest es, ethnicities and sire to move to the United religions, and placStates and our attitudes toes that attract peowards outsiders that I now ple of all races, ethhave a paycheck. Last week, nicities and religions the Brookhaven City Counbecome more attraccil appointed Michael Diaz, tive. It’s a virtuous a native of Colombia who cycle. Whether it’s is a Brookhaven resident German-owned Merand involved community cedes Benz moving member, to the Brookhavits North American en Planning Commission. headquarters to SanWhile my family has been dy Springs, or a new in the United States for genrestaurant concept erations, we can trace our like the Halal Guys heritage to both Ireland and opening its doors China, a combination that’s on Buford Highway possible here in the United in Chamblee, you never know States in a way it isn’t in most countries. where the next great business Diversity, openness and inclusiveopportunity will come from, but ness is our strength, both economicalthere’s a good chance it’ll come ly and culturally. We can either accept from abroad. that, and all of the opportunities and While I earn my living as an challenges that go along with it, or we SPECIAL investment manager and busican reject it and accept the certain stagThe Jan. 29 protest at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as seen by Conor Sen. ness writer, this isn’t just a busination that accompanies it. ness view for me; it’s also personal. My BY CONOR SEN in a way that other communities in business partner happens to be an imConor Sen is a portfolio manager for the state and South do not. We’ve creOn Jan. 29, I did something for the migrant. His father was a technology New River Investments, a columnist for ated an open, inclusive environment first time in my life — I attended a poexecutive in Mexico, and business took Bloomberg View and a member of the that people want to move to where othlitical protest. their family to Florida. They lived here Brookhaven Planning Commission. He ers have not. In the 21st century, attracAlong with thousands of other metfor years on a green card before becomresides in Brookhaven with his wife and tive places will attract people of all racro Atlantans, I stood outside of Hartsing citizens, and it’s thanks to their dedaughter. field-Jackson International Airport to protest the Trump administration’s executive order impacting refugees and immigrants from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa. I attended the event both to register my opposition to the executive order and to affirm my support for the values that have defined the growth and progress of metro Atlanta over the past century. Atlanta owes its blessed position as the capital of the New South to two factors: having the greatest airport in the world and a reputation for being a beacon of civil rights and inclusiveness. Both were threatened by the Trump administration’s executive order. A successful airport is both a function of infrastructure and civic planning, something within Atlanta’s control that we’ve done well, and market forces — is a city a place people want to Visit us today to learn how fly in and out of, or not? you may qualify for a Airports in northern Kentucky and Memphis once were thriving hubs, yet due to changes in demand and market forces no longer are. A thriving airport, and the economic activity it generates, is a privilege, not a right. By increasing restrictions and increasing uncertainty on who’s allowed to come to the United States, and hence fly into the Atlanta airport, you’re negatively impacting the economy and business environment here. 7455 Trowbridge Rd, NE | Sandy Springs, GA 30328 As for civil rights, there’s a rea404-255-0640 | www.sewellappliance.com son why metro Atlanta, and particularly our part of the region, has thriving businesses and high home values

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Officials celebrate opening of new Atlanta Memorial Park playground Mayor Kasim Reed and other officials celebrated the opening of a new playground in Atlanta Memorial Park on Jan. 26, replacing a facility damaged by flooding and sewage last year. The new, expanded playground was moved to higher ground closer to Wesley Drive off Northside Drive. It opened in recent weeks and includes such traditional play equipment as a slide as well as an unusual web-like climbing structure. City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean was among those climbing the web at the opening ceremony. “Last year, I made a promise to this community that we would work to deliver a new playground in Memorial Park, and I am proud to say that the city of Atlanta fulfilled its commitment,” said Reed. The $400,000 playground cost was split evenly between the city and the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, while several residents of the Memorial Park Civic Association chipped in for the climbing structure. Park Pride grants funded other new amenities surround the playground, including benches, picnic tables and bicycle racks, according to the city. Meanwhile, the city has a $5 million project in the works to improve stormwater drainage in the area and install sidewalks and completion of the PATH trail loop around the Bobby Jones Golf Course in the park. -- John Ruch


Above, attendees gather for a Jan. 26 ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new playground at Atlanta Memorial Park. Above left, Atlanta City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean checks out a climbing structure. At right, Adrean sits with, from left, Park Pride Executive Director Michael Halicki and Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy Executive Director Catherine L. Spillman. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is at the podium.


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www.ReporterNewspapers.net such spaces, as well as underused parking lots, could be made lively with public art, street performers or farmers markets. No significant updates were offered on the proposed park capping Ga. 400 between Lenox and Peachtree roads, a previous big idea that was folded into the master plan. Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, the business

group that proposed the park, said the concept is still being tweaked, with a final draft coming about May. After a presentation, audience members spoke to consultants at several stations around the school auditorium, drew on overview maps or placed stickers to mark items they liked. The presentation eventually will be posted on the master plan website at buckheadredefined.com, planners said.



The Lenox Road boardwalk in an illustration presented at the Jan. 19 meeting.


Master plan proposes big road changes Continued from page 1 out” as he heard them. “We’re going to push you a little bit,” Eric Bosman of Kimley-Horn, the company contracted by several civic and business groups to conduct the master plan, told the crowd at the beginning of the meeting about the thought-provoking nature of some proposals. Bosman emphasized that the master plan’s ideas are not set in stone; one of his slides had a movie-rating-style “C for conceptual” label on it. The meeting was a follow-up to an initial public input gathering in October and a series of surveys, and there will be another meeting on Feb. 27. The process is set to wrap up with solid recommendations and an “action plan” in April. Bosman gave an overview of the challenges the planners are trying to address. On connectivity, the big issue is the “extremely limited number of options” for moving traffic through the neighborhood. Only two streets go eastwest across Ga. 400, and he estimated only about five streets take people outside the area. Improving streetscapes to encourage travel by means other than cars is a matter of “when and how,” not if, Bosman said. One idea planners already have discarded, based on input from the master plan’s stakeholder committee, was creating many more streets, via existing alleys or parking lots, to build a gridlike network. Virtually any road-widening is also off the planning table, except possibly on the northern stretch of Piedmont Road. On open space, planners said there is too little green space, and what exists is often unusable — parking lot shrubbery or private, decorative corBH

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ident Ceasar Mitchell with allegations they are unethical or corrupt. Aman also fenced with Buckhead Coalition president Sam Massell, a former mayor, over the relevancy of his comment. “None of this is on subject,” Massell said at one point to interrupt Aman, who replied with a business-oriented quip about his real campaign strategy being “proprietary” information. “I know exactly what you’re doing,” Massell replied. The mini-debate on government ethics came as a City Hall bribery scandal neared a boil that came later that day, when, according to news accounts, contractor Elvin Mitchell Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court to bribery and money laundering charges in the ongoing investigation. The Buckhead Coalition is an influential, invitation-only group of 100 area CEOs and community leaders. Its annual luncheon, held at the 103 West event facility on West Paces Ferry Road, is also invitation-only. One of the luncheon’s regular attendees, Mayor Kasim Reed, was said to be running late and ultimately did not attend to hear from the candidates who aim to replace him. In addition to Aman, Mitchell and Norwood, the other candidates appearing included City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms; state Sen. Vincent Fort; City Councilmember Kwanza Hall; Michael Sterling, a former federal prosecutor and former Atlanta Workforce Development Agency director; and former Council President Cathy Woolard. The candidates all sat together on a stage. Massell, acting as moderator, asked only two tightly focused questions, basi-

cally letting the candidates make 1-minute elevator pitches for their merits and explain what constituency would give them enough votes to win. The feel of the event was reflected in Massell’s third “surprise” question: a request for them to commit to giving next year’s keynote address if they won, which each candidate naturally did. There were no questions allowed from the audience, though during lunch the candidates sat at tables with other attendees. Aman and Fort were the only candidates to mention the bribery scandal or other ethical clouds. “Atlanta City Hall has lost its way,” Fort said, adding that the bribery case confirms his suspicions. He said his opponents on the stage all worked in City Hall during Reed’s administration, hinting at a taint. Aman named names rather than hinting. He referred to no-bid contracts and officials with multiple ethics violations, then said, “I’m referring, of course, to Mary Norwood and Ceaser Mitchell.” Massell cut off Aman’s comments because the question was about the candidate’s voting constituency. Norwood did not directly respond, while Mitchell later said only, “The first thing I’m going to have to do is have a thick skin.” Several other candidates talked about crime on the streets rather than in City Hall, among many other issues. In general, their answers gave a sense of the personal appeals they are using to woo voters. Bottoms highlighted her personal toughness and character with a brief story of her father’s arrest and imprisonment when she was young. That helped give her the “fortitude to run toward the fire and not away when things get tough,” she said. Hall and Woolard staked territory

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Atlanta mayoral candidates preparing to speak Jan. 25 at the Buckhead Coalition annual luncheon at 103 West included, from left, front row: Peter Aman, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Vincent Fort and Kwanza Hall; back row, Cathy Woolard, Michael Sterling, Mary Norwood and Ceasar Mitchell.

as collaborative candidates who would unite the city. “I’m going to be everybody’s mayor,” said Hall, who also promised to “create a neighborhood renaissance” through local policing and transit-oriented development. “It is not the job of the mayor to have all of the ideas,” but rather to bring people together, said Woolard. She noted her role as an early supporter of the Atlanta BeltLine and an early backer of LGBT legal protections that have “stood us well” in keeping business going. Norwood pledged “total transparency to city government,” touting her effort for an online city checkbook, among other work. On specific policies, she wants a new subway between the city’s western side and Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center Station, and called for a repeat offender statute applied to juveniles. Sterling also took the tough-oncrime approach, saying he is the only one who has prosecuted criminals. He promised to address root causes of crime and “tackle it vigorously.” Mitchell focused on his familiarity with city government. “I’m not going to need a manual,” he said. “I’m not going to need a translator. And I’m not going to need a map to get around.” He also pledged a collaborative approach and “entrepreneurial spirit” on such policies as working better with Atlanta Public Schools and uniting transit service like the Atlanta Streetcar under MARTA. Fort positioned himself as a truth-teller and focused on crime as well. “I’m very concerned there’s an elephant in the room City Hall doesn’t want to talk about,” he said, declaring the city has a rising murder rate driven by gangs. Aman took a business-oriented approach and his “insights on how the private sector creates jobs. … I am not a politician, unlike many on this stage.” After the event, Massell said the candidates all did a good job of assuring citizens they would be good stewards of BH

the city. “I think the audience was very impressed with the amount of [political] talent we have,” he said. The annual luncheon is typically where the coalition distributes, via a gift bag from Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls, its annual “Buckhead Guidebook,” a magazine containing virtually every imaginable statistic and data about the neighborhood, but this year’s edition was delayed at the


printer and will be shipped out “shortly,” the coalition said. However, this year’s gift bag did contain another publication: now-President Donald Trump’s 1987 book “The Art of the Deal.” In a post-luncheon press release, Massell explained that he added the book as a gesture to the “nonpartisan” event, noting that “Massell is a Democrat managing a membership of mostly Republicans.”

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Philip and Matt Moulthrop discuss the art of wood turning using native Southeastern woods, a craft practiced in their family for three generations. An exhibit of their work, “Moulthrop Vessels: A Selection from the Firestone Collection,” is on view through June 11 at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. Adults $5; free for children under 12 and OUMA members, students with Petrel Pass and members of military and their families. Info: museum.oglethorpe.edu or 404-364-8555.


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The Stage Door Players theater company presents its largest fundraiser of the year with food, entertainment, casino gaming and a silent auction. Tickets $125. Dunwoody Country Club, 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: stagedoorplayers. net or 770-396-1726.


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WOMEN IN BUILDING Wednesday, Feb. 8, 11:15 a.m.

Cindy Cepko, outgoing chair of the NAHB Professional Women in Building Council and founder and co-owner of Pennsylvania-based Granite Homes, is keynote speaker for the quarterly luncheon of the Atlanta Chapter of Professional Women in Building, a council of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association. Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd., Brookhaven. PWB members $35; non-PWB members $45; non-HBA members $55. Register: atlantahomebuilders.com or 770-938-9900.

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Heritage Sandy Springs continues its educational programs for adults, promoting local stories of the South on the first Tuesday of each month. This month’s program is “A President in our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia,” presented by archival consultant Kaye Minchew. Free. Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: mswindell@heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111 x2.


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“The Sunday Philosophy Club” by Alexander McCall Smith will be discussed at the Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: 770-512-4640.

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Lee Fisher, president and CEO of CEOS for Cities, will speak about CEOs as catalysts for community change at Leadership Sandy Springs’ third annual Live Learn Lead event. $25 for LSS alumni donors; $30 for LSS alumni and the public. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway N.W., Sandy Springs. Info/ registration: leadershipsandysprings.org.


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Police Blotter / Buckhead From Atlanta Police reports filed between Jan. 8 and Jan. 14 The following information was provided by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department.

R O B B E RY 1700 block of Northside Drive — On

Jan. 9, in the evening, a woman was walking up the parking deck stairs when a man grabbed her from behind and threw her on the ground. She began screaming and the man told her to “shut up.” He then took her purse and her cellphone and fled. 2859 Piedmont Road — On Jan. 9, a

clothing store employee said the business was closed when a man and woman approached the front door holding merchandise. She thought they were making a delivery and let them in, but when she turned around from securing the door, they pulled a handgun on her. One told her to put her hands behind her back and face the wall. The suspect then zip-tied her hands. They then put her in a closet and told her to count to 100. The suspects took numerous amounts of de-

signer clothes and fled. 2500 block of Piedmont Road — On

Jan. 9, in the evening, the victim said a man offered to get an iPhone 7 with a discount from an electronics store. The man said he would go buy the phone and then the victim could pay him. The victim met the man in a parking lot. When the man entered the vehicle he put his hand in his pocket and demanded money. The victim was able to get a picture of the suspect before he fled. The suspect took $200.

AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT 2100 block of Peachtree Road — On

Jan. 8, in the early morning, a man was breaking up a fight between his friends when he was hit over the head with a beer bottle at a bar. There were no witnesses to the incident, no viable surveil-


lance footage, and the victim is uncertain of who his assailant was during the altercation. There was shattered glass and blood at the scene. 900 block of East Paces Ferry Road —

On Jan. 8, in the morning, a man got out of his car and was approached by another man. The suspect told him to get back in his vehicle, but the victim refused. The suspect then shot the victim as he attempted to leave. He threw him in the back of the car and asked him various questions about his financial holdings and marital status. The suspect then drove to various ATM’s until he successfully acquired $80. The suspect then fled. The victim drove himself to the hospital to receive treatment on his shot elbow.

R E S I D E N T I A L B U R G L A RY 900 block of Mount Paran Road — On

Jan. 13, during the day, a rear door to a home was pried open. The cabinets and drawers showed signs of disturbance, but no items appeared to be taken from the home. 2500 block of Forrest Avenue — On

Jan. 11, in the evening, two flat-screen TVs were taken from a home where a previous burglary had also been reported. 900 block of Canterbury Road — On

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CO M M E R C I A L B U R G L A RY 211 Buckhead Avenue — On Jan. 9,

in the morning, surveillance footage showed an SUV arrive at a business and two people who had concealed their faces threw a brick through the business’ window. They took various clothing and handbags and fled. 1387 Northside Drive — On Jan. 8, dur-

ing the day, a woman reported the lock to her storage unit had been cut. Alcohol and dresses were removed from the unit. The woman said she saw suspicious vehicles fleeing as she approached. She said similar vehicles had been present when she first moved in and that the drivers stared into her unit. During the week of Jan. 8, another unit was forced open and a 55” TV, Glock semi-automatic pistol, Z Gallery rhinestone floor mats, shag rug, and Bath and Body Works products were stolen. 4621 Wieuca Road — On Jan. 11, the alarm was activated at a cleaning business. A screwdriver recovered; it may have been possibly been used to pry open a drawer. No items appeared to have been taken. 365 Peachtree Hills Avenue — On Jan.

12, in the morning, the front door glass of a juice bar was shattered. Surveillance footage showed a white male suspect enter the business and take $90 cash. An iPad was also reported missing. 1825 Piedmont Avenue — On Jan. 8, in

the morning, a sandwich shop employee arrived after the alarm was triggered and saw the business’ front glass had been shattered. The cash drawer was missing, but no money had been taken.

LARCENY Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 14, there were

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Some Sandy Springs businesses charge Atlanta tax BY JOHN RUCH


Sandy Springs leaders’ fears that an incorrect Atlanta sales tax is added to some local purchases recently came true at a Starbucks coffee shop and the online bookseller Bas Bleu. In recent months, both businesses applied the city of Atlanta’s 8 percent sales tax to local purchases, rather than the 7 percent tax charged in Sandy Springs. Besides overcharging customers, that could mean the local share of the revenue is going to the wrong city, though it’s hard to tell. “Right now, it’s not transparent or clear to me how the system works,” said Sandy Springs City Councilmember Gabriel Sterling, who said he noticed the incorrect sales tax on his receipt from the Starbucks at 6001 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs. “The [state] Department of Revenue may have all this figured out, may be doing it right … I just don’t know.” Starbucks acknowledged and fixed its incorrect tax in response to Reporter Newspapers questions. Bas Bleu did not respond to questions sent via its website. Sandy Springs’ concerns date back to the city’s 2005 incorporation in ZIP codes that once were just called “Atlanta” or by other city names. While they often carry a city name, ZIP codes are simply mail delivery route areas created by the

U.S. Postal Service for its planning convenience. They rarely match actual city borders, and Sandy Springs has several that overlap Atlanta and other cities. Sandy Springs officials fear confusion about which city a business is in — especially when businesses use software that automatically calculates sales tax rates based on ZIP codes, rather than a city map. Early on, Sterling said, his city had problems with license plate fees and property tax bills. “That got fixed, but it took two years,” he said. Sandy Springs officials recently have voiced renewed concerns because both the Fulton County and Atlanta sales taxes will increase in April — to 7.75 and 8.9 percent, respectively — to pay for voter-approved programs of local transportation and transit projects. The sales tax question has remained more of a fear supported by anecdotes rather than audits. After a recent City Council discussion about the issue, Sandy Springs officials were unable to provide an example of a business calculating the wrong sales tax. The Department of Revenue has a system to check tax collections against city-provided business registration lists, a spokesperson previously said. But now there are at least two solid examples to investigate. The Starbucks on Peachtree-Dunwoody near Hammond Drive, about 2.5 miles outside

the Atlanta border, was charging the 8 dle, said she’s noticed the Atlanta tax rate percent tax, Reporter Newspapers conapplied to her purchases on Bas Bleu, an firmed with a receipt for a coffee puronline bookseller.“I’ve placed at least two chase there. The shop’s address on the orders with 8 percent sales tax and sent receipt lists its city as “Atlanta.” them a question both times asking them to Sterling said he notified staff memcorrect it,” Lesser said in an email. “I have bers at the Starbucks, which opened last never gotten a response.” summer, about the inA Bas Bleu order set correct tax. “They said, up by Reporter Newspa‘It’s the software we pers to Lesser’s address— got,’” he recalled. which is about 7 miles “You were correct. outside Atlanta — conThere was a miscalculafirmed the calculation tion,” Starbucks corpoof what the website calls rate spokesperson Reg“8.00% sales tax for Georgie Borges said on Feb. 1. gia zip [sic].” According Starbucks fixed its to its website, Bas Bleu system on Jan. 31 to started in Atlanta in 1994 charge the correct tax, and, according to state Borges said. But he could records, is still registered not immediately explain in that city. what the problem was, The Department of including whether it Revenue did not respond was Starbucks’ own systo questions about how A receipt from Starbucks tem or a third-party softthe Starbucks slipped shows the 8 percent tax. ware issue, though he through the system and said he will look into it. Meanwhile, Borgwhere exactly revenues are going. Sterling es said, customers overcharged the 8 persaid the city has never gotten good explacent tax at the Sandy Springs store can nations about the process, either, so “I don’t contact the state for a tax refund, or bring fully know, trust [or] understand that [proptheir receipt to the store for compensaer revenue distribution] is happening.” tion--”likely a cup of brewed coffee.” “Nobody’s being evil,” Sterling said, but Nancy Lesser, a resident of Spalding state officials have never explained how Hills Drive in the Sandy Springs panhanthe revenue goes from “Step A to Step F.”

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Council and A 34-YEAR-OLD ago, we went he added he is WOMAN IN SANDY SPRINGS WOMAN bers met behind mem“A few years the state economica not aware of WHO LIVES 12 WHO LIVES any recent fire WHO LIVES closed doors with IN BROOKHAVE IN SANDY SPRINGS where firefighters Continued on page and a mediation Garrett N WOMAN had trouble finding a attorney on Jan. working hydrant A 44-YEAR-OLD N 20 to try to work out an on a public agreement. IN BROOKHAVE WHO LIVES Mayor John Ernst Continued on page and members 14 of City Countinued on page 14

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