Sunday, February 21, 2021

Dunwoody DHA Moves Independence Day, New Year's Eve

The Dunwoody Homeowner's Association has officially moved Independence Day to July 5th according to a story in the Reporter Newspapers recent Dunwoody issue.  The move was made because a church parking lot will not be available on the 4th and because the parade grand marshals don't work on Mondays.  

The DHA also moved New Year's Eve to December 28th to coincide with Taco Tuesday at local Mexican restaurants.  A vote to move Christmas to November 20 did not pass, but several pagans on the board vowed to bring the measure up again at the next meeting. No other holiday changes were discussed.

In other parade news, the members of the Dunwoody Restaurant Review group will have make their debut entry.  Those individuals (2 per family)  posting ten or more reviews in 2021 will carry the banner and hand out literature bashing all local eateries. "I once had to wait seven minutes for someone to clear my table.  Then the server didn't wash her hands for 30 seconds after wiping my table with a Clorox wipe.  WTF!" said Timmy Tinna-Rocker  "I abruptly re-installed my three masks and Face-shield, retreated to my Subaru, and posted crap about the place."  The parade's supervisor of entrees joyfully exclaimed, "We welcome the restaurant bashers, the Buy-Nothing junk dealers, Austin parents, and even the legendary Vermack swim team to enter the parade, but we do draw the line at those super-active on NextDoor."

The DHA is open to suggestions on the upcoming 2021 parade.  How about a new route, with a new staging area?  Slightly shorter, but still a parade, on the correct date.

DeKalb County GA Schools New Opening Plan

 A new controversy is brewing in DeKalb.  Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris has proposed that before in-person learning resumes, all students must change their social-media profile pictures to show said students performing the WokeandaChromeBook salute.  Furthermore, Watson-Harris said the salute shall be incorporated into all yearbook photos, including club and sports photos.

"It's well known the WokeandaChromeBook salute originates from British kings being buried right hand over left to clutch the royal Chromebook," Watson-Harris recently stated at the school board's recent retreat at the Birnin Zana Conference Center. I learned that watching the Crown on Netflix during my time off virtual learning seminars. "If these kids want back into MY schools, they will obey.  Just ask Rafaela Espinal and Karen Ames," she added.

"Okay, like how am I gonna, like, how do I even do this salute?" asked Molly O'Flannahan, a Dunwoody High junior from Vanderlyn Academy.  "Brian didn't cover this in my SAT prep session!.  I suppose TikTok can teach me."

Dunwoody High administrators are working on a plan to help Molly and other non-woke students.  "Our theater program will hold tutorials in the theater classroom (the lobby storage closet outside of the theater).  Our thespians are a diverse group and surely one of them can figure it out," pondered Principal ColeHaan.

Some teachers aren't enthusiastic about the Watson-Harris plan.  "Will these damn kids be wearing an N95 when saluting?  If not, I'm gonna stay right here on my couch and do nothing teach virtually.  I need to feel safe before me and these kids come back into the classroom.  And I'll never feel safe knowing there's no Sloppy Joe's on the lunch menu," exclaimed some teacher Dunwoody kids have never seen or heard from this year.

This is not DeKalb's first taste of arm-folding Supers.  Former Super-Green, known for his helicopter landings, was way ahead on this salute thing.  He was a man before his time in DeKalb.  

The PR department at DeKalb will be busy this upcoming week ignoring a couple of recent stories out of the Bronx, NY.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Georgia Shelter in Place Supersedes Dunwoody Version

Update: Governor Kemp Authorizes all Law Enforcement to Uphold Exec Order, per GA 38-3-4. Not sure why municipal departments weren’t included on first two versions, but the clarification is welcomed.

Governor Kemp issued a pair of Executive Orders the past couple of days.  See HERE.  These  statewide Orders supersede similar local ordinances, including Dunwoody's.  The Dunwoody PD, at this time, is not authorized to enforce the provisions of the order.  The following entities are authorized: Dept of Public Safety, GA State Patrol, MCCD, Capitol Police, Dept of Public Health, Adjutant General (Nat'l Guard), and Offices of the Sheriff.  Under consideration by Governor Kemp to enforce the Executive Order: Cindy from NextDoor app, moderators of the Dunwoody Restaurant FB page, Dan Drake, and presidents of elementary school councils.  

Dunwoody PD is active in the neighborhoods and in the business districts, despite the absence of 100,000 daily workers in the PCID.  

Own a business in GA?  Here's a good read.  Georgia

The US Constitution and the 4th Amendment still apply, but local sign ordinances have been abandoned.  Feel free to place multiple signs in the Right-Of-Way on residential and commercial lots.  

Suggested items to buy (in addition to food/drink/sanitizing stuff)

Expand-A-Lung Breathing Fitness Exerciser

Pulse Oximeter (available many places, including Walgreens)

The China-Virus Pandemic is a blow to most people financially, but a great learning tool as well.  Have a kid in college or high school?  Have them look around and see which industries/businesses are truly essential.  Lots of students should be rethinking their major/minor/course selections.  A lot of wealth and businesses will not survive this pandemic, but new wealth and new businesses will be created. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dunwoody: Less Crime or Less Enforcement?

The number of Crime/Arrests/Cases filed by the Dunwoody Police Department has decreased drastically in the past week.  For the seven day period of March 15 - March 21, the daily average of cases filed daily by Dunwoody Police is 15.  The same period in March of 2019 saw an average of 56 cases per day.

With a 70% decrease in reported police cases, will we see a temporary reduction in staffing?  I doubt it. Government always grows.
March 2020 Cases Publicly Filed on Portal
What we are seeing in Dunwoody is not unique.  Police departments across the country are issuing fewer citations and arresting fewer people.  Much of this is related to jail capacity courts being closed or operating on reduced schedules.  ICE has postponed most arrests and focused on those posing  a risk to the public and those subject to mandatory arrest.  LAPD and the LA Sheriff Dept has seen a huge decline in arrests since the Chinese virus pandemic has worsened.  What's the reason for this in Dunwoody? It's not police ignoring crime and not responding to calls.

With many fewer workers showing up to jobs in the PCID (Perimeter) area.  This means fewer traffic accidents and fewer cars to violate traffic laws.  There is also fewer people at Perimeter Mall, resulting in a huge reduction of crime in the city's highest crime area.  Phipps and Lenox are closed, and if Perimeter Mall closes entirely (most stores are closed but some remain open and the food court is not open for dining) things will really be quiet for local police officers, we hope It's well documented that high density areas and large retail settings bring more crime (and tax dollars).  The PCID is a big trade off for Dunwoody homeowners.  It brings in the bulk of the money in the city bank account, keeping residential taxes low, but brings with it crime and traffic, and the need for more police officers.  Is this huge downturn of crime proof that bringing high density and lots of retail to the Dunwoody Village is a bad idea for the families living 100 yards away from the Village?

There are still criminals and predators out there - they just aren't making a big scene in Dunwoody currently.  The fear among many is that these bad folks start looking for opportunities in our residential areas.  Our cub reporters have seen a much larger presence in the neighborhoods as of late.  Perhaps police have shifted more resources to the city's quiet neighborhoods during this time.  No matter the reason, it's nice to see fewer and fewer crime reports here in Dunwoody. And hopefully the neighborhoods remain safe and the only illegal thing we see are signs cluttering the right-of-way.