From E Rivers Welcome Desk;
The Pre-K lottery is open! Please share the information to the neighborhood, especially parents of preschoolders.
Pre-K Lottery Registration is Open February 1 - March 1
Atlanta Public Schools offers free Pre-K at selected district locations (including Rivers). Registration is happening now through March 1. The district lottery is held on March 15. More information can be found at HERE and online enrollment can be made at EnrollEarlyATL.com.
Have a great day!
Join your neighbors by becoming a member of the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association (UHNA)! Joining is easy and only costs $20 for individuals or $40 for family memberships, annually.
What does the UHNA do?
The Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association exists to preserve and improve the quality of life of the residents by organizing community events, advocating on behalf of the residents, and acting as a liaison to governmental entities, private businesses, and other groups on issues such as development and zoning, safety and traffic.
Why Join the UHNA?
Have a say on important issues that impact the neighborhood: Help choose what activities UHNA engages in, such as Security Patrol, Neighborhood landscaping and cleanup, social activities for children and adults or Teen Committee.
You want to make this the best place to live: Membership dues and donations from our sponsors allow the UHNA to continue to benefit the neighborhood through advocacy and organized community activities.
You want access to members-only events: Coming up on Sunday, February 10, UHNA members are invited to a members-only event graciously hosted by one of our sponsors at Your Third Spot at The Works!
How to Join:
Use the URL or QR Code to become a member today!
If you have any questions about membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Earn the community service hours required for high school graduation in your own neighborhood.
Teens are invited to Come and join the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Teen Committee –
our first activity for 2024 is forest restoration in Underwood Hills Park on February 10 @ 9am.
Learn more about your neighborhood and help design programs and activities for teens!
o EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
o HELP MAKE THE PARK AND NEIGHBORHOOD TEEN-FRIENDLY
o DESIGN AND DEVELOP AND CREATE A ROADMAP FOR TEENS
o EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
o ROAD TRIPS
o HAVE FUN WHILE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
WE NEED YOU and Your Ideas! FOR MORE INFORMATION:
In person and via zoom. Membership must be current to vote on Budget.
Executive & Chair Reports.
In the last 2-week period (January 13 - 26), 45 incidents were reported in Beat 204. Of those, none occurred in the area we patrol. A breakdown of other activity reported in the area:
From Julian Bene—retired management consultant & former board of Invest Atlanta member.
You may have seen that Fulton Development Authority (DAFC) handed Musk a $10M property tax abatement last week, for zero public benefit. By now, that's what you'd expect from DAFC.*
Neither the current Fulton County Commissioners nor our current state legislators will do anything about this.
But all is not lost! These tax breaks only work if our Board of Assessors (BOA) agrees to a fraudulent valuation of the projects in question. Since we challenged that valuation method in early December, the BOA has held the Tilford Data Center and other breaks that have come their way, while they figure out if our challenge is right. It's right! Both a look at the phony bond and lease structures underlying the abatements and the market evidence prove it. 19 recent sales of major abated properties went for an average of 3x their abated value. Not one sold for less than full appraised value before abatement.
The BOA may not approve arbitrary and unreasonable valuation of a favored few properties. The players who benefit handsomely from the abatement scam have allies at the BOA and are likely exerting maximum pressure. Some board members and county staff are trying to hide behind a misreading of a court decision on valuation methods; our attorney allies are setting that record straight.
The BOA plans to hold a work session on this next week on Feb 8. (Whether before or after their regular 12.30. p.m. meeting is unclear as of now.) Zoom link here: https://fultonassessor.org/current-meetings/
If the majority of BOA's 5 members decide to resume mis-valuing development authority projects, we'll have to take legal action. No public action needed for now. But stay tuned!
* We managed to reform DAFC, by revealing petty corruption of the leaders, for only a couple of years, from mid-2021 to mid-2023. Our County Commissioners - except for Lee Morris - never wanted DAFC reformed. Dana Barrett beat Lee in the 2021 Commission election and, as soon as she could, replaced reformer Tom Tidwell on DAFC with a telecoms developer's attorney, decisively tipping the balance. In the six months since then, DAFC has squandered $100M of our tax revenue on projects that would have happened without abatements. Those projects also bring almost no jobs or affordable housing units.
I hope you all had a great holiday season and happy new year. Apologies for the late submission on this one. The most recent period will follow in a separate email.
In the first period of 2024 (Dec 30 - Jan 12), 45 incidents were reported in Beat 204. Of those, none occurred in the area we patrol. A breakdown of other activity reported in the area:
It's a family affair! Join us for a Westside Art Series session hosted by George Galbreath. George is an arts educator and experienced youth art instructor. The session begins with a tour through the Echo Contemporary Art Gallery. After gathering inspiration from featured artists, George Galbreath will lead the group in a hands-on art demonstration. All supplies are provided. Show up with your creativity and leave with your masterpiece.
If you missed session 1, Check out the video below!
Westside Art Series Session 1: Self to Self Portrait