NOTE: Some Decatur Strategic Plan Meeting Locations Have Changed

Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne writes in that the locations originally slated for some of the smaller Decatur Strategic Plan meetings – which begin next week – HAVE CHANGED.  The list of updated locations can be found on, as well as after the jump.

The city will be calling residents and sending emails out to participants in the next couple days to inform them of the location changes and remind them of their meeting times.

Happy planning!

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President Obama Endorses Hank Johnson

From Hank Johnson’s re-election office…

President Barack Obama announced Thursday his endorsement of Congressman Hank Johnson, who represents Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District.

“Congressman Johnson has done an outstanding job,” said President Obama. “Together, we are fighting to renew our economy. Together, we passed historic health care reform. I am proud to stand with Hank and support his re-election.”

“I am proud to have President Obama’s endorsement,” said Johnson, who is running for a third term. “I am determined to continue our work to move America forward.”

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Taste Decatur This Saturday!

Mmmm…delectable Decatur….mmmm….

A curious Nubbs writes in…

On the radio this morning I heard that Taste of Decatur was happening this weekend on the Square…this was the first I have heard about it – have I been living under a rock? Is this really going on? They said tickets were $10, over 50 restaurants were participating and some boutiques and restaurants were giving away free stuff. Just looking for confirmation that this really is happening this weekend.

According to the worldwide internets, Taste of Decatur is indeed happening this weekend, though I’ve not heard much and haven’t been contacted directly about it.  Here’s the official website, which gives a good deal of info, including a list of participants (but no specifics as to what individual restaurants and shops will offer).

That said, if you’re a participating business and know what you’ll be offering for the event, feel free to provide details in the comments section below.

Also, today only (Thursday) you can get half-price tickets for the event on Living Social. [via Carl]

19th Annual “Take Back the Night” Run This Saturday

From the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center website

Join us on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at historic Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Avenue, in Decatur for the 19th Take Back the Night 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and working together, we can raise awareness, change attitudes and help prevent sexual assault.

This is the perfect race for runners who do not like to get up early! The 1 Mile begins at 5 p.m. and the 5K starts at 5:30 p.m. Rain or shine. The race course begins at the Agnes Scott track and winds through Oakhurst and East Lake. The race concludes back at Agnes Scott with a lap around the track.

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Donate To WABE on Earth Day, Plant a Tree

I don’t usually promote promotions for other news groups, but WABE’s Earth Day promotion is pretty cool.

For everyone who makes a pledge to WABE [today], the station – in partnership with Trees Atlanta – will plant a tree in their honor in metro Atlanta. This offer is for EARTH DAY only. And it’s for everyone who makes a pledge at any amount. The trees will be planted along the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum, which, when finished will be the longest arboretum in the country. Donations can be made through our home page:

A max of 4000 trees will be planted.

Thanks to Daren for forwarding! Sketch above from the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum Conceptual Plan

Georgia Transportation Bill Passes

Wow, we sure have come along way in two weeks!

Two weeks ago, Georgia’s House transportation chair stated that he had “not been inundated” with calls from voters to get a transportation bill passed.

But then forces were rallied, Facebook pages were created, MARTA vandalized their own buses, and Atlanta business leaders were rounded up and sent to the State Capitol to plead their case.

And last night, after three legislative 40 day “years” of trying, both houses of the Georgia legislature finally passed a bill.  That bill would divide the state into 12 regions, where a “roundtable” of local, elected officials would be tasked with coming up with a list of transportation projects, which would then go before the region’s voters, who would decide whether the proposed list was worth an additional 1-cent sales tax.

Oh, and MARTA would get a three-year reprieve from being forced to use only 50% of its revenue on its operating budget.  No one yet knows what this means for all those bus routes that are currently slated to be cut, but I’m sure MARTA will let us know in due course.

Sonny still has to sign it, but his peeps sound upbeat about it.

A good day for Georgia!  The legislature is letting us do something!  Hooray!