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Tagged With: Cobb

Cobb County Civic Coalition requests Cobb BOC rescind July 24th Vote

The Cobb County Civic Coalition released this statement on their website today: The Cobb County Civic Coalition (CCCC) respectfully requests the Cobb Board of Commissioners rescind their July 24th vote on the $3 million Environmental Impact Study (EIS). On July 24th, one week prior to the TSPLOST vote and also prior to the conclusion of … Continue reading »

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Kennesaw Skate Park Controversy

Before the TSPLOST issue, I was speaking out about Cobb’s SPLOST “renewal” in 2011.  While we were successful in defeating TSPLOST, we were narrowly defeated on the Cobb 2011 SPLOST.  Many of us opposing that SPLOST argued that many of the projects were merely “wants” and not needs.  One of the projects I specifically pointed out … Continue reading »

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Voters Revolt, TSPLOST Defeated!!

TSPLOST was trounced in the Atlanta Region on Tuesday evening.  The No vote won with 63% of the vote to the 37% Yes vote.  The pro-TSPLOST campaign was stunned by the fact that that throwing $8-10 Million into advertising didn’t work out too well for them.  The grassroots “pennies” campaign on the other hand proved that voters … Continue reading »

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The T-SPLOST – Passage will obstruct progress

By Ron Sifen The TSPLOST was supposed to be about reducing traffic congestion. The Atlanta Regional Commission has conceded that the TSPLOST projects list will do little to reduce regional commute times. The ARC says they are defining “alleviating traffic congestion” as meaning increasing the number of people who can reach a point in the … Continue reading »

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TSPLOST hurt, not helped, by consultant’s ‘race’ talk

By Ron Sifen TSPLOST supporters have brought in a Washington, D.C. developer, Chris Leinberger, who is also a consultant on urbanism and smart growth, to race-bait the TSPLOST. Leinberger told the Cumberland Area Community Improvement District board last week that “MARTA really stands for ‘Moving African Americans Rapidly Through Atlanta.’ You’ve racialized it. The white … Continue reading »

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Express buses cheaper, more effective than rail or BRT, but DOT study only gives them lip service

By Ron Sifen Last week, Cobb DOT presented its interim report on the Connect Cobb – Northwest Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis. I have been talking about huge cost differentials for different kinds of transit for a long time. This report confirms how extreme these differentials are. (Please note that Cobb presented national averages, and not … Continue reading »

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TSPLOST-related transit study seems aimed at avoiding inconvenient results

By Ron Sifen If the TSPLOST is approved, and after the projects are built, will you have a shorter commute time? The ARC recently admitted that the answer is NO. Instead, the ARC says that “alleviating traffic congestion” is defined as increasing the number of people who can hypothetically reach a given point within 45 … Continue reading »

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“Vote NO” Yard Signs Now Available!

The Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC now has Vote NO signs available for order.  Here is what their email stated: “We need to have orders in as soon as possible so that we can place this first order of signs. The deadline for you to participate in this order is Monday, May 21st at midnight. The … Continue reading »

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Get the facts. Vote “NO” on Regional Transportation Referendum – July 31, 2012

The Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC has announced it’s new website TrafficTruth.net.  The website is a grassroots campaign to inform voters about the Truth of the July 31st Sales Tax Referendum.  They have a Fact Sheet, mailing list sign-up, online Donation and Facebook & Twitter Links.  Take a look and see why “Another Tax won’t help your … Continue reading »

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TSPLOST vote offers the path of proven failure

By Ron Sifen In the last few days, several pro-TSPLOST advocates have challenged me regarding my opposition to the Cobb light rail project. One emphatically defended the Cobb light rail project. Another emphatically denied that the Cobb light rail project is on the TSPLOST projects list. Hmmm. Let’s take a closer look at this “phantom” … Continue reading »

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TSPLOST Referendum Language

Here is what the TSPLOST referendum will look like on your ballot on July 31st.  I went ahead and filled it in for you…. Ballot Question (   ) Yes ( X) No Shall _____ County’s transportation system and the transportation network in this region and the state be improved by providing for a 1 percent special district transportation … Continue reading »

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Agenda 21 Seminar

I attended a meeting focused on stopping TSPLOST today and picked up a flyer about an Agenda 21 event in Fayette.  If you’re not familiar with Agenda 21, this sounds like a good event to learn more.  

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Event to Formulate & Implement a Plan to Stop TSPLOST

I received this flyer today about an event on March 31, 2012 @ 9:30 am.  The event will be at Adventure Outdoors – 2500 South Cobb Drive Southeast, Smyrna, Georgia 30080. NoTSPLOST Event – Save the date

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Georgia Government Email Databases – Free for All?

At the Cobb BOC meeting on February 28, 2012, several citizens spoke during public comment regarding concerns about an email sent to citizens asking to pass their email addressees along to the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network or MAVEN in its efforts to pass TIA aka TSPLOST.  (Read my post here for background information about … Continue reading »

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MAVEN Using Cobb Email Lists for TIA/TSPLOST

Below are the comments I made at the February 28, 2012 Cobb BOC Meeting during the Public Comment Section: I want to know why Cobb Taxpayers are funding email lists for the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network or MAVEN in its efforts to pass TIA aka TSPLOST.

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