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FLYING AROUND:
The Gulf Fritillary butterfly stopped by Rhodes Jordan Park Boardwalk Monday morning, especially for Frank Sharp of Lawrenceville to photograph it. This butterfly ranges its span from South America to New Jersey and Iowa, Frank reports. He also says that friends tell him there aren't so many butterflies this year, because, in part, of the severe cold of the past winter in butterfly havens.

Issue 14.45 | Sept. 2, 2014

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Watch out for analog phone hacking

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
:: County police face personnel raids

FEEDBACK
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Letters discuss political liberalism

UPCOMING
::
International Festival ahead in Lilburn

NOTABLE
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Be careful when printing coupons

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: Mingledorff's

RECOMMENDED
:: Astoria

QUOTE
:: On teaching a man to fish

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: Augusta Canal

MYSTERY PHOTO
:: Only one answer to last mystery

LAGNIAPPE
:: Someone missing from this photo

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Older analog telephone systems vulnerable to hacking
By BOB FOREMAN
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GRAYSON, Ga., Sept. 2, 2014 -- The last weekend in March our office phone system in Norcross was hacked from outside our offices and used to make tens of thousands of international calls to Gambia, Somalia, and The Maldives. The numbers called by the hackers were "premium" numbers.


Foreman

When premium numbers are called, the caller has to pay a premium price for the calls. Hundreds of simultaneous international calls were made through one of our phone lines. On the following Monday, our phone company notified us that our system had been fraudulently used and that we might expect a phone bill of a few thousand dollars. The bill was for $166,000.

We disputed the bill and reported it to the Georgia Public Service Commission, the FBI, and the local Gwinnett County Police, but no one seemed to know what to do about it. Our insurance company refused to cover it. We learned that our phone carrier, TW Telecom, had a security system in place but that it was not functioning that weekend. Normally their security system would detect the unusual activity, and shut the line down, to limit the damages. Their security system was down for over 40 hours, leaving us exposed to the hackers.

In addition, we didn't even know we had international calling. Twenty months ago, when we signed up with TW Telecom, they automatically provided international calling without informing us that we had it. In our business, we have no need of international calling.

Mark Palchick, of the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, advised that we do not have an obligation to pay these charges, which is now up to $183,000, with late charges. Paying would be participating in a crime and encourage the crooks to keep doing what they do. TW Telecom paid the bill to the firm where they lease their lines, thus participating in the crime. TW Telecom is in the process of being purchased for $5.7 billion by Level 3 Communications. An attorney has filed an "opposition" opposing the sale with the FCC. The "opposition" says that TW Telecom should not be sold because it engages in illegal and criminal activity.

If you have an analog phone system, one with a few lines and a call forwarding feature, simply disable call forwarding. Disable the auto answer feature, if you do not need it. The most vulnerable systems were manufactured by Nortel, a company that no longer exists.

Your phone company has probably provided you with international calling, a feature that can be easily blocked. Most businesses have it; they just don't know it. I highly recommend that you instruct your phone company to "block" international calling. If you need to make overseas calls, use your cell phone or Skype. If you have "VOIP" (through the Internet) system of any kind, in your business or at home, do not subscribe to call forwarding. Most VOIP systems are subject to hacking.

This problem is complicated. There is no way to catch and punish the hackers. The FCC has done nothing to help us. The FBI has not returned our calls. We understand that the Justice Department is looking into it. The Federal Government, which regulates phone services, has been no help whatsoever. Expect to see TV and newspaper coverage of this problem in the coming weeks.

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
New suburban cities raiding county police for their staff officers
By ELLIOTT BRACK

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SEPT. 2, 2014 -- The birthing of several new suburban towns around Atlanta has had an impact on Gwinnett, something you might call an "unintended consequence."


Brack

One of these has been the hiring by these new towns of members of the Gwinnett County police force, taking officers trained by the Gwinnett Police Academy to fill the ranks of the newly-formed police departments. Other areas big enough to have their own police academies, Atlanta, DeKalb, and Cobb counties have also been targeted as place to hire fully-trained officers.

One factor in this hiring: the new cities are paying more, often significantly more, in annual pay to fill their police forces, than, for instance, does the Gwinnett department.

When new recruits join the Gwinnett Police Department, they undergo an intensive program of training at the Gwinnett Police Academy before they are assigned patrol duty, and when completed, they get a "bump" in pay. Then they have a two year commitment to remain on the Gwinnett County payroll. But once completing this two year stint, the smaller cities without a police academy hire the officers trained at Gwinnett's (and other departments) expense.

At present, the Gwinnett Police Department has an authorized strength of 758 sworn officers. Though the Department is seeking to hire more personnel, it now has only 690 officers, that is, 68 vacancies. Trained minority officers are particularly vulnerable, as the police departments of the new Georgia cities are interested in hiring these officers, so that their Departments will reflect the make-up of their towns.

However, hiring minority officers for any Metro Atlanta police department is especially difficult. Gwinnett and Cobb County, for instance, now have departments where the white/minority split is about 83/17 percent. The Atlanta is particularly minority in its make-up, about 70 percent black.

The pay scale also enters the picture. Recognize that the Gwinnett County employees have not had a pay increase in the last five years. For policeman, they make a starting salary of $37,000; if the officer has a four year college degree, the pay is increased by six percent.

Gwinnett offers significant benefits. Gwinnett officers all have an assigned vehicle to drive and are allowed to drive the vehicle home. Some of the larger departments do not have the one-office, one-car policy. For approved off-duty employment, officers are allowed to use their county equipment, including the car.

However, charge all that off against some of the new cities offering up to $10,000 a year more for the officers to join their forces. All this exacerbates the problem. Six left the Gwinnett force in one day to join the Brookhaven police force.

Another element enters the picture: Gwinnett County Public Schools these days are hiring school police. So far a total of 11 officers have left the Gwinnett Police to become school safety officers. Some of these starting jobs are in the neighborhood of $50,000 a year.


Walters

What's a county police force to do? Gwinnett Chief Charlie Walters says that the county is constantly seeking new recruits. "We are at job fairs, we recruit at colleges, particularly minority colleges, and do all we can to bring on new personnel. We train them right, but unfortunately, lose personnel from time to time."

No doubt the lack of pay raises in this area is a drawback to hiring. "Our county administration is aware of the problem," says Walters, who has been lobbying for pay increases.

For the county police force, and all county employees, the 2015 budget, with personnel compensation now under study, will be vital in retaining not only the police, but other quality personnel as well.

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FEEDBACK
Use of political labels tends to shut down clear thinking

Editor, the Forum:

Thank you for publishing Derby Waters' Op-Ed piece about the liberal school of thought. As one considers the broad legacy of liberal political action, one finds it's not all about monetary entitlements doled out by the government, but instead includes many of the basic American freedoms so-called "liberals" and "conservatives" value highly. When politicians and pundits use these terms as positive or negative labels, they do thinking Americans a great disservice. I believe the use of labels tends to shut down clear thinking about the foundational issues underlying the motivations that animate many liberals and conservatives.

The United States of America is about evenly divided (I wish I could say "united") between individuals who lean toward either a liberal or conservative political view. Many times such individuals actually reside in the centrist area, as I believe I do, and occasionally lean to the left or the right on particular issues. Therefore, I believe we, as a people, are more united than divided and would do well to dispense with labels that muddle important issues and inhibit unbiased thinking about them.

-- Michael L. Wood, Peachtree Corners

Remembers Eisenhower's Civil Rights Act of 1957, too

Editor, the Forum:

Regarding the article on liberalism (August 29): So it was liberals who freed the slaves and ended Jim Crow? Hmmm. My history books always stated that the Republican Party headed by President Abraham Lincoln emancipated the slaves. And Civil Rights? Democrats wrote the Jim Crow laws, and a Democratic governor named George Wallace blocked black students from entering the University of Alabama. In Georgia during the late '50's/early '60's, I recall Democratic gubernatorial candidates standing atop cars shouting that blacks "were going to take over if we don't stop them."

Lester Maddox was a Democrat, lest we forget. The Civil Rights Act of 1957 passed under Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, hardly a liberal. Meanwhile, a young Democratic senator by the name of John Kennedy voted against that same legislation. President Eisenhower also federalized the Arkansas National Guard to desegregate that state's schools. Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat, called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a coward -- not surprising coming from a man who once belonged to the KKK.

As for other groups and freedoms mentioned in the article, liberals did not singularly deliver them. Nevertheless, the classic liberalism of Thomas Jefferson was nothing like today's "progressivism." Jefferson had no 12 Rules for Radicals as Democrats follow today. Rule 1 says it all: "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have." As in our current president's famous remark, "I've got a pen and I've got a phone." Well, we conservatives have The Constitution, and that's what we stand by.

-- Debra Houston, Lilburn

Attagirl, Debra: Perhaps we are all learning that it takes both political sides, with their individual ways, to finally get anything much at all done. But who wrote those 12 Rules for Radicals? Could they come from the conservatives? Thanks for reminding that there were indeed two Civil Rights Acts, 1957 and 1964. Some good history here.-eeb

Appreciated column concerning the late Michael Brown of Buford

Editor, the Forum:

I am glad you posted what you did about the late Michael Brown of Buford. With all the news about a different Michael Brown many may not even know about Buford's Mr. Brown's passing, just as I didn't know. Thank you again for your work prior to the elections and thank you for sharing your memories.

-- Charles Blair, Lawrenceville

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UPCOMING
Lilburn plans International Festival in City Park on Sept. 13

An international festival is being planned in Lilburn on September 13. Sponsoring organizations include the Lilburn Community Partnership, SafetySmart Lilburn and the City of Lilburn. The "Small Town, Big World: Lilburn International Festival" will be in Lilburn City Park on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is the first year for the festival and free to attendees.

The event celebrates the cultural diversity of the greater Lilburn community and promises a welcoming venue with entertainment, food, music, exhibits and demonstrations representative of cultural heritage from around the world.

The morning will begin with Opening Ceremonies featuring the Parkview High School Marine ROTC cadets presenting the colors, followed by the Berkmar High School Patriot Band and Chorus leading the National Anthem and background music for the Parade of International Flags hosted by First Baptist Church in Lilburn.

Entertainment will follow provided by schools in the Meadowcreek Cluster, Sts. Helena and Constantine Romanian Orthodox Church, Simply Dance Studio, Korean Drum and Coconut Dance, musician Susan Clearman, and others still to be confirmed. Attendees will enjoy demonstrations by a semi-pro soccer team and a karate school. Food representative of world cuisine will be available for purchase. A children's play area with inflatables will be also be provided.

The event will accommodate a crowd of 4-5,000. Shuttle points will be from First Baptist Lilburn and International Farmers' Market parking lot. Event organizers are inviting food vendors, businesses, faith organizations, schools, youth organizations, consulates, social agencies and non-profits to promote their products or services to attendees. Volunteers are also needed. Booth space is free for civic, faith, and non-profit groups. The fee for spaces for for-profit businesses and food vendors is $50. Sponsorships are also welcomed.

  • Go to www.Lilburnevents.com to download forms and information, or call Diana Preston at 678-230-9058 or Margot Ashley at 770-364-9731.

NOTABLE
Be careful when printing out coupons online, BBB warns

Call it the Coupon Generation: Consumers can save hundreds of dollars per year on household essentials and special products by using online coupons. There are even TV shows advertising extreme savings from families using coupons.

Aside from printed coupons, online coupon clipping can save money on items ranging from food to toilet tissue and everything in between with the click of a mouse. However, Better Business Bureau warns that the convenience comes with some risk.

Millions of product coupons are offered online but it's imperative that consumers know the difference between what's real and what's not. Some estimates put annual losses due to bogus internet coupons at $6 million.

According to the Coupon Information Corporation (CIC), the internet is the key reason for the growth in the use of fake coupons because they can easily be printed at home. Because of that, it is more difficult for manufacturers and retailers to build in security measures to combat counterfeits. Unfortunately, consumers can unwittingly get stuck in the middle between retailers and coupon sites with coupons that are phony or worthless, or require personal information to obtain them from the fraudulent sources.

BBB offers the following advice on redeeming online coupons:

  • Check out who is offering the coupon. Check to see if the coupon is being offered directly by the store or a third-party such as a partner or affiliate. If it is via a third-party, they might ask for additional information or require the consumer to sign up for services to redeem the coupon. If so, BBB recommends using extreme caution before sharing any personal information. Check out the company, free of charge, at bbb.org.

  • Verify whether the coupon is legitimate. The CIC website posts Counterfeit Coupon Alerts that tell you about fake coupons making the rounds and how to identify them, at www.couponinformationcenter.com/.

  • Be cautious of pop-up offers. BBB advises coupon clickers to be wary of pop-up ad coupon offers that require you to immediately click to redeem. Clicking on the ad may automatically sign up the consumer for services they were not interested in receiving, resulting in repeated monthly credit card charges .

  • Read the fine print. Carefully read the terms and conditions for the use of the coupon. Check the expiration date, limitations on use and whether it is good only for online purchases or if it also can be redeemed at the physical store location.

  • Be wary of required phone calls. Be extremely cautious if a coupon requires you to call the company to redeem it, and/or has any requirement to divulge personal information.

RECOMMENDED
Astoria
By Peter Stark

In 1810, Thomas Jefferson dreamed of building a separate, democratic country as a sister country to the U.S. in the area of what is now Oregon. At the same time, John Jacob Astor wanted to expand his fur trading business into China and needed a base on the west coast. With the support of Jefferson, Astor sent two expeditions to the Pacific Northwest. One went by land and the other by sea. They encountered horrible dangers in the wilds, including great storms, hostile Indians, cruel bosses and lost supplies. They were utterly alone and defenseless. Of the 140 people who set out, 61 died and the rest suffered horribly. The sea voyage survivors took seven months to reach their destination. Those traveling over land took a year and a half. This is a story of adventure and hardship. If you want to feel completely civilized and incredibly advantaged, read it.

-- Susan McBrayer, Sugar Hill

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  • An invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us your best recent visit to a restaurant or most recent book you have read along with a short paragraph as to why you liked it, plus what book you plan to read next. --eeb

GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Augusta Canal built to make that city the "Lowell of the South"

Henry Cumming, a lifelong resident of Augusta, was actively involved in the legal, social, and economic affairs of that city during the antebellum period. He is perhaps best known for conceiving of, and promoting, the construction of the Augusta Canal, which became a reality in 1846.

Henry Harford Cumming was born in 1799 to a prominent and accomplished Georgia family. His father, Thomas, served as Augusta's first mayor after the city's incorporation in 1798. Additionally Cumming's brother, Alfred, served as mayor of Augusta and as the first non-Mormon governor of the Utah Territory. Henry Cumming himself was appointed by John Forsyth, the U.S. minister to Spain, as an attaché for the American legation to that country, although he never took up the post. He married Julia Bryan of Hancock County.

Cumming envisioned the Augusta Canal (pictured at left in an 1880 sketch) as a solution to the economic downturn of the 1840s, which affected Augusta and the South. Located at the headwaters of the Savannah River, Augusta had been for years an important commercial and market center for the rich cotton lands surrounding the city. The collapse of cotton prices with the depression of 1837 left Augusta in precarious economic shape. Cumming believed that the power provided by a canal would enable Augusta to develop a manufacturing base and diversify the city's economy. It would also enable the city to compete with northern industry. Augusta would become, in his view, the "Lowell of the South," a reference to the noted Massachusetts industrial center.

Although southern industrialization was often disparaged by planter interests, and the public's reaction to his idea was mixed at best, Cumming displayed his confidence in it by personally paying for the initial survey of the canal site. After public and private support was acquired, Cumming headed the commission created by Augusta's city government to oversee the canal's construction. By the early 1850s, Augusta boasted textile mills, a sawmill, a gristmill, and other factories because of the canal. The construction of the Confederate Powder Works along two miles of the canal after the outbreak of the Civil War (1861-65) illustrates the canal's significance to Augusta and the South.

Although interested in Augusta's commercial condition, and engaged in a number of business pursuits, Cumming was by profession an attorney. He began practicing law in 1822 in partnership with George W. Crawford, a future governor of Georgia and secretary of war under U.S. president Zachary Taylor. Cumming's civil activities, of which the canal was the most notable, were propelled by a strong sense of civic duty. His ability to persuade others rested, in part, on his considerable standing in the community.

As an old Whig, Cumming did not favor Georgia's immediate secession upon U.S. president Abraham Lincoln's election. He supported the Confederacy once Georgia left the Union, yet, at the end of the war, Cumming recognized that sectional divisions had to be healed. Accordingly he assisted in writing public resolutions that offered loyalty to the new government, expressed dismay at Lincoln's assassination, and thanked occupying troops for maintaining good relations with Augustans. He died in 1866.

MYSTERY PHOTO
Colorful mystery


CLUE: Wow. This edition's mystery photo is quite colorful, and looks like it could be an Asian restaurant, about any place in the country. Tell us where you think this photograph was made, and what it is. Send your ideas to elliott@brack.net, to win our most gracious thanks.

The mystery photo in the last edition was particularly hard, we thought. Indeed, the only person to recognize the photo was Karen Burnette Garner of Dacula, who recognized the Chapel at Fort Ross, California. The photo came from Rick Krause of Lilburn.


LAGNIAPPE
Who's missing?


This group of men and women of the Senior Centers in Gwinnett came on a field trip to Fernbank Science Museum to see Frank Sharp's photography exhibition. Here they are shown with the dinosaurs models at Fernbank. Frank reports that one lady was hiding behind another….and her image was Photoshopped from the picture. He adds: "Some people at the Senior Center in Lawrenceville said that she had been eaten by a Dinosaur !! I wonder what she will say when she looks at the photograph and finds that she is missing in action!! As George Bush once observed: 'Things Happen!'"

 

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What Happens When You Teach A Man To Fish

"Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you're a consultant."

-- Dogbert and Dilbert Cartoon Artist Scott Adams (1957 - ).

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After 32 years of experience and a solid year of preparation, it is almost time again for the Duluth Fall Festival. This great community event will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28 in downtown Duluth. It starts on Saturday morning with a huge parade led by the Grand Marshal, Aimee Copeland, and our Honorary Grand Marshal, Police Chief Randy Belcher. They are followed by over 100 different groups, including one of 150 soldiers from Fort Benning.

The parade is followed by the opening ceremony on stage at the Festival Center. There will be over 375 booths of Arts and Crafts, food, sponsors, etc., entertainment on three stages, plus a full fledged carnival. Sunday begins with a Road Race at 8 a.m. followed by worship on the Green, and entertainment all day. The 400 volunteers will be there in their brand-new Festival shirts. See you there, too!

(NEW) British Car Fayre in downtown Norcross, Saturday, September 6, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Hosted by the City of Norcross for the past 13 years, this popular event draws British buffs from all over the Southeast. This year's show supports Soccer in the Streets, a program that empowers underserved youth through soccer, character development, mentoring, and employability programs. This year's Fayre will also feature more classic British "motorbikes" than ever before. For more information, click here.

Children's Storytelling, by author Carmen Deedy, Saturday, September 6 from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural and Community Center, 10 College Street, across from Lillian Webb Park. Come hear about Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, or Juan Bobo, and the author's version of "growing up Cuban in Decatur." This free event is sponsored by the Norcross Cluster School Partnership for Norcross and Peachtree Corners schools. There will also be door prizes. Bring the entire family!

Duluth Fall Festival Concert, Saturday, Sept. 13, on the Town Green in Duluth. Rupert's 12 piece Orchestra will perform. The kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. with an opening act performance by Alexis Rhode, followed by the Big Band sound of Rupert's. For more information, contact Amanda Leiba at 678 957 7271.

(NEW) Civil War Program: 6:30 p.m., September 15 at the Five Forks Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. University of Georgia's professor of history, John C. Inscoe, will discuss the Civil War in Georgia, made possible from a grant of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact www.gwinnettpl.org.

(NEW) 11th Annual Networking Fair of the Community Council of Gwinnett County, Wednesday, September 17, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, Room 401. The 2014 fair will gather together the individuals and organizations that are committed to addressing the multi cultural and diverse needs of Gwinnett's citizens, with the theme, "Community Connections." For more information, contact Mary Williams at 770 925-1498.

Re-Development Forum for 2014: Thursday, October 16, 7: 30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Studio Movie Grill, Duluth. Topics include maximizing re-development, financing and opportunities through Public-Private Partnerships. Keynote speaker will be Ellen Durham Jones of Georgia Tech, talking on "Sustaining vibrant communities." To register, click here.

Exhibit of eight artists continues through December 2 at George Pierce Park Community Center in Suwanee. Eight female artists will showcase their talents, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media, collage, and pen and ink with color pencil. A reception will be held on Sept. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 678-277-0910.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

8/29: Little Free Library
8/26: Buford's Michael Brown
8/22: Oh, for Braves of past
8/19: Good idea about Olympics
8/15: Churchill and battlefronts
8/12: New Duluth manager
8/8: On corporate moves
8/5: Club recognizes bus drivers
8/1: On better candidates

7/29: Good week for Atlanta
7/25: Can GOP keep control?
7/22: Peachtree Corners update
7/18: On election runoffs
7/15: Gwinnett's water use
7/11: Georgia Guidestones
7/8: 40 years in Gwinnett
7/3: Primary runoff endorsements
7/1: About the shining sun

6/27: A busy Congress
6/20: Property mystery solved
6/17: Civil War, tanning, more
6/13: On cleaning your plate
6/10: Fairness cuts several ways
6/6: Obama's carbon emissions plan
6/3: "Community Through Diversity"

FOCUS ARCHIVES

8/29: Waters: Consider liberalism
8/26: Swanson: On an internship
8/22: Stewart: Dog-tethering law
8/19: Sever: Road timing improves
8/15: Brill: Helmet sensors
8/12: Light: Cannon heads GTC
8/8: Fenton: Corporate Games
8/5: A. Brack: Summers to be hotter
8/1: Starnes: Enjoy writing

7/29: Lail: House fire, part 2
7/25: Lail: House fire, part 1
7/22: DeWilde: Suwanee's Cinderella
7/18: Zaken: Glance Gwinnett
7/15: Callina: Gift card scam
7/11: Cochran: Closed meetings
7/8: Lang: On health care act
7/3: Miller: Leukemia grants
7/1: Andrews: Sugar Hill's EpiCenter

6/27: Georgia Cup criterium
6/20: Gross: L'ville's 4th
6/17: Gardner: Senate bid
6/13: Adcock: Clinic openings
6/10: Wilson: GGC's top athletics
6/6: Waters: Leadership Gwinnett
6/3: Myers: GA-PMOC graduation


CONTINUING OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT

Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.

  • Development of a two-party system for county offices
  • Moving statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General Election
  • Light rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
  • Extension of Gwinnett Place CID area to include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
  • Banning of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
  • Making Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel
  • More diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local boards
  • Physical move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to Norcross
  • Creative efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
  • Advancement and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
  • Stronger regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses
  • Requiring the legislature to meet once every two years.
  • Development of more community gardens.

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