Around Town: Mayoral hopeful looking for ... Big Changes
by Lee B. Garrett, Joe Kirby & Otis A. Brumby III
Around Town Columnists
April 16, 2013 01:01 AM | 6340 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA would have its own city-mandated minimum wage and would become part owner of the Cobb Community Transit bus line if mayoral candidate Charles Levinson has his way.

Levinson posted a copy of his platform the other day on Facebook.

“Here’s hoping you’ve had at least one cup of coffee before reading this,” said Levinson.

If elected, he wants:

• An expedited plan to phase out Marietta Power’s coal and nuclear investments in favor of solar, wind and other “viable renewables.”

• The city to acquire an ownership stake in the CCT bus line in exchange for operational expansion of the system in the city.

• To partner with property management and local recycling companies to install recycling bins in all Marietta apartment complexes.

• To repeal “the unjust redistricting map just passed; and deny the City Council the power to draw its own maps in the future.”

• To ensure redevelopment efforts “serve the people and businesses already invested in the City — not just the developers and politicians.”

• To give a 5 percent pay hike to police and firefighters.

• To set a city-mandated minimum wage of $8.50 per hour, “suing the state government if necessary to institute it.”

That’s not all. Levinson says he would oppose requiring contractors to seek IMAGE certification before doing business with the city; and would support the restoration of the Lawrence Street Recreation Center.

As mentioned in an earlier Around Town, he is against Mayor Steve Tumlin’s plan to ask for a $35 million bond referendum with which to buy aging apartment complexes along blighted Franklin Road.


THE BLIMPIE SUB SHOP on Marietta Square has closed. The eatery had been a fixture since 1993 at the corner of South Park Square and Old Powder Springs Street in the first floor of the former First National Bank building. Around Town heard many a comment through the years about how Blimpie’s green, yellow and red sign made for a jarring contrast with the stately marble façade of the old bank building.

Landlord Philip Goldstein tells AT he hopes to fill the space with another eatery.

Blimpie’s was just a block from another fixture on the local fast-food scene, Krystal, which pulled up stakes last year after a 30-plus year run at the corner of Whitlock Avenue and the Loop. Its building was purchased by Goldstein’s son, Joseph, and will become a Starbucks, due to open later this spring.


EVENTS: Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart of east Cobb will be guest of honor at a 6:30-8:30 p.m. tribute event in her honor Thursday at The Georgian Club. The $40 per person event will include food and a cash bar. Everhart, former 6th District GOP Chair, is winding up her second and final term as state party chair. For tickets, go to Everhart is going out with a bang. Her recent remarks highly critical of gay marriage, suggesting that straights might pose as gay and marry in order to claim employment fringe benefits, drew national attention, most of it unfavorable. … This year’s 40th annual Swordsman’s Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society Aug. 24 will take place in a different venue — the Waverly Hotel, reports Babe Atkins-Byrne. Co-chairs are Bill and Valerie Hilley and Dan and Janet O’Brien.

AT THE PODIUM: Retired Kennesaw State University President Dr. Betty Siegel and marketing consultant Bill Dyke, co-authors of “The Decathlon Life — Tools for Crafting Your Retirement,” host a luncheon today at The Georgia Club. Cost is $14.95. Call (770) 952-6000. … The MDJ’s Joe Kirby will speak on his book “The Lockheed Plant” at the Cobb EMC Task Force Banquet Thursday. … KSU President Dr. Dan Papp will be keynote speaker at the annual Scholarship Prayer Breakfast of Buy Cobb, a mentoring organization headed by Dr. James Fisher. The event will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $35. … The Marietta Museum of History hosts Janice McDonald, author of “The Fox Theatre” for its Thursday “Evening with History” lecture. Admission is $5, free for museum members. Call (770) 794-5710 for reservations.


CONGRATULATIONS to Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, who was named “Georgian of the Year” by James Magazine in its March/April edition.

James described 2013 as “the year of the quiet leaders,” and that’s a description that fits Olens, who formerly chaired the Cobb Board of Commissioners.

“The position of Attorney General usually does not merit a position as one of James’ ‘Georgians of the Year,’” writes James. “While the job is important, others are significant as well. But Olens is not your typical AG. Having chaired the Atlanta Regional Commission, Olens brought a unique business and civic background to a position that often comes more from the legislative or government legal community. Olens has never served a day in the state Legislature and maintained a private legal practice for many years. …

“As Attorney General Olens has applied the same quiet but efficient management style he brought to Cobb County to the AG’s office. And Olens has not hesitated to take strong stands on issues such as the constitutionality of ‘Obamacare’ or in vigorously pushing to revamp Georgia’s Sunshine laws.”


A NUMBER OF OTHERS with Cobb connections were named by James as among Georgia’s “Most Influential”: Home Depot Chairman/CEO Frank Blake; Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart; U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia); Kennesaw State University President Dr. Dan Papp; Post Properties President/CEO Dave Stockert; Post Properties founder John Williams; and syndicated MDJ columnist Dick Yarbrough, who is described by James as having “become a sort of Mark Twain of Georgia.”

“He’s a writer who often states his serious points with biting wit, and does so to a large, laughing readership,” writes James.


JAMES’ list of “Most Influential State Senators” includes Judson Hill (R-east Cobb); and its list of “Most Influential House Members” includes Don Parsons (R-east Cobb), Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs), Rich Golick (R-Smyrna), Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb) and Matt Dollar (R-east Cobb). Another on that list was Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), who as the MDJ reported last week has thrown his hat in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta).

James is published by Internet News Agency of Atlanta, which is headed by columnist Matt Towery.


PEOPLE: WellStar Health Systems PR chief Keith Bowermaster has resigned effective April 26 to become VP of Cookerly Public Relations in Buckhead. …

Marietta’s David Holmes will be in Carrollton, Ohio next month to present a family album commemorating his ancestors, “The Fighting McCooks” of Civil War fame, to the McCook House Civil War Museum. Major Dan McCook, his nine sons and six nephews all fought for the Union and one of them, Gen. Dan McCook Jr., was killed leading his men in the charge up Cheatham Hill during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. … The annual Confederate Memorial Day celebration will be 3 p.m. Sunday in the Confederate Memorial Cemetery in Marietta, reports spokeswoman Lindsey Paris. Keynote speaker will be Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon. Dorothy Mosley Bacon of Smyrna is to be one of several honorees that day.
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April 16, 2013
Sounds like Marietta’s are likely to become the new Little Berkley maybe Charles can buy everybody an electric car to drive. If solar and wind was such a good deal those greedy big corporations would be all over that just like oil. Charles must have a special garden in his back yard or basement mandated minimum wage that’s dictated by the economy remember when you saw signs at fast food places saying $10.00 hour during the building boom that’s how real minimum wage is set in free capitalist society. Sounds like Charles could finish Marietta off with just one term and having made the national news for $15.00 Happy Meals also became the laughing stock of mayors.” Light up a Fatty”
Charles Levinson
April 17, 2013
Light up a fatty? Sorry, I'm a non-smoker, but thanks! I appreciate your input.

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