Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.

Dear Neighbors,

Launching our new City of Sandy Springs was an experiment, almost an act of faith.  When we talk among ourselves we mostly seem satisfied.  We launched this experiment when we had real doubts that we could ever make the County work for us.

The questions moving forward, though, are different ones.  What does it take to keep our new city working for us?  And what does “work for us” even mean?

This will be a work in progress, and we’ll have to expect to monitor that progress as we go.

I have some pretty clear views on what it means for our local government to work for us.  It’s about us, the folks who live here.  It’s about our neighborhoods and what we call our “quality of life.”  It’s the recognition that we are the real stakeholders here.  After all, controlling our own destiny was why we launched our new city in the first place.

As happy as we have been about the enhanced police patrols, faster fire
response times, and more reliable 911, there have been some other things in our short municipal history that raise concern.  Giving notice to the public of meetings open to the public is atrophying.  Code enforcement is growing lax.  Development has a heavier and heavier hand on decision making, and it’s looking more and more as though we, the taxpayers, could be subsidizing development down the road.  Traffic worsens.  Trees fall.  Floodplains erode.  And there’s talk of high rises 28 stories tall looming over homes literally in their shadow.

To keep the City working for us demands balance.

As an advocate for our neighborhoods and our quality of life longer than Sandy Springs has been a city, I’ve always seen my role as bringing balance.  We need a seat at the table when development, personnel, and guidelines are discussed, and I know what it’s like to be the only person at the table who doesn’t stand to make money from a deal and still get results.  We need a neighbor’s voice to balance what others want us to be with who we really are.

That’s why I’m running for Sandy Springs City Council.  I’m a neighbor, not a politician,

I want balance at the table.  I want to monitor the progress as we go.  I want to work for you.

As your City Councilperson, I will work to

  • lay down and stick to guidelines for development that put neighborhoods first and respect both our quality of life and our suburban environment,
  • review managerial level salaries and the cost-benefits of public-private partnerships,
  • make development pay for itself without our subsidies, being truly fiscally conservative, not grandly spending our way into trouble,
  • foster existing businesses, enhancing curb appeal,
  • provide adequate notice of meetings for the public’s input and allow adequate time for your feedback, and
  • demand balance on every municipal board.

That means we, the real stakeholders, have to be included.  That’s what it takes to keep the City working for us.

Just like I want your voice included in city government again, I want your voice included in this campaign.  You can email me through my website, like my FaceBook page, or phone me.  Phone me at home.  My home number is 404-255-4905.  I listen.

Your Neighbor, 

Patty Berkovitz

Paid for by Friends and Neighbors of Patty Berkovitz.