Step Right Up!

For those of you old enough to remember, the circus used to have a sideshow. Among the performers were sword swallowers, fire eaters and contortionists who would turn themselves into human pretzels. Well, the circus that is the East Cobb cityhood land grab has a contortionist – lots of them, actually. If you don’t believe me, just look at how they bend every which way trying to appear impartial.

One need look no further than their website to catch their sideshow. “Please let this serve as a resource to collect factual information directly from committee members behind the effort.” Wait a minute. “Factual information from the committee members”? What they’re saying is, “the only facts we’re interested in are our own.” We may be entitled to our own opinions, but our own facts?

The “fact” is that they’re hyping a future that is already our reality today. Huckster-in-Chief Joe Gavalis says, “future City Council members make a personal choice to live in East Cobb because of low density development.” Well, how do you square this with what David Birdwell says: “There’s going to be redevelopment.” So we’re going to “redevelop” our “low density development” to keep it low density? Why not just leave it the way it is?

“East Cobb is the ideal place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. Let’s keep it that way.” Right. And the way to “keep it that way” is through redevelopment? Listen to what Mr. Gavalis said: “When we complete our strategic plan, we will finalize who will be formally asked to join us and then we will announce who has accepted.” Well, that’s nice, Joe. But you’ve already announced your co-conspirators and where’s the “strategic plan”?

The “strategic plan,” if you can call it that is deny, deflect, defend, demur, divide and deceive. Personally, I’d give their “strategic plan” a big fat D. Let alone that they’ve announced “who has accepted” but good luck figuring out who they are and what they do.

Well, hey, they’re just “individuals dedicated to the proposed cityhood of East Cobb.” OK, so they’re for it, like that’s a surprise. “While each member has his or her own diverse background and story, each share a common goal: To listen and learn from YOU. And to give YOU a stronger voice.” First of all, why hide their “diverse backgrounds and stories”? I mean, if a shopping center developer is funding this land grab, why not just come out and say it?

If they really wanted “to listen and learn from YOU. And to give YOU a stronger voice,” don’t you think they would have asked YOU first before finalizing THEIR plan? Here are Gavalis’s own words, “When we complete our strategic plan, we will finalize who will be formally asked to join us and then we will announce who has accepted.” Well, if they’ve already “announced who has accepted,” that means their plan is already done. I guess nobody was really all that interested “to listen and learn from YOU. And to give YOU a stronger voice.” Were THEY?

If THEY really wanted to give us a stronger voice, it would’ve made more sense to ask US first. But the whole cityhood scam isn’t designed to make sense. It’s designed to enrich the inner cadre of self-dealers and stick us with the tab.

An online publication, Insider Advantage, published an article in favor of East Cobb cityhood. The CEO of Insider Advantage, Phil Kent, is the same Phil Kent the fraudsters hired to lobby the legislature. Not too much conflict of interest there. But transparency has never been, and will never be, a concern for the tricksters as they do their damnedest to railroad this through.

As residents become more aware of the consequences of this blatant land grab, look for the promoters to discredit each person who sheds light on their scheme. Like an eighth grade debate team, if you can’t attack the argument, attack the person. It’s one thing to have a dozen clowns squeeze out of a tiny car under the big top. But the cityhood clowns are only interested in cashing in for themselves and leaving you with peanuts.