Ward 4 candidate Patti Pearlberg: Time to get ‘stale developments’ contributing to the city
by Marcus E. Howard
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July 15, 2012 01:25 AM | 3015 views | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Andy Morris and Patti Pearlberg, above, are running for Marietta City Council Ward 4. They are looking to replace Van Pearlberg, who vacated his seat and is running for Superior Court judge.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Andy Morris and Patti Pearlberg, above, are running for Marietta City Council Ward 4. They are looking to replace Van Pearlberg, who vacated his seat and is running for Superior Court judge.
Staff/Todd Hull
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MARIETTA — Since 2006, Patti Pearlberg has been the first lady of Ward 4 in northwest Marietta. Now she has her sights on winning the post her husband previously held.

Pearlberg is running in the special election to fill the unexpired term of former Marietta City Councilman Van Pearlberg, who resigned. She is being challenged by former Councilman Andy Morris in the special election for the term ending on Dec. 31, 2013.

“I’m really running because I want to make a difference in the neighborhood,” said Pearlberg, 56.

“I’ve been what I call the community activist for over 10 years in the neighborhood, working to try to make things better. So my neighbors came to me when the seat became open and asked me if I would run.”

Pearlberg said the city’s biggest challenges are dealing with tight budget constraints since city revenue is tied to declining property values and turning around stagnant redevelopment in the city.

“We clearly have some stale developments around the city,” said Pearlberg, a real estate attorney.

“That’s where I think my experience plays a real important role in trying to take a creative look at how do we get those things started back again so that they are a positive contribution to the community.”

Specific to Ward 4, Pearlberg said she supports WellStar Health System’s expansion, but believes it should be balanced so as not to burden residents with infrastructure problems.

Pearlberg said Mayor Steve Tumlin deserves credit for getting council members to work together in order to effectively operate the city.

“There’s certainly still challenges ahead,” she said.

“That’s the part I think I bring to the table that’s different than people on the council. A lot of what the city deals with is land-use, budgets and services. That’s what I’ve done for over 30 years. I have interacted on behalf of my company with jurisdictions all over the metropolitan area and even outside of Atlanta.”

The Marietta Redevelopment Corporation has continued to be in the news in association with sluggish redevelopment efforts, particularly after purchasing 98 acres of the Hedges-Gramling neighborhood, which has yet to see a turn around.

“I don’t think you can hold them accountable for not being able to do something over the last few years,” said Pearlberg.

“There are a lot of real estate development companies that have also had to sit and allow things to start getting better. We’re starting to see the economy pick up. So now is going to be the time to see if the MRC can actually make something out of all of that.”

As for the Marietta Museum of History, which has faced similar criticism for being a drain on city finances, Pearlberg said the museum should be supported because it’s important to the overall quality of life in Marietta, but it also needs to improve its fundraising.

“That quality of life includes everything from housing to businesses, but it also includes the arts and museums,” said Pearlberg, past chairwoman of the Georgia Ballet.

“As a city, we need to in some form or fashion, support those groups. Not just the history museum, but all of the museums and arts so that we do have a good quality of life to offer people. However, each of these organizations are also responsible for working to support themselves through various fundraising.”

Pearlberg said Morris seems to be a nice guy, though she doesn’t personally know him.

“When Van came into office, he set a standard of being responsive to the community as a whole,” she said. “That is something that I want to see continued.”
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Anyone but Patty
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July 17, 2012
I had the supreme displeasure of working with Mrs. Pearlberg while trying to get the blue tower built at Kennestone hospital. Mrs. Pearlberg could care less about the community when it comes to Kennestone, she is only concerned about her neighborhood and what problems additional growth will cause to their silly little junk shop down the road from the hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Pearlberg have only thing in mind - and that is to take complete control of their little corner of the world, and damn the needs of anyone else. The entire community needs Kennestone Mrs. Pearlberg. The entire community does not need you.I was there when you cut the administrator to pieces with your hateful, mean spirited workds, and have never forgiven you for being such a mean b***h. Unless you have changed completely, I wouldn't vote for you to be the dogcatcher. No amount of sweet talking will ever take away the bitterness you caused for leadership at Kennestone. Shame on you. You don't care about the biggest employer in Marietta or in Cobb County. Just as long as your little neighborhood is not disturbed so that the many can be taken care of...
1954-OM
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July 18, 2012
Sounds like an Andy Morris supporter. Regardless, I would rather have someone who has the interest of the neighborhood and the people who live in it, than the 800 pound gorilla called Wellstar. One has to look no further than Campbell Hill street and how it was closed to allow Kennestone its expansion. If you don’t live within the boundaries of Kennestone Hospital, it’s easy to cast dispersions on those that do. I know where Andy’s loyalties are , and it won’t be in the best interest of Ward 4, but of Andy Morris. Phillip Goldstein anyone?
Jim Burnside
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July 15, 2012
Patti Pearlberg, we've worked, lived and played with you and Van for the past 20 years in Ward 4.

Dedication, deliverance and nothing but success accompanies you on your missions. There is only one qualified candidate in this race. The only qualification the other guy has is that he was born here. I'll be voting for Patti. Please support Patti a true winner in life.
Museum watcher...
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July 15, 2012
Get rid of the incompetent OM's running the Museum to the tune of 150k over their budget each year and fundraising will probably increase.
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