Author Archives: MATTHEW CHARLES CARDINALE

Melissa Firestone, 1937-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Ann Melissa Firestone, 79, a senior advocate who was well-known in Atlanta’s civil engagement community, passed away on April 10, 2017.   In Firestone’s honor, the City Council of Atlanta adopted an ordinance, 17-O-1246, on May 24, 2017, to create a crosswalk outside of the Cosby Spear highrise.   On October 30, 2017, the Melissa Firestone Crosswalk […]

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Several Newcomers will shape 2018 Atlanta City Council; Run-offs Set

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(APN) ATLANTA — Several new Councilmembers will shape the City Council of Atlanta that will convene in 2018.  This is the largest turnover in eight years, when in 2010, six new Councilmembers joined the Atlanta City Council.     In 2018, there will either be seven or eight new Councilmembers, the number depending on whether Cleta Winslow (District 4) is […]

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Bond, Archibong, Smith Reelected to Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — The new makeup of the 2018-2021 Atlanta City Council is beginning to take shape, as voters reelected several incumbents and selected Councilmembers for open seats.   The incumbents returning to Council are Carla Smith (District 1), Ivory Lee Young (District 3), Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Howard Shook (District 7), Joyce Sheperd (District 12), Michael Julian Bond (Post […]

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Councilman Bond Seeks Right to Public Comment at Council Work Sessions

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the last Full Council Meeting on October 16, 2017, Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) introduced an ordinance, 17-O-1674, that would codify the right of members of the public to make at least one minute of public remarks at every Work Session held by one or more committees of the Atlanta City Council.   […]

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ANALYSIS: Ceasar Mitchell’s Disastrous Record as Council President

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell is running for Mayor of Atlanta, but his track record as Council President does not inspire much confidence.     This news analysis reviews a wide array of concerns regarding Mr. Mitchell, including concerns regarding his performance as Council President; and his many repeated ethics violations.   Previously, Atlanta Progressive News […]

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Courtney English Backtracks on False Statement, Amends State Filing

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Screenshots from Youtube pursuant to fair use for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Member Courtney English (At-large Seat 7), candidate for the Post 1-at-large seat held by Councilman Michael Julian Bond, has been recently caught to have made made two false statements.   A recent article by Atlanta Progressive News, dated October 06, […]

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Atlanta Council Committees Approve Surplus Property Housing Ordinance

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday October 23 and Wednesday October 24, 2017, two Atlanta City Council Committees approved an ordinance by Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) that would sell surplus city properties, likely for one dollar, to be used to develop affordable single-family homes.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=12901   Both the Community Development/Human Services Committee and the Finance/Executive Committee approved the […]

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APN Endorsements Part Two: Archibong, Welsh, Boone

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors is pleased to announce the endorsement of three candidates for City Council of Atlanta, including one incumbent.     We are endorsing Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5); Lauren Welsh, candidate for the open District 2 seat being vacated by Kwanza Hall; and Andrea Boone, candidate for the open District 10 […]

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Q&A with Candidate, Lauren Welsh, Atlanta Council District 2

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of candidate, Lauren Welsh, who is running for Atlanta City Council District 2.   The District 2 seat is being vacated by Kwanza Hall, who is running for Mayor of Atlanta.     In addition to Welsh, there are […]

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Candidate Courtney English Appears to Have Evaded APS Property Taxes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Courtney English, who is running for Atlanta City Council Post 1-at-large, appears to have evaded property taxes payable to the school system he chairs, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   He claims to own, and to have purchased, his childhood home.  At a recent candidates’ forum held by Georgia Stand […]

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Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 1963-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 54, an activist and spiritual counselor whose work focused on lifting up low-income people in some of Atlanta’s most distressed communities, Vine City and English Avenue, passed away on September 25, 2017.   Fletcher had qualified to run against Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young (District 3) for at least the second time.   […]

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APN Endorses Fort, Finds Norwood Favorable; Endorses Bond

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Board of Directors of Atlanta Progressive News has issued a first round of endorsements in the 2017 City of Atlanta races for Mayor of Atlanta, and the Post 1-at-large Council seat.   For Mayor of Atlanta, APN endorses former State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), a progressive champion, as our first choice for Mayor; and APN rates […]

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Q&A with Liliana Bakhtiari, Candidate, District 5, Atlanta City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of Liliana Bakhtiari, candidate for Atlanta City Council District 5.   Bakhtiari, who has roots in the progressive community in Atlanta, is challenging incumbent Natalyn Archibong.   While Archibong may not be the most vocal Councilmember, she has the […]

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APN Q&A with Natalyn Archibong, Incumbent, District 5, Atlanta City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2017 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of incumbent Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5).   Archibong faces two challengers, Liliana Bakhtiari and Dan Burroughs.   Since APN first published its Atlanta City Council Scorecard in 2009, Councilwoman Archibong has consistently had the highest score.  She currently […]

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APN Interview with CT Martin, Candidate, Atlanta Council President

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2017 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, Atlanta Progressive News had the opportunity to interview Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin (District 10), the longest serving Councilmember who is now running for Council President.   Previously, APN interviewed Felicia Moore (District 9) and Alex Wan (District 6), who are also both running for […]

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