Author Archives: MATTHEW CHARLES CARDINALE

Atlanta Council to Consider Limiting Public Comment

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(APN) ATLANTA — Another Atlanta City Council term, another attack on public comment; there always is at least one ordinance introduced or action taken that is aimed at undermining the effectiveness of Atlantans to make a difference in the democratic process.   This time at least some members of the Atlanta City Council–following a discussion at their Fall Retreat held […]

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APN Editor Publishes “Tales of Audacity at the Turn of the Millennium”

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(APN) ATLANTA — The News Editor and founder of Atlanta Progressive News, Matthew Charles Cardinale, is pleased to announce the publication of a memoir entitled, Tales of Audacity at the Turn of the Millennium.   Written to the future, the book is intended to serve as a historical artifact of life in the United States at the turn of the […]

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Atlanta Routinely Assessing Business Fee without Authority

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta continues to assess and collect a five hundred dollar penalty to many Atlanta businesses without authority, despite the City being aware that they lack the authority to collect the fee, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   This practice is disproportionately harming small businesses across Atlanta.   As of today, September 07, 2018, the […]

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Atlanta’s Authority to Restrict Zoning Comments in Question

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council has for at least the last several years–if not the last several decades–forbidden Atlanta citizens from making public comment on zoning matters at its Full Council Meetings and at its Committee Meetings.   Frequently, Atlanta citizens seek to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and the petitioning of government for a […]

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No Progress on CBA; Developer, Brock, “Won’t Be Called a Racist”

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(APN) ATLANTA — There has been no progress to date on amending the Community Benefits Agreement for the catalytic Westside Yards Development proposed for Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood, following a thirty day deferral by the City of Atlanta agreed to by developer Echo A, which includes Brock Built Homes.   Developer Adam Brock insisted, “I won’t be called a racist!” […]

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Councilman Bond Seeks Videotaping of Atlanta Council Briefings

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) has introduced an ordinance that would require the Committee Briefings of the Atlanta City Council to be videotaped.   The videos would be required to be posted online on the City Council’s website as well as available through the Municipal Clerk.     While the Atlanta City Council’s seven […]

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Gwinnett County Residents Ask for MARTA Referendum per New State Law

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — At the Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting of Gwinnett County, several residents made public comments urging the Board to adopt a resolution creating a countywide referendum on the November 2018 ballot for the County to join the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA).   MARTA currently includes […]

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Atlanta Council Cmte Approves Gentrification Plan for English Avenue

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Dustin Hillis (District 9), Marci Overstreet (District 11), Joyce Sheperd (District 12), and Matt Westmoreland (Post 2-at-large) voted in favor of legislation that will result in the unmitigated gentrification of Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood.   With no debate and only one question, the Committee voted in favor of the land […]

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Neighborhood Association Claims Identity Theft in English Avenue

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(APN) ATLANTA — The English Avenue Neighborhood Association, formed in 1995 to represent the low-income residential neighborhood of English Avenue west of downtown Atlanta, finds itself in the middle of a major dispute around the future of development, and the threat of gentrification.   Yet, in a series of events dramatic enough for a telenovela–two groups of English Avenue residents […]

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APN Endorses Abrams; Chapman; Dawkins-Haigler, Noel

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(APN) ATLANTA  — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has issued the following endorsements:   DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR: FORMER MINORITY LEADER STACEY ABRAMS   We endorse former State Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) because we believe she is the better choice over former State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) – not because we perceive Abrams to be the ultra-progressive candidate […]

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APN Q&A: Becky Evans, Candidate, HD 83

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the May 22, 2018 Primary Election, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to the candidates for the Democratic Primary for House District 83, where Becky Evans is challenging State Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta).   APN published Rep. Mosby’s responses earlier this week, on May 08, 2018:   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2018/05/08/apn-qa-state-rep-howard-mosby-hd-83/   Becky Evans served as […]

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APN Q&A: State Rep. Howard Mosby, HD 83

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Primary Election, Atlanta Progressive News is focusing on a contested State House Democratic Primary, for District 83, a seat currently held by State Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta).   Mosby is facing challenger Becky Evans.  Evans has also provided her questionnaire responses to APN, to be published […]

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Councilwoman Sheperd to Seniors: Stay in Your Homes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd (District 12) urged seniors to stay in their homes and not to sell their homes at a Homeowner Empowerment Workshop at the Arthur Langford Jr. Recreation Center in Southwest Atlanta.   Councilwoman Sheperd said she receives offers in the mail almost daily to purchase her home with cash.  Sheperd owns her home, […]

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APN Q&A: John Noel, Candidate, Public Service Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — With Primary Elections for several statewide races coming up on May 22, 2018, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to all candidates for the Democratic Primary for for Georgia Public Service Commission District 3.   The PSC District 3 seat is currently held by Republican Chuck Eaton, who is seeking reelection.  Eaton has been a consistent supporter of […]

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APN Q&A: Johnny White, Candidate, Public Service Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — With Primary Elections for several statewide races coming up on May 22, 2018, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to all candidates for the Democratic Primary for for Georgia Public Service Commission District 3.   The PSC District 3 seat is currently held by Republican Chuck Eaton, who is seeking reelection.  Eaton has been a consistent supporter of […]

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