Author Archives: MATTHEW CHARLES CARDINALE

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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James Bell, 1959-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — James Bell, a passionate and effective advocate for cannabis policy reform in Georgia, passed away of a sudden heart attack this morning, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   After decades of stagnation of cannabis (“marijuana”) policy reform in Georgia, Bell decided to form a new organization, Georgia CARE, to focus on lobbying, research, and education around medical […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Brionte McCorkle, District 11, Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta Municipal Elections for 2017, this article presents the Candidate Questionnaire responses from Brionte McCorkle, who is running for the open District 11 seat on the City Council.   District 11, in southwest Atlanta, is currently represented by Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is running for Mayor of Atlanta.   […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Jason Dozier, District 4, Atlanta City Council

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  (APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2017 Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of Jason Dozier, who is running for the District 4 seat on the Atlanta City Council.   Cleta Winslow–whose service on City Council has been plagued by one ethics scandal after another, in addition to a charge of Driving Under the […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Amir Farokhi, District 2, Atlanta 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 Amir Farokhi, who is running for Atlanta City Council District 2. The District 2 seat, which includes much of Downtown and Midtown, as well as Old Fourth Ward, is currently held by Kwanza Hall, who is running for […]

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Work Session Rescheduled for Atlanta Surplus Property Housing Ordinance

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(APN) ATLANTA — A Work Session that had been scheduled by two committees of the City Council of Atlanta for Thursday, August 30, 2017, has been re-scheduled for September 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1445/18   The Work Session is to discuss the proposed ordinance, 17-O-1463, by Councilman Michael Bond (Post 1-at-large) and eight co-sponsors to […]

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Work Session Scheduled on Surplus Property Housing Ordinance

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(APN) ATLANTA — A Work Session has been scheduled by the Atlanta City Council to discuss Proposed Ordinance 17-O-1463, an ordinance by Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) to sell surplus City property to nonprofit developers for development for affordable housing benefitting low-income families in Atlanta.   https://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=2063&ID=12901   The Work Session–which is a joint work session of Community Development/Human […]

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