What We’re Reading – Sunday, May 29, 2016

To access links, pls click here:   Emory to Launch $1.5 Million Sustainability Revolving Fund Emory News Center   Drew Charter School Serves as Model for APS Goals (former Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Purpose Built Communities getting APS turnaround contract) WABE radio news   Building Boom: Can Atlanta’s Tree Massacre be Stopped? Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Portland Now Generates […]

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Georgia ACLU Director Departs over Transgender Litigation (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Maya Dillard Smith, Interim Director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), says she has left the organization due to a disagreement she had over its participation in recent litigation over the use of public restrooms by transgender persons.  And at least one transgender advocate is outraged by her comments.   The ACLU […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, May 28, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   State Threatens to Shut Down Atlanta Streetcar Atlanta Journal-Constitution   City to Give Park Atlanta the Boot CBS 46 television news   Woman Offered TV on Craigslist and Robbed Buyers (Cobb County) Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Top Vote Getter in Tuesday’s Primary Was A. Barnes Political Insider blog, […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, May 21, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   Atlanta Watershed Chief Fired Fox 5 Atlanta television news   Politically connected consultant challenges DeKalb Commissioner Gannon Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Democrats battle to become nominee in senate race against Isakson WSBTV Channel 2 television news   Salt Lake City Mayor Wants City Running on Clean Energy […]

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What We’re Reading – Friday, May 20, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   English Avenue Residents Fear Falcons Development CBS 46 television news   City’s DWM head Macrina being Challenged, Will she be replaced? Buckhead View   More Questions about Ceasar’s Mitchell’s PAC Fox 5 Atlanta television news   “Ugly” Peach Removed from atop Building near Downtown Connector Atlanta Business Chronicle […]

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New Partnership to Monitor Nuclear Radiation in Georgia for Three Years

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(APN) ATLANTA — A new partnership called the Georgia Radionuclide Education, Monitoring, and Outreach Project (REMOP) will monitor nuclear radioactive pollution in Georgia’s air, land, and water for the next three years, while engaging citizens in Burke County and other affected communities to be involved in the monitoring process.   Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) announced in a […]

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Two More Fulton Communities Seek Annexation into Atlanta


(APN) ATLANTA — Two more communities in unincorporated south Fulton County–Cascade Falls and Martin’s Park–are seeking annexation into the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Cascade Falls is off of Cascade Road SW, and is south of Mangum Manor, and to the northeast of Cascade Green.   Martin’s Park is just to the […]

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What We’re Reading – Wednesday, May 18, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   No Names Allowed: DeKalb County Prohibits the Public from Speaking Commissioners’ Names CBS 46 television news   Worst Commissioner Ever? DeKalb Mayors Pan Sutton’s Performance (article from 2014) Decaturish   Georgia Considers Tightening Coal Ash Storage Rules WABE radio news   Historic Prattville Records Cleaned, Preserved Montgomery Advertiser […]

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Atlanta Council Begins Review of MARTA Half-Penny Tax Projects, Infrastructure Tax Projects

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is now beginning the process of preparing to review two proposed project lists–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–for two possible upcoming voter referenda on a half-penny sales tax.   If voters approve both measures on November 08, 2016, the sales tax would increase by one percent in the City of […]

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What We’re Reading – Tuesday, May 17, 2016

To access links, click on full post: ####   DeKalb Commissioner Sutton Targeted in Key Election Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Catching Up with Stan Fong Georgia Voice   Council Votes to Pay Public Defenders the Same as Prosecutors Fulton County Daily Report (subscription)   House Speaker Ralston’s secret political fund Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Georgia Transportation […]

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What We’re Reading – Wednesday, May 11, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post: ####   Doctors’ Group Urges Grady Cut Ties with McDonald’s WABE radio news   Marietta Joins Growing List of Cities Placing Glass in the Trash WABE radio news   Retired Educators Speak in Opposition to State Takeover of Schools Online Athens   The warning that Capitol Police posted on […]

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What We’re Reading – Tuesday, May 10, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   Seven Atlanta Schools Improve Enough to Avoid Potential State Takeover Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Plano, Texas, Shows how Rail Transit Can Positively Transform a Suburban City Saporta Report   Solar Freakin’ Highways: The U.S. Has Enough PV to Cover One Lane of Its Interstate Highway System Green Tech Media […]

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APN Editor Co-Launches SMART ALEC, a Progressive Policy Think Tank

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(APN) ATLANTA — A new non-profit organization, SMART ALEC, seeks to promote progressive public policies at the state and local levels.   As a progressive response to ALEC–a controversial right-wing policy firm funded by the Koch brothers and large corporations–SMART ALEC offers a transparent, grassroots approach to public policy.   Atlanta Progressive News Editor and CEO Matthew Charles Cardinale is […]

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What We’re Reading – Monday, May 09, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Atlanta Mayor’s Column Ripping Bernie Sanders Drafted by Lobbyist, Emails Show The Intercept   Atlanta Sets Stage to Extend Streetcar 2.5 Miles, to Beltline’s Westside Trail Saporta Report   DeKalb Schools: We Invest in Students, not Pet Projects Get Schooled blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones […]

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Atlanta Council Approves New Affordable Housing Requirement for Development Authority Deals, with New Option at 60% AMI

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, May 02, 2016 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, the Council approved, in a vote of fourteen to one, a new ordinance by Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) to require a set-aside of affordable housing units in new multi-family housing developments receiving funds from a development authority doing business in the […]

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