Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

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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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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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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Atlanta Implements No Cash Bail for Misdemeanors, after Fiery Debate

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, March 01, 2018, the City of Atlanta began implementing its “no cash bail” policy for certain non-violent misdemeanor offenses.   Under the new process, most persons who are arrested for non-violent, misdemeanor offenses will be booked in under charges for which they were arrested; receive a self-bond […]

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APD Enforcing Laws Criminalizing, Burdening Homeless People

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — For at least the last nine years, the City of Atlanta has continued to arrest people for violating seven laws contained in Chapter 106 (“Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions”) that have the actual or potential effect of criminalizing homelessness, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   For some of the ordinances it […]

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Atlanta Council Considering Ending Cash Bond for Certain Offenses

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council is currently considering an ordinance, 18-O-1045, to do away with cash bonds and replace them with a signature bond or “recognizance” for non-violent, indigent defendants who are charged with misdemeanor violations.   The ordinance was introduced by Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby Archibong (District 5), on behalf of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s administration.   Cash […]

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Moore, Bond Clash over Council’s Side Conversations at First 2018 Meeting (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore and Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) engaged in oratory fireworks at the first Full Council Meeting of the new term of 2018, on Tuesday, January 02, 2018.   As the newly sworn Council President, Moore sought to remedy a long-standing problem of Councilmembers having side conversations on the floor during […]

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Atlanta Drops Charges against Activist who Dared to Feed Homeless

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the City of Atlanta dropped charges against activist Adele MacLean with Atlanta Food not Bombs related to her feeding homeless people in Downtown’s Hurt Park near Georgia State University.   MacLean, who goes by the nicknames Dell and Earthworm, has been feeding homeless people […]

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APN Issues End of 2017 Atlanta Council Scorecard

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its comprehensive Atlanta City Council Scorecard on today, December 17, 2017.   SCORECARD: http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   In this update, we added seven new legislative items to the Scorecard, which now scores a total of 69 votes on passage of legislation, other motions related to legislation, or other actions that are legislative in nature, […]

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Atlanta Voters Decide They Want Moore

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(APN) ATLANTA — In a stunning defeat of the political establishment at Atlanta City Hall, Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) was elected City Council President, on Tuesday, December 05, 2017.   Moore–who is well known for opposing Mayor Kasim Reed and often being the only “no” vote on Council–won 55 percent, or 46,512 votes in the Run-off Election.  Councilman Alex […]

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Atlanta Moves Forward with Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta has adopted two Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) ordinances – one for the Beltline Overlay District and one for the Westside.  The City Council unanimously approved the ordinances on Monday, November 20, 2017.   While the term “Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning” might sound technical, it is actually quite significant news.  Put simply, it is a requirement […]

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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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