Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

Atlanta Moves Forward on Surplus Property Affordable Housing Program

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta unanimously approved on Monday, November 04, 2019, an ordinance designating three surplus, city-owned properties as appropriate for use as affordable housing.   The City’s Office of Housing will put out a Request for Proposals for non-profit or for-profit developers to acquire the properties for a dollar, or for a price well […]

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Atlanta Council Refers Comment Limits Back to Committee for Second Time

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  (APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, October 21, 2019 Full Council Meeting, the Atlanta City Council for the second time voted to send a proposal back to committee that would further limit the “public comment” time of former elected officials and current elected officials from the State or other governments to two minutes.   Link to 19-0-1541:   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=SplitView&MeetingID=3031&MediaPosition=&ID=19455&CssClass= […]

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Atlanta Proposes Millions for Comcast, Pennies for Public Access (UPDATE 1)

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  Comcast logo used as image in this article pursuant to fair use doctrine.   (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta is currently considering approval of a seven year Franchise Agreement with Comcast Cable Communications, after operating for several months without a contract, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   However, the proposed contract, which stands to enable Comcast to […]

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Racial Divide in Council’s Vote on Speaking Time for Former Officials

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, October 11, 2019 Full Council Meeting, the Atlanta City Council voted to send back to committee, a proposal that seeks to cut the public speaking time of current and former elected officials down to two minutes.  The vote was almost completely along racial lines.   The vote was eight to six.  Councilman Michael Julian […]

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Obtained Video: Winslow Calls Public Comment “Asylum Run By the People who are Ill”

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) referred to members of the public who make public comment as mentally ill people who are running an insane asylum, during an October 2018 Council Retreat, according to a video reviewed exclusively today by Atlanta Progressive News.   “The asylum is being run by the people who are ill,” Winslow […]

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Atlanta Council Considers Further Cuts to Public Comment, Targeting Public Officials

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is considering legislation to further limit public comments at its meetings, in an ordinance that targets the public speaking time of current and former elected officials.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=SplitView&MeetingID=3031&MediaPosition=&ID=19455&CssClass=   Committee on Council Chairwoman Jennifer Ide (District 6) revealed the new ordinance, 19-O-1541, as a “first read paper” at the Monday, September 16, […]

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Bond, Dickens Seek to Reverse Eminent Domain in Peoplestown

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The longstanding controversy regarding the City of Atlanta’s efforts to take the homes of several Peoplestown residents through eminent domain has taken a new and unexpected twist.   Atlanta City Councilmembers Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) and Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) have introduced legislation asking the Law Department to cease its eminent domain actions against Bertha […]

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Atlanta Committee Rejects Expansion of Drug Free Commercial Zones

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the Atlanta City Council, on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, voted to file, or kill, Ordinance 18-O-1765, an ordinance proposed by Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) that would expand the geographic boundaries of the Atlanta’s Drug-Free Commercial Zones.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=2911&MediaPosition=&ID=16846   Councilwoman Winslow wanted to add new a Drug-Free Commercial Zone in […]

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Atlanta City Detention Center May Close, but Some Have Questions

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On May 20, 2019, the Atlanta City Council voted to approve 19-R-3622, creating a Task Force to consider closing the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) at 254 Peachtree Street SW, in a vote of eleven to one.   The Task Force is called the Task Force to Lead a […]

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Councilman Brown Accuses Advocate of Homophobic Intent

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(APN) ATLANTA — Extraordinary commotion ensued at the Community Development/Human Services Committee Meeting of the Atlanta City Council on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, when Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3) accused a community advocate of homophobic intentions in the advocate’s opposition to renaming Rodney Cook Sr. Park.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YinM3tyNcsA   The incident has also been reported by WSBTV Channel 2 television […]

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APN Releases Atlanta City Council Scorecard for 2019

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has released an updated City Council Scorecard for 2019 for the City Council of Atlanta.   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   APN has been scoring Councilmembers since 2009.   The Scorecard includes 84 votes dating back to as early as 2003.  Councilmembers are scored on the votes in which they participate.   The most recent Scorecard was […]

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Atlanta Ordinance Would Repeal “Known Drug Area” Law that is Unconstitutional

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the City Council of Atlanta is set to consider legislation on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at its 3 p.m. meeting, that would repeal a provision in Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances that purports to make it a crime to merely be physically present in a “known drug area.”   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=SplitView&MeetingID=3042&MediaPosition=&ID=17758&CssClass=   Councilman […]

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Democrats’ HR 1 is Bold Vision for Voting Rights, Campaign Finance Reform

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(APN) ATLANTA — On March 08, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act of 2019, a proposed law that sets forth a comprehensive vision for improving democracy in the U.S.   HR 1 addresses myriad issues, including voting rights, campaign finance and spending reform, and election integrity and security.   The final vote […]

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Antonio Brown Attacks Clay, as District 3 Results Challenged in Court

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(APN) ATLANTA — Antonio Brown, a candidate for the Atlanta City Council District 3 position who came in second place, attacked Greg Clay, the third place finisher, for challenging the election results, in an interview with the Neighbor Newspapers.   Greg Clay and District 3 voter Mark Anthony Boyd filed the election challenge in Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday, […]

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Council Candidate, Amos, Fueled by Developers, Airport Dollars

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Photograph of Byron Amos from Amos’s Facebook page, pursuant to fair use doctrine.   (APN) ATLANTA — Candidate for Atlanta City Council, Byron Amos–who said at a recent forum that he accepted money from developer Steve Brock–appears to be have been fueled by developer interests and airport concessionaires throughout his political career.   A review by Atlanta Progressive News of […]

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