Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

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 Editor Sued by Divvy Homes over Housing Advocacy

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(APN) ATLANTA — Divvy Homes, a San Francisco-based rent to own company that is seeking to expand into the Atlanta market, is suing the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News–the present writer–asking the Court to rescind their rent-to-own agreement on the basis of APN’s Editor being a “housing advocate.”   The controversial dispute between APN’s Editor and Divvy Homes has […]

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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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Bond, Archibong, Smith Reelected to Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — The new makeup of the 2018-2021 Atlanta City Council is beginning to take shape, as voters reelected several incumbents and selected Councilmembers for open seats.   The incumbents returning to Council are Carla Smith (District 1), Ivory Lee Young (District 3), Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Howard Shook (District 7), Joyce Sheperd (District 12), Michael Julian Bond (Post […]

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Councilman Bond Seeks Right to Public Comment at Council Work Sessions

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the last Full Council Meeting on October 16, 2017, Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) introduced an ordinance, 17-O-1674, that would codify the right of members of the public to make at least one minute of public remarks at every Work Session held by one or more committees of the Atlanta City Council.   […]

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ANALYSIS: Ceasar Mitchell’s Disastrous Record as Council President

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell is running for Mayor of Atlanta, but his track record as Council President does not inspire much confidence.     This news analysis reviews a wide array of concerns regarding Mr. Mitchell, including concerns regarding his performance as Council President; and his many repeated ethics violations.   Previously, Atlanta Progressive News […]

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