Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

Atlanta Abuses Executive Session to Discuss Illegal Ordinance (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta continues to operate in a cloak of secrecy and abuse public trust, this time holding two closed-door meetings to discuss their illegal ordinance, 20-O-1155, despite having no eligible exception that would allow the meeting to be closed under the Georgia Open Meetings Act.   APPARENTLY ILLEGAL CLOSED MEETING   On Tuesday, February […]

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Atlanta Ordinance to Require Voucher Acceptance, Preempted by State Law

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta is currently considering an ordinance by Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3) that would ban rental discrimination in Atlanta on the basis of form of payment – essentially requiring residential lessors (“landlords”) to accept vouchers issued by a housing authority.   Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3) introduced the ordinance as a personal paper […]

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Atlanta Council Approves Rent Control Resolution to State of Georgia

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  (APN) ATLANTA — A resolution asking the State of Georgia to remove the statewide prohibition on rent control, or rent stabilization, passed the City Council of Atlanta at the Full Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2020/01/07/atlanta-resolution-would-ask-georgia-to-allow-rent-control/   The resolution, introduced by Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3), passed in a vote of fourteen to one.   J.P. […]

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Westmoreland Cuts Public Comment on Community Development, Human Services

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Matt Westmoreland (Post 2-at-large) has used his discretion as the new Chairperson of the Community Development/Human Services Committee (CD/HS) to make cuts to public comment time.   Westmoreland has cut the total amount of public comment time from five minutes to three minutes per person, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Since 2010, members […]

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Atlanta Resolution Would Ask Georgia to Allow Rent Control

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  (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3) introduced a resolution encouraging the State of Georgia to allow cities like Atlanta to adopt rent stabilization, or rent control, laws.   Currently, Georgia law, O.C.G.A. 44-7-19 prohibits cities and counties from regulating how much a residential lessor can charge a tenant for rent.   “A RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE […]

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Atlanta City Attorney Misled Council on Comcast Reports

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  (APN) ATLANTA — City Attorney Nina R. Hickson for the City of Atlanta admitted in an email response to an inquiry from Atlanta Progressive News that her statement to City Utilities Committee on November 26, 2019, regarding the availability of Comcast reports was “incomplete.”   Hickson admitted her misleading statements, after it was revealed through an open records request […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Homeless Ruling Suggests Atlanta Laws Unconstitutional

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  (APN) ATLANTA — A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the U.S. calls into question the constitutionality of several Atlanta laws that criminalize homeless people.   Atlanta’s laws criminalizing urban camping (106-12), public urination (106-30), and monetary solicitation (106-85) each raise issues under the Eighth Amendment, which is the Federal Constitution’s prohibition on “cruel and unusual punishment.”   […]

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Atlanta Council Cuts Former Officials to Two Minutes of Public Comment

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  (APN) ATLANTA — After months of debate, the City Council of Atlanta moved forward on an ordinance to limit former elected officials to two minutes of public speaking time to address the Council.  Councilwoman Jennifer Ide (District 6) had been the proponent of the ordinance.   That means former Mayor Andrew Young, who on occasion addresses the Council, will […]

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Atlanta Council Bullied by Comcast, Ignores $216,000 in Overbilling

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  (APN) ATLANTA — Comcast Cable got their way, with a unanimous vote of the City Utilities Committee of the Atlanta City Council on November 26, 2019; and by the Full Council on December 02, 2019, in support of 19-O-1598, approving a seven year Franchise Agreement with the City of Atlanta.   Numerous advocates, as well as the Atlanta Planning […]

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Atlanta Council Passes Buck on Single-Use Plastics in City Facilities

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta wimped out this week on a proposal to ban single-use plastics, by gutting the legislation of any minimum requirements and delegating to the City’s executive branch the authority to decide which single-use plastics, if any, would be banned in city facilities like City Hall and the airport.   Rather than hold […]

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APN Releases Atlanta Council Scorecard for Year-end 2019 (UPDATE 1)

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  (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its Atlanta City Council Scorecard with a November 2019 update that includes several new votes that have taken place in the third and fourth quarters of 2019.   There is one Full Council Meeting left for the remainder of the year.   https://bit.ly/34j2XSq   The Scorecard is especially noteworthy at this […]

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Comcast Used Atlanta Ratepayers as High Interest Borrowers; Contract Raises Concerns (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — A proposed seven year Franchise Agreement between the City of Atlanta and Comcast Cable, Inc., worth hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to Comcast, has raised several concerns in the City Utilities Committee of the Atlanta City Council.   The Committee has requested an audit of Comcast franchise fees going back the last three years – […]

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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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