Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

Atlanta Council Midterm Scorecard 2017: Bottoms at Bottom

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(APN) ATLANTA — As it is now nearly midway through 2017, Atlanta Progressive News is releasing an updated cumulative scorecard for the Atlanta City Council.   The APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard is the most comprehensive, voting record-based scorecard available for the current Atlanta City Council, and is available as a public Google Spreadsheet:   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   The Scorecard is […]

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Atlanta Passes 100% Clean Energy Resolutions for 2025, 2035 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, May 02, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta unanimously adopted a resolution that creates two clean energy goals for the City of Atlanta – one to power all electricity in City-owned buildings with clean energy by 2025, and another to power all electricity in the City with clean energy by 2035.   The vote was […]

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GSU Press Release Misleads on So-Called Community Plan for Turner Field (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, activists with the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition decried a press release from Georgia State University (GSU) announcing a so-called Community Benefits Plan – an announcement that they described as “premature and in bad faith.”   On Monday, April 24, GSU published a press release […]

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Atlanta Council Approves Trust Fund for Turner Field Communities

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, April 17, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta approved in a vote of nine to three, an ordinance by Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) to create a Trust Fund to benefit the communities surrounding the former Turner Field, including Summerhill, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, and part of Grant Park.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=1933&ID=11620   Voting in favor […]

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Fort, Hall Pledge to Implement Decriminalization, if Passed by Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two candidates for Mayor of Atlanta in this November 2017 Municipal Election–State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) and Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2)–pledged that as Mayor, they would take steps to implement the decriminalization of cannabis (or “marijuana”) possession, if the Atlanta City Council were to pass the ordinance it is currently considering.   An ordinance by Councilman […]

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Tent City at Turner Field Enters Day Nine, CBA Demanded

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Activists with the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition (TFCBC) drew a line in the sand on April 01, 2017, when they created a Tent City at the gates of the now-former Turner Field.   The tents are there to dramatize the crisis that is happening to residents who live […]

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Atlanta May Be the Next City to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta appears set to follow the example set by Clarkston, Georgia, which in 2016 reduced the possible penalties for possession of one ounce of cannabis (“marijuana”).   At the last meeting of the Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee, the Committee voted to recommend approval of an ordinance by Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), 17-O-1152, to […]

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Atlanta’s People TV Again in Limbo, as Mayor Pushes RFP

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta’s cable Channel 24, a public access station known as People TV, will lose the fifteen thousand dollars a month funding from the City of Atlanta on June 31, 2017, and is in danger of ceasing operations at that time.   People TV has been one of the few progressive media in Atlanta for decades, and has […]

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Woman Fighting Eminent Domain Case to Run for City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — Tanya Washington, 46, is running for Atlanta City Council District 1, after years of fighting with the City of Atlanta to keep her home in Peoplestown, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   As previously reported by APN, the City of Atlanta has been trying to take a residential block of homes in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood to create […]

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Councilman Bond Seeks Trust Fund for Turner Field Communities, as Smith Holds Meeting

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) has introduced an ordinance at the Monday, February 20, 2017 Full Council Meeting, directing the Chief Financial Officer of the City of Atlanta to establish a Trust Fund to benefit the neighborhoods surrounding the Turner Field redevelopment.   The ordinance was referred to Finance/Executive Committee, where it will be […]

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Atlanta Council Debates Cannabis Decriminalization; Work Session Scheduled for Next Week (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Meeting of the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee was one of the wildest Committee Meetings of the Atlanta City Council in recent memory, as Committee Members discussed a proposed amendment by Ivory Young (District 3) to decriminalize cannabis (“marijuana”) in the City of Atlanta.   The Committee decided not to vote on Young’s […]

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Hundreds Protest over DeAundre Phillips APD Killing, Withholding of Tape and Officer Name

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(APN) ATLANTA — Frustration and anger spilled into the streets of Atlanta’s Bankhead neighborhood on Sunday, February 12, 2017, as residents grapple with yet another questionable killing of an unarmed, young Black man by police.   DeAundre Phillips, 24, a father of a five year-old daughter, was sleeping in a car on January 26, 2017, minutes before a plain-clothed Atlanta […]

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Atlanta Council Limits Public Comments, Often Lacks Quorum to Hear Comments

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(APN) ATLANTA — Local democracy has apparently become a nuisance to the Atlanta City Council, except to the extent that its members want citizens to vote for them in November.   Six of seven of the Committees of the Atlanta City Council now have severely restrictive public comment policies, limiting the amount of time any one citizen can address the […]

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Moore, Martin Express Support for CBA for Turner Field

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, February 06, 2017 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, Councilmembers Felicia Moore (District 9) and CT Martin (District 10) expressed their support for a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) for the Turner Field redevelopment.   Moore and Martin–who are both running for Council President in this year’s municipal elections–made comments following over […]

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GSU Student Meeting Taken Over by Protesters Seeking CBA for Turner Field

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — A tidal wave of resistance swept over the Student Government Association (SGA) at Georgia State University (GSU) on Thursday, February 02, 2016, as a group of students and community members took over a SGA meeting, convincing six SGA Senators to agree to help draft a resolution supporting a Community […]

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