Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

Mayor Reed Continues Pattern of Vicious Attacks

(APN) ATLANTA — Joe Beasley, John Evans, Vincent Fort, William Perry, Common Cause, Tim Franzen, Occupy Atlanta: what do these people and organizations have in common?  They have all been the focal points, at different times, of vicious, public attacks by Kasim Reed as Mayor of Atlanta. Reed is so used to being the darling of Atlanta’s corporate media establishment […]

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Rep. Tinubu Now US House Nominee in South Carolina, Gave up Georgia House Seat

(APN) ATLANTA — Former State Rep. Gloria Bromell Tinubu (D-Atlanta), a progressive Democrat who served less than one full term in the General Assembly of Georgia, is now the Democratic nominee for US Congress for the newly apportioned Seventh Congressional District in South Carolina. The District includes areas known as the Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas, and includes eight […]

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Race, Party, and Buckhead-Baiting in HD57 Primary (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — The House District 57 is quickly turning into one of the ugliest Atlanta political races in recent years, with the campaign of State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) and his supporters apparently engaging in using political party, race, and geography to attack State Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta), her supporters, and anyone who dares to question where Mr. Taylor […]

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Mayor’s Senior Aide Retraces Statements on Bullhook

(APN) ATLANTA — As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, David Bennett, Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Kasim Reed and a former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, made a false statement to the Public Safety/Legal Administration Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta last week. Now, Bennett has been forced to retrace his statements, even while he continues to […]

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Atlanta Council Panel Upholds Elephant Torture

(APN) ATLANTA — In a five to two vote, the Public Safety/Legal Administration Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta, voted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, to approve an ordinance regarding animal abuse that does not include protections for elephants from the use of bullhooks. Council Members CT Martin (District 10) and Joyce Sheperd (District 12) were the two nay […]

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ANALYSIS: T-SPLOST, the Beltline, and Gentrification

(APN) ATLANTA — The T-SPLOST–a one penny sales tax measure intended to fund transportation projects in the Metro Atlanta area–will be on Metro Atlanta ballots on July 31, 2012.  One controversial project that would be funded through the T-SPLOST is the Atlanta Beltline. This article will explain how the appearance of the Beltline on the T-SPLOST project list means that […]

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Mayor Reed Knocks Bain on NBC, Hired Bain Workers, Used Bain Tactics (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — Mayor Kasim Reed, as part of his apparent ambitions to join the Administration of President Barack Obama, appeared on NBC’s national television program, Meet the Press, as a surrogate for the Obama Campaign. During his visit, he made it a point to go after former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President, for Romney’s […]

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Public Defender Faints at Council Meeting after Willis Interrogation

(APN) ATLANTA — Rosalie Joy, Interim Director of the Office of the Public Defender of the City of Atlanta, fainted while being questioned by Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) at a meeting of the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the City Council, on Tuesday, May 01, 2012. Willis falsely accused her of not answering his question, of being deceptive, and […]

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Part 4: Small Business Compliance Issues at New Airport Terminal

(APN) ATLANTA — As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the Federal Aviation Administration sent a letter to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the City of Atlanta, and others regarding the airport’s non-compliance with federal requirements meant to protect small and disadvantaged businesses and ensure such businesses have a meaningful chance to run concessions stands at the airport. A new terminal, […]

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PART 3: Atlanta Airport Concessions Move Forward despite FAA Letter

(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta voted on April 30, 2012, to move forward with new concessions contracts, instead of delaying them ninety days, despite revelations that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that some of the contracts are not in compliance with federal requirements designed to protect small and disadvantaged businesses. In this article, Atlanta Progressive […]

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Atlanta’s Secret Vote Lawsuit Back in Superior Court

(APN) ATLANTA — Following a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Georgia on February 06, 2012, the secret vote lawsuit filed by the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News–the present writer–against the City of Atlanta has returned to Fulton County Superior Court. APN’s Editor filed the lawsuit against the City in May of 2010.  The lawsuit alleged that the […]

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Liz Coyle now working as Georgia Watch PR person

Liz Coyle, former 2009 candidate for City Council District 6, has moved on from her position at Pedestrians Educating Drivers about Safety (PEDS), and is now working as Communications Director of Georgia Watch. There, she is replacing Jonathan Shapiro, who was gone back to his previous job as a radio reporter for WABE. Coyle no longer lives in District 6, […]

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Atlanta Council Rejects Undermining Ethics Board’s Independence

(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, March 19, 2012, in a 12 to 1 vote, the City Council of Atlanta rejected a proposal by Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) that would have reduced the independence of the City of Atlanta’s Board of Ethics. Meanwhile, Stacey Kalberman, the Board’s nominee to serve as a new Ethics Officer, has withdrawn her name from […]

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Part 2: City Misportrayed AG’s Advice on Airport Records

(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta Department of Law misrepresented to City Council Members the advice provided to them by the office of the Attorney General of Georgia related to airport concessions bidding records and the Georgia Open Records Act. At issue was whether the scores for the various food and beverage and retail proposals submitted to the City […]

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