Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

City Attorneys Saw Meetings Violations, Memos Show

  (APN) ATLANTA — City attorneys for the City of Atlanta advised Council Members in a series of internal memos that the Council had violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act, and advised Council Members to change their practices, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. APN obtained four members prepared for Council Members by City attorneys from a source who was granted […]

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Attorney General’s Office Warns Atlanta over Closed Briefings

  (APN) ATLANTA — Senior Assistant Attorney General Stefan Ritter advised the City of Atlanta and Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter’s office that Attorney General Sam Olens’s Office believes the City Council violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act by holding closed-door Committee Briefings, at a status and scheduling conference held today,Monday, August 08, 2011, in Judge Baxter’s conference room. City […]

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Hearing Monday in Atlanta Council Closed Briefings Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, August 08, 2011, there will be a hearing before Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter in the case concerning the City Council of Atlanta’s practice of holding seven closed-door Committee Briefings every two weeks and not allowing in the public.   The hearing will begin at 10am, and at Fulton County Superior Court, Courtroom 4D, Justice Center Tower, […]

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City of Atlanta Covering Up for Clerk’s Ethical Lapses

  (APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is considering a written reprimand for Municipal Clerk Rhonda Dauphin Johnson for misuse of City property; however, the reprimand inexplicably fails to address a number of findings involving Johnson, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Because there were only eight Council Members at Monday’s Full Council meeting, on July 18, 2011, making […]

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APN Issues 2011 Atlanta Council Member Scorecards

  APN Issues 2011 Atlanta Council Member Scorecards By Matthew Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — Following several important, split votes by the City Council of Atlanta in late 2010 and so far in 2011, Atlanta Progressive News has issued a revised Atlanta Council Member Scorecard for 2011. The Scorecard took into account a total of sixteen votes and other actions by […]

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Atlanta Council Rejects 4am Bar Hours

  (APN) ATLANTA — In an 11 to 3 vote, the City Council of Atlanta rejected a proposal by Kwanza Hall (District 2) to re-extend the City’s bar closing hours from 3am to 4am. Those voting nay on the motion to adverse the legislation–or, in support of 4am hours–were Council Members Kwanza Hall (District 2), Cleta Winslow (District 4), and […]

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ANALYSIS: Moore, Sheperd Crucial to Pension Compromise

  (APN) ATLANTA — When the City of Atlanta passed a compromise pension reform proposal it was hailed as a shining new example of the City Council coming together in a unanimous vote. But the unanimous vote covers up a non-unanimous count of a vote that never occurred: the nine Council Members who were in favor of the pension reform […]

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Atlanta’s Watershed Nominee at Issue in Alleged Retaliatory Firings

  (APN) ATLANTA — Today the City Council of Atlanta is likely to consider the nomination of Jo Ann Macrina as Commissioner of the Department of Watershed Management. After being nominated by Mayor Kasim Reed in April 2011, she is already serving as Interim Commissioner.  She previously worked as Deputy Director of the Watershed Protection Division for DeKalb County’s Department […]

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City of Atlanta Answers Committee Briefings Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta and seven Council Members have responded to a lawsuit filed by the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News–the present writer–challenging their practice of holding seven closed-door Committee Briefings every two weeks. The City’s Answer was filed in Fulton County Superior Court on June 17, 2011, and APN’s News Editor received a copy Tuesday, […]

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Atlanta Branch of the NAACP Supports City Workers in Their Appeal to be Heard on the City’s Pension Plan Dispute (Sponsored)

Atlanta Branch of the NAACP Supports City Workers in Their Appeal to be Heard on the City’s Pension Plan Dispute City employee rally on Wednesday, June 15th at noon. #### (Sponsored blog post) Atlanta, GA (June 13,  2011). The Atlanta Branch of the NAACP will sponsor a rally in support of city workers and their appeal to be heard relative to […]

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Mitchell, Moore, Bond Blast Mayor Reed’s Pension Scare Tactics

  (APN) ATLANTA — Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Council Members Felicia Moore (District 9) and Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) criticized Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in scathing comments during the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta on Monday June 06, 2011. Mitchell, Moore, and Bond were responding to the ongoing scare tactics by Mayor Reed related […]

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Wan, Council Sit Silently Through Anti-Gay Rant

(APN) ATLANTA — At the last Full Council meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, on June 06, 2011, citizen activist, Dave Walker, used his two minute public comment portion to make a series of anti-gay remarks. “Mr. President and Council Members, a couple of weeks ago, a State Representative stood up and proclaimed that he was a gay American,” […]

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APN Editor Sues City of Atlanta for Closed-Door Briefings

  (APN) ATLANTA — The News Editor for the Atlanta Progressive News–the present writer–has filed a lawsuit against the City of Atlanta, to bring openness, public access, and transparency to the City Council of Atlanta’s seven closed-door, private Committee Briefings which occur every two weeks. The case number is 2011CV200639 and is before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter. […]

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Atlanta Council Opposes APS Board Replacement Law

(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta voted Monday, May 02, 2011, to express their opposition to SB 79, which Republican Governor Nathan Deal has signed, and which gives Deal the power to recommend removal of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education members. The resolution states that the Council is not supportive of the law and asks the […]

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Beltline to Clarify Statement to Council Cmte, BAHAB to Give Update

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Tuesday, March 29, 2011 meeting of the Community Development/Human Resources Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta, Council Members Natalyn Archibong (District 5) and Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) requested that Atlanta Beltline, Inc., come to the Cmte to clarify their statement regarding the original BAHAB recommendations; and that BAHAB, the Beltline Affordable Housing Advisory […]

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