Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

BREAKING: Atlanta Violated Charter with Closed Airport Bid Process

  (APN) ATLANTA — The Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation is preparing to challenge the City of Atlanta’s bid selection process and the final bid selections–approved on Tuesday, January 03, 2011, by the City Council–in court, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. The Foundation seeks to overturn the bid selections on the basis that the City did not observe its own bidding […]

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Atlanta’s Redistricting Maps Changed Again- Map 6 Preserves Grady in Midtown

Today, the City Council of Atlanta decided to consider a Map 6, after numerous concerns were raised about Map 5. Many Midtown-area parents were concerned about Grady High School ending up in Atlanta Public Schools District 1.  APS’s six Board Member Districts mirror the City of Atlanta’s twelve Council Member Districts.  And Grady High School, under proposed map 5, was […]

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Atlanta Procurement Code Questioned in Travelex Ruling

(APN) ATLANTA — In a December 15, 2011, ruling, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Wright put the City of Atlanta on notice that there are problems with the City’s procurement code which make it impossible for bidders who lose contracts at the airport, or anywhere else, to appeal in a timely fashion. Travelex Currency Services, a UK-based company which […]

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Moore, Bond Take Issue with Secret Airport Bid Scores

  (APN) ATLANTA — At the Wednesday, December 14, 2011, meeting of the Transportation Committee of the City Council of Atlanta, Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) took issue with yet even more secretive information related to the new concessions contracts for the Atlanta Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport: this time related to the scores assigned to each bidder by the City […]

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Moore to Chair Finance Committee, Bond to Chair Public Safety

  (APN) ATLANTA — Two years into the four-year Council term which began in 2010 and will end in 2013, Council President Ceasar Mitchell has announced a few significant changes to the membership and leadership of Atlanta’s seven Council committees. By contrast, last year at this time, Mitchell only made slight changes to the Committee’s memberships; none to their chairmanships. […]

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Atlanta Likely to Fund People TV for Another Year

  (APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta appears likely to approve a funding measure to extend the life of People TV, an Atlanta public access channel, for one year. The Finance/Executive Committee unanimously approved the funding last week, at the November 30, 2011, meeting. The proposed ordinance would transfer 180,000 dollars from the non-departmental budget for public access […]

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Attorney General Proposal Would Ban Secret Votes, Private Briefings in Georgia

  (APN) ATLANTA — Making good on a campaign promise to strengthen Georgia’s Sunshine Laws, including the Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, a Republican, has proposed a series of significant changes to both laws. According to a review of the current version of the proposal, HB 397, which was marked up by the […]

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41 Days to Black for People TV; Council Slow to Act

  41 Days to Black for People TV; Council Slow to Act By Matthew Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — People TV will end its programming on December 31, 2011, if the City Council and Mayor of Atlanta do not take action. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, after the Georgia legislature passed franchising legislation that allowed AT&T to compete with […]

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Alex Wan Now Ranks as Least Progressive Atlanta Councilmember

  (APN) ATLANTA — Following two votes at the Full Council meeting on Monday, October 17, 2011, Atlanta Progressive News has revised its scorecard of Atlanta City Council Members, which now includes eighteen votes on legislation or other matters. APN first issued a scorecard in 2009, and has re-issued the scorecard with additional items twice previously. Of note in the […]

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Atlanta Council Rejects Two Minute Speaking Request after 40 Minute Debate

  (APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta took an extraordinary vote Monday, October 17, 2011, on whether to grant an additional two minutes of public speaking time to NAME President, an advocate for People TV, the endangered public access station. Ms. President ran out of time while making her remarks at the Full Council meeting, where two minutes […]

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Georgia Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Secret Vote Case

(APN) ATLANTA — The Supreme Court of Georgia heard oral arguments in Cardinale v. City of Atlanta, S11G1047, on Tuesday, October 04, 2011, at 240pm. Atlanta Progressive News’s Editor–the present writer–appeared to argue that the City of Atlanta, and agencies across the State of Georgia, are not permitted to take secret votes.   Amber Robinson, a City Attorney, appeared on […]

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Olens, First Amendment Group File Briefs in Atlanta Secret Vote Case

(APN) ATLANTA — Attorney General Sam Olens and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation have filed amicus briefs in the case, S11G1047, currently before the Supreme Court of Georgia, and brought by the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News–the present writer–against the City of Atlanta, regarding the City Council’s secret vote of February 2010. Oral arguments will be held in the […]

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Atlanta Council to Redistrict for Midtown, Buckhead Growth

  (APN) The City Council of Atlanta has begun the process of redistricting the twelve Council Districts following the 2010 Census results.  The Council held a public hearing to discuss redistricting on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Atlanta Progressive News has learned that over the last ten years, significant growth has occurred in Midtown (Districts 2 and 6) and Buckhead (Districts […]

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City Attorney Defends More Atlanta Closed Meetings, on Eagle Raid

  (APN) ATLANTA — Senior Assistant City Attorney Kristen Denius defended two closed-door meetings involving the Atlanta Police Department LGBT Advisory Board, Mayor Reed and his staff, and APD, in a memo prepared for Glen Paul Freedman, Chair of the Board, dated Monday, August 22, 2011. In this memo, Denius advised Freedman, in the opinion of the City of Atlanta […]

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Council Office Calls Security on APN Editor

  (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s City Council Office called security on Atlanta Progressive News’s News Editor–the present writer–while the Monday, August 15, 2011, Full Council Meeting was going on, and only minutes before a court hearing in which APN defeated the City in court. Officer W. Williams (BADGE #2999) was clearly called as part of an effort […]

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