Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative Marks Official Launch

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(APN) ATLANTA — Last month, in June 2016, the City of Atlanta and Fulton County officially launched the Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) Initiative to divert from the criminal justice system people whose infractions are driven mainly by addiction, mental illness, and poverty.   The launch makes Atlanta/Fulton County the fifth jurisdiction in the U.S. to embrace the PAD program.  The project […]

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ANALYSIS: Mayor’s Closed Meeting with Protesters Likely Violated Open Meetings Law

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Reporting on protest and meeting by Gloria Tatum.  Legal analysis by Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor.   (APN) ATLANTA — A meeting held yesterday, Monday, July 18, 2016, between organizers of recent protests against police violence; and City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Police Chief Turner, Atlanta City Councilmembers, and others, appears to have turned into what constituted, at minimum, […]

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Dr. “Sonny” Walker, 1934-2016, Early Champion of NPUs, Community Action, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Dr. William “Sonny” Walker, 82, passed away on June 14, 2016.  He was known in Atlanta, in Arkansas, and indeed, nationwide – as a passionate advocate for poor people, a community business leader, and a federal grant administrator for eight U.S. southern states for anti-poverty initiatives dating back to the the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 during […]

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CM Martin to Planning Commissioner: If he’s displeased, he should leave

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(APN) ATLANTA — At a Work Session yesterday, Wednesday, June 08, 2016, Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin (District 10) criticized a proposal to reorganize the City of Atlanta Planning Commission.   Commissioner Tim Keane came to Atlanta with a stated agenda of bringing change to the Planning Department.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/09/10/atlantas-new-planning-commissioner-signals-concern-for-housing-affordability/   Keane has proposed a major reorganization of the Planning […]

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Citizens, Norwood Respond to Bottoms’ Attacks as Loch Lomond Annexation Approved by Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, June 06, 2016 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, the Council unanimously approved, 16-O-1189, an ordinance by Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) for the annexation of the Loch Lomond community.   As Atlanta Progressive News has chronicled, this is one of several City of Atlanta annexations that have taken place […]

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Metro Atlanta Residents Want Affordable Housing, Survey Shows

(APN) ATLANTA — An overwhelming majority of Metro Atlantans support more affordable housing, according to a recent survey of 501 Metro Atlanta residents conducted this year by Enterprise Community Partners and Make Room.   The survey results show support for the adoption of mandatory inclusionary zoning (IZ) policies.   On the issue of IZ, 71 percent favor requiring developers to […]

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Atlanta Council Hears Mayor’s MARTA Tax Project Proposals

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(APN) ATLANTA — On May 19, 2016, the City Council of Atlanta’s Transportation Committee held a Work Session, in which it heard presentations for two proposed lists of transportation-related projects–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–that could be part of two possible upcoming voter referenda on two half-penny sales taxes.   Notably, the MARTA list included an extension of […]

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Two More Fulton Communities Seek Annexation into Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two more communities in unincorporated south Fulton County–Cascade Falls and Martin’s Park–are seeking annexation into the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=9334   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=9335   Cascade Falls is off of Cascade Road SW, and is south of Mangum Manor, and to the northeast of Cascade Green.   Martin’s Park is just to the […]

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Atlanta Council Begins Review of MARTA Half-Penny Tax Projects, Infrastructure Tax Projects

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is now beginning the process of preparing to review two proposed project lists–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–for two possible upcoming voter referenda on a half-penny sales tax.   If voters approve both measures on November 08, 2016, the sales tax would increase by one percent in the City of […]

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Atlanta Council Approves New Affordable Housing Requirement for Development Authority Deals, with New Option at 60% AMI

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, May 02, 2016 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, the Council approved, in a vote of fourteen to one, a new ordinance by Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) to require a set-aside of affordable housing units in new multi-family housing developments receiving funds from a development authority doing business in the […]

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Atlanta Council Moves Forward on Turner Field Sale to AFCRA

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(APN) ATLANTA — Despite public opposition, on Monday, May 02, 2016, the City Council of Atlanta voted unanimously to approve the sale the two-thirds portion of Turner Field owned by the City of Atlanta to the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), which owns the other one-third, so that the baseball stadium can be sold through AFCRA to development firms […]

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Community Finalizes Benefit Agreement Request, as Turner Field Redevelopment Moves Forward, Unphased

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents among communities near Turner Field, the Turner Field Benefits Planning Coalition (TTFBPC), and many others will be in attendance on Monday, May 02, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., for the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, to express their opposition to Resolution 16-R-3455 and Ordinance 16-O-1174.   The two bills would advance the redevelopment […]

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Citizens Defeat Effort to Weaken Atlanta’s Housing Affordability Goals, as Council Cmte Approves New Development Authority Set-Aside Requirement

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With additional reporting by Austin Stewart   (APN) ATLANTA — Victory was sweet for affordable housing advocates who quickly mobilized over the course of 72 hours in the wake of reporting by Atlanta Progressive News, as the Atlanta City Council’s Community Development/Human Resources Cmte (CD/HR) stripped a controversial ordinance of language that would have eliminated the City of Atlanta’s existing […]

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Georgia Green, Constitution Parties Push Forward on Petitions for Ballot Access, despite State Appeal

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Green Party of Georgia and Constitution Party of Georgia are moving forward with their efforts to gather enough signatures to get their candidates for President of the U.S. on the November 2016 ballot in Georgia, in the wake of a federal ruling that lowered the threshold to 7,500 signatures, even as the State of Georgia has […]

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EDITORIAL: Open Letter to Atlanta Council on 16-O-1163, in Opposition

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(APN) ATLANTA — Matthew Charles Cardinale, CEO and News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News, issued the following Open Letter to the Atlanta City Council on April 24, 2016:   Dear Councilmembers,   I am writing in reference to 16-O-1163, an ordinance by Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) that would (1) strip the Code of Ordinances of strong affordable housing goals […]

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