Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

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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City of Atlanta likely to Annex Loch Lomond after Petitions Verified

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Loch Lomond community in south Fulton County, 271 acres in size, is likely to be annexed by the City of Atlanta, after the City’s Municipal Clerk and Law Department verified the petitions submitted by the community to join the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   A public hearing on 16-O-1189, an ordinance by […]

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Atlanta Public Safety Committee Approves New CRB Powers

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee (PS/LA) discussed and then voted unanimously to confirm the changes on an ordinance granting new powers to the Atlanta Citizens Review Board (A CRB) at its meeting on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.   Supporting the measure were Councilmembers C.T. Martin (District 10), Ivory Lee Young Jr. […]

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Atlanta Council Delays Action on CRB Reforms

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee (PS/LA) was set to discuss and possibly vote on an ordinance granting new powers to the Atlanta Citizens Review Board at its meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.   However, numerous citizens who planned to attend and speak learned that the PS/LA Committee Chairman Ivory Young (District 3) decided […]

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Reform of Atlanta Citizen Review Board Underway, as Covington Forms CRB

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(APN) ATLANTA — Reforming the Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB), which investigates civilian complaints against police, is finally up for discussion at Atlanta City Hall.   Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr. (District 3) introduced proposed reforms toward the end of the council meeting on February 15, 2015.   Atlanta Progressive News reported that Samuel Lee Reid, director of […]

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Cathy Richards, Atlanta’s APAB Chair, 1948-2016, !Presente! (UPDATE 2)

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Updated with birth date and viewing information below.   (APN) ATLANTA — Cathy Richards, Chair of the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board (APAB), who has been a civil leader in Atlanta for some 35 years, has passed away, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Richards, who was 67 and worked for Emory Healthcare, devoted her spare time to making sure […]

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Atlanta Schoolchildren Lose $63.6 Million In APS/Beltline Deal (UPDATE 2)

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UPDATE 1: Title and article updated with new total numbers (see below for full editorial comment).   (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Board of Education has conceded to recouping tens of millions dollars less than the original 162 million dollars promised to the Atlanta Public School system (APS) for its participation in the Beltline Tax Allocation District (TAD).   In […]

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Atlanta Quietly Growing Through Annexation Petitions

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta’s boundaries are growing, as more unincorporated neighborhoods in DeKalb and Fulton Counties are successfully annexing into the City of Atlanta, opting to use the petition method provided for by Georgia law, instead of seeking voter referenda.   Most recently, the City of Atlanta annexed the community of South Oaks, a small residential area in south Fulton, […]

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Atlanta Council Passes Pre-arrest Diversion; Peachtree-Pine Acquisition Study

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(APN) ATLANTA — At its December 07, 2015, Full Council Meeting, the City Council of Atlanta passed 15-R-3920, the Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) Initiative, also known as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program; and passed a further amended version of an ordinance creating a feasibility study about acquiring the building at 475 Peachtree Street, currently occupied by the Metro Atlanta Task […]

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Homeless Task Force Ordinance Was Amended in Committee, but Issues Remain

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(APN) ATLANTA — An ordinance calling for a feasibility study regarding the possibility of the City of Atlanta obtaining the property at 475 Peachtree Street, which is currently occupied by the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, for purported fire and safety purposes, was amended last week in Finance/Executive Committee, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   The legislation was […]

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OP-ED/Rep. McKinney – Councilman Hall Trying to Steal the Homeless Task Force

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Prepared by former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) for Atlanta Progressive News. #### This is a story of pure greed.   I have visited the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and believe that the City of Atlanta–its Mayor and City Council Members–should fight the system that produces homeless families, including homeless veterans.   In the absence of such […]

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BREAKING: Task Force for the Homeless Eminent Domain Feasibility Study Sought (UPDATE 1)

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UPDATE 1: The legislation actually passed Committee, according to Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), who was the only nay vote. (see below for more.)   (APN) ATLANTA — Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2) has introduced legislation to begin the process of studying the feasibility of the City of Atlanta acquiring two properties, including 475 Peachtree, where the Metro Atlanta Task […]

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Ben Howard Back at NPU-R, Elected Secretary, Atlanta Tells NPUs: No More Banished Activists

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(APN) ATLANTA — Earlier this year, two Atlanta activists, Ben Howard and Ron Shakir, were banned from participating in the public meetings of Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit R (NPU-R), a move that appears to have violated Georgia’s Open Meetings Act.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/07/15/atlantas-npu-r-illegally-bans-members-from-open-meetings/   Ricardo Jacobs, the Chair of NPU-R, initiated the ban because, he claimed, Howard and Shakir repeatedly disrupted […]

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City of Atlanta to Install Solar Panels on 28 City Buildings

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed held a press conference Monday, November 23, 2015 at Atlanta City Hall to announce that the City is launching Solar Atlanta, its first solar energy program.   The program will allow solar panels to be installed on the roofs of 28 municipal buildings in Atlanta.  This is the first program of […]

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