Category Archives: Atlanta City Council

In Court, City of Atlanta’s Case for Eminent Domain Fizzles

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s case for seizing the home of Tanya Washington, of Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood, by eminent domain fell apart in court on Tuesday, June 06, 2017.   Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall heard the case.  Some thirty activists from the community came to participate in a press conference before the hearing, as well […]

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APN Interview with Felicia Moore, Council President Candidate

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) is running for City Council President in the upcoming November 2017 Municipal Election, where she is facing two competing candidates, Alex Wan (District 6) and CT Martin (District 10).   Moore has the highest score on the Atlanta Progressive News Atlanta City Council Scorecard of the three candidates: Moore, 78.7; […]

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Atlanta Mayor, Council Stall on Decriminalization of Cannabis

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Facing pressure from Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed, Central Atlanta Progress, and other organizations, the City Council of Atlanta has stalled on legislation that Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), a Mayoral candidate, introduced nearly three months ago, to lower the municipal penalties to a fine and eliminate the possibility […]

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Citizens Fight Developer Land Grab in Atlanta Public Park (UPDATE 4)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Concerned citizens living near Peachtree Hills Park, an eight acre park near Atlanta’s Lindbergh MARTA Station, are up in arms about a developer’s plans to use the public park land for private gain.   Neighborhood advocates are saying this plan–already approved by the City Council of Atlanta– sets a dangerous precedent.   Ashton Woods, a private developer, […]

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Atlanta Council Midterm Scorecard 2017: Bottoms at Bottom

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(APN) ATLANTA — As it is now nearly midway through 2017, Atlanta Progressive News is releasing an updated cumulative scorecard for the Atlanta City Council.   The APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard is the most comprehensive, voting record-based scorecard available for the current Atlanta City Council, and is available as a public Google Spreadsheet:   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   The Scorecard is […]

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Atlanta Passes 100% Clean Energy Resolutions for 2025, 2035 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, May 02, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta unanimously adopted a resolution that creates two clean energy goals for the City of Atlanta – one to power all electricity in City-owned buildings with clean energy by 2025, and another to power all electricity in the City with clean energy by 2035.   The vote was […]

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GSU Press Release Misleads on So-Called Community Plan for Turner Field (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, activists with the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition decried a press release from Georgia State University (GSU) announcing a so-called Community Benefits Plan – an announcement that they described as “premature and in bad faith.”   On Monday, April 24, GSU published a press release […]

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Atlanta Council Approves Trust Fund for Turner Field Communities

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, April 17, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta approved in a vote of nine to three, an ordinance by Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) to create a Trust Fund to benefit the communities surrounding the former Turner Field, including Summerhill, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, and part of Grant Park.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=1933&ID=11620   Voting in favor […]

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Fort, Hall Pledge to Implement Decriminalization, if Passed by Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two candidates for Mayor of Atlanta in this November 2017 Municipal Election–State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) and Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2)–pledged that as Mayor, they would take steps to implement the decriminalization of cannabis (or “marijuana”) possession, if the Atlanta City Council were to pass the ordinance it is currently considering.   An ordinance by Councilman […]

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Tent City at Turner Field Enters Day Nine, CBA Demanded

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Activists with the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition (TFCBC) drew a line in the sand on April 01, 2017, when they created a Tent City at the gates of the now-former Turner Field.   The tents are there to dramatize the crisis that is happening to residents who live […]

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Atlanta May Be the Next City to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta appears set to follow the example set by Clarkston, Georgia, which in 2016 reduced the possible penalties for possession of one ounce of cannabis (“marijuana”).   At the last meeting of the Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee, the Committee voted to recommend approval of an ordinance by Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), 17-O-1152, to […]

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Atlanta’s People TV Again in Limbo, as Mayor Pushes RFP

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta’s cable Channel 24, a public access station known as People TV, will lose the fifteen thousand dollars a month funding from the City of Atlanta on June 31, 2017, and is in danger of ceasing operations at that time.   People TV has been one of the few progressive media in Atlanta for decades, and has […]

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Woman Fighting Eminent Domain Case to Run for City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — Tanya Washington, 46, is running for Atlanta City Council District 1, after years of fighting with the City of Atlanta to keep her home in Peoplestown, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   As previously reported by APN, the City of Atlanta has been trying to take a residential block of homes in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood to create […]

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Councilman Bond Seeks Trust Fund for Turner Field Communities, as Smith Holds Meeting

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) has introduced an ordinance at the Monday, February 20, 2017 Full Council Meeting, directing the Chief Financial Officer of the City of Atlanta to establish a Trust Fund to benefit the neighborhoods surrounding the Turner Field redevelopment.   The ordinance was referred to Finance/Executive Committee, where it will be […]

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Atlanta Council Debates Cannabis Decriminalization; Work Session Scheduled for Next Week (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Meeting of the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee was one of the wildest Committee Meetings of the Atlanta City Council in recent memory, as Committee Members discussed a proposed amendment by Ivory Young (District 3) to decriminalize cannabis (“marijuana”) in the City of Atlanta.   The Committee decided not to vote on Young’s […]

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