Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Atlanta Moves Forward on Surplus Property Affordable Housing Program

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta unanimously approved on Monday, November 04, 2019, an ordinance designating three surplus, city-owned properties as appropriate for use as affordable housing.   The City’s Office of Housing will put out a Request for Proposals for non-profit or for-profit developers to acquire the properties for a dollar, or for a price well […]

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Atlanta Council Refers Comment Limits Back to Committee for Second Time

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  (APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, October 21, 2019 Full Council Meeting, the Atlanta City Council for the second time voted to send a proposal back to committee that would further limit the “public comment” time of former elected officials and current elected officials from the State or other governments to two minutes.   Link to 19-0-1541:   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=SplitView&MeetingID=3031&MediaPosition=&ID=19455&CssClass= […]

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Sterigenics Lawsuit Claims EPD’s Consent Order Violates Law

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On September 09, 2019, State Sen. Jen Jordan (D-Atlanta) and two Cobb County residents, Todd Smith and Kim Baynes, sued the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division for entering into a Consent Order with the Sterigenics Plant in Smyrna, Georgia, which they say was unlawful.   https://bit.ly/2lA0Rft   Sen. Jordan and the plaintiffs argue […]

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Racial Divide in Council’s Vote on Speaking Time for Former Officials

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, October 11, 2019 Full Council Meeting, the Atlanta City Council voted to send back to committee, a proposal that seeks to cut the public speaking time of current and former elected officials down to two minutes.  The vote was almost completely along racial lines.   The vote was eight to six.  Councilman Michael Julian […]

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APS Candidate, Baldon, Funded Heavily by Pro-Charter Interests

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 2 candidate Aretta Baldon, a strong proponent of charter schools who has advanced to the October 15, 2019 Run-off Election, is heavily funded by charter school interests, according to an analysis obtained by Atlanta Progressive News from an APN reader.   Baldon is in a Run-off with Davida Huntley.   […]

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APS Candidate Challenging Special Election Results in Court

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(APN) ATLANTA — Keisha Carey, who was a candidate in the September 17, 2019 Special Election for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 2, is challenging the election results in Fulton County Superior Court.     The case has been assigned number 2019CV327216.  Carey filed on Friday, September 27.   Atlanta Progressive News first reported the news of the election […]

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Obtained Video: Winslow Calls Public Comment “Asylum Run By the People who are Ill”

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) referred to members of the public who make public comment as mentally ill people who are running an insane asylum, during an October 2018 Council Retreat, according to a video reviewed exclusively today by Atlanta Progressive News.   “The asylum is being run by the people who are ill,” Winslow […]

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APN Launches News Talk Show on People TV Atlanta, Starting Tonight 6 p.m.

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Photograph depicts Ron Shakir, People TV Producer; Matthew Charles Cardinale, host of Atlanta Progressive Views; Patricia Crayton, People TV Board President and Producer; and Nathaniel Dyer, a frequent guest on People TV and public school advocate.   (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News is launching a news talk program that will air every Wednesday evening on People TV Atlanta Atlanta, […]

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Atlanta Council Considers Further Cuts to Public Comment, Targeting Public Officials

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is considering legislation to further limit public comments at its meetings, in an ordinance that targets the public speaking time of current and former elected officials.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=SplitView&MeetingID=3031&MediaPosition=&ID=19455&CssClass=   Committee on Council Chairwoman Jennifer Ide (District 6) revealed the new ordinance, 19-O-1541, as a “first read paper” at the Monday, September 16, […]

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Bond, Dickens Seek to Reverse Eminent Domain in Peoplestown

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The longstanding controversy regarding the City of Atlanta’s efforts to take the homes of several Peoplestown residents through eminent domain has taken a new and unexpected twist.   Atlanta City Councilmembers Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) and Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) have introduced legislation asking the Law Department to cease its eminent domain actions against Bertha […]

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APD Investigating Anti-White Graffiti in Westside Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit is investigating anti-White graffiti located at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive NW and Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW, in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Atlanta’s Westside has been historically Black for several decades, but more White people have been moving back into the […]

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Sterigenics Promises to Reduce Pollution, but Some Seek Closure of Smyrna Plant

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Image of Sterigenics logo used pursuant to fair use doctrine for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — Residents of Atlanta and neighboring Smyrna, Georgia, have been in an uproar about the recent revelations about the ongoing emissions of ethylene oxide from the Sterigenics plant.   Some protesters have been holding demonstrations and calling for the plant to be completely closed. […]

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Atlanta Committee Rejects Expansion of Drug Free Commercial Zones

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the Atlanta City Council, on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, voted to file, or kill, Ordinance 18-O-1765, an ordinance proposed by Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) that would expand the geographic boundaries of the Atlanta’s Drug-Free Commercial Zones.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=2911&MediaPosition=&ID=16846   Councilwoman Winslow wanted to add new a Drug-Free Commercial Zone in […]

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Mayor Bottoms Testifies to U.S. Senate on Climate Change

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was on-hand in Washington, D.C., as the Senate Democrats held a critical hearing that is a step toward taking emergency action on climate change at the federal level on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.     Republican Senators, while invited, declined participation in the hearing.   The hearing, by U.S. Senate Democrats’ […]

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Atlanta City Detention Center May Close, but Some Have Questions

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On May 20, 2019, the Atlanta City Council voted to approve 19-R-3622, creating a Task Force to consider closing the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) at 254 Peachtree Street SW, in a vote of eleven to one.   The Task Force is called the Task Force to Lead a […]

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