Category Archives: City of Atlanta

APN Issues End of 2017 Atlanta Council Scorecard

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its comprehensive Atlanta City Council Scorecard on today, December 17, 2017.   SCORECARD: http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   In this update, we added seven new legislative items to the Scorecard, which now scores a total of 69 votes on passage of legislation, other motions related to legislation, or other actions that are legislative in nature, […]

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Atlanta Voters Decide They Want Moore

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(APN) ATLANTA — In a stunning defeat of the political establishment at Atlanta City Hall, Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) was elected City Council President, on Tuesday, December 05, 2017.   Moore–who is well known for opposing Mayor Kasim Reed and often being the only “no” vote on Council–won 55 percent, or 46,512 votes in the Run-off Election.  Councilman Alex […]

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Atlanta Moves Forward with Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta has adopted two Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) ordinances – one for the Beltline Overlay District and one for the Westside.  The City Council unanimously approved the ordinances on Monday, November 20, 2017.   While the term “Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning” might sound technical, it is actually quite significant news.  Put simply, it is a requirement […]

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Pamm Burdett, 1948-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Pamm Burdett, the Executive Director of the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation, passed away on November 17, 2017.   As the Director of the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation (LER), Burdett quietly made strategic investments to support the LGBTQI community, the BDSM leather community, and the progressive community in general.   Lloyd Russell, was a media activist in the […]

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APN Endorses Norwood, Moore, Dozier

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has endorsed Mary Norwood for Mayor, Felicia Moore for City Council President, and Jason Dozier for District 4.   MARY NORWOOD FOR MAYOR OF ATLANTA   Previously, prior to the General Election, APN endorsed former State Sen. Vincent Fort  (D-Atlanta) for Mayor of Atlanta, and rated Norwood “qualified.”   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2017/10/08/apn-endorses-fort-finds-norwood-favorable-endorses-bond/ […]

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Melissa Firestone, 1937-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Ann Melissa Firestone, 79, a senior advocate who was well-known in Atlanta’s civil engagement community, passed away on April 10, 2017.   In Firestone’s honor, the City Council of Atlanta adopted an ordinance, 17-O-1246, on May 24, 2017, to create a crosswalk outside of the Cosby Spear highrise.   On October 30, 2017, the Melissa Firestone Crosswalk […]

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Several Newcomers will shape 2018 Atlanta City Council; Run-offs Set

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(APN) ATLANTA — Several new Councilmembers will shape the City Council of Atlanta that will convene in 2018.  This is the largest turnover in eight years, when in 2010, six new Councilmembers joined the Atlanta City Council.     In 2018, there will either be seven or eight new Councilmembers, the number depending on whether Cleta Winslow (District 4) is […]

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Bond, Archibong, Smith Reelected to Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — The new makeup of the 2018-2021 Atlanta City Council is beginning to take shape, as voters reelected several incumbents and selected Councilmembers for open seats.   The incumbents returning to Council are Carla Smith (District 1), Ivory Lee Young (District 3), Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Howard Shook (District 7), Joyce Sheperd (District 12), Michael Julian Bond (Post […]

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Councilman Bond Seeks Right to Public Comment at Council Work Sessions

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the last Full Council Meeting on October 16, 2017, Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) introduced an ordinance, 17-O-1674, that would codify the right of members of the public to make at least one minute of public remarks at every Work Session held by one or more committees of the Atlanta City Council.   […]

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ANALYSIS: Ceasar Mitchell’s Disastrous Record as Council President

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell is running for Mayor of Atlanta, but his track record as Council President does not inspire much confidence.     This news analysis reviews a wide array of concerns regarding Mr. Mitchell, including concerns regarding his performance as Council President; and his many repeated ethics violations.   Previously, Atlanta Progressive News […]

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Courtney English Backtracks on False Statement, Amends State Filing

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Screenshots from Youtube pursuant to fair use for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Member Courtney English (At-large Seat 7), candidate for the Post 1-at-large seat held by Councilman Michael Julian Bond, has been recently caught to have made made two false statements.   A recent article by Atlanta Progressive News, dated October 06, […]

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Atlanta Council Committees Approve Surplus Property Housing Ordinance

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday October 23 and Wednesday October 24, 2017, two Atlanta City Council Committees approved an ordinance by Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) that would sell surplus city properties, likely for one dollar, to be used to develop affordable single-family homes.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=12901   Both the Community Development/Human Services Committee and the Finance/Executive Committee approved the […]

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APN Endorsements Part Two: Archibong, Welsh, Boone

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors is pleased to announce the endorsement of three candidates for City Council of Atlanta, including one incumbent.     We are endorsing Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5); Lauren Welsh, candidate for the open District 2 seat being vacated by Kwanza Hall; and Andrea Boone, candidate for the open District 10 […]

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Q&A with Candidate, Lauren Welsh, Atlanta Council District 2

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of candidate, Lauren Welsh, who is running for Atlanta City Council District 2.   The District 2 seat is being vacated by Kwanza Hall, who is running for Mayor of Atlanta.     In addition to Welsh, there are […]

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Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 1963-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 54, an activist and spiritual counselor whose work focused on lifting up low-income people in some of Atlanta’s most distressed communities, Vine City and English Avenue, passed away on September 25, 2017.   Fletcher had qualified to run against Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young (District 3) for at least the second time.   […]

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