Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Atlanta Routinely Assessing Business Fee without Authority

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta continues to assess and collect a five hundred dollar penalty to many Atlanta businesses without authority, despite the City being aware that they lack the authority to collect the fee, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   This practice is disproportionately harming small businesses across Atlanta.   As of today, September 07, 2018, the […]

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No Progress on CBA; Developer, Brock, “Won’t Be Called a Racist”

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(APN) ATLANTA — There has been no progress to date on amending the Community Benefits Agreement for the catalytic Westside Yards Development proposed for Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood, following a thirty day deferral by the City of Atlanta agreed to by developer Echo A, which includes Brock Built Homes.   Developer Adam Brock insisted, “I won’t be called a racist!” […]

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Councilman Bond Seeks Videotaping of Atlanta Council Briefings

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) has introduced an ordinance that would require the Committee Briefings of the Atlanta City Council to be videotaped.   The videos would be required to be posted online on the City Council’s website as well as available through the Municipal Clerk.     While the Atlanta City Council’s seven […]

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Atlantans Protest Trump’s Immigrant Family Separations

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, June 30, 2018, thousands of Atlantans joined millions across the U.S., in over seven hundred protest rallies nationwide, in marching to oppose Trump’s zero-tolerance policy that separates immigrant children from their non-criminal, non-violent parents who are seeking asylum.   A smaller group of protesters maintained an overnight presence at the Atlanta Detention Center through Monday, […]

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Atlanta Council Cmte Approves Gentrification Plan for English Avenue

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Dustin Hillis (District 9), Marci Overstreet (District 11), Joyce Sheperd (District 12), and Matt Westmoreland (Post 2-at-large) voted in favor of legislation that will result in the unmitigated gentrification of Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood.   With no debate and only one question, the Committee voted in favor of the land […]

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Neighborhood Association Claims Identity Theft in English Avenue

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(APN) ATLANTA — The English Avenue Neighborhood Association, formed in 1995 to represent the low-income residential neighborhood of English Avenue west of downtown Atlanta, finds itself in the middle of a major dispute around the future of development, and the threat of gentrification.   Yet, in a series of events dramatic enough for a telenovela–two groups of English Avenue residents […]

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Atlanta Makes Sustainability Strides under Stuckey’s Leadership (UPDATE 2)

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Photograph courtesy of Erik Voss, copyright 2018 Erik Voss.   (APN) ATLANTA — Over the last few years of the leadership of Stephanie Stuckey (formerly Stephanie Stuckey Benfield), the City of Atlanta has made numerous strides towards sustainability.   The former State Representative joined the then-Mayor Kasim Reed Administration in 2015 as Director of the Office of Sustainability.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/09/23/city-of-atlanta-preparing-to-embrace-solar-panels/ […]

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Councilwoman Sheperd to Seniors: Stay in Your Homes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd (District 12) urged seniors to stay in their homes and not to sell their homes at a Homeowner Empowerment Workshop at the Arthur Langford Jr. Recreation Center in Southwest Atlanta.   Councilwoman Sheperd said she receives offers in the mail almost daily to purchase her home with cash.  Sheperd owns her home, […]

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Atlanta Watershed Withheld Records Requested by APN in 2015

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta failed to produce documents in response to a Georgia Open Records Act request by the present reporter to the Department of Watershed Management in 2015.   The City of Atlanta employee who initially received the request, Lillian Govus, is part of a separate Open Records Act violation incident that is currently being investigated […]

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Proposed City of Greenhaven Bill Stalls, as Some Seek Atlanta Annexation

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — A controversial bill to create a new City of Greenhaven, comprised of much of remaining unincorporated DeKalb County, did not pass out of the State House and thus did not “cross over” to the State Senate.   The bill appears to be dead for this year; however, opponents of […]

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Atlanta Implements No Cash Bail for Misdemeanors, after Fiery Debate

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, March 01, 2018, the City of Atlanta began implementing its “no cash bail” policy for certain non-violent misdemeanor offenses.   Under the new process, most persons who are arrested for non-violent, misdemeanor offenses will be booked in under charges for which they were arrested; receive a self-bond […]

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APD Enforcing Laws Criminalizing, Burdening Homeless People

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — For at least the last nine years, the City of Atlanta has continued to arrest people for violating seven laws contained in Chapter 106 (“Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions”) that have the actual or potential effect of criminalizing homelessness, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   For some of the ordinances it […]

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Atlanta Council Considering Ending Cash Bond for Certain Offenses

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council is currently considering an ordinance, 18-O-1045, to do away with cash bonds and replace them with a signature bond or “recognizance” for non-violent, indigent defendants who are charged with misdemeanor violations.   The ordinance was introduced by Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby Archibong (District 5), on behalf of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s administration.   Cash […]

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Several Homeless People Have Frozen to Death on Metro Atlanta Streets (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Several people experiencing homelessness have frozen to death on the streets of Metro Atlanta so far through the winter season of late 2017 and early 2018, as unusually cold weather and snow storms have made it even more treacherous to be homeless and unsheltered in Atlanta.   Atlanta Progressive […]

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Moore, Bond Clash over Council’s Side Conversations at First 2018 Meeting (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore and Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) engaged in oratory fireworks at the first Full Council Meeting of the new term of 2018, on Tuesday, January 02, 2018.   As the newly sworn Council President, Moore sought to remedy a long-standing problem of Councilmembers having side conversations on the floor during […]

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