Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Atlanta Council Passes Buck on Single-Use Plastics in City Facilities

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta wimped out this week on a proposal to ban single-use plastics, by gutting the legislation of any minimum requirements and delegating to the City’s executive branch the authority to decide which single-use plastics, if any, would be banned in city facilities like City Hall and the airport.   Rather than hold […]

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APN Releases Atlanta Council Scorecard for Year-end 2019 (UPDATE 1)

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  (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its Atlanta City Council Scorecard with a November 2019 update that includes several new votes that have taken place in the third and fourth quarters of 2019.   There is one Full Council Meeting left for the remainder of the year.   The Scorecard is especially noteworthy at this […]

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Comcast Used Atlanta Ratepayers as High Interest Borrowers; Contract Raises Concerns (UPDATE 1)


(APN) ATLANTA — A proposed seven year Franchise Agreement between the City of Atlanta and Comcast Cable, Inc., worth hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to Comcast, has raised several concerns in the City Utilities Committee of the Atlanta City Council.   The Committee has requested an audit of Comcast franchise fees going back the last three years – […]

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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


  (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: […]

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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.   Sen. Jordan and the plaintiffs argue […]

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


(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


(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


(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.   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


  (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


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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