Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Atlanta Mayoral Race 2017, APN Overview Part Two: Fort, Woolard

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Mayoral race, this article presents an overview of two candidates: State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) and former City Council President Cathy Woolard.   In Part One, Atlanta Progressive News presented an overview of Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large) and Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2).   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2017/07/04/atlanta-mayoral-race-2017-apn-overview-part-one-norwood-hall/   […]

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APN Interview with Alex Wan, Council President Candidate

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Municipal Elections, we sat down with Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan (District 6), who is running for Council President.   Previously, we interviewed Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), who is also running for the seat.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2017/06/04/apn-interview-with-felicia-moore-council-president-candidate/   Councilman C.T. Martin (District 10), a third candidate for […]

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Bond, Six Councilmembers Introduce Surplus Property Housing Policy in Atlanta (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, July 17, 2017 Full Council Meeting, Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) introduced a new ordinance to amend the City of Atlanta’s policies relating to the sale of surplus real estate, in order to require that, where feasible, the properties be used to develop affordable housing units.   Ordinance: http://bit.ly/2vjNLTL   The […]

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Atlanta Mayoral Race 2017, APN Overview Part One: Norwood, Hall

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(APN) ATLANTA — It is now about four months away from the 2017 Mayoral race and there is a quite crowded race, with nine major candidates in the race.   The nine candidates are: Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large), Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11), Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, State […]

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Labor Celebrates $15 per Hour Minimum for Atlanta City Workers

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(APN) ATLANTA — On June 21, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta voted, as part of the approval of next fiscal year’s budget, to raise the minimum wage for workers employed by the City of Atlanta from to $10.10 to $15 an hour over the next two fiscal years.   The raise does not cover people working in the City […]

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Ceasar Mitchell for Mayor Uses APN Photo without Permission

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(APN) ATLANTA — Activists criticized the Ceasar Mitchell for Mayor campaign for using a photograph of the recent Tent City at the former Turner Field site on its campaign website, saying that he failed to actually visit Tent City or address homelessness as Councilmember or Council President.   “Atlanta mayoral candidate and pro-gentrification council chair Ceasar Mitchell… didn’t once visit […]

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Turner Field Communities Get $1 Million from City of Atlanta, Seek $4 Million from AFCRA

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, June 19, 2017 Full Council Meeting, the City Council of Atlanta approved a special allocation of one million dollars to the Trust Fund that was established earlier this year for the communities surrounding the former Turner Field: Summerhill, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, and part of Grant Park.   The resolution also creates a Stadium Neighborhoods […]

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Settlement Likely Imminent, Task Force Shelter Expected to Close

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the largest homeless shelter in the U.S. Southeast, and an overflow shelter serving thousands of homeless men each year, is set to close, if a settlement offer is accepted by Fulton County Superior Court, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   The settlement involves a payment of 9.7 million dollars […]

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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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