Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Beltline to Clarify Statement to Council Cmte, BAHAB to Give Update

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Tuesday, March 29, 2011 meeting of the Community Development/Human Resources Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta, Council Members Natalyn Archibong (District 5) and Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) requested that Atlanta Beltline, Inc., come to the Cmte to clarify their statement regarding the original BAHAB recommendations; and that BAHAB, the Beltline Affordable Housing Advisory […]

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Atlanta Council Held Briefings With Quorums, Kept No Minutes

(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta holds seven private, closed-door Committee briefings every two weeks, and has consistently told members of the public they cannot come in. Under the current Georgia Open Meetings Act they are allowed to do so if they do not have a quorum of the committee at the briefing.  However, as previously reported by […]

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Chernobyl Experts Speak in Georgia about Nuclear Risks, Disasters

(APN) ATLANTA — Last week, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Manuel’s Tavern, Georgia Women’s Action for New Direction (WAND), hosted Dr. Nataliya Miranova and Natalia Manzurova, for the purpose of them sharing their expertise on the risks of nuclear reactors, and the threat such reactors post to humanity. They spoke at Manuel’s and at Emory University, before heading to Chattanooga, […]

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Parents’ Group Calls on El to Resign as APS Board Chair

  (APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, March 18, 2011, a group of Atlanta Public Schools parents called Step Up or Step Down–which was formed after AdvancED/SACS CASI put APS on probation in January 2011–called upon Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El to step down as Chair. Among their concerns are recent revelations that El flipped Board Member Lachandra Butler-Burks the […]

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APS Ethics Commission Investigating English, Johnson, Meister over Alisias

(APN) ATLANTA — The Ethics Commission of the Atlanta Public Schools voted in a meeting today, Wednesday, March 16, 2011, to open three investigations into complaints against Board of Education Members Courtney English, Yolanda Johnson, and Nancy Meister. The complaints were filed by Janet Kishbaugh, an Atlanta parent.  While the details of each are slightly different, the general nature of […]

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Street Car May Endanger Auburn Avenue Small Businesses

(APN) ATLANTA – If all goes according to plan, Atlanta’s historic Auburn Avenue will get a street car line by July 2012.  [Of course, US House Republicans could attempt to pull all federal funding for the project, so aside from that.] The Atlanta Street Car, which was approved by the City Council of Atlanta in December 2008, is said to […]

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APS Ethics Panel: Evidence Mr. English Not Truthful with Public

  APS Ethics Panel: Evidence Mr. English Not Truthful By Matthew Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — The Ethics Commission of Atlanta Public Schools announced its initial findings in the ethics case involving Atlanta Board of Education Member Courtney English’s deceptive statements to the public, according to a copy to Mr. English dated March 01, 2011, obtained by Atlanta Progressive News. “The […]

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Delk, English Defiant in Response to APS Ethics Investigation

  (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools Board Member Courtney English was defiant in the face of an APS Ethics Commission investigation regarding his apparently defrauding the public, according to documents filed by English’s attorney, Glenn Delk, obtained by Atlanta Progressive News. As previously reported by APN, Delk represented English in his first ethics case before the Commission, which involved […]

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(IPS) EPA Moves to Regulate Carbon Dioxide, Holds Atlanta Hearing

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54603 ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 24, 2011 (IPS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun the initial stages of a process that may lead to the federal agency’s first regulations to limit emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants and oil refineries. The agency has held four of five “listening […]

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Mitchell Orders Security for all Council, Committee Meetings

  (APN) ATLANTA — Ceasar Mitchell, President of the City Council of Atlanta, has ordered security at all meetings of Full Council and Council Committees. The security officers began appearing two weeks ago at the last Full Council meeting.  Activists inquired at Monday’s Committee on Council meeting as to why security officers were now appearing at meetings, and Mitchell sent […]

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APS Ethics Panel to Hold Hearing on Mr. English with Independent Officer

  (APN) ATLANTA — Last night, Wednesday, February 16, 2011, the Ethics Commission for Atlanta Public Schools voted to hold a hearing regarding the pending complaint that Board of Education Member Courtney English deceived the public. At issue is whether he deceived the public regarding his misuse of an APS credit card.  He told the public in a mass email […]

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Beltline Inc. Attempts to Deceive City Council about BAHAB’s Original Recommendations

Beltline Inc. Attempts to Deceive City Council By Matthew Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — Beltline Inc. attempted to deceive the Community Development and Human Resources Committee of the City Council of Atlanta in a series of responses to questions posed by Atlanta Progressive News regarding the Beltline Affordable Housing Trust Fund (BAHTF). The Beltline answered a series of questions presented in […]

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Phillip Rush Center Emerges as Shared GLBTQI Community Space

  (APN) ATLANTA — Since its grand opening in 2009, the Phillip Rush Center, located at 1530 Dekalb Avenue, has emerged as a new, shared community space for Atlanta’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex community. The facility is named after Phillip Rush, a respected Atlanta activist and philanthopist, who died in April 2009 at age 55. Rush served […]

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PETA Activists, “Elephant” Block Entrance to City Hall, 3 Arrested

(APN) ATLANTA — Four Atlanta activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals blocked the entrance to Atlanta City Hall today, as part of a demonstration against the alleged abuse of elephants by the Ringling Brothers circus. Three activists–Rachel Ewon, 25; Reagan Kimball, 31; and Jamie Salazar, 25–were handcuffed after blocking the entrance for about twenty minutes.  A fourth […]

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Persistent Plane Contrails Cover Atlanta Skies, Raise Concerns

With additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale, News Editor.   (APN) ATLANTA — Over the last several months, Atlanta Progressive News and Atlanta residents have been documenting an increase in white lines left from airplanes flying overhead, sometimes covering Atlanta’s skies with persistent plane contrails. Persistent airplane contrails have in fact been appearing more and more all over the country and […]

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