Category Archives: Councilman Ceasar Mitchell

Atlanta Councilman Receives Threat after Stone Mountain Resolution Passes

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(APN) ATLANTA — On July 20, 2015, the City Council of Atlanta approved and adopted 15-R-3870, a resolution by Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1 At-Large), calling for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to approve and implement a study group to determine what additions, if any, could be added Georgia’s well-known icon, Stone Mountain.   The carving there depicts three figures […]

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Atlanta, ADA Has Converted Millions of School Dollars to Beltline Slush Fund (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — An effort to “request and encourage” the Mayor of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) former Interim Superintendent Errol Davis to reach an amicable settlement for the over 20 million dollars owed to APS generated by the Beltline Tax Allocation District (TAD) is moving forward, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.     According to APS Board of […]

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Atlanta Council Chairs Announced, Dickens to End Comment Limits at CD/HR (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE 1: And Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) as Chair of Transportation [accidentally omitted from the article as first published]. (APN) ATLANTA — Yesterday, January 07, 2014, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell announced a new slate of Committee Chairs, including more changes since Mitchell announced his first slate of Chairs in 2010.     Most significantly, Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd […]

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APN Full Endorsements: Atlanta Council 2013

(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has completed its full endorsement list for Atlanta City Council and Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education for 2013.     To date, we have already announced several endorsements, along with full explanations.  This list includes all endorsements for City Council, including ones already announced and ones that are being […]

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Former Mayor Bill Campbell May Run for Atlanta Council Seat (UPDATE 1)

  UPDATE 1: Tom Houck, a close friend of Campbell’s, tells Atlanta Progressive News that he has no reason to believe that Campbell is running for office.  He said he has never heard Campbell even talk about running. (APN) Former Mayor of Atlanta Bill Campbell may return to politics in this year’s Municipal Elections by running for a seat on […]

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APN Issues Updated City Council Scorecard for Winter 2013

(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its Atlanta City Council Scorecard for 2013, adding recent as well as past votes, including: – Two votes taken last week, in March 2013, on whether to set a limit to restrict public comment time at all Atlanta City Council Committees.  Only Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11), Joyce Sheperd (District 12), Howard […]

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Citizens Defeat Public Comment Limits at Atlanta Council Committees

(APN) ATLANTA — Citizen activists defeated a proposal to limit public comment time at all Committee Meetings of the Atlanta City Council yesterday, after the Committee on Council voted six to one to file the ordinance, and the Full Council voted twice against approving it. Activists including Ben Howard, Brother Anthony Muhammad, and Ron Shakir, along with APN’s News Editor–the […]

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SEC Complaint Filed over City of Atlanta Pension Investment

(APN) ATLANTA — Angela Green, a former City of Atlanta employee and member of the Board of Trustees of the City of Atlanta General Employees’ Pension Plan, has filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Atlanta Progressive News has learned. The complaint, filed on January 18, 2013, alleges that the investment consultant for the Pension Fund, Larry […]

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Some Atlanta Councilmembers Seek Vote to Silence the Public, Again

(APN) ATLANTA — Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd (District 12) and six other Councilmembers have set their sights on new public comment rules that would further limit the time allotted to citizens to speak at Council Committees, and would set other restrictions. Currently, each Committee Chair sets their own rules for public comment at each of the seven Committees of the Atlanta […]

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Mayor Pushing Willis or Bottoms to Challenge Mitchell, Sources Say

(APN) ATLANTA — Mayor Kasim Reed is pushing for either Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) or Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) to challenge Council President Ceasar Mitchell in the 2013 Municipal Elections, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Three independent sources over the last three weeks have told APN of the plan that is in the making.  The sources include two political […]

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Victory! Atlanta’s Council Briefings Opened to Public, Moved to Committee Room

(APN) ATLANTA — In another major citizens’ victory for transparency, public participation, accountability, and democracy at the City Council of Atlanta, all seven Council Committees have opened their Committee Briefings to the public for 2013, and have moved the Committee Briefings to Committee Room 1, which is accessible to the public.   The seven Council Committees–City Utilities, Committee on Council, […]

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Fulton Judge Rules against Atlanta in Street Vendor Dispute

(APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua has ruled in favor of street vendors in Atlanta who were negatively impacted by the City of Atlanta when the City entered into a contract with a private firm, U.K. – LaSalle, LLC, to manage the City’s street vendors. The case was Larry Miller and Stanley Hambrick v. City […]

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APN Issues Atlanta Council Scorecard for End of 2012

(APN) ATLANTA — With Municipal Elections in the City of Atlanta scheduled to take place next year, Atlanta Progressive News has added six more recent votes to the APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard. To APN’s knowledge, the Scorecard is the most comprehensive, data-driven, and transparent source of information available about the current incumbents on the City Council of Atlanta. The […]

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Mayor’s Panhandling Proposal Allows 180 Days in Jail, Even on First Offense (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — Mayor Kasim Reed said that he was vetoing legislation that passed City Council concerning aggressive panhandling because it was cruel, harsh, and inhumane; however, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that the Mayor’s proposal in fact provides for the same maximum jail sentence–180 days in jail–for any offense of aggressive panhandling, and adds a minimum jail sentence for […]

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Atlanta City Utilities Briefings Opened to the Public

(APN) ATLANTA — The Committee Briefings of the City Utilities Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta are now open to the public, Atlanta Progressive News has confirmed. As previously reported by APN, for the past several years, all seven Council Committee Briefings have been closed to the public, until in June of this year, when Chairwoman Felicia Moore (District […]

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