Category Archives: Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms

Mayor Reed Defends Lack of Public Input on Turner Field, Noting All Projects Lack Such Input

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(APN) ATLANTA — At a meeting of the City Council of Atlanta’s Finance/Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Council Members heard from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), which oversees Turner Field, as well as residents who are fighting to have a say in how their neighborhoods are impacted when the Braves leave.   AFCRA recently invited developers to […]

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ANALYSIS: AFCRA Betrayed the Turner Field Communities


Editorial by Anna Simonton, Staff Writer and News Analyst; and Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA) has officially invited developers to bid on Turner Field, despite the fact that the public input process regarding community benefits has just gotten started – a move that amounts to a stab in the […]

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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 Southwest Annexation Petitions Submitted, Headed to Fulton Commission

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Attempts of south Fulton neighborhoods to annex into the City of Atlanta did not end with this year’s Legislative Session.   Three communities in south Fulton–Loch Lomond, Sandtown, and Southoaks–have filed petitions with City, according to copies of the petitions obtained by Atlanta Progressive News through an open records […]

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Fulton Chairman Eaves Pushes Garner off Recreation Authority

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(APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner (District 3) has resigned from the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), after being asked to do so by County Commission Chair John Eaves (District 7). “I appreciate the service Commissioner Garner provided to the county on the AFCRA board.  However, as all the parties involved head into a deeper discussion about […]

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Fulton-Atlanta Recreation Authority Appoints Councilwoman Bottoms as Director


With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — The Board of Directors of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority has removed the Executive Director of the Authority, and replaced her with Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11), a strong advocate for Mayor Kasim Reed.   The position pays 135,000 dollars per year.   “I’m very […]

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APN Releases Atlanta Council Scorecard for 2014 Year-End

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(APN) ATLANTA — With the exception of Cleta Winslow (District 4), Howard Shook (District 7), and Yolanda Adrean (District 8), Atlanta’s City Councilmembers saw improvements in their progressivity score during the third and fourth quarters of 2014.   Atlanta Progressive News has updated its Atlanta City Council Scorecard, adding two votes: specifically, the vote on whether to approve a resolution […]

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Atlanta Council Sends Private Murals Ordinance Back to Committee

By A. Scott Walton, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (November 04, 2014) (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council, in a vote of 14 to 1, sent a controversial private mural ordinance back to the Community Development/Human Resources (CD/HR) Committee, during the Full Council Meeting on yesterday, Monday, November 03, 2014. Cleta Winslow (District 4), who has expressed strong […]

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Atlanta Council Passes APD Cameras, Refers Constitutional Amendment to Committee

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta on Tuesday, September 02, 2014, the Council passed a resolution that had been introduced by Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), calling for the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to conduct a feasibility study within 90 days for implementing body cameras for all APD officers.  The Council also […]

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APN Endorsements Pt. 2: Norwood Post 2, Shakir D11, Fletcher D3

  (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors is pleased to announce our second round of municipal candidate endorsements for 2013. Last week, we endorsed two progressive incumbents on the City Council of Atlanta who are facing challengers: Natalyn Archibong (District 5) and Felicia Moore (District 9). This week, we are endorsing three candidates who are posing […]

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Raynard Johnson Running for APS School Board Seat

  (APN) ATLANTA — An Atlanta activist and Twitter-fanatic, Raynard Johnson, is running for the APS Board of Education District 5 seat currently held by LaChandra Butler-Burks.  As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Butler-Burks is not running for reelection. In 2009, Johnson ran for the Atlanta City Council District 11 seat, currently held by Keisha Lance Bottoms, although he […]

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Atlanta Council Approves Controversial New Football Stadium

(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, March 18, 2013, the City Council of Atlanta approved the extension of the Hotel Motel tax through 2050, in order to provide public funding for the construction of a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons football team, in Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood, in a vote of 11 to 4. As previously reported by APN, the […]

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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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Reed Denies Recruiting Candidates; Bottoms Mum on 2013

(APN) ATLANTA — This week Mayor Kasim Reed circulated a statement to Members of the City Council of Atlanta, and perhaps to others, denying a report in the Atlanta Progressive News that he had been recruiting Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) or Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) to run against Council President Ceasar Mitchell in the 2013 Municipal Elections. […]

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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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