Category Archives: DeKalb County

Citizens, Norwood Respond to Bottoms’ Attacks as Loch Lomond Annexation Approved by Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, June 06, 2016 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, the Council unanimously approved, 16-O-1189, an ordinance by Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) for the annexation of the Loch Lomond community.   As Atlanta Progressive News has chronicled, this is one of several City of Atlanta annexations that have taken place […]

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Atlanta Council Hears Mayor’s MARTA Tax Project Proposals

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(APN) ATLANTA — On May 19, 2016, the City Council of Atlanta’s Transportation Committee held a Work Session, in which it heard presentations for two proposed lists of transportation-related projects–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–that could be part of two possible upcoming voter referenda on two half-penny sales taxes.   Notably, the MARTA list included an extension of […]

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Atlanta Council Approves New Affordable Housing Requirement for Development Authority Deals, with New Option at 60% AMI

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, May 02, 2016 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, the Council approved, in a vote of fourteen to one, a new ordinance by Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) to require a set-aside of affordable housing units in new multi-family housing developments receiving funds from a development authority doing business in the […]

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Citizens Defeat Effort to Weaken Atlanta’s Housing Affordability Goals, as Council Cmte Approves New Development Authority Set-Aside Requirement

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With additional reporting by Austin Stewart   (APN) ATLANTA — Victory was sweet for affordable housing advocates who quickly mobilized over the course of 72 hours in the wake of reporting by Atlanta Progressive News, as the Atlanta City Council’s Community Development/Human Resources Cmte (CD/HR) stripped a controversial ordinance of language that would have eliminated the City of Atlanta’s existing […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, we had a lengthy phone interview with Commissioner Kathie Gannon (District 6), whose “superdistrict” covers the left half, or western half, approximately, of the County.  [It’s makes her akin to one-half at-large.]   Gannon is facing Warren Mosby, a former consultant […]

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DeKalb Commissioner Barnes-Sutton, Hidden in Plain View

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(APN) ATLANTA — DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton (District 4), who is up for reelection in the May 24, 2016 Primary Election, has failed to respond to several attempts to reach her and has been almost completely inaccessible to Atlanta Progressive News, other news media, community organizations hosting forums, and numerous DeKalb County citizen stakeholders.   She has been this […]

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Clarkston Councilman Seeks to Decriminalize Cannabis

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(APN) CLARKSTON — City of Clarkston Councilman Dean Moore recently announced plans to introduce legislation to make possession of under one ounce of cannabis (“marijuana”) a traffic offense with a fine of five dollars.   Last year, seventy people in Clarkston went to jail for marijuana possession.  The estimated population of Clarkston in 2014 was 7,846.   “Our strategy is […]

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APN 2016 Primary Overview, Part Five: DeKalb County Races

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the May 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election races in Georgia, this article looks at several positions on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners that are up for reelection this year, along with several other DeKalb County seats.   Previously, Atlanta Progressive News reviewed the races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, […]

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Legislature Approves City of Stonecrest Referendum, Declines on Greenhaven

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor   (APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Legislature has approved a November 2016 voter referendum on a new City of Stonecrest in Dekalb County, while it did not approve a proposed referendum on a new City of Greenhaven, that also would have occurred in DeKalb County.   CITY OF STONECREST   SB […]

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APN 2016 Qualifying Overview Part Three: PSC, U.S. Congress

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(APN) ATLANTA — This article is the third in a series providing a broad overview of the Primary Election races taking place on May 24, 2016.   Part One looked at State House races for districts that encompass parts of Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/14/apn-2016-qualifying-overview-state-house/   Part Two looked at State Senate races in Fulton and DeKalb.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/16/apn-2016-qualifying-overview-part-two-state-senate-races/ […]

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APN 2016 Qualifying Overview Part Two: State Senate Races

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(APN) ATLANTA — This article is the second in a series providing a broad overview of the Primary Election races taking place on May 24, 2016.   This part will look at State Senate races for districts that encompass parts of Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   Part One looked at State House races in Fulton and DeKalb.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/14/apn-2016-qualifying-overview-state-house/   […]

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APN 2016 Qualifying Overview Part One: State House Races (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Candidate qualifying for  Political Party Candidates, Nonpartisan Candidates, Independent Candidates, and Political Body Candidates for Primary Elections and Nonpartisan Elections was held on March 07 through March 11, 2016.   A second round of qualifying for independent and political body [minor political party] candidates will begin June 27 and end July 01, 2016.   This article will […]

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City of Stonecrest Passes Out of Committee; Greenhaven is Tabled

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two cityhood bills involving DeKalb County are making their way through the Georgia House of Representatives: HB 613, provides for the incorporation of the City of Greenhaven; SB 208, provides for the incorporation of the City of Stonecrest, both in south DeKalb.   Stonecrest passed the House Governmental Affairs Committee, while Greenhaven was tabled in the House […]

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Residents Pack Town Hall Meeting on Chamblee Annexation

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(APN) CHAMBLEE — About three hundred residents from Chamblee and the proposed annexed area attended a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Lakeside High School to discuss the Chamblee annexation.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/02/11/city-of-chamblee-fixing-to-annex-much-of-the-lavista-hills-map/   State Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) updated the gathering on the Senate Study Committee recommendations on annexation.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/12/20/state-senate-house-study-committees-on-cityhood-annexation-release-reports/ State Reps. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), Mary […]

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MARTA Rail Expansion Half Penny Passes Senate Committee

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(APN) ATLANTA — Transit funding just got a boon, as SB 330, sponsored by State Sen. Brandon Beach (R – Alpharetta) passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, February 18, 2016, by a vote of eight to three.   The committee had to move rooms twice in order to accommodate the large crowd, and heard testimony from various […]

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