Category Archives: DeKalb County

Reform of Atlanta Citizen Review Board Underway, as Covington Forms CRB

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(APN) ATLANTA — Reforming the Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB), which investigates civilian complaints against police, is finally up for discussion at Atlanta City Hall.   Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr. (District 3) introduced proposed reforms toward the end of the council meeting on February 15, 2015.   Atlanta Progressive News reported that Samuel Lee Reid, director of […]

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City of Chamblee Fixing to Annex Much of the “LaVista Hills” Map (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) CHAMBLEE — Tonight, Thursday, February 11, 2016, during a public hearing called for 6:30 p.m., the City of Chamblee City Council will be hearing public testimony on a resolution to express their support for a referendum on whether to annex a northern section of DeKalb County that was formerly part of the proposed City of LaVista Hills (LVH).   […]

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Atlanta Quietly Growing Through Annexation Petitions

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta’s boundaries are growing, as more unincorporated neighborhoods in DeKalb and Fulton Counties are successfully annexing into the City of Atlanta, opting to use the petition method provided for by Georgia law, instead of seeking voter referenda.   Most recently, the City of Atlanta annexed the community of South Oaks, a small residential area in south Fulton, […]

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Officer Robert Olsen Indicted, Arrested for Murder of Anthony Hill

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(APN) DECATUR — On Thursday, January 21, 2016, after eight hours of hearing evidence, a criminal grand jury indicted DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen on six counts for the murder of Anthony Hill.   The charges include two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of making a false statement, and two counts of violation […]

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Encampment Builds Pressure for Murder Indictment of Officer Who Killed Anthony Hill

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(APN) DECATUR –– Demonstrators are braving below-freezing temperatures as they camp outside of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the lead-up to a grand jury hearing in the case of Anthony Hill.   Hill, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran and musician, was suffering a mental breakdown when DeKalb Police Department (DPD) Officer Robert Olsen fatally shot him last March.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/03/14/rally-hold-for-dekalb-police-killing-of-anthony-hill/ […]

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What Would Eliminating CEO Role Mean for DeKalb County?

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(APN) ATLANTA — State legislators, Gov. Nathan Deal, and many DeKalb County citizens are calling for changes to DeKalb County’s charter, to eliminate the CEO position entirely and move towards more of a county manager model.   State Rep. Scott Holcomb (D – Atlanta) has stated his plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the CEO position, although he did not […]

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State Senate, House Study Committees on Cityhood, Annexation Release Reports

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(APN) ATLANTA — Study Committees of the Georgia Senate and House, created to study and make recommendations regarding annexation, deannexation, and incorporation in Georgia, have published their final reports.   The House Committee report contains few recommendations, while the Senate report contains several specific recommendations.   The committees were created to deal with increasing questions and concerns among legislators about […]

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APN Celebrates Ten Years Of Radical Reporting and Rabble Rousing

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(APN) ATLANTA — For ten years, Atlanta Progressive News has served as a voice for the Left and a source of information on labor, education, local politics, the environment, economic justice, and many other issues that too often receive short shrift in Metro Atlanta’s corporate media.   APN will officially turn ten on tomorrow, November 23, 2015; then the online […]

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LaVista Hills Alliance Legal Challenge Fizzles

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(APN) DEKALB COUNTY — The November 2015 referendum vote over whether to create a new city in DeKalb County called LaVista Hills failed by a vote of 6,925 nays to 6,789 yeas, a difference of 136 votes.   Early on Election Day, some voters in the proposed City of LaVista Hills did not see the cityhood referendum on their ballot […]

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MARTA Privatizes Paratransit, Despite Public Outcry

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(APN) ATLANTA — Despite public outcry, MARTA Mobility, the paratransit service for Atlantans with disabilities, will soon be run by a private company instead of the local transit authority.   On November 05, 2015, the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) unanimously to approve a three-year, 64.9 million dollar contract to MV Transportation Inc. to […]

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Voters Reject LaVista Hills Cityhood, Approve Tucker, in Stunning Defeat (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) DEKALB COUNTY — Last night, on Tuesday, November 03, 2015, DeKalb County voters bucked the trend toward cityhood in Metro Atlanta, by narrowly rejecting the proposal for a new city of LaVista Hills in the northwest part of DeKalb County.   The proposed City of LaVista Hills lost by only 136 votes.  The final vote count was 6,925 nays […]

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DeKalb CEO Responds to Report at Town Hall Meetings, as Calls for Resignation Grow

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(APN) LITHONIA — Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May received a standing ovation at the start of the Up Close and Personal town hall on Tuesday, October 13 at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia.   Saying he is “not running from anybody,” May spoke about the Bowers-Hyde corruption report and recent calls for his resignation.   “I absolutely […]

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Angela Moore Disqualified in SD 43 Race; Apparent Perjury on Address

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(APN) ATLANTA — Angela Moore–who apparently created a fictitious campaign manager in 2010 to avoid a campaign debt to Atlanta Progressive News–has been disqualified from the November 03, 2015 Special Election for Senate District 43, for not living in the District.   “On October 20, 2015, Judge Michael Malihi of the Office of State Administrative Hearings issued an initial decision […]

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DeKalb Commissioner Jester Calls for CEO May to Resign

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(APN) DECATUR — DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester (District 1) has called for the resignation of Interim CEO Lee May, in the wake of the Bowers-Hyde corruption report released at the end of September 2015.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/10/10/DeKalb-county-report-finds-widespread-corruption-seeks-mays-resignation/   During a press conference today, Tuesday, October 13, 2015, Jester stated there is no other way to regain public confidence.   “Corruption […]

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DeKalb County Report Finds Widespread Corruption, Seeks May’s Resignation

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(APN) ATLANTA — A scathing report on DeKalb County corruption calls for the resignation of Interim CEO Lee May, recovery of funds, and the immediate suspension of all purchase cards (P-cards).   It is hard to pick the most outrageous place to start: tens of thousands of dollars to government employees and their businesses; personal loans made to Interim CEO […]

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