Category Archives: DeKalb County

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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LaVista Hills Feasibility Study Assumes Prohibited Tax Rate

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(APN) DEKALB COUNTY — The battle of yard signs and opinions in the proposed city of LaVista Hills show a divided community with some residents supportive and others opposed.   Boundary disputes have plagued the proposed LaVista Hills in the past.   Now a new controversy swirls around the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute (CVI)  feasibility study that found […]

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“Ms. Angela” Threatens APN with Lawsuit, using Fictitious Attorney, apparently

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(APN) ATLANTA — Angela Moore, a candidate for State Senate District 43 in the upcoming November 03, 2015 Special Election, has sent Atlanta Progressive News’s News Editor a Cease and Desist letter, demanding that APN retract an article dated September 20, 2015, entitled, “SD 43 Candidate, ‘Ms. Angela,’ Created Fictitious Debt to Avoid Campaign Debt, Apparently.”   The letter demanded […]

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SD 43 Candidate, “Ms. Angela,” Created Fictitious Person to Avoid Campaign Debt, Apparently

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(APN) ATLANTA — Angela Moore, former candidate in several races including Secretary of State in 2006 and 2010, is running for State Senate District 43–covering parts of DeKalb, Newton, and Rockdale counties–in a Special Election to be held on November 03, 2015.     However, a strange series of events in 2010, and revelations about additional events in 2006, raise […]

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Candidates Qualify for State Senate District 43

(APN) ATLANTA — Qualifying has been completed for the Special Election for the State Senate District 43, the seat held by State Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia).  Ramsey has been appointed to a new judge position in DeKalb County, as part of the new State Court Traffic Division.   The special election for State Senate District 43 will occur in portions […]

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Clarkston Mayor, Ted Terry, Welcoming Syrian Refugees

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(APN) ATLANTA — Mayor Ted Terry of Clarkston is stepping up with compassionate solutions, while many others merely watch the Syrian refugee disaster unfold on Facebook.   “Clarkston is ready to step up and do our part to welcome more Syrians, more Iraqis, more Afghanis to our City,” Terry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 10, 2015.   “Our Christian […]

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Police Brutality Concerns Brought to DeKalb Commission

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(APN) DECATUR — Members of The Coalition of Justice and Police Accountability spoke for nearly thirty minutes about recent police shootings, and a desire for increased accountability, during the public comments section of the Tuesday, September 08, 2015 DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Meeting.   “I feel the DeKalb County Commission is reinforcing this culture of impunity, there is an […]

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NEWS BRIEF: DeKalb CEO Faces Search Warrant for Emails

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(APN) ATLANTA — Dekalb County Interim CEO Lee May’s problems just got a bit more complicated.   The Federal Bureau of Investigations is investigating whether May, who recently resigned from the District 5 seat, received preferential treatment during a series of home repairs five years ago, as previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/05/16/dekalb-interim-ceo-may-steps-down-from-district-seat/   Search warrants were issued […]

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Taylor Bennett Wins State House Run-off, Republicans Lose Supermajority

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(APN) ATLANTA — Republicans no longer have a supermajority in Georgia’s State House of Representatives.   On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, Democratic candidate Taylor Bennett–an attorney and former football player–won a runoff election for House District 80, defeating J. Max Davis, a Republican.   The district includes parts of Sandy Springs in Fulton County and Brookhaven in DeKalb County.   […]

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DeKalb Commissioner, Citizens Blast DeKalb CEO for Arthur Blank Soccer Field Deal

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(APN) ATLANTA — In a blink of an eye, and with no public comment allowed, the deal between DeKalb County, Arthur Blank, and Atlanta United FC soccer franchise was struck.   Last Tuesday, August 04, 2015, the DeKalb County Commission voted 4-3 in favor of the deal.   Atlanta United FC plans to build a 30 million dollar soccer complex […]

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