Category Archives: Fulton County

Atlanta Council Moves Forward on Turner Field Sale to AFCRA

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(APN) ATLANTA — Despite public opposition, on Monday, May 02, 2016, the City Council of Atlanta voted unanimously to approve the sale the two-thirds portion of Turner Field owned by the City of Atlanta to the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), which owns the other one-third, so that the baseball stadium can be sold through AFCRA to development firms […]

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Community Finalizes Benefit Agreement Request, as Turner Field Redevelopment Moves Forward, Unphased

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents among communities near Turner Field, the Turner Field Benefits Planning Coalition (TTFBPC), and many others will be in attendance on Monday, May 02, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., for the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, to express their opposition to Resolution 16-R-3455 and Ordinance 16-O-1174.   The two bills would advance the redevelopment […]

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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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City of Atlanta likely to Annex Loch Lomond after Petitions Verified

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Loch Lomond community in south Fulton County, 271 acres in size, is likely to be annexed by the City of Atlanta, after the City’s Municipal Clerk and Law Department verified the petitions submitted by the community to join the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   A public hearing on 16-O-1189, an ordinance by […]

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Atlanta Wooing South Fulton Business Owners to Annex before Deadline

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is reaching out to business owners in unincorporated south Fulton County to discuss with them the time-sensitive possibility of annexing into the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Reed mailed a letter en masse to business owners in unincorporated south Fulton on April 01, 2016, a copy of […]

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APN Qualifying Overview Part Four: Fulton County Races

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(APN) ATLANTA — This article is providing a broad overview of the Partisan Primary and Non-Partisan General Election races for positions in Fulton County taking place on May 24, 2016.   Previously, in part one, APN looked at State House; in part two, at State Senate; and in part three, at Public Service Commission and U.S. Congress.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/14/apn-2016-qualifying-overview-state-house/   […]

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South Fulton Cityhood Passes Senate, House, as Sen. James Defends Vote

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum, Senior News Writer.   (APN) ATLANTA — HB 514, a voter referendum for a new City of South Fulton, in Fulton County, passed the Georgia Legislature this year, making a last-minute come back after many years of failed attempts to get the legislation through the Senate.   http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/514   City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim […]

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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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South Fulton Cityhood Advocates Seek State House Seats

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(APN) ATLANTA — This election cycle, at least two advocates for South Fulton cityhood–Debra Bazemore and Rafer Johnson–are putting their names on the ballot to run for State House.   State House races in Districts 62 and 63, covering much of south Fulton County, will be top-heavy with City of South Fulton advocates.   Atlanta Progressive News is beginning our […]

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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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Turner Field Neighbors Call For Community Benefits Agreement

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(APN) ATLANTA — The communities near Turner Field are seeking a binding Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) as part of the pending stadium sale.   The Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority (AFCRA) is in the process of selling Turner Field and surrounding acres to Georgia State University and the development firm Carter.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/12/24/residents-advocates-criticize-selection-of-gsu-to-redevelop-turner-field/   It is not clear how GSU […]

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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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Fulton Court Clerk Staffer Sentenced in ID Theft, Tax Fraud Conspiracy

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(APN) ATLANTA — In November 2015, a Fulton County Superior Court Clerk employee was convicted and sentenced for selling Georgians’ Social Security numbers and other personal information in a tax fraud scheme that spanned three U.S. states.   http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/eight-sentenced-massive-stolen-identity-tax-refund-fraud-scheme   A total of eight people from three U.S. states were charged and sentenced in the Southern District of Texas in […]

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