Category Archives: Fulton County

APN Issues State House, Senate Scorecard for 2014-2016 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the 2017-2018 General Assembly Legislative Session quickly approaches in Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News is re-issuing our Combined Scorecard for 2014, 2015, and 2016 for legislators in the State House and Senate representing areas wholly or partially in Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   The Scorecard rates the candidates on the progressiveness of their voting records, based on […]

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Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative Marks Official Launch

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(APN) ATLANTA — Last month, in June 2016, the City of Atlanta and Fulton County officially launched the Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) Initiative to divert from the criminal justice system people whose infractions are driven mainly by addiction, mental illness, and poverty.   The launch makes Atlanta/Fulton County the fifth jurisdiction in the U.S. to embrace the PAD program.  The project […]

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Candidate’s Criminal History, Linda Pritchett HD63, as Buried by CBS Atlanta

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — In 2012, CBS Atlanta’s “exclusive investigation” found that Linda Pritchett, then a candidate for the Democratic nomination for State House District 63 had a troubling criminal history.   CBS apparently had invested significant resources to uncover the information for the news report, which was once published at the following […]

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Dr. “Sonny” Walker, 1934-2016, Early Champion of NPUs, Community Action, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Dr. William “Sonny” Walker, 82, passed away on June 14, 2016.  He was known in Atlanta, in Arkansas, and indeed, nationwide – as a passionate advocate for poor people, a community business leader, and a federal grant administrator for eight U.S. southern states for anti-poverty initiatives dating back to the the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 during […]

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CM Martin to Planning Commissioner: If he’s displeased, he should leave

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(APN) ATLANTA — At a Work Session yesterday, Wednesday, June 08, 2016, Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin (District 10) criticized a proposal to reorganize the City of Atlanta Planning Commission.   Commissioner Tim Keane came to Atlanta with a stated agenda of bringing change to the Planning Department.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/09/10/atlantas-new-planning-commissioner-signals-concern-for-housing-affordability/   Keane has proposed a major reorganization of the Planning […]

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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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Two More Fulton Communities Seek Annexation into Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two more communities in unincorporated south Fulton County–Cascade Falls and Martin’s Park–are seeking annexation into the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=9334   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=9335   Cascade Falls is off of Cascade Road SW, and is south of Mangum Manor, and to the northeast of Cascade Green.   Martin’s Park is just to the […]

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Candidate Seeks Progressive Change in Fulton Court Clerk’s Office

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(APN) ATLANTA — In the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, Duvwon Robinson is challenging incumbent Fulton County Superior Court Clerk, Cathelene “Tina” Robinson, for the Democratic nomination.   Duvwon Robinson [no relation with Cathelene] is a career counselor with the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency.   There is one Republican candidate running for the Clerk position, […]

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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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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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