Category Archives: Fulton County

Activists, Officials Take Fact-finding Trip to Seattle for LEAD Program

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(APN) ATLANTA — From April 14 to 16, 2015, Atlanta activists and elected officials were in Seattle, Washington, learning more about the city’s successful Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, also known as the Pre-Arrest Diversion.   The group consisted of Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2); Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr., (District 5); Atlanta City Deputy Solicitor […]

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APN Questionnaire, Marie Metze, House District 55 Special Election Candidate

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(APN) ATLANTA — In Atlanta Progressive News’s continuing coverage of the House District 55 Special Election on June 16, 2015, this article provides questionnaire responses by Marie Metze.   Metze filed her responses after the deadline.  APN has now published all seven candidates’ questionnaires.   Tyrone Brooks, Jr:   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/05/21/apn-questionnaire-tyrone-brooks-jr-state-house-special-election-district-55/   John Guest:   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/05/24/republican-seeks-to-sneak-up-on-em-in-house-district-55/   Shelitha Robertson:   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/05/26/apn-questionnaire-shelitha-robertson-state-house-special-election-d55/ […]

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APN Questionnaires House District 55: Brown, Fitzgerald, Raju

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(APN) ATLANTA — In Atlanta Progressive News’s continuing coverage of the June 16, 2015 Special Election in State House District 55, the seat of former State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta), APN is providing the remaining questionnaire responses by three candidates in the race: Alysia Brown, Mike Fitzgerald, and Raghu Raju. The responses by Tyrone Brooks, Jr., are published here:   […]

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Atlanta Councilwoman Bottoms “Praying For” Annexation Opponents

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, May 18, 2015, at the City Council of Atlanta’s Full Council Meeting, concerned citizens from unincorporated south Fulton County turned out to express their concerns regarding the annexation petition process for the Loch Lomond, Sandtown, and Southoak communities.   Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) addressed the commenters, including by discussing their concerns and denying […]

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Republican Seeks to “Sneak Up on ‘Em” in House District 55

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the June 16, 2015 Special Election for House District 55, Atlanta Progressive News today takes a look at candidate John Guest, a Republican running as an independent, who recently told a local group of Republicans that he plans to “sneak up on ‘em” in House District 55.   “I’m running for Tyrone […]

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Atlanta Beltline Board Supports Withholding APS Payments – Woolard and Garner Included

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Board Meeting of the Atlanta Beltline, the Board passed the Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the Beltline that does not provide any payments towards the Beltline’s 13.5 million dollar debt to Atlanta Public Schools (APS).  This debt reflects two missed payments in January 2014 and January 2015.   Based on the […]

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Fulton Commissioners Split on Denying Atlanta Annexation, Pass Resolution Expressing Concern

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday May 06, 2015, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners met and discussed the attempts of three neighborhoods in south Fulton County–Sandtown, Loch Lomond and Southoaks–to annex into the City of Atlanta.   There were not enough votes to support motions by Chairman John Eaves (District 7) to deny the annexation requests.   On denying the […]

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Atlanta Southwest Annexation Petitions Submitted, Headed to Fulton Commission

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Attempts of south Fulton neighborhoods to annex into the City of Atlanta did not end with this year’s Legislative Session.   Three communities in south Fulton–Loch Lomond, Sandtown, and Southoaks–have filed petitions with City, according to copies of the petitions obtained by Atlanta Progressive News through an open records […]

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Fulton Chairman Eaves Pushes Garner off Recreation Authority

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(APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner (District 3) has resigned from the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), after being asked to do so by County Commission Chair John Eaves (District 7). “I appreciate the service Commissioner Garner provided to the county on the AFCRA board.  However, as all the parties involved head into a deeper discussion about […]

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Poll Shows Support for MARTA in Gwinnett

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(APN) ATLANTA — A majority of likely Gwinnett County voters support expanding Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) service to the county, according to a poll commissioned by the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.   “This reaffirms what we thought about how the Gwinnett community has changed over time. The community in general supports transportation alternatives,” Dr. Daniel Kaufman, President […]

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Fulton-Atlanta Recreation Authority Appoints Councilwoman Bottoms as Director

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — The Board of Directors of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority has removed the Executive Director of the Authority, and replaced her with Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11), a strong advocate for Mayor Kasim Reed.   The position pays 135,000 dollars per year.   “I’m very […]

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LaVista Hills Cityhood Proposal Moves Forward, despite Border Disputes

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With additional reporting by Barbara Payne.   (APN) ATLANTA — Voter referenda for proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker, both in north DeKalb County, are moving forward to be on the November 2015 ballot, despite a conflict between the proposed maps for LaVista Hills and City of Atlanta annexation of Druid Hills neighborhood.   City of Atlanta annexation efforts […]

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City of Atlanta Annexation, South Fulton City Efforts Clash, Fail, for now

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — The first year of the 2015-2016 legislative session featured a heavily contentious debate over whether to make South Fulton its own city, out of the remaining portions of unincorporated Fulton County; or whether to allow part of that area to annex into the City of Atlanta.  As proposed, both […]

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Georgia Transportation Bill Ignores Public Transit

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(APN) ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign an historic transportation spending bill, HB 170, that lawmakers approved toward the end of the 2015 legislative session.   This bill has come a long way from the original version, which would have sharply reduced revenues for local governments in order to boost funding for the Georgia Department of Transportation […]

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APN Legislative Wrap-Up: Georgia General Assembly 2015

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With additional reporting by Anna Simonton and Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photograph by Steve Eberhardt.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia General Assembly wrapped up the 2015 legislative session on Thursday, April 02, 2015.  There were a few progressive highlights in the majority-Republican Legislature, including a solar power lease agreement bill; a limited medical cannabis bill; and more flexibility for MARTA […]

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