Category Archives: Fulton County

Some Citizens Say Cityhood, Annexation Efforts Mislead on Full Options

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor (APN) DEKALB COUNTY — Some pro-annexation and pro-cityhood advocates in south Fulton County are misleading citizens, who currently live in unincorporated areas, about their full range of options–saying that staying unincorporated is not an option–one south Fulton resident has told Atlanta Progressive News. A similar theme emerged at a recent pro-City […]

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MARTA Workers Fight Privatization of Paratransit, Face Retaliation (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, November 06, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority is likely to greenlight a bidding process for private contractors to take over MARTA Mobility, the paratransit service for elders and people with disabilities.   The Amalgamated Transit Union, representing well over half of MARTA’s full-time workers, has escalated efforts to […]

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APS Board to Vote Monday on Charter System Recommendation (UPDATE 1)

By A. Scott Walton, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News (November 02, 2014) (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) is set to on Monday, November 03, 2014, on whether to transition to a “charter system.” APS’s School System Operating Models and Flexibility Options Advisory Committee considered several options available to APS, and issued a […]

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Atlanta Student Movement Historical Trail to be Unveiled with Interactive Markers

APN) ATLANTA — Fifteen historical interactive markers are currently being erected around the Atlanta University Center to memorialize the student movement that sparked the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta back in 1960. At unveiling is to take place on tomorrow, Saturday, November 01, 2014. On June 07, 2010, a Commission was created to identify locations where these historical actions took […]

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Hearing Held on NGP’s “Missing” Voter Registration Forms, as DeKalb, Chatham Settle

(APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher did not immediately issue a ruling, after a hearing yesterday, October 24, 2014, on the writ of mandamus sought by New Georgia Project (NGP) and other voter advocacy groups with respect to what they say are approximately 40,000 missing voter registration forms. A writ of mandamus is an extraordinary form […]

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MARTA Eyes Expansion into North Fulton County

(APN) ATLANTA — It was a busy summer for the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA), although not because riders were flocking to the new Ferris Wheel in downtown Atlanta.  “Connect 400” informational sessions made their way around north Fulton County this summer, gathering opinions from residents about where the next phase of the North Springs rail line would go: […]

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Loch Lomond Estates, in south Fulton, Seeks Annexation into Atlanta

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Loch Lomond Estates, a neighborhood in unincorporated south Fulton County, is seeking annexation into the City of Atlanta.       The neighborhood submitted a petition on July 17, 2014.  Atlanta Progressive News obtained a copy through a Georgia Open Records Act request from the Municipal Clerk, Rhonda Dauphin […]

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Georgia Supreme Court Takes Homeless Task Force Case, as City Threatens Water Shut-off Again

(APN) ATLANTA — On August 29, 2014, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued a ruling in two related emergency appeals brought by the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.  The court accepted the Task Force’s direct appeal; and dismissed the other appeal, an application for immediate review, as duplicative.  The appeals case going forward is S14M1956.     Meanwhile, […]

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Atlanta Development Authority to Push Inclusionary Zoning in Atlanta

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — At the July 21, 2014 Work Session on Affordable Housing, convened by Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) on behalf of the Community Development/Human Resources Committee, the Atlanta Development Authority (ADA, doing business as “Invest Atlanta”) announced its intentions to advocate for Inclusionary Zoning in Atlanta.     […]

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Fulton County’s Authority to Raise Property Tax Heads to Court

(APN) ATLANTA — In a fight between north Fulton County and Fulton County Government that has been going for many decades, the members of the Fulton County House Republican caucus–plus former State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta)–are suing Fulton County for voting to raise the millage rate, or property tax rate, in Fulton County by some 17 percent on August 06, […]

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Judge Allows Eviction Proceedings in Task Force Lawsuit, but Only in Superior Court

(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, August 08, 2014, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall issued an order lifting the stay of dispossessory, allowing Premium Funding Solutions (PFS) to pursue dispossessory proceedings against the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless; however, only in Fulton County Superior Court.     Because the Superior Court rules require related cases to be […]

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Urgent Care Clinics Keep Popping Up in Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA — The number of Urgent Care Centers has been increasing in Atlanta over the past several years, as new options, posing alternatives to primary care, are becoming available for Atlanta consumers.   Dr. Anthony Ferrara, a pioneer specializing in the field of emergency medicine and the business of Urgent Care, and part owner of several Atlanta Urgent Care […]

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Fulton County’s Closure of Two Shelters Has Domino Effect (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — The struggle to get by for Atlanta’s most vulnerable citizens became more difficult this summer after two emergency homeless shelters serving Atlanta and Fulton County quietly shuttered their doors due to funding cuts to homeless services in the County’s 2014 budget.   Jefferson Place, a 150-bed men’s homeless shelter, began notifying men in May 2014 that they […]

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Clayton County Citizens Will Get to Vote on MARTA Penny this November

(APN) JONESBORO — In an eleventh hour, nail biting, last ditch effort, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, in a three to one vote, on Saturday, July 05, 2014, agreed to let Clayton citizens decide on the one penny sales tax to fund MARTA services in a November 04, 2014 referendum.     Chairman Jeffrey Turner, and Commissioners Shana Rooks […]

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Clayton Commission Approves Half-Penny MARTA Referendum, MARTA Requires Full Penny to Join

(APN) JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Commissions met Tuesday night, July 01, 2014, to vote on whether to allow a referendum that would allow Clayton voters to vote on levying either a half penny or a penny sales tax in Clayton County, to expand MARTA bus, rail, or high capacity transit throughout the County.      At issue […]

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