Category Archives: Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta Council Begins Review of MARTA Half-Penny Tax Projects, Infrastructure Tax Projects

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is now beginning the process of preparing to review two proposed project lists–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–for two possible upcoming voter referenda on a half-penny sales tax.   If voters approve both measures on November 08, 2016, the sales tax would increase by one percent in the City of […]

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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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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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Hillary Clinton Wins Georgia Primary; Sanders Supporters Vow to Keep Fighting

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum and Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won Georgia’s Democratic Primary for President of the United States on yesterday, Tuesday, March 02, 2016.  She received 71.3 percent of the vote, while U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders received 28.2 percent of the vote.   Atlanta Progressive News had Senior […]

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Atlanta Council Delays Action on CRB Reforms

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee (PS/LA) was set to discuss and possibly vote on an ordinance granting new powers to the Atlanta Citizens Review Board at its meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.   However, numerous citizens who planned to attend and speak learned that the PS/LA Committee Chairman Ivory Young (District 3) decided […]

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Atlanta Schoolchildren Lose $63.6 Million In APS/Beltline Deal (UPDATE 2)

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UPDATE 1: Title and article updated with new total numbers (see below for full editorial comment).   (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Board of Education has conceded to recouping tens of millions dollars less than the original 162 million dollars promised to the Atlanta Public School system (APS) for its participation in the Beltline Tax Allocation District (TAD).   In […]

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U.S. Southern Delegates Both Laud And Denounce Historic Climate Agreement

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Photograph via Creative Commons.   (APN) ATLANTA — World leaders have reached an historic agreement to address climate change, with input––and pressure––from local delegations the world over, including from Atlanta, Georgia, and throughout the U.S. South.   The agreement, signed by 196 countries including the United States, sets a goal of keeping global temperatures from rising more than two degrees […]

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Mayor Reed Refuses to Budge on Peoplestown Demolitions for Remaining Two Families

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(APN) ATLANTA — Mayor Kasim Reed remains determined to force Peoplestown residents out of their homes in order to build a stormwater detention pond and park.   On December 01, 2015, homeowners who have been fighting to save their houses from demolition convened at City Hall for meetings with the Mayor that were scheduled after a sit-in at his office […]

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OP-ED/Rep. McKinney – Councilman Hall Trying to Steal the Homeless Task Force

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Prepared by former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) for Atlanta Progressive News. #### This is a story of pure greed.   I have visited the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and believe that the City of Atlanta–its Mayor and City Council Members–should fight the system that produces homeless families, including homeless veterans.   In the absence of such […]

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BREAKING: Task Force for the Homeless Eminent Domain Feasibility Study Sought (UPDATE 1)

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UPDATE 1: The legislation actually passed Committee, according to Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), who was the only nay vote. (see below for more.)   (APN) ATLANTA — Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2) has introduced legislation to begin the process of studying the feasibility of the City of Atlanta acquiring two properties, including 475 Peachtree, where the Metro Atlanta Task […]

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City of Atlanta to Install Solar Panels on 28 City Buildings

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed held a press conference Monday, November 23, 2015 at Atlanta City Hall to announce that the City is launching Solar Atlanta, its first solar energy program.   The program will allow solar panels to be installed on the roofs of 28 municipal buildings in Atlanta.  This is the first program of […]

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Atlanta City Council Passes Affordable Housing Impact Statements

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta passed an ordinance providing for Affordable Housing Impact Statements in a unanimous vote of fourteen to zero at its Full Council Meeting on today, Monday, November 16, 2015.   The ordinance passed as part of today’s Consent Agenda.  Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) was absent.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=1446&ID=5800   The ordinance was drafted […]

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Peoplestown Homeowners Get Meetings with Mayor Reed after Holding Sit-In

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents fighting to save their homes in Peoplestown held a sit-in at City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office on November 04, 2015.  As a result of their action, they have a series of back-to-back meetings scheduled with Mayor Reed for December 01, 2015.   As Atlanta Progressive News previously has reported, Tanya Washington, and Robert and […]

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Mayor Reed Defends Lack of Public Input on Turner Field, Noting All Projects Lack Such Input

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(APN) ATLANTA — At a meeting of the City Council of Atlanta’s Finance/Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Council Members heard from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), which oversees Turner Field, as well as residents who are fighting to have a say in how their neighborhoods are impacted when the Braves leave.   AFCRA recently invited developers to […]

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