Category Archives: Mayor Kasim Reed

Fulton, DeKalb Voters to Consider School Sales Tax Renewal

(APN) ATLANTA — In upcoming the November 08, 2011, election, Atlanta, Decatur, DeKalb, and Fulton voters will decide whether to renew a one percent, or one penny per dollar, sales tax for educational infrastructure.  If approved, this would be the third renewal, or Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) IV. Working families are hurting in the current economy, and Atlanta’s […]

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Glover May Soon Resign from AHA

(APN) ATLANTA — Renee Glover, the CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority who presided over the demolition and destruction of nearly all of Atlanta’s public housing, may soon resign from AHA, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. One member of AHA’s Board of Commissioners told APN they were expecting Glover to have resigned at a Board meeting last week and that […]

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Federal Court Clears Atlanta in Homeless Task Force Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA — US District Judge Thomas Thrash ruled against the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless in a Motion for Summary Judgement in its claims against the City of Atlanta, and ruled in favor of the City in its counterclaim for unpaid water bills, according to a copy of Thrash’s ruling, dated Friday, September 21, 2011, posted on […]

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City Attorney Defends More Atlanta Closed Meetings, on Eagle Raid

  (APN) ATLANTA — Senior Assistant City Attorney Kristen Denius defended two closed-door meetings involving the Atlanta Police Department LGBT Advisory Board, Mayor Reed and his staff, and APD, in a memo prepared for Glen Paul Freedman, Chair of the Board, dated Monday, August 22, 2011. In this memo, Denius advised Freedman, in the opinion of the City of Atlanta […]

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Atlanta Council Delays Watershed Vote following APN Article

  (APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta, which was expected to vote today on the confirmation of Jo Ann Macrina, Mayor Kasim Reed’s nominee for Commissioner for the Department of Watershed Management, delayed the vote following recent revalations in an article by Atlanta Progressive News. The Full Council went into Executive Session for two full hours to discuss […]

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Atlanta’s Watershed Nominee at Issue in Alleged Retaliatory Firings

  (APN) ATLANTA — Today the City Council of Atlanta is likely to consider the nomination of Jo Ann Macrina as Commissioner of the Department of Watershed Management. After being nominated by Mayor Kasim Reed in April 2011, she is already serving as Interim Commissioner.  She previously worked as Deputy Director of the Watershed Protection Division for DeKalb County’s Department […]

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(IPS) Public Workers Fight to Preserve Pensions

A previous version of this article appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=56311. ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 30, 2011 (IPS) – Municipal workers across the United States are fighting to preserve their pensions amidst a concerted campaign by corporate interests coupled with budget shortfalls facing all urban areas in the current recession. Some of the affected workers include those who work […]

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AHA Board Slashes Alisias Contract, Chastises CEO Glover

(APN) ATLANTA — Sparks were flying today, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at the Atlanta Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meeting, as the Board voted to slash the fiscal year 2012 budget item for the Alisias PR firm from 750,000 dollars to 84,000 dollars, or 7,000 dollars per month. The Board of Commissioners under the Mayor Shirley Franklin administration, including current […]

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Mitchell, Moore, Bond Blast Mayor Reed’s Pension Scare Tactics

  (APN) ATLANTA — Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Council Members Felicia Moore (District 9) and Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) criticized Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in scathing comments during the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta on Monday June 06, 2011. Mitchell, Moore, and Bond were responding to the ongoing scare tactics by Mayor Reed related […]

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State Rep. Rashad Taylor Comes Out of the Closet

By Arit Essien, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News, with additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — In a noon press conference today, State Rep. Rashad Taylor, who has worked extensively with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, told reporters, “I am a gay man.” Rep. Taylor stood next to his mother, and was surrounded by supporters and fellow legislators as […]

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Deal, Reed, Muhammad Nudge Atlanta BOE Chairman El towards Resignation

(APN) ATLANTA — On various occasions over the last few weeks, key political players at the local and state levels have been nudging Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El towards resignation; and a Board vote on a new Chairperson might be drawing close, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. According to one Board Member who attended a closed-door […]

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Atlanta Council Opposes APS Board Replacement Law

(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta voted Monday, May 02, 2011, to express their opposition to SB 79, which Republican Governor Nathan Deal has signed, and which gives Deal the power to recommend removal of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education members. The resolution states that the Council is not supportive of the law and asks the […]

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City Hires former Reporter, Ramage, as Citizen Advocate

(APN) ATLANTA — In an interesting twist of events, the City of Atlanta has hired Stephanie Ramage, former reporter, editor, and columnist for the Sunday Paper magazine, as its first Citizen Advocate. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Sunday Paper ceased covering news, let Ramage go, and went online-only.  Meanwhile, Ramage had started her own blog at stephanieramage.com. When […]

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PETA Activists, “Elephant” Block Entrance to City Hall, 3 Arrested

(APN) ATLANTA — Four Atlanta activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals blocked the entrance to Atlanta City Hall today, as part of a demonstration against the alleged abuse of elephants by the Ringling Brothers circus. Three activists–Rachel Ewon, 25; Reagan Kimball, 31; and Jamie Salazar, 25–were handcuffed after blocking the entrance for about twenty minutes.  A fourth […]

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