Tag Archives: City of Atlanta

State Sen. Millar Opposes Sunday Voting, Black Voter Turnout; Says He Prefers “Educated” Voters

(APN) ATLANTA — In an appalling turn of events that reveals exactly why the Voting Rights Act is still needed, State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) showed his true colors, as it were, in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Political Insider blog regarding his opposition to early voting on Sunday. Recently, DeKalb County expanded its early voting options […]

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Atlanta Council Passes APD Cameras, Refers Constitutional Amendment to Committee

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta on Tuesday, September 02, 2014, the Council passed a resolution that had been introduced by Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), calling for the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to conduct a feasibility study within 90 days for implementing body cameras for all APD officers.  The Council also […]

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Atlanta Police Arrest Fast Food Workers Fighting for a Living Wage

By Anna Simonton, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA — Ten fast food workers were arrested on Thursday, September 04, 2014, after blocking one lane of traffic on Ponce de Leon Avenue, near Boulevard, in an act of civil disobedience.   The action was intended to pressure their employers to pay a living wage and allow workers to […]

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Councilman Bond Introducing Resolution on U.S. Constitutional Amendment

(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) plans to introduce a resolution calling for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, at the Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Full Council Meeting. The Constitutional Amendment, if adopted and ratified, would clarify that U.S. Congress has the authority to enact campaign contribution limits.   The resolution […]

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New Mature Trees Planted at Buckhead Atlanta Development

By A. Scott Walton, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA — The brand new Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use development is set to feature a substantial planting of new, mature trees.     The swooping cranes that languished in states of non-productivity for years have come down; and the six-block assemblage of upscale boutiques, restaurants, and condominiums is poised to […]

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Councilwoman Moore Seeks Study on APD Body Cameras

(APN) ATLANTA — The shooting of an unarmed teen by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri has spurred the City Council of Atlanta to take action.     On Monday, August 18, 2014, the Council unanimously passed legislation by Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5) to implore U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder require local police to install surveillance cameras in […]

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Atlantans Spoke Out at EPA Hearing in Favor of Carbon Emissions Limits

(APN) ATLANTA — The numbers are in.  Atlanta along with Washington, DC, boasted the highest attendance of four national hearings hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in July 2014 to solicit public comments on the historic proposed Clean Power Plan designed to cut carbon emissions.     309 people testified at the Atlanta hearing held at the Omni […]

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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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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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Pro-Israeli Protesters in Atlanta Give Their Side of the Story (UPDATE 1)

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale     (APN) ATLANTA — Over a thousand pro-Israeli protesters held a demonstration on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Selig Center at 1440 Spring Street.  The Selig Center is an event space, museum, and office space for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.   This rally was called, “Atlanta Stands with Israel,” […]

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Atlanta Beltline Displaces Community Garden in Southwest Atlanta

By Anna Simonton, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA — Shawn Deangelo Walton left a meeting with BeltLine officials on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, with little recourse other than to comply with their demands.  The urban gardener and founder of WeCycle will uproot from Ashview Community Garden, taking his youth program to a nearby church by the end […]

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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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