Atlanta Citizen Review Board

Atlanta Council Approves New Affordable Housing Requirement for Development Authority Deals, with New Option at 60% AMI

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, May 02, 2016 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, the Council approved, in a vote of fourteen to one, a new ordinance by Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) to require a set-aside of affordable housing units in new multi-family housing developments receiving funds from a development authority doing business in the […]

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What We’re Reading – Tuesday, May 03, 3016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   Have Atlanta Rents Finally Topped Out? Curbed Atlanta Safe Streets Groups Call for Upgrade after impaired driver hits three pupils Saporta Report   In Louisiana, the U.S. Has its First Climate Change Refugees Political Insider blog   King County Judge Makes Historic Judgment against Washington State in […]

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Atlanta Council Moves Forward on Turner Field Sale to AFCRA


(APN) ATLANTA — Despite public opposition, on Monday, May 02, 2016, the City Council of Atlanta voted unanimously to approve the sale the two-thirds portion of Turner Field owned by the City of Atlanta to the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), which owns the other one-third, so that the baseball stadium can be sold through AFCRA to development firms […]

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What We’re Reading – Monday, May 02, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. #### Around Atlanta, the Housing Recovery’s Divide in Stark Black and White Washington Post   On “Bus Crawl,” Beltline Creator Pitches Ways to Save Buford Highway Reporter Newspapers   Forecast says Gwinnett will be 37 percent Hispanic by 2040 WABE radio news   Plant Washington Misses Construction Start Deadline […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, May 01, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Opinion: For Taxpayers, Braves Put down Bats, Pick up Screwdrivers Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Clarkston Finds Support to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession WABE radio news   Old Power Gives Way to New Power in South Georgia Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Justice Department: U.S. Attorney Investigator Treatment of Georgia LGBT […]

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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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What We’re Reading – Saturday, April 30, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Race, MARTA Give Early Shape to the 2017 Race for Mayor of Atlanta Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Woes around Stonecrest Mirror Mall Struggles Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Protests Prompt Stone Mountain to Explore Ways to “Prevent or Control” Future Rallies Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Bald Eagles […]

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Georgia Power’s Plan for Yet Another Nuclear Reactor Opposed by Citizens at PSC Meeting on 2016 IRP

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(APN) ATLANTA — Environmental advocates in Georgia expressed their outrage to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) over the course of two days on April 18 and 19, 2016, in opposition to Georgia Power’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan.   The Plan remains slow on renewable energy like solar and wind, and, shockingly, lays the procedural groundwork for yet another new […]

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APN 2016 Endorsements Pt. 3: Brown, Johnson, Bazemore, Decline/U.S. Senate

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors is pleased to announce our third round of Democratic Primary endorsements for 2016.   We are endorsing Janine Brown for House District 59, Rafer Johnson for House District 62, and Debra Bazemore for House District 63; and declining to endorse for U.S. Senate.   Previously, APN endorsed Bernie Sanders for […]

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What We’re Reading – Friday, April 29, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   Trees Atlanta: City Plans to Plant 1,200 Big Trees within Two Years Saporta Report   Lost n Found Youth Moves Forward with New Shelter Plans The GA Voice   Metro Atlanta Population to Reach 8 Million Atlanta Business Chronicle   Fulton County Democrat Disqualified from Running (Jeff […]

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What We’re Reading – Thursday, April 28, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. #### Judge: Atlanta Annexation Case Very Strong Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Saporta Report Explains Dismissal of Maynard Eaton Saporta Report   Isakson challenger Barksdale casts himself as an outsider Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   This Florida Town Wants to Become the Most Sustainable Community in America (Babcock Ranch, Florida) Think […]

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6,000 Lose Food Stamps in Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall Counties


(APN) ATLANTA — In Georgia, approximately six thousand Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWDs) in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Hall counties will lose SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food assistance this year.   “We have done extensive outreach to those affected, starting in October 2015, and have many resources to offer to those who choose to participate,”  Mary Beth Lukich, Office of […]

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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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What We’re Reading – Tuesday, April 26, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   A Bittersweet Goodbye 11 Alive television news   Atlanta can now pursue a $2.5B MARTA transit expansion Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Citizen Panel Created to Reform DeKalb’s Government Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Clarkston is on a Collision Course with Georgia Leaders over Plan to Decriminalize Marijuana Political […]

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Atlantans Participated in DC “Democracy Spring” Rallies, at least Two Arrested

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Photograph courtesy of Jen Rafanan.   (APN) ATLANTA — Over 1,400 people were arrested over several days of massive nonviolent sit-ins on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C., between April 11 and 18, 2016.  It was the most people ever arrested at the U.S. Capitol.   Democracy Spring was organized by a coalition of over 120 organizations.  It is determined […]

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