Tag Archives: Kwanza Hall

Homeless Task Force Ordinance Was Amended in Committee, but Issues Remain


(APN) ATLANTA — An ordinance calling for a feasibility study regarding the possibility of the City of Atlanta obtaining the property at 475 Peachtree Street, which is currently occupied by the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, for purported fire and safety purposes, was amended last week in Finance/Executive Committee, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   The legislation was […]

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Atlantans Had Productive White House Visit for LEAD Symposium


(APN) ATLANTA — On July 02 and 03, 2015, police officers, prosecutors, elected officials, community leaders and healthcare professionals from more than thirty U.S. cities gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program.   As previously, exclusively reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2); Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard; Atlanta […]

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Four Atlantans Invited to White House Forum on LEAD Program

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(APN) ATLANTA — Four Atlantans have received invitations to attend the National Convening on Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program at the White House on July 02, 2015.   The program is co-hosted by the Domestic Policy Council, the Ford Foundation and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.   Invited guests from Atlanta include Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2); […]

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Atlanta City Council Strikes Down Lamar Willis Appointment

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(APN) ATLANTA — In a surprising turn of events, the Atlanta City Council voted down Mayor Kasim Reed’s nomination of disgraced former Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) to the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority.   Willis lost his City Council seat to Andre Dickens in 2013 after serving for twelve years, during which time he committed numerous ethics […]

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Activists, Officials Take Fact-finding Trip to Seattle for LEAD Program

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(APN) ATLANTA — From April 14 to 16, 2015, Atlanta activists and elected officials were in Seattle, Washington, learning more about the city’s successful Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, also known as the Pre-Arrest Diversion.   The group consisted of Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2); Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr., (District 5); Atlanta City Deputy Solicitor […]

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Opacity, Public Exclusion Seen in Mayor’s Statements on Turner Field Redevelopment

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — The pending sale of the land underlying Atlanta’s Turner Field, just south of Downtown Atlanta, has been a point of contention for most of the year. Mayor Kasim Reed made controversial statements to WSBTV Channel 2 on or around November 11, 2014, that Turner Field could be sold “very soon,” […]

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Councilman Hall Seeks to Codify Atlanta’s Open Briefings

  (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2) has introduced legislation that seeks to codify the Council’s recently adopted practice of open Committee Briefings, so that citizens will not have to worry about future Briefings being closed to the public.   Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5) is the first to tell Atlanta Progressive News she will support […]

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Shake-ups, New Contenders in Several Atlanta Council Races (UPDATE 1)

  (APN) ATLANTA — As races for seats on the City Council of Atlanta continue to take shape, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that one candidate is switching races, while additional candidates have filed a notice of intent to challenge various incumbents. Jon Jones, who previously had been in the District 2 race against Councilman Kwanza Hall, recently learned that, […]

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Wan Criticized for Cheshire Bridge Rezoning Plan, but No Challenger Yet

  (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan (District 6) has faced some severe criticism on social media websites and on commenting sections of Atlanta’s GLBTQI publications, but, to date, no one has stepped forward to challenge Mr. Wan in this year’s upcoming 2013 municipal election.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, candidates have lined up to […]

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Midtown’s Other Councilman Opposes Cheshire Bridge Zoning Changes

(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), whose new District 2 contains much of the southern part of Midtown, up to 10th Street in some parts, has told Atlanta Progressive News that he opposes the proposed zoning changes to Cheshire Bridge Road. This puts him at odds with Alex Wan (District 6), the openly homosexual Councilman, whose […]

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Todd Robinson Withdraws Candidacy for Atlanta Council District 2

Todd Robinson, who had announced his candidacy to challenge incumbent Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), in the 2013 Municipal Elections, has withdrawn his candidacy, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. “After further consideration and discussions with my family, I have come to the realization that the timing of my effort is not quite right. I will continue to serve my community in […]

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Hall Draws Two Challengers in Atlanta District Two Race

(APN) ATLANTA — Two candidates, Jon Jones and Todd Robinson, have announced their plans to challenge Kwanza Hall for the District 2 seat on the City Council of Atlanta. Kwanza Hall was elected in 2005 to the seat that was formerly held by Councilwoman Debi Starnes (District 2).  In 2009, he faced no challenger. On the APN Atlanta City Council […]

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APN Issues 2011 Atlanta Council Member Scorecards

  APN Issues 2011 Atlanta Council Member Scorecards By Matthew Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — Following several important, split votes by the City Council of Atlanta in late 2010 and so far in 2011, Atlanta Progressive News has issued a revised Atlanta Council Member Scorecard for 2011. The Scorecard took into account a total of sixteen votes and other actions by […]

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Atlanta Council Rejects 4am Bar Hours

  (APN) ATLANTA — In an 11 to 3 vote, the City Council of Atlanta rejected a proposal by Kwanza Hall (District 2) to re-extend the City’s bar closing hours from 3am to 4am. Those voting nay on the motion to adverse the legislation–or, in support of 4am hours–were Council Members Kwanza Hall (District 2), Cleta Winslow (District 4), and […]

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BREAKING: Midtown APD Chief Ousted for Opposing Patrol Cuts

(APN) ATLANTA — Major Khirus E. Williams was apparently ousted from the Atlanta Police Department after a recent email he sent to Midtown Atlanta residents warning of proposed cuts to community patrolling, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Williams was the commander for Zone 5, which includes much of Midtown. “Good evening, as a result of this e-mail, which was intended […]

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