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About David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with nearly 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

Proposed annexation by Brookhaven fuels push back from cities not even formed – Lakeside and Briarcliff

A border dispute appears to be breaking out in DeKalb County, involving Brookhaven and two cities that haven’t even been incorporated.

The issue is the tax base represented by two tracts of commercial land whose major players have requested to be annexed into Brookhaven – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Executive Park.
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Report: Stormwater runoff from industrial sites endangers Chattahoochee River basin

The basin of the Chattahoochee River is threatened by stormwater runoff that carries hazardous materials from industrial sites into the water system, a new report shows.

This situation prompted the Georgia Water Coalition to include the Chattahoochee River in its 2014 edition of Georgia’s Dirty Dozen, a list of water pollution problems across the state that was released Wednesday. The Chattahoochee has made the list since the first edition, in 2011.

The release of Georgia’s Dirty Dozen also served as a changing of the guard for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Sally Bethea, founding executive director, monitored a conference call to discuss the report. But it was Jason Ulseth, the incoming riverkeeper, who fielded questions from reporters.
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Dreams of jobs training hit reality; Atlanta vows it won’t surrender

Less than 10 percent of those who applied for a job-training program initiated by Falcons team owner Arthur Blank passed the drug test required for acceptance to the program, according to Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory L. Young, Jr.

Young cited the figure to illustrate the challenge of job training for individuals who have troubles past or present. Of 160 applicants, 18 were accepted, he said.
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Concerns over potential redlining raised in study of spotty recovery of home prices in metro Atlanta

Signs of the discriminatory lending practice called redlining have reemerged in metro Atlanta, according to a new analysis of home sale prices.

Georgia Tech Professor Dan Immergluck reached this conclusion in his study that determines the extent of the uneven recovery of home prices in metro Atlanta.
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Atlanta Fed: Modest growth in Atlanta, across southeast U.S.

A new round of economic reports indicates Atlanta and the rest of the southeast continue on a trajectory of “modest” growth.

Two new reports from Atlanta Federal Reserve portray the region’s economy in relatively good terms. These reports join the muddled mix that shows the foreclosure rate has fallen, while the number of workers in metro Atlanta has decreased and the number of unemployed has increased since the spring.
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BeltLine’s Bellwood Quarry to be propelled by city committee

One of the more photogenic parks planned for the Atlanta BeltLine is also the largest, and plans for moving it forward may be starting to shape.

The old Bellwood Quarry is soon to be the sole subject of a redevelopment review committee to be formed by the Atlanta City Council, according to legislation led by Councilmember Michael Julian Bond. The council is slated to approve the proposal as part of the consent agenda on Oct. 20.

Of political note, Bond omitted council President Ceasar Mitchell, or his designee, from the committee. The council president often is represented on committees with purview over topics of citywide or regional interest, such as the BeltLine.
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Atlanta’s jobs program should teach skills film industry needs to help locals get work, councilmember says

Atlanta’s workforce training program should help residents learn the skills needed to get jobs in Atlanta’s film industry, an Atlanta councilmember with a unique perspective said Tuesday.

“The movie industry is hot in the city of Atlanta,” Atlanta Councilmember Joyce Sheperd said in a meeting of the council’s Community Development and Human Resources Committee.
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To educate Georgians, regents expand distance learning, request $212.7 million in campus construction

Georgia’s Board of Regents have expanded an aggressive, two-pronged plan to create an additional 250,000 college graduates by 2025.

The goal is to propel Georgia’s population toward the type of education necessary to attract quality employers, as well as to manage civic and cultural responsibilities.
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Atlanta “showing signs” of economic recovery, credit outlook improved, says report with regional implications

The city of Atlanta is “showing signs” that it is rebounding from the recession, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service.

Among the signs Moody’s identifies: The tax base is inching up; foreclosures are down to pre-recession levels; the unemployment rate is still stuck above 10 percent, but city officials attributed it to people moving here to look for work rather than to locals unable to find a job.

The report could be a guide in gauging the economy in other parts of the region, though Moody’s did examine only the city of Atlanta in order to rate the credit of a $60 million bond package Atlanta plans to sell Oct. 28.
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Gator seasons ends with 13-footer from Lake Blackshear in headlines

At some point in the battle with the alligator, the hunters probably stopped thinking about the record book.

Which may be just as well. Because the alligator they killed after a four-hour fight last week was nearly a foot shorter than the record-setting lizard taken last year.

But the alligator that hunters took Oct. 2 from Lake Blackshear did measure 13 feet and weigh in at 660 pounds, according to media reports. The beast took six bullets to kill before it could be dragged to a small boat and motored ashore.
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