Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman carefully selected his 2024 committee assignments, making sure to rotate leadership among various city council members.
The Atlanta City Council committee chairs and members for 2024 have been named. City Council President Doug Shipman makes the appointments, which he announced on Dec. 4. The committees are sub-groups of the council where legislation and policies typically get the most in-depth discussion. “My goal, as it has always been, is to assure the […]
The departure of MARTA’s chief financial officer, Raj Srinath, is being viewed as Atlanta’s loss and Jacksonville’s gain.
An Atlanta City Council member may introduce a resolution to put the public safety training center on the ballot, pending City attorneys’ advice — a move that could cut through a legal stalemate over the “Vote to Stop Cop City” effort. District 5 City Councilmember Liliana Bakhtiari is “considering introducing legislation on Monday” to put […]
The plans for a new public safety training center have polarized Atlanta into two camps – those for and those against. That was evident during a confrontational Atlanta City Council meeting that began at 1 p.m. June 12 and lasted for nearly 17 hours with an overwhelming number of speakers passionately arguing against what they have labeled as “cop city.”
The Atlanta City Council’s controversial legislation funding a new public safety training center repeats errors about green space, leaves unanswered questions about the center’s features, and has elements that may run afoul of two state laws — one on spending and another attempting to limit the facility’s size. Key City officials did not respond to […]
The Atlanta City Council wins “More MARTA” audit battle, seeks a women/minority business program.
MARTA leadership now says it will “capitulate” and make the council “satisfied.”
A war of words has erupted between MARTA and the Atlanta City Council as councilmembers are demanding an audit of the largely stalled “More MARTA” expansion program and the transit agency says the politicians should “get out of the way.”
By John Ruch Grilled by an Atlanta City Council committee worried about abrupt changes and lack of communication on Jan. 25, MARTA’s chief pledged a priority list of new transit projects is coming soon and strongly hinted what some may be. MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood also told the council’s Transportation Committee that the Atlanta […]
By Maria Saporta Nuanced leadership changes on the Atlanta City Council were announced Monday by Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman. The major power of the president of the Atlanta City Council is being able to name the chairs of council committees and appoint the members to each of the committees. In an embargoed interview […]
The Atlanta City Council has scheduled two hearings Sept. 29 for its redistricting amid pressure for more public input.
The Atlanta City Council is considering a call to establish “best practices” for the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) system’s input and transparency in the latest reform rumblings.
The Atlanta City Council will return to in-person meetings for the first time in more than two years March 7 as COVID-19 precautions are relaxed.
This week marks Atlanta’s first Peace Week, introduced by Mayor Andre Dickens. The week-long event focuses on nurturing physical and mental wellbeing for individuals and the larger community. There’s a final day filled with events, so click here to check the schedule. On to other city news from the week: New City Historical Commission is approved A new historical […]
Atlanta City Council redistricting this year will bring significant changes in representation for some neighborhoods, with a general trend of southside districts expanding and northside ones shrinking.
By Maria Saporta Perhaps the most important job of the president of the Atlanta City Council is to select the members to serve on the seven Council committees and to decide who will chair each committee. Incoming City Council President Doug Shipman took that responsibility to heart. Even though he was sworn in on Monday […]
Atlanta City Councilmember Matt Westmoreland has come out as gay on the eve of his second term in office.
Anyone looking to ring in the new year in the heart of the city is in luck — the iconic Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta is back this year after a three-year hiatus, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta-based hip-hop group Goodie Mob and singer Ashanti will headline the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration. More […]
As Atlanta voters head to the runoff election polls today, a little-noticed fact is that many of them soon will no longer be represented by the officials they just elected. That’s because the long-delayed City Council and Board of Education (BOE) redistrictings are coming soon.