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City Council member may seek to put training center on the ballot, break referendum stalemate

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 […]

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Healing the divide: Matt Westmoreland and Liliana Bakhtiari offer hope

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.”

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Training center funding ordinance continues errors and mysteries, may run afoul of state laws

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 […]

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MARTA priority project list coming soon, says transit agency head under City Council grilling

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 […]

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Reporter’s Notebook: New City Historical Commission is approved

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 […]

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Reporter’s Notebook: Financial aid reinstated at Morris Brown after 20-year absence

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 […]