It was a big crowd for 7:15 on a Friday morning — probably about 300 people eventually squeezed their way into the meeting room. That shows the hunger of the west side’s most committed partisans to hear what Atlanta’s still-new mayor would say about their neighborhoods and its struggles.
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 12, 2018
The Georgia Chamber of Commercewill ask elected officials and people running for office to take an oath that doctors usually take – first, do no harm.
The coming year will be especially sensitive for Georgia’s business climate. Not only is the state in a fierce competition to lure the Amazon HQ2 to Georgia. It also will be a year when Georgians will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and a host of statewide cabinet positions.
Atlanta’s a growing city, the crown jewel of the nation, declared Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a major speech on Wednesday. But she said it’s going to to need to draw on a spirit of inclusiveness and cooperation to help residents, communities and businesses that are being left behind.
Recent actions by the Atlanta Housing Authority need to be viewed through a magnifying glass.
Despite owning hundreds of acres of land, AHA is spending millions of dollars to buy more land from the City of Atlanta, another public entity.
AHA couches these land deals as helping fulfill its goal to develop more affordable housing in the City of Atlanta. But over the past eight years, AHA has not developed any new housing units on its significant land holdings.
When Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms requested some two dozen top staff resignation letters for review earlier this month, the leader of the city’s housing authority referred the mayor to a board that dates from the previous administration.
“I don’t anticipate that this will be the last subpoena we will receive,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday, a day after news broke that a grand jury has demanded city records related to former Mayor Kasim Reed’s spending in office.
For the symbolically significant one-hundred-day mark of her administration, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is thanking employees, evaluating leadership and looking to rebuild public trust at what she called an “uncomfortable” time for the city.
By Maggie Lee A new federal grand jury indictment charges that from 2010 to 2015, some $2 million dollars in bribes enriched former city official Mitzi Bickers and companies related to her — paid by now-convicted contractors who got some $17 million in city work. A federal investigation into City Hall pay-for-play allegations has been […]
With the signature and and stamp of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday on an ordinance passed by Atlanta City Council just yesterday, dozens of long-disputed properties are closer to belonging to Atlanta Public Schools.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival has not announced performers or a schedule for the event planned for Saturday and Sunday over Memorial Day weekend. But it is on track to receive $250,000 from the city to help offset budget shortfalls that the city no longer is going to blame on the Great Recession.
Cristo Rey Atlanta on Tuesday officially dedicated its signature building on the city’s skyline.
Top dignitaries – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms among others – attended the “miracle” of Cristo Rey Atlanta – a Jesuit high school that will graduate its first class in May.
Atlanta doesn’t have a state legislative agenda that’s been approved by the Atlanta City Council. That’s because then Mayor Kasim Reed didn’t present a proposed agenda to the council last autumn amid the buzz over the general and run-off elections, according to two members of the administration who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting of the city council’s Finance/Executive Committee.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ support of a reform effort to eliminate bail for certain non-violent offenses – she cited it in her inaugural address this month – barely got through a council committee after council President Felicia Moore and others voiced grave concerns on Tuesday.