“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.
Under a sunny sky on a freezing day, with a half-hour wait ahead of them, a few folks were looking in the glass front doors of Morehouse’s MLK, waiting to head into the swearing-in of new Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, of Atlanta City Council members and municipal judges.
Many an improv troupe has pulled an audience member down to the stage at Dad’s Garage theater. But a week and a day before Atlanta city elections, it was nine mayoral candidates placed on the stage there to answer unconventional questions.
Days ahead of the start of early voting in Atlanta, top mayoral candidates are looking not just at the issues, but are going on the attack a bit in their bids to get into — and win — a runoff that’s all but certain to come.
In the wake of three guilty pleas related to allegations of crooked contracting at City Hall and an FBI raid on a city contractor, mayoral candidate Peter Aman stepped up to a microphone in his own office and became the latest in a crowded pack of mayoral hopefuls to take a jab at City Hall — and each other — on ethics.
A group of Atlanta’s and Georgia’s business and civic heavyweights have given out their scores on the dozens of folks running for city leadership this year. Five mayoral candidates got a rating of “excellent” from the Committee for a Better Atlanta.
Last year, Atlanta voters approved new sales taxes to pay for transportation and transit builds. This year, mayoral candidates are talking about what they would do in a city that’s raising cash, is predicting a lot of new residents and that aims to attract big employers.
After Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell said the city and Mayor Kasim Reed should not rush into multi-year contracts during his administration especially as a federal corruption investigation is underway, the mayor spent most of an afternoon press conference blasting Mitchell.
The organizers of an Atlanta mayoral candidate forum on green space Thursday night had to move their event to a bigger auditorium — their first venue couldn’t hold everyone who wanted to know more about what candidates propose for the city’s trees, watersheds and parks.
Note to readers: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and his administration Friday morning released a response to Maria Saporta’s Metro column that posted earlier this week. We at SaportaReport welcome the conversation about parks and green space, and the column was intended as a challenge for the next mayor to dream big. It was not intended to be a critique of the Reed administration and what has been the significant progress that has occurred in the past seven years – as the Mayor’s administration outlines in its release below.