The Atlanta City Council seems intent to raise in 2020 the one-time impact fees charged to new developments to raise money to provide the public parks, roads, police precincts and fire stations that serve growth. Frustration mounts as Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration has little to show for progress since Jan. 7.
All this complexity makes government hard to understand, hard to oversee. And in a lot of ways, it doesn’t serve the people all that well. Still, there are yet ways to make local governments work better together.
In a Georgia legislative session that brought a divisive abortion bill after a tense election, Democrats see police overkill with Republican fingerprints on it; while police say they’re just ensuring safety.
This has become a season of recognizing lives lost. Victims of Atlanta’s Child Murders were acknowledged Wednesday by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. They join slain police officers who were recognized this week across the city, state and nation. Fallen soldiers are remembered on Memorial Day.
The mayor of Atlanta sat with her top staff and something near 100 written questions heavy on potholes and paving, received from attendees at a Cascade town hall Tuesday night. But the first question was in the form of a chant from protesters, demanding justice in the case of Jimmy Atchison, shot dead by a city police officer who’s now under investigation.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields says she knows officers aren’t using their department-issued body cameras properly. That’s why she called for a city audit of camera usage and is implementing what she called a “straight forward” set of policies about how cameras are to be used and videos to be stored – to be followed by stiff penalties for rule-breakers.
“I can’t explain some of the decision-making,” Shields said. “There are a couple of judges that routinely let people go.”
Atlanta City Council on Monday approved a $661 million budget and personnel plan for the upcoming year, but it left many on both sides of the dais unhappy with pay for public safety officers.
Event Highlights Opportunities at Rail Stations The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) hosted a retail concessions industry day on Wednesday, March 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its headquarters on Piedmont Road in Atlanta. The event was a chance for food, beverage, and specialty retail vendors to learn about concessions opportunities at […]
Two teenagers who pleaded guilty to murder last year are founding members of a street gang, Down 4 Whatever, that continues to worry Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. Atlanta’s youth gangs are such an issue that a shoot-out with police could happen, Shields said.
Looking back at the events of the past several days, I can honestly say that Atlanta is living up to its ideals and coming into its own.