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DeKalb plans school closings to trim 16,000 ’empty seats’

DeKalb plans school closings to trim 16,000 'empty seats'
October 25, 2009 --

DeKalb County expects by January to approve school closings to reduce the number of “empty seats” — as many as 16,000, or more than 500 classrooms — over the next six years. At-risk schools are clustered primarily in southwest, central and east DeKalb. (The math seems a little fuzzy, as individual schools’ numbers do NOT necessarily add up to the totals printed on maps released Friday. No one said you’d have to do math to close schools, right?)

Oct. 24

October 24, 2009 --

Feds weighing unprecedented fishing closure Ethics debate splits State Ethics Board Billing woes prompt new rules for Gwinnett court reporters Councilman questions mayor’s neutrality on Marietta parks bond vote Effingham health director, two others placed on leave

Meet MARTA’s new lobbyists (the ones Jill Chambers won’t talk to)

Meet MARTA's new lobbyists (the ones Jill Chambers won't talk to)
October 23, 2009 --

New lobbyists soon will help MARTA look for the state’s help in closing a projected $130 million budget deficit. The transit agency’s chief legislative overseer refuses to meet with them, but MARTA officials seem OK with that. They’re after bigger game. The lobbyists’ pitch to MARTA, led by Ellen Williams Reynolds, offers a plan to connect with key House and Senate Republicans. And the lobbying team includes a former executive of the Georgia GOP and the husband of state Human Resources Commissioner B.J. Reynolds.

Borders’ 2008 tax return shows $119K income

Borders' 2008 tax return shows $119K income
October 22, 2009 --

Atlanta mayoral candidate Lisa Borders released tax records today that show she earned about $119,000 in 2008. A spokeswoman said the bulk of Borders’ income came from a consulting business that worked on bringing women’s pro basketball to Atlanta. Borders challenged her opponents to disclose their own tax returns, but no one’s coughed ’em up yet.

Oct. 22

October 22, 2009 --

John Lewis: 4-year-olds are getting federal tax credits for buying homes Did Milton council member bribe opponent? Fayette commissioner gets probation, fine for marijuana possession Outside experts to review Atlanta test scores Savannah River fourth most polluted in nation Report: Toxic releases high in Richmond County State cracks down on group homes Georgia among least […]

Medicare drug planners now lobbyists, with billions at stake

Medicare drug planners now lobbyists, with billions at stake
October 21, 2009 --

Six years ago, a group of lawmakers and aides crafted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for seniors that has produced billions of dollars of profits for pharmaceutical companies. Today, at least 25 of those key players are back, but this time they’re lobbyists, trying to persuade their former colleagues to protect the lucrative system during the health care reform negotiations.

Doraville says no to new Falcons stadium on GM site

October 21, 2009 --

The Doraville City Council has voted unanimously to oppose building a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons on the site of the former General Motors plant. DeKalb County officials are pursuing a public-private partnership to redevelop the 160-acre site, but they have not confirmed that a new home for the Falcons is in the mix. Doraville council members were not so coy. 

State ethics watchdog wants more applicants for top job

State ethics watchdog wants more applicants for top job
October 21, 2009 --

The State Ethics Commission voted today to reopen applications for its top administrative job and to interview three finalists at its Dec. 16 meeting. The commission interviewed three candidates last week but decided to solicit more applicants for the post. “We uniformly thought they were of very high quality,” commission member William Jordan said, “but there were none right now that we were ready to extend an offer to.”

Oct. 21

October 21, 2009 --

Ellis: Leadership changes coming to Recorders Court FAA: Some parts of new Delta lease ‘anticompetitive’ New dust rules coming after fatal Imperial Sugar blast Lessons on how to pay-to-play nice Ga. Dems target Republican ‘corruption’ Appraiser board toothless, say critics Regents sue foundation over use of MCG name System under siege after Gwinnett murder suspect […]

Oct. 20

October 20, 2009 --

Common Cause pushes plan to curb ‘pay-to-play’ Ex-contractor to seek $150 million from DOT Mailing interest checks cost state $100K Taxpayer dollars being used to tout Marietta parks bond? Rockdale Hospital Authority sues Goldman Sachs McKinney fined $6,000 for campaign fund violations Buie surrenders to Albany police Clayton school board member loses motion to remove […]

Oct. 19

October 19, 2009 --

Opinion: Dr. Hall must address APS test score disparities Cynthia McKinney agrees to $6K fine for ’06 violations Albany Tomorrow part of expanded look into Don Buie’s activities

Beverly Hall, ATL school superintendent: $400,298

Beverly Hall, ATL school superintendent: $400,298
October 19, 2009 --

Lean times have forced unpaid furloughs and reduced bonuses on some educators, but they haven’t hit Beverly Hall’s pocketbook. She will earn more than $400,000 this year in salary, bonuses and other benefits, including a car.