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Aug. 15

August 15, 2011 --

2 DeKalb board members: We cannot support choice for new school chief Lottery employees lose big after new law, budget cuts Ga. not reporting accounts receivable to the public

Aug. 13

August 13, 2011 --

Who got the shaft in House, Senate redistricting? Judge demands to know ex-Cobb EMC exec’s pay since settlement Transcript of judge’s lecture to Cobb EMC board members How Beverly Hall spent thousands defending herself in cheating scandal

Supremes: Cobb EMC violated deal with disgruntled members

Supremes: Cobb EMC violated deal with disgruntled members
June 13, 2011 --

Cobb Electric Membership Corp. violated a 2008 settlement with unhappy members who accused some co-op leaders of enriching themselves at members’ expense, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. Dissident members hoped to unseat board members in a scheduled 2009 election that was never held after the EMC’s leadership voted in secret to allow proxy voting by mail. The high court ruled the board may not unilaterally change the method by which its members are chosen.

Police overseer: ‘I believe … these boys got the crap kicked out of them’

Police overseer: 'I believe ... these boys got the crap kicked out of them'
October 15, 2010 --

An Atlanta police officer should lose three days’ pay for strip-searching a college student who had alleged an earlier beating by his partner, a citizen oversight panel said Thursday. The Atlanta Citizen Review Board said it could not corroborate charges of misconduct in the earlier incident, which left the student with two fractured bones in his face. Police said the student reached for an officer’s gun, but board member Rod Edmond wasn’t buying it:  “I believe in my heart of hearts these boys got the crap kicked out of them.”

Ethics case on hold after Fulton commissioner challenges board’s powers

Ethics case on hold after Fulton commissioner challenges board's powers
June 24, 2010 --

The Fulton County Ethics Board has placed its yearlong investigation of County Commissioner Lynne Riley on hold, after her attorney filed a last-minute lawsuit challenging the board’s jurisdiction. Board chairman Donald P. Edwards said the six complainants against Riley deserve swift resolution, and the board prides itself on speedy, sound decision-making. In this case, he said, “Commissioner Riley has been an exception to that expeditiousness.”

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code
December 8, 2009 --


A combative Eugene Walker on Monday talked the DeKalb County school board into holding off on discussing a proposed ethics code for board members. State Rep. Kevin Levitas last month proposed a state law giving the DeKalb board “a clear set of principles” to follow. Walker, who resigned as chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority this year after controversy over his role there, said Levitas’ proosal “offended” him. “We oughta throw it in the trash,” he said. “I don’t want to hear anything about it.”

MARTA close to resolving conflict issue over senator’s job

MARTA close to resolving conflict issue over senator's job
November 23, 2009 --

No vote has been taken, but MARTA appears close to signing off on state Sen. Doug Stoner‘s job with a key contractor, the engineering firm of PBS&J. Several MARTA officials say there’s no conflict, because PBS&J got the contract before it hired Stoner, who serves on the Legislature’s MARTA Oversight Committee.

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?)

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.

Aug. 13

August 13, 2009 --

DeKalb legal fees soar in discrimination suit DeKalb police shake up ‘top-heavy’ department MARTA member off criminal probation Testing change by Cobb school chief surprises some board members Former CB&T vice president pleads guilty to bank fraud Athens-Clarke commissioners pledge greater grant oversight

July 17

July 17, 2009 --

Federal judge rules against Ga. in water litigation Fulton County jail director, others plan to quit Perdue forms group to craft autism abuse policy Poll funded by Cobb co-op helps board members, critics say Co-defendant to testify against Swindall, McCreary UGA studying reproductive effects of estrogens in rivers Albany: Documents refute transfer claim

Police oversight board looks to mayor and chief for cooperation

Police oversight board looks to mayor and chief for cooperation
July 9, 2009 --

Should Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington discipline officers who won’t cooperate with a citizen oversight board? We may find out next week, when board members sit down to hash things out with Pennington and Mayor Shirley Franklin.