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ATL District 5: Matt Rinker

ATL District 5: Matt Rinker
November 5, 2013 --

Atlanta Unfiltered needs your financial support to continue our reporting and analysis of money in Georgia politics — a topic rarely explored by other news outlets. Use the Donate button on this page to help us produce more articles like this one. Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their […]

Dec. 10-16

December 17, 2012 --

Immigration courts inside prisons, far from public view Georgia sex offender tracking falls off Camden County judge enters guilty pleas, then resigns Stockbridge City Council ousts mayor DeKalb Co. commissioner won’t be charged with DUI Grady Co. judge accused of misconduct

Councilman’s plan runs off 1st choice for ATL ethics officer

Councilman's plan runs off 1st choice for ATL ethics officer
March 19, 2012 --

Atlanta’s Board of Ethics, which has operated for six months without an ethics officer, will have to make do a bit longer. Stacey Kalberman, the board’s unanimous choice for the job, withdrew Sunday as the City Council pondered whether to choose the ethics officer itself. “I frankly became disheartened when that happened,” Kalberman said.

Audit: Unexplained 911 delays cripple ATL fire’s response time

Audit: Unexplained 911 delays cripple ATL fire's response time
October 24, 2011 --

Atlanta firefighters take much longer than they should to respond to emergencies, measured against national standards, and the delays are getting worse. Training, more dispatchers and a 911 audit to ferret out the cause of extraordinary delays — not necessarily more firefighters — may be the best solution, city auditor Leslie Ward says.

Aug. 16

August 16, 2011 --

ATL police powers revoked; convictions could be overturned Ethics Commission relaunches Gov. Deal investigation ATL City Council weighs clerk’s fate DeKalb superintendent pick quickly draws fire Augusta city administrator keeps job Ethics board clears Valdosta mayor

Fired arborist settles whistleblower suit against ATL

February 2, 2011 --

Fired Atlanta arborist Tom Coffin settled his whistleblower suit against City Hall on Tuesday, just before his case was scheduled to go to trial, his lawyers say. Under the deal, the city admits no blame and Coffin gets his pension back and $165,000 in damages and fees, lawyers Gerry Weber and Brian Spears announced today. The City Council still must approve the settlement.

Nov. 24

November 24, 2010 --

Suit accuses DeKalb judicial candidate of Ponzi scheme ATL school board members settle lawsuit Court says interpreter necessary, overturns conviction Morrow City Council expels member Absentee ballot fraud alleged in McIntosh County

Cop oversight panel seeking subpoena power — and more

Cop oversight panel seeking subpoena power -- and more
May 17, 2010 --

A citizen oversight panel could learn today whether it may compel Atlanta police officers to appear to answer investigators’ questions. The Atlanta Citizen Review Board, at the instigation of member Rod Edmond, may file suit to force officers to cooperate if it does not get subpoena power. Maybe even if it does. UPDATE: On a 13-1 vote, the City Council today granted the board subpoena power and require the police chief to discipline officers who won’t cooperate with it.

APD overseers call out mayor on cops’ non-cooperation

APD overseers call out mayor on cops' non-cooperation
March 9, 2010 --

Citizen overseers have called on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to ensure that police officers are disciplined if they keep refusing to answer investigators’ questions. But for a start, members of the Citizen Review Board said, Reed could return their calls.

18 officers subpoenaed to testify in Eagle Bar raid

18 officers subpoenaed to testify in Eagle Bar raid
March 1, 2010 --

An Atlanta City Council committee today subpoenaed 18 police officers to talk to citizen overseers looking into the department’s Sept. 10 raid on the Atlanta Eagle gay bar. Members of the Citizen Review Board had said they could no longer do their jobs effectively if they could not get police cooperation. “If these subpoenas are not issued, that means we’re done,” vice chairman Seth Kirschenbaum told the committee. “Our business is over.”

Advisors: BeltLine leaders leaving us out of the loop

September 25, 2009 --

Atlanta’s BeltLine redevelopment project may be about to short an affordable housing fund by more than $9 million, a citizen oversight group says. And, members of the citizen advisory committee contend, the BeltLine leadership isn’t sharing information early or often enough for them to know how well the $2.8 billion endeavor is proceeding.

Tax delinquents abound in ATL District 11 council race

September 9, 2009 --

Atlanta voters can choose between two big-name tax delinquents this fall among a large field of candidates hoping to replace longtime City Council member James Maddox. Property records are littered with dozens of liens, cancellations and transfers of debt to private collection services naming former Fulton County Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves and former City Councilman Morris Finley. Many of the debts remain unpaid. Each has accumulated liens totaling more than $20,000 since 2004.