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April 1, 2011 --

Fulton Co. chaplain retires after questions about work, pay New Cobb oversight committee closes, then opens meeting Advocates anxious over stalled assisted living bill Bill could mean major changes for DK, ATL school boards Reservoir bill goes to Gov. Deal

MARTA overseer Chambers loses House seat

MARTA overseer Chambers loses House seat
November 3, 2010 --

Rep. Jill Chambers will be giving up her job as MARTA’s top watchdog after losing in Tuesday’s election by about 275 votes. As chair of the MARTA Oversight Committee, Chambers had questioned the transit agency’s spending on lobbyists, pay raises, consultants, fitness equipment for employees, intricate bond deals and much more. And that was all before lunchtime.

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.

Possible MARTA conflict could become $45 million headache

Possible MARTA conflict could become $45 million headache
October 15, 2009 --

A potential conflict of interest involving a MARTA vendor and a state legislator could turn out to be a $45 million headache. Or, if it’s not worked out, state Sen. Doug Stoner could be out of a job.

MARTA hires lobbyist for 2010; Chambers accused of trying to force state takeover

MARTA hires lobbyist for 2010; Chambers accused of trying to force state takeover
October 13, 2009 --

MARTA hired a lobbyist Tuesday, moments after a union official accused state Rep. Jill Chambers of trying to force a state takeover of the agency. MARTA’s board fears a projected $80 million deficit will result in disastrous service cuts without state relief. “If we don’t get something done, a year from now we’re not going to be providing anything you could reasonably call transit service,” Chairman Michael Walls said. UPDATE: New lobbyist Bernard Reynolds will have to earn his keep, judging from Chambers’ latest e-mail today.

Chambers threatens MARTA board members over lobbyist vote

Chambers threatens MARTA board members over lobbyist vote
October 12, 2009 --

MARTA board members who vote to hire a $160,000-a-year lobbying firm could lose their seats come 2010. So says state Rep. Jill Chambers, the transit agency’s chief nemesis in the Georgia Legislature. As chairman of the MARTA Oversight Committee, she fired off an e-mail over the weekend threatening to eliminate the seat of any board member who supports the contract when the board meets Tuesday. Board chairman Michael Walls terms Chambers’ saber-rattling “outrageous.”

Will ATL fans take maglev train to Braves games?

September 16, 2009 --

Ever wonder why MARTA’s rail line doesn’t run near the Atlanta baseball stadium where tens of thousands of fans gather 81 times a year? Me too. Now, as my pals at Atlanta Unsheltered reported yesterday, MARTA is in early discussions with a private firm about using magnetic levitation trains to shuttle Braves fans to home games.

MARTA legislative panel butts heads with GM (and each other)

MARTA legislative panel butts heads with GM (and each other)
September 14, 2009 --

MARTA’s general manager and its chief legislative overseer locked horns today over the transit agency’s plan to spend up to $400,000 on outside lobbyists. Then, state Rep. Jill Chambers butted heads with a member of her MARTA Oversight Committee. Chambers grilled MARTA officials this morning about several million dollars in spending that she regarded as unnecessary. When Sen. Doug Stoner objected to her tone, Chambers cut off his microphone. “I’m very disappointed in us as a committee,” Stoner said. “We’re playing games.”