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.
The Cobb County sheriff’s deportation efforts have undermined law enforcement work in immigrant communities and refocused police attention to traffic violations and other minor crimes, the ACLU says in a report issued Monday. Since it comes from the ACLU, many of you will automatically dismiss this report, titled “Terror and Isolation in Cobb.” I’m posting […]