Georgia depends heavily on federal money State leasing official, broker traded info on Gwinnett deal Thousands of Fulton votes uncounted in 2012 election Water war leaves an oyster hub depleted Supremes rule ATL school taxes can go to Beltline City Hall says stadium referendum not possible, watchdog group continues push Griffin-Spalding County Land Bank homes […]
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.
Megachurch leaders linked to controversial mortgage venture Georgia to pay Ethics Commission whistleblower $280K Columbus Strangler to seek new trial after DNA test ATL City Hall spends thousands on bottled water Top lawmaker will push for more limits on lobbyists EPA mandates DeKalb clean water-sewer system Local judge takes Kenerly bribery case
Newly re-elected Casey Cagle faces a palace coup Grand jury wants to shake up Gwinnett government UGA official advises keeping faculty search info off the record City Hall East developer’s attorney co-hosted councilwoman’s fundraiser APS spent $95K to investigate suspected cheating Bribery probe prompts Athens probation revamp Warner Robins councilman Williams indicted Retired Sea Island […]
Columbus mayor vows to rebuild Parks & Rec after officials arrested DeKalb official ‘resigned’ with $45K severance Calhoun farmer and congressman’s aide lock horns Confidential files found in City Hall East sale items Councilman challenges new ATL code compliance director Fired Macon State College worker ‘considering options’ after ruling Some good may come from Cherokee Co. […]
It pays well to be Atlanta’s police chief. It pays better, apparently, to be raising money for the police. Dave Wilkinson, president of the Atlanta Police Foundation, made $215,500 in 2008, or 23 cents of every dollar it collected. That’s roughly $15,000 more than Police Chief Richard Pennington makes in a year.
State system to track students flawed Barton: Still sweet for Imperial’s sugar boss Damage exceeded flood map boundaries Pumped-up pensions squeeze ATL budget ATL Council member owes thousands in taxes Column: Kingston, revolving doors and money that flows two ways Wingfield: A Georgia professor’s fight for due process Wife’s action helps Facility Group stay afloat […]
FBI launches Augusta bribery inquiry Augusta sued over records access Covington police chief cleared of accusations Carrollton school board member says nepotism law doesn’t apply to him GBI focuses on Pendergrass City Hall money issues
The Good News: Residential burglaries are down 2 percent in Atlanta so far this year. The Bad News: That small dip follows a 65 percent spike during the three previous years. So reports Terminal Station, an Atlanta real estate blog that has started picking apart Atlanta’s crime statistics. An excellent, if somber, analysis that advances discussion of the issue beyond the spin from City Hall.
Atlanta’s public pension funds are $1.2 billion in the hole, largely the result of shortsighted decisions at City Hall over the last eight years. A new report calls, among other things, for slashing benefits for new employees. But those steps won’t help much with the funds’ current liabilities. Legally, the city cannot take back benefits that workers have already earned. Read how four candidates for mayor want to fix things.
Attending an event at the Atlanta Civic Center? If you’re in a wheelchair, here are a few tips to make your visit more enjoyable:
— Watch out where you park.
— Buy a seat on the ground floor if you want to see the show.
— Good luck with the bathrooms.
Officials in Avondale Estates today said a “breakdown in communication” led to a 12-day delay in alerting residents to an attempted child abduction in broad daylight. City Manager Clai Brown said the abduction was reported to officers on the next shift after the report came in, but no one thought to tell the police chief.