Sorry, Kasim has to be the biggest joke of a mayor I have ever seen in my life. Apparently, he wants the city to remain an inner-city slum as evidenced by his letting the Braves move to the suburbs. And he didn't even bother to make an effort to keep the Thrashers, despite the fact that they brought thousands of fans downtown for 81 dates a year who spent their money in the city. I guess black people aren't supposed to support hockey.
Again, his only solution to anything is to throw more police out there and to turn the whole city into a police state. What a disgrace. I'm downtown every weekday and it is a sad, depressing, apocalyptic type of place, with police and ambassadors engaged in a stare-off with the homeless every day. Between the police, the ambassadors, the homeless, the trash, and the drug dealing, downtown Atlanta is the biggest freak show I have ever seen in my entire life. And not in a good way.
Vacant storefronts litter the entire downtown. And it's only gotten worse lately with construction workers digging up half of the city to make way for the trolley that no one will use. I've seen so many businesses downtown close lately because the trolley construction is making them unreachable. Downtown has turned into a ghost town, yet Park Atlanta is still terrorizing anyone who dares drive into the city. If Kasim were serious about revitalizing the city, he would have done something to keep the Braves downtown or he would have done something about the atrocity known as Underground Atlanta. But he obviously has no interest in spending money to 'fix' Atlanta. He'd rather spend it on campaigning or to hire more cops to stare at the homeless all day long.
Although i'd love to get into the Watson v Norwood argument of 'what have you done for me lately', was talking w/someone who asked a really interesting question on voter turn-out.
Kasim was re-elected with 47,161 votes
Total in Dickinson v Willis was 42,597 votes
Total in Watson v Norwood was 46,689 votes
MJ Bond uncontested pulled 39,493; Cesar Mitchell's race got 43,098
Where do those 5,000 folks who didn't vote for either Willis or Dickenson live -?
As far as run-off goes for ABOE 8, Cynthia folks are loyal, and Tidwell camp I suspect is strongly anti-Ruben as well. So it's the Mark Riley folks who will be the swing block, I think...; see if Reed and the business community can pull all those folks for McDaniel
saw a truckload of Reed boosters honking down the road in town last Saturday. when some of us on the sidewalk gave them a thumbs down, one of them shot us the bird. real classy, Kasim.
When the city needed a hero...Mayor Reed answered the call. When the city had lost all hope...Mayor Reed restored it. JK; these comments feel a little disgusting, and I don't really have anything against the guy.
Greatness? Did you actually, in all seriousness, use the term GREATNESS? In relation to Atlanta Public School? Is this some sort of joke?
I predict a run off or two (esp. in district 5)
Then things will get really interesting. As the song goes...'you ain't seen nothing yet"
He clearly has some loyal staffers, but he might give a training course on how to comment and look less like paid consultants or his mother...
That said, I think he has by and large done a good job, but he really lost my long term support (I'm not interested in throwing my vote away in this election) when he jammed the stadium through with barely a glance at Atlanta's citizens. Yes, he'll have his stadium legacy, but it was a bitter pill for many of us to swallow.
Ditto on the Atlanta Thrashers comment. I'll never forgive the Mayor for that, especially after seeing him bend over backwards for the Falcons. He couldn't rustle up a few million in private dollars to keep a pro hockey team here? Absolutely ridiculous, and this is coming from a Falcons (and former Thrashers) season ticket holder. He didn't even lift a finger for hockey, and now we'll never get another team and proved all the hockey-haters and Canadian trolls right about hockey in this city.
@luvcandlerpark To clarify, I totally favor Invest Atlanta having a serious budget to retain and attract jobs. My point was that Watson is now claiming to be a big supporter but - as far as I know - was pretty quiet about it when council pitched a fit in the final budget debate this summer. If you can point out quotes in that discussion where he championed the cause, I'll be glad to withdraw the criticism. Likewise, if you can show where he ever challenges the mayor or big business interests. Watson seems fully-paid up nod squad to me.
Regarding Brenda Muhammed v Leslie Grant:
To those folks who are so anti-charter school - please read this AJC Get Schooled blog from Dec 2012. It is the charter review of Atlanta Prep Academy, a charter school by the worst bottom feeder company aka Mosaica (do a search on them it's beyond horrifying).
Muhammed is basically wanting to renew a charter for 5 yrs of a school that should have been shuttered immediatelly, and a charter never given to its parent COMPANY, Mosaica. She didn't bother to do her homework. Ten minutes on the internet about this company shows them to the posterchild of why COMPANIES should be very closely nitpicked before getting a charter. And she couldn't be bothered.
And now the anti-charter people are rallying around her. I have a dim view of corporate charter schools, less so of parent driven. But for the anti-charter crew to be vilifying Leslie Grant when this is Muhammed's track record is scary in its own right. And proof that Muhammed needs to be gone b/c she can't manage minimal due diligence.
"After reading the transcript of today’s meeting, APS watchdog and forensic accountant Jarod Apperson wrote me a note sharing his concerns over the process under which the school board evaluates charter school performance:
From this transcript, I didn’t get the impression that board members treated this seriously or were very well versed in the school’s operations, charter, or performance. There doesn’t seem to have been any well-informed debate around whether to renew. Given that this school is so far behind most APS charters on tests, I find that odd.
Are board members visiting schools up for renewal prior to votes? Shouldn’t we be expecting them to? I think board members showing up once every five years to check in on things before renewing is the least we should expect."
Since you took the stadium off, I will as well. As far as the Invest Atlanta budget item, Watson stated why he introduced it. And it's on his website, "Additionally, I introduced legislation increase funding for the city’s development agency, Invest Atlanta. It is imperative that we continue to support and adopt policies that attract businesses that will bring high quality jobs from a variety of industries – including building upon the successes we have experienced with PulteGroup, Porsche North America and ExactTarget."
And let's delve into the Wal-Mart debate. Watson didn't vote "for a Wal-Mart". He pushed the developer to add greenspace, bike trails and bike parking, and senior housing -- all of which are desperately needed in the Lindbergh corridor. Now, it remains a vacant space. Also, it should be pointed out that he did not vote for the Glenwood development.
Also, cityzen -- it sounds like you're asking Watson to do in 4 years what you think Mary did in 8 years.
Lastly, it's appropriate to label Felicia and Alex as "independents" because they actually move the needle. Norwood on the other hand was repeatedly called "ineffective"(including by CL) as a Council member. She can ring an alarm but she doesn't understand what the cause and effect is.
Watson's fault is the dude is involved in a ton of stuff that he doesn't put out there. He's not a spotlight person like Norwood and a few others on Council.
"Why Should Mr. Ed Johnson Be Elected to the Atlanta School Board?"
Thank you for capturing the essence of Cleta Winslow's time as council person. Basic things that should have been done to boost the area as the start of the housing crisis hit never crossed her mind. Relatively simple things such as rezoning to halt the conversion of single family homes into duplexes were eventually done thanks to constituents who stepped up and did the research needed to stop fraud and halt the slipping of the district into an abandoned waste land. I wonder who the people are that go on her bus tours and what they think when they see the condition of neighborhoods such as West End that were once beautiful and thriving communities.
Knowing now that she is an alcoholic helps explain lack of action on many issues and while i hope she gets the help she needs, she does not belong on the city council.
Sadly she is entrenched in the district and not only do few of her constituents read CL but i have not received any campaign information from Torrey. All i can do is hope he had been active in neighborhoods that are not her own.
Mayor Reed may paint a rosy picture of Atlanta today... we have a new street car, we have a new stadium, coming... but the gunfire I hear in my downtown neighborhood every week, the crumbling sidewalks, lack of street lights, empty store fronts, and trash every where tell a different story.
Stephanie Simon in POLITICO describes the way this free market "reform" plays out-- in Douglas County, CO, which I realize is not ATL but you know these trends and cycles, especially bolstered by the hefty national donors, are not merely local phenomena-- read this and decide if you think it's the right way forward for local public schools:
BTW the Network For Public Education endorsed the four non-reform candidates there too-- and here are the guiding principles of NPE:
In ATL, NPE has endorsed Cynthia Briscoe Brown, Mary Palmer, Ed Johnson and Nisha Simama:
Tacit endorsement of institutionalized pedophilia and 2,000 years as "the Wall Street of slavery," as a practicing Roman Catholic, should not be a "feature" in a candidate running for the Atlanta School Board. Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it: Rome, Rome's bankers Rothschild and Rockefeller, and Satan, are now running, and ruining America. Should we let their myrmidons infect Atlanta as well? Jason Esteves is one such, and a lawyer who speaks not a word against the manifest injustice and treason America's judiciary countenances through failure to bring to justice Bush and Cheney for 9/11; Bush's father for Dealey Plaza and Memphis; or, Obama for Sandy Hook, Boston, Aurora, and his defiling the Constitution by not bringing to justice Bush and Cheney, as he intimated in "Audacity" he would. If we elect minions of our ruling false elite in Atlanta, as Germany elected Hitler, who is to blame should the "thousands upon thousands of years of despotism" our Black and White Founders arrested, appear again at our doorsteps? Let us be "the New Jerusalem" where Truth, Reason, Justice and Honor dwell. Let us all leave Satan and the Roman Anti-Christ behind.
"One Atlanta BOE candidate's stunning 'closing statement'"
Absolutely true: Simama's kids attended Paideia. And good for them- it's a great school. But when Mom doesn't like other kids getting a good education (through the charters), and Dad's business dealings (which made Paideia possible for them) are, at best, questionable, hypocrisy is the word that comes to mind.
Aaron Watson has one other unseemly attack to his name which many seem unaware of, which if you weren't paying close attention was probably easy to miss.
During the committee hearing on the redistricting maps about 2 yrs ago, there was a noted neighborhood activist/politico/former lawyer making her case for one of the maps that she had hatched with her council rep. It was not universally appreciated, but how that goes.
For whatever reason, Watson went after her, in a big way, and very close to personally. It was so bad that she basically fled the room, I heard in tears but that was not caught on camera.
His highly unprofessional attack on her was, however.
He is a bully, to be polite.
His smile is that of a viper looking at a mouse.
Is it true that Nisha Simama's children attended Paideia?
Because some people might think that is an important fact....
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