Members of the public are entitled to assume that public officials will act in accordance with law. (11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984)
Michael T. Sterling is an accomplished lawyer, political advisor and proud public servant. As Senior Advisor to Mayor Kasim Reed, he provides guidance on criminal justice and labor policy, oversees judicial and commission appointments and manages local, state and federal relations. Michael also serves as liaison to the United States Conference of Mayors and as the Mayor’s designee on the Atlanta Labor Council and Smart Justice Advisory Council. He is the youngest member of the Mayor’s senior staff. Under Mr. Sterling’s leadership, the City of Atlanta established its first Office of Entertainment to support the city’s thriving film industry. In 2012, he led the effort on behalf of the administration to reauthorize a one percent Municipal Option Sales Tax (M.O.S.T) to stabilize water and sewer rates and invest in sewer system infrastructure repairs for the City of Atlanta.
Prior to joining the Reed administration, Michael was hired by U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and later appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, for the Department of Justice. At the time of his hire, he became the youngest federal prosecutor in Chicago. Michael also practiced law in the general litigation group at the international law firm of Sidley Austin, LLP’s headquarter office in Chicago, Illinois.
Michael graduated Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and is a summa cum laude graduate of the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is a 2013 graduate of Lead Atlanta, a 2007 recipient of Atlanta’s highest honor, the Phoenix Award, the recipient of the 2013 Urban League Political Advocate Award, and has served as a speaker for Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Lecture Series.
Mayor Reed chose to create the illusion of “sound fiscal management” by building the City’s Cash Reserves. He achieved this, in part, by deferring $25-36M of mandated maintenance on part of the city’s sewer system in defiance of one of the city's sewer Consent decrees. The city's General Fund (Cash Reserves) owes the Department of Watershed Management far more than the $25-36M. Go figure!
Your deceptive comment is fallacious. My original comment was silent about the time extension. Although I doubt that water/sewer rate increases will stop.
I only asked, “Will all parties to the consent decree – especially Mayor Kasim Reed - and the attorneys who represent them will continue to commit the lie of omission by withholding material information from Judge Thrash?”
Just like the 1990’s, when the city spent millions of dollars to build CSO treatment plants that failed within a few weeks. The only things the city bought was a law suit and two consent decrees.
The truth is that the SHAFTS that fill the city’s tunnels don’t have the required permits. Water/sewer ratepayers HAVE ALREADY been SCREWERED AGAIN.
Another question is “Will water sewer ratepayers be SCREWERED again?”
The question which remains to be answered is, “Will all parties to the consent decree – especially Mayor Kasim Reed - and the attorneys who represent them will continue to commit the lie of omission by withholding material information from Judge Thrash?
Financial risk - The city has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in projects which violate Georgia and federal law because the SHAFTS which fill Atlanta’s sewer tunnels do not have required permits.
Public health - An undisclosed internal memo from EPA states, “It is concluded that releases from the storage tunnel cannot be quantified but are highly likely. Potential contamination of the water table should be considered...”
Water/sewer ratepayers are on the hook for previous violations of state/federal law and the city has plans to expand the violations.
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Learn more about Sam Olens' affinity for ALEC and his disregard for Clean Air at Atlanta Progressive News "AG Olens Ignored State EPD in Clean Air Challenge"
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