Channel 2 Action News cameras were on the scene yesterday as police removed computers and files from Bill Lowe Gallery in regards to a complaint filed by Wendy Snyder, who represents work by the late artist Sam Glankoff, claiming that she is owed $164,180 by Lowe Galleries, Inc.
Complaints about the gallery not paying artists are nothing new. In 2010, Fox 5 reported on claims against Lowe by the artist Donald Sultan who, at the time, called Lowe "a crook."
Creative Loafing has obtained copy of the police report filed by Wendy Snyder. The investigation seems to stem from Snyder noticing a discrepancy between what Lowe was telling her and the accounting statements she received from the gallery. From the report:
The concern involves a developer's plans for a 236-unit apartment complex off of Defoor Avenue near Howell Mill Road on property the residents claim is linked to the Battle of Peachtree Creek. According to 11 Alive, Confederate army general Samuel French may have camped there leading up to the Battle of Atlanta.
"There was a Civil War encampment on the property," Wyatt Gordon, president of the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association, tells CL. "The Atlanta History Center may be involved in recovering artifacts. Things are moving quickly."
Albert Ashkouti, who owns First Guaranty Real Estate Development, was surprised to hear of the news after previously meeting with the UHNA "three or four" times. "I don't know what else I could do," Ashkouti told us, adding that he was "blindsided" to hear about the property's Civil War ties.
Gordon says that First Guaranty had successfully rezoned the property several years ago to build single-family homes. With the housing market's downtown in recent years, the developer decided to change the zoning back in order to construct an apartment complex. With the recent news coming to light, the neighborhood association wants to make sure that the zoning change isn't hastily pursued.
But Ashkouti questions, given the timing and discovery of the historical property, if the neighborhood's concerns are valid. He was surprised that the UHNA didn't approach him about the issue first.
"I don't know what else I could do," he says. "I thought we had a pretty good relationship until [the news] hit WXIA and the Atlanta Business Chronicle."
Moving forward, Gordon says that the ideal outcome would be to preserve the land until more is known about its historical value. With that in mind, the UHNA hopes the that the complex, if built, doesn't look "repulsive" and has a "look and feel that will last for a while."
The neighborhood association, he adds, is ultimately open to negotiations, but wants the developer to fund a traffic study and take other necessary steps. The UHNA plans to discuss the issue further at its March meeting. Depending on the its outcome, the association and Neighborhood Planning Unit D, which encompasses the area, could offer a recommendation to the city's Board of Zoning Adjustment about the proposal.
Ashkouti intends to apply to the city's BZA sometime next month and hopes to break ground on the development sometime this year.
Victoria Moon Erickson, an Atlanta resident and vegan food blooger, was reported missing as she traveled across the country. She was last seen in Houston.
A robber who's now known as the "Buckhead bandit" has recently stolen from at least 10 stores and restaurants. The Atlanta Police have posted a video of him on YouTube.
The man behind the stabbing following the Falcons' playoff loss has said that he was acting in self-defense and that a new video capturing the incident shows what happened (Note: this video is pretty violent and not for the faint of heart).
Delta is planning to open "unprecedented" outdoor terraces this summer at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport as part of its Delta Sky Club.
Saporta Report recently revisited the legacy of Atlanta's 678 area code, which turned 15 years old this month.
1. Chelsea Wolfe at the Earl
2. The Distinguished Speaker Series presents a Conversation with Steve Wozniak at Georgia State University
3. Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain at Star Bar
5. Ed Baker at the Istanbul Cultural Center
This article was originally published in BURNAWAY magazine in two parts on Jan. 11 and 17. www.burnaway.org.
When the French street artist known as Roti painted his mural "An Allegory of the Human City" in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta, he assumed everyone would understand it as a commentary on the brutality of capitalism. They did not. That, at least, is apparently what he told the New York Times.
Instead, the mural was decried by a vocal coterie of residents as containing "demonic" imagery reminiscent of the pervasive destruction the neighborhood has suffered. It's clear that not all of Pittsburgh's residents shared that interpretation, but it was the one adopted by high-profile residents, including a former state representative, Doug Dean, and the Atlanta-based group Concerned Black Clergy.
The dustup isn't the only such controversy to ruffle feathers in this country. It's not even the first for Living Walls, the mural's sponsoring organization. Last fall, a Living Walls mural in Chosewood Park by Argentinean street artist Hyuro that depicted a woman shedding her clothes met with confusion, disdain, and outrage resulting in a formal request for its removal. Beyond Atlanta, street art powerhouses Os Gêmeos created a mural in Boston depicting a figure that was said to look too much like a terrorist. One in St. Paul was decried for its depiction of two bears looking suspiciously amorous. And in 2011, a mural on the outer wall of LA MOCA by renowned Italian street artist Blu was famously painted over, before the first peep of outrage, because director Jeffrey Deitch feared the mural might cause offense to someone, somewhere, someday.
House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, revealed a plan earlier today that would overhaul current ethics laws under the Gold Dome.
The proposed reforms most notably include a complete lobbyist gift ban. They would also expand the legal definition of who qualifies as a lobbyist. Ralston said that these changes, if passed, would go a long way toward restoring the public's faith in officials statewide.
"It is essential that the public trust be maintained and that citizens have confidence in those they elect to govern," he told reporters at a press conference.
In addition, the lobbyist restrictions would ban lawmakers from accepting tickets to most sporting and entertainment events. They would also restore the ability for state's ethics commission - formally known as the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission - to implement new rules.
While the lobbyist gift ban would apply to individual lawmakers, individuals could still give gifts to large groups, such as committees, the entire House or Senate, or even the entire General Assembly.
Despite some loopholes still remaining, Ralston thinks that the new bill represents a major improvement over recent ethics rules changes. When one reporter asked if the recently passed Senate rules were too weak, he replied: "I don't even know that it rises to weakness."
It's hardly the first time that Ralston has spoken out against the new Senate rules. The speaker poked fun at Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle during the Eggs and Issues breakfast earlier this month, saying recent ethics reforms were "more of a sun visor than a cap."
Gov. Deal also recently supported the need for subsequent ethics laws during his "State of the State" address, in which he said that public trust could be regained by adopting further reforms that apply to "all elected officials at the state and local levels."
What remains to be seen regarding the latest round of ethics reforms is whether they will apply to "fly-in lobbyists" as well as "those corporate folks who come in and aren't captured by anyone's rules." According to the AJC's Jim Galloway, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, says that should also include national activists such as anti-tax czar Grover Norquist:
I think Grover Norquist has had an outsized influence on the way we discuss and debate issues here at the Capitol. I think anyone who can change the direction of a state should be considered a lobbyist and should be captured by our rules and responsibilities. The fact that he has never been paid to do so in the state of Georgia should not exclude or exempt him from responsibility for the work that he does.
No word yet on whether Norquist considers the ethics reform to be a violation of his anti-tax pledge. But once Ralston's bill becomes available, we'll share some more details about the legislation.
UPDATE, Jan. 30, 11:48 a.m. Feast your eyes on a copy of House Bill 142 that Ralston filed yesterday.
So Heath has come up with a nifty form response to those pesky emails, which are sent by Better Georgia, a progressive advocacy group that launched the petition demanding Rogers' ouster.
In it, Heath informs the recipient that they might have been "conned." Signing Better Georgia's petition doesn't create a long list of signatures which is then delivered to lawmakers, he writes. It sends an email every single time. And he's a busy man!
From: Bill Heath <[redacted]@BillHeath.net>
Subject: Re: Fire Chip Rogers now. GA can't afford Deal's cronyism.
It appears that you may have been conned into signing an online petition concerning the hiring of Chip Rogers. I doubt that you even knew what you were allowing your contact information to be used for.
You may have been lured into signing a petition by Better Georgia, an organization headed by Bryan Long, thinking that a petition containing a list of all the signers would be provided to legislators. Instead, after obtaining your contact information the organization sends an email to every legislator each time someone enters their information. This poorly designed tactic wastes the limited time and resources that legislators have to conduct their jobs.
These childish tactics of Bryan Long and Don Weigel probably have the same effect with other legislators as it does with me, that is to view the emails as annoying, filter them out and credit Better Georgia as an irresponsible organization rather than considering them as having some benefit.
In order to serve the citizens of the 31st Senate District, all emails of this nature will receive an automated response so as to minimize the abuse of my limited resources and time by Better Georgia.
That being said, if you are a citizen of the 31st Senate District I want to hear from you. Please call my office so I can serve you to the best of my ability.
If you wish to share your thoughts on the tactics of Better Georgia, they can be reached at 706-410-1867. They don't share their email address in order to guard themselves from the very tactics they use.
Heath hasn't responded to an email asking for his opinion on Rogers' hiring and about the above text, which a few CL readers have sent us.
Under legislation an Atlanta City Council committee is expected to consider today, prostitutes who are convicted of soliciting sex in certain parts of town could face stiff jail time, fines, and being prohibited from visiting certain parts of Atlanta - or perhaps even being banished from the city limits. The same would apply to the men and women who might purchase their services.
The Atlanta Police Department is behind the proposal, which is part of Mayor Kasim Reed's plan to improve the quality of life in downtown.
According to WAGA's Morse Diggs, downtown residents and business owners are frustrated by the frequent sight of used condoms, lubricants, and, occasionally, bodily fluids. Diggs reports that the practice has become so common in the area that sex workers use cell phones to warn each other about patrolling police. (Regular CL readers might recognize downtown pharmacy owner Richard Miller, who was quoted in the 2011 cover story about south downtown, in the clip.)
The city will partner with Startup Atlanta, an initiative that's focused on entrepreneurial growth. Eloisa Klementich, Invest Atlanta's director of business development, says the "Govathon" will help foster what she says is becoming an increasingly cohesive startup community. In turn, those companies will be able to connect resources and work together on other projects down the road, well beyond these civic partnerships.
"It helps with the networking because these folks will meet other folks," she tells CL. "It will interconnect the resources that are needed. It's not the end-all-be-all solution but it's one piece of an important puzzle. It sends out the message that [Atlanta] wants you and we want you to grow your business here."
With Bob, playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb creates a modern folk hero (Dan Triandiflou) for American road culture, like a Johnny Appleseed for the turn of the 21st century. Subtitled A Life in Five Acts, Aurora Theatre's irresistible production taps that aspect of the American spirit that longs to answer the call of the open road. Like a slideshow of the most eventful and whimsical vacation imaginable, Bob captures its protagonist's rags-to-riches life thanks to five live-wire actors and Sean Daniels' effervescent direction.
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