Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore introduced legislation calling for council oversight of the cityâs involvement in the Atlanta Housing Authorityâs plans to demolish public housing.
â[This] ordinance is to make sure in the future itâs clear by code thereâs an understanding the Council is the governing authority of the City . . . â
â Moore, as quoted in Atlanta Progressive News Jan. 7
âWe respectfully submit that, because of the legally mandated autonomous operation of the AHA, these items of legislation are beyond the Cityâs authority and purview.â
â Attorney Sharon Gay, of McKenna Long & Aldridge, in a Jan. 14 letter to Atlanta City Council
âThis is a blatant, purposeful media campaign to discredit me because they donât like this legislation.â
â Moore, as quoted in the AJC, in response to a comment by AHA spokesman Rick White alleging that Moore worries demolishing public housing in her council district would move her supporters out of her district
Atlanta's African-American leaders are impressed by Sen. Barack Obama's ability to energize and inspire presidential primary voters.
"What I like about Barack Obama is that he's energizing a population that is not typically energized. And that he is providing inspiration."
â Mayor Shirley Franklin, endorsing Obama on V-103's (WVEE-FM) "Frank and Wanda in the Morning" on Jan. 9.
". . . I believe he gives Georgia Democrats our best chance of retaking the White House in 2008 and building the coalition necessary to bring change as President."
â Rumored Atlanta mayoral candidate and state Sen. Kasim Reed, endorsing Obama on Jan. 7.
"Thank goodness for what Obama has been doing in Iowa and New Hampshire. It's historic. He's tapped into a part of the electorate looking for something different, something new."
â Rep. John Lewis, speaking to the AJC on Jan. 8. Lewis has endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Bloggers and community bulletin-board contributors are increasingly voicing frustration with Mayor Shirley Franklinâs leadership.
"And to think that our mayor has the time to write a letter on behalf of Michael Vick, but can't be bothered to address the problems with Chief Pennington and his department."
â PETERK30310, commenting on the Yahoo! group Capitol View Homeownerâs Forum Dec. 22. Mayor Franklin wrote a letter asking the judge in the Michael Vick case to grant the former Falcons star leniency.
"No, I'm talking about her failure to run basic functions of a major city government. Things like roads, traffic lights, issuing permits, crime, and cleanliness . . . Shirley doesn't have time to bother with such trivialities. She's on vacation. It's someone else's job. She has checked out and is waiting for the next mayor to take over."
â Blogger decaturguy at the Atlanta Publics Affairs blog Dec. 28
"Maybe instead of supporting common criminals, she can write letters and speak out on more important issues such as police corruption, the Atlanta Housing Authority Fiasco, the Beltline's effect on low income residents, or Grady."
â Blogger A Mad Democrat Dec. 14
As we look forward to more awkward utterances in the coming year, we reflect on some of the more memorable moments of the most eloquent orator of them all, Gov. Sonny Perdue.
âThink of it this way â¦ It really helps you plan ahead for the rest of your life â buying on Saturday, rather than Sunday. Time management.â
â Perdue, referring to Sunday alcohol sales, on Q100âs âThe Bert Show,â on Jan. 17, 2007
"My goal is to turn Georgia into a fisherman's paradise."
â The governor during his State of the State address on Jan. 10, 2007
"I'm here today to appeal to you and to all Georgians and all people who believe in the power of prayer to ask God to shower our state, our region, our nation with the blessings of water.â
â Perdueâs call to prayer for rain on the Capitol steps on Nov. 13
Sources: the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Union Recorder, CNN.com
Duluth, Ga., created a MySpace account this month to entice young people to comment on the suburbâs plan for development through 2030. As of press time, Duluth has 10 friends.
âIâm a tattoo freak! And a MetalHead. I live in Duluth with my 2 cats & my partner of 5 years, Lee. He hates MySpace so donât expect to find him in my Friends List. Just look in my pics for the one that Looks like Opie Taylor.â
-- Demon Dawg, one of Duluthâs MySpace friends
âI HAVE 3 401 k ACCOUNTS AND A BUNCH OF Roth IRA..s. I. M not bragging i..m just being humble.â
-- John, one of Duluthâs MySpace friends
âI have no addictions to any substance that I know of. I donât abuse alcohol, I have never used illegal drugs of any kind, and to be frank for a moment I didnât face many of the adolescence challenges that face our high school students today regarding hormonal urges.â
-- AliAkbar.net, one of Duluthâs MySpace friends
Has metro Atlantaâs growth and development had any effect on the metro regionâs water shortage? It depends who you ask.
â State House Speaker Glenn Richardsonâs response when CL Senior Editor John Sugg asked him on Nov. 18, âDo you think development has contributed to the water problems?â
âIn Atlanta, for example, the model shows that between 59.9 and 132.8 billion gallons of groundwater infiltration may have been lost in 1997 compared to 15 years earlier. That is enough water to supply the average daily household needs of between 1.5 and 3.6 million people per year.
â Page 8 from âPaving Our Way to Water Shortages,â a 2002 study by Smart Growth America, the Natural Resources Defense Council and American Rivers on the amount of groundwater lost because of development
After CL Senior Writer Mara Shalhoup reported Demetrius âBig Meechâ Flenory was to plead guilty to federal charges resulting from his co-leadership of the Black Mafia Family cocaine ring, comments began to pour in to Fresh Loaf.
âWhat happened to âDEATH BEFORE DISHONORâ so now Big Meech is now âLIL MEECHââ¦â
âFuck coward ass niggas like Muhammed. I bet you wouldnât say that shit to Meechâs face.â
-- 'Ziploc Moe'
âu cant be mad at meech unless he snitch.â
â. . . for u ignant coccsuccas, pleading guilty DOES NOT mean u working with dem faggitz. . .â
-- 'Crystle Boeckman'
âHow did I know this thread would be full of illiterate morons spouting about the âcodeâ.
âMeech is a criminal who made millions from the misery of others and led an organization responsible for murder of innocent people.â
âIâd rather live in a neighborhood with a bunch of Meechs then most people- who lack character and integrity.â
Rapper Clifford âT.I.â Harris faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on federal weapons charges. Before he was released on $3 million bond Oct. 26, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman had some stern words for Harris, as well as comments on Atlantaâs real estate market.
âI donât want to sound crass about it, but in addition to being in the music and entertainment business youâre essentially in the insurance business now. If any harm is [befallen upon] the informant, the court will be looking to you. Do you understand that?â
â Baverman warning Harris not to attempt to hurt or intimidate witnesses for the prosecution
âYes, your honor.â
â Harrisâ response to Bavermanâs question
âThe nature of the real estate market in Atlanta right now is such that legitimate appraisals are affected.â
â Baverman explaining why he valued Harrisâ College Park home at $1 million, less than what Harris and his lawyers contend is its appraised value. Harris is using his home as part of his bond.
Marietta police say 21-year-old Matthew Cherry was suffocated to death with duct tape during the Oct. 21 armed robbery of the GameStop store he managed on South Cobb Parkway. Below is the responding officerâs description of the scene.
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Last week, Fulton County voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have incorporated more than 96 square miles of southern Fulton County into a city named South Fulton.
âWhen this election is in the books, I believe that weâll be seeing Georgiaâs next great city; the new City of South Fulton, and as a resident of South Fulton, I look forward to working with my neighbors towards getting our new city off the ground and running on the right foot.â
â Andre Walker writing on his blog, Georgia Politics Unfiltered, on the morning of the referendum. Walker supported the referendum.
âThe voters of south Fulton spoke today. They made it clear they want to have a city controlled by six commissioners who donât live in south Fulton County.â
â Benny Crane, an insurance broker who led the incorporation campaign, speaking to the AJC after the referendumâs defeat
âIn the end, I donât have any regrets whatsoever. The people decided and the people will have to live with their decision along with the consequences of their decision far into the future.â
â Walker in a post on Peach Pundit titled âMy thoughts on yesterdayâs South Fulton referendumâ
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