Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says his administration will act on several recommendations made by a commission which examined ways to eliminate waste and make city government more efficient. The commission is made up business, labor and city council representatives.
As the commission recommended, Reed says in the next year his administration will work to streamline the city’s real estate portfolio.
Division of Family and Children Services Interim Director Bobby Cagle says he’s extending his order for mandatory overtime in order to address a backlog of overdue cases.
Cagle said the initial backlog of 3,300 overdue child protective services investigations has been cut by about 38 percent since he mandated overtime last month. However, he originally projected it to be cleared by the end of July.
The City of Sandy Springs is considering building a performing arts center as part of its City Center project.
The project will be a hub for the government and the community. Mayor Rusty Paul says it was in the early planning even before Sandy Springs became a city nine years ago. City Center will cover several acres near the intersection of Roswell and Johnson Ferry Roads.
Advocates responded to the Governor’s claims that over a thousand unaccompanied minors have come to Georgia from Central America since January and that the Obama administration is providing no information about them.
In his letter to President Obama, Governor Deal said that the state has no idea where the children are coming from or where they’re ending up.
Parents and students got a chance to view the newly constructed Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy Friday. The new Atlanta Public School is part of the existing Drew Charter School.
Drew Senior Academy Principal Peter McKnight gives a tour of the 200,000 square foot facility. He walks through a light filled corridor with classrooms on the right that have the ability to open to each other. On the left are several tables where students can work on group projects.
A Douglas County grand jury has indicted the secretary of former county District Attorney David McDade.
In a 34-count indictment, Tammie Agan faces charges of theft and of making false statements and writings in connection with her work outside the DA’s office, transcribing interviews for law enforcement.
The indictment says Agan charged the county for work she did not do. It also alleges that Agan filed false time sheets for her daughter who was hired to proofread the transcripts but, according to the indictment, did not do any actual work.
More than 130 law enforcement officers took part in a sweep of the Atlanta City Detention Center Thursday.
Law enforcement officers dressed in black and some wearing heavy protective gear rushed into a cell block at the center. They took detainees by surprise and ordering them to get on the ground. Then the officers escorted the detainees to another area of the cell block and searched their rooms.
Teams of law enforcement officers looked under beds, on top of desks and behind toilets for things like cell phones, weapons or evidence of various gang affiliations.
Steven Bell, left, and Regina Willis of Jewish Voices for Peace lead a prayer service for the victims of the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict in front of the Israeli consulate Thursday in Midtown Atlanta. A silent protester with signs criticizing the Palestinian militant group Hamas stands behind.
A Jewish organization held a prayer service today in front of the Israeli consulate in Midtown Atlanta Thursday to honor both Israelis and Palestinians who’ve died in the latest regional conflict, calling for peace as the death toll nears 800 people.
Dressed in black and holding candles, participants read the names of some of the victims aloud while others laid stones, a Jewish tradition at gravesites.
State officials predict that only 12 percent of registered Georgia voters cast their ballots in this Tuesday's run-off election.
Some Atlanta residents had work, while others were disillusioned, unsatisfied or ill-informed.
Jermaine Martin said he almost always votes but work kept him from going out and casting his ballot. Martin said he voted in May's primary election and plans on voting in November. He also encourages his friends to do the same.
With less than 24 hours until the polls open, both of Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates are on statewide fly-around tours. WABE’s Michelle Wirth caught up with Congressman Jack Kingston as he tries to pull out a Republican primary runoff victory against businessman David Perdue.
Prior to getting into a small airplane at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Kingston told supporters he will fight for every last vote.
A new poll has Senator Jason Carter leading Governor Nathan Deal 49 percent to 41 percent in the Georgia governor’s race. The Landmark Communications poll conducted for channel 2 comes just after the release of a memo by the head of Georgia’s ethics commission. In the memo, Holly LaBerge claims top Deal aids pressured her to quietly settle ethics complaints against the governor and threatened the commission’s authority.
A new cityhood push is underway in southern DeKalb County.
The proposed City of South DeKalb’s organizers want a bill in next year’s legislative session. However, Kathryn Rice, who is leading the effort, says plans are in their first stages. The group does not have a sponsor for the bill or even the money for a feasibility study.
Rice says her group is still deciding on the exact boundaries. “At a minimum we’re looking at everything south of 285 excluding the cities,” said Rice. “But we would also like to include unincorporated Clarkston, and that’s up to them.”
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) plans to expand its clinical services, and it is tearing down a hotel to do it.
The 19-story Executive Park Motor Hotel, near the intersection of Interstate 85 and North Druid Hills Road, has sat empty for years. Last year, CHOA paid $9.6 million for the hotel and will start tearing it down this fall.
The Atlanta Braves announced its surprise move to Cobb County in November. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has come to terms with that, but he still needs the team to officially say it won’t be renewing its lease at Turner Field. Reed says it’s necessary for the city to move forward with redevelopment plans.
Briefing City Council members Wednesday, Reed said he sent a letter to the Braves asking for early notice.
“Parties that are interested in Turner Field have been waiting to find out what the Braves decision was around their exit,” said Reed.
“Our economic development policies seem to be working……..giving the right incentives to the right companies and they’re hiring. Georgia was just voted the number one place to do business by a couple different surveys," Dr. Jeff Humphreys, an economist with the University of Georgia.
The Atlanta Streetcar’s launch date has been delayed yet again.
City officials now say the Streetcar won’t be ready for passengers at least until October, but probably November. The latest estimate had been this summer.
Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin said it’s due to track and station construction issues along the downtown Atlanta route.
“What’s the phrase the mayor likes to use … doing hard things is hard ... and building a streetcar system is hard and there’s a lot of utility relocations and things that go along with that,” said Gavin.
After more than two years of fighting back a legal challenge, demolition at DeKalb County’s Suburban Plaza shopping center is now underway.
Scott Selig is Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Selig Enterprises, which owns Suburban Plaza. In an email to WABE, he said the latest construction timeline calls for digging to begin for the underground parking lot for Walmart late this year or in early 2015.