Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The man said the officer beat him several times in the head with his baton.
Members of the Atlanta City Council have agreed to pay $50,000 to a Buckhead bar patron who says he was beaten by a police officer. The patron, Chris Putnam, has moved to New York since the incident happened in 2008. Putnam said his case has been tied up in courts for years. According to a report from WSB-TV, Putnam was removed from Red Door Tavern on Roswell Road for being too loud. An officer, only named as Bradley, was providing security at the bar at the time. According to the complaint filed by Putnam’s attorney Jim Ford, Putnam implied that Bradley was a “rent-a-cop” and not a “real” police officer and Bradley subsequently beat Putnam with his baton. Putnam admits that he was intoxicated at the time. Bradley accused Putnam of …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Atlanta City Council has approved the general funds budget for fiscal 2013.
The Atlanta City Council has approved their $542 million general funds budget for fiscal year 2013, a budget allowing for more police officers and featuring no layoffs. According to a city press release, the budget passed 12-2. Felicia A. Moore (District 9) and Howard Shook (District 7) dissented, while Kwanza Hall (District 2) was not present. The press release stated that the new budget will add 41 more officers to the city police force for a total of 2,000, a goal that had existed for a while. It added that there is also no property tax increase expected for fiscal year 2013, which begins on July 1. The AJC reports that no layoffs are expected, either. The budget's press release adds that the new budget also gives the Office of Cultural…
Monday, June 18, 2012
Council approves to plug revenue shortfall.
The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved a controversial ordinance that raises fines for motorists who leave their cars parked at meter after their allotted time has expired. The vote — 8-4 — follows several weeks of discussion and debate regarding the unpopular measure. Several residents spoke out against the measure, urging the council to vote it down because they said PARKatlanta, the Milwaukee-based company contracted to enforce parking rules, wrote tickets illegally, double-ticketed or had misleading signage. One woman recounted how a PARKatlanta official ticketed her as she waited for another motorist to exit their parking space. Nevertheless, the Atlanta City Council approved. The measure is fueled by the city's efforts to recoup…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Buckhead council member marks Scouts' 100th anniversary with City Hall reception
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
From Patch Reports Local Girl Scout troops and representatives of the organization’s Greater Atlanta Council enjoyed a special day at Atlanta City Hall Monday. Buckhead City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean, who represents the 8th District, honored the Scouts at a special reception, and they received an official proclamation from the Atlanta City Council, according to a council news release. The Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary of carrying out their mission "to develop girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place." “I am so pleased to have been able to help honor Girl Scouts of the USA as they celebrate their 100th anniversary,” Adrean said in a statement. “The Girl Scouts have such a …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
District 8's Yolanda Adrean to present proclamation Monday on Scouts' 100th anniversary
Sunday, March 4, 2012
From Patch Reports Atlanta City Council member Yolanda Adrean, who represents Buckhead's 8th District, will honor the Girl Scouts of the USA on the organization's 100th anniversary. Adrean will host a private reception at noon Monday for representatives of the organization’s Greater Atlanta Council and members of local Scout troops in Council Committee Room No. 1 (second floor). That will be followed by a proclamation presentation at 1 p.m. during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Atlanta City Council, according to a council announcement. The events will be at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. On March 12, 1912, the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, Juliette Gordon Low, led the organization’s first meeting in Savannah, the …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Approved needed to prevent waterrate increase, Felicia Moore tells NPU-C
Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore told NPU-C Tuesday night that if a 1-cent sales tax for sewer improvements is not continued, residents could face an increase in water bills. Moore, whose 9th district covers part of Buckhead, said a referendum to continue the MOST, or municipal option sales tax, will be on the ballot March 6 along with the GOP presidential primary. The 1-cent tax is funding bonds for sewer and stormwater improvements under federal constent decrees to prevent hazardous discharges into the Chattahoochee River. Along with the sales tax, the bonds for improvements are financed with a series of water rate increases that reached 12.5 percent with the final one in July. If the tax is not continued, new water and sewer …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Buckhead boundaries to be changed based on population
The redistricting process for the Atlanta City Council is under way, with Buckhead districts to be redrawn. The Atlanta City Council was holding its first work session Thursday on the redistricting, done every 10 years based on U.S. Census results. Proposed maps will be be available to the public beginning Friday at http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/REDISTRICTING.htm and in the City Council Lobby, Suite 2900, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. The web site includes a Power Point presentation and a video on the redistricting process. The council will hold two public hearings on the redistricting, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, and Thursday, Nov. 17, in the council chamber on the second floor of City Hall. Based on 2010 Census results, the city…
Monday, September 5, 2011
Atlanta City Council to hear views Tuesday
The Atlanta City Council on Tuesday will hold a hearing on legislation to allow voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales. Buckhead council representative Yolanda Adrean is a co-sponsor of the legislation. An unscientific Buckhead Patch poll shows overwhelming support for Sunday alcohol sales. Out of 69 readers participating, 68, 98 percent, said they support Sunday alcohol sales, and only one was opposed. You can still participate in the poll, at the bottom of this article. If approved, the local ordinance would call on city voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales in a Nov. 8 referendum. The ballot already includes the Atlanta School Board's request to extend a 1 cent sales tax and a special election to fill the vacant school board …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Buckhead residents would be included in referendum
Buckhead city council member Yolanda Adrean is among sponsors of legislation that would allow a referendum on the sales of liquor, wine and beer on Sundays within Atlanta. "I am supporting the right for citizens to vote to decide whether or not we have Sunday alcohol sales," Adrean said in an e-mail to Buckhead Patch. "Many Georgia municipalities have passed similar resolutions to let citizens decide, including Sandy Springs, Alpharetta and Dunwoody. Today 37 states permit sale of alcohol on Sundays." Along with Adrean, who represents District 8, others sponsors of proposed Ordinance #11-O-1169 are council members Alex Wan, Kwanza Hall, Cleta Winslow, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michael Julian Bond and H. Lamar Willis, according to an Atlanta …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Buckhead council members play major role in writing legislation
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
From Patch Staff Reports The Atlanta City Council on a 15-0 vote approved a major pension reform program, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Buckhead city council representatives played a major role in the pension reform effort, with proposals by District 8 Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean and District 9 Councilwoman Felicia Moore included in the final leglislation. Moore represents part of Buckhead The approved bill also included an amendment by Buckhead Councilman Howard Shook, who represents District 7, to cap expenditures to protect the city in case of a future financial meltdown, the AJC said. Here is the link to the AJC article.