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Closer Look: Julian Bond; March For Science; And More

Feb 16, 2017
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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Atlanta City Council

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond is responding to allegations that he failed to report campaign contributions and expenses.

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission said that between 2009 and 2015, Bond improperly used campaign funds 30 times and failed to disclose campaign contributions and expenditures 252 times.  

“I think it's a very big deal,” said Stefan Ritter, the head of the commission. “What we see here are truly egregious violations.”

 

Predatory. Punitive. Profit-driven.

 

That is how Atlanta residents described Park Atlanta at a town hall meeting with City Council members Wednesday night.

 

The city is contemplating parting ways with Park Atlanta, the private company that manages paid street parking.

 

Atlanta City Council Member Felicia Moore explained how the contract came to be:

GSU Law Professor, Tanya Washington, center, speaks against the installation of a retention pond in the Peoplestown community at a protest on the steps of City Hall in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept., 21, 2015. Washington lives in one of the affected homes.
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An Atlanta City councilman wants to put on hold plans to build a stormwater retention pond and park in the Peoplestown neighborhood.

The Department of Watershed Management has been looking to demolish about 30 homes to build the stormwater retention pond to alleviate flooding in the area.  

Councilman Michael Julian Bond said he didn’t want to be morbid, but one option was to put the project on hold.

 This July 8, 2007 file photo shows NAACP Chairman Julian Bond addressing the civil rights organization's annual convention in Detroit.
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The list of major events in the life of civil rights leader and activist Julian Bond is a long one.

Bond was the co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was a member of the Georgia General Assembly, the first African-American to be nominated for a major party vice presidential candidacy and chairman of the NAACP ─ and that's just for starters. 

Bond, 75, died over the weekend in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, and five children, one of which includes Atlanta Councilman Michael Julian Bond. 

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Council member Julian Bond says he wants the city of Atlanta to turn unused school properties – to which the city holds the deeds – into public parks.

He says the city is growing quickly, but doesn’t have enough green space, and it's not clear how much land is sitting empty, so he says the first step is to catalog it.

Bellwood Quarry is used for film and TV shoots, including ''The Hunger Games''; which had a scene at this spot, and ''The Walking Dead.''
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About a mile from Midtown, there’s a 400 foot hole in the ground. Bellwood Quarry was mined for a century. Now the city’s transforming it into a reservoir, and the hundreds of acres around it will eventually be Atlanta’s biggest park.

It looks like some place in the Rocky Mountains. Bellwood Quarry has steep granite walls and crystal clear water. A road snakes down the side to the bottom.  

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond says he grew up near here. He remembers as a kid, the community was not happy with the quarry.

Atlanta City Council

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond has agreed to pay more than $15,000 to settle over a dozen violations of the city’s ethics code.

The six-page settlement details how Councilman Bond took a $3,000 advance for a trip he never took and accepted dozens of free tickets for things like a Chaka Khan concert and the annual Dragon-Con convention. It also outlines his use of public money for personal travel, private tutoring and to print DVDs and pins for his high school reunion.

Bellwood Quarry sits west of Midtown Atlanta.
City of Atlanta

Eventually Bellwood Quarry will be big. Right now, it’s 300 acres of woods and trash, plus the quarry itself. But the plan is for it to be a huge new park on Atlanta’s Westside, and the committee dedicated to redeveloping the site will start meeting next year.

City councilman Michael Julian Bond formed the committee. He said the park will be a place to hold big concerts and festivals. There’s a creek running through it, forests and great views.

“I run into people every day that ask me what’s going on at that site,” Bond said. “They’re ready for a new park.”

Michael Julian Bond
Central Atlanta Progress

Atlanta’s ethics chief Monday opened an investigation into City Councilman Michael Julian Bond, who faces scrutiny over his use of taxpayer funds.

Local news outlet WXIA-11 Alive first flagged Bond’s spending. Among the expenditures in question is a $2,400 trip to Washington D.C. that coincided with a three-day family reunion.

City of Atlanta

Some Atlanta City Council members are calling for more accountability at the city’s workforce development agency. It comes after widespread claims of waste and abuse of federal job-training dollars.  

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency operates as a bureau of the mayor’s office, but Councilwoman Mary Norwood says the city’s legislative body needs to get more involved.

“At this stage it needs to be drastic action by Council and I will certainly support some type of accountability by Council,” said Norwood.

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An official plan to help revitalize the struggling neighborhoods surrounding the proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium cleared its last legislative hurdle Monday night, paving the way for stadium construction to begin as planned.

The hotly debated community benefits plan came up on the agenda a few hours into the meeting, the City Council's last of the year.

At-Large Councilman Michael Julian Bond grew up in west Atlanta near the proposed stadium and spoke about the area.

City of Atlanta

A community benefits plan for the neighborhoods surrounding the proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium faces its last major hurdle Monday.

Atlanta City Council is expected to vote on the plan Dec 2., its last scheduled meeting before holiday break.

This week, the plan cleared two key committees following months of frequently contentious negotiations between city officials and neighborhood leaders.

Atlanta city officials and the neighborhoods surrounding the proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium will meet again today to try and hash out a community benefits package for the west Atlanta area.

Mayor Kasim Reed says he wants the process wrapped up by the end of the year, but neighborhoods leaders say the package is still too vague to be approved.

Common Cause Georgia

An ethics watchdog group and neighborhood leaders are slamming Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Councilman Michael Julian Bond for rushing the community benefits process related to the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

At a Wednesday community benefits meeting, tensions exploded after neighborhood leaders learned Chairman Bond and the mayor’s committee representative said the plan the group had been working on for months was already making its way through City Council for approval.

Tensions Erupt At Falcons Stadium Impact Meeting

Nov 20, 2013

Simmering tensions exploded Wednesday night between Atlanta city officials and representatives of the neighborhoods surrounding the proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

For months, the two parties have worked to develop a plan to divvy up millions in community redevelopment money. The process must be completed before $200 million in city funds can be channeled to the team to help build the new stadium.

Michael Julian Bond
Central Atlanta Progress

The Atlanta City Council passed a largely symbolic resolution Monday urging continued negotiations with the Atlanta Braves.

Last week, the team stunned the Council by announcing its intention to relocate from downtown Atlanta to Cobb County.

Councilman Michael Julian Bond said he didn’t want the history books to show the City Council didn’t at least try.

Amid Legal Battle, Atlanta City Council OKs New Street Vending Program

Nov 4, 2013
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Amid a four-year legal battle, the Atlanta City Council Monday signed off on a new street vending ordinance backed by Mayor Kasim Reed.

Shortly after its approval, a Fulton County judge postponed a decision over whether to hold Reed and Police Chief George Turner in contempt of court for refusing to allow street vending under the city's prior ordinance.

Atlanta's City Council approved the new vending program 11-2, with Councilwoman Felicia Moore and Councilman Kwanza Hall opposed. Minutes after the vote, Mayor Reed signed the measure into law.

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the accident that caused a chemical spill early this morning.
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For 13 years, the Atlanta Police Department has talked about the number 2,000 – that’s the number of officers it says it needs to be visible on the streets – and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the department is just 20 officers shy of that goal.

“We’ve done this in the toughest time that the country has faced in 80 years,” Reed says.

So how did the city manage to add about 300 officers and give bonuses when it had lost about $100 million in revenue since the recession hit in 2008?

City Councilman Michael Julian Bond chairs the Public Safety Committee.

Two historic churches in Atlanta recently agreed to sell their property, allowing the Atlanta Falcons to build a new billion dollar stadium just south of the Georgia Dome.

The focus now shifts to the project’s impact on surrounding neighborhoods and the $30 million in funds set aside to revitalize them.

Last month MARTA executive Dwight Ferrell was removed as manager of the Atlanta streetcar project. Another top consultant reportedly resigned as a result.

While city and transit officials aren’t saying why, some community leaders are worried the $70 million project is being mismanaged.  

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond is one of them. He says the abrupt leadership change is troubling.

“That project is very, very important to downtown, and I would suspect if this person was removed, it’s probably because the project just hasn’t taken off," said Bond.

Atlanta Passes Revised Panhandling Ordinance

Oct 2, 2012

The Atlanta City Council has unanimously passed a compromise ordinance aimed at reducing aggressive panhandling.

The new measure sets penalties of up to 30 days of community service for a first offense, and a minimum of 30 days in jail for a second conviction and 90 days for a third. Maximum jail time is set at six months.

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond has been working for some time to pass a tougher ordinance against aggressive panhandling in the City.  In the process, he has drawn fire from advocates for the homeless, among others.  And last week, Bond found what he said were some structural problems with the current city ordinance.  So, he says he will review and re-work his proposal.  But Bond has no plans to withdraw it.  He spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.