Want Safe Streets?: Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Wants to Hear from You!

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is developing a new strategic plan this year. To do that successfully, we’re seeking input from our members and the broader community. We have conducted interviews and focus groups – and now are gathering further input via this brief survey.

This survey is anonymous and should only take seven minutes to complete.

Insights from this survey will inform the agenda at a Community Discussion to be held Tuesday, August 6 from 6-8 pm at the M. Rich Building in Downtown Atlanta. We hope you will join us! Please use this link to RSVPThis fall, we will begin drafting the plan and will ask for further input from you then.

Thank you for taking time to respond to this brief survey. We appreciate your candid feedback and your ongoing support for our organization!

To take the survey, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9Z68GPK

West End LCI and Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Master Plan Updates: Study Area Survey

The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning and the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. teamed up to coordinate two master planning efforts – West End Livable Centers Initiative (WELCI) and the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 (SA-1) Master Plan updates. The updates represent the collective vision, policies and strategies that will guide future growth and development in the study area. We seek your input through this community survey to help understand community needs and craft a vision that will improve mobility, promote economic development, and encourage a better quality of life for all. The study area boundary is shown in the map below.

Please click the following link to access the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuZekWruu92a5xzaLC4htjMNKaQTYDI4wCxRVS4NrzNtlSww/viewform

Public “Scoping” Comments Needed by Thursday July 25: Say “No” to the New Plutonium Bomb Plant at the Savannah River Site!

The Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina remains one of the most polluted places on Earth. After decades of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons, 37 million gallons of highly radioactive liquid wastes are still being stored in aging tanks without any final disposal plan.Despite that, the Department of Energy’s semi-autonomous nuclear weapons agency, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), plans to create a new Plutonium Bomb Plant at SRS by “repurposing” the failed MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility, a bungled construction project that has already wasted over 5 billion taxpayer dollars.
This new bomb plant will be for the production of plutonium pits, the radioactive cores or “triggers” of modern nuclear weapons. NNSA plan to produce at least 30 pits per year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico and at least 50 pits per year at SRS, which will be a completely new mission there. Expanded pit production is a key part of the U.S.’ $1.7 trillion “modernization” plan to completely rebuild the nuclear weapons stockpile, its supporting research and production complex, and the missiles, subs and bombers to deliver nuclear weapons. All of this is fueling a new global nuclear arms race that is more dangerous than any time since the height of the Cold War.
In order to meet legal requirements under the federal National Environmental Policy Act the NNSA is preparing a SRS plutonium pit production environmental impact statement (EIS). Trump’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review mandated the production of at least 80 pits per year but gave no specific technical justification why that is necessary to maintain the safety and reliability of the existing nuclear weapons stockpile. Instead expanded plutonium pit production is for future new-design nuclear weapons that can’t be tested because of the existing global testing moratorium, or alternatively could prompt the U.S. to return to testing which would have serious international proliferation consequences.
NNSA intends to analyze two scenarios in its SRS plutonium pit production EIS: (1) Repurposing the MOX Facility to produce at least 50 pits per year; and (2) a No Action Alternative, which would still keep a pit production capability at LANL. This public comment period is an opportunity for concerned citizens to demand what the scope of the EIS should be (in other words, the range of issues that NNSA should consider). ‘Scoping” comments should be emailed to NEPA-SRS@srs.gov by Thursday July 25. NNSA states “Comments received after this date will be considered to the extent practicable.”
For more information, please see the federal Notice of Intent to prepare a SRS plutonium pit production EIS at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-10/pdf/2019-12003.pdf
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For more information, please send an email to Lindsay Harper at Lindsay@GeorgiaWAND.org.

South River Stormwater Roadshow – An Informational Open House

The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management invites you to attend the South River Stormwater Roadshow – An Informational Open House

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Rosel Fann Recreation Center
365 Cleveland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30354

This Roadshow – focused on the South River watershed – is the fourth of seven Open House events designed to engage the public about stormwater issues. The goal of the Open House is to listen to the community and gather feedback about the Department’s stormwater program and projects. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about stormwater. Come and let your voice be heard. The DWM stormwater team and community partners will be on hand to discuss current and future programs, and how to be good stewards of the watersheds. We will listen to YOU about the impact of stormwater in your community. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Todd Gleaton, Public Information Officer at 404-884-5190 or email at tgleaton@atlantaga.gov or visit www.atlantawatershed.org/stormwaterroadshow


Date: July 10, 2019
Media Contact: Timothy Ezell, Director of Court Administration and Court Support Services
Phone: 404-613-9071
Email: timothy.ezell@fultoncountyga.gov
For Immediate Release: July 10, 2019



The Fulton County Magistrate Court will update stakeholders on legislative changes to the Abandoned Motor Vehicles process on July 19, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. in the Judge Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center, room 1132/33, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

The Georgia Legislature reformed the current Abandoned Motor Vehicles Statutes with legislation effective September 1, 2019. These sweeping changes will modify court practices.

Whether you identify as law enforcement, towing company, repair facility or owner of a car deemed abandoned, this session will inform your decisions under the new law. The Fulton County Magistrate Court will present changes in the AMV law, as well as the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved in AMV proceedings.


Qualified Candidates For ABE District 2 Seat

There will be a special election on September 17, 2019 for Atlanta Board of Education District 2 to fill the remainder of our school board representative, Byron Amos’ term. Here are your candidates who will appear on the ballot for that election. Candidates appear below in the order in which they qualified:

  1. Chadd Jonesmith
  2. Paula Kupersmith
  3. Keisha Carey
  4. Aretta Baldon
  5. Will Chandler
  6. Nathaniel Dyer
  7. Davida Huntley
  8. Ed Johnson
  9. Christopher Brown

ABOE D2 encompasses Atlanta City Council Districts 3 and 4. This means that only Mechanicsville residents living north of Dodd Ave will be able to vote in this election. Here’s the entire ABOE D2 map.

You can learn more about the election and the candidates here: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/council-divisions/municipal-clerk/2019-city-of-atlanta-special-election

Community Wealth Building Accelerator

The Guild’s 2019 Community Wealth Building Business Accelerator is a unique business advancement program for existing minority-owned small businesses seeking to open or retain a brick and mortar retail location in the Atlanta area.

Accelerate Southside is a two-part pilot program comprised of an immersive business accelerator training offered by The Guild (2019 Community Wealth Building Business Accelerator) + Invest Atlanta (Commercial Down Payment Assistance Program).

With a focus on the 30-acre Pittsburgh yards site located on the Atlanta BeltLine, the program will support minority entrepreneurs interested in purchasing a shipping container to locate at the Pittsburgh Yards Shipping Container Garden.

The deadline to apply is JULY 15th!

Supporting documents:
Accelerate Southside One-Pager
Guild Accelerator Flyer

For more information: https://www.theguild.community/community-wealth-accelerator