Author: George Chidi

The Ethics Referendum is a Trick. Vote No.

Today is a test of our civic broadcasting system. It’s election day. There’s a ballot initiative to change the ethics board system in DeKalb County. Almost every civic organization that has been working on ethics issues and has looked at this referendum has recommended voting against it. Public commentary in the media has been overwhelmingly

Morning Reads – Tuesday, August 20

This is my first time giving the craic in years, which means I’m bound to make a mess. Also, I’m not Scottish, for which I blame others. Let us use obscure idioms today. What’s the Skinny It’s Tuesday, which means Donald Trump has changed his mind again on gun control. CNN has Joe Biden up

Mary Norwood Hasn’t Stopped Falling

It was hard not to sympathize with Mary Norwood, once. She’s been making it easier though. Saturday morning, Norwood posted a purported list of Atlanta street gangs, which immediately went viral through her well-networked list of Facebook friends. The list, not to put too fine a point on it, is hilariously wrong. (EDIT: Mary changed

The Scooter Ban Is Coming

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order today barring the city from accepting new permit applications from scooter companies, pending an August 5 council meeting where more permanent actions is expected. The order comes a week after a CobbLinc bus ran over and killed 37-year-old William Alexander in Midtown, while he was on

Remembering DeKalb’s Jim McMahan

I say this with love in my heart: there are a small number of people I can blame for drawing me into politics and public policy in DeKalb, for convincing me that it would be worth it. We lost one of them today. Jim McMahan, a former school board member, died in a boating accident

The Crime Of Housing The Working Poor

We believe public meetings should be a place for open dialogue, civil discourse, and fair debate, where two sides can each present their case.  Unfortunately, as evidenced at the C.T. Martin Recreation Center a few weeks ago in June, Councilwoman Andrea Boone demonstrated that she doesn’t share this belief. She left the floor largely unmoderated

Decatur, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down

The Decatur school system hired Governor Brian Kemp’s frat brother to lobby for a veto of hard-won legislation to keep annexations from decimating DeKalb County schools. Decatur City Schools didn’t bother giving much feedback to the legislative delegation as they worked through the thorny problem this year, according to a press release from the DeKalb

Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud

Black people live in Hoschton. Who knew? Perhaps mayor Theresa Kenerly should have considered that possibility when she whispered to city council people that Hoschton wasn’t ready for a black city manager, according to documents obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The revelation, along with comments from Councilman Jim Cleveland — apparently unbidden — attacking