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@atlman " $250 million out of $1 billion is a big chunk. It is a quarter of it, and will generate revenue for future mayors to pay the rest of it."
Please explain in detail how issuing bonds and repairing $250 million of decayed infrastructure will generate revenue for future mayors to pay the rest of it. Amortization of $250 million in bonds will cost $25-$30 million per year.
1 day, 18 hours ago on Underground Atlanta to be sold for $25.75 million to S.C.-based WRS Inc.
@Daave Walker It's similar to the deal IBM made with GlobalFoundries in which Global Foundries buys IBM's chip fab plants and IBM pays them $1.5 billion.
The City has been losing lots of money for years on Underground, so this will stop the bleeding.
4 days, 2 hours ago on Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta
Good news! Yhanks for the prompt report.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta
@atlman @Burroughston Broch I will be pleased when the Underground Atlanta millstone is loosed from the necks of the City's taxpayers. It has been a financial drain for years. It should have been sold years ago.
Why do you expect the Underground sale to bring increased police presence in the vicinity? There is little to none now, as the streets around 5 Points Station show.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Underground Atlanta to be sold for $25.75 million to S.C.-based WRS Inc.
@SenorKev @Burroughston Broch Any sort of incentive. The City doesn't pay property tax to itself on the land it owns.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta
David, do you have any information about other inducements provided by the City to the purchaser?
The City has squandered a tremendous amount of taxpayer money on Underground in the last 50 years.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta
@PriscillaPadron I don't follow Mr. Soros either but know he is a patron of the political left. You brought up the subject of politics so you shouldn't be surprised when someone disagrees with you. I don't consider this a fight, so why do you? Just because I don't agree?
5 days, 9 hours ago on Atlanta seeks ideas to cash in on public domain in busy parts of city
It will be interesting to learn (1) how much of the purchase price will be left after the remaining bonds are retired and (2) what other inducements were given to the purchaser. This may be similar to IBM recently paying $1.5 billion to Global Foundries to take IBM's old chip fab plants off their hands.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Underground Atlanta to be sold for $25.75 million to S.C.-based WRS Inc.
@PriscillaPadron You neglected to answer the question in my last sentence, so I remind you.
Koch is estimated by Forbes to be worth $40 billion and Soros $24 billion, so they are peers. You couldn't buy this country with 500 Kochs, so please spare us the hyperbole.
You are naive if you believe the Woodruff Foundation is apolitical. It only states it does not fund politicial campaigns or lobbying; it also states it does not fund endowments but the recently announced pledge to the WAC is going to fund endowments, so take their statements with a grain of salt.
The trustees and staff are hardly apolitical.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Atlanta seeks ideas to cash in on public domain in busy parts of city
Koch pledged in 2008 $100 million over 10 years to update the theater and provide an endowment for operation and maintenance. This amount dwarfs the recent Woodruff $38 million pledge to the High, most of which is contingent on matching gifts. I think Koch was very generous, and shame on you for injecting politics. Would you reject a $100 million pledge from George Soros?
5 days, 15 hours ago on Atlanta seeks ideas to cash in on public domain in busy parts of city
Amazing how quickly things change when the scales are whisked away from the voters' eyes. Louisiana voters tired of being taken for granted by Democrats who court the poor in tails and spats.
1 week, 3 days ago on In Louisiana, the last Democratic royalty leave the bayou
The fix is in.
1 week, 3 days ago on Fort McPherson-Tyler Perry deal back in business with help from his friends
@atlman Perhaps the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce could buy Fort Mac, move their office there, and redevelop it themselves, showing the rest of us how it should be done. They plan to move anyway.
When pigs fly...
1 week, 5 days ago on A new screenplay for Fort McPherson would have happier ending for Atlanta
@mariasaporta @PaulaLaflamme Two questions for you, Maria.
1. How many studios can Perry support? He has one at Greenbrier, he has a 1000 acres for another in Douglas County, and now he wants to buy 300+ acres at Ft. Mac on the cheap for a third.
2. How many studios can metro Atlanta support? Add Lakewood and the proposed Jacoby development in Gwinnett to Tyler Perry's properties.
Perhaps Perry wants Ft. Mac for another purpose.
Paula, locked MARTA bathrooms and lax MARTA security are typical on the Northside also. It's called the MARTA shuffle.
1 week, 5 days ago on A final frontier in Atlanta: West End could grow new homes, shops, while sheltering current residents
The MARTA union employees will find ways around these new rules, just as they do the existing rules. For example, you could be AWOL two days, then work one day, then be AWOL two days, and repeat until you accumulate 46 AWOL days. You would then have worked 22 days and been paid for 68 days. 46 AWOL days amounts to over 17% of the work year for a fulltime employee. The way to fix this is to not pay AWOL employees, which is standard practice in private industry.
MARTA pays more overtime than paid time off, and they seem to pay a lot of paid time off. Based on the pie chart, paid time off is about 34 work days per year.This again exceeds the average 29 days in private industry.
Add 34 days paid time off to 46 AWOL days and you could miss 80 days a year, or 32% of the work year for a fulltime employee.
In summary, this contract may be a start but only a start. MARTA has a long way to go.
1 week, 6 days ago on MARTA’s labor contract targets absenteeism, as suggested by KPMG
David, please check your geography.
Northside Drive begins in Sandy Springs north of I285 and ends at Glenn St. just south of I20. Only the portion south of I75 was industrial, while the portion north of I75 is mainly residential with some light commercial.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on A final frontier in Atlanta: West End could grow new homes, shops, while sheltering current residents
@ken holewinski Not as long as the mainstream media and the racial grievance industry can make money from it.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Ferguson reminds us that we must have 'faith in strangers' — our democracy depends upon it
Yet another City audit to be locked away in a filing cabinet and forgotten.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Data security at Atlanta’s airport remains in question: City audit
@dwileyjr34 @Burroughston Broch One study begets yet another study. That's how government and academia work. ROFLMAO
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine’s health impact to be measured by GSU, CDC researchers
"Failed to indict" is a national progressive liberal talking point for describing Ferguson - you will find it pasted all over the national media.
They believe if they repeat a lie often enough, stupid people will believe it's true.
And they believe we are all stupid people.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Atlanta's ongoing teaching moments on civil disobedience - the Ferguson protests and the Rodney King riots
@dwileyjr34 @Burroughston Broch According to the article, "there’s a great deal of interest in the degree to which the BeltLine can improve the physical and mental well being of people who live near it or use it regularly."
And you think this report would ever state that living in proximity of the BeltLine is injurious for your health?
@Sassonii "If Sharpton and Jackson want to keep this from happening again then they should teach their own children to respect authority and to behave and speak thoughtfully."
Dominique Sharpton was arrested in 2010 for resisting arrest and traffic charges. I couldn't find any such information about Ashley Sharpton.
Jesse Jackson, Jr. is sering a 30 month sentence for fraud, conspiracy, making false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, and criminal forfeiture.
I don't think either Al or Jesse Sr. taught their children what you hoped.
@dwileyjr34 @Burroughston Broch You are quite welcome. I prefer to think of myself as the eternal optimist who expects the worst and is occasionally surprised when something doesn't run off the rails.
If you have any experience with government reports (which I do), you know the conclusions are always written first.
“It just went straight partisan politics. I thought this race was going to be different.”
Of course it was partisan politics, as every election is. Democrats vote for Democrats, Republicans vote for Republicans, and the Independents decide who wins. The Democrats did a poor job of telling Independents why they should vote for Democrats. President Obama hurt all Democratic candidates by declaring the 2014 elections a referendum on his policies, and voters voted against Democrats in record numbers.
She polled 44.8% - definitely an improvement over the 2010 election in which Joe Martin polled 41.6% for the same office.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Valarie Wilson weighs next step after losing election, leaving BeltLine post
This will be another government report in which the conclusions are written first, and then the rest of the report developed to support the conclusions. But the final report will be thick, as the worth of government reports is judged by the foot.
$100,000/400 = $250 cost per person interviewed.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Atlanta BeltLine’s health impact to be measured by GSU, CDC researchers
@Abby Martin Hizzoner the Mayor doesn't control APS, and he wants to fund only things he can control.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on When spending TAD dollars and selling City of Atlanta land, let's act smart
A far more productive direction would be to focus on reducing black on black crime. According to the FBI, over 45% of the homicides each year in our country are black on black, while blacks are only 13% of the population. Why obsess about a paper cut while an artery is severed?
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Ferguson can be a catalyst to create more opportunities for young blacks
@Kristina M Your closing paragraph hit the nail on the head. As Professor Marvel said when exposed, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."
Don't hold your breath waiting for the inspiring document you requested. Mayor Reed's and Mr. Ahmann's jobs are to ensure the transaction is completed with minimum information and obligations.
3 weeks ago on Atlanta - a city built by dreamers - should welcome Tyler Perry Studios
Pardon, what question? No question from Suzanne Pesterfield shows on the screen.
3 weeks ago on Fernbank Museum of Natural History launching major new expansion
@leadbelly I don't think that's the major reason - it's a way to put money in the pockets of Hizzoner and his cronies. Paying off the bond issue is no Hizzoner's problem - he will be out of office before the big payments begin.
The bond is going to be classed as junk, regardless of adding a pittance to the City's coffers.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on When spending TAD dollars and selling City of Atlanta land, let's act smart
@hozycat If you want to sell translation services into English, you should post in correct English with correct spelling and grammar. I hope this helps.
4 weeks ago on Atlanta Streetcar exec says year-old audio message, actual transit service will boost business at nearby shops
@No2Decatur Entschuldigung! I apologize for my incorrect inference.
I couldn't provide demographic details for Lakeside because the Census Bureau doesn't provide them for unincorporated areas. I suspect they are similar to Chamblee and Doraville.
If you want to remain in unincorporated DeKalb, be my guest. As for me, the less I have to depend on DeKalb County the better. I live in Dunwoody and things are better here now that we have more control over our future and less to do with DeKalb government.
As for you having to pay higher taxes because cities incorporate, that is full proof that the cities were subsidizing you in the first place. Why can't you pay for your own services?
As for your screen name being mistaken, that's your fault. It can as easily be taken as Number Two Decatur as it could No To Decatur.
After you've ranted, insulted me and shown a need for anger management help, explain to me why I owe you compassion.
1 month ago on Atlanta plans $200,000 study to help Turner Field neighborhoods
@No2Decatur North DeKalb is incorporating to rid itself as much as is possible from the oppressive corruption, ineptitude, and malfeasance of DeKalb County government. Decatur is annexing property as well, although you don't seem bothered by that.
DeKalb County doesn't "own" commercial development. What ever gave you that mistaken idea?
As far as your charge of "new segregation", I infer that the only demographic that matters to you is African American. To set the record straight, North DeKalb is not segregated and is much more diverse than middle or south DeKalb.
Dunwoody 69.8% White, 12.8% African American, 11.1% Asian, 10.3% Hispanic
Chamblee 45.4% White, 3.7% African American, 14% Asian, 56.4% Hispaniic
Doraville 46.4% White, 14.8% African American, 12.7% Asian, 43.4% Hispanic
Chris, it's a great story but no one's life is this one dimensional. We need to see the bad as well as the good of these subjects so we can put them into our life perspective.
You neglected to mention that Tarkenton and 10 other former executives of his computer software and consulting firm, KnowledgeWare Inc., were accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of inflating by millions of dollars the company's earnings in reports for its fiscal year ended June 30, 1994. He agreed to pay a $100,000 fine and $54,187 in restitution. He did not admit any wrongdoing.
1 month ago on Fran Tarkenton ran onto the field in his first college game, launched a long drive and a legendary career
Sam has a unique skill set - he focuses on the desires of CEOs while ignoring the input and needs of the rest of the community. Key examples are the Metro Chamber's role in the failed regional TSPLOST and its codependent support of Beverly Hall and the APS cheating scandals.
He wants to ensure his skills are not lost but are passed on to succeeding generations.
1 month ago on Former Metro Chamber President Sam Williams joining GSU faculty
@atlman @ Farris Lyons Seething rage? You impute seething rage because I question the conventional wisdom of building yet more taxpayer-funded facilities that sit vacant 99% of the time? LOL
0. GSU already plays its home games at the Georgia Dome that seats more fans than the Falcon's stadium. So why then would the Falcon's stadium be too big? GSU's current baseball complex is in DeKalb County, so why can't they play football there at Hallford Stadium? To be frank, I forgot about KSU; however, their stadium only seats 10,000 and it's built for soccer, not American football. As a Tech alumnus and taxpayer, I would be pleased to see both GSU and Tech share Grant Field.
1. Dorms are mentioned in the article but not classrooms. Dorms are OK. By the way, you don't have to have dorms to be a research university.
2. Prove it. It's not stated that way in the article. Do you have insider knowledge?
I have no interest in discussing the county politics. I leave that to you.
As far as the $300 million being made back in no time, that's what the supporters of the Taj MaBlank originally said. What I do know is that the City of Atlanta is having difficulty finding enough money to pay off a similar sized bond issue to replace about 1/3 of its rotten infrastructure.
"GSU has proposed a $300 million complex with stadiums for football and baseball, shops, dorms for students, and housing for non-students."
This is yet another proposal for a taxpayer-funded Taj Mahal.
The average home football game attendance in 2013 was 15,274 while the average this year fell to 15,115; this year's average is inflated by their game against Georgia Southern that was heavily attended by Georgia Southern fans. Take away that game and the average for the other four home games was 11,787. Three other suitable stadia are already available: Hallford stadium in DeKalb with 15,600 seats, Grant Field at Georgia Tech with 55,000 seats, and the new Falcons stadium with 65,000. Why build another?
The baseball team already has a baseball complex at 2819 Clifton Springs Road in Decatur with a seating capacity of 1,092. Georgia Tech's baseball stadium has a seating capacity of 5,157. Why build another?
Why would anyone in their right mind want the taxpayers to build housing for non-students?
His company has become the required minority partner of choice for many publicly funded and politically sensitive construction projects in Atlanta, due to his political connections. Required MBE (minority business enterprise) partners are one of the reasons publicly funded construction costs so much in Atlanta.
His company is also one of the largest Section 8 landlords in Atlanta.
1 month ago on Legendary Atlanta business leader Herman J. Russell passes away
@Equitable "The community should never organize to do anything new because a timeline might not be met and a budget might be exceeded."
I haven't had as good a laugh in a long time.
In every City of Atlanta project, the cost and time to completion are deliberately underestimated to make the project an easier political sale. The politicians operate on the principle that an ounce of forgiveness is worth more than a pound of permission, After all, who picks up the extra costs? The taxpayers, of course, while the politicians cut ribbons and pat themselves on the back.
The Streetcar is a prime example. The original budget was $69.3 million and the latest estimate exceeds $100 million; we will probably never know the final cost because it might start a riot. The promised operation date of late 2013 is now the end of 2014, and it might be delayed into 2015.
You seem willing to throw cost and schedule to the wind because it's something new. I think you are unusual amongst City of Atlanta taxpayers, who are tired of being fleeced for every politician's dream.
I am not suggesting the City should not do "new" projects; I am suggesting that the planners and politicians remove their rose-colored glasses and tell the public the truth for a change..
1 month ago on Hundreds attend ground-breaking of Atlanta BeltLine's Westside Trail
"David Perdue’s strategy – Michelle Nunn is synonymous with Barack Obama and Harry Reid. Nunn’s tactic – paint Perdue as a Mitt Romney-like, anti-women CEO."
Mudslinging is trying to cover your opponent with lies. Perdue's strategy was successful because it was true. No matter how Nunn squirmed and twisted, she could not distance herself from Obama and his henchman Reid - particularly after Obama said the election was a referendum on his policies and Nunn said she would defer to Obama. It's not mudslinging if it's true. The voters recognized it and sent Nunn packing.
On the other hand, I agree with you that Nunn's characterization of Perdue was mudslinging, and the voters agreed with us and voted accordingly.
1 month, 1 week ago on Mudslinging clouds the issues during campaigns for governor, U.S. Senate
"The BeltLine will then need to build a retaining wall to keep that ridge in place, adding substantially to the cost of the project."
The first change order of many. The final cost will far surpass the publicized $43 million and the final time will exceed the publicized two years. It will follow the footsteps of The StreetCar, which still isn't operating.
1 month, 1 week ago on Hundreds attend ground-breaking of Atlanta BeltLine's Westside Trail
"the worst economic problems - generational poverty, terrible education, no real hope of short term economic growth - are outside metro Atlanta entirely, not inside the perimeter."
Surely you jest. If not, go to SW Atlanta and Bankhead Highway in the City of Atlanta, spend some time, and reconsider your statement.
1 month, 1 week ago on Incorporation pushes unwanted marriages on DeKalb neighborhoods
@atlman Since when are Emory employees government workers? They are counted in the services category.
The original question by Insight was, "Ever wonder why the biggest employers in DeKalb are its governments?" Government is by far the largest single employer in DeKalb. The CDC employs 15,000 total in all of its operations, so let's say 7,500 in DeKalb. Emory University and Emory Healthcare employ more than 27,000, spread all over metro Atlanta; let's say 18,000 in DeKalb.
Government employees in DeKalb exceed 41,000. QED
By the way, there is no film complex at Fort Mac. One has been mooted, but the base is still vacant.
@Insight Here's a different source that's more accurate: http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/profiles/counties/dekalb.pdf
Goods producing 8.3% of total employees
Government percentages for other metro counties: Fulton 12.5%, Cobb 10.8%, Gwinnett 10.8%, Clayton 13.5%. The healthier the county the lower the % of government employees.
@Insight The list says "Top Employers in DeKalb County and the Greater Metro Area", not in DeKalb County. You will see BellSouth listed, but it's AT&T and most of the employees are in downtown Atlanta and beside the Lindbergh MARTA station - not in DeKalb. Notice the City of Atlanta with 8,657 employees - they are not in DeKalb.
According to Delta, their headquarters address is 1030 Delta Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30354-1989; this address is in Fulton County.
The list is worthless.
The better solution for DeKalb would be for the entire county to become incorporated, reduce the county to its constitutionally minimum duties, and then starve it. The same solution would work in Fulton as well.
The best solution for DeKalb would be to take the better solution and replace the DeKalb schools with separate municipal systems.
@The Last Democrat in Georgia
"If Democrats want to win in Georgia, they are going to have to turnout more non-white voters than white voters, its just that simple."
I don't agree with you. If Democrats want to win in Georgia, they must offer candidates and agendas that are attractive to all voters, not just blacks and Hispanics. It's that simple.
If Democrats continue to follow the tactic you suggest, they will soon lose all relevance in Georgia. This decline will be accelerated once blacks recognize they have suffered the worst of all demographics under the last 6 years of Democratic rule from Washington.
1 month, 1 week ago on Little consolation for Democrats in election drubbing
After the WAC/ASO "settlement", who in their right mind would give public funds to WAC?
1 month, 1 week ago on By ignoring public funding for the arts, Georgia's innovation economy suffers
@The Last Democrat in Georgia Like a typical Democrat, it's all about race for you.
I wrote independent voters, not independent white voters. Independent voters are those of us who don't declare allegiance to a party and who vote for the candidate, not the party. We are white, black, Hispanic, and all of the other shades. How the independents vote determines who wins elections.
Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn raised as much money or more than their Republican opponents, so that disproves the poor Democrats being on short rations.