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2/12 Legislative Update with Rep. Stacey Abrams and Sen. Jason Carter - your reps!

Feb 10 2011

Please join Rep. Stacey Abrams (HD-84) and Sen. Jason Carter (SD-42)


Date: February 12, 2011

Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Shy Temple CME Church

2012 Memorial Dr SE

Atlanta, GA30317



  • 2011 and 2012 Budget Proposals
  • Tax Reform Legislation
  • Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Schools
  • Key Legislation


All persons are welcome to attend. This event is FREE. Light refreshments will be served.


For questions, please contact Ashley Robinson, Chief of Staff at 404-656-5058  or email

Comprehensive Development Plan - City encourages citizen input

Jan 24 2011

The City of Atlanta is beginning the process of creating an updated 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan. This plan creates a 20-year framework and vision for development in Atlanta's neighborhoods, including Candler Park, and is guided by citizen input. The planning process takes into account things like population, land use, community facilities and natural resources.

Interested in participating? The first CDP training workshop will be held this Saturday, January 29 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Helene Mills Senior Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, NE. To learn more, please visit the city's website here.

Trash and Recycling Collection delayed due to ice

Jan 13 2011

From the City of Atlanta -- All solid waste collections are delayed due to hazardous road conditions and limited access to our solid waste transfer stations. We will begin collection of routes as road conditions improve. We will work to ensure completion of citywide collection. Yard trimming collections are delayed
until further notice. All route collections are dependent upon weather conditions and accessibility. To report dangerous ice conditions on streets or traffic signal problems, such as outages, please contact 404.546.2615 or 404.853.3200.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to deliver City

Concerns about Crime - Vigil Being Held January 12

Jan 6 2011

There have been several recent crimes within Virginia Highland and Candler Park that have been of great concern to residents. Please consider attending the vigil on January 12 created by Atlantans Together and Safe For Everyone to make sure your voice is heard by City Council and our mayor.

WHO:  Atlantans Together and Safe Atlanta For Everyone (SAFE)

WHAT:  A vigil for crime victims in 2010 and a call for bold leadership to reduce crime in 2011

WHERE:  Steps of City Hall, Northside

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHY:  The rally is an opportunity for all Atlantans to stand together, from all neighborhoods, and remind City Hall that crime in unacceptable in any part of the city. We are asking City Hall to address the root causes of crime and tackle it at its most fundamental levels.

Register early for the 2010 Neighborhood Summit

Jun 17 2010

Take advantage of early registration for the Neighborhood Summit.  Fees double on July 1!

On September 25, 2010, The Civic League for Regional Atlanta will host its second annual Neighborhood Summit, a daylong event created to foster relationships among the residents of the 10-county Atlanta region by providing them with a forum to meet, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration. During the day, Summit participants can:

  • Attend workshops on such topics as:

    • Creating Civic Organizations that Last,
    • Getting Organized for Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts,
    • Meeting the Changing Needs of Residents, and
    • Advancing Neighborhoods into the 21st Century with Technology.
  • Enjoy the popular exhibit hall featuring representatives from nonprofit organizations, government agencies and businesses, who want to connect with the region's community leaders.
  • Network with elected officials and peer community leaders from around the region.

2010 Neighborhood Summit Registration

Early Bird Special:  May 1 - July 1
General Admission includes lunch - $10
General Admission for students and seniors - $5
After July 1
General Admission including lunch - $20
General Admission for students and seniors - $10

Online registration is now available -- just click here!

To register by mail with a check or money order, download the printable registration page, complete and mail the form to the address indicated.

 For more information got to

Parking Moratorium ends tonight

Jun 10 2010

Just a reminder that the City of Atlanta's parking moratorium officially ends at 11:59 PM tonight. Please pay attention to all signage around the recently installed parking meters to ensure you don't receive a ticket. The moratorium occurred because residents and business leaders were concerned about the new parking meters, the 24/7 parking policy and challenges with awareness of the new program. A working group was formed with City Council to better understand the concerns and needs of the community, and multiple short-term recommendations have come out of these groups. Some of these include:

  • Changing enforcement hours from 24/7 to  7:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Saturdays.  No enforcement will occur on Sundays.

  • Providing additional educational materials to NPUs

  • Reconciling enforcement discrepancies between meters and signage.

Long-term recommendations about parking needs and policy in our neighborhoods are still being discussed among members of these working groups and City Council.

See full press release here on the City of Atlanta's website.

Announcing Neighborhood Summit call for Presentations!

Apr 8 2010

Last year, the Civic League held the first Neighborhood Summit bringing together more than 500 community and civic leaders from across the region to share information about critical community issues. The 2010 Neighborhood Summit is set for Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Loudermilk Center downtown, and the Summit is now collecting submissions for presentations. To learn more about this opportunity to participate in a community forum that offers policy analysis and discussion, high-quality training, peer networking and resource distribution in the Atlanta region, please visit the website at This is an opportunity to learn and to be engaged with others in improving our communities and our region.