Keisha Lance Bottoms

Four Georgia mayors challenge Kemp on mask mandates

Four Georgia mayors challenge Kemp on mask mandates

The Democratic mayors of four Georgia cities are asking Gov. Brian Kemp to impose a mask mandate inside state buildings to show he is interested in the health of Georgians as well as the economy. An open letter sent to the Republican governor Friday by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson and Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz came one day after Kemp issued an executive order prohibiting local governments from imposing any restrictions related to COVID-19. Kemp cited the need to protect small businesses from government interference. “As mayors representing nearly 10% of Georgia’s…
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Atlanta now has a mask mandate in all public places

Atlanta now has a mask mandate in all public places

ATLANTA -- If you live, work or play in the city of Atlanta, you'll need to do so while wearing a mask. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order requiring everyone in a public place, including private businesses and establishments, to wear a mask or a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when indoors. City officials say the order is in response to the rising number of COVID-19 infections, the impact of the Delta variant and new CDC guidance. “Public health experts overwhelmingly agree, and data has proved, that wearing a face covering helps slow the spread of…
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More Atlanta residents have access to fresh food

More Atlanta residents have access to fresh food

ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta recently released its annual Fresh Food Access Report, which shows that 75 percent of city residents lived within half a mile of fresh food in 2020 – a 23 percent point increase over this percentage in 2015. The Bottoms’ Administration set a goal to ensure that at least 85 percent of Atlanta residents live within a half-mile of fresh food by 2022.  “For Atlanta to be a place where all residents can thrive, we must ensure that residents have access to fresh food,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “This report highlights the progress we have made toward…
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Meet the team tapped to tackle violent crime in Atlanta

Meet the team tapped to tackle violent crime in Atlanta

In response to a rash of violent crime and gun violence in Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has assembled a new Anti-Violence Advisory Council. Several names you should recognize have been put on the council, which will review the city's plans to address violent crime and report immediate recommendations to the mayor's office within 45 days. The first meeting of the council will take place on Wednesday, May 19. Here are the members of the newly formed council. Sally Yates: Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General. Partner, King & Spalding Law Firm; Special Matters & Government Investigations. Carol Tomé: Chief Executive Officer, UPSRandall…
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Keisha Lance Bottoms won’t run for reelection. Here’s why

Keisha Lance Bottoms won’t run for reelection. Here’s why

ATLANTA -- Keisha Lance Bottoms shocked the city last night when she announced to a group of supporters that she would not be seeking reelection as mayor of the City of Atlanta. Bottoms cited her faith as the catalyst of her decision. "When you have faith and you pray for God's wisdom and guidance -- in the same way that it was very clear to me almost 5 years ago that I should run for mayor of Atlanta -- it is abundantly clear to me today that it is time to pass the baton on to someone else," Bottoms said…
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Slow Down Atlanta: New 25 mph speed limit signs installed

Slow Down Atlanta: New 25 mph speed limit signs installed

ATLANTA -- If you've driven in downtown Atlanta recently, you may have noticed that 25 mph speed limit signs have been installed throughout the city. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms authorized the installation of 25 mph speed limit signs throughout Atlanta. Administered by the Atlanta Department of Transportation, this initiative aims to reduce speeds is part of a citywide commitment made in 2020 to adopt and implement what city leaders call Vision Zero to safeguard the streets of Atlanta. Vision Zero is a systems-based approach to eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries through safer street design, speed management and other proven strategies. “Our Vision Zero plan is designed…
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Kemp: MLB decision to pull All-Star game an ‘attack’ on Georgia

Kemp: MLB decision to pull All-Star game an ‘attack’ on Georgia

In response to Georgia's election reform bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp last week, Major League Baseball has pulled the All-Star game from Georgia. The game was to be held at Truist Park in Cobb County prior to the decision by MLB today. Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred Jr. issued the following statement about the decision, and invoked Braves legend Hank Aaron: “Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I have decided that the…
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Meet Atlanta’s new municipal court judge

Meet Atlanta’s new municipal court judge

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appointed former Fulton County Magistrate Judge Stephanie C. Davis to serve on the Atlanta Municipal Court. Davis will fill a vacancy on the court due to the retirement of Judge Herman Sloan in December of 2020. “A daughter of Atlanta, Judge Davis has an impeccable reputation as a diligent jurist who is dedicated to a fair and equitable justice system,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Heavily engaged in civic organizations, her service to her community goes beyond the courtroom. The people of Atlanta will be well-served by Judge Davis.” Born in Atlanta, Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts…
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Here’s what Atlanta’s mayor is doing to combat crime in the city

Here’s what Atlanta’s mayor is doing to combat crime in the city

ATLANTA -- A recent surge in violent crime in Atlanta has prompted questions from residents about how the city is handling the crime wave. On Monday, Atlanta's mayor unveiled her "One Atlanta: One APD" action plan to address the city's crime problem. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms released the One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan to address violent crime in the city. The Plan is the first part of a broader effort focused on bolstering support for the Atlanta Police Department and reforming policing in the city. “The spike in violent crime in Atlanta and across the country must be…
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms backs Warnock and Ossoff in Senate races

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms backs Warnock and Ossoff in Senate races

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms formally backed her choice in a crowded U.S. Senate race, but she did not urge the other candidates in the special election to bow out to clear a path for the Rev. Raphael Warnock. Instead, Bottoms laid out the stakes. “What I will say is that the facts are very clear on what we are facing with this election. If Rev. Warnock is able to win without a runoff, he will immediately represent us in the Senate and have an opportunity to have a voice and a vote as it relates to the Supreme Court…
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Atlanta’s first African American police chief dead at 81

Atlanta’s first African American police chief dead at 81

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department lost one of its history-makers Friday. Former Police Chief George Napper Jr. was Atlanta's first African American Police Chief. He died at his home Friday at 81-years-old. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called Napper a brilliant teacher and leader in a statement issued Saturday. "A brilliant teacher and leader, Chief George Napper broke barriers and embodied the progress of our city during a long and distinguished career with the Atlanta Police Department," Bottoms said. "The City of Atlanta is thankful for the service and commitment of Chief George Napper and we offer our deepest…
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Atlanta to ease some coronavirus restrictions

Atlanta to ease some coronavirus restrictions

ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta will be easing some of its coronavirus restrictions based on new COVID-19 data. Technically, the city is moving out of Phase I of its coronavirus response and back into Phase II. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made the announcement Friday and it is effective immediately. In July, the City moved back to Phase I in response to the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Georgia. The reopening plan was drawn from the recommendations of the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Reopening Atlanta and public health experts. The reopening phases are based on milestone metrics and recent…
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Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at Democratic convention

Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at Democratic convention

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms evoked the legacy of the late civil rights legend John Lewis when calling on demonstrators to channel their frustrations into voting this fall. The first-term mayor of Georgia’s capital city spoke on the final night of the Democratic National Convention – a nod to her growing prominence in the party beyond Atlanta politics. Bottoms, who was an early backer of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, was considered a contender for vice president. “People often think that they can’t make a difference like our civil rights icons, but every person in the movement mattered — those…
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Kemp to withdraw mask lawsuit against Atlanta mayor

Kemp to withdraw mask lawsuit against Atlanta mayor

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said today he would be withdrawing his lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta City Council over the city's mask mandate, but that doesn't mean the controversy between them is over. Instead, Kemp will add language to his next executive order that will allow businesses an exemption from local mask mandates. “I sued the City of Atlanta to immediately stop the shuttering of local businesses and protect local workers from economic instability.," Kemp said. "For weeks, we have worked in good faith with Mayor Bottoms, and she agreed to abandon the city’s Phase…
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Atlanta cracks down on ‘water boys’

Atlanta cracks down on ‘water boys’

In response to increasingly violent activity from teens known as 'water boys' or 'bottle boys' on Atlanta's streets, the city is directing the police department to crack down on the group's activities. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a continuous effort in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department and local community advocacy groups to curb the recent increase in water sales on Atlanta streets. According to the mayor's office, water sales and purchases have put the safety of both youth and motorists at risk. The police department is dedicating an increased response to areas of heightened concern and will not allow…
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