Atlanta Progressive News Endorses Councilwoman Archibong for Re-election to the Atlanta City Council District 5 Seat

Atlanta Progressive News

Matthew Cardinale

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The Atlanta Progressive News endorses Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5).

Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong has consistently held, or been tied for, the highest score on the Atlanta Progressive News Atlanta City Council Candidate Scorecard since it was first published in 2009 [with the exception of a short period when Andre Dickens, Post 3-at-large, first came on Council in 2014 and had a score of 100 percent with few data points].

This means she has been a champion of both progressive substantive policies, as well as participatory democracy and transparency, which is also rated throughout the Scorecard.

Archibong has been a trusted friend and partner of the advocacy community throughout the legislative process on many key ordinances related to affordable housing over the last few years, including the Affordable Housing Surplus Property ordinance, which is likely to pass Full Council on Monday, October 30, 2017; the Affordable Housing Impact Statement ordinance; and the ordinance she authored to revive the citizen-led Housing Commission.

Bakhtiari, in her responses to APN and in other media interviews, demonstrated a lack of knowledge of local policy issues.  Her campaign seems to be based on the fact that she was a young person frustrated with the election of President Donald Trump.  That might have been compelling if she had run for another seat – but not against the most principled and consistently progressive member of the Atlanta City Council.

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The Results Are In: Councilwoman Archibong is the Only Qualified Candidate in the Atlanta City Council, District 5 Race

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The Committee for a Better Atlanta (CBA) issued scores for all of the City of Atlanta races. 

The CBA found, after interviewing both District 5 candidates, that Natalyn Mosby Archibong is the only qualified candidate in the District 5 race.

Candidate scores are based on written questionnaires and in-person interviews, covering topics including: public safety, financial competence, ethics/transparency, transportation, affordable housing and arts, among others. CBA does not endorse any candidates.

The Committee for a Better Atlanta (CBA) is a nonpartisan business coalition that has been scoring candidates running for mayor, city council, and Fulton County Commission for decades.

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Councilwoman Archibong Moves to Revive the Atlanta Housing Commission to Address Affordable Housing in the City of Atlant

Saporta Report

By David Pendered

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

Atlanta Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong has proposed to reconstitute the Atlanta Housing Commission. The proposal is slated for debate at the Community Development Committee meeting Tuesday, which Councilwoman Archibong currently chairs.

If the committee votes to approve the measure, it could be on the agenda of the city council’s meeting on Oct. 2.

The purpose of the commission is to assist the city in developing, “an innovative citywide policy to further develop and sustain various affordable housing options,” according to the legislation.

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Candidate Q&A – District 5 Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby Archibong

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Dan Whisenhun

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

1) Why are you running for office in the city of Atlanta?

I am running for re-election because I am well-qualified for this position, and I enjoy serving the citizens of Council District 5 in particular and the citizens of Atlanta in general.  I look forward to continuing my efforts to make Memorial Drive safer and more pedestrian-friendly.  In addition, I want to continue working with my constituents relative to quality of life issues such as: property tax relief, traffic congestion, affordable housing (including addressing the homelessness crisis), and the efficient and cost-effective delivery of city services.  I also am very passionate about addressing storm water management issues across our city.

2) What makes you a better candidate than your opponents? 

I am more experienced than my opponent.  Over the past 16 years, I have served as a member of the Atlanta City Council.  In addition to serving as a member of every committee on the city council, I am currently serving as the Chair of the Community Development/Human Services Committee, and representing the city council on the following boards:  Invest Atlanta, Atlanta Beltline, Inc., and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.   During my tenure, I have secured over 10 acres of greenspace for Council District 5, helped bring the Edgewood Retail District to the Edgewood neighborhood, secured funding for 2 new fire stations in the district, and funding for streetscape improvements in East Atlanta and Kirkwood.  Additionally, I secured funding for the purchase of the Cabbagetown Community Center, and funding for park improvements across the District.  I am the chief architect of Imagine Memorial, and many other initiatives that have resulted in sidewalk improvements, traffic calming measures, and safer routes to school.  By way of background, I am a product of the Atlanta Public Schools, having graduated from East Atlanta High School.  After receiving my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I received my law degree from the University of Georgia.  As a practicing attorney, I understand and appreciate the complexities of the legislative process.  I also have a deeper understanding of the benefit and value of community involvement as the result of my experience working as a community organizer for The Atlanta Project.  In that capacity, the communities I served were located within Council District 5.  Following that experience, I worked as the Executive Director of the Dekalb Initiative for Children.  Later, I founded and served as the president of the East Atlanta Business Association for 3 consecutive years.  I have been and remain active in my local neighborhood association, and have served as the neighborhood representative to NPU-W.  By the time I was elected to represent the citizens of Council District 5, I had already established a proven track record of strong leadership, inclusiveness and effectiveness.  My opponent has not been involved at the community leadership level.

3) What do you think is Atlanta’s greatest strength? 

Atlanta’s greatest strength is its people.  From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Ivan Allen to Mayors Hartsfield and Jackson, Atlanta is the reflection of the vision and investment of these and many other legendary leaders.  Today, we have strong neighborhood organizations, a vibrant NPU system and a number of boards and commissions that work to make Atlanta innovative, relevant, and inclusive.

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Councilwoman Archibong Encourages President Trump to Reverse his Stance on DACA

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Jeremy Redmon

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

On Tuesday, the council voted 8-2 in favor of a separate resolution --- sponsored by Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong -- that urges Trump to reverse his decision on DACA. 

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Councilwoman Archibong Secure $1.2 million to Purchases 6.2 Acres of Forested Land in East Atlanta

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Dan Whisenhunt

                                   770 Shadowridge Drive. Source: Google Street View

                                   770 Shadowridge Drive. Source: Google Street View

Atlanta is buying 6.2 acres of forested land at 770 Shadowridge Drive in East Atlanta to add more green space to the city.

The purchase price is $1.2 million.  The property is being purchased from Susan Schayes, according to DeKalb County property tax records.

Councilmember Natalyn Archibong says the property will increase the city’s tree canopy.

“We have to do all that we can, not only to preserve, but to also increase our existing tree canopy,”  Archibong said in a press release.

The city will make the property available for public use and restrict it to “minimal impact” activities, the press release says.

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The Atlanta Urban Design Commission Affirms Councilwoman Archibong's Recommendation to Officially Nominate Pratt Pullman Yard as a Landmark District

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by: Dan Whisenhunt

Photo taken by Casey Colomb

Photo taken by Casey Colomb

 

The Atlanta Urban Design Commission has officially voted to make the Pratt-Pullman Yard in Kirkwood a Landmark District.

The commission determined the site should be a land mark due to its “cultural and architectural significance to the city of Atlanta’s history.”

“The Pratt-Pullman Yard is not only unique in its architectural character but it reflects an important chapter in the history of our city. The buildings are emblematic of a time when railroads played a significant role in our city’s growth,” City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong said in a press release. “It is for these reasons that we want to preserve as many of the existing buildings as possible.

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Councilwoman Archibong Discusses Atlanta's Plan to Help Its Homeless

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By Natalie Rubino

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

Atlanta is hoping to make a dent in its homeless population with a newly secured $50 million plan. 

"I think it's an excellent thing," Anthony Herrell said.

Herrell lived at the Gateway Center. He recently completed the city's Georgia Works program. He now has a job of his own and hopes the city's new plan will help others.

"You know, get back employed and just live happy, joyous and free. This is a great place to start," says Herrell.

The city will invest $25 million through a Homelessness Opportunity bond. The United Way will match that amount.

Some of the goals are to create 254 new housing interventions for homeless youth by 2020 and house 147 homeless veterans by end of 2017. The city also wants to permanently house 500 disabled homeless people by 2019.

"There's also going to be wrap around services. You can imagine the needs and we're going to have a way to support people who are in a homeless situation," city councilwoman Natalyn Archibong said.

The city hasn't released an action plan to complete the goals. Archibong said it's a work in progress.

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Councilwoman Archibong Supports MultiMillion Dollar Bond to Help Atlanta's Homeless

NPR

By: Miranda Hawkins

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

Atlanta's City Council has approved a $26 million bond issue to help the homeless.

Late Monday, the council unanimously approved authorizing the city's economic development arm, Invest Atlanta, to issue the bonds.

The United Way of Greater Atlanta is also kicking in a $25 million donation. It's part of a plan called ClearPath.

"It's important because it's going to allow us to have the funding that we need to really implement strategies around reducing chronic homelessness," said Councilmember Natalyn Archibong.

The plan focuses mainly on providing permanent and emergency housing but it also looks at preventing families on the brink of homelessness from being displaced. According to a press release, in the next three years the city plans to:

  • “Place 500 chronically homeless individuals in permanent supportive housing;
  • Secure housing for 300 homeless families who will be rapidly rehoused in permanent units;
  • Prevent 100 families from entering homelessness;
  • Create 264 new emergency shelter beds; and
  • Create 254 new housing interventions for homeless youth.”

Archibong said the city wants to partner with neighboring municipalities with a focus on DeKalb and Fulton counties.

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Councilwoman Archibong Discusses Atlanta's Tree Canopy on NPR

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By: Candace Wheeler

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

 Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

2:18: The Atlanta City Council has approved measures to protect the city's tree canopy. The ordinance imposes a 180-day moratorium on accepting any application to remove more than ten trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, who proposed the ordinance, tells us more.

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