Ethics charges are dropped against Borders

The state Ethics Commission has dismissed a case accusing Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders of violating lobbying guidelines.

Neill Herring, a longtime registered lobbyist, filed a complaint against Borders, a candidate for mayor, in September, claiming Borders appeared at the state Capitol during the 2007 legislative session to lobby lawmakers to back two pieces of legislation supported by Cousins Properties, the company for which she worked as a vice president.

Borders said she was there as an elected official.

Ethics officials said they found no evidence to the contrary and decided to dismiss the case.

Anne Fauvre won’t seek re-election

Atlanta Dist. 6 City Councilwoman Anne Fauvre has announced she will not try to keep that post in the Nov. 5 elections this year, saying, “I believe that eight years is about the right amount of time for public service in the same position.”

Fauvre added: “That’s enough time to try out your fresh ideas, figure out how the system works and expend all that wonderful energy for change that motivated you to run in the first place. After eight years you begin to be part of the system, and you find yourself with less energy to pursue better ideas and, frankly, with less faith in the ability of the system to be responsive to them.”

Fauvre, a real estate agent, served areas of Midtown, along with Morningside, Virginia-Highland and neighborhoods near Piedmont Park.

“When I was first elected, Atlanta was in serious financial difficulty, and confidence in city government was at the lowest point I can remember,” she wrote in an e-mail to constituents. “I leave office at a time when Atlanta is again in a serious financial crisis, the dimensions of which no one foresaw. I wish that my tenure in office was not ‘bookended’ by huge budget deficits.

“But between those bookends we accomplished much.”

MARTA CEO to speak to Northwest Alliance

MARTA CEO Beverly Scott will address the May 20 meeting of the Northwest Community Alliance (NCA) at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1705 Commerce Drive.

“I believe that those of us who support mass transportation in Atlanta have to be reassured and impressed by the leadership of Dr. Scott over the last few weeks,” NCA Chairman Michael Koblentz said. “Dr. Scott pulled out all the stops and went to bat in an attempt to ensure that state of Georgia’s legislative inaction did not decimate MARTA.”