Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced today that her Administration has proposed legislation to eliminate cash bonds to secure release from the City of Atlanta Detention Center following an arrest for violation of city ordinances. Bottoms said in a statement: “With this legislation, we are affirming that people should not be held in jail because they cannot pay bond. We are making a commitment that the City of Atlanta will ensure that no one will be jailed because of their inability to pay.”  The statement from Bottoms said that requiring cash for bail can result in extended detention for individuals are only accused of low-level offenses and who are presumed innocent under the law. This detention can have significant impacts on individuals’ lives, affecting their ability to maintain jobs and their homes, especially for low-income individuals.

Robert Spano

Robert Spano has announced plans to conclude his distinguished tenure as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in June 2021. The 2020-21 season will mark his 20th year at the orchestra’s helm, making him one of the longest-tenured music directors of a major U.S. orchestra. Spano is one of only four music directors to lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during its 75-year history. Following the 2020-21 season, he will assume the title of Conductor Laureate  and will continue to conduct the orchestra on a regular basis. A committee will be formed to begin the search for  Spano’s successor.

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will make an appearance at Emory University on Feb. 6 at Glenn Memorial Auditorium in a discussion with professor Fred Smith, constitutional law scholar at Emory Law. A question-and-answer session will follow. The event was rescheduled from September, so original tickets are still valid. For information about additional tickets and other details about Sotomayor’s visit, check this link .

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.