The FBI is working with the City of Atlanta to investigate a possible computer hack on the city’s network, according to a report at the AJC. In a statement, a spokesperson said the city has been experiencing outages on various  internal and customer facing applications, including some applications that customers use to pay bills or access court-related information.

 

The Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail (Photo by Asep Mawardi)

A bill to create a self-taxing district to help complete the Atlanta BeltLine could become reality during the final week of the Georgia legislative session.  The Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee sent House Bill 642 to the Rules committee for a possible a vote. The measure has already passed the House. The bill would allow commercial property and apartment building owners along the Beltline to tax themselves through a special improvement district (SID). The self-taxation could provide $100 million for acquisition and construction on the 22-mile loop.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has joined a national coalition of 40 cities and counties, along with the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, to file an amicus brief seeking to prevent the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Those governments joining the coalition include Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. This litigation is significant to the coalition because 51.4 percent of all currently active DACA recipients—more than 350,000 individuals—live in the metropolitan areas of the 40 cities and counties. Metro Atlanta boasts 15,700 DACA recipients, ranking as the 8th largest metro area for approvals in the United States. 

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.