The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved an ordinance at Monday’s meeting authorizing the city auditor to establish a Division of Independent Procurement Review to improve transparency and accountability in the city procurement process. Independent Procurement Review Officers, or I-PROs, will have the authority to review all stages of the procurement process for all departments, offices, boards and agencies in need of services that have an aggregate value of $1 million or greater. The legislation now goes to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for her signature.

The City of Atlanta is once again hosting its Summer Food Program, offering free meals to underserved children and teens while schools are closed. A partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Human Services and Bright from the Start: Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning, the program serves an average of 8,703 meals daily to children in the Atlanta community.  The Summer Food Program includes a Mobile Feeding Bus that travels throughout the city to provide meals to children at 12 libraries and five apartment complexes. For more information on the Summer Food Program call (404) 546-3069.

WRFG 89.3, Atlanta’s progressive, community radio station, will mark 45 years of broadcasting with a garden party on Saturday, June 23, from 5 to 9 p.m at the Hammond House Museum, 503 Peeples Street. The event will salute the hundreds of volunteers who have produced programs spotlighting community voices and quality music. In addition to a catered dinner by Louisiana Chef Chelsia and live music by the Bright Moments jazz trio, the 45th birthday celebration will give listeners a chance to meet and socialize with WRFG program hosts and volunteers both past and present. Tickets are available on line at for $50.

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.