Atlanta City Councilmembers Amir Farokhi, Jennifer Ide and Matt Westmoreland introduced legislation Monday that would declare Election Day an official holiday for city employees. The bill’s sponsors believe that the measure would offer relief to workers who find it hard to balance busy schedules with the desire to vote. “We’re leading from the front on this,” Westmoreland said. “Hopefully Atlanta can be a positive example for others. In time, we’d like to see other jurisdictions and even private companies extend the holiday to their employees.” The proposal now moves to the Finance/Executive Committee, where it will be taken up Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room No. 1 at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. SW.

The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a resolution to create the Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust. The task force will evaluate the city’s legislative and administrative policies and procedures with regard to ethics, transparency and compliance. Appointments to the task force will be chosen by both the mayor and city council.

Chastain Park Amphitheatre is getting yet another name change thanks to the merger of title sponsor State Bank and Trust. The new name is Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park. Last year, State Bank and Trust Company entered a multi-year agreement with Live Nation for naming rights of the concert venue, and Cadence announced it was fully committed to taking over the sponsorship.

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.