Wednesday, December 23, 2009

City politics update

Lots of articles recently on Kasim Reed and the new council members.  Plus more MARTA drama.
  • Reed has chosen Lisa Borders as co-chair of his transition team.  He also went to Washington last week to lobby the feds for money for the streetcar.  
  • Reed has also announced a panel to help come up with ways to fix the city's pension problem.  No idea who is (or will be) on it, just that it is chaired by former AJC editor John Mellott.
  • I was unaware that three of the new council members are CPAs or financial analysts by training.  I'm not sure if it is just the slightly optimistic tone of the article, but I am cautiously optimistic about the new crop of council members. 
  • MARTA and Jill Chambers still can't see eye-to-eye.
    "Every year they say they’re going over a cliff and there’s going to be a crisis, and yet MARTA’s running just fine," Chambers said.  "You can almost cut and paste the press release from the year before."
    MARTA CEO Beverly Scott says Chambers' statements are "inaccurate and fail to grasp the magnitude of the crisis."
    So things should go well next year at the legislature...

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