Posts tagged with "transparency"

Opinion: CSD hiding behind open records law

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 7, 2015

On July 6 the state Attorney General’s Office released a disappointing decision regarding’s complaint against City Schools of Decatur. We believe the school system should release a sales contract for property it intends to purchase. CSD disagrees, and is using a provision of the Open Records Law to prevent the release of this information […]

Questions, confusion cloud annexation idea

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 22, 2014

This story has been updated.  A plan to annex the Forrest Hills neighborhood into the city of Avondale Estates is taking some residents in both communities by surprise. There also may be more options for annexation than most Forrest Hills residents realize. Communities in north DeKalb County are pursuing their own cities. The perception is that […]

Avondale Police set new record for writing tickets

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 22, 2014

Avondale Estates officials told the public in February that the City Commission needed to amend the 2013 budget by $151,000 because traffic ticket revenues were less than expected. While budget documents show that the city fell short of the $450,000 in projected 2013 citation revenue, the city’s audit for 2013 shows Avondale Police Officers set a new […]

UPDATED – Avondale Estates replaces public works director

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 16, 2014

Avondale Estates Public Works Director Bryan Armstead no longer works for the city and has been replaced by the Parks and Recreation Director. The city first announced the switch in its June 16 newsletter and announced it again at a recent City Commission meeting. Oscar Griffin was promoted from within the department, leaving his post […]

Avondale Estates mayor claims “cyber bullying”

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 16, 2014

Avondale Estates Mayor Ed Rieker sent out a letter to residents today accusing of “cyber bullying” the city’s elected officials, employees and residents. The letter contains many allegations regarding coverage of city government and a fire that occurred on April 12. “Unfortunately he has recently been engaged in tactics that may be, or border […]

Transparency report for November, 2013

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 2, 2013

We didn’t take in as many donations in November and our web traffic declined a bit. Let’s look at the numbers. Traffic: Donations: To see last month’s stats, click here. If this were any other month, I’d be more concerned about those indicators. Based on my experience managing website traffic, November and December are just […]

Transparency report for October, 2013

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 4, 2013

October turned out to be a great month for us, thanks to our readers. As I’ve mentioned in prior updates, contributors are paid via donations plus a $100 match from the editor. Donations are split among the contributors, but that’s not necessarily going to be the way we operate long term. We’re working to find […]

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