Wednesday, December 5, 2012
District 6 Councilman Alex Wan introduces legislation supporting marriage equality.
During the same Monday meeting in which it controversially voted to give itself a more than 50 percent pay raise, the Atlanta City Council tackled another hot topic by approving a resolution to support marriage equality. District 6 Councilman Alex Wan introduced the legislation and the resolution passed by an 11-2 vote with councilmembers Howard Shook and C.T. Martin voting against. Since the state has in place a constitutional ban on marriage equality, the resolution is expected to have almost no legal impact in Georgia. But it certainly caused celebration in certain portions of the gay-friendly communities of Midtown, Virginia-Highland, and Morningside that Wan represents. On his Facebook page Monday evening, Wan posted: "Proud to share …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Councilman Wan helps sponsor proposal that would prohibit puffing in parks, golf courses, playgrounds and more.
District 6 City Councilman Alex Wan represents the Piedmont Park area and if he and a fellow councilmember have their way, smoking will soon be banned from Atlanta’s most popular green space that attracts an estimated 3 million visitors a year. Wan and Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd are co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit puffing on cigarettes, cigars or pipes in “city parks, athletic fields, aquatic areas, golf courses, tennis courses, hiking/walking/biking trails, playgrounds, off-leash areas, and spectator and concession areas.” Shepherd chairs the council's Community Development and Human Resources Committee and it will discuss the legislation at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 10. If ultimately approved, Atlanta would join …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Wan said there will be no water rate increases for the next four years
District 6 Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan updated Morningside residents this week on the state of the water and sewer system in Atlanta. Wan said water rates will “absolutely” not increase in the next four years and updated residents about government-mandated work on the city’s water and sewer system. His report was part of an update to Morningside residents at the annual meeting of the neighborhood association. Elected officials are asked to attend these yearly meetings to keep residents up to date on city and countywide issues. Watch the video above to hear Wan’s comments.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Extended enforcement hours and overnight parking fee still being considered
City Councilman Alex Wan told residents this week proposed legislation to extend parking enforcement to include Sunday is off the table. There is still discussion to extend the enforcement hours from 10 p.m. to midnight and to charge an overnight parking fee of $2 in some areas. “I think there’s going to be a big fight on our hands,” Wan said. Councilman Kwanza Hall told Poncey-Highland residents last week he would rather end the contract than continue on with this “bad deal.” To get out of the contract, the city would need to pay PARKAtlanta about $8 million for each year left on the contract, according to Wan. The contract would expire in about two-and-a-half years. “It’s just a really sticky situation,” Wan told residents earlier this …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Early voting is underway in Georgia for next month's primary election. Atlanta residents will also be voting whether to renew a 1-percent Municipal Option Sales Tax.
Registered Georgia voters may cast a ballot for their preferred candidate for president in advance of the March 6 primary election. Super Tuesday is only a few weeks away, and advanced voting has begun and will run Monday through Friday until March 2. Voters will also be able to cast their ballot on Saturday, Feb. 25. In a press release, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminded voters to access the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page (MVP) voter education website. The site permits voters to view their sample ballot, find the in-person advance voting locations, times and dates in their county and more. Georgia is the state with the most delegates - 76 - of the 10 states holding primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday. The Atlanta …