My thoughts and prayers are with the City of Boston today and all those who have been affected by today’s tragic events. I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and injuries suffered by so many people. Here at home, the City of Atlanta’s First Responders are currently taking additional measures to enhance the safety of our citizens and protect them from senseless acts of violence.
Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end. Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief. I pray that the student who was shot today at Price Middle School in southwest Atlanta recovers quickly and can return home to family and friends. A suspect has been taken into custody. I would also like the students, faculty and families of the Price Middle School community to know that they have the full support of the City of Atlanta as they heal from today’s terrible incident. The city’s Employee Assistance Program counselors are already at the school providing guidance for students, faculty and family members.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today published a Politifact column declaring that Mayor Kasim Reed has “flip-flopped” on the issue of marriage equality. While it is certainly fair to say that Mayor Reed’s position on the specific issue of marriage equality has evolved, it is inaccurate to say he “flip-flopped” due to his well-established track record of supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as a state lawmaker and as Mayor. Mayor Reed has been of Georgia’s strongest supporters of the LGBT community and was always clear that due to his faith and his personal view of marriage, he was giving thoughtful consideration to the issue of same-sex marriage.
Money raised will support students who attend Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and the Interdenominational Theology Center at the Atlanta University Center
ATLANTA – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hosted the 29th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball on Saturday, December 15, 2012, and with the help of celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders and public officials, the event raised over $1 million dollars. This was Mayor Reed’s third UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, and the money raised will benefit UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and educational support to minority and low-income students, and its 38 member colleges and universities. The Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball is one of metro Atlanta’s signature fundraising galas and premier social events of the holiday season.
“Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality. It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone. Loving couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the right to marry whomever they want. By signing this resolution, I pledge my support to marriage equality for same-sex couples, consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
“As the nation marks the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001, I join with the people of the City of Atlanta to reflect upon the tragic events and senseless loss of life that occurred. The terrorist attacks plunged our nation into grief, but that dark day also unified and reminded us to never take our freedom for granted.
As Mayor of Atlanta, I stand with all Atlantans, Georgians and Americans as we remember those whose lives were needlessly cut short on September 11, 2001. We share the sorrow of so many who lost family members and friends as a result of those horrible attacks.
Today, we acknowledge and thank the first responders who courageously sacrificed their own safety in order to keep so many others safe. We also thank the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have fought against terrorism and who have brought justice to those responsible for those heinous attacks.
Finally, we must remember there are still those who seek to do us harm, and therefore, we must remain vigilant for the safety and well-being of our families, neighbors and fellow Americans. This day of national remembrance is a powerful reminder that we are stronger when we stand together. God bless America.”
1. Recruited 615 new police officers; bringing the force to 1,959 officers, just 41 officers short of the Mayor’s goal of 2000 officers.
2. Re-opened every closed city of Atlanta recreation center as a safe haven for young people, including 7 outdoor pools.
3. Increased the city’s reserves from $7.6 million to more than $94 million.
4. Successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability.
5. 2012 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Louis E. Martin Great America Award recipient.
6. Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year 2011.
7. Mayor Reed was named to “The Grio 100: History Makers in the Making.”
8. Won a $9 million S.A.F.E.R. grant from the federal government and hired 75 new firefighters.
9. Launched the groundbreaking and construction of the Atlanta Street car with federal funding of more than $46 million.
10. Opened the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal on May 16, 2012 on Mayor Reed’s stated time and budget.
11. Negotiated a 13-year extension to Atlanta’s federal consent decree.
12. Passed the reauthorization of the Municipal Option Sales Tax with 86% support, netting approximately $100 million per year for Atlanta’s Watershed Department for the next four years.
13. Succeeded in selling City Hall East for approximately $27 million.
14. Hosted the “Forever Young” Senior Citizens Ball; enables 4,000 of Atlanta’s seniors to remain healthy, active, and informed.
15. Host the Senior Fair and Older Atlantans Month; welcomes over 1,200 senior citizens to City Hall for entertainment, educational, and health services.
16. Awarded the Bloomberg Philanthropic Grant for over $3 million to launch the Innovation Delivery Team aimed at reducing street homelessness and improving customer service for the city of Atlanta.
17. Completely eradicated the backlog of over 5,500 code complaint violations and rolled the Code Enforcement Division into the Police Department.
18. Launched two pilot programs for the Centers of Hope, focused on academic, character development, and fitness.
19. Launched the “See Something/Say Something” campaign, the “Clean Car “ campaign, and “Smart 911”.
20. Launched the public private partnership with TweetMyJobs to immediately connect local businesses that are hiring with city residents seeking employment.
21. Restructured the Atlanta Development Authority to Invest Atlanta.
22. Reformed building permitting legislation to allow registered applicants to receive a permit within 10 business days.
23. Over 103,000 adults, dislocated workers, and youth customers were served through employment and training activities at Atlanta Workforce Development Agency’s (AWDA) One Stop Center.
24. AWDA received over 9.5 million dollars in funding from the Georgia Department of Labor – Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Atlanta Housing Authority, Seagram’s Pursuit of Excellence, Seedco, and corporate donations for the Mayor’s Youth Program for high school seniors.
25. Named Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors .
26. Working with federal and state officials on the deepening of the Savannah River for the expansion of the port.
27. Launched “Empower to Change Sustainability” initiative that helped reduced electricity consumption by 10%.
28. Featured on national programs such as “Meet the Press” and the “Charlie Rose Show.”
29. Hosted Faith-Based Partnership and Quarterly Roundtables with clergy.
30. Atlanta’s felony crimes are at the lowest they have been since 1969.