Stephen Deere

Atlanta City Hall reporter

Stephen Deere covers Atlanta City Hall and Atlanta government. He previously covered St. Louis County (Mo.) and worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Latest from Stephen Deere

Atlanta mayor announces plan to resolve APS deed dispute
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she would submit an ordinance Tuesday to the city council to give Atlanta Public Schools deeds to properties the school district has sought for years.  The mayor’s office announced Tuesday that Bottoms had reached an agreement to transfer deeds for 50 properties to APS “without...

Posted: 7 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she would submit an ordinance Tuesday to the city council to give Atlanta Public Schools deeds to properties the school district has sought for years.  The mayor’s office announced Tuesday that Bottoms had reached an agreement to transfer deeds for 50 properties to APS “without...
Atlanta rappers T.I., Killer Mike named to mayor’s diverse transition team
 As Atlanta’s new mayor shapes her agenda, a wide variety of people will advise her, including activists and recording artists, CEOs and philanthropic leaders. Thursday, Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled the names of more than 38 prominent Atlantans who will advise her during her first 100 days in office and beyond. Among them: Home Depot...

Posted: 12 days ago

As Atlanta’s new mayor shapes her agenda, a wide variety of people will advise her, including activists and recording artists, CEOs and philanthropic leaders. Thursday, Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled the names of more than 38 prominent Atlantans who will advise her during her first 100 days in office and beyond. Among them: Home Depot...
Bottoms sworn in as Atlanta’s 60th mayor
 After months of a brutal campaign, Keisha Lance Bottoms finally was able to bask in a hard won victory when she was sworn in as Atlanta’s mayor on Tuesday. Bottoms stood on a stage before 2,500 people at Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and declared that “Atlanta magic” could be just...

Posted: 21 days ago

After months of a brutal campaign, Keisha Lance Bottoms finally was able to bask in a hard won victory when she was sworn in as Atlanta’s mayor on Tuesday. Bottoms stood on a stage before 2,500 people at Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and declared that “Atlanta magic” could be just...
On his way out, Reed unveils Piedmont Park expansion
 Kasim Reed began the last press conference of his eight-year mayoral reign with a joke. “I’m so glad that you all have decided to join me,” he said Friday. “And I’m thrilled to announce my candidacy...” Before Reed could pause, the gaggle of reporters and city hall staff who had crammed into the mayor&rsquo...

Posted: 25 days ago

Kasim Reed began the last press conference of his eight-year mayoral reign with a joke. “I’m so glad that you all have decided to join me,” he said Friday. “And I’m thrilled to announce my candidacy...” Before Reed could pause, the gaggle of reporters and city hall staff who had crammed into the mayor&rsquo...
On his way out, Atlanta Mayor Reed announces Piedmont Park expansion
 At his final press conference on Friday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced a $100 million plan to expand Piedmont Park. As part of that expansion the city is spending $20 million to acquire roughly five acres at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive. The mayor said the project would “open up the blinds” on the park...

Posted: 25 days ago

At his final press conference on Friday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced a $100 million plan to expand Piedmont Park. As part of that expansion the city is spending $20 million to acquire roughly five acres at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive. The mayor said the project would “open up the blinds” on the park...
The time for Atlanta’s new mayor to deliver on promises begins Tuesday
 On Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms’ campaign website more than a dozen statements begin with two words: “I will.” The pledges, which vary in specificity, are her plans to tackle an array of problems that Atlantans have confronted for decades. The time for her to deliver begins Tuesday afternoon. Bottoms will be sworn in...

Posted: 26 days ago

On Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms’ campaign website more than a dozen statements begin with two words: “I will.” The pledges, which vary in specificity, are her plans to tackle an array of problems that Atlantans have confronted for decades. The time for her to deliver begins Tuesday afternoon. Bottoms will be sworn in...
A hotel, apartments and grocery proposed next to Piedmont Park
 The Invest Atlanta board on Thursday gave preliminary approval to selling a 1.47-acre strip of land at the southeast corner of Piedmont Park to a developer who plans to build a hotel and 350-unit apartment complex there. The move was denounced by some neighborhood advocates and a board member who argued that the terms of the agreement had...

11:15 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

The Invest Atlanta board on Thursday gave preliminary approval to selling a 1.47-acre strip of land at the southeast corner of Piedmont Park to a developer who plans to build a hotel and 350-unit apartment complex there. The move was denounced by some neighborhood advocates and a board member who argued that the terms of the agreement had...
Mary Norwood concedes mayor’s race, decides against court challenge
 Mary Norwood has conceded the Atlanta mayor’s race to fellow City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms. Norwood’s concession at roughly 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in a YouTube video came more than two weeks after the Dec. 5 runoff in which Bottoms narrowly defeated her. In the video, Norwood says irregularities occurred during the election...

3:48 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Mary Norwood has conceded the Atlanta mayor’s race to fellow City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms. Norwood’s concession at roughly 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in a YouTube video came more than two weeks after the Dec. 5 runoff in which Bottoms narrowly defeated her. In the video, Norwood says irregularities occurred during the election...
Atlanta’s Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms moves ahead as lawsuit looms
 The only signs that talk of a lawsuit is impacting the plans of Atlanta Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms are the lawyers in dark suits who have attended recent Fulton County election board meetings. Bottoms herself has shown no visible concern that her victory could be undone by a judge. At a City Council meeting last week, she didn&rsquo...

10:56 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

The only signs that talk of a lawsuit is impacting the plans of Atlanta Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms are the lawyers in dark suits who have attended recent Fulton County election board meetings. Bottoms herself has shown no visible concern that her victory could be undone by a judge. At a City Council meeting last week, she didn&rsquo...
Atlanta mayoral election results certified, but legal challenge looms
 The Fulton County election board’s vice chairman abstained from voting to re-certify results from the Atlanta mayor’s race on Saturday, arguing that the board hadn’t adequately addressed questions about the validity of votes from recently annexed areas of the city. The meeting of Fulton County election board that re-certified...

9:04 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

The Fulton County election board’s vice chairman abstained from voting to re-certify results from the Atlanta mayor’s race on Saturday, arguing that the board hadn’t adequately addressed questions about the validity of votes from recently annexed areas of the city. The meeting of Fulton County election board that re-certified...
No additional votes for Norwood in Atlanta mayoral runoff recount
 Even though a recount on Thursday produced no additional votes for Mary Norwood, the Atlanta mayoral candidate still challenged the outcome of the Dec. 5 runoff, citing votes from recently annexed parts of the city that she argues should not have been counted. “We will move on to the next step in the process,” she said. The...

12:11 AM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Even though a recount on Thursday produced no additional votes for Mary Norwood, the Atlanta mayoral candidate still challenged the outcome of the Dec. 5 runoff, citing votes from recently annexed parts of the city that she argues should not have been counted. “We will move on to the next step in the process,” she said. The...