David Ibata

David Ibata is a Dispatch Editor responsible for writing and editing stories for the Breaking News operation of AJC.com, the newspaper's website. He previously worked as a copy editor and wire editor for the AJC and before that, as a home page web producer, deputy suburban bureau chief and staff writer for The Chicago Tribune. He also was a co-founder and chapter president of the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Latest from David Ibata

Canton mayor’s veto of drinking measure overridden
 After sometimes heated statements by residents during a long public comment period, the Canton City Council voted 5-1 to override Mayor Gene Hobgood’s veto of an ordinance creating a downtown restaurant district where alcoholic beverages could be consumed outdoors. Before the vote, Hobgood reiterated his objections that the measure...

Posted: 3 hours ago

After sometimes heated statements by residents during a long public comment period, the Canton City Council voted 5-1 to override Mayor Gene Hobgood’s veto of an ordinance creating a downtown restaurant district where alcoholic beverages could be consumed outdoors. Before the vote, Hobgood reiterated his objections that the measure...
Milton sets meetings on country club plans
 The city of Milton has scheduled a series of community meetings in October and November to gather public comment for the long-term master plan for the former Milton Country Club, more than 130 acres of open space acquired by the city in February. “Now that summer is over and Milton households are getting back to a normal schedule, the...

Posted: 3 hours ago

The city of Milton has scheduled a series of community meetings in October and November to gather public comment for the long-term master plan for the former Milton Country Club, more than 130 acres of open space acquired by the city in February. “Now that summer is over and Milton households are getting back to a normal schedule, the...
GDOT sets I-285, Ga. 400 Perimeter lane closures
 Expressway lane closures have been announced for the coming days as part of continuing construction in the top-end Perimeter area of North Fulton and DeKalb counties. Weather permitting, the two left lanes of westbound I-285 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly through Friday, Sept. 28, from Chamblee Dunwoody Road to the Glenridge...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Expressway lane closures have been announced for the coming days as part of continuing construction in the top-end Perimeter area of North Fulton and DeKalb counties. Weather permitting, the two left lanes of westbound I-285 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly through Friday, Sept. 28, from Chamblee Dunwoody Road to the Glenridge...
Old trash carts being swapped for new in Canton
 In preparation for a new waste hauler taking over service in Canton, the city is asking residents to leave their green trash containers on the curb through Oct. 5 so the old bins can be picked up and replaced with new, gray containers. The swap-out to replace Waste Management carts with new ones for Advanced Disposal will take place on residents&rsquo...

Posted: 15 hours ago

In preparation for a new waste hauler taking over service in Canton, the city is asking residents to leave their green trash containers on the curb through Oct. 5 so the old bins can be picked up and replaced with new, gray containers. The swap-out to replace Waste Management carts with new ones for Advanced Disposal will take place on residents&rsquo...
Cherokee graduation rate among highest in area
 The graduation rate reached a new high this year in Cherokee County, with 87.4 percent of seniors earning a diploma within four years of entering high school, district officials announced. Cherokee’s graduation rate rose from 86.5 percent in 2017, according to Georgia Department of Education date released Wednesday, Sept. 19. The statewide...

Posted: 3 days ago

The graduation rate reached a new high this year in Cherokee County, with 87.4 percent of seniors earning a diploma within four years of entering high school, district officials announced. Cherokee’s graduation rate rose from 86.5 percent in 2017, according to Georgia Department of Education date released Wednesday, Sept. 19. The statewide...
Woodstock calls public meeting on Ridgewalk development
 The city of Woodstock has called a public meeting to invite comments about the future of the Ridgewalk Parkway Corridor. The meeting is to start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St. The City Council imposed a moratorium on permit applications for public hearings, site plan reviews or building in the...

Posted: 3 days ago

The city of Woodstock has called a public meeting to invite comments about the future of the Ridgewalk Parkway Corridor. The meeting is to start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St. The City Council imposed a moratorium on permit applications for public hearings, site plan reviews or building in the...
Cherokee spending $689K to fix ‘awkward’ intersection
 East Cherokee Drive at Tripp Road will be reconstructed as part of a $689,393 project to fix what one Cherokee County official described at a commissioner’s meeting as “a very awkward intersection on a very busy road.” The Cherokee Board of Commissioners awarded the construction contract to Bartow Paving Co., which submitted...

Posted: 3 days ago

East Cherokee Drive at Tripp Road will be reconstructed as part of a $689,393 project to fix what one Cherokee County official described at a commissioner’s meeting as “a very awkward intersection on a very busy road.” The Cherokee Board of Commissioners awarded the construction contract to Bartow Paving Co., which submitted...
Alpharetta OKs $93K North Point ‘placemaking’ plan
 The drafting of a “Creative Placemaking Plan” for Alpharetta’s North Point area to encourage development and reinvestment “and to create memorable experiences for consumers” has gotten the go-ahead from the City Council. The council approved a $93,726 contract to MKSK, an urban design and planning firm, to &ldquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

The drafting of a “Creative Placemaking Plan” for Alpharetta’s North Point area to encourage development and reinvestment “and to create memorable experiences for consumers” has gotten the go-ahead from the City Council. The council approved a $93,726 contract to MKSK, an urban design and planning firm, to &ldquo...
GDOT sets U.S. 41 repaving in Bartow
 The resurfacing of 10.8 miles of U.S. 41 in Bartow County will begin soon, now that the Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $3.2 million contract for the work. C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc., Marietta, will mill, inlay and do plant mix resurfacing of U.S. 41, also Ga. 3, according to an announcement by GDOT’s Cartersville...

Posted: 3 days ago

The resurfacing of 10.8 miles of U.S. 41 in Bartow County will begin soon, now that the Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $3.2 million contract for the work. C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc., Marietta, will mill, inlay and do plant mix resurfacing of U.S. 41, also Ga. 3, according to an announcement by GDOT’s Cartersville...
Johns Creek ending contract with environmental group
 Johns Creek is moving to cancel its environmental services contract with Keep North Fulton Beautiful, which has worked with the city since 2009 on such events as household hazardous waste collections, bulky recycling and the Johns Creek Cleanup and Creek Crawl. The City Council approved the termination of the contract effective Nov. 18. Keep...

Posted: 4 days ago

Johns Creek is moving to cancel its environmental services contract with Keep North Fulton Beautiful, which has worked with the city since 2009 on such events as household hazardous waste collections, bulky recycling and the Johns Creek Cleanup and Creek Crawl. The City Council approved the termination of the contract effective Nov. 18. Keep...
Roswell, Cobb to split costs of new Willeo bridge
 The Roswell City Council has approved an intergovernmental agreement with Cobb County to replace the Willeo Road bridge over Willeo Creek on the boundary of the city and county. “Both Roswell and Cobb recognize the need to replace the Willeo Bridge and together have agreed to undertake a joint project to accomplish this,” staff...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Roswell City Council has approved an intergovernmental agreement with Cobb County to replace the Willeo Road bridge over Willeo Creek on the boundary of the city and county. “Both Roswell and Cobb recognize the need to replace the Willeo Bridge and together have agreed to undertake a joint project to accomplish this,” staff...