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 Keisha Lance Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainee
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday announced that she had signed an executive order prohibiting the city’s jail from accepting new detainees from the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. >> Read more trending news  The city must not be complicit in President Donald Trump’s policies that have...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday announced that she had signed an executive order prohibiting the city’s jail from accepting new detainees from the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. >> Read more trending news  The city must not be complicit in President Donald Trump’s policies that have...
Atlanta Mayor Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainees
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday announced that she had signed an executive order prohibiting the city’s jail from accepting new detainees of the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. The city must not be complicit in U. S. President Donald Trump’s policies that have separated children from their families...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday announced that she had signed an executive order prohibiting the city’s jail from accepting new detainees of the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. The city must not be complicit in U. S. President Donald Trump’s policies that have separated children from their families...
Bottoms’ budget reflects issues in campaign, early crises in office
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ first budget addressed issues raised in her campaign last year and also the crises she faced during her first few months in office. There’s a $3.5 million to upgrade the city’s information technology systems, $1.6 million for pothole crews to fix the city’s pockmarked roads and an...

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ first budget addressed issues raised in her campaign last year and also the crises she faced during her first few months in office. There’s a $3.5 million to upgrade the city’s information technology systems, $1.6 million for pothole crews to fix the city’s pockmarked roads and an...
Atlanta moves forward with $100 million Piedmont Park expansion
 A $100 million plan to expand Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is moving forward despite concerns over the source of funding and some misgivings about the project being prioritized over other infrastructure needs. On Friday, the city of Atlanta closed on its portion of the plan — the $20.3 million purchase of 2.94 acres of land...

Posted: 26 days ago

A $100 million plan to expand Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is moving forward despite concerns over the source of funding and some misgivings about the project being prioritized over other infrastructure needs. On Friday, the city of Atlanta closed on its portion of the plan — the $20.3 million purchase of 2.94 acres of land...
Atlanta’s network almost recovered from cyber attack, cost still unknown
 The City of Atlanta’s computer network has nearly recovered from a ransomware cyber attack suffered nearly two months ago, said Chief Operating Officer Richard Cox in an Friday interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Cox said the municipal court is the only department whose computers haven’t...

10:01 PM Friday, May. 18, 2018

The City of Atlanta’s computer network has nearly recovered from a ransomware cyber attack suffered nearly two months ago, said Chief Operating Officer Richard Cox in an Friday interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Cox said the municipal court is the only department whose computers haven’t...
Reed withheld subpoena aimed at airport in Atlanta bribery probe
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...

10:00 PM Monday, May. 14, 2018

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from...
Atlanta City Hall bonuses also went to council staff, new records show
 The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...

10:01 PM Thursday, May. 03, 2018

The year-end spending spree on bonuses and contest prizes at Atlanta City Hall cost taxpayers a lot more than previously known, and included bonuses City Council members gave to staffers. Newly obtained documents by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News reveal that taxpayers were handed an $811,000 holiday tab for year-end...
Exclusive: Year-end bonuses under Reed cost Atlanta taxpayers $811,000
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...

2:48 PM Thursday, May. 03, 2018

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s year-end bonuses and gifts cost taxpayers $811,000, or nearly $300,000 more than previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The additional spending falls into two general categories: additional employees who received bonuses or awards that were not on the...
Atlanta mayor touts early achievements, avoids mention of predecessor
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms waited until the end of her first State of the City speech on Wednesday to address her most significant and sensitive challenge: restoring public trust. “Government cannot function for the people without the trust of the people,” Bottoms said. She did not say how that trust had been broken, or...

7:10 PM Wednesday, May. 02, 2018

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms waited until the end of her first State of the City speech on Wednesday to address her most significant and sensitive challenge: restoring public trust. “Government cannot function for the people without the trust of the people,” Bottoms said. She did not say how that trust had been broken, or...
Atlanta mayor’s first state of the city speech touts early achievements
 In her first State of the City speech, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms waited until near the end to address her most significant challenge: restoring public trust. “What has been broken must be fixed,” Bottoms said. “And we will repair the trust between the people who help make Atlanta work and the people for whom work...

1:14 PM Wednesday, May. 02, 2018

In her first State of the City speech, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms waited until near the end to address her most significant challenge: restoring public trust. “What has been broken must be fixed,” Bottoms said. “And we will repair the trust between the people who help make Atlanta work and the people for whom work...
GBI inquiry into Atlanta City Hall focuses on water bills
 As part of an ongoing investigation into criminal violations of the Georgia Open Records Act at Atlanta City Hall, state investigators have begun scheduling interviews with past and current city council members. According to a Channel 2 Action News report, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents are inquiring about water bills &mdash...

8:59 PM Tuesday, May. 01, 2018

As part of an ongoing investigation into criminal violations of the Georgia Open Records Act at Atlanta City Hall, state investigators have begun scheduling interviews with past and current city council members. According to a Channel 2 Action News report, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents are inquiring about water bills &mdash...