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 loses $1 million federal grant for affordable housing
 The city of Atlanta is losing about $1 million that could have been used for affordable housing, according to a Channel 2 Action News Investigation. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development notified the city last month in a letter that it had lost the money because it failed to spend it in time. The city could have used the money...

Posted: a day ago

The city of Atlanta is losing about $1 million that could have been used for affordable housing, according to a Channel 2 Action News Investigation. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development notified the city last month in a letter that it had lost the money because it failed to spend it in time. The city could have used the money...
As Atlanta dreamed, police prepared for rare championship celebration
 Atlanta United officials contacted the city’s police department two weeks ago to get ready for the rarest of celebrations in the metro area: A championship parade. The city hadn’t hosted such a celebration since 1995 when the Braves won their only World Series title, but Atlanta officials knew they’d be ready if United...

Posted: 5 days ago

Atlanta United officials contacted the city’s police department two weeks ago to get ready for the rarest of celebrations in the metro area: A championship parade. The city hadn’t hosted such a celebration since 1995 when the Braves won their only World Series title, but Atlanta officials knew they’d be ready if United...
U. S. Attorney in Atlanta: City didn’t pay cyber attack ransom
 The U. S. Attorney’s office for North Georgia on Wednesday confirmed that the City of Atlanta did not pay a ransom to the two Iranian men accused of infiltrating the city’s computer network in a cyber attack in March. In a press release announcing a new indictment in Atlanta against the two men, Byung J. “BJay&rdquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

The U. S. Attorney’s office for North Georgia on Wednesday confirmed that the City of Atlanta did not pay a ransom to the two Iranian men accused of infiltrating the city’s computer network in a cyber attack in March. In a press release announcing a new indictment in Atlanta against the two men, Byung J. “BJay&rdquo...
Atlanta police routinely failed to turn on body cameras, audit finds
 UPDATE: This story has been updated with a quote from Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. In 2016, when Atlanta city officials announced that police officers would begin wearing body cameras, they promised the devices would bring more transparency to law enforcement and build trust with the community. But a new city audit out this week found...

Posted: 11 days ago

UPDATE: This story has been updated with a quote from Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. In 2016, when Atlanta city officials announced that police officers would begin wearing body cameras, they promised the devices would bring more transparency to law enforcement and build trust with the community. But a new city audit out this week found...
Feds: Iranians led cyberattack against Atlanta, other U.S. entities
 Authorities on Wednesday charged two Iranian citizens for the ransomware cyber attack that hobbled the city of Atlanta’s computer network in March, and the federal indictment outlines the pair’s massive nationwide scheme to breach computer networks of local governments, health care systems and other public entities. The defendants...

Posted: 16 days ago

Authorities on Wednesday charged two Iranian citizens for the ransomware cyber attack that hobbled the city of Atlanta’s computer network in March, and the federal indictment outlines the pair’s massive nationwide scheme to breach computer networks of local governments, health care systems and other public entities. The defendants...
Atlanta moves toward modest reform of car booting industry
 A proposed city of Atlanta ordinance introduced in February would have banned the booting of vehicles on private property and codified the practice as “a blight on the City.” Nine months later, those strong words had been stripped from the legislation. And the version of the bill approved by the City Council’s Public Safety...

Posted: 17 days ago

A proposed city of Atlanta ordinance introduced in February would have banned the booting of vehicles on private property and codified the practice as “a blight on the City.” Nine months later, those strong words had been stripped from the legislation. And the version of the bill approved by the City Council’s Public Safety...
Wells Fargo Bank donates $200,000 to Atlanta to help homeless
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday accepted a $200,000 check from Wells Fargo Bank to help provide housing to 140 homeless families. Bottoms said over the past year the city had invested $1.2 million in “rapid re-housing.” To date, the city and its service providers had found homes for 96 families, Bottoms said. Rapid...

Posted: 18 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday accepted a $200,000 check from Wells Fargo Bank to help provide housing to 140 homeless families. Bottoms said over the past year the city had invested $1.2 million in “rapid re-housing.” To date, the city and its service providers had found homes for 96 families, Bottoms said. Rapid...
Election to replace late council member could occur as soon as March
 Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore said on Tuesday the council will not appoint anyone to temporarily fill the seat of late Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr., who died on Friday. Moore changed her stance on the matter after being briefed by City Attorney Nina Hickson at Monday’s council meeting. A spokesperson for Mayor Keisha...

Posted: 25 days ago

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore said on Tuesday the council will not appoint anyone to temporarily fill the seat of late Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr., who died on Friday. Moore changed her stance on the matter after being briefed by City Attorney Nina Hickson at Monday’s council meeting. A spokesperson for Mayor Keisha...
Longtime Atlanta councilmember’s death could shift power at city hall
 The death of longtime Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young Jr. on Friday has set in motion a months long process to find a replacement who will serve out the remainder of Young’s term. Young was widely regarded as an ally of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and whoever wins his seat could shift the balance of power on the council...

Posted: 26 days ago

The death of longtime Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young Jr. on Friday has set in motion a months long process to find a replacement who will serve out the remainder of Young’s term. Young was widely regarded as an ally of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and whoever wins his seat could shift the balance of power on the council...
Former council member’s $137k City Hall job violated Atlanta charter
 When Keisha Lance Bottoms was sworn in as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, she promised that her administration would “re-inspire confidence in our city government” with the most “sweeping ethics and transparency reform package in our city’s history.” That same day, the Bottoms’ administration violated...

11:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

When Keisha Lance Bottoms was sworn in as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, she promised that her administration would “re-inspire confidence in our city government” with the most “sweeping ethics and transparency reform package in our city’s history.” That same day, the Bottoms’ administration violated...
Atlanta mayor celebrates Gulch development victory
 After Invest Atlanta’s board approved $40 million in bonds to help finance the redevelopment of 40 acres of weedy parking lots and railroad tracks in downtown, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday took a moment to savor the most significant victory of her young administration. “This is now our opportunity and we have seized...

9:05 PM Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018

After Invest Atlanta’s board approved $40 million in bonds to help finance the redevelopment of 40 acres of weedy parking lots and railroad tracks in downtown, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday took a moment to savor the most significant victory of her young administration. “This is now our opportunity and we have seized...