Willoughby Mariano

Willoughby Mariano is on the AJC's watchdog team and an expert on housing and criminal justice issues. Contact her at wmariano@ajc.com.

Latest from Willoughby Mariano

State day care regulator fires back at federal audit on criminal checks
 The state’s day care regulator fired back at a federal report released Friday that said Georgia will miss a key deadline requiring that it conduct national criminal background checks on child care workers. Difficulties with staffing, funding and coordination with other states will keep the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning...

Posted: 13 days ago

The state’s day care regulator fired back at a federal report released Friday that said Georgia will miss a key deadline requiring that it conduct national criminal background checks on child care workers. Difficulties with staffing, funding and coordination with other states will keep the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning...
Evictions: landlord says tough love helps tenants stay put
 The owners of Smoke Creek say they created an oasis in the quiet hills south of Snellville. Children now shout in a swimming pool that was once filled with murky water. A small fountain in the manufactured housing park churns in a clear pond once described as “mosquito alley.” Working-class renters can have all this, plus access...

Posted: 13 days ago

The owners of Smoke Creek say they created an oasis in the quiet hills south of Snellville. Children now shout in a swimming pool that was once filled with murky water. A small fountain in the manufactured housing park churns in a clear pond once described as “mosquito alley.” Working-class renters can have all this, plus access...
Eviction tactics squeeze renters: AJC analysis shows landlords increasingly use filings to collect late rent
 Angela Claxton lived at the Lilburn apartment complex The Columns at Paxton Lane for six years, but it was never easy. A single mother, Claxton worked multiple jobs to keep her son in Shiloh High’s school zone, but the rent rose year after year. Inevitably, she fell behind, and the management filed to have her evicted. It happened 32...

6:00 PM Friday, Jun. 22, 2018

Angela Claxton lived at the Lilburn apartment complex The Columns at Paxton Lane for six years, but it was never easy. A single mother, Claxton worked multiple jobs to keep her son in Shiloh High’s school zone, but the rent rose year after year. Inevitably, she fell behind, and the management filed to have her evicted. It happened 32...
Metro holiday events catch a break from slow-moving Alberto
 Memorial Day tributes dodged the worst of predicted thunderstorms, flash floods and wind gusts Monday as the heaviest rain bands from a powerful Gulf of Mexico storm stayed south and west of metro Atlanta. While holiday cookouts survived the threat, we may not be so lucky the rest of the week. Rain is forecast for the next few days as Subtropical...

8:57 PM Monday, May. 28, 2018

Memorial Day tributes dodged the worst of predicted thunderstorms, flash floods and wind gusts Monday as the heaviest rain bands from a powerful Gulf of Mexico storm stayed south and west of metro Atlanta. While holiday cookouts survived the threat, we may not be so lucky the rest of the week. Rain is forecast for the next few days as Subtropical...
City drops suit accusing developer, ex-housing chief of backroom deal
 The City of Atlanta dropped its lawsuit accusing a prominent developer of a cutting backroom deal to build upscale homes on 80 acres of vacant land set aside for low-income residents. The suit claimed Atlanta Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer Renee Glover conspired to sell the parcels, which are on or near the site of four demolished...

8:41 PM Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

The City of Atlanta dropped its lawsuit accusing a prominent developer of a cutting backroom deal to build upscale homes on 80 acres of vacant land set aside for low-income residents. The suit claimed Atlanta Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer Renee Glover conspired to sell the parcels, which are on or near the site of four demolished...
Atlanta firm won $156M FEMA bid despite botched contracts
 Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown had no experience delivering large-scale disaster aid. Her company Tribute Contracting, LLC, had a history of flubbing small federal contracts. Yet days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency put her in charge of delivering more than 30 million emergency meals to...

11:30 PM Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2018

Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown had no experience delivering large-scale disaster aid. Her company Tribute Contracting, LLC, had a history of flubbing small federal contracts. Yet days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency put her in charge of delivering more than 30 million emergency meals to...
Tiny Atlanta firm won $156M FEMA contract despite previous problem
 Winning a $156 million Federal Emergency Management Agency contract was a stroke of good fortune for Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown. Brown’s Tribute Contracting, LLC, employed no one but her. She had no experience delivering large-scale disaster aid. A federal agency stopped awarding Tribute certain contracts after a botched order...

10:59 PM Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2018

Winning a $156 million Federal Emergency Management Agency contract was a stroke of good fortune for Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown. Brown’s Tribute Contracting, LLC, employed no one but her. She had no experience delivering large-scale disaster aid. A federal agency stopped awarding Tribute certain contracts after a botched order...
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7:09 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Dawgs, Tide mum about concussions, AJC survey finds
 Oddsmakers and fans alike can parse reams of statistics for Monday’s football championship between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. But one on-the-field stat that neither team has revealed is the number of concussions sustained by its student athletes. The AJC sought concussion data from 62 Division...

6:05 PM Thursday, Jan. 04, 2018

Oddsmakers and fans alike can parse reams of statistics for Monday’s football championship between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. But one on-the-field stat that neither team has revealed is the number of concussions sustained by its student athletes. The AJC sought concussion data from 62 Division...
College football concussion stats vary widely among teams
 The number of concussions reported by college football athletic programs surveyed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution varied widely — from 1 to 32 per year. On the high side, Georgia Tech reported that its Yellow Jackets football players garnered a total of 32 concussions in calendar year 2014, and Georgia Southern's...

1:12 PM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

The number of concussions reported by college football athletic programs surveyed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution varied widely — from 1 to 32 per year. On the high side, Georgia Tech reported that its Yellow Jackets football players garnered a total of 32 concussions in calendar year 2014, and Georgia Southern's...
Tracking concussions can help college athletes, but many schools don’t
 Despite the risks of head injuries, the University of Georgia and many top-tier athletic programs still fail to systematically track by sport the concussions their athletes sustain, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey of 62 programs found. The AJC’s analysis of NCAA Division I, II and III schools found that about 1 in 6 athletic...

5:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

Despite the risks of head injuries, the University of Georgia and many top-tier athletic programs still fail to systematically track by sport the concussions their athletes sustain, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey of 62 programs found. The AJC’s analysis of NCAA Division I, II and III schools found that about 1 in 6 athletic...