ATL mayoral doings: Arson, water meter lids, and a Facebook video from Andrew Young

Many things doing on the Atlanta mayoral front today:

Councilwoman Mary Norwood has called a 4 p.m. press conference at the Summerville home of Mattie Jackson, destroyed in 2008 by a fire that authorities determined was a matter of arson. Don’t know what the topic will be. A look at AJC archives indicates the response time by firefighters was four minutes.

The Atlanta water department has taken umbrage at a Norwood TV ad, in which the mayoral candidate says the city purchased 150,000 water meter lids that don’t fit. Commissioner Robert Hunter, who oversees the Department of Watershed Management, today declared the charge “absolutely untrue.”

Okay, maybe “absolutely” was the wrong word. This from the a press release:

DWM is replacing and upgrading approximately 150,000 meters. However, the number of meters reported with lids which do not fit properly represents significantly less than 1% of the meters.

Presently there are 994 open work orders to replace meter lids, not 150,000 as Ms. Norwood claims. The AMR program is an innovative program which streamlines and automates the meter reading process, eliminates the need for manual reading, and provides a more efficient and accurate bill for the customer.

This morning, we told you that former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young has made the plunge into social media. He’s a quick learner. A few hours later, his office passed on this video endorsement of Norwood rival Kasim Reed, which is to be posted shortly on his page.

Young lent his voice to a radio ad early in the campaign. The note from Young’s office:

This video and a second one that will follow in a few days are the work of Ambassador Young himself and have not been shown to or approved by the Reed campaign itself. Obviously, he feels strongly about the election.

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tet

November 17th, 2009
1:16 pm

Let’s go Kasim!! Great video!

Midtown for Mary Norwood

November 17th, 2009
1:20 pm

Another fine example why Mary Norwood should be the change for this City. The political machine that has taken advantage of the poor in this City for over 30 years should come to an end. Shake it up – time for change! Mary Norwood all the way!

lyer

November 17th, 2009
1:20 pm

Norwood lying about something again..this is who you want as Mayor? A good thing Kasim Reed is pouncing her in the polls.

Angus

November 17th, 2009
1:28 pm

Key word – “reported”.

Of the three or four intown neighborhoods I frequent, I’d guess 70% do not fit.

Should we all call today to report them?

AtlantasFuture

November 17th, 2009
1:30 pm

Andrew Young is a crook. Why anyone would want his endorsement just plays to the same old same old Atlanta politics. Give me a break with your ‘reporting’.

There's still hope for ATL

November 17th, 2009
1:37 pm

I thought AJC wasn’t endorsing candidates. Mr. Galloway can hardly contain his glee that another has been is endorsing Reed. P.S. Mr. Galloway, your bias is showing.

Raquel Morris

November 17th, 2009
1:39 pm

Mayor Franklin needs to tell her employees to stay out of the Mayor’s race. It is inappropriate, distasteful and illegal for Rob Hunter, Jim Glass or anyone else to use their official positions to benefit Shirley’s protege.

Oh Intown Writer...

November 17th, 2009
1:43 pm

Those new meter covers are flimsy, they don’t fit often times, and they are very easy to break.
Anyone who trusts anything that comes out of Watershed is either feeding at the City graft trough or hasn’t been paying attention for the past 8-12 yrs.

The Late Maynord Jackson

November 17th, 2009
2:04 pm

When you write the rules Jackson friends and family always win…

The legal dispute began in 2002 when the city awarded the contract to Clear Channel Airports of Georgia and its minority partner, Barbara Fouch, a close friend of the late Mayor Maynard Jackson

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/city-officials-win-ruling-199816.html

Mary

November 17th, 2009
2:12 pm

How cute…Mary Norwood is pointing out city mishaps, all of which she had a hand in. Did Mrs. Norwood forget that she’s been on the City Council for 8 years?

Patricia

November 17th, 2009
2:19 pm

Kasim Reed is coming on very strong. Mary Norwood’s campaign seems to have lost life. I was surprised that she was nowhere to be found last week for about 3 days and when the media did catch up with her, she slammed the door in their faces. Not very mayoral. I don’t think she has what it takes to be a strong mayoral intellectually or emotionally.

The machine candidate

November 17th, 2009
2:19 pm

The more Reed supporters tout endorsements, the more they unwillingly make the best selling point for Norwood. Reed is the POLITICAL MACHINE candidate, and Norwood is the people’s candidate.

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
2:21 pm

Wow the true is coming Mary Norwood Ad are false and lies,
I heard Mary Norwood is running scared now and her polls are droping
Well dont blame Shirley Franklin your candidate Mary Norwood said it rite out of her mouth. Norwood is Franklin friend so if your candidate mess up just face it she not ready to be mayor……..Norwood lies on her Ad

Andy Young, I Don't Fix Sewers and Intrastructure

November 17th, 2009
2:24 pm

So Reed the tax cheat gets an endorsement from one of the mayors that neglected the cities crumbling sewer system. We don’t need another pass the buck Mayor.
WAKE UP ATLANTA!

Old Georgia

November 17th, 2009
2:28 pm

A competent, educated, white mayor is the only one who can solve this city’s problems. Mary Norwood for Mayor!

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
2:33 pm

Norwood is a lying person who is trying to get black people votes and I dont trust her. Norwood you been in city hall for 8yrs you act like you dont know what going on. Norwood is running scare. Norwood did another Blooper. Where is Zee bradford to her rescue

Jim Galloway bias

November 17th, 2009
2:39 pm

Why isn’t Jim Galloway reporting, as other media outlets have done, on Kasim Reed’s work, in the mecca of the civil rights movement no less, in defending a company Cracker Barrel, in its discriminatory practices?

You can argue just how much Reed should be defined as a candidate by this. Maybe a little, maybe a lot, maybe somewhere in between. But for Galloway, who seems to have covered ever other nuance in this campaign as the self proclaimed Political Insider, to ignore this important story, including the details of how Knight and Holland have erased Reed’s work from their website, shows an unconscionable bias.

Roekest

November 17th, 2009
2:41 pm

It’s funny how the Reed supporters have horrible grammar. But then again, a recent poll did say most of his support comes from low-income and poorly educated residents. Says a lot, IMO……

Teela

November 17th, 2009
2:45 pm

The Reed squad is alive and still illiterate here.

Andy Young is an ass. Who can forget the Lee Morris/Eaves debacle he had his hand in?

I won’t.

Go Mary. And my water meter cover doesn’t fit, the glass is broken and my water bills are screwed up. 4 months now and they tell us to pay the monthly bill until they get it figured out.

However, the monthly bill is 3 times what it should be.

Four More Years with Reed as competent as the Atlanta Water Department.

yeah…right.

Jackalope

November 17th, 2009
2:48 pm

Norwoods polls AREN’T dropping.

She has been at 46% since the final poll before the election.
She ended up at 46% on election day.
The latest poll shows her at 46%

And all of that with the entire 30 year machine rallying behind Reed, endorsements by Franklin, Martin, Barnes, Black clergy, the involvement of the GA Democratic party…..

REED HAS THROWN THE KITCHEN SINK AT NORWOOD AND SHE HASN’T MOVED AT ALL.

This will be a turn out election, and Norwood is going to shock the world.

Commonalities

November 17th, 2009
2:51 pm

What do the majority of Reed’s endorsers have in common? They have all had questions raised about their ethics and integrity. Barnes, Borders, and Young are all part of the political machine.

Maybe Atlanta would do better with someone outside the machine for a change.

AH

November 17th, 2009
2:58 pm

Report your broken meters to City of Atl. public works – 404 658 7220
(NOTE TO AJC: this is a valid number check instead of removing post)

PS Rob Hunter is full of it on this. I have been complaining for years and reporting these covers broken, along with leaking fire hydrants, and general leaks. Rarely do the problems ever get fixed so I end up having to call over and over.

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
3:01 pm

Teela look who talking Norwood been in city hall for 8 yrs why didnt you complain to your friend Norwood that your water meter lid did not fit. Norwood is running scare and by the way guess who working for Norwood your friend Zee Bradford worked for Bill Campbell that what you call a political machine. Ha Ha Ha the true is to be told about Norwood me and my friends are going to cast our early vote tomorrow for Kashim Reed.

Angus

November 17th, 2009
3:06 pm

I was just kidding about calling and reporting.

COA government waste and negligence is only made up for with tax increases.

Do not call – we are already taxed enough.

Besides, they’ll just replace it with another one that doesn’t fit (true story, a buddy of mine is on the third one because folks run over it and it breaks – all three, the exact same, wrong size).

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
3:08 pm

Ha Ha Ha >>>>>>>>>>>> Early vote for Kashim Reed

Looking at Mary Norwood running scare she did another blooper

Teela tell your friend Norwood dont mess up at 4pm on the press conference I am going to laugh if she mess up so hard my neighbor would hear.

AH

November 17th, 2009
3:10 pm

I’m not kidding about calling. I’ve called on entire streets that had broken covers and guess what has happend……… nothing. They are still broken. I’ve spoken with people at watershed pointing out that while we still have the clowns who installed them here working we need to get them to fix the covers now. Their answer is that after all the work is done they will go back and check for broken covers. And by that time the company that did the work will be gone.

downtrodden

November 17th, 2009
3:12 pm

Reed is looking more and more like a machine than a candidate for the people remember being mayor is about serving the people not just the elites but the welfare of all poeple in atlanta

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
3:13 pm

Well AH why did you call Norwood she been in city hall for 8yrs she always shows up in the black area why she not showing up in your area.
This goes for Teela your friend eating fried chicken with black folks.

checkers

November 17th, 2009
3:13 pm

The fact remains Norwood has not moved in a poll in months. She’s gaining no momentum. Kasim Reed has moved from 4% to 49% in no time, nothing about his campaign shows any sign of weakness. Kasim Reed will be Mayor.

Glenn Thomas

November 17th, 2009
3:20 pm

It’s ashame what Atlanta is portrayed as in the media and around the country; when I was in graduate school, Atlanta was a policy case of how “not” to run a city. I am disheartened by the lack of awareness we have in this city. As city hall continues to bleed us dry, the blogs, media, and other outlets continue to antagonize hatred with talk of color, economic status and which side of town someone lives on…

We MUST wake up; I could care less who you vote for…but vote for someone based on your moral and ethical beliefs. It’s time for Atlanta to get out of this black mecca or buckhead identity…ths is our city, and if WE want to get the best out of city hall, WE must be our best and treat each other with the due and proper respect each of us deserves, regardless of who we support.

AH

November 17th, 2009
3:26 pm

I didn’t call Norwood because I don’t want her showing up trying to fix the covers. I called the city’s designated phone number to report these issues. I want the correct person to show up and fix the covers. People who call there reps. expecting them to come on out and fix the problem are idiots. You call you rep when the city departments fail to do their job and believe me I’ve made that call too.

Angus

November 17th, 2009
3:28 pm

AH – in all seriousness – the new meters are indeed a colossal mistake on the part of DWM (amazingly, Norwood’s ad is the first time I’ve heard it brought up) and they should be replaced.

Quick made-up math: 100,000 x ($50 parts + $50 labor) = $10 million thrown in the trash because someone couldn’t read a tape measure (just a guess, of course, I don’t know what really happened).

On the other hand, my plumber told me not to call DWM unless it breaks. Quick synopsis – the funky pentagon lock nut means that you cannot access part of your plumbing – if the cover doesn’t fit, the lock doesn’t work.

Matt

November 17th, 2009
3:29 pm

@Mary Norwood mess up (AKA PoliticOracle?) You sure are working hard today. Scared your candidate is losing ground?

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
3:30 pm

That Amazing why Norwood staying in one spot no where to go and Norwood need to fire her campaign manager because she not gaining nothing but a headache from her campaign staff.

Jackalope

November 17th, 2009
3:34 pm

If “mary norwood mess up” is the average Kasim voter, Norwood already has this thing wrapped up.

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
3:35 pm

Matt think I am Aka Politic Oracle you are very funny and your candidate is running scare look at Norwood runs to Zee Bradford for bad advice.

AH

November 17th, 2009
3:53 pm

The reason I call is because when the cover is completely broken and falls into the box it creates a 2 foot hole. There is also a street light problem in the city. So as you walk at night on the city side walk, that doesn’t have a street light, and you step into a 2 foot deep whole that the city should have fixed you get to break your leg sue the city. Even though the city pissed away millions of dollars to create the problem the potential law suits will be greater than the cost to fix the covers.

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
3:58 pm

So AH why didnt you call Norwood she can fix anything I would have wrote a letter to your friend Norwood to get her out there to fix does she work for the people of Atlanta. Norwood supporters are backwards they have a excuse for everything. Norwood been in office for 8yrs nothing have been done since she been city hall

Matt

November 17th, 2009
4:04 pm

I’ve called about several missing or mis-fitted with no response. I’ve called about issues with an inflated bill that turned out to be a mis-read on the readers part (took over 10 hours to work that one out). The fact is this City has issues. The existing administration ignores or passes the buck. A vote for Kasim Reed would be a continuation of the same inept, defunct, clown/circus operation we have in place now. We deserve a chance at change and my vote is for Mary Norwood.

AH

November 17th, 2009
4:08 pm

WHAT??? are you retarded ‘Mary Norwood mess up’ or judging from you grammar are you located outside of the US perhaps some in some 3rd world internet cafe?

The problem was created when the contractor failed to properly install covers and the ones that they did install were of substandard quality. The Watershed dept. doesn’t want to push to get the problem fixed, they don’t even want to own up that there is a problem. All of the city depts. report to the Mayors office and completely ignore city council. Norwood isn’t going to show up in her buick, get a cover out of her trunk and replace the broken cover. I also don’t expect Reed to do this. But who ever becomes Mayor they need to fix Mr. Hunter and either he will get these problems fixed or get a new job.

@Matt

November 17th, 2009
4:23 pm

Why in the hell would I get on this comment thread and use bad English to make my point. Matt, it is quite obvious that your candidate’s campaign is losing steam and you can play this “low turnout will benefit Mary game all you want”, but I’ve warned you all that Reed is backed by a group that has faired well when it comes to run-offs. I implore you to research the elections from 1981, 1989, 1993 and 1997. The establishment candidate in each of these years won the election.

My biggest qualm with Norwood supporters is, that you all seem hell-bent on getting this woman elected because she is not attached to the establishment. No matter how weak she has been in her current post and all the bad policies that she’s supported, you want to give her a promotion. It makes you seem one of two things; ignorant or prejudiced and with the way these comments are flowing, its starting to seem like the latter.

@Matt

November 17th, 2009
4:25 pm

By the way, I don’t post under the PoliticOracle handle anymore. I guess the Norwood staffers and supporters couldn’t handle the substance that I put out and they decided to jack my handle. I’ve been on here enough for my voice to be recognized. I wrote Reed a check last night and i’m considering getting out to canvas for Reed soon.

@AH

November 17th, 2009
4:27 pm

Do you know Justin Wiedeman? If you don’t, you sure sound a lot like he does.

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
4:27 pm

Thats why your write to your city council which is Mary Norwood and tell her the problem but I see she showing up in the black neighborhood in her buick to get votes why she didnt put your neighborhood on her commercial since you have issue with the lights on your street I dumb you can be I see who win Dec 1 when you leave Atlanta.

Teela

November 17th, 2009
4:37 pm

This lovely poster “Mary Norwood mess up” is about the common mentality of a lot of employees in the city of Atlanta. Short on intelligence, and even shorter on literacy.

Someone give this poor poster a Hope Scholarship, please!!!

And of course, he-she….speaks so eloquently for Reed. Typical of a lot of people I have heard supporting him. Well, not those slick elites he will continue the ATM machine for, but you understand.

And, though this poster probably DOES call his-her council person to FIX the plumbing, roof, etc….it’s more of the same mentality that makes for the general confusion.

Instead of contacting the proper departments and waiting…waiting….waiting….these people want someone (that they probably didn’t vote for….if at all) to do it for them.

I live in SW Atlanta, illiterate poster…..and Mary is a hell of a lot more responsive than your fat bottomed Reed. In fact, Reed acts like he’s scared of the black community.

Sigh….guess it’s a class issue for him…

Should have seen his discomfort this summer in our meeting. Well, he did come to ONE meeting and this will probably be the sum total of his interest here.

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
4:37 pm

Political Oracle wow Mary Norwood supporters are after you they are using your name on the blog…But dont worry about these prejudice or ignorant supporters of Norwood. We are coming out strong for Reed in the early vote tomorrow.

Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
4:41 pm

Teela stop lying you dont live in SW because you nothing dirty trash and look call Norwood if you need your plumber fix she been in office for 8 years nothing have been done since she was on the council board.
Norwood campaign is in shamble Ha Ha Ha we will see who get the last laugh…Teela see you at the early vote rally tomorrow for Reed

@Mary Norwood mess up

November 17th, 2009
4:41 pm

What is the reason behind the way you write your comments. Is it a way to prove a point or is it the way you speak. Please don’t be offended by my inquiry, i’m just interested.

WP

November 17th, 2009
4:42 pm

Mary Norwood mess up, proofread your post before you submit them PLEASE !!!

Jason

November 17th, 2009
4:44 pm

For those complaining about street lights being out, if you had called the city or your council person you would already know that street lights are the responsibility of Georgia Power. If you haven’t bothered to report the outage, then you don’t have any room to complain about it not being fixed. Not knowing that Georgia Power is in charge of the street lights is a pretty good sign that you’ve never bothered to complain or are just making things up.

Report malfunctioning street lights here:
https://customerservice.southerncompany.com/Outage/Streetlight.aspx