Category Archives: New Stadium

Citizens Fighting Back Against New Stadium

It’s been six months since we took to the streets in an attempt to force the City of Altanta to let its citizens vote on whether or not we wanted to publicly fund a massive portion of the new $1.2 … Continue reading

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The Price of Secrecy

Note the following post was authored by Wyc Orr, Vice-Chairman of the board of Common Cause Georgia.   At what price secrecy? Are the costs to taxpayers from bad decisions resulting from secret deal-making by public officials too high for … Continue reading

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Cobb County and the Braves: Striking Out on Transparency

Note the following post was authored by Terry Taylor, a Common Cause Georgia board member.   The Metro Atlanta area has been a hotbed of stadium-related news over the last 18 months. While the Falcons dominated the conversation for most … Continue reading

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What is the CBP?

Lately, the residents, city officials, and representatives of Atlanta have dealt with their fair share of disagreements on whether or not sporting event venues should be publicly funded. Plans for the new Braves stadium in Cobb County have only just … Continue reading

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How could $1 Billion in public money be put to better use?

I’ve talked to a lot people during our petition drive to put the public funding of the new stadium on the ballot. Many of those people indicate that they feel like Atlanta could put the Hotel/Motel Tax revenue to better … Continue reading

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The REAL Public Contribution to Billion Dollar Stadium

The public has been told repeatedly that Billion Dollar Stadium will only use $200 Million of the public’s money through the Hotel/Motel tax. That figure is misleading. The $200 million number is only for construction costs paid by the City. … Continue reading

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Could the Billion Dollar Stadium Get A Billion Dollars in Public Money?

Believe it or not, there is a good possibility that the Atlanta City Council may vote on the proposed new stadium on Monday. If true, to call such a fast-track vote irresponsible would be a vast understatement. The two inch-thick … Continue reading

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Let the people decide!

At some point, a conversation we were never allowed to hear, took place between Arthur  Blank and Atlanta’s Mayor, Kasim Reed. A few other conversations we never heard took place between Reed and some city council members. Other quiet conversations … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Bluff Mr. Blank

This week Mayor Kasim Reed reportedly indicated to members of the Atlanta City Council that Arthur Blank implied that the Atlanta Falcons might consider a move to Los Angeles. If Arthur Blank or the Falcons are using a whispered threat … Continue reading

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