This is the Beltline's big moment. Atlanta City Council voted Mon., Nov. 7 in favor of funding the proposed 22-mile transit and greenway loop. The Fulton County Commission was set to vote on the same proposal Wed., Dec. 7, after CL went to press (see www.whatarewefor.com for vote results). And the final vote, by the Atlanta School Board, is scheduled for Mon., Dec. 12. Like City Council, the Commission and School Board must decide whether to dedicate future commercial property tax revenues to the Beltline project. Without funding approval from all three entities, the $2.4 billion project likely will stall in its tracks. Before the School Board votes, there will be an opportunity for the public to comment.
The Atlanta School Board will discuss the funding of the Beltline at 4 p.m. and will vote after a public comment section beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Center for Learning and Leadership, 130 Trinity St. For more info, call 404-802-2200 or visit www.beltline.org.
· Atlanta Downtown NeighborS Join your downtown neighbors each month to discuss neighborhood issues. Locations vary. Second Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. www.atlantadna.org.
· Atlanta Urban Design Commission The UDC works to protect buildings that have historic value. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions. Fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6200.
· Atlanta WAND meets The local chapter of Women's Actions for New Directions is involved in several causes, including ending the war in Iraq, improving education, and encouraging young women to get involved in their communities. Locations vary. Second Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. www.atlantawand.org. 404-524-5999.
· Cabbagetown Neighbors The Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association meets to discuss community issues and neighborhood events. Second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. Cabbagetown Community Center, 177 Estoria St. 404-526-9900.
· DeKalb Commissioners Come in person or watch the live broadcast on Channel 23, which is replayed throughout the week. Fourth Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. www.co.dekalb.ga.us. 404-371-2082.
· Drinking Liberally Democrats get together to discuss politics and whatever else comes up after a few drinks. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. www.drinkingliberally.org. 404-370-1717.
· East Atlanta Community Help shape the future of East Atlanta Village. Attend the East Atlanta Community Association meeting to learn more. Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Branan Towers, 1200 Glenwood Ave. www.eaca.net.
· Fulton Dems Holiday Party Local Democrats are invited to attend a "Party with the Party" hosted by the Fulton County Democratic Party. Door prizes and cash bar. Wed., Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m. Apres Diem, 931 Monroe Drive. www.fultondems.com. firstname.lastname@example.org. 404-873-3277 or 404-872-3333.
· Kirkwood Neighbors Residents of Kirkwood are invited to attend this monthly meeting to discuss community business. The 10th of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. Turner Monumental AME Church, 66 Howard St. www.historic-kirkwood.com. 404-378-5970.
· Lake Claire Neighbors LCN organize provides a community voice to city reps and raises funds for neighborhood refurbishments. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. Frazer Center, the north end of Ridgewood Road. www.lakeclaire.org.
· Neighborhood Planning Unit The city's Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils which advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. Dates and times vary. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899.
· One of Edgewood ONE is the neighborhood organization for Edgewood. Discussions include neighborhood issues, zoning matters, visits from city officials, and reports from the Atlanta Police Department. Second Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Whitefoord Elementary School Cafeteria, 35 Whitefoord Ave. www.oneedgewood.homestead.com. 404.522.0556.
· Sierra Club Meets Sierra Club meetings cover a range of environmental issues that concern Metro Atlanta and the state. Members and visitors are all welcome. Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.georgia.sierraclub.org/atlanta. 404-373-8338.
· CL events:
· Political Party Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party Wed., Dec. 14. This month's political party will focus on the war in Iraq and will include guests Patricia Roberts, mother of the first Georgia soldier killed in Iraq, and Andisheh Nouraee, CL columnist and foreign policy specialist. The event, which is open to the public and encourages discussion of issues facing metro Atlanta, is held the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., at Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St. atlanta.creativeloafing.com/politicalparty.
· Air Loaf Hear CL's writers and critics discuss their stories on Air Loaf at 1690 AM Air Atlanta. Discussions of various stories are aired just after the news on weekdays at 7 a.m., noon, 5 and 9 p.m. A two-hour show, on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon, features local topics and well-known guests.
· Sugg's News Hour Find out the news behind the news on CL Senior Editor John Sugg's "Progressive News Hour" every Thursday at noon on WRFG 89.3.
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