Monthly Archives: February 2011

ATLANTA POLICE RED DOG UNIT TO BE DISBANDED

As The Ramage Report predicted, the Atlanta Police Department’s legendary “Red Dog” unit is no more.
APD Chief George Turner announced today that the aggressive anti-drug-crime unit, which was founded in 1988, is being disbanded. In its place the department will organize a new unit that will be assigned to fighting violent crime.
“The Red Dog unit as we currently know it today will no longer exist,” Turner told reporters at an 11 a.m. press conference. Continue reading ATLANTA POLICE RED DOG UNIT TO BE DISBANDED

WHY DID WE EVER COME UP WITH PENSIONS?

Some food for thought on this cold Friday night—which will no doubt be a cold Saturday morning by the time I am finished writing it: How did the idea for pensions develop?

Sometimes to understand how to deal with a thing, we have to go back into history to figure out why our ancestors created it in the first place, and in doing this we realize that maybe they were onto something, and maybe we ought to pay heed. Continue reading WHY DID WE EVER COME UP WITH PENSIONS?

PENSION REFORM: MAYOR REED SAYS BANKRUPTCY OR HIGHER TAXES NOT OPTIONS

The City of Atlanta’s Pension Review Panel met today to discuss a variety of options for reducing the amount of money the city pays into pensions for its employees.

Mayor Kasim Reed’s office sent out a statement asserting that the city could save up to $60 million per year depending on which combination of options is eventually chosen.

Reed made it abundantly clear, however, that at least two choices are off the table: Declaring municipal bankruptcy, and raising taxes.

“We will not be pursuing a bankruptcy of any kind,” Reed said after a panel member raised the question of whether municipal bankruptcy is legal in Georgia. It’s not, Reed said, but even if it were, he’s not interested. “I do think we should be willing to think about what other cities are doing, but I’d like to clarify that is not an option.”

Pensions are under scrutiny nationwide as cash-strapped governments seek a way out of their obligation to retiring employees. But for Atlanta’s employees, the pension talks have been particularly tense because the pensions are their only retirement funding source since Mayor Maynard Jackson pulled the City out of the Social Security system in the 1970s. Continue reading PENSION REFORM: MAYOR REED SAYS BANKRUPTCY OR HIGHER TAXES NOT OPTIONS