Caption

Korean American Restaurant Association Southeast President Andy Kim said restaurants have taken extra precautions to protect themselves, ranging from hiring extra security to installing CCTV cameras (Anjali Huynh/[email protected]).

Credit: Anjali Huynh

Credit: Anjali Huynh

Over three months later, many East and Southeast Asian Americans in metro Atlanta remain afraid of verbal or physical attacks. Some have grown exhausted from coping with that heightened fear while attempting to educate others on their community’s struggles through a slowed #StopAAPIHate movement. Many are skeptical that any substantial improvements occurred.

“I don’t think anything has changed since the spa shootings,” said Angela Jiang, a Singaporean-Taiwanese woman who grew up in Duluth and now lives in Buckhead. “Nothing was really won besides a lot of resolutions and statements in support of the Asian American community that actually hasn’t resulted in any material changes.”

President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into effect on May 20. This legislation, introduced by two Asian lawmakers, intended to make reporting “COVID-19 hate crimes” easier and tasked the Department of Justice with expediting hate crime reviews.

“We are committed to stop the hatred and the bias,” Biden said as he signed the bill that acknowledged hate crimes as a “serious national problem.”

Determining how to prevent incidents before they happen, however, has largely been left to Asian Americans themselves, as national efforts to promote visibility and prevent violence reduced outside Asian American communities.

The sites of these tragedies reflect this diminished public interest: Aromatherapy and Gold Spas, two of the shooting locations, now appear closed, with no indication of reopening. Where memorial flowers and signs once lined the entrances to those businesses, traffic cones now block the parking lot entrances amid scattered pieces of trash.

Angela Jiang, a 24-year-old Buckhead resident, says little has changed since the shootings and worries that the #StopAAPIMovement was not enough to combat future violence (Anjali Huynh, anjali.huynh@ajc.com).
Caption

Angela Jiang, a 24-year-old Buckhead resident, says little has changed since the shootings and worries that the #StopAAPIMovement was not enough to combat future violence (Anjali Huynh, [email protected]).

Credit: Anjali Huynh

Credit: Anjali Huynh

Some Asian Americans fear that it will take more headlines and news reports of anti-Asian violence for substantive change to happen. Agnes Scott College student Connie Tran, whose Vietnamese parents run a nail salon in Columbus, said he believes simply condemning hate crimes and increasing investment in law enforcement are surface-level approaches that won’t reduce discrimination.

“I’m a little wary because my mom and the other folks who run Asian-majority businesses feel like sitting ducks, waiting for the next instance to happen,” Tran said. “It feels like we’re just walking around in a loop and not understanding the root cause of all this violence.”

A psychological toll

A May 2021 report from Asian advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate found that Asian Americans are still “experiencing unprecedented and growing health inequity issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-AAPI hate.”

While the pandemic worsened mental health for many in this country, researchers said Asian Americans who also encountered anti-Asian racism showed “elevated symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and physical symptoms.”

“It’s a responsibility for all of us in the community to be aware of what’s happening and talk about it and educate people,” Espinol said. “But this burden is falling on top of us having to process this pain happening in our community, and it just feels so overwhelming.”

Groups like the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), located in Duluth, expanded their mental health programs to field more requests for help. Handling that increased interest, however, takes resources that have slowed in the months since the shootings, said AARC Managing Director Xavier Kim.

Many like Espinol subsequently became more vigilant in how they proceeded about everyday life, particularly in groups of Asian Americans. For some, that meant staying home more or enrolling in self-defense courses. Others, however, took more drastic measures.

“We are just scared, so that is the climate right now, it’s everybody [being] afraid,” said Daniel Fu, a 70-year old Indonesian man who purchased a gun after the shootings.

Nathalie Espinol, a Filipina resident, dons a shirt reading "I'm from here" outside her Atlanta home. In the months since the spa shootings, Espinol said she struggled to balance educating others with personal grief and fear (Anjali Huynh, anjali.huynh@ajc.com).
Caption

Nathalie Espinol, a Filipina resident, dons a shirt reading “I’m from here” outside her Atlanta home. In the months since the spa shootings, Espinol said she struggled to balance educating others with personal grief and fear (Anjali Huynh, [email protected]).

Credit: Anjali Huynh

Credit: Anjali Huynh

President of the Korean Restaurant Association Southeast Andy Kim noted that many Asian-owned restaurants have hired security personnel or installed CCTV monitors to deter potential aggressors.

Keun Soo Lee, who has operated Korean barbecue restaurant Honey Pig since 2007, said it was robbed for the first time after the shootings. Though he has since installed cameras and trained staff on handling anti-Asian violence, Lee worries that disregard for Asian Americans could intensify.

“As a restaurant owner, the fear of that kind of hatred has increased,” he said.

Veterinarian Jamie Cho said that even using her Korean surname is a potential risk. As Cho has opened a new practice, she explained she is more cautious when hiring workers and considered whether to tint the windows.

“I’m more aware of the decisions I make because I know that just saying nothing and keeping quiet does not mean that I’m safe,” Cho said. “I’ve feared and wondered, could my picture or name affect my success?”

Moving forward

Despite slowed momentum and heightened fears, Asian American advocates new and old said they’re focused on educating others and maintaining the coalitions that formed in the wake of the shootings.

Standing outside his Korean barbecue restaurant Honey Pig, Keun Soo Lee says fears of anti-Asian violence as a restaurant owner have intensified since the spa shootings in March (Anjali Huynh/anjali.huynh@ajc.com).
Caption

Standing outside his Korean barbecue restaurant Honey Pig, Keun Soo Lee says fears of anti-Asian violence as a restaurant owner have intensified since the spa shootings in March (Anjali Huynh/[email protected]).

Credit: Anjali Huynh

Credit: Anjali Huynh

A rising battleground to increase Asian American visibility and reduce hate in the long term is K-12 schools, where a group of community members aim to implement Asian American history curriculum. Georgia Korean Chamber of Commerce Vice President of External Affairs Michelle Kang explained that fighting ignorance with education is a first step towards preventing hate.

“Asian Americans have been here since the 1850s, more than 170 years, but we’re still considered as foreigners,” Kang said. “It’s not right … It’s not just white people’s history.”

Allison Wang, a Chinese American nurse who helped plan rallies after the shootings, said as hosting in-person events grew “exhausting,” making change in schools has become a new source of hope. Having grown up in Tucker without a single course that discussed Asian American experiences, Wang wants to make sure her daughter learns about her heritage.

“I am American, I’ve been naturalized to become an American citizen, but I’m also Chinese,” Wang said. “I would like to have more people … who appreciate the fact that I am Asian.

Kang is hopeful increased awareness will help Asian communities – from Lebanon to Vietnam – move forward.

“We are more vigilant about what’s going on outside of the Korean American community,” Kang said. “We are watching out for each other.”

Posted by Marsha Anderson Bomar on Friday, June 25, 2021

","provider_url":"https://www.facebook.com","_id":"https://www.facebook.com/marsha.bomar/videos/10165704233925077/?d=n&locale=en_US","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":1625244466342},"provider_name":"Facebook","type":"facebook-video","version":"1.0","height":281},"type":"oembed_response"},{"_id":"LFPV6UE4QJHGLCK3J6LMRMNZXE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624894277067},"type":"text","content":"“I am so excited to try to represent the citizens of Duluth,” said Harkness, who serves as executive vice president and partner at The Management Group. “... (Bomar and I) agree on a lot of things... she has promised to be a resource for me and to be there for me as we start this new journey.”"},{"_id":"C7BF4U2YVJGMNJKRRA5L6IFWPI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624894277068},"type":"text","content":"Harkness and his husband, Rodrigo, moved to Duluth in 2005 before their son was born in 2008. The candidate serves as president of the Duluth Cluster School Foundation and is a member of the school council at Coleman Middle School."},{"owner":{"sponsored":false,"id":"ajc"},"address":{},"syndication":{},"caption":"Jamin Harkness is running to fill the seat that Marsha Anderson Bomar will vacate on Duluth City Council. (Courtesy of Jamin Harkness)","source":{"system":"photo center","name":"AJC","edit_url":"https://ajc.arcpublishing.com/photo/NSIKEL3QGVBLBFW2XFSC2B4NZ4","source_type":"staff","additional_properties":{"editor":"photo center"}},"taxonomy":{"associated_tasks":[]},"type":"image","distributor":{"mode":"reference","reference_id":"8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019"},"version":"0.10.3","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/NSIKEL3QGVBLBFW2XFSC2B4NZ4.jpeg","licensable":false,"credits":{"affiliation":[]},"subtitle":"Jamin Harkness","width":960,"_id":"NSIKEL3QGVBLBFW2XFSC2B4NZ4","additional_properties":{"fullSizeResizeUrl":"/resizer/ab9aySsn1A3XR8vfjV5FxOruwVc=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/NSIKEL3QGVBLBFW2XFSC2B4NZ4.jpeg","owner":"[email protected]","comments":[],"proxyUrl":"/resizer/ab9aySsn1A3XR8vfjV5FxOruwVc=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/NSIKEL3QGVBLBFW2XFSC2B4NZ4.jpeg","originalUrl":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/NSIKEL3QGVBLBFW2XFSC2B4NZ4.jpeg","published":true,"resizeUrl":"/resizer/ab9aySsn1A3XR8vfjV5FxOruwVc=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/NSIKEL3QGVBLBFW2XFSC2B4NZ4.jpeg","ingestionMethod":"manual","thumbnailResizeUrl":"/resizer/_ZCFP3RN2Ws_qYLzv9SZU6VUsLI=/300x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/NSIKEL3QGVBLBFW2XFSC2B4NZ4.jpeg","version":0,"originalName":"203713870_10158249298002005_5644343653192928676_n.jpeg","mime_type":"image/jpeg","restricted":false,"template_id":594,"galleries":[],"_id":"AXOSELKKEVAC7LWIFXUJWJBC6Q"},"created_date":"2021-06-28T15:03:51Z","last_updated_date":"2021-06-28T15:03:51Z","height":516,"image_type":"photograph"},{"_id":"UL2OJXKLGBG67OOQFFERKPIBNY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624894277070},"type":"text","content":"“There are a lot of parts of the city that we need to celebrate, just as we have celebrated our downtown, and (Harkness) has so many great ideas for how we can continue to make this an all-around great place to live,” Bomar said. “I’ll say it once again: Jamin is my guy.”"}],"display_date":"2021-06-28T16:24:56.989Z","headlines":{"basic":"Duluth’s Marsha Bomar won’t seek reelection to City Council"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-28T16:24:56.989Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news/atlanta-news","parent":{"default":"/news"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/news","name":"Local News","description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","_id":"/news/atlanta-news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/news","default":"/news","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"/news","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","site_title":"Atlanta Local News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news/atlanta-news","ancestors":{"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/news"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":2004,"default":2004,"SectionMap":1062,"MainMenuRedesign2021":2004,"ComposerNav":1080}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news/atlanta-news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"News","description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","_id":"/news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","LoggedOutMenu":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/news/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","site_title":"Atlanta GA News | Top News Page"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"LoggedOutMenu":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopicsBar":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":1001,"default":1001,"SectionMap":1015,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1001,"ComposerNav":1135}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/neighborhoods","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"Local","description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","_id":"/neighborhoods","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":"https://www.ajc.com/","ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/neighborhoods/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","site_title":"Atlanta City and County News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local","_id":"/neighborhoods","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopNav":[],"TopicsBar":["https://www.ajc.com/"]},"order":{"AmpNav":1003,"default":1003,"SectionMap":1127,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1003,"TopicsBar":1001,"ComposerNav":1052}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"},{"text":"localnews.ajc"},{"text":"atlanta-neighborhoods.ajc"},{"text":"teamlaura"},{"text":"local government"},{"text":"elections-local"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-07-02T16:48:14.940Z","canonical_url":"/news/atlanta-news/duluths-marsha-bomar-wont-seek-reelection-to-city-council/JX4JXDVWXRGU7FXA6S5OMC3Y6M/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{"affiliation":[]},"subtitle":"Marsha Bomar","width":1437,"caption":"Marsha Anderson Bomar announced in a video that she won't seek reelection to Duluth City Council. She's endorsing Jamin Harkness for the seat. (Courtesy of Marsha Bomar)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/EW6L5R2225GBJBSZ2YTUC2VLCM.png","height":755}},"_id":"JX4JXDVWXRGU7FXA6S5OMC3Y6M"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"BIVBRWEQ55GZJJS7DYUHQMZVSY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582414778},"type":"text","content":"Grayson will hold public hearings on their proposed 2021 millage rate at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 30 at City Hall, 475 Grayson Parkway. A third public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. July 7 followed by a vote to set the rate."},{"_id":"2J7GC3EFLRE4JOXQLS3VZBGYBM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582414779},"type":"text","content":"The city is planning to keep the millage rate the same as in 2020 at 1.985 mills. Thanks to increased property values and new construction the city anticipates collecting about 17.64% in additional property taxes."},{"_id":"HOWSPSZHHREY3JVYSZL2FTTJZY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582414780},"type":"text","content":"For property owners with a $300,000 home, their property taxes will likely increase by about $7.54 this year. For commercial property owners, with land or structures valued at $275,000, the increase will be about $6.91."}],"display_date":"2021-06-28T11:42:37.978Z","headlines":{"basic":"Grayson not expected to increase millage rate"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-28T11:42:37.978Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-28T11:42:38.297Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/grayson-not-expected-to-increase-millage-rate/KHAWAKBGGREQ5OLYAJVDUFQSBU/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{},"subtitle":"Grayson City Hall","width":400,"caption":"Thanks to increased property values and new construction Grayson anticipates collecting about 17.64% in additional property taxes. (Courtesy City of Grayson)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/WHAMLI4C6QHBTNDD7TAYTRQMKA.jpg","height":300}},"_id":"KHAWAKBGGREQ5OLYAJVDUFQSBU"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"H52ZRU3P5BE3TPC6TDP2TF5NMM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582362526},"type":"text","content":"Snellville joins many local cities in finding their revenue projections have remained better than expected despite the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result and combined with permitting from housing construction and new commercial development in The Grove at Towne Center, the Snellville City Council recently adopted a $13.61 million General Fund budget for July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022."},{"_id":"DUIV66QGQ5BKHG7MOUV4KPJZN4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582362527},"type":"text","content":"This balanced budget reflects no anticipated increase in property tax revenue which will allow the city to keep the current millage rate of 4.588 mills for the seventh straight year."},{"_id":"Y4AYB7J2RRDA7MSB6WJ5YPSATI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582362528},"type":"text","content":"The budget allows the city to maintain a competitive salary structure and addresses infrastructure needs in several areas: $750,000 is budgeted for street resurfacing, $950,800 for stormwater repairs/replacement, $800,000 for sanitation/recycling services."},{"_id":"7ZMM3RILL5HC3C3L267EP5OPHQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582362529},"type":"text","content":"Capital equipment spending includes state-mandated election equipment of $53,000, a new $70,000 dump truck for public works, and $385,000 for Phase 2 of the city Greenway which will extend from City Hall to Briscoe Park."},{"_id":"IDQTY2E73FHEVPXYCML5LMNKQA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582362530},"type":"text","content":"“We feel good about our budget plan and we believe our citizens will see continued excellent city services along with new projects and improvements to look forward to,” Mayor Barbara Bender said. “We also wanted to show that we value our employees and to make sure they are fairly paid with good benefits.”"}],"display_date":"2021-06-28T11:41:54.013Z","headlines":{"basic":"Snellville adopts $13.61 million 2022 budget; plans no millage rate increase"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-28T11:41:54.013Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-28T11:41:54.328Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/snellville-adopts-1361-million-2022-budget-plans-no-millage-rate-increase/FXWIESFX2ZHLZFYEGAZMDP25TY/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{},"subtitle":"Snellville City Hall","width":800,"caption":"Snellville recently adopted a $13.61 million General Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2022. (Courtesy City of Snellville)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/W7VKLWIKCG23HDDIABDZMHHNXM.jpg","height":534}},"_id":"FXWIESFX2ZHLZFYEGAZMDP25TY"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"OODF2JVOJZFWTD3II3BMVRL6ZA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1593363235018},"type":"text","content":"Amanda Shorts experienced homelessness in 2012 after her husband, Charles, lost his job. Less than a decade later, the Dacula resident lost her $44,000 job at a civil engineering firm in March 2020 as the pandemic led to layoffs across the state."},{"_id":"VGJOAIWV2RAY7AIB2465RZI5TE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393784},"type":"text","content":"Shorts has relied on unemployment benefits while looking for work. At one point, she said it took her five weeks to receive backlogged payments due to an issue with her filing to the Georgia Department of Labor."},{"_id":"ORTVORVAAVGOZPMSVN2CWTXPIM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393786},"type":"text","content":"Local offices for Georgia’s Department of Labor closed at the start of the pandemic and have not reopened like other state offices. State legislators are questioning why they’ve remained closed as people seek answers to their issues with unemployment benefits."},{"_id":"OPK6YSCTNZHYNELQEWX5YEOZT4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393785},"type":"text","content":"Many unemployed Georgians have gone weeks, months or even longer than a year without payments. Since the start of the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of frustrated people have been unable to reach labor department workers on the phone or get their emails answered."},{"_id":"RRPDIGICMFC5JDBLKFMBTS2HJM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393787},"type":"text","content":"As part of a statewide protest organized by the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council, Shorts stood outside the labor department center in Norcross on Thursday with Gwinnett state Reps. Donna McLeod, Jasmine Clark and Rebecca Mitchell to demand a better system for addressing claim issues."},{"_id":"CVQ33S3AYFGMPJJLEJFLYEDQ4I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393788},"type":"text","content":"The group stood outside the office for an hour until noon, at which time they saw people coming up to the closed doors to find a solution to their unpaid claims, Shorts said. Instead, they found a phone number that goes straight to voicemail, Clark said."},{"owner":{"sponsored":false,"id":"ajc"},"address":{},"syndication":{},"caption":"(L-R) State Reps. Rebecca Mitchell, Jasmine Clark, Donna McLeod and Dacula resident Amanda Shorts stand outside the Norcross center for the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday, June 24. (Courtesy of Amanda Shorts)","source":{"system":"photo center","name":"AJC","edit_url":"https://ajc.arcpublishing.com/photo/5Y7NLQ26ENGKHNY5MLPAT7RQSQ","source_type":"staff","additional_properties":{"editor":"photo center"}},"taxonomy":{"associated_tasks":[]},"type":"image","distributor":{"mode":"reference","reference_id":"8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019"},"version":"0.10.3","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/5Y7NLQ26ENGKHNY5MLPAT7RQSQ.jpg","licensable":false,"credits":{"affiliation":[]},"subtitle":"Gwinnett protest GDOL","width":960,"_id":"5Y7NLQ26ENGKHNY5MLPAT7RQSQ","additional_properties":{"fullSizeResizeUrl":"/resizer/oVz4a2_5OeyQyirMy9i2IVtQgd0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/5Y7NLQ26ENGKHNY5MLPAT7RQSQ.jpg","owner":"[email protected]","comments":[],"keywords":[""],"proxyUrl":"/resizer/oVz4a2_5OeyQyirMy9i2IVtQgd0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/5Y7NLQ26ENGKHNY5MLPAT7RQSQ.jpg","originalUrl":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/5Y7NLQ26ENGKHNY5MLPAT7RQSQ.jpg","published":true,"resizeUrl":"/resizer/oVz4a2_5OeyQyirMy9i2IVtQgd0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/5Y7NLQ26ENGKHNY5MLPAT7RQSQ.jpg","ingestionMethod":"manual","thumbnailResizeUrl":"/resizer/TNva0GL2jZaR1fXpjaiACV_xa_0=/300x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/5Y7NLQ26ENGKHNY5MLPAT7RQSQ.jpg","version":0,"usage_instructions":"FBMD01000a8c010000b2250000e65200006a570000e65c0000b476000091b20000b4ba00001ec10000abc80000b8120100","originalName":"Pop Up Protest June 24, 2021 at Beaver Ruin Road GDOL.jpg","mime_type":"image/jpeg","restricted":false,"template_id":594,"galleries":[],"_id":"I4L5NZFATNHVTGU3J5UBC7HZCM"},"created_date":"2021-06-25T21:30:07Z","last_updated_date":"2021-06-25T21:30:07Z","height":720,"image_type":"photograph"},{"_id":"PPEU2635SVEVZFRLRFJDWRBCSA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393789},"type":"text","content":"“It’s beyond dereliction of duty,” McLeod said. “... I had a call from one of my constituents saying she’s moving back in with her parents. She’s 40 years old. ... We have people that could not pay for light, water or medicines. This has been the reason why we’re out there, not because we want to stand in the heat.”"},{"_id":"LRP355CVZBD63PSUSHH5GYTNXU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624827140953},"type":"text","content":"Mark Butler, commissioner for the labor department, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that local career centers mostly focus on assisting unemployed Georgians with skills such as resume writing and interview techniques. These workers have helped with reemployment and unemployment insurance services since the pandemic started, he said."},{"_id":"3JHG3Q3X5NFEZKW2NYGDZR2PQU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624827140954},"type":"text","content":"“We have had an issue with legislators insisting that people go to career centers to have their appeals hearings, which is incorrect information,” Butler said in an email. “Those types of hearings have been done over the phone for 8 years.”"},{"_id":"NPERPP6AFBD67A6SJ66MFH4BXQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624827140955},"type":"text","content":"Clark believes that the career centers should reopen to help people find jobs and address claim issues, even if they weren’t used for this purpose in the past."},{"_id":"BF2YR7SO5NGRXOQGBB746KCAYA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393793},"type":"text","content":"“A year later, there are people that have never seen a penny,” McLeod said. “As a human being — to know somebody won’t be able to eat, somebody might not have a roof over their head — you cannot help but be completely in pain for them.”"},{"_id":"ERLXMFF26JDCHFJYJ4QEENQCT4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624827140957},"type":"text","content":"The department recently said that thousands of people were still waiting for their cases to be heard, many of them appeals. Only about 40% of appeals are usually filed for valid reasons, said Kersha Cartwright, director of communications for the department."},{"_id":"3JHG3Q3X5NFEZKW2NYGDZR2PQU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624827140958},"type":"text","content":"“Legislators have had a point of contact and a system created just for them with dedicated staff members to help with their constituents’ needs during this pandemic,” Butler said. “A lot of the recent cases seen from legislators are people who have been fired or quit, and in some cases have committed fraud.”"},{"_id":"ARVQUV4JMZCSXIQQMCV7W7K4ZM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393794},"type":"text","content":"Gov. Brian Kemp announced last month that the $300-per-week federal supplements to unemployment benefits would end June 26. His decision came after arguing federal unemployment benefits have kept many from working."},{"_id":"GFS2VHHBVBBNNAFO6AUZZ3C2LY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393795},"type":"text","content":"More than 167,000 Georgians will stop getting payments when the change takes effect. About 56,000 others will keep their state benefits but lose the $300-a-week federal supplement. State jobless benefits top out at $365 a week."},{"_id":"RGG4QA4HUFHKRKXDBBNLNZNE2E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393796},"type":"text","content":"“It’s really scary,” said Shorts, who will keep the base unemployment benefits but no longer receive the federal supplement. “If my husband wasn’t working, we would be homeless.”"},{"_id":"2BQDKFKWRNCFPHHE6BFR7D5WV4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393797},"type":"text","content":"Mitchell said she doubts unemployment benefits lead people to shy away from taking jobs. Georgia’s unemployment rate is 4.1%, compared to the national rate of 5.8%."},{"_id":"UU23ZSQEH5E4XEL36IX7UIXMNU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624827140963},"type":"text","content":"Gwinnett County’s unemployment rate was 3.5% in April 2021, compared to 12.4% in April 2020 and 3% in February 2020 before the pandemic."},{"_id":"BTYLEG35CNGQJMIA5HVW4Z4APU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393799},"type":"text","content":"“I don’t understand how you can say that, look at the rate of unemployment and not feel strong cognitive dissonance,” Mitchell said. “Our rate of unemployment is low. Obviously, people are getting back to work.”"},{"_id":"EQRMEC5CIBHH5OOOQHLRKCUCOI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624657572845},"type":"text","content":"The state Legislature narrowly passed a bill that would have weakened the state labor commissioner by creating a new post tasked with prodding the department to speed up processing benefit requests from jobless Georgians. But Kemp vetoed the measure, saying it proposes “serious infringements on the separation of powers.”"},{"_id":"6GCFTQDHYZBSLJGOHKP5BVYORY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393800},"type":"text","content":"Last week, some jobless claimants filed a class action lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court asking a judge to find the labor department in violation of the law for not paying benefits quickly enough. The claimants are represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter."},{"_id":"TNZTEQNLTZFFNG2JQD3OH47V2I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393801},"type":"text","content":"In a statement, Butler called it “another politically motivated lawsuit.”"},{"_id":"KPPGJS7JDFHE3FBZTEJMISSHNM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393802},"type":"text","content":"AJC Staff Writer Michael Kanell contributed to this report."},{"_id":"5BGS7HDS2VCT3NRJAFX4R4MYYE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624655393803},"type":"text","content":"
"}],"display_date":"2021-06-25T22:09:45.389Z","headlines":{"basic":"State representatives demand answers for unpaid unemployment"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-25T22:09:45.389Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news/atlanta-news","parent":{"default":"/news"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/news","name":"Local News","description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","_id":"/news/atlanta-news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/news","default":"/news","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"/news","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","site_title":"Atlanta Local News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news/atlanta-news","ancestors":{"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/news"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":2004,"default":2004,"SectionMap":1062,"MainMenuRedesign2021":2004,"ComposerNav":1080}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news/atlanta-news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"News","description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","_id":"/news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","LoggedOutMenu":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/news/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","site_title":"Atlanta GA News | Top News Page"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"LoggedOutMenu":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopicsBar":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":1001,"default":1001,"SectionMap":1015,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1001,"ComposerNav":1135}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/neighborhoods","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"Local","description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","_id":"/neighborhoods","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":"https://www.ajc.com/","ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/neighborhoods/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","site_title":"Atlanta City and County News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local","_id":"/neighborhoods","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopNav":[],"TopicsBar":["https://www.ajc.com/"]},"order":{"AmpNav":1003,"default":1003,"SectionMap":1127,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1003,"TopicsBar":1001,"ComposerNav":1052}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"},{"text":"localnews.ajc"},{"text":"atlanta-neighborhoods.ajc"},{"text":"teamlaura"},{"text":"politics.ajc"},{"text":"no_politics"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-27T20:52:50.222Z","canonical_url":"/news/atlanta-news/state-representatives-demand-answers-for-unpaid-unemployment/WLV6UKOKD5AUDMVHF6TZI3RL3Q/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{"by":[{"name":"Jasmine Clark","type":"author","byline":"Jasmine Clark"}]},"subtitle":"State Rep. Jasmine Clark DOL","width":960,"caption":"A Dacula resident and three Georgia state representatives, including Jasmine Clark (D-Lilburn), gathered outside the closed Norcross location of the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday, June 24. (Courtesy of Jasmine Clark)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/AU43ZJGIMJE5JCKRHPNEODVQ5A.jpeg","height":540}},"_id":"WLV6UKOKD5AUDMVHF6TZI3RL3Q"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"Q5AH5GOCK5G6TEGTH2SDBBIQQ4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1593363235018},"type":"text","content":"Beer lovers will be able to try unlimited samples of craft brews from more than 90 breweries at a festival in Gwinnett County."},{"_id":"QFW2XGWKEVDILLUNNQG376WBQ4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624638899511},"type":"text","content":"The Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest will return for its 10th annual event 1-5 p.m. on Saturday in the city’s Town Center Park. Guests can try more than 350 craft beers, watch and listen to live entertainment and take part in activities and games."},{"_id":"UVQDEQ5GFZGKJBFTEAJUJRY4FI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624638899512},"type":"text","content":"Anyone interested in attending can pre-purchase tickets for $55 on the event’s website. It will cost $60 to gain admission on the day of the event."},{"_id":"YRIOD3NPDRB3LD27C7U7SDCO4M","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624638899513},"type":"text","content":"Guests are encouraged to wear red, white and blue clothing to the festival."}],"display_date":"2021-06-25T16:43:29.027Z","headlines":{"basic":"Where to try more than 350 craft brews in Gwinnett County on Saturday"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-25T16:43:29.027Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news/atlanta-news","parent":{"default":"/news"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/news","name":"Local News","description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","_id":"/news/atlanta-news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/news","default":"/news","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"/news","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","site_title":"Atlanta Local News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news/atlanta-news","ancestors":{"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/news"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":2004,"default":2004,"SectionMap":1062,"MainMenuRedesign2021":2004,"ComposerNav":1080}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news/atlanta-news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"News","description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","_id":"/news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","LoggedOutMenu":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/news/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","site_title":"Atlanta GA News | Top News Page"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"LoggedOutMenu":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopicsBar":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":1001,"default":1001,"SectionMap":1015,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1001,"ComposerNav":1135}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/neighborhoods","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"Local","description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","_id":"/neighborhoods","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":"https://www.ajc.com/","ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/neighborhoods/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","site_title":"Atlanta City and County News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local","_id":"/neighborhoods","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopNav":[],"TopicsBar":["https://www.ajc.com/"]},"order":{"AmpNav":1003,"default":1003,"SectionMap":1127,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1003,"TopicsBar":1001,"ComposerNav":1052}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"},{"text":"localnews.ajc"},{"text":"atlanta-neighborhoods.ajc"},{"text":"teamlaura"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-25T16:51:48.811Z","canonical_url":"/news/atlanta-news/where-to-try-more-than-350-craft-brews-in-gwinnett-county-on-saturday/NZW3ISCA6FCCPL7TI4IZXYKMHU/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{},"subtitle":"Cheers to a another round of beer fests","width":2048,"caption":"The 10th annual Suwanee American Craft Brew Fest will take place 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Suwanee Town Center Park. (Courtesy of RSVPAtlanta)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/ZC42EHVN7GHOQYUGS5SKSKHHPA.jpg","height":1361}},"_id":"NZW3ISCA6FCCPL7TI4IZXYKMHU"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"CI2RMBPJUJGZPNUI2AIMOBT2OI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624627989561},"type":"text","content":"Gwinnett County"},{"_id":"YHWTPN2DZFAHRA7RHPH7YRSVV4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624627989562},"type":"text","content":"Chop Chop, 5945 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross 88/B"},{"_id":"ERT7Y4PHQZCPBKBL7RQ5TSNIIA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624627989563},"type":"text","content":"Gop Chang on Fire, 3751 Satellite Blvd., Duluth. 96/A"},{"_id":"O2YDWP2KBNEH3JZD6RS27SB3FY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624627989564},"type":"text","content":"Flora’s Grill, 888 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn. 85/B"},{"_id":"LLEO3YLWAVG6XF4RDO3UJTS63I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624627989565},"type":"text","content":"Frontera Mex-Mex Grill, 2137 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee. 87/B"},{"_id":"YDHYXF4K7NDN3JJD26PPC2APVI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624627989566},"type":"text","content":"Royal China, 3960 Venture Drive, Duluth. 80/B"}],"display_date":"2021-06-25T13:33:26.622Z","headlines":{"basic":"Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-25T13:33:26.622Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"}},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-25T13:33:26.946Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/gwinnett-county-restaurant-inspection-scores/NOMQ4B5NDNHUVKFXO523GCUSI4/","_id":"NOMQ4B5NDNHUVKFXO523GCUSI4"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"ZGMXLFYGVFCI3NPJIVXBKYT6LE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624626554164},"type":"text","content":"Gwinnett County"},{"_id":"DFLQPON5L5BUNCPHHONYKSOEJU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624626554165},"type":"text","content":"Dan Sushi, 3360 Satellite Blvd., Duluth. 96/A"},{"_id":"ECEHRIVBBRBBJAZ35C4ZIZLDWY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624626554166},"type":"text","content":"Happy Sumo Restaurant, 6135 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. 97/A"},{"_id":"24JV5KMTOBAZVA2LC6AVRTZKNY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624626554167},"type":"text","content":"Thai Taste Restaurant, 1009 Highway 78, Loganville. 91/A"},{"_id":"N56JQU7EG5EVFP7IL4JAPONVSM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624626554168},"type":"text","content":"Sportsline Bar & Grille, 2100 Riverside Parkway, Lawrenceville. 90/A"},{"_id":"BXHIMKZ7I5G2HLCYJENSFVNIQI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624626554169},"type":"text","content":"X Wings, 6131 S. Norcross Tucker Road, Norcross. 75/C"}],"display_date":"2021-06-25T13:09:38.675Z","headlines":{"basic":"Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-25T13:09:38.675Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"}},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-25T13:09:38.986Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/gwinnett-county-restaurant-inspection-scores/FH6SVJ7MH5BBBFYOM5FPWQH3GY/","_id":"FH6SVJ7MH5BBBFYOM5FPWQH3GY"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"2L5LROK3VBBNBAEXJ6FQX2AK2A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624567448661},"type":"text","content":"Gwinnett County Public Library recently celebrated nine graduates of the library’s free Career Online High School program. The program is designed to re-engage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into postsecondary career education or the workforce."},{"_id":"CTZN76CDEVFGRMNSEWPN5D4YBA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624567448662},"type":"text","content":"Career Online High School is a partnership between the library and Smart Horizons, the accredited school who provides the curriculum. Adults who qualify are offered a scholarship to complete an 18-month program that satisfies high school degree requirements."},{"_id":"WIWK5TJMC5ETPOKJUSXWMPKXGQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624567448663},"type":"text","content":"“The library is often referred to as the people’s university,” said Charles Pace, GCPL Executive Director. “In my mind, there’s nothing more important that we can do as a library than be an educational institution and an educational resource for the community. We’re happy to be able to provide these classes and this service to the citizens of Gwinnett County for no charge whatsoever.”"},{"_id":"JHBDLV6M55HTNBUTI2MTZRIZ64","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624567448664},"type":"text","content":"The fully online program allows COHS graduates the opportunity to go on to accomplish additional degrees and/or certifications in careers such as childcare, home health aids, office management, retail, hospitality, and food preparation. Each year the library awards 25 scholarships to the more than 100,000 Gwinnett individuals in need of a high school diploma."},{"_id":"TVU6R3Q4QRBDJEADFJT4RXWDGE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624567448665},"type":"text","content":"The scholarships are supported through private funding and donations. Support the program by contacting Jason DiFranco at [email protected] or visit www.gwinnettpl.org/foundation/donate-now/."}],"display_date":"2021-06-25T12:25:21.440Z","headlines":{"basic":"Gwinnett library to honor Career Online High School graduates"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-25T12:25:21.440Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-25T12:25:21.760Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/gwinnett-library-to-honor-career-online-high-school-graduates/7UBPSXBR4ZB6DPF3EXAAEK4R4Q/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{"affiliation":[]},"subtitle":"Gwinnett Library online image","width":1073,"caption":"Gwinnett County Public Library's Career Online High School program allows individuals to complete an 18-month program that satisfies high school degree requirements. (Courtesy Gwinnett County Public Library)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/NQF64T7HZ5AGJC3Z27WN65N5HM.jpg","height":700}},"_id":"7UBPSXBR4ZB6DPF3EXAAEK4R4Q"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"6SXOW7HLG5HDXABUYKZMOEABEY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582444876},"type":"text","content":"If heavy rains don’t create delays, Georgia Department of Transportation construction partners will install single lane closures on I-985 southbound and close the I-985 southbound off-ramp to Ga. 60 (Exit 20) for continued bridge rehabilitation construction. The bridge under construction is on I-985 over Ga. 60/Queen City Parkway in Gainesville."},{"_id":"URNTTDB7CJGU7CSJCEDN6OGSOQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582444877},"type":"text","content":"The single lane and ramp closures will take place 8 p.m. Friday, June 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, June 28."},{"_id":"FTXYJCE5LRDQFE2DHSY3J4BU7Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582444878},"type":"text","content":"A detour will re-route motorists along I-985 southbound to Ga. 53/Mundy Mill Road. Motorists can then access I-985 northbound from the Ga. 53/Mundy Mill Road on-ramp back to Ga. 60/Queen City Parkway. Delays can be expected."},{"_id":"QAW65ZMPOFGCPGXN2PYOR2W7ZA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624582444879},"type":"text","content":"The overall project is expected to be complete November 2021."}],"display_date":"2021-06-25T12:24:16.727Z","headlines":{"basic":"Drivers be warned: lane, ramp closures on I-985 southbound in Gainesville"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-25T12:24:16.727Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"},{"text":"hall county"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-25T12:24:17.042Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/drivers-be-warned-lane-ramp-closures-on-i-985-southbound-in-gainesville/FRHRHWSYOFFLHMXFBO75LTXRYE/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{"affiliation":[]},"subtitle":"I-985 at Ga. 60:Queen City Parkway in Gainesville","width":1617,"caption":"Georgia Department of Transportation construction partners will install single lane closures on I-985 southbound and close the I-985 southbound off-ramp to Ga. 60 (Exit 20) for continued bridge rehabilitation construction. (Google Maps)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/CF5GJDHGMJEMFLPB2M7C77Y25A.jpg","height":1053}},"_id":"FRHRHWSYOFFLHMXFBO75LTXRYE"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"EVJVFOLZPBEOPMDSYYP5Z63BZI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1593363235018},"type":"text","content":"Lawrenceville officials approved the city’s $147 million 2022 annual budget on Monday, which includes an expectation of increasing the property tax rate by about 25%."},{"_id":"3NPXN7VGMVH5XFCLP7VSIUW7ZM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624558969168},"type":"text","content":"City Council will consider the rate increase in the next 60 days. The new rate would increase the annual bill of the average homeowner with a $200,000 home in the Gwinnett city by about $36."},{"_id":"IKHDQISJXBFUNE3AHLGNCXCJSE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624558969169},"type":"text","content":"City staff expects the new rate to increase collections by 14.7%, adding $435,000 in revenue. It would be the first instance of Lawrenceville officials raising the property tax rate in 30 years."},{"_id":"3R53YJWHXBBTZKH7IXWAGSW724","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624560136798},"type":"text","content":"Officials have planned to raise the rate since 2020 to add four police officers and three street maintenance crew workers. The new positions are meant to accommodate the population growth experienced by Lawrenceville over the past decade, said City Manager Chuck Warbington."},{"_id":"SPVSRNUQLVBOBIDOPCZ262XF34","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624558969171},"type":"text","content":"Warbington stressed that Lawrenceville’s property tax rate would still be considerably lower than the rates in other Gwinnett cities. The current tax rates for Dacula and Lilburn are about twice as high, while Duluth’s is about three times as high."},{"_id":"AP22DBOG5NBLVA2L6QFN2VGSDQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624558969172},"type":"text","content":"Property taxes are calculated based on assessed home value, which amounts to 40% of the fair market value of a home. Homeowners pay a combination of city, county and school taxes. Municipalities set their own tax rates on top of the county’s."},{"_id":"RGC7ZJPLDZBQ7DHVTTTH45GQPA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624558969173},"type":"text","content":"Along with several other Gwinnett cities, Lawrenceville will begin collecting its own property taxes rather than paying the county’s tax commissioner to do it. It’s still unclear when bills will be sent out and become due for Lawrenceville residents, Warbington said."},{"_id":"XYAHHT34J5HEBD64FXOKT2UKPA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624560136802},"type":"text","content":"Bills for county and school taxes will be sent out in August and become due in October, according to the tax commissioner’s website."},{"_id":"GGWBRQRVVNBMXMN2JOLU24UETI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624558969175},"type":"text","content":"
"},{"_id":"7AIADBR6XRD3XEKWWQSVM2SMFE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624558969176},"type":"text","content":"
"}],"display_date":"2021-06-24T18:40:32.042Z","headlines":{"basic":"Property tax increase on the horizon in Lawrenceville"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-24T18:40:32.042Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news/atlanta-news","parent":{"default":"/news"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/news","name":"Local News","description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","_id":"/news/atlanta-news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/news","default":"/news","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"/news","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","site_title":"Atlanta Local News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news/atlanta-news","ancestors":{"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/news"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":2004,"default":2004,"SectionMap":1062,"MainMenuRedesign2021":2004,"ComposerNav":1080}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news/atlanta-news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"News","description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","_id":"/news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","LoggedOutMenu":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/news/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","site_title":"Atlanta GA News | Top News Page"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"LoggedOutMenu":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopicsBar":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":1001,"default":1001,"SectionMap":1015,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1001,"ComposerNav":1135}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/neighborhoods","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"Local","description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","_id":"/neighborhoods","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":"https://www.ajc.com/","ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/neighborhoods/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","site_title":"Atlanta City and County News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local","_id":"/neighborhoods","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopNav":[],"TopicsBar":["https://www.ajc.com/"]},"order":{"AmpNav":1003,"default":1003,"SectionMap":1127,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1003,"TopicsBar":1001,"ComposerNav":1052}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"},{"text":"localnews.ajc"},{"text":"atlanta-neighborhoods.ajc"},{"text":"teamlaura"},{"text":"local government"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-07-02T16:47:34.203Z","canonical_url":"/news/atlanta-news/property-tax-increase-on-the-horizon-in-lawrenceville/Y67ZBRAR5ZFIBO3WH74YUWYKOM/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{},"subtitle":"Lawrenceville declares state of emergency ahead of protests","width":2048,"caption":"Lawrenceville officials are poised to increase the property tax rate. (HYOSUB SHIN / [email protected])","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/B72Y3RXHFUYX5E5A57Z3ECIQ5M.jpg","height":1367}},"_id":"Y67ZBRAR5ZFIBO3WH74YUWYKOM"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"3C76Z5IEUJG3HDPHKT5KMN326E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624476415468},"type":"text","content":"At the request of Duluth’s mayor and city council, a committee was formed to review the city’s Ethics Ordinance to determine if the language adopted by the city in 2007 still met the ethical standards for elected and appointed officials. The committee returned in May with recommendations for revisions and on June 14 the council adopted those revisions."},{"_id":"SJIUDGFCYNFMFDG6MRBU7APBB4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624476415469},"type":"text","content":"The purpose of the city’s ethics code is to encourage high ethical standards in official conduct by city officials. It also establishes guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for officials and requires disclosure of any private financial or other interests by officials in matters affecting the city. The ordinance also outlines a basis for disciplining those who refuse to abide by its terms."},{"_id":"XO4O76K36JHI5PE47ZDLTNUYRQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624476415470},"type":"text","content":"Copies of Duluth’s ethics code and other important ordinances can be found online at www.duluthga.net/about_duluth/important_information.php."}],"display_date":"2021-06-24T15:33:38.856Z","headlines":{"basic":"Duluth amends ethics ordinance to keep current"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-24T15:33:38.856Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"},{"text":"duluth"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-24T15:33:39.174Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/duluth-amends-ethics-ordinance-to-keep-current/TNANTPXXBZGT5N4ZJ4XCCWKKCQ/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{"affiliation":[]},"subtitle":"Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris 2021","width":1200,"caption":"At the request of Duluth’s Mayor Nanccy Harris and city council, a committee was formed to review the city’s Ethics Ordinance to be sure they still met the ethical standards for elected and appointed officials. (Courtesy City of Duluth)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/2B2BYRJRVRGXNETQS3V3SIGGKU.jpg","height":800}},"_id":"TNANTPXXBZGT5N4ZJ4XCCWKKCQ"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"YK4UUXHTLVC5XCBT2P2273TUSQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548748370},"type":"text","content":"The Duluth City Council recently set the qualifying dates and fees for the Nov. 2 municipal election to re-elect or replace three city council seats."},{"_id":"4H7OCT47FRF3DK32IQG5RSNCFY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548748371},"type":"text","content":"Voters will decide on candidates for Post 1, currently held by Marsha A. Bomar, Post 2, currently held by Marline Thomas, and Post 3, currently held by Robert “Billy” Jones."},{"_id":"VOA6PUYHR5AALJKEQ44WUV6GOI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548748372},"type":"text","content":"Candidates interested in running for one of these seats may qualify beginning 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16 through 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the office of the city clerk, at City Hall, 3167 Main St. Individuals intending to qualify must be a resident of Duluth for one year prior to Nov. 2 election, be a Duluth registered voter and pay a qualification fee of $180 for council member."}],"display_date":"2021-06-24T15:32:52.445Z","headlines":{"basic":"Duluth sets qualifying dates, fees for municipal election"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-24T15:32:52.445Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"},{"text":"duluth"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-24T15:32:52.921Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/duluth-sets-qualifying-dates-fees-for-municipal-election/MCDFSQLZ7JA5RLWHMAJRHUD56A/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{"affiliation":[]},"subtitle":"Duluth City Hall Summer","width":1501,"caption":"Duluth recently set the qualifying dates and fees for the Nov. 2 municipal election to re-elect or replace three city council seats. (Courtesy City of Duluth)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/G6BX7I3ZFVAO3LB7XB6P2S5VAU.jpg","height":924}},"_id":"MCDFSQLZ7JA5RLWHMAJRHUD56A"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"SVFME6OXFFF4ZIS4RA2U7PKR5Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548547311},"type":"text","content":"Some voters may receive a confirmation notice including a form from Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections. The county is asking voters to complete and submit the form within 30 days so voter registration can be updated and remain in an Active Status. A postage paid envelope is included in the mailer."},{"_id":"JCAHUTLXPZCWLNVLRS7YOXQSGU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548547312},"type":"text","content":"Voters choosing not to complete and return the form, will not have their registration canceled, but will be placed in Inactive Status. Voters will still be eligible to vote even if moved to an Inactive Status."},{"_id":"RIJIWWABTRGYZI7DKHRRJ37SFU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548547313},"type":"text","content":"A voter that is Inactive Status through two general election cycles and receives a confirmation notice and does not respond within 30 days will be cancelled. A voter that is cancelled will need to register again in order to vote."},{"_id":"KTVM7LBWZVADDIMUEN7XRO533Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548547314},"type":"text","content":"Check voter status: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do."},{"_id":"LEQBJQCHHBCQZNFT43J6HSMKNY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548547315},"type":"text","content":"Questions: 678-226-7210 or email [email protected]."}],"display_date":"2021-06-24T15:30:00.251Z","headlines":{"basic":"Gwinnett voters may receive confirmation notice with 30 days to reply"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-24T15:30:00.251Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-24T15:30:00.613Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/gwinnett-voters-may-receive-confirmation-notice-with-30-days-to-reply/R26LU45FXZGLDH6GI4G2MET7YU/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{"affiliation":[{"name":"EPA","type":"author"}],"by":[{"name":"ERIK S. LESSER","type":"author"}]},"subtitle":"Early voting begins for the Georgia US Senate runoff election","width":4334,"caption":"A voter participates in the first day of early voting for the Georgia US Senate runoff election at Gwinnett CountyÕs Shorty Howell Park in Duluth, Georgia, USA, 14 December 2020. Some voters may receive a confirmation notice including a form from Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections. (AJC File)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/3XYUUTW43OA5WRXVYDBS3QPJT4.jpg","height":2889}},"_id":"R26LU45FXZGLDH6GI4G2MET7YU"},{"content_elements":[{"_id":"245SKWA3MFFGHHUSTVCT75ECQ4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548475210},"type":"text","content":"Gwinnett District 4 Commissioner Marlene Fosque is looking for applicants to serve on the Recreation Authority."},{"_id":"BW6JBRWTWZFPFHGHAV23Q74Y4Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548475211},"type":"text","content":"The 9-member Recreation Authority consists of two members appointed by each District Commissioner and one appointed by the Chairwoman of the Board of Commissioners. Members serve 4-year terms."},{"_id":"2XV3R527FVEQ5ODZQ364KGEOJI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548475212},"type":"text","content":"Generally, the authority meets at 3 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford."},{"_id":"SDJMELG3ZNEEPNWZQYCLEOCU7Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548475213},"type":"text","content":"The authority is responsible for acquiring, constructing, equipping, maintaining and operating athletic stadiums and other facilities related to recreational centers The authority serves as advisor to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on recreational topics."},{"_id":"YNC6JNLDHNFLPHER7JX2SIKTMI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624548475214},"type":"text","content":"Interested citizens: GCGA.us/ApplytoServe."}],"display_date":"2021-06-24T15:28:36.814Z","headlines":{"basic":"Applications being accepted to serve on Gwinnett Recreation Authority"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-24T15:28:36.814Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-06-24T15:28:37.153Z","canonical_url":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett/applications-being-accepted-to-serve-on-gwinnett-recreation-authority/RUYOMD2I6RHOBHRM7BJXRYZU24/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{"affiliation":[],"by":[{"name":"Gwinnett County","type":"author","byline":"Gwinnett County"}]},"subtitle":"Alexander Park Gwinnett","width":2048,"caption":"Gwinnett District 4 Commissioner Marlene Fosque is looking for applicants to serve on the Recreation Authority. (Courtesy Gwinnett County)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/D57PKMMOMVHL7MXCKAGTIFTZPM.jpg","height":1365}},"_id":"RUYOMD2I6RHOBHRM7BJXRYZU24"},{"content_elements":[{"owner":{"id":"ajc"},"workflow":{"status_code":4},"caption":"Mayor of Peachtree Corners Mike Mason speaks in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Peachtree Corners announced the launch of free autonomous shuttles available to the public on Tuesday. The shuttles will run Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a 1.5 mile track in the Peachtree Corners Curiosity Lab. (Photo/Rebecca Wright for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)","source":{"system":"Methode","source_type":"other","source_id":"22bdba70-e484-11e9-b74a-b888d8ad166d","additional_properties":{"editor":"photo center"}},"type":"image","distributor":{"mode":"reference","reference_id":"8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019"},"version":"0.10.3","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/OJRLSYMU2KWWNYF3ZHF45MNCTA.jpg","licensable":false,"display_date":"2019-10-01T19:46:19Z","credits":{"by":[{"name":"Rebecca Wright","type":"author","byline":"Rebecca Wright","slug":"rebecca-wright"}]},"subtitle":"Peachtree Corners' self-driving shuttle","width":3888,"first_publish_date":"2019-10-01T19:46:19Z","_id":"OJRLSYMU2KWWNYF3ZHF45MNCTA","additional_properties":{"fullSizeResizeUrl":"/resizer/ZK2nn3TpkbgMu-e4SC6VxGee8b0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/OJRLSYMU2KWWNYF3ZHF45MNCTA.jpg","comments":[],"proxyUrl":"/resizer/ZK2nn3TpkbgMu-e4SC6VxGee8b0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/OJRLSYMU2KWWNYF3ZHF45MNCTA.jpg","takenOn":"2019-10-01T19:46:19Z","originalUrl":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/OJRLSYMU2KWWNYF3ZHF45MNCTA.jpg","published":true,"resizeUrl":"/resizer/ZK2nn3TpkbgMu-e4SC6VxGee8b0=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/OJRLSYMU2KWWNYF3ZHF45MNCTA.jpg","thumbnailResizeUrl":"/resizer/Ewo2NQK1O_agI_U_AwO05fmWaic=/300x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/OJRLSYMU2KWWNYF3ZHF45MNCTA.jpg","version":0,"originalName":"https://www.ajc.com//rw/Pub/p10/AJC/2019/10/01/Images/100219%20gwin%20shuttle%2005.JPG","mime_type":"image/jpeg","restricted":false,"galleries":[{"headlines":{"basic":"Photos: Peachtree Corners’ self-driving shuttle debuts"},"_id":"PY4X2CWADAS45HO6MNONKI4LZE"}],"_id":"IFZLKIJGI5E5JGMYJ6VCW6UMQY"},"created_date":"2020-06-27T21:09:52Z","last_updated_date":"2020-06-27T21:09:52Z","publish_date":"2019-10-01T19:46:19Z","height":2592},{"_id":"D4SEAEJI6ZD2VCUST4HN5ZEMBE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625244421292},"type":"text","content":"Renters might be able to move into former hotels in Peachtree Corners in the future, albeit without a housekeeper to turn down their room."},{"_id":"LSZXJ4VHGREFNNHEYYH4B3FUZI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162557},"type":"text","content":"City officials unanimously approved an ordinance in late May that will allow developers to convert declining hotels into upgraded apartments."},{"_id":"HNDQ6LLPANBGHI45TIOBKZTA4Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624480351827},"type":"text","content":"At least one real estate developer that hopes to turn hotels into apartments in three other metro cities said it will consider doing the same in Peachtree Corners."},{"_id":"2PNDUNBUZVFRPLUVSZRYJY3OBA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[{"pos":127,"comment":"less "}],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162558},"type":"text","content":"Staff in the Gwinnett city crafted the ordinance in case local hotels decline in quality or shut down due to lost revenue from fewer bookings during the pandemic, said Diana Wheeler, community development director for the city."},{"_id":"AFYFVGX465ASLF4AV3ITBDV7TI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162559},"type":"text","content":"“We’re trying to be proactive and trying to look out for the community’s best interests by anticipating problems and trying to divert them, so that we don’t have them in the future,” said Wheeler, who helped write the ordinance."},{"_id":"ATRLAIXQ6JBNZGNWQNABXJUSUE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162560},"type":"text","content":"Financially strong hotels will likely bounce back from the year-long revenue loss as people begin to travel again, Wheeler said. But smaller hotels with less resources might not make it, she said."},{"_id":"7ZHFVFTWL5FUDICOQY7EV2UEXQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162561},"type":"text","content":"A couple of Peachtree Corners’ 13 hotels and motels are at risk of losing their national brand, Wheeler said. The city worries that some declining hotels could cease to exist or turn into extended-stay hotels that act as transient housing associated with crime and other unwelcome activity, she said."},{"_id":"VSWRYHQI2VAHHJLPN3RNQP3GYQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162562},"type":"text","content":"“Rather than having empty buildings, we’re creating a way for impacted hotels to find another use,” Mayor Mike Mason said in an email. “It offers another alternative to hotel owners, rather than bankruptcy, and keeps jobs and spending in the community.”"},{"_id":"N56OTGC2GRHEBFHHYONVJIR424","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162563},"type":"text","content":"Since officials passed the ordinance, a few real estate developers have shown interest in converting underperforming hotels into apartments, including Utah-based PEG Companies."},{"_id":"3FZAP4VF2BBD7C47RQW7MQUDEE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624480351834},"type":"text","content":"PEG reports $1.2 billion in real estate holdings and owns multi-family housing, hotels and office buildings across the U.S., said PEG Senior Associate Alex Murphy."},{"_id":"PF3E7AOEWVFT3DVXYGHIXOKXUA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624480351835},"type":"text","content":"Since 2018, the company has converted hotels, mostly of the extended-stay variety, into apartments, Murphy said. Its apartments mostly target middle-income earners but some have an affordable housing component, he said."},{"_id":"ERKEM7FQWVBHJK2OCD7Y5E26YE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624480351836},"type":"text","content":"The developer is in preliminary talks to purchase at least two hotel properties in Peachtree Corners to turn into apartments, Murphy said. It’s still too early to disclose which properties, he said."},{"_id":"PBN4EMPUWNH2DJWJSPP6KS6TOU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162566},"type":"text","content":"Sandy Springs rejected a rezoning request last week that would allow PEG to convert an extended-stay hotel into low-income apartments. The company will be allowed to redevelop a Buckhead hotel into apartments, and it will seek rezoning on a Smyrna property within a few years, Murphy said."},{"_id":"PI4X6CMHNNHPDA2OQQA2SP5OGE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162567},"type":"text","content":"It’s cheaper to repurpose existing buildings into workforce housing rather than building from the ground up, Murphy said. The company has had no problem finding hotels to convert, as sellers have reached out to PEG throughout the pandemic to gauge its interest in buying, he said."},{"_id":"PUQ76MYZPZH2NLHL6CT7JNYD24","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162568},"type":"text","content":"Under the ordinance, hotels in Peachtree Corners are eligible to be converted into apartments if occupancy levels fall below 50%, if their brand is downgraded or if they are an extended-stay hotel."},{"_id":"IMJ2ZDFVDVDHDKPSE7LGYSY6TA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162569},"type":"text","content":"City officials will give special-use permits for apartment-hotels only if they maintain the same number of units and density and come with landscape enhancements. They would be required to participate in crime-free housing programs, like running background and credit checks on tenants."},{"_id":"TDZYN3JPWFF3JPIL4DBHNQQMGY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162570},"type":"text","content":"The owners of the converted hotels must also add updated lighting, paint, flooring, kitchen cabinets and appliances to the units. The apartments would have in-unit washers and dryers."},{"_id":"ZDAZX5OTH5BHHOZKM54GO3OHYM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162571},"type":"text","content":"The ordinance does not require any specific price range for monthly rent."},{"_id":"JOJIDKC73ZDRFG7CLT5ZNNCGBI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624480351843},"type":"text","content":"Most people pay anywhere from $1,000-$1,500 per month for an apartment in Peachtree Corners, according to RentCafe. Many hotels in Peachtree Corners only have one bedroom, which could give single renters who work in Technology Park somewhere to live in their price range, Wheeler said."},{"_id":"WBO7NBWQSVELZP5PQSW3ILOAH4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162573},"type":"text","content":"“It won’t work in every case, but it’s a tool we can use to retain and support the business community,” Mason said. “... We’ll be examining each request on a case-by-case basis to make sure the location of the hotel and benefits to the community are consistent with our expectations.”"},{"_id":"OHFUMLMQPVACXEMIWOVDNOSS54","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162574},"type":"text","content":"
"},{"_id":"SPFD3HKVCBFNFC5APBREVPWONI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162575},"type":"text","content":"
"},{"_id":"CJHO2A2PK5ER5IXMCVLXFMQJPU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624477162576},"type":"text","content":"
"}],"display_date":"2021-06-24T10:50:00Z","headlines":{"basic":"Rundown hotels could become apartments in Peachtree Corners"},"first_publish_date":"2021-06-24T10:50:00Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/neighborhoods","default":"/neighborhoods","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"/neighborhoods","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. Plus news from Lawrenceville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Buford and Duluth","site_title":"Gwinnett County News | Local news, sports, crime, events and info"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Gwinnett County"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Gwinnett County","_id":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/neighborhoods"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"MainMenuRedesign2021":2009,"ComposerNav":1072}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods/gwinnett","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news/atlanta-news","parent":{"default":"/news"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/news","name":"Local News","description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","_id":"/news/atlanta-news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/news","default":"/news","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"/news","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","site_title":"Atlanta Local News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news/atlanta-news","ancestors":{"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/news"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":2004,"default":2004,"SectionMap":1062,"MainMenuRedesign2021":2004,"ComposerNav":1080}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news/atlanta-news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"News","description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","_id":"/news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","LoggedOutMenu":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/news/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","site_title":"Atlanta GA News | Top News Page"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"LoggedOutMenu":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopicsBar":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":1001,"default":1001,"SectionMap":1015,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1001,"ComposerNav":1135}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/neighborhoods","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"Local","description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","_id":"/neighborhoods","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":"https://www.ajc.com/","ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"/neighborhoods/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.","site_title":"Atlanta City and County News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local","_id":"/neighborhoods","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopNav":[],"TopicsBar":["https://www.ajc.com/"]},"order":{"AmpNav":1003,"default":1003,"SectionMap":1127,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1003,"TopicsBar":1001,"ComposerNav":1052}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./neighborhoods","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"}],"primary_section":{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","name":"Gwinnett County"},"tags":[{"text":"gwinnett county"},{"text":"localnews.ajc"},{"text":"atlanta-neighborhoods.ajc"},{"text":"teamlaura"},{"text":"local government"}]},"type":"story","last_updated_date":"2021-07-02T16:47:12.513Z","canonical_url":"/news/atlanta-news/rundown-hotels-could-become-apartments-in-peachtree-corners/DRFHCYGY2ZAO7JSYHBWOQQ3DN4/","promo_items":{"basic":{"credits":{},"subtitle":"Peachtree Corners earns third budget presentation award","width":1800,"caption":"Peachtree Corners officials approved an ordinance that will allow rundown hotels to be converted into apartments under certain conditions. (Courtesy City of Peachtree Corners)","type":"image","url":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/KEVIUSV2X6XKP755ZH3BAPBAFU.jpg","height":1199}},"_id":"DRFHCYGY2ZAO7JSYHBWOQQ3DN4"}],"additional_properties":{"took":28,"timed_out":false},"count":3801,"next":30,"_id":"cb6a4faaf1b3b8467136fbf826abc2d8af6e95c061a0a267112a69884af12484"},"expires":1625370293255,"lastModified":1625369993255}}};Fusion.layout="article-basic";Fusion.metas={};Fusion.outputType="default";Fusion.template="template/article";Fusion.tree={"collection":"layouts","type":"article-basic","props":{"collection":"layouts","type":"article-basic","id":"article-basic","childProps":[{"collection":"sections","id":0}]},"children":[{"collection":"sections","props":{"collection":"sections","id":0},"children":[]}]};Fusion.spa=false;Fusion.spaEnabled=false;