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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms rushed back to Atlanta after citizens expressed disappointment with her leadership skills on social media.

Citizens and civic leaders complained that Lance Bottoms, 50, was often on the campaign trail with presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

On Monday, Lance Bottoms issued an Administrative Order allocating $100 million to create more affordable housing in Atlanta.

"Building a housing inventory that working families and seniors can afford is a major component of our vision for One Atlanta," she said in a statement. "These new public dollars will further our mission to create a more equitable and affordable city for all those who desire to call Atlanta home."

Also on Monday, Mayor Lance Bottoms issued an executive order cracking down on new construction permits around Westside Park to halt "rapid gentrification" in the area.

The timing of the mayor's orders are no coincidence.

Black leaders complained that gentrification was changing the landscape of Atlanta neighborhoods that have traditionally been overlooked by lenders and real estate investors.

They also complained about the rising crime rate in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs. They demanded Lance Bottoms leave the Biden campaign trail to deal with the rising crime rate at home.

Fed up with the mayor's frequent absences from the city she was elected to lead, Atlanta activist and businesswoman Sabrina Peterson is organizing an effort to block her reelection.

Mayor Lance Bottoms is pictured above with her husband Derek W. Bottoms at a recent Atlanta Hawks game at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has come under fire for hitting the campaign trail with presidential hopeful Joe Biden, while a violent crime wave sweeps the city.

Lance Bottoms made national headlines when she endorsed Biden for president. She hosted Biden's campaign stop in Atlanta, and since then, she has gone on the road to stump for him.

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A 2019 FBI report shows a spike in the number of violent crimes in Atlanta in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

Critics blame the Mayor's cash bail reform and her order to end police chases in Atlanta for the spike in violent crimes.

Atlantans question why Lance Bottoms is on the campaign trail with Biden, who is seen as a long run for the Democratic nomination.

Political insiders say Lance Bottoms is on the campaign trail with Biden because her name is on the short list to be Biden's running mate.

Sabrina Peterson, Atlanta socialite and owner of Glam Bar Salon, is organizing volunteers to help block the mayor's reelection. Instagram followers expressed their anger at Lance Bottoms' inaction on crime.

@Kelving2016 wrote: "Still stomping for Biden???? You're going to mess around and lose the mayorship following behind him. I have told you constantly but you refuse to acknowledge. I wish you the best."

And @terrilz wrote "Shouldn't you be governing in Atl. Fixing the enormous crime problem?"

Lance Bottoms narrowly defeated Mary Norwood in a runoff election in 2017.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will seek a second term in 2021, her spokesperson confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.

Bottoms narrowly defeated Mary Norwood in a December, 2017 runoff election by less than 1,000 votes.

"I don't have any reaction at all," Norwood told the AJC. "Good for her."

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Bottoms is pictured with her husband, Derek W. Bottoms, at last month's UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball in Atlanta.

The mayor's accomplishments in 2019 include announcing a comprehensive plan to build affordable housing, creation of a housing innovation lab, eliminating cash bail bonds for low level offenders, restricting the use of city-issued credit cards for personal expenditures, and establishing "Open Checkbook" online so the public can review the city's spending.

In an interview with GeorgiaTrend magazine last month, which named her 2020 Georgian of the Year, Bottoms said she gave historic pay increases to the city's police and fire department employees.

Atlanta City Councilman Julian Bond praised Bottoms and said the announcement that she plans to seek reelection is "comforting." He said he doesn't think anyone can beat her.

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Wayne Bertram Williams, the man convicted of killing two of 28 young Black males in the infamous Atlanta Child Murders, was denied parole by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole on Monday, Dec. 2.

Williams, 61, was sentenced to two life terms in prison with the possibility of parole in 1982. He continues to maintain his innocence despite the forensics evidence that placed some of the victims in his car and home.

Many believe Williams is a scapegoat who took the fall for the real killer(s) during the killing spree that terrorized Atlanta from 1979-1981.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is among the supporters who believe Williams is innocent. She announced last year that Atlanta city police and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office would re-examine the murder cases for new evidence.

Channel 2's Tony Thomas spoke to Williams' close allies who were "99 percent sure" he would be released on parole today.

"I don't see why anyone would want to hold a man in prison if there is still lingering doubts that he didn't do any of the things he's convicted of," said Dewayne Hendrix, leader of The Wayne Williams Freedom Project.

Williams will have to wait another 8 years before he can go before the parole board again.

In a letter dated last month but just released Monday, the state board cited the main reason for the denial was "insufficient amount of time served to date given the nature and circumstances of your offense(s)."

Wayne Williams was born on May 27, 1958, and raised in southwest Atlanta by his doting parents, Homer and Faye Williams. Both of his parents earned modest salaries as school teachers. They worked long hours and made sure their only child wanted for nothing.

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A young Williams is shown here sitting on his mother's lap in a photo taken by his photographer dad.

Williams was a bookish boy who tested at the genius level. As a teenager he constructed his own radio station at home and began frequenting Atlanta stations WIGO and WAOK.

He developed an interest in recording studio equipment and began to "audition" young boys in the neighborhood. He dreamed of becoming a pop music producer and manager.

Atlanta police say Williams handed out flyers to young boys, hoping to discover the next Jackson 5.

Some of the boys who auditioned for Williams ended up as victims of the Atlanta child serial murderer.

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President Trump will be in Atlanta on Friday to rally the Black vote with a new African American coalition, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to WSBTV, the President will launch the Black Voices for Trump Coalition with a rally at the Georgia World Congress Center on Friday, Nov. 8.

Black conservatives are eager to attend the Black Voices for Trump Coalition on Friday, but Black leaders in Atlanta don't want Trump rallying the Black vote here.

Anti-Trump activist Isaac Hayes III, the son of R&B/Soul legend Isaac Hayes, tweeted "I honestly wanna attend this thing just to see which unfreed Georgia slaves show up for massa Trump!"


 

And anti-Trump Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, tweeted simply: "#MorningMotivation” with a link to the AJC.com story announcing Trump's rally.

Trump is polling higher among Black votes today than he did following the presidential election in 2016. The Black Voices for Trump Coalition rally is expected to be well-attended.

Trump will likely highlight the lower Black unemployment rate and encourage the business sector to invest in struggling Black areas in Atlanta.

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