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Mayor Bottoms Puts Forth Several Important Legislative Items
ATLANTA- Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms continues to move her legislative agenda forward. Today, several items will go before City Council for approval, including the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Violence Reduction, Premium Pay, and the Atlanta Children's Eternal Flame Project.
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: The Bottoms' Administration continues to shine a light on underserved communities by building a bridge towards greater inclusiveness across the city. That is why codifying the Mayor's Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The measure will put the City of Atlanta in step with 32 other cities across the country that have similar offices.
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI) works together with City departments and external partners to develop social justice policies and programs that confront issues around economic and workforce mobility, housing affordability, health, LGBTQ affairs, transportation, education and youth engagement, immigrant affairs, climate change, resilience and sustainability, and criminal justice reform. Codifying this office will ensure these issues remain a focus of City Hall for years to come.
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Office of Violence Reduction: Mayor Bottoms addresses the uptick in crime by creating the Mayor's Office of Violence Reduction (MOVR) through legislation going to City Council today. The creation of this office was among the recommendations made by the Anti-Violence Council, which was comprised of community members and partners.
The MOVR will focus on crime-prevention efforts that lead, coordinates, and supports the City's initiatives. The nine critical initiatives for violence reduction include public awareness, community capacity, and infrastructure building, expansion of nuisance properties, hiring 250 additional officers in fiscal year 2022, expanding the City's Operation Shield camera network by 250 cameras this year, and completing the One Atlanta: Light Up the Night Program to install 1,000 new streetlights in high violence areas by December.
Atlanta Children's Eternal Flame Project: To honor Atlanta's Missing and Murdered Children and to create a lasting tribute for the victims and their families, Mayor Bottoms is committed to building a permanent memorial on the grounds of City Hall and she is asking the City Council to support the measure.
The proposed project will include an eternal flame and the names of 30 victims identified by the Atlanta Mission Children Memorial Task Force with space below each name to place flowers or other tokens.
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Premium Pay: With a focus on equity in action, Mayor Bottoms ensures frontline employees continue to get compensated for their work through Premium Pay legislation. Premium Pay will provide an additional $500 a month to eligible workers that perform essential work functions and whose work is associated with heightened risks due to the nature of their duties and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This payment is made possible under Biden's Administration's American Rescue Plan, which authorizes the expense. The additional payment will remain in effect through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2022.
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