Mayor Reed doubles down – Carstarphen “doesn’t know what she’s talking about”

In a follow-up to an earlier story, the AJC reported that, in remarks after the State of the City address, Mayor Reed said,

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen “doesn’t know what she’s talking about” in a dispute over deeds the city holds to APS property.

 He went on to say,

Reed called her remarks “an unfortunate political stunt” and blamed it on her relatively short time in Atlanta…“I thought that one, she’s new, she’s inexperienced in this city and doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” Reed said.

Atlanta has held the deeds since 1996 and is under no legal obligation to release them, he noted. “So I’m not the first mayor not to turn over the deeds. Clearly there is a reason they haven’t been turned over,” he said.

Reed said Wednesday that he is focused on resolving the Beltline conflict, noting the property deeds will be part of the solution.

Reed’s comments raise some interesting questions. What specifically did Carstarphen say that was incorrect? He did not say. Under what legal authority does he withhold the property deeds? Again, he does not say.

As he has done in the past on the Beltline issue, Reed goes to his preferred playbook – insults and irrelevancies.

Let him know what you think – his email and phone number are and (404) 330-6100.

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2 Responses to Mayor Reed doubles down – Carstarphen “doesn’t know what she’s talking about”

  1. Gary says:

    Emperor Reed strikes again!

  2. Concerned Citizen says:

    “Under what legal authority does he withhold the property deeds?” I would think under the authority of being mayor of the city and the authority of the city owning the deeds, he is not releasing them. Do you really think APS needs another $500K when they can’t even spend the money they have in their budget? Next time ask Casterphan the hard questions on why they need this extra money if they can’t even figure out how to spend the amount they have… These properties will be worth much more than $500K in the coming years, or do you really think developers are jumping at the chance to buy them because they are not seeing how much they will be worth when the Beltline is finished?

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