Political Notes – Reed poaches a top official from Cobb County

[private]You could call it Kasim Reed’s revenge.

The Atlanta mayor has nabbed one of Cobb County’s top officials to become the general manager of Renew Atlanta, an agency that will handle the spending of $250 million approved by voters earlier this year for infrastructure projects.

The appointment of Faye DiMassimo, who said Monday she was leaving her job as Cobb’s transportation director, was announced by Reed’s office Tuesday afternoon. It appears that this might be a little payback for Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee funneling $400 million in tax funds to the Atlanta Braves to lure them away from Turner Field.

DiMassimo will be in charge of the design and construction of some 200 projects that will include the construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Natatorium in the Historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

“The Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program is the single largest investment in the look, feel and experience of the city in modern times,” Reed said. “Faye DiMassimo will ensure we execute this program on time and on budget.”

DiMassimo had been Cobb’s transportation chief for about six years before she jumped the fence to take the Atlanta offer. She would have been a key figure in managing the details of coordinating the new Braves stadium and the various transportation connections to that project.

“It is an honor to join Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration to lead the City of Atlanta’s program to address pressing infrastructure needs,” DiMassimo declared.

Olens follows through with EPA lawsuit

Attorney General Sam Olens and his counterparts from more than 20 other states have filed the federal lawsuit challenging EPA’s new clean air rules that they first announced two weeks ago.

The litigation was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and attempts to overturn regulations EPA is implementing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

“The Obama Administration once again is trying to increase the cost of electricity for Georgia families and businesses using unconstitutional rules and regulations,” said Olens.

Other states involved in the lawsuit are West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Hill wants to commemorate Vietnam soldiers

State Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta) said Tuesday he’s taking part in a statewide project that will try to find photos of Georgia soldiers who were killed during the Vietnam conflict

“We currently know the faces of 831 Georgia soldiers whose names are listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall (in Washington),” Hill said. “However, this leaves 753 Georgia Vietnam veterans who remain faceless. By sending in photos of these heroes, we can better honor those who made such a costly sacrifice for our country.”

He said legislative colleagues, media members, and citizens will be asked to search for photos that prominently feature these soldiers. The list of missing veterans has been sorted by Senate district and will be sent to each senator as part of a larger packet.

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