Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:
- 0:00: A news brief on local reaction to the mass shooting that took place inside a church in the small city of Sutherland Springs, Texas. In a statement, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said, “we join the congregation of First Baptist Church and the Sutherland Springs community in mourning the senseless loss of life in a sacred space.” In other news, tomorrow is election Tuesday and there are a host of elections throughout the state including the Atlanta mayoral race, as well as mayoral contests for the City of Clarkston, Chamblee and City of East Point. Also, voters will cast ballots for several Atlanta city council seats, city council president and Atlanta Public Schools school board seats. In DeKalb County, the county’s first SPLOST referendum is on the ballot. If it passes, DeKalb’s sales tax rate will increase from 7 percent to 8 percent.
- 1:51: In 2014, Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services was a state agency trying to right a troubled course. Many issues were highlighted in a 2002 lawsuit and eventually the state agreed under a court order to improve the foster care systems in Fulton and DeKalb counties. In June of 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Bobby Cagle to lead the agency, and he is credited for implementing many improvements as well as raising awareness for the child and welfare system in the state. Now, Cagle is leaving the department for a position in California. A conversation with Cagle about his time as director of DFCS and his future plans.
- 21:47: The first annual Georgia Blacks in Tech Policy Conference will be held this Wednesday at Atlanta’s City Hall. Industry leaders will be at the conference to talk about policy reforms with members of the legislature. Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, host of the event, explains more about the conference’s goal to connect black tech entrepreneurs with policy makers. Also joining the conversation is conference presenter, Ben McFarlin, founder of the tech company HelpBondMe, which allows people to crowdfund for bail money via their social media platforms.
- 37:29: A conversation with Dr. Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Kayongo revisits Closer Look to talk about the latest initiatives from the Center, as well as his role on Mayor Kasim Reed’s council to consider whether or not to rename city streets and monuments, which honor the confederacy.
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