News Briefs: Streetcar lawsuit; movie industry training; surveillance cameras

AT&T has lost its lawsuit against the Atlanta Streetcar, according to a report in the AJC. The company wanted to be reimbursed for the $5 million it spent to relocate equipment to make room for the streetcar. However, the judge in the case said the city had the right to ask AT&T to move equipment in the public right of way.

Film stock imageMayor Kasim Reed and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local (IATSE) 479 have launched the City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program, the first job training program in the United States focused on helping the film industry build a talent pool of trained below-the-line workers with relevant experience. The program, which is a four entity partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, IATSE Local 479, the film industry and the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA), is currently in its pilot phase. At no cost or liability to production companies, the AWDA will identify qualified applicants for positions as trainees in motion picture and television productions in the city. AWDA will also pay trainees’ wages for the length of the program, which is up to 17 weeks. Once trainees are accepted into the program, IATSE Local 479 will orient the trainees to the film industry through an intensive two-day workshop and work with production to place trainees on set. Admission into this program is on a rolling basis. Atlanta residents who are interested in participating must be 18 years of age, have a valid Georgia Driver’s License and must register with AWDA and go through the intake process. For more information, visit atlantaga.gov/awda.

The City of Atlanta has announced that $2.1 million dollars has been raised to fund a significant expansion of its state-of-the-art video surveillance network, the Loudermilk Video Integration Center, including $450,000 in city funding. The expansion will enhance public safety in District 8 and the surrounding neighborhoods. “I am pleased that the city is partnering with the Atlanta Police Foundation, our neighborhood civic associations, businesses, and other stakeholders in an effort to make our community safer,” said City Council Member Yolanda Adrean, who met with citizens along with city leaders to unveil the public safety plan on Oct. 13. “We will deploy new policing strategies in District 8 with a network of high-tech public safety security cameras and license plate readers.”