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Sandy Springs Reporter
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JAN. 10 — JAN. 23, 2014 • VOL. 8 — NO. 1
Salt of the earth Winter 2014
Legislators say upcoming session hard to predict
BY DAN WHISENHUNT
Georgia’s state lawmakers expect to be working at a faster pace this year when the General Assembly convenes on Jan. 13. The Legislature meets for 40 days, spread out over several weeks. This year will be different because party primary elections are expected to be in May, weeks earlier than usual, because of a federal court order. Legislators representing Fulton County said the shorter legislative calendar means they will be working on a tight schedule. What that will mean for some high profile legislation, such as bills calling for referendums to create new DeKalb County cities, isn’t clear, legislators say.
New mayor, City Council members take the oath COMMUNITY 3
SEE LEGISLATORS, PAGE 6
Paulson looks forward to next four years
He rides his bike across Israel to raise funds MAKING A DIFFERENCE 8-9
BY DAN WHISENHUNT
Lasting legacy MLK’s home, church part of downtown tour OUT & ABOUT 30-31 PHIL MOSIER
On the lookout Apartments received more police attention in 2013 PUBLIC SAFETY 35
Fireﬁghter David Light prepares the driveway in front of Sandy Springs Fire Station #2 on Jan. 6 in anticipation of below freezing temperatures. Light spread a rock salt product on the asphalt to reduce the possibility of emergency vehicles skidding when entering and exiting the station, located at 135 Johnson Ferry Road.
John Paulson wants to believe he ran unopposed for reelection in November because people like the job he’s doing as Sandy Springs’ District 1 City Councilman. But Paulson isn’t one for self-congratulation. “Another part of me says people decided if I want to do it again, I’m welcome to it,” Paulson said. Whether that’s true or not, Paulson was in fact the only member of the Sandy Springs City Council seeking re-election who didn’t face opposition. He’s looking forward to serving a second term on the council. Paulson, 64, was first elected in 2009, defeating Jim Squire. SEE PAULSON, PAGE 32
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