House District 82 Newsletter


House District 82 Newsletter: February 10, 2011

In This Issue:

-DeKalb County Public Schools Update

-At the Capitol

-Sunday alcohol sales


-Community Announcements

DeKalb County Public Schools Update:

On Monday, February 7, Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson presented the revised plan for redistricting and consolidation. Here is a link to the Superintendent's report:

I, along with many of my constituents, attended that meeting, paying particular attention to the proposals regarding Livsey Elementary School and Lakeside High School. As many of you know, in the proposal Livsey will remain open for the coming year, but with some students redistricted. However, there is some concern that Livsey could be vulnerable to closing in the future if its size is not increased.

Regarding Lakeside High School and its feeder schools, a community meeting will be held on Thursday, February 10 at Oak Grove Methodist Church at 7 PM. I plan to attend, and I will continue to support the community's requests as reflected in the SCORe proposal.

The school system will hold two public hearings regarding this plan:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 6:30 p.m. 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, Stone Mountain (in the Board Room).

Thursday, March 3, 2011 6:30 p.m. 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, Stone Mountain (in the Board Room).

At the Capitol:

Sunday alcohol sales:
Next week the Georgia Senate will vote on Senate Bill 10. If passed by both the Senate and House and signed by the Governor, it would allow local governments to allow their citizens to vote to enact Sunday alcohol sales. Currently, Georgia is one of only three states that prohibits the sales of alcohol on Sundays at grocery and package stores. To read SB 10, click here, and click here for a recent AJC article.


The topic of immigration reform has been receiving a great deal of attention nationally and at the Georgia Capitol. In an upcoming newsletter, I will explain several bills that are under consideration.

Community Announcements:

Save the Date:

Town Hall Meeting hosted by State Senator Steve Henson and myself on February 28th at 7 pm. Location to be announced.

Recycling reminder:

If you're not already participating in DeKalb County's recycling program, this will provide you with all the information you need to get started.

Tucker Civic Association—Community meeting and voting for officers:

Topic: "The Future of the Sears Property on Hugh Howell Road"

Thursday, February 24, 7pm Fellowship Hall of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4882 LaVista Road,

The Tucker Civic Association (TCA) will consider options for the re-development of the closed Sears property on Hugh Howell Road, the largest piece of property available for development on the corridor between Tucker and Smoke Rise. This is TCA's annual membership meeting, at which officers of the association will be elected by TCA members.

Civic Association Network:

Join me, my House District team Ann and Aaron, and your neighbors in family oriented non-competitive events for Walkers, Runners, Bikers and Skaters on Saturday, March 26.

Proceeds to go to Park Pride and to support Kittredge Park, Mary Scott Nature Park, Carey Hansard Park, and Clyde Sheperd Preserve.

Event starts at Oak Grove United Methodist Church at 1722 Oak Grove Road in Decatur, GA. 30033. We will gather at 9:30AM for organizing each event group.

Join me, my House District team Ann and Aaron, and your neighbors in family oriented non-competitive events for Walkers, Runners, Bikers and Skaters on Saturday, March 26. You can participate in any of the following events starting at 10:00:

20K Bike Ride through several of our neighborhoods

10K Run/Skate will tour through Sagamore and Briarcliff Woods

5K Run/Walk for those with a little more ambition also in Sagamore Hills

2K Run/Walk for families and kids-Route winds through Sagamore Hills

Entry Fee: $20/person, or $50 for families.

Register on-line

You can click HERE to watch the House of Representatives live, when we are in session.

Please contact me at any time to share your thoughts.


Capitol Office: Coverdell Legislative Office Building, 511-E, Atlanta, GA 30334.

Capitol Phone: 404-656-6372

Home: 2306 Briarcliff Commons, Atlanta, GA 30345

Cell Phone: 404-387-0373


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