First Slice 11/18/14: Council to give $2 million to city employees for unused vacation time

Plus, say hello to the newly-proposed city of Lavista Hills


The Atlanta City Council yesterday signed off on a measure that will give almost $2 million to employees who lost their unused vacation time. The proposal comes on the heels of a highly-criticized decision by Mayor Kasim Reed to give “hardship” payouts to top city officials in exchange for unused vacation time.

Say hello to LaVista Hills, the latest cityhood proposal that could potentially span from Druid Hills to outside the perimeter. The new plan would include 72,000 residents and effectively combine the areas included in the prior Lakeside and Briarcliff proposals. The push to incorporate Tucker, which includes another 55,000 residents, is still alive and well.

You know DeKalb County government is in bad shape when a commissioner decides to blast out a press release to constituents about not illegally spending county funds with her official credit card.

In addition to his “religious freedom bill,” state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, will also be pushing a measure to raise the requirements to obtain a driver’s license. Or to look at it another way: It’s an anti-President Barack Obama bill that will make it harder for some illegal immigrants to drive a car.

Meet America’s top Ebola doctor: Emory University’s Dr. Bruce Ribner.

Sam Williams, former Metro Atlanta Chamber president, will soon become a staff member with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

So long, Jason Heyward! The Atlanta Braves have shipped the 25-year-old outfielder to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Can Hillary Clinton win in Georgia in 2016?

ICYMI: The Braves have published a highly-objective account of the stadium deal, its alternative transportation push, and what it’s like to not leave Atlanta.

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