County officials navigate turgid waters of race relations

flowers along FergusonA black man in a sweater, baseball cap and jeans pulled up around 10:30 p.m. to place a sign near the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center in Silver Spring. A park police officer pulled up and started confronting the man, yelling that the man “had no business being here.” He continued yelling until his partner looked down at the sign.

The officer then realized it was County Executive Isiah Leggett.


Young survivor of plane crash expresses thanks as support continues to roll in

plane crash tail of jet in front of homeGAITHERSBURG – A young girl who lost everyone in her family except her father says she’s grateful this holiday season and “The whole world is my family,” said 7-year-old Arabelle Gemmell, according to her father Ken.

The community also continues to rally around Arabelle and her father who lost nearly everything after a plane crashed into their home.


Schools look for more money

100 dollar billsROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Public Schools are hoping for a $103 million budget increase. In the fiscal 2016 budget MCPS Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr asks the county for a 4.3 percent increase in funding to help pay for increased enrollment, increasing budget costs, employee salaries and continued investments to help close the achievement gap.


Senator prepares for second term

karenmontgomeryBROOKEVILLE – At 80 years old Karen Montgomery is still going strong. The District 14 senator, who is set to begin her second term in Annapolis in January, likes to call herself a representative, not a politician.

“I don’t call myself a politician, I call myself a representative. I try to represent what most of the people in my district want. I’m older, there’s nothing anyone can do to me. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to elect me. I’m old enough that I can tell the truth as I see it. I have nothing to gain. I have all the money I need, I have a swimming pool, I have a house, I have a car, I have a house and cat, what else do I need?” Montgomery said.


State delegate talks new leadership position

Anne R. KaiserSILVER SPRING – Delegate Anne Kaiser is ready to assume her new role as the Nancy Pelosi of the Maryland General Assembly. When the 2015 state legislature session convenes in mid-January Delegate Kaiser (D-14) will assume the role of majority leader, a position she will take over from fellow Montgomery County delegate Kumar Barve (D-17).

“As majority leader I will be a key part of the process for my democratic colleagues. There are a lot of things I’m looking forward to. I think the role entails many things and I will be learning them soon,” Kaiser said.


Residents cite conflict of interest in storage facility battle

ezStorageROCKVILLE – The ongoing storage facility saga in East Rockville continued this week, now with an accusation of conflict of interest.

The mayor and City Council discussed a proposed zoning text amendment (ZTA) that would prevent self-storage within 250 feet of a school, including an approved ezStorage site near Maryvale Elementary School for which Siena Corporation already bought the land. Community activist Drew Powell also asked Councilmember Tom Moore to recuse himself because of a past campaign contribution from the lawyer representing Siena.


Rockville looks into city employee compensation philosophy

100 dollar billsROCKVILLE – City officials took their first foray into developing a compensation philosophy for city employees to help an outside consultant make recommendations at Monday’s meeting. The independent compensation study comes after multiple former employees claimed the city mistreated them.

The city hired Florida-based Evergreen Solutions to perform the study, which includes a survey of employees as well as where the city’s salaries fall relative to nearby comparable jurisdictions.


Hogan calls for bipartisan cooperation in fixing state deficit, improving economy

larry-hogan-md-govBETHESDA – Governor-Elect Larry Hogan called for bipartisan cooperation to fix the state’s deficit and improve economic development in front of county elected officials and community organizations at the Committee For Montgomery’s 25th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Dec. 12.

“I realize that Montgomery County is one of the three lonely counties that unfortunately voted the wrong way from the entire state,” he said to light laughter. “Seriously though, the problems that face us are great but so is our resolve to fix them and to succeed I’m going to need all of your help. It’s going to take all of us working together.”

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