July 20, 2016
Yeterdy the Council held its final session for the summer. We will resume our regular District Council, County Council, and committee hearings after Labor Day. I am looking forward to spending a bit of time with my family but please know that my District 3 staff and I will be working throughout summer recess -- responding to constituent needs, conducting community outreach, preparing legislation, and planning for the fall.
I am thrilled to have two incredible interns this summer, both District 3 residents.
Juwan Blocker is a rising senior at Parkdale HS. Juwan was elected by his peers to serve as the Student Member of the PGCPS Board of Education this year and will be sworn in this August. Juwan is playing an active role in our planning of this year's College & Career Fair, among other projects.
Tobi Plumpter is a 2016 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt HS and will attend Hampton University in the fall. He plans to major in electrical engineering but is proving to be a wiz at communications and social media in our office. He is assisting with community outreach and several other projects.
Please give Juwan and Tobi a warm welcome if you speak with them or see them in the community.
|Photo from Eco City Farms in Bladensburg
I am incredibly pleased that we passed legislation to allow Urban Farms in Prince George's County yesterdy. With a great deal of support from the Prince George's County Food Equity Council, Soil Conservation District, and others, Council Members Lehman, Turner and I were pleased to put forward this legislation. Read more
The County Council also voted to place two charter amendments on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.
proposes placing the question regarding a proposed amendment to the County Charter on the November General Election ballot that provides for the election of two additional members of the County Council to serve a-large. These two members would be subject to the current two-term limit, but would be eligible to run for an at-large seat even if they previously served as the representative from a single Council district. Read The Washington Post piece on this
CB-41-2016 proposes placing the question regarding a proposed amendment to the County Charter on the November General Election ballot that will allow the County Council to secure outside legal counsel in the event of a conflict between the executive and legislative branches on matters regarding legal services and advice. Read The Washington Post piece about this here.
Thank you to all who have reached out to share your thoughts on CB-40-2016. If you would like to better understand my thoughts on this question, please click here to read a statement from me.
Another piece of legislation that passed was CB-39-2016. I deeply appreciate the many residents who reached out to me about this legislation and am especially grateful for the additional advocacy and research conducted by the Sierra Club. I spent a great deal of time on this legislation and am satisfied with the bill after the addition of the amendment we passed yesterday. Essentially, the amendment takes language from the General Plan and puts that language into the Code. The General Plan language was already approved and thus we moved forward language already codified. A link to the legislation is
, but it may take another day to upload the amended and passed legislation.
Thank you to the many residents of Woodlawn and Glenridge who came out to my Community Chat on July 7. The evening was a
great start to the increased collaboration and community-building we need in the Woodlawn and Glenridge communities.
I am so pleased that this community has been selected to be part of the second phase of the Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI). W
atch for more information this fall about the kick-off.
Department of Parks and Recreation
is in full swing during the summer. There are activities for all ages in locations throughout the County. Explore the many opportunities Parks and Recreation offers
Please join me on Monday, July 25, to celebrate the opening of two exciting recreation amenities in District 3--the newly renovated Paint Branch Playground and new Riverdale Park Dog Park.
At 4:30pm we will open the new Paint Branch Playground, 5200 Campus Drive, College Park, MD.
At 6:00pm we will open the Riverdale Dog Park, 5400 Haig Drive, Riverdale, MD.
These are rain or shine events! Please invite your neighbors and bring your kids, be they human or fur! RSVP for one or both by calling 301-446-3300.
It was a pleasure to join with the UMD Office of Community Engagement, nonprofit leaders, Riverdale and Prince George's County community leaders and others to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Center for Educational Partnership
in Riverdale on Thursday, July 14.
Over the past ten years, the partners at the Center for Educational Partnership have served more than 5,000 youth; conducted more than 80 different afterschool and summer programs for middle and high school students, provided more than 3,200 hours of nutritional education, supported more than 45 garden plots which fed more than 50 families, and served immigrant populations including families from Mexico, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Burma, Syria and across the continent of Africa.
Special thanks to Gloria Aparicio Blackwell with the UMD Office of Community Engagement and all our nonprofit partners. Over the past 10 years, this space has become an important part of our community fabric. I am excited about our next 10 years and more!
As always, never hesitate to reach out to me at
or 301-952-3060. You can reach my staff via the same phone number or their email address on the right.
Together Strengthening our Community,
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