Message from Deni
December 2015
Hello District 2,
Happy Holidays! I cannot believe it is already December! The first year of my term has gone by so fast. There was no shortage of work to be done in District 2 and Upper Marlboro, but together we hit the ground running, and should be proud of our accomplishments.

It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of District 2 former Council Member Stephen Del Giudice. He was a passionate fighter for our community, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. 
 
County wide there are a number of initiatives in the pipeline that have been advanced over the past year to encourage development and prosperity in Prince George's County. We secured the $3 billion Purple Line that will begin its construction in Prince George's County and include two stops right here in District 2. We also moved forward on the $1.3 billion MGM National Harbor Destination Resort that rises from the County's southern gateway, and paved a way for the $650 million Regional Medical Center in Largo. These advancements, as well as our continued competitive bid for the $2 billion FBI Headquarters in Greenbelt or Landover, highlight the opportunities that are coming to Prince George's County.
Legislative development in the County remained at full steam in the County Council's Standing Committees. During Legislative Year 2015, I served as a member of the Council's Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED) Committee; Public Safety and Fiscal Management (PSFM) Committee; and Transportation Housing and the Environment (THE) Committee. Please read my Legislative Update immediately below for more information on the work of the committees where I served this year.
 
On December 1, the County Council elected elected a new leadership team for Legislative Year 2016. Council Member Derrick Leon Davis (D) - District 6, will serve as Council Chairman, and Council Member Dannielle Glaros (D) - District 3, will serve as Council Vice Chairwoman.
Don't forget that if you are a homeowner you will be receiving your tax assessment this month! For more information please click here!
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It has been an honor to serve the people of District 2 this year and I can't wait for 2016. Together we'll continue to make District 2 even better!
Have a safe and happy holiday season!


Deni Taveras
Council Member, District Two

**********Happy Holidays!***********
District 2 Staff (from left to right): Susie Larios, Wanika Fisher, Altmann Pannell, Walter Moody and Micah Watson

Legislative Corner 

2015 Legislative Update
This year I concentrated intently on improving the standard of living in District 2. My legislative priorities focused on housing, seniors and public nuisances, including public drinking.

CB-59-2015, adopted by the Council and signed into law, establishes a two-year lease option for senior (tenant) lessees that live in any senior building with an age restriction of 55 years and older starting June 2016. To view the press release on this public hearing click  here!

CB-44-2015, adopted by the Council and signed into law, establishes stronger penalties for public drinking in Prince George's County. The bill increases the fines for offenses and adds alcohol treatment and community service as a requirement upon conviction for each offense.
 
CB-95-2015, adopted by the Council and signed into law, establishes a Renter's Property Tax Relief Supplement for each resident qualifying to receive a payment under the State's Renters Tax credit program. The County supplement will be fifty percent (50%) of the State payment made to the resident. For more information click here!

CB-49-2015, CB-50-2015, and CB-58-2015 became County law and establishes alternative dispute resolution procedures for common ownership communities like condominiums.

CB-15-2015, adopted by the Council and signed into law, establishes a process for the County Council to make small changes to Sector Plans so our neighborhoods, including the Gateway Arts District and the Mall at Prince George's, can adapt to changing times.

CR 48-2015 makes three minor changes to the Gateway Arts District Sector Plan to address home conversions, allow sign replacements, and prohibit new tire and auto parts stores.

CB-51-2015, legislation I co-sponsored, is one of several bills adopted by the Council addressing food trucks. CB-51 establishes a business license process for food trucks and increases the enforcement capabilities of the County's Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement.

CB-65-2015 would have established Earned Paid Sick Leave for most workers in Prince George's County. Under the legislation, employers in Prince George's County would have been required to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, capped at a maximum of seven days (56 hours) per year. The legislation was not successful but I will continue to champion this issue in 2016.
 
In the coming year, I will push legislation to improve landlord-tenant relations; protect tenants who report housing deficiencies; stop the sale of automobiles on public streets; crack down on prostitution; hold accountable business owners who operate without a permit; and limit the ability of landlords to raise rents if they don't maintain their property. I welcome other ideas for ways in which we can improve our County and our community.

County Council Committee Updates:
 
Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee:
  • CB-82, CB-83, and CB-84, representing the most dramatic reform of our development review process in recent memory, created full certainty in our process to streamline bringing economic development and jobs to the market.
  • Adopted zoning provisions to support the new Regional Medical Center and to move the all-important rewrite of our Zoning and Subdivision ordinances forward.
P ublic Safety and Fiscal Management Committee:
  • Established a Blue Ribbon Commission on Addressing the County's Structural Deficit in order to conduct oversight over the fiscal progress of our public safety agencies. As a result, the Council has requested restoration of public safety dollars to put more officers on the street and strengthen community policing.
Transportation, Housing and Environment Committee:
  • Strengthened environmental protections against foam and coal tar products and increased funding for bus and taxi service from fees provided by transportation network companies like Uber. I co-sponsored these bills.
  • Increased county penalties against litter and illegal rentals to $1,000 per violation. I also co-sponsored this bill.
Health, Education and Human Services Committee:
  • Created food truck hubs within the County, and enacted enforcement measures including penalties against illegal food truck operations. I co-sponsored the enforcement legislation.
  • Approved the Prince George's County Public Schools budget and mandated a complete performance audit.
  • Banned the use of electronic cigarettes in nearly all public establishments, except at the MGM casino.
 
For more information on County Legislation please click HERE!!
 

"Deni Around the District"
Urban Design's Net Zero house on 34th St in Mount Rainier

Proud to join groundbreaking for Urban Design's Net Zero house on 34th St in Mount Rainier! District 2 is working to develop sustainable development. For more information on the Net Zero House, click HERE.
 
 


Secretary of Transportation Visit

The County Council was pleased to host Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn and his executive staff for the department's annual "Road Show" in the County. The County's transportation and transit priorities for consideration for funding in the upcoming State FY 2016-2021 Consolidated Transportation Plan were discussed.

Artomatic 2015 Latin Night

On December 11th Council Member Deni Taveras and Council Vice Chairwoman Dannielle Glaros in partnership with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission hosted Latin Night at Artomatic. This event displayed art work from Latino/a artists. There were musical selections from local bands and free Salsa, Rumba and Bachata lessons for attendees.

Rainier Manor Senior Christmas Luncheon

 
Council Member Deni Taveras in partnership with the District 47 Delegation hosted the Rainier Manor Senior Christmas luncheon on December 16th 2015. Vocalist Ms. Debbie Beach performed.


Municipal Mentions

North Brentwood


Brentwood


County Corner

PGCMLS Media Release: Lynda.com and Brainfuse's JobNow, New at Your Library!
Please click HERE  for information on new workforce development resources offered by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System to library cardholders for free!


State of Maryland Property Tax Credit Fact Sheet

Please click  HERE to download the Fact Sheet.
Plastic Disposable Bags FAQ
Why is the County no longer accepting single-use plastic bags in the Single-Stream
Recycling Program?

The Prince George's County Residential Curbside Single-Stream Recycling Program No LONGER accepts plastic bags of any color, size or shape and plastic film.  The plastic bags and plastic film that are currently placed into the single-stream recycling program are NOT being recycled and end up as landfill waste. The County strongly encourages residents to use reusable bags in lieu of using plastic bags.

For more information on the Prince George's County Department of the Enviroment Recycle Program, please click
HERE

Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel

The mission of the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel is to strengthen the partnership between citizens and the Prince George's County police by assuring the public that investigations of alleged excessive force, abusive language and/or harassment are complete, thorough, and impartial; and that the report and recommendations of the investigating unit are reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances.

We seek to improve the climate of community/police relationships through the fair and timely resolution of individual complaints.

For more information on the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel please click  HERE.  
*News You Can Use*
Sign-up for Alert Prince George's (formerly Notify Me Prince George's), the County's Notification System

Alert Prince George's is available to anyone who lives, works, plays or visits Prince George's County. To sign-up for the system, visit Alert.mypgc.us to register your information. Current subscribers are also encouraged to log-in and update their existing account. For more information click HERE.

2016 Summer Employment Youth Application NOW OPEN (15 to 19 years old)

Application for 2016 employment training is now open.  After training, students will be selected for summer employment. For application and more information click HERE.
 
   

The Ivy Community Charities Scholar's Program provides scholarships on the basis of merit or need to high school seniors who meet the following criteria:
  • Be a resident of Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Be enrolled in a Prince George's County School or engaged in a certified home school agreement in Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Have plans to pursue an Associate's or Bachelor's degree at a two or four year college or university on a full-time basis
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and
  • Be involved in community service

Students who are interested in applying may download an application HERE.

 

Deadline for applications is January 22, 2016. Applications must be received or postmarked by this date.


 


National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy
APPLICATION for Class for Fall 2015
The Watershed Stewards Academy equips community leaders with the resources, tools and knowledge to serve as a point in their community on watershed issues and solutions. Students participate in a 9 session course which sets them up to complete a capstone project in their own neighborhood with members of their community. Upon course and project completion they become Master Watershed Stewards. WSA is geared toward making connections in communities to their local waters, local watershed issues, and potential solutions. For more information and application click HERE

Head Start Program Application
The Head Start Program mission is to provide an integrated system of quality services to participating families and eligible children.  Head Start encourages self-sufficiency, growth, and development supported through family and community partnerships. Head Start:
  • Is Primarily federally funded;
  • Provides comprehensive multidisciplinary services to meet the needs of children and their families, promoting school readiness;
  • Recognizes the parents as the child's primary educator, nurturer, and advocate;
  • Encourages parents to become involved in policy and program decision making and to participate as volunteers; and
  • Serves eligible children 3-5 years of age
 
To view the application, please click HERE .
NOTICE OF DEADLINE EXTENSION -- Now December 31, 2015 -- Renewed Call for Student Climate Justice Abstracts
The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice's (EJ IWG) new "Educate, Motivate and Innovate (EMI) Climate Justice Initiative" Sub-Committee continues to seek climate justice related abstracts from the next generation of young leaders attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and has extended the deadline for submission.
  
We are seeking student-developed climate justice oriented projects to showcase during our Inaugural EMI Climate Justice Training Workshop which are educational, motivating, and innovative, i.e., EMI. Abstracts must be directly related to climate justice. Of particular interest are projects that
are ongoing or that could be replicated by other MSIs, partner agencies, or organizations.

Students are requested to submit an abstract by Midnight, December 31, 2015. For more information, click HERE.