Greetings neighbors, 
 
As the holiday season begins, I would like to share with you what we have been working on this past month. At the last County Council session, I asked for prayer on behalf of a pioneer of our community, a friend and President of the Lewisdale Civic Association-Laverne Williams. For years, Ms. Williams has dedicated her life as an advocate for the residents of her neighborhood and our County. Unfortunately, Ms.Williams is currently experiencing health complications. If you would like to send her a letter or card, please call my office at (301) 952-4436 for more information. 

As we thank those individuals for all that they do for others, I would also like to thank  Turner Memorial AME Church and  Food and Friends for working with my office in the fight to combat hunger and serve the community by providing meals for families this past Thanksgiving. As the Holiday season approaches, let us all extend a helping hand to a neighbor in need. 

If you would like to reach me, please call my office at (301) 952-4436 or email me at dltaveras@co.pg.md.us. I am also active on  Facebook and   Twitter. For more information, come check out my State of the District newsletter  here. 

Working Together to Better our Community, 
Deni Taveras 


Legislative Update: 

In 2016, Council Member Taveras presented a quality of life legislative package to focus on improving public safety, public health, and District 2 neighborhoods. The bills focus on strengthening enforcement, increasing outreach and education, and ensuring accountability.
Combatting Drug Activities and Human Trafficking in Housing Rentals: CB-59-2016 expands laws to prohibit the use of an apartment for drug activity or prostitution. The legislation holds landlords, owners, management staff, and tenants liable if their property is knowingly used for drug activity or prostitution, including human trafficking. The bill also provides for outreach and education in order to encourage more effective community partnerships in prevention and enforcement.
Ensuring Removal of Accumulated and Bulk Trash at Evictions: CB-64-2016 addresses public health concerns related to the accumulation of garbage or litter following an eviction. The bill mandates landlords to remove all garbage, litter, and trash from the property within one business day.
Curbstoning Prevention: CB-063-2016 prohibits the illegal sales of vehicles on County roads. By increasing penalties, the bill aims to stem the proliferation of curbstoning and better incentivize the necessary complex sting operations across County agencies.
Increasing Penalties for Illegal Signs: CB-061-2016, with companion bill CB-062-2016, maximizes the penalties for illegally posting signs, strengthening enforcement in the County.
Eastern Avenue Intersection Light 
Working with concerned residents and the local elected representatives from the City of Mount Rainier,   my office worked with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to  secure the installation of interim safety measures as well as an expedited schedule to place permanent traffic signals at the intersection of Eastern Ave., Randolph St., and Bunker Hill Rd. DDOT has already broken ground on the traffic signal construction. Coming  S pring 2017 !

Community Listening Session 
 
On Tuesday, November 15, I hosted a Community  Listening Session for Prince George's County Public  Schools with Board of Education Members Mary Kingston  Roche (At-large) and Dinora Hernandez (District 3.) This meeting allowed  us to hear parents' and residents concerns and experiences in regarding  to our local schools. As we continue to work together to better our children's education, I invite you to attend  a PGCPS Board of Education meeting, to ensure that your voice is heard. The  c alendar can be found here for upcoming Board of Education meetings.
2nd Annual Senior Fall Fling 
On Wednesday, November 30, I hosted the 2nd Annual Senior Fall Fling at Bunker Hill Fire Station. I recognized Officer Sach, Rev. Daryl K. Kearney and Lisa Walker from Aging in Place for their contributions to the community and, in particular, ensuring the dignity of the elderly in our District. County agencies and non-profit organizations were in attendance and provided useful information to our seniors. I'd like to thank the Fire Department, Food and Friends, Aging Services and Joe's Movement Emporium, and the Northwestern ROTC Cadets for partnering with me to celebrate our District 2 seniors. 
Opening of La Clinica del Pueblo 
 
On November 2,  La Clinica del Pueblo   opened its facility located in Hyattsville (2970 Belcrest Center Drive, Suite 301 Hyattsville, MD 20782.) La Clinica del Pueblo is a non-profit health center that provides culturally competent services to the uninsured and underinsured. The opening of this facility will make health care services accessible to more residents and allow us to be a healthier Prince George's County.
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