Dear Neighbors,
 
As your Council Member, I remain committed to your well-being and enhancing the quality of life for all of our residents. During my first two years on the County Council, my colleagues unanimously supported my introduction of a Quality of Life legislative agenda, passing measures that work to ensure public safety and a family-friendly environment in our County.  I have opposed the saturation of liquor stores in our most vulnerable neighborhoods and walked with residents to heighten community participation in initiatives for clean and safe communities. I also led the passage of one of the toughest local provisions to hold property owners accountable for illegal drug and human trafficking activity taking place on their properties.

Prince George's County is a welcoming community that draws strength from our diversity. However, recent federal decisions regarding immigration laws, including actions restricting certain immigrants from entering the United States have been alarming for many of us. I stand more resolved than ever to continue working with local law enforcement, and other elected officials to protect against discrimination of any kind in our County and ensure a stronger, more transparent, and an even greater Prince George's County for all of our residents. In the final Council session of Legislative Year 2016, the Council unanimously passed CR-002-2017, legislation I proposed denouncing anti-immigrant activity, racial bias, discrimination, hate speech, hate crimes, and harassment.

I am pledged to serve your interests dutifully and with integrity. I will continue to introduce and support legislation that promotes government accountability; a higher quality of life for our families and children; and improved service delivery. Working together, we can achieve these worthy objectives.  

Thank you for the opportunity to be in your service.           


Sincerely,
Deni Taveras
Code Enforcement Forum 

Council Member Taveras partnered with the Prince George's County Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement (DPIE) and the Prince George's County Office of Community Relations (OCR) on January 19, for a code enforcement meeting. DPIE Deputy Director Gary Cunningham and OCR Division Manager Jennifer Hawkins explained the roles of their respective agencies and listened to community concerns. Other meeting participants included District 2 civic associations, the Joint Agency Group (JAG), and the Neighborhood Design Center. As top priorities, residents requested stricter code enforcement of suspected property standard violations. There was also a focus on the negative impact of overcrowding, including the lack of parking and accumulated trash. Mr. Cunningham announced DPIE's commitment to conduct a thorough analysis of commercial and residential properties for code violations. To ensure community concerns are addressed, Council Member Taveras will coordinate quarterly meetings to continue the work with County agencies and District 2 residents on community outreach, education, and neighborhood revitalization.
Public Safety and Our Trails 

Council Member Taveras partnered with Prince George's County Police, M-NCPPC, Park Police, and the Neighborhood Design Center for a public safety forum on January 24. Discussion involved making our trails safer and enhancing park management to better the trail experience and increase trail usage.  Park Police and the Prince George's County Police Department reported crime statistics for the area, with several indicators showing a decline in crime compared to previous years. Residents expressed the need for better lighting, security cameras, greater police presence, and the implementation of attractive signage both to encourage tourism and improve public safety. Many expressed interest in the proposal to designate area trails as commuter trails. Council Member Taveras encourages residents to stay informed about pending changes at our trails and parks.  If you would like to learn more, please review the draft Trails Master Plan here. For more information about M-NCPPC trails, call (301) 699-CALL (2255).
Community Resource:
County Click 311

Did your trash not get picked up? Do you suspect a neighbor does not have a permit for a construction project? If you answered yes to these questions, County Click 3-1-1 can make sure your concerns are recorded and addressed. County Click 3-1-1 is a centralized call center that tracks residents' service requests and submits them to corresponding agencies. If you have a concern in District 2, make sure to contact 3-1-1 and Council Member Taveras' office at (301) 952-4436 to report the issue.


There are six methods to contact County Click: 
1. Dial:
  3-1-1 or 301-883-4748 
2. Mobile app: 
3. Website: 
4. Walk-in : 
County Administrative Building  
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr. 
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772  Lower-level, Suite L-3
5. E-mail: 
countyclick311@co.pg.md.us 
6. Write a letter:
Prince George's County 
311 Call Center 
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 
Community Call-to-Action: Report and Stop Bullying 

Bullying is unwanted behavior that involves a real or perceived use of superior strength or influence to intimidate someone. There are three types of bullying: 1) Verbal, which includes teasing, name-calling, and threats to cause harm. 2) Social bullying, which involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships. 3) Physical bullying, which involves hurting a person's body or possession(s). These types of behaviors are unacceptable and should not be tolerated in our schools or communities. If you are being bullied, or suspect that someone is being bullied, please report it. We all have a responsibility to speak up when someone is being treated unjustly.  To learn about reporting bullying in Prince George's County Public Schools, click here or call (301)-952-6000. 

Upcoming Events: 

Join Council Member Taveras and M-NCPPC for a community meeting on the Zoning Rewrite on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Prince George's Plaza Community Center (6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782). We will discuss modernizing the County's 50-year-old Zoning Ordinance and revitalization initiatives in the Northern Gateway, Prince George's Plaza and the Gateway Arts District.