Friday, November 25, 2016

You Are Invited to My Pre-Session Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, Nov 30th6-8 PM

           Three Brothers Restaurant
         4521 Kenilworth Avenue, Bladensburg


 Join House of Delegates Majority Leader Anne Kaiser
        Chair of Prince George’s County Senate Delegation – Jim Rosapepe
        Senator Victor Ramirez
        Delegates Diana Fennell and Carlo Sanchez
       
 Hear about legislation I will be introducing
 Find about some of the critical issues in the upcoming legislative session
 Meet your neighbors and enjoy the good food at Three Brothers

$5 for Residents of the 47th District


(If you think you are going to attend, send me an email.)

(Authorized by Friends of Jimmy Tarlau, Jodi Beder, Treasurer)
 

Prince George’s County Delegation PUBLIC HEARING 

Date:                                   Monday, December 5, 2016
Time:                                   6:30pm
Location:                              Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
                                           8001 Sherriff Road, Hyattsville
                                           Town Hall Room

(These are bills that only effect Prince George’s county or bi-county agencies)

Here are some of the bills to be discussed:

PG 404-17            Video Lottery Terminal Proceeds - Use of Local Impact Grants - Prince George's Arts & Humanities Council              
PG 406-17            Video Lottery Facility - Local Development Council-Terms of Membership          
PG 407-17            Property Tax Exemption for Economic Development Projects - Sunset Repeal    
PG 409-17            Video Lottery Terminal Proceeds-Use of Local Impact Grants-Community and Homeowners Assoc.                             
PG 410-17            School Facility Surcharge Exemption-Veteran Housing                
PG 411-17             Tax Sales - Limited Auction and Foreclosure for Abandoned Property                    
PG 414-17             Equality in Education Act                          
PG 415-17             Workgroup on Transportation For Middle and High School Students                      
PG 305-17            Pre-Trial Release Work Release and Diversion Programs Task Force                       
MCPG 105-17      MNCPPC - Prince George's County - Appointment Procedures    

For more information on any of these bills use this link:  https://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com/legislation/bill-view

Safeway Is Hiring at its Distribution Center

                30 Warehouse Selectors – Job Order #501994

The selector works individually selecting full case dry grocery items from a warehouse pick slot.  The selector fits these items on a pallet, plastic wraps the bundles and in some cases loads them onto a trailer.

               GED or HS Diploma is required – Minimum Age – 18
               Physically demanding production job:
               Person must be able to lift up to 60 pounds
               Work in an environment with temperatures can range from 28 to 80 degrees
               Hours average 30 plus week and mandatory overtime when necessary

For More Details:  Please visit mwejobs.maryland.gov

New County Legislation
(Introduced by Councilwoman Deni Taveras)


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 liable if their property is knowingly used for drug activity or prostitution, including human trafficking.

Ensuring Removal of Bulk Trash at Evictions:  CB-64-2016 mandates that landlords remove all garbage, litter and trash from the property within one business day of an eviction.

Increasing Penalties for Illegal Signs:  CB-061(062)-2016  maximizes the penalties for illegal posting signs in the County

Electoral College Changes

Since Clinton beat Trump by over  two million votes and yet lost the Electoral College vote, there has been a lot of discussion about doing away with the Electoral Collage.

In 2007  Maryland became the first state to enter into the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote”. The agreement  would award Maryland's 10 electoral votes to the national popular vote winner. The plan will only take effect if states representing a majority of the nation's 538 electoral votes decided to make the same change.

National Popular Vote Bill
HB 148/SB 634 - 2007 Legislative Session
  • This bill establishes Maryland as a member of the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote,” in which Maryland would commit its presidential electors to the national popular vote winner in a presidential election. 
  • This agreement takes effect once a majority of the electoral votes have been committed to the national popular vote.
  • Similar versions of this bill have been enacted by 11 jurisdictions (10 states and the District of Colombia) possessing 165 electoral votes—61% of the 270 electoral votes necessary to activate it, including four small jurisdictions (RI, VT, HI, DC), three medium- size states (MD, MA, WA), and four big states (NJ, IL, NY, CA). 
  • Maryland became to first state to agree to follow the national popular vote when Governor O’Malley signed HB 148 on April 10th, 2007.
Prince George’s County Warming Center Locations

As we continue to move into the winter season, bitter cold temperatures will become more prevalent.

The Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management reminds all citizens to take steps to prepare themselves for extreme cold temperatures.

The Office of Emergency Management in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has designated twelve warming centers in the County.

Warming centers are heated public facilities where any resident can temporarily go to during periods of extreme cold temperatures to stay warm and safe.  Residents are reminded to call the center to obtain specific hours of operation.

• Bowie Community Center- 3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie 301-464-1737
• Camp Springs Senior Center- 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD  301-449-0409
• JE Howard Community Center- 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights 301-753-3340
• Kentland Community Center- 2413 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 301-386-2278
• Langley Park Community Center- 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville 301-445-4508
• Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center- 7120 Contee Road, Laurel 301-206-3350
• Palmer Park Community Center- 7720 Barloww Road, Landover - 301-773-5665
• Peppermill Community Center- 610 Hill Road, Landover -  301-350-8410
• Rollingcrest- Chillum Community Center- 6120 Sargent Road. Chillum - 301-853-2005
• Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex- 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington 301-749-4160
• Suitland Community Center- 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville - 301-736-3518
• Temple Hills Community Center- 5300 Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills 301-894-6616

22nd Annual Mount Rainier Crafts Fair – Saturday December 4th
10 AM - 4 PM
Joe’s Movement Emporium – 3311 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier

The Craft Fair this year will feature over 30 vendors, both new and returning, selling a variety of handmade goods and goodies from textile arts, jewelry, book arts and more!

Food & drink will be available for purchase on Joe's lower level along with an kids craft area for children to create while their parents shop upstairs. This year the Mount Rainier children carolers will be visiting the fair to serenade shoppers and vendors during the day.  The Craft Fair is free to attend.

I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving holiday!

 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Election Results

The election is over, and the national results were both shocking and disappointing for me.  I believe that we have to see what President-elect Trump proposes and Congress discusses.  If we do not like what is being proposed, we all should write our elected representatives, including our President, and if necessary participate in protests.  That is what I am planning on doing.

Here is a list of Election Day results, including some of the ‘down ballot’ results that not everyone may know about.

President – Donald Trump
US Senator – Chris Van Hollen
US Congress (District 4) – Anthony Brown
Board of Education Member (School Board District 4) – Patricia Eubanks
Judges of the Circuit Court - Dawson, Engel, Mason and Turner
The Terms of Two Appellate Judges Were Continued

State Constitution Amendment on Special Election for Attorney General and Comptroller Was Passed

All the County Referenda passed, including Question D, which adds two At-Large Members to the Prince George’s County Council.

In other parts of the area:

Montgomery County passed a referendum implementing a three-term limit for the County Council and County Executive.

Howard County voters passed a ballot question that proposes creating a public fund for those seeking to run for office. It would create a Citizens’ Election Fund, which would match small donations and require participating candidates to reject large or corporate donations. It encourages more people to participate in the election process and allows candidates to be judged on the strength of their ideas, not their willingness to please the ruling class.

In Virginia a Constitution Amendment to put a Right to Work Amendment in the State Constitution was voted down. (It is already the law in VA but putting it in the Constitution would make it harder to repeal in the future.) Right-to-work laws forbid contracts between unions and employers that require all employees in a workplace to pay the union for bargaining on their behalf. Under U.S. labor law, unions have to represent all employees in a particular bargaining unit, even those who want nothing to do with a union. Unions say it’s only fair that everyone chip in to cover the costs of representation. In states with right-to-work laws, employees in unionized workplaces aren’t obligated to pay any fees to the union, allowing them to opt out completely

Report Back from My Trip to Central America:

As I mentioned in a previous report, I was privileged to be part of a delegation of elected officials that went to Central America to look into questions that are important to our community here as well: Why are so many people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala coming to the US, how do they get here? What can be done to improve the conditions in these countries so that people will not have to flee?  On Nov 14th, I along with other participants will be giving a report on what we saw and heard. The trip was an eye-opener for me, and I’d like to share my experiences:

Monday November 14th
7:00  - 8:30 PM
Cottage City Hall
3820 40th Ave., Cottage City

SAVE THE DATE – Jimmy’s Pre-Session Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, Nov 30th6-8 PM

             Three Brothers Restaurant
           4521 Kenilworth Avenue, Bladensburg 

           Join House of Delegates Majority Leader Anne Kaiser
                     Chair of Prince George’s County Senate Delegation – Jim Rosapepe
                     Congressman Elect – Anthony Brown
            Hear about legislation I will be introducing
            Find about some of the critical issues in the upcoming legislative session
            Meet your neighbors and enjoy the good food at Three Brothers
            $5 for Residents of the 47th District
            (Authorized by Friends of Jimmy Tarlau, Jodi Beder, Treasurer)


New Overtime Regulations Effective December 1st 

As a result of new regulations approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, starting Dec. 1, the salary threshold for overtime that’s been in place since 2004 will nearly double to $47,476/$913 a week (current level is $23,660/$455 a week), and it will continue to rise every three. That means any employee who earns under that amount will be owed overtime, or time-and-a-half, for working more than 40 hours a week. The move is likely to increase wages and earnings for some 4.2 million workers, according to the DOL.  Businesses with revenue of less than $500,000 annually are exempt from the new rules.  (Unfortunately these regulations may be rescinded by the new President.)


100 New Jobs Available for Immediate Hiring 

I want to pass along to you a notice of job openings in the county that might be of interest:

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
            Bartenders - Job Order #572319
            Banquet Servers – Job Order #572288

1. Must apply at: www.marriott.com/careers
2. Select: Marriott Careers
3. Job Number: 16001I1X
4. Complete application, then email resume to: rhopkins@co.pg.md.us


Mandatory Job Info Session
Wednesday, Nov. 9th 10:00am.
1801 McCormick Drive,
Suite 120, Largo MD, 20774



 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Early Voting Starts This Week
            Thurs Oct 27 through Thurs Nov 3 – 8 AM to 8 PM
                        College Park Community Center – 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park
                        Curry Sports and Learning Center – 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
These are the sites closest to District 47.  There are seven other sites in the county. 
For a complete list go to:  http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11692         

The deadline for Absentee Ballots is November 1st at 8 PM.  If you want to request an absentee ballot, go to this web-site:  http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/965/Absentee-Ballots


What’s on the Ballot?
Between the primary race last spring and present campaigns, we’ve all heard a lot from candidates for President; for U.S. Senate, (to fill Barbara Mikulski’s seat); and for U.S. Representative  (the seat Donna Edwards is leaving). It’s harder for most voters to feel they know how to vote in the “down-ballot” races, and the ballot questions can be particularly hard to understand, so I thought I’d try to address some of these.

o   Judges of the Circuit Court (4 positions, 5 candidates)
§  I’m voting for Dawson, Engel, Mason and Turner. People who I respect and know the different judges have recommended them to me.
o   Continue  the Terms of Two Appellate Judges (Yes or No)
§  I see no reason why not to continue their terms
o   Constitution Amendment on Special Election for Attorney General and Comptroller:
§  The Amendment changes the way we fill vacancies for Attorney General and Comptroller.
·         Under current law, the Governor gets to choose any replacement for these offices without voters ever having an opportunity to weigh in.
·         Under the Proposed Amendment:  The Governor has to choose a temporary replacement from the same party as the outgoing official. The state central committee of the same party as the outgoing official would submit a list of three names to the Governor for consideration. The appointee could serve a maximum of two years, and then there would be a special election at the next regularly scheduled election. Since special elections will only be held during regularly scheduled Congressional elections, we won't have to worry about low turnout and added cost to taxpayers.
·         I think this is a good amendment.  I believe that all vacancies should be filled by voters at the next regularly scheduled election (so as not to cost more money).  It’s the democratic way. It’s a good start: maybe we can then have legislation to fill all elected vacancies the same way.

o   County Referendums allowing the County to borrow money (Questions A, B, C, E, F) – These are all necessary referendums to enable the County to raise the money for construction on needed county projects. I recommend voting Yes.

o   Question D – This question is particularly controversial. I am not making a recommendation, but I want to give you some  information on the issue. The Prince George’s County Council is currently made up of 9 members, each elected for a term of 4 years, with a two-term limit. The Charter change proposed in Question D would add two at-large seats to the County Council. On the plus side, adding these at-large seats would incentivize regional cooperation because the at-large Council members would be looking out for the whole county. But on the minus side are two objections:  adding two Council seats would cost the County an estimated extra $1 million per year; and it also provides a way to circumvent the term limits, because Council members who are currently unable to run for office again would be able to run for the at-large seats for additional two terms. (As a comparison, Montgomery County has 4 at-large and 5 District seats, currently with no term limits, but voters are voting on a question to institute a three-term limit on council seats.)

The League of Women Voters held an educational forum on Question D in Bowie on October 8th.  The forum had a panel discussion with pro and con, questions from the audience and comments from civic leaders.  The forum can be viewed on the City of Bowie's YouTube site here:  www.youtube.com/user/cityofbowiemd

o   County Question G – Enables the County Council to hire its own attorney if there is a conflict with the County Executive.  It makes sense, since they now have to use the attorney appointed by the County Executive.

o   Board of Education School Board  – If you are in our legislative district (47A), you may be in School Board district 3 or 4 (the Board of Education district map is at http://ektron.pgcps.org/communications/index.aspx?id=92792 ). Elections for the four-year terms are in even-numbered years. In district 4, incumbent Patricia Eubanks is being challenged by Abel Olivo. I am not making any recommendations. (District 3 member Dinora Hernandez was elected in 2014).

You can click here to look at the sample ballot:  https://md-princegeorgescounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/16348


 ROCK the VOTE Rally

Date: Sunday, October 30th, 2016
Time: 3pm to 8pm
Location: 3701 Lawrence Street, Colmar Manor

Prince George’s Regional Hospital Gets Go Ahead   - The Maryland Health Care Commission voted unanimously to approve plans for a proposed regional medical center in Prince George’s County, the final step in a prolonged regulatory process that began more than three years ago.
            The Hospital will be at the Largo Town Center near the Largo Metro Station.
The $543 million project is a joint venture of Dimensions Healthcare Systems and the University of Maryland Medical System. More than $400 million in public funds will go to construction and hospital operations.
The regional medical center will anchor a revitalization of the county’s struggling health-care system so it can better serve residents, who have some of the highest rates of chronic disease in the state.
A ceremonial groundbreaking will likely take place next spring or early summer. The projected opening date for the new hospital is 2020.



Report Back from My Trip to Central America:  As I mentioned in a previous report, I was privileged to be part of a delegation of elected officials that went to Central America to look into questions that are important to our community here as well: Why are so many people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala coming to the US? How do they get here? What can be done to improve the conditions in these countries so that people will not have to flee?  On Nov 14th, I along with other participants will be giving a report on what we saw and heard. The trip was an eye-opener for me, and I’d like to share my experiences:

Monday November 14th
7:30 PM
Cottage City Hall
3820 40th Ave., Cottage City

SAVE THE DATE – Jimmy’s Pre-Session Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Nov 30th, 6-8 pm
            Three Brothers Restaurant
4521 Kenilworth Avenue, Bladensburg
                        Join House of Delegates Majority Leader Anne Kaiser
                                Chair of Prince George’s County Senate Delegation Jim Rosapepe
                                Presumed Congressman-Elect Anthony Brown
            Hear about legislation I will be introducing
            Find about some of the critical issues in the upcoming legislative session
            Meet your neighbors and enjoy the good food at Three Brothers
            $5 for Residents of the 47th District
            (Authorized by Friends of Jimmy Tarlau, Jodi Beder, Treasurer)