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:

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

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!