Back From Vacation (Demo)

Good Day PGC Blog People!!!!
I had a great time in Florida these past couple of weeks.  It is simply delightful waking up to December temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s.  Getting there and back was probably the worst part of the entire trip.  Note to self: Never Fly Spirit Airlines AGAIN.  The seats are too close, and they nickel and dime you for everything from bag check fees ($35), which can run upwards of $100 if you wait until you’re there to check your back.  AND their luggage weight limit is 40lbs.  I planned on putting 40lbs of conch alone in a bag to bring back from Florida but if your back is over 40lbs, you pay an additional $25; fees increase depending on how much over the 40lb limit you go. 
Hall and AlstonSpeaking of limits, I’ve had my fill of the Tiffany Alston/Greg Hall/Democratic Central Committee 3 ring circus.  Get over the defeat and recruit, vet, and nominate a viable candidate for the House of Delegates seat for Prince George’s County.  To help find a candidate, hold this in mind as the hard truth:  the county is viewed differently because it’s majority Black and  Jack Johnson is a fresh media memory.   I was relieved to hear that both Hall and Alston were rejected by a Court of Appeals.  I was, quite frankly, extremely worried that the law wouldn’t allot for the right thing but, brighter brains prevailed.

John Cleveland Brown
John Cleveland Brown

Now on to the dim lit bulb dwelling in Clinton, Md.  John Cleveland Brown, a Department of Environmental Resources buildings inspector, was arrested, with his 52 year old self, for trying to extort and harass the owner of Levi’s BBQ Restaurant in Oxon Hill by saying he would take away the owners use and occupancy permit if he didn’t pay Brown’s band $500 for playing at the restaurant.  The agreement between Brown and the owner of Levi’s was that Brown’s band would play on a trial basis for free.  After a performance, Brown decided he wanted $100.  A undercover sting operation was set up where an officer posed as the restaurant’s media guy and boom, Brown was caught.  See press conference video on the right side of PGC Blog for more information.  What a dummy.  John Cleveland Brown is facing two counts each of extortion and harrassment and is currently on administrative leave.  Probably won’t go to jail if he doesn’t have a record but he will most certainly be out of a job.  What really hocks me off about this is that he and his ilk have probably been doing this kind of mess for years.  I’m GLAD that Levi’s owner had the courage to call the police.  Time to weed out the bad apples.
Some good news on the horizon for the development of the New Carrollton Metrorail Station site from Citybiz:
New Carrollton Metro TrainThe Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has approved the Joint Development Agreement to advance the development process for creating a mixed-use, transit-oriented development (TOD) in the area surrounding the New Carrollton Metrorail station in Prince George’s County, MD.  The agreement with New Carrollton JV, LLC allows the development team, led by Forest City Washington and Urban Atlantic, to move forward with the largest development project in Prince George’s County since National Harbor.  To make the project possible, WMATA partnered with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and assembled parcels owned by both agencies to create a larger developable site.  Plans for the 39-acre New Carrollton site call for the creation of a multi-modal, transit-oriented, mixed-use destination with residential, office, retail and hotel uses that reduces dependency on automobiles and enhances and promotes the use of mass transit systems.  At full build out, the new development will include two to four million square feet of mixed uses valued at $1 billion in new investment, and is expected to catalyze up to 10 million additional square feet of development in the surrounding area.



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Welcome back and Happy New Year!

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