PGCo, did you know… (Demo)

PGCo to start selling liquor on Sundays? Verjeana Jacobs, School Board Chair, is a CUBE,  17-year-old student dies a week after purchase of  his first car, MGM Resorts International files 800 page proposal for casino license

 
I knew once D.C. started passed legislation allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays, Prince George’s would follow.  The Bowie Patch did an informative post on how it’s playing out.
“The Prince George’s County delegation announced it will be launching a work group to discuss and reach a concensus on how the sale of liquor would be regulated in the county. Currently, alcohol sales on Sundays are restricted to beer and wine stores that have licenses to be opened seven days of the week. Liquor, however, is not allowed to be sold.  Del. Melony G. Griffith will chair the group, which will have its first meeting Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Media Room of the County Administration Building on Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro.  Del. Kriselda Valderrama will serve as vice chair of the 11-member group. Ivey also will serve as a regular member, along with: Del. Dereck E. Davis, Del. Anne Healey, Del. James Hubbard, Del. Marvin E. Holmes, Del. Joseph Vallario, Del. Michael Vaughn, State Sen. Victor Ramirez, County Councilman Will Campos
This has been an issue that the delegation has been dealing with for years,” Ivey said. “By involving everyone, we hope to hear everyone’s concerns and create a consensus we can all agree upon before the next session. The group was announced in March after the delegate was split on a proposal that would have allowed stores to apply for permits to be open on Sundays. In the past decade, there have been 13 different proposals, a press release from the delegation stated. Members will seek public input on the issue throughout the summer.Residents and other interested members of the public who wish to participate with the Alcohol Work Group are encouraged to email the delegation at pg2@mlis.state.md.us. Group meetings will be announced through the delegation e-mail notification list and on the delegation website.
 
 

Verjeana Jacobs
Verjeana Jacobs, courtesy PGC Blog

That same Verjeana Jacobs that wants to own your children’s intellectual property has been appointed to the Council of Urban Boards of Education. Maybe it will be for her good.  Jacobs has voiced her opposition to County Executive Baker’s new School Board additions.  Jacobs has stated “To change the governance structure without a specific plan would make us go in the wrong direction,” but it’s a done deal now so hopefully this new experience will aid her in the transition.

Prince George’s County Public School released the following, “The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) announced today the appointment of Prince George’s County Board of Education Chair Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., to its 16-member Steering Committee. The appointment was made during the organization’s 73rd Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. “CUBE’s new Steering Committee members bring years of experience in urban education and are strongly committed to aiding the work of urban school boards to advance student achievement,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director. I am deeply honored to be selected to serve on this committee,” said Jacobs. “As a result of this opportunity, I will be able to get a broad perspective on what other Boards are doing nationwide, as well as share the success of our district. Instruction, policy and rigor are improved by sharing strategies of best practices; this platform will allow us to do this on a national scale.”

 

Delanta Clark
Delanta Clark

On May 8, 2013, shortly after 3:00 pm, patrol officers responded to the 11900 block of Brandywine Road for a single car crash. Upon arrival, patrol officers found 17-year-old 17-year-old Delanta Clark Jr, of the 10800 block of Slippery Elm Court in Clinton unresponsive inside the car.  Clark was pronounced dead on the scene. A preliminary investigation reveals the Delanta Clark was driving on Brandywine Road and wearing his seatbelt when he lost control of his car, left the roadway and struck a tree. PGCo Police’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating the cause of the accident.  Our hearts go out to the family.  Delanta Clark had just purchased this car a week ago; he was a junior at Surrattsville High School and from the interview below, sounds like he was a good kid.  PGC Blog’s heartfelt condolences to the family.


 
 
MGM Officials deliver proposal, Baltimore Biz Journal photo
MGM Officials deliver proposal, Baltimore Biz Journal photo

Penn National Gaming would save themselves some money by not even bothering to apply for the PGCo gaming license because MGM International delivered a big honking 800 page proposal that reportedly has community input (I don’t know anyone who was consulted but ok), a diversity plan, opportunities for local businesses, promises of gold and silver, and a cure for the common cold in it.   Submittal of the proposal is the first step in Maryland’s application and licensing process. Based on the schedule outlined by the Location Commission, the next step will be for MGM to be called to make an oral presentation about the company’s proposed facility to the Commission sometime later this summer.
At an event prior to filing the proposal, Lorenzo Creighton, President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM National Harbor, emphasized MGM’s commitment and desire to partner with Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland. “We have said all along, our company will work tirelessly to earn the privilege to operate this license. We will earn it based on our company’s experience and expertise. We are confident our proposal demonstrates we are the clear choice to bring a world-class destination resort to National Harbor.
 “Our proposal incorporates feedback we received from the community of which we hope to soon become a part. We will also make good on promises we’ve made to create thousands of new local jobs, provide enormous economic benefits to the region, and maintain our proven commitment to corporate social responsibility,” Mr. Creighton said.  MGM executives project that the proposed MGM Destination Resort at National Harbor would create thousands of construction and permanent jobs. Many of these jobs will be filled by Maryland residents, creating career opportunities, especially for those living in Prince George’s County.
Mr. Creighton added, “Supplier diversity is an integral part of the MGM Resorts corporate culture and a vital element of our success. As a Maryland license operator, we would embrace inclusive business practices in all areas, including contracting, procurement, employment and ownership. Our company realizes that both Prince George’s County and Maryland are rich with capable minority business enterprises already possessing the capacity to significantly contribute to our project. We commit to working not only with these established businesses, but also to encourage the development of others seeking to increase their capacity or earn MBE certification.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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