The Young Democrats announced that Delegate Aisha Braveboy, Delegate Jon Cardin and Senator Brian Frosh, have all agreed to join them for a debate on the future of equality and justice in Maryland. The Attorney General Debate will take place March 22nd at 1pm during the Young Democrat of Maryland‘s annual statewide convention in Annapolis, MD at the Bates Legacy Center. Members and Maryland residents will be able to ask their question in person or submit it via twitter. Senator Brian Frosh is endorsed by County Executive Rushern Baker and The Maryland State Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union to his list of labor endorsements. The MSEA decided to back Frosh, a veteran Montgomery County lawmaker, at its spring representative assembly in Annapolis. AFSCME Council 3, another large public sector union, has also endorsed Frosh. So far, Washington Post poll shows that Delegate Jon Cardin is riding the wave of his family’s last name (Senator Ben Cardin is his uncle) to a hefty lead over his opponents. The upswing of the poll is that it was conducted in February, only certain people respond to polls, and 40% of those polled still had no opinion. Looks like everyone still has a chance. Hope there will be some livestream of the debate. Will keep you informed as soon as I hear back from Young Democrats of Maryland President.
County Councilman Eric Olson (Dist 3) has introduced legislation to create a science and technology district in Prince George’s County. Sounds like a good idea especially since Maryland lost 9,800 jobs in January alone and Arlington County Board is currently considering expanding its existing tax breaks for small tech businesses, “The Arlington County Board is reportedly considering expanding tax breaks it currently offers to large technology businesses to firms with less than 100 workers. The Board is also expected to vote at its session on Saturday on whether to expand the eligibility for a technology company to qualify for the tax breaks. The ordinance lists a broad range of eligible businesses, but since it was last updated seven years ago firms in new sectors, such as social media, have been left out, according to Arlington Now,” from the GlobeSt.com. The Washington Post reported on the proposed science and technology district in PGCo, “The area also is home to the University of Maryland, the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and a 110-acre site where Howard University plans to develop a research park. “We want to harness these institutions to try to get more private jobs in this area,” Olson said.”
FINALLY, metro stops in Prince George’s County are getting some action. Washington Business Journal article here: Three Prince George’s County property owners have released a joint solicitation for the potential development of roughly 9 acres of contiguous real estate adjacent to the College Park Metro station. Prince George’s County, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Castle Properties separately own a series of parcels generally north and east of Paint Branch Parkway and south of College Avenue, adjacent to Metro on one side and the College Park Airport on the other. Each property is individually controlled by its owner, but the three have agreed to issue a joint request for application, released on Thursday, with the intent of redeveloping the lots together with a variety of uses. Metro, while it is a participant, is “more interested in proposals from applicants looking to buy” its site and offering “certainty of price and of closing.”
The RFA suggests the need for 300 to 600 market-rate live/work residential units, 115,000 to 260,000 square feet of office space, 32,000 to 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurants and a 140- to 180-room limited service extended-stay hotel with conference meeting space. The county also seeks a “Center for Science and Advanced Technology,” or CSAT, to accommodate young tech and biotech companies. The site is part of the 293-acre College Park-Riverdale Transit District, which include the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Raytheon Co. and the American Center for Physics. The University of Maryland’s 2.5 million-square-foot (at build-out) M Square Research Park is nearby.
Two speed cameras were taken down but pump the brakes because they’re back up. WTOP reported that the Oxon Hill and Camp Springs speed cameras have been properly advertized in The Gazette and have returned to their former state issuing tickets.
A speed camera taken down in January for violating Maryland law is back online issuing tickets to drivers going too fast. The camera is located at 2300 Brinkley Road in Oxon Hill near St. Barnabas Road. Prince George’s County Police put the camera up on Nov. 6, 2012 and remained there until Jan. 27 this year. After WUSA9 requested documents from the county, Prince George’s County Police found it never advertised the location in a newspaper Maryland Annotated Code § 21-809 states, “Before activating an unmanned stationary speed monitoring system, the local jurisdiction shall publish notice of the location of the speed monitoring system on its website and in a newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction.”
Prince George’s County Police tell WTOP the camera issued 2,059 violations in the 14 months it was active. Police say 1,457 drivers paid the $40 fine and 602 drivers did not. The unpaid tickets were dismissed. Drivers who paid their tickets received a $40 refund, which cost Prince George’s County $36,716 and their vendor Optotraffic $21,564. Since the discovery in January, Prince George’s County officials poured over all the past advertisements. Police also re-advertised all 145 locations in the Gazette earlier this month to fulfill their legal requirement. The second camera is at 550 Auth Road, near the Branch Avenue Metro and Joint Base Andrews. Prince George’s County Police had a mobile camera at the location before, but had moved it away. Residents in the community asked the county to bring it back. The speed limit at each location is 30 miles per hour. Under Maryland law, drivers cannot get a speed camera ticket unless they travel 12 miles per hour or more over the speed limit. The law also says that school zone cameras like these operate from Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Speed cameras also issue tickets on weekday federal holidays, regardless of whether school is in session.
Drivers can challenge speed camera tickets and appear before a judge at Prince George’s County District Court in Hyattsville.