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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Recent Prince George's County News (11 Jan 2011)

See bottom of page for reports on Rushern Baker's appearance on WTOP.

Public Safety
2011 Maryland General Assembly
Government & Politics
Business, Transportation & Development
  • Examiner: Transportation agencies call for Metro reform http://is.gd/kymIx Comment: Good place for PG to save money, metro "board members currently receive anywhere from no pay in D.C. to $100,000 for the Prince George's County alternate."
  • AFPMDPepsi says the 2 cent beverage tax helped their decision in closing down a manufacturing plant causing 70 jobs to... http://fb.me/sBOP8HOQ
  • AFPMD Once again taxes helps to kill needed jobs. Maryland's elected officials don't get it - you can't tax and spend... http://fb.me/I9F3WrTi 
  • EnvisionPrinceG Prince George’s gets pilot loan program to help entrepreneurs 500
  • RethinkCP Smart growth in Maryland falls short - baltimoresun.com http://t.co/K9jD9Aw 
  • postlocal Planners begin to outline details of the new Purple Line that will run from Bethesda to New Carrollton. http://wapo.st/fOvHeG.
  • GreenbeltPatch Problems with TheBus discussed at last night's city council meeting: http://ow.ly/3C7N2 
Local (Municipalities)
  • Bowie:
  • College Park:
    • See above, Unidentified man (1.011) 
  • Greenbelt:
  • Laurel:
    • GGLaurelLeader More speed cameras are being installed in Laurel on streets near schools. Police say cameras on Cherry Ln have clocked drivers going 70 mph
    • LaurelPatch More speed cameras are in the works for Laurel.
  • Riverdale Park:
    • See above, Teresa Chambers.
Rushern Baker's appearance on WTOP (reverse order)

  • WTOP: Baker: Pr. George's police not keeping up with population http://is.gd/kzsxM
  • DCAbloob Rushern Baker: agrees with more regional approach to Metro, hasn't decided on new board appointee 
  • PGD9Politico Funding education: we cannot bear more cuts, no furlough or teacher reductions, budget needs to focus on classroom priorities
  • PGD9Politico Metro Board: Appointed person should ride Metro, not have other development interests, work regionally for solutions.
  • PGD9Politico Baker: Permits process needs to be restructured/streamlined (personal comment here: it is truly a hot mess)
  • PGD9Politico Greenbelt caller frustrated w/ permits process: Taken 1 yr+ to get permits to rebuild home burned down; now must pay $14K school surcharge
  • PGD9Politico Foreclosures: Pressure banks to renegotiate loans; work more closely w/ state & nonprofits to provide help. PG has highest rate in MD
  • PGD9Politico Speed cameras: Plan expansion; safety the main reason b/c it decreases accidents. Prefers mobile cameras; flat fee pd 2 private contractor.
  • PGD9Politico So far, @WTOP interview w/ @rushernbaker not providing any new info, most questions dealing w/ issues already discussed in the press.
  • PGD9Politico Ethics reform requires state legislation to close loopholes. Baker : At County level, our own task force considering county reforms like IG.
  • PGD9Politico Infrastructure is a high priority; esp. main thoroughfares, to help w/ economic development & attract businesses.
  • PGD9Politico Ethics Reform: Baker's legislation will close loopholes w/ slate contributions; prohibit Council from taking developer $, no pay for play.
  • PGD9Politico Silver Hill Rd: Baker working with DPW on road improvements, but budget constraints & SHA funding limit what can be done.
  • anc7c04 @PGD9Politico & baker didn't really know if salting/treatment had started
  • PGD9Politico FBI investigation: We are cooperating fully with their investigation; unsure whether there will be more arrests; swift action promised.
  • PGD9Politico What will you do about backlog of warrants? Working w/ Sheriff 2 get more resources; police 2 help sheriff serve warrants in priority areas.
  • PGD9Politico Police corruption: We are self-policing; when we find out about issues we will take immediate action.
  • PGD9Politico What will you do about public safety staffing shortages? Baker: will increase staffing despite staffing shortages.
  • PGD9Politico: What will you do about public safety staffing shortages? Baker: will increase staffing despite staffing shortages.
  • PGD9Politico Baker says best way to request help is contacting constituent service office; e-mail custsvcs@co.pg.md.us (that info wasn't included)
  • PGD9Politico @WTOP started with softball question about snow preparations.
  • DCAbloob Baker advising all agencies to work with FBI in corruption investigation, doesn't know if further arrests upcoming
  • DCAbloob Rushern Baker: police dept working with sheriff's office to help serve warrants in areas with spike in violence
  • PGD9Politico Chief Magaw mtg w/ community groups, Baker talking w/ Police staff to aggressively deal w/ crime. Reaching out to faith community for help.
  • DCAbloob Baker: investigations going well, expect news on 3 cases in upcoming weeks, reaching out to faith communities for help -
  • DCAbloob Rushern Baker: Prince George's 2011 murders primarily drug-related or conflicts between rival factions
  • DCAbloob 10 homicides in 10 days but WTOP leads with snow questions for Rushern Baker
  • TBDFactsMachine The overwhelming transparency of Jack Johnson: Baker's visit is the first by a PG County executive to WTOP in six years. 

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