Council member Hans Riemer

June 11, 2019 | Abigail Brooke

Racial Disparities Have ‘Real Life Consequences’

Councilmember Jawando got choked up at a Montgomery County Council meeting Tuesday after presentations about racial equity. He told the story of a friend’s death to gun violence over 20 years ago, and how he could connect the killing to the disparities described. “These things have real life consequences for many people,” he said, adding […]

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April 24, 2019 | Sam Merrill

County Council Approves Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan

The Montgomery County Council unanimously voted to approve the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan on Tuesday. The goal of the plan is to improve the safety of Veirs Mill Road and develop the land around it in the roughly four miles between Rockville and Wheaton. “I’m very proud of this plan, which responds to the […]

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November 30, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

KID Museum Launches New Program to Spark Students’ Interest in STEM (VIDEO)

The KID Museum and Montgomery County Public Schools has teamed up to increase students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math by launching the “Invent the Future Challenge.” This new challenge creates a hands-on learning experience for students to help foster innovation while building problem solving skills. “I feel this is an urgent issue in […]

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August 21, 2017 | Staff Writer

Planning Department to Host a Series a Pop-up Events

Montgomery County’s Planning Department is hosting a series of pop-up events during the months of August and September to encourage community interaction with underutilized and hidden public spaces in Downtown Silver Spring. These free events include outdoor yoga and silent discos. Back in 2014, the planning department teamed up with the County Councilmembers Hans Riemer […]

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July 25, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Round Two: Council to Reconsider Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Increasing the minimum wage is back on the table for the Montgomery County Council to consider. In January, the council voted 5-4 to increase the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2020. County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed the measure. In a memorandum addressed to the council about his decision, Leggett stated that the […]

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March 3, 2017 | Staff Writer

Watch County Report This Week (VIDEO)

County Report This Week includes reports on Governor Hogan’s visit to the Germantown campus of Montgomery College, a recent summit in Silver Spring focused on STEM education, the urban redevelopment of downtown Wheaton, and more. Watch the show in its entirety, below:

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February 26, 2017 | Staff Writer

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Montgomery County Council’s PHED Committee to Discuss Transportation Issues with Proposed Bethesda Downtown Plan

The Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will discuss transportation issues for the proposed Bethesda Downtown Plan, according to a news release. A traffic analysis conducted by the County’s Planning Board staff and an analysis contracted by the Town of Chevy Chase in partnership with the Coalition of Bethesda Area Residents […]

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December 13, 2016 | Staff Writer

Montgomery County Council Approves Federal Grant to Help Youth

The Montgomery County Council approved a $999,828 grant that will enable the “Bridges to the Future Systems of Care Expansion” project on Dec. 13. The Council’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee recommended that the full Council approve the grant. The goal of this project is to better meet the needs of disconnected transition age […]

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November 30, 2016 | Mitti Hicks

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Montgomery County Council Passes Landlord-Tenant Law (VIDEOS)

The Montgomery County Council passed Bill 19-15 early Tuesday, which revises the Landlord-Tenant Law aimed at improving the quality of rental housing through increased inspections. The bill was sponsored by County Councilmember Marc Elrich and co-sponsored by Councilmember Nancy Navarro.   Bill 19-15, as introduced, would:  Provide for annual inspection of certain residential rental properties […]

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November 28, 2016 | Staff Writer

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Montgomery County Council to Discuss Revising Landlord-Tenant Law

The Montgomery County Council is expected to take action on Bill 19-25 , which would revise the Landlord-Tenant Law, according to a press release. The amendments made by the Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee fit into three categories: leases and landlord-tenant obligations; licensing and data collection, including inspections; and rent adjustments. The […]

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