Sunday, May 19, 2013
'People,' 'testified' and 'college' also were big in Nancy Navarro's budget statement.
When Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro summarized the fiscal 2014 county budget, the words "county," "budget" and "Montgomery" naturally featured prominently in her statement. Council members tentatively approved the spending plan in a unanimous straw vote Thursday. Other words that Navarro was fond of in describing the $4.8 billion plan: "percent," "funding," "college," "testified," "people" and "providing." See what else Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring thinks of the budget in the word cloud above. Read Navarro's statement here. SPEAK OUT: What words would you use to describe the Montgomery County budget? What would be the big words in your word cloud?
Monday, May 13, 2013
Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro, whose district includes Wheaton, shifted her support to a plan that would tie the Park and Planning headquarters to the rest of Wheaton redevelopment.
County officials have the next six months to work with private developers on plans for Wheaton redevelopment that could include the new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters, the Montgomery County Council decided at a budget worksession Monday. With the current Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring added to the mix of properties available in Wheaton, county officials say they are seeing more interest from developers. The project description form (PDF) embraced by the Council sets forth a timeline for this process: The Executive has indicated his intent to issue an RFP by June 1 and select a developer by Nov. 1. Planning and engineering will…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Some councilmembers want to move forward with the Park and Planning headquarters, separate from other redevelopment in Wheaton; others want the headquarters to be part of an overall redevelopment strategy.
In considering options for Wheaton redevelopment and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters, members of the Montgomery County Council found themselves equally divided on how to move forward at a joint committee meeting Wednesday. Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Valerie Ervin joined Council President Nancy Navarro in supporting a "split project" approach in which Park and Planning could move forward with its plans for a new headquarters building south of Reedie Drive, separate from the redevelopment possibilities being explored for other parcels of county land in Wheaton. Park and Planning prefers this option because it wants responsibility for its own building, Planning Board Chair Francoise Carrier said. …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Maryland Juice: Navarro, other county pols, could join Brown in gubernatorial bid.
Could Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring become Maryland's next lieutenant governor? The state's gubernatorial election is a long way off, but political consultant David Moon, editor of the politics blog Maryland Juice, thinks Navarro is at least under consideration as a running mate to current Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Brown, a Democrat from Prince George's County, is expected to be the first candidate to announce his bid for governor in 2014. Adam Fogel, Navarro's chief of staff, declined to comment. Moon procured a short list of potential candidates to join Brown, who is thought to be preparing to kick off his campaign May 10 at Prince George's Community College. Here's the list: Click here …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro laid out her concerns in a memo to County Executive Isiah Leggett Tuesday.
Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro took County Executive Isiah Leggett to task in a memo on Tuesday, criticizing his administration's "poor track record in its implementation of Wheaton redevelopment." During a joint committee meeting at the Montgomery County Council on Friday, councilmembers discussed plans for the new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters in Wheaton. They decided to allow the Department of General Services more time to talk with private developers and report back on April 24. But Navarro said at the committee meeting that she was "not optimistic" about Leggett's approach, a theme she touched upon again in her memo: Your recommendation to solicit private development proposals …
Monday, April 15, 2013
County agencies would not be relocated to Wheaton under two options being considered.
The Montgomery County Council is weighing the need for urgency in building a new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters in Wheaton against the desire to encourage private developers to share ideas and submit proposals for the Reedie Drive and Parking Lot 13 area. Before budget decisions are made at the end of May, the county’s Department of General Services will be talking with developers who have expressed interest in building in downtown Wheaton. With cramped working conditions at a deteriorating headquarters building in Silver Spring, Park and Planning is eager to move. Meanwhile, the council is eager to signal its commitment to Wheaton revitalization, after a year of talks between the county and M-NCPPC. …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A bicyclist's death this week marked the fifth fatal collision in the eastern and middle areas of Montgomery County since late January.
A 23-year-old man died after a car struck his bicycle in downtown Silver Spring Sunday, the latest casualty in a series of collisions that have unsettled Montgomery County residents. Since Jan. 22, four pedestrians — and now a cyclist — have died in Silver Spring and Aspen Hill. Three were killed while crossing the road, another while she stood on the sidewalk. At least two others were injured. One did not appear to have major injuries, but another went to the hospital in serious condition. Ken Silverman, an analyst for Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro, has created a map showing the locations of five of these collisions. Silverman says that Montgomery County police should "aggressively ticket drivers who speed or fail to …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Patch looks back to what was going on around this time last year with plans for the Wheaton library and recreation center project.
Montgomery County is almost ready to begin the design phase for the combination Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center project on Georgia Avenue. And the funding is in place, thanks to a budget decision last March by two Montgomery County Council committees. [Stay informed about news in Wheaton by signing up for a daily newsletter and breaking news alerts from Wheaton Patch.] At their joint meeting on March 5, 2012, the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development and the Housing and Human Services committees voted to advance planning and design funding for the project to fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014, as proposed by Councilmember Nancy Navarro. This decision (later affirmed by the full council) represented a two-year …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Montgomery County Council president used her voice to support a community petition to bring a Trader Joe's to a shopping center north of Glenmmont.
If Wheaton and Glenmont residents want to shop at a Trader Joe's, they must travel to the specialty grocery store's locations in Rockville and Silver Spring. But perhaps that will soon change. A community petition to bring Trader Joe's to the Plaza del Mercado Shopping Center at the corner of Bel Pre and Layhill roads has received more than 1,500 signatures on Change.org. "When Giant Foods closed their Plaza Del Marcado location, it left a great void for the surrounding neighborhoods," the petition states. "The Plaza Del Marcado shopping center is in desperate need of an anchor store and we believe Trader Joe's is just the ticket." Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro has taken notice. She shared the following in her …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Notable outcomes include passing a resolution on tighter gun restrictions, delaying funding for county transportation projects, and a denied school board request for additional funding.
The Montgomery County Council met Tuesday for its first session of 2013. Notable outcomes from the meeting include: Council Introduces Resolution To Promote Tighter Gun Restrictions The Montgomery County Council introduced a resolution Tuesday urging Gov. Martin O'Malley and state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on gun and ammunition sales. The resolution, Germantown Patch reported, asks state leaders to: "The proposals, introduced by Council President Nancy Navarro (D-East County), mirror many of the laws that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and others in the state legislature will attempt to pass during the General Assembly" since the county lacks authority to regulate the sale or possession of firearms under state law, BethesdaNow.com …