Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Gaithersburg City Councilwoman Cathy Drzyzgula voted against the group's newly-adopted position, The Washington Post reports.
Update -- 1:45 p.m., April 11, 2013 The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments approved a motion to reconsider its position on gun violence by a vote of 24-4-1. A substitute motion to ask for committee input and address how to handle potential legislative positions was approved by a vote of 26-2-1, the city of Gaithersburg announced. Council Member Cathy Drzyzgula, who voted against the original position, praised the COG for its decision. "MWCOG has a long history of sucessfully addressing difficult regional challenges such as Metro funding and governance and gang violence," Drzyzgula told Patch in an email. "By restarting this process in way that will better utilize the strengths of the organization and the input from our members …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A Germantown Patch reader shares her reasons for supporting Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun violence prevention bill.
Editor's note: The following letter was submitted by Patch reader, J. Elizabeth Rodriguez: Some legislators in Annapolis want to vote against Governor O’Malley’s gun violence prevention bill. I urge EVERY Maryland lawmaker to vote for the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. It will prevent criminals, like the one who mugged my son, from purchasing guns. My son was held up at gunpoint when he was going to the library to complete his English paper. Fortunately he was not hurt physically. I grew up in Brooklyn New York where I was faced with gun violence and did not want this for my children. I moved to Maryland and apparently the violence has moved here as well. We can end much of this violence by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. If …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
President Obama pressed for social and economic change in his State of the Union address.
Tuesday, February 12
By Jeremy Barr, Capital News Service President Barack Obama used his first State of the Union address as a second-term president Tuesday to focus on an economy that continues to struggle toward recovery and to lobby for better gun laws to stem violence that claimed two student lives in Maryland the same day. “A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs—that must be the North Star that guides our efforts," Obama said. "Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?” His administration released a package of job training, business …
Friday, January 25, 2013
U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen is slated to speak at the rally in front of the Washington Monument.
Montgomery County residents taking part in Saturday's March on Washington to Prevent Gun Violence will see at least one familar face in the crowd: that of U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington, who will speak at the march, according to a statement from his office. Participants in the march will gather at 10 a.m. in front of the U.S. Capitol's reflecting pool. After a silent march from the Capitol to the Washington Monument via Constitution Avenue, participants will hold a rally at the monument at 11 a.m. in which Van Hollen and others will deliver remarks. March participants will include religious leaders, elected officials, victims of gun violence, children’s health and safety advocates and concerned citizens, …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
If the Montgomery County Council approves the request, all 132 elementary campuses could receive the upgrade by July.
Montgomery County parents may rest a little easier after the county school board voted Tuesday to speed up spending to increase security at Montgomery County elementary schools. The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously to request an additional $364,000 to place video intercom systems at the entrance of every county elementary school. If the Montgomery County Council approves the request, all 132 elementary campuses could receive the upgrade by July, the Washington Examiner reported. Passage by the County Council is likely. On Monday, Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring and Education Committee Chair Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring sent a letter to school board President Christopher …