Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Advisory Board to hold biennial Capital Budget Forum on July 30

County Executive Ike Leggett, Office of Management and Budget, and the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board invite you to this opportunity to learn about the Capital Improvements Program (CIP), provide input, and get answers to your questions. The CIP is the County's fiscal plan for construction of facilities and other assets having a relatively long life - i.e. new schools, road work, library rennovations, etc. (See the list of current local projects.)

The forum will be held July 30, 7-9pm, at the BCC Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.

The forum will help you:

1. Learn about how your County's physical facilities (roads, buildings, etc) are developed.

2. Provide input for projects to be considered in the future and help us set construction and planning priorities.

3. Get answers to your questions directly from various County Departments about any project, the process, time-frames and additional opportunities for community engagement.

For more information, see the 2011 letter from the WMCCAB the section of the County Executive's Recommended FY13-18 CIP which discusses this process.


7:00 – Welcome by WMCCAB Chair, Marc Korman

7:05 – Office of Management & Budget presentation

7:15 - County Executive statement & Q&A

7:55 – Small groups

8:15 – Report out by small groups

8:30 – WMCCAB meeting to debrief and develop CIP priority list

9:00 p.m. Adjournment

Representatives from County departments and agencies will be present: Transportation, General Services, Park & Planning, Public Schools, Recreation and Public Libraries.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Council confirms new Advisory Board members

Congratulations to the new members of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board confirmed by the County Council today. They are:

Jordan Cooper is a residential representative from the North Bethesda-Garrett Park Planning Area. Jordan was born and raised in North Bethesda, attended K-12 in MCPS, and currently serves as president of the Luxmanor Citizens Association. Jordan has extensive legislative experience in Annapolis, where he first worked a decade ago. Jordan is a health care professional with experience working on health policy in academic, legislative, clinical, non-profit advocacy, and private sector settings. This work includes the submission of public comments which were subsequently included in final federal regulations pertaining to Health Care Reform. Jordan has a BA in Political Science from Vassar College and a MSPH in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Gordon Smith joins the Board as a residential representative from the Potomac Planning Area. A long-time resident of Montgomery County, Gordon attended Ohio Wesleyan and Harvard Business School and is a former Air Force pilot. Gordon is a founder of Miller and Smith home builders and currently managing director of Elite Energy in Carson City, Nevada. Gordon served on the Board of Ohio Wesleyan and now serves on the endowment committees of Ohio Wesleyan and Wesleyan Theological Seminary in Washington. Gordon is personally involved in significant charitable work in the United States and abroad.

Jon Weintraub is a residential representative from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Planning Area. A resident of downtown Bethesda, Jon is chair of the Downtown Bethesda Condominium Association and past chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership Board of Directors. Jon serves on the Bethesda Metro Station Task Force and Woodmont Triangle Action Group. Jon retired from the Federal Government in 2002 with 21 years of service as senior staff in the House of Representatives and at the Department of Education. He served on the Transition Teams for Presidents Clinton and Obama and worked at the National Association of Counties for 12 years where he directed their legislative staff. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and worked for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee [SNCC] in Dallas and Macon County, Alabama, in the early 1960s.

Jason Yang, a new business representative on the Board, is the founder and director of Digital Studios, a local web design and development company. A resident of Bethesda, Jason is a first generation Asian American born and raised in Montgomery County. Jason attended the University of Maryland.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Superintendent Starr to speak at Advisory Board next Monday

The public is invited to attend Monday's (July 15) meeting of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board with County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr.

Dr. Starr is a passionate champion for all students and is committed to ensuring that Montgomery County Public Schools meet the needs of students across the spectrum. At Monday's meeting, Dr. Starr will discuss the state of County public schools and his educational priorities.

The meeting begins at 7pm at the BCC Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Public Safety Update

Dear Residents of the 2nd District:

Congratulations for helping to make the Bethesda area one of the safest places to live according to the Farmer's Insurance and Sperling Best Places Ranking.


Over the last year, I have emphasized time and time again about the importance of the members of the community being the eyes and ears of the police department. During the last month, there have been several incidents where you have called us at the right time and allowed us to make one or more arrests. Recently, there have been a group of thieves entering office buildings and stealing laptops and other items. Despite an arrest last month and the closure of several cases, we were still experiencing similar crimes. Last week, an alert occupant of a building on Security Lane called us to report several suspicious people lurking in the building. We responded in force and arrested four suspects from the D.C. and PG areas as they tried to leave. Two nights ago, an alert citizen in Potomac called to report suspicious people trying to enter cars. We again responded and arrested two juveniles who lived in the area. Last night a resident of Chevy Chase called to report two young suspects looking into cars. We were unable to locate them, but that call brought us into the area and probably scared them away. You helped to make these arrests and prevent additional crime. Thank you for the assist!

Another tool for our success is communication - between you and us, as well as between us and other agencies. There have been some residential burglaries along the Western Ave. area on both sides of the line. Recently, DC made an arrest of several suspects due to an alert resident calling in. Our detectives are working with DC detectives to see if the crimes on both sides of the line are linked. Kudos to our partners in DC.

The one big issue that still needs a lot of work is personal crime prevention. Theft from autos remains the #1 crime and the large majority of cases involve unlocked car doors with valuables left in plain sight. Lock your doors even if they are parked in your driveway. Remove all valuable and anything that looks like it could be of value. Call 911 immediately if you see anyone in your neighborhood late at night that does not belong.


During the first six months of 2013, there have been 22 fatal traffic collisions in Montgomery County. While none of those have occurred in the 2nd District, we continue to have non-fatal crashes averaging about 100 minor fender-benders and 150 more serious crashes each month. Almost 100% of crashes are preventable and most are the result of simple inattention to the road and traffic. Too many people are still on the phone, texting, changing their music, eating, and doing everything else besides paying attention to their driving. Our traffic squad is doing a lot of everyday enforcement on the major arteries, such as Wisconsin Ave. and Connecticut Ave where many crashes are occurring. Our centralized Traffic Operations Division has conducted a series of pedestrian enforcement operations targeting both drivers who fail to yield, and pedestrians that jaywalk. The red light and speed cameras, although not a fan favorite, are helping to reduce speeds and red light violations. We spend a lot of time investigating crashes and other traffic problems; time that would be better spent increasing the patrols through your neighborhoods. Please pay attention to your driving and be ready to react when another driver does something unsafe.

Think personal safety - Drive with complete focus - Call us immediately when you observe anything suspicious.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Captain Falcinelli
Commander - 2nd District