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Wendel November 10, 2013 at 02:49 pm
Several residents of Thunder Hill have decided to move out of Thunder Hill to avoid having theirRead More kids attend Oakland Mills Schools. The high concentration of subsidized housing in Oakland Mills affects all of us.
John DiTomasso November 11, 2013 at 12:28 am
It's too bad there are no longer investigative reporters out there. This is a story packed withRead More questions that need to be answered. The County Housing Director, Tom Carbo and the OM County Council Representative, Calvin Ball did not tell our Village Board that this purchase was happening until an October meeting of the OM Village Board. Later they asserted that there was a "confidentiality agreement" between the seller and the County that prevented disclosure. They claim the agreement was lifted in August and that they "began outreach to the Village Board Leadership " at that time. Note that they don't say we told the Village Board Leadership that we were in the process of purchasing the Verona Apartments. It is all very disingenuous . They actually met with our Chairperson in August or early September and talked about idea of the purchase but never mentioned that in July An RFP regarding the purchase went out. Our Village Board was told of the purchase on October 8th. It took everyone by complete surprise. Dr. Ball and Mr. Carbo would like us forget about their lack of openness in this purchase and instead focus on how wonderful this will be for Oakland Mills. Such hogwash! We have a police substation for a reason. Our schools' test scores are depressed for a reason. Realtors push people away from our village for a reason. And, a concentration of subsidized housing is the reason for all of the aforementioned. Instead of finding ways to decentralize subsidized housing in OM, County policy is working in the other direction. Verona is one example. I wonder how many people are aware that the County passed a bill, CB 35, that allows developers to pay a fee to the county in-lieu of building 10% of their units for moderate income folks. Mr Carbo estimates there will be 3 + million dollars flowing into housing department coffers. Oh, and he tells us this money can be used to buy distressed properties in the 21045 zip code and North Laurel. How many moderate priced homes can we expect in the new Town Center development now that builders can pay a fee and get away from that pesky 10% rule? Sorry for the rant. This is a big issue with lots of facets. I hope any of your readers that are in Oakland Mills will come to the meeting at the Village Board on Tuesday, the 19th at 7:30. We need to speak loud and clear - OM has more than enough subsidized housing. We need to desubsidize!
bgray2604 November 11, 2013 at 09:37 am
Candace, I was very surprised to see that you had tried to reach out to Oakland Mills Village forRead More comment and had received no response. I checked with the Village staff and no one appears to have received an email. I did not either. Who did you send your email to asking for input? Bill Gray, Chair, Oakland Mills Village Board
dwb July 12, 2013 at 02:45 pm
sorry i was thinking of a different tampa bay times article earlier in the year, here is the link:Read More http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/florida-stand-your-ground-law-yields-some-shocking-outcomes-depending-on/1233133 "It took five years for the Florida Supreme Court to decide that judges should base immunity decisions on the preponderance of evidence. Still unresolved is whether a defendant can get immunity if he illegally has a gun. And courts are divided on what the law is when a victim is retreating. " A lot of the uneven enforcement is due to the vagueness of the law itself. Other states have SYG, how do those fare? Are they better written?
Sanchez July 13, 2013 at 09:09 am
Still no correction on the factual falsehoods of this article Candace? What kind of amateurRead More journalism is this?
Sanchez July 15, 2013 at 08:48 am
I see Candace has no intention of correcting this story that is nothing more than completeRead More falsehood. Go figure.
Is obesity a disease to be treated?
Sanchez June 21, 2013 at 07:45 am
Some chip you got on that shoulder Puffy.
Columbia Independent June 21, 2013 at 08:10 am
Ohai's long targeted every single article he can find to make a fat comment about for a while now.Read More Like the closet homosexual, I think there might be more (much more) to the person behind the screen name.
MG42 June 21, 2013 at 08:41 am
LOL, I actually consume about 4-5 scoops of weight gainer everyday.
Bill Hussein O'Stalin September 17, 2012 at 01:07 pm
The law is vague about when the 180 days actually is invoked. For instance, if a policy isRead More changed, then a former employee can come back and sue even 40 years later. And don't think the employers aren't afraid of this law. As the article I linked noted, this will end pay for performance, which may in fact put companies out of business as high achievers move on and start their own company.
Steve September 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm
The only thing keeping it propped up are the undocumented immigrants.
Cindy October 1, 2012 at 01:48 am
This piece goes into depth about this relevant subject:Read More http://womensenews.org/story/books/120902/african-american-womens-legacy-political-power
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