Carry the torch and move forward

Part of my speech at 4/7/2018 African American Coalition and Delta Sigma Theta Soroity BOE Candidate Forum:

When I grew up, Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “I have a dream” was one of the few English articles I was asked to recite. I really like it and he motivated and changed this county.

If it were not for Dr. King and the civil rights movement, I would not even be here, let alone running for BOE.

Civil rights movement never ends until everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Education is one of the key parts of this movement and this dream. We must provide equitable learning opportunities for each student. We must also encourage our students to overcome all difficulties and pursue their dream.

 

CA’s neighborhood center discussion

CA board will begin to discuss our neighborhood/community centers at 4/12/2018 night’s board work session.  Due to the financial constraints, there is a possibility some community centers will be closed in the future.

Here are some materials from CA staff for the board to review. I am extracting some information here and attaching the backup material for your reference:

  • CA owns 14 neighborhood centers which are maintained jointly with the village associations. The neighborhood centers day to day operations and rental programs are under the purview of the village associations. The neighborhood centers are primarily used as daycares and for church gatherings, and other village rentals.
  • CA construction department staff conducted an evaluation of all 14 facilities to assess major building components, remaining useful life of building systems, and assign value to necessary capital repairs. In addition, ongoing operating income and expenses were analyzed for strategic consideration regarding long term building operations relative to CA’s other operating and capital initiatives.

Dorsey’s Search : 1
Harper’s Choice : 2
King’s Contrivance : 1
Long Reach : 3
Oakland Mills : 3
River Hill : 1
Wilde Lake : 3
Three villages, Hickory Ridge, Owen Brown, and Town Center have no neighborhood centers

Staff recommendation:

CA will evaluate an offset to the village association for operating losses from closing neighborhood centers with additional CA grant allocations. Passive parks will replace the building footprint where buildings are removed

  1. FY20: Demolish Locust Park Neighborhood Center replace with passive park.
  2. Pending: (CA will coordinate with Village Associations)
    •Repurpose Running Brook and Faulkner Ridge for ADA pool bathhouse improvements when current tenant vacates.
    •Replace Stevens Forest and Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Centers with passive park when current tenants vacate.
    •Take out of Service Talbott Springs, Longfellow and MacGills Common, when current tenants vacate
  3. On-going: Maintain Bryant Woods, Dorsey Hall, River Hill, Thunder Hill, Swansfield and Phelps Luck Neighborhood Centers

Item_06(d)_(1)_Memo_Neighborhood Center Strategic Plan

Item_06(d)_(2)_Financial Information

Item_06(d)_(3)_Power Point-Neighborhood Centers Evaluation

 

You can also get all information at https://www.columbiaassociation.org/about-us/board-of-directors/, https://d2814gcejiq38s.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/packet-agendas-74853-2.pdf

Quick Summary of PTA meeting with County Executive Allan Kittleman

Quick summary of the questions for county executive Alan Kittleman from PTA delegates (or audiences) Monday night(4/9/2018) at Homewood center:

1) Talbott Springs elementary school changed from replacement to renovation due to state cutting the funding for the replacement. Wish the state will reverse the decision.

2) Cost of High School #13.

3) Health fund issue.

4) Why we, the second wealthy county, could not pay the capital budgets for new schools?

5) safety in school. Why put more beat cops in school?

6) Talbott Springs elementary school problem, portable classrooms

7) some community of people of color are afraid of cops. Police Department works with immigrant community and makes sure they have a voice (FIRN) and increase engagement with them.

8) lack of communication/cooperation between different agencies.

9) how community can intervene with the (over) development?
Elect people(especially county council, who controls the DPZ and laws) who agree with you.

10) school staff question

11) patrol officers are given special training.

12) zoning problem, planing board problem.

13) high school # 13 selection issue

14) transfer tax increase question. asking growing rental community bear the burden with the capital budget

15) relationship between special needs student and the police department

16) redistricting pain. Besides the transfer tax fee increase and raising developer fee(comment: which is not happening now), what else the county/community can do?

17) the state legislature changed the structure of Board of Public Works. How will than impact our school funding?