Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The scene from Tuesday's rally outside the Montgomery County Council building in Rockville.
These videos capture the scene Tuesday as Montgomery County Council members Marc Elrich and George Leventhal were presented with a 2,000-signature petition opposing plans to replace a vacant office building in Aspen Hill with a Walmart. Opponents staged a rally outside the Montgomery County Council building. The event was cordinated with help from labor activists with Raise Maryland and OUR Walmart, with supporters from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
New study cites abuse and lax management as reasons for inflated figures.
The Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight released a report Tuesday that found that the majority of more than $63 million in county overtime costs from January 2011 to June 2012 was paid to police and fire agencies and that a significant amount of the extra pay was the result of sick-leave abuse. The study, "Employee Work Hours and Leave in Montgomery County," revealed the county paid $63.3 million in overtime to 6,789 county employees. Click here to read the full report. Montgomery County Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park described the findings as a “wake-up call to management” and told The Washington Post “someone has to rein in those costs." The study found that approximately 70 percent of the …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Examiner: County Councilwoman from Silver Spring Joins Leventhal, Andrews, and Duncan as Democratic candidates.
Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin announced plans to join an already crowded Democratic field for the 2014 County Executive race, The Washington Examiner reported. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring joins county councilmen George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park and Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist.3) of Gaithersburg, and former County Executive Doug Duncan in the race, according to the report. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) could still announce a run for re-election. Ervin, 55, said she'd had "serious discussions" with multiple community members, pollsters and media consultants about starting her campaign, according to the report. Read the full story on The Washington Examiner.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Former County Executive Doug Duncan met today with pollster and political advisers, according to CenterMaryland.org.
Will Doug Duncan—Montgomery’s longest-serving county executive—return for a run at an unprecedented fourth term? Duncan's political future came into clearer focus Tuesday after he met with advisers in Gaithersburg to mull the 2014 election, Josh Kurtz writes in CenterMaryland.org. The closed meeting hashed over the results of a new poll “that supposedly showed Duncan handily defeating every other potential Democratic candidate,” according to Kurtz. Speculation has long swirled that Duncan—who served as Montgomery’s executive from 1994 to 2006 before a gubernatorial campaign that ended with him dropping out, citing clinical depression—is primed for a return to county politics. If so, he would be joining a field that already has two …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Leggett objects to 'legislative veto' over pricing and incentives.
The Montgomery Council took its first step today in checking County Executive Isiah Leggett’s “unbridled” authority to deal away county-owned assets, despite Leggett's objection that the Council is overstepping its bounds in arming itself with a “legislative veto” over a contract's financial specifics. Councilman George Leventhal today formally introduced expedited bill 11-12, which would amend county code to give the Council final say on the sale of county-owned property worth more than $100,000 and leases that last three years or more or that segue into ownership. Each such transaction would require a public hearing with at least 15 days notice before the Council approves or rejects the deal. The point of contention: Leventhal's bill …