Category: County News

County Council At-Large Candidate: Marilyn Balcombe

Photo of the candidate courtesy Marilyn Balcombe Why are you running for County Council? This is a landmark election. With at least four new council members and a new county executive, we need to elect new leaders who have a comprehensive knowledge of the complexity of the issues facing our county. We live in a great community and we continue to grow and change. We need to manage that growth in a way that protects our quality of life for ALL our residents. I know I have the knowledge, skill and vision to do so. What are your qualifications...

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Democratic Candidates Asked to Provide Info for Source Readers

Photo from There are 33 Democratic candidates who have declared that they are running for four at-large seats on the County Council this year. The large number of candidates, driven by a combination of term limits eliminating three incumbents and a new public financing program, makes holding traditional candidate forums a logistical challenge. In order to help readers learn about the contenders, the Source sent a brief questionnaire to all the Democratic candidates, inviting them to answer and return them for publication as they come back in to us. Look for the first such posting later today. Please...

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Long Branch, Bonifant businesses could get county funding

Purple Line construction continues along Arliss for planned tunnel. Photo by Mike Diegel. Businesses in a portion of Long Branch and along Bonifant Street could receive funding to help offset the effects of Purple Line construction under terms of an amendment to the FY2017-2022 Capital Improvement Program. The amendment was requested by the County Executive and approved last week by the County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. The funding ($300,000) originally was intended to assist those businesses in the Long Branch “superblock,” bordered by Arliss Street, Flower Avenue, and Piney Branch Road, as part of the Long...

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Some Ride On shelters now illuminated by solar power

Photo  from Wikimedia Commons More than 40 Ride On bus shelters around the county now are illuminated after dark via newly installed solar-powered panels. The panels were installed by Clear Channel Outdoor and are located in areas where there were no nearby electrical connections. “Providing lighting at all of Ride On’s bus shelters has been a priority for Ride On for many years, but the technology just wasn’t available to make this a reality,” said Al Roshdieh, director of the county’s Department of Transportation said in a press release. “Now, with the latest advancements in solar technology, we are...

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Council schedules hearing on deportation legal assistance funding

Photo from Wikimedia Commons The County Council has scheduled a public hearing on a special appropriation that would provide funding for legal assistance to “Residents Detained for Deportation Proceedings,” according to a press release. The hearing will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. on the proposal to appropriate $374,957 from the general fund’s undesignated reserve. The special appropriation was introduced April 17 and, if approved, would go to the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition to represent low-income county residents in deportation proceedings.  “Across the U.S., we have heard accounts of residents being put into detention and...

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