Council agrees to PATH ask – Orders independent analysis of TIF proposal
As the Howard County Council reviews a historic public financing deal tied to the redevelopment of downtown Columbia, Council Chairman Calvin Ball called for an independent analysis of a $90 million public financing tool that warrants what he calls a “thorough, independent and critical review.”…
People Acting Together in Howard, a large community organization in the county, called for the independent analysis at a hearing on Thursday.
Great write up of PATH Solidarity Campaign in the Jewish Times
In direct response to last December’s attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., which left 14 dead and 21 injured, Howard County faith leaders and People Acting Together in Howard, a broad-based community action group, held several interfaith dialogues as a way to fight against anti-Muslim sentiment.
“After the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, PATH began having conversations with members of the [local Muslim community] who were feeling uncomfortable and like they were being watched and targeted,” said Jake Cohen, lead organizer at PATH…
Take Action: Sign the Petition to Keep the Stormwater Fee and Join PATH on Tuesday, Jan 19, 6:45pm at the Council Hearing
County Executive Kittleman and County Councilman Fox have proposed to eliminate the Stormwater Fee, which generates roughly $10 million annually to keep pollutants out of the Chesapeake Bay, and instead to take that funding from the General Fund. The current fee helps provide funding for programs like the READY Program (created by PATH, the Alliance for the Chesapeake, and the county), which employ local youth to do stormwater remediation and develop job skills. If the funding were forced to come from the general fund, it could take away from funding for other important PATH initiatives, such as increasing transportation for seniors, increasing affordable housing in Howard County, and improving educational opportunities for young people. Long term, it could also harm the READY program if Howard County experiences a fiscal downturn and the general fund decreases.
The County Council needs to see that County residents support the Stormwater Fee as it exists today. Please sign the petition below to Keep The Fee and join PATH on Tuesday, January 19, 6:45 pm, at the County Council Hearing (George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City, MD) where they will vote on this important bill!
PATH leaders promote unity after recent terror attacks
On Saturday, nearly 100 people of a range of faiths and beliefs crowded into the Maryum center to hear messages of tolerance from Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders aimed at countering the potential targeting of Muslims and preventing the development of a wedge between Muslims and others that they say is desired by extremists.
People Acting Together in Howard, or PATH, planned the event…
PATH Leaders work with County Council to override County Executive Veto!
After nearly six months of back-and-forth, a bill creating a set of nutritional guidelines for the food and drink sold in Howard County government vending machines was voted, for a final time, into law today.
The legislation, which requires a certain percentage of the food and drink offerings in county vending machines to meet a set of caloric, fat and sugar guidelines. was first passed by the County Council in early July, and then vetoed a week later by County Executive Allan Kittleman.
The 4-1 decision Friday traced party lines, with the council’s lone Republican member, Greg Fox, casting the only dissenting vote. He and Kittleman argue that the bill chips away at personal freedoms.
Howard County Executive Vetoes Nutritional Standards Bill
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has vetoed legislation creating a set of nutritional guidelines for the food and drink sold in vending machines in Howard County government buildings.
“I trust Howard County residents and employees to make their own decisions about what to eat,” Kittleman said before signing the veto on Monday afternoon at the county’s government headquarters in Ellicott City.
The County Council passed the bill, which required food and drink offerings in county vending machines to meet a set of caloric, fat and sugar guidelines, by a 4-1 vote last week. Councilmember Greg Fox, a Republican from Fulton, cast the only vote in opposition.
Howard debates merits of nutritional guidelines for county concessions
People packed the Howard County Council’s Ellicott City chambers Monday night to testify on a bill that would create nutritional standards for food and drink sold on county property, in a hearing that was reminiscent of another held almost a year ago.
The debate then, in July 2014, also centered on a bill that addressed food and drink guidelines in Howard, and drew so many people that it ran into the early morning hours, with the last testimony delivered shortly after 1 a.m.
Monday night, the hearing wound down around midnight after about five hours worth of testimony.