Elevated Voices, July 26, 2020

“Facts, Truths, and Realities” with Delegate Marc Korman

Candace and Tom return from hiatus for this wide-ranging interview with Delegate Marc Korman, who represents Montgomery County’s 16th District. They discuss the decision on whether to hold a Special Session, COVID-19 tests from South Korean, and Delegate Korman’s successful effort to have archived editions of the Maryland Manual posted online. He even brought back the long lost tradition of host gifts!

Three Items For Action:

1) Request an Absentee Ballot;

2) www.saveourstages.com; and

3) Howard County ICE contract

Listen here.

Housing 14,000 with Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership’s Adria Crutchfieldn this episode, Candace and Tom interview Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership’s Executive Director Adria Crutchfield. The BHRP is dedicated to providing housing for lower income families in “safe, healthy, and economically vibrant communities.” Adria discusses many of the obstacles to obtaining such housing and the means by which the BHRP provides subsidies to live in such areas.

TWO Action Items:

1) Equity in Remote Education

2) Support Howard County’s SAO 1-FY2021, which funds the Department of Housing and Community Development

Listen here.

LINKS

National

White House to scrap fair housing rule as Trump bids for suburban voters (Politico)

Administration officials briefed select congressional staff on Wednesday on the new proposal, which will replace a rule requiring local governments to proactively track patterns of poverty and segregation with a checklist of 92 questions in order to gain access to federal housing funds. Critics decried the plan as costly and overly complicated.

The new rule will use a much lower bar, essentially relying on local governments to self-certify that they are “furthering fair housing.”

State

Thousands of Maryland children will fall behind academically without in-person schooling, advocates warn (Liz Bowie – The Baltimore Sun)

A county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore quietly takes down a Confederate memorial, after years of rejecting the idea (Jonathan M. Pitts – The Baltimore Sun)

Local

Guest Post: We Are Responsible – – James Cecil on Educational Issues in Howard County (Village Green/Town Squared)

#SaveourStages: The uncertain future of Merriweather Post Pavilion and America’s Independent Venues (The Merriweather Post)

This Week’s Birthdays:

  • July 27th – Christiana Mercer Rigby, Carla Gates,
  • July 29th – Vince Culotta, Jennifer Culotta
  • July 30th – Vernon Gray, Brad Blackwell, Katherine Keefe, Jolene Ivey, Ginnie Gick
  • July 31st – PJ Strain
  • August 1st – Jessica Feldmark
  • August 2nd – David Beares, Kevin Walling, Mark Brodsky

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