Friday, February 28, 2014

Video of Town Hall Meeting on Crime Prevention

The city has posted video of the February 27th, 2014 Town Hall Meeting on Crime Prevention, organized by Sycamore Avenue residents with the participation of regional and state police officials, moderated by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and Mayor Bruce Williams.

The Sycamore Avenue residents created a white paper in advance of the meeting.

Participating in the meeting were:

  • Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg
  • Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger
  • Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw
  • Washington DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier
  • Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown
  • WMATA Police Chief Ron Pavlik
  • Montgomery County Park Chief of Police Antonio DeVaul
  • UMD - College Park Police Captain Philip Tou

I do want to make sure that everyone knows about the AlertTakoma e-mail list. AT is "a channel for information on crime incidents and immediate actions to take or that have been taken in response. It is also a channel for announcements relating to crime from authorities. The geographic coverage is the neighborhoods within Takoma Park Maryland and the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC centered on the Takoma Metro station."

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Remembering Kay Daniels-Cohen: Monday evening "open microphone" + Facebook page + family information

The city has issued a news release on the death of Ward 3 Councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen.

Monday evening, February 24, the city council will hold a short meeting followed by a time to remember Kay. That's --

Open microphone, 7:45 pm Monday, for comments from those who would like to share their thoughts about Kay Daniels-Cohen's life and passing.

Also, city staff have set up a Facebook Remembrance Wall for the community to share thoughts and stories of Councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen.

There's information on that page for those who wish to make a memorial donation or write to Kay's husband and brother.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sad news: Councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen

I learned this evening that Takoma Park City Councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen, my colleague and friend, has died. She had represented Ward 3 on the council since November 2011.

Kay was diagnosed last year with bone cancer; she had been treated for breast cancer a number of years before. Her latest cancer spread but was also controlled by treatment, and her doctor gave her a green light to run for reelection last fall.

Kay was one of the most up-beat and enthusiastic people I have known, including during this last year, with a Let's Do It! attitude and heart-felt dedication to serving the community, especially young people. Kay was always ready with a story about growing up in Takoma Park many decades ago, and with recognition of all that is good in our community today.

My thoughts are with Kay's husband Jack Cohen and brother Buddy Daniels, also with her Sherman Avenue neighbors and many, many Takoma Park friends. We will all miss her.


(Photo taken by Julie Wiatt of the Takoma Voice.)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Takoma Park environmental sustainability coordinator position

The city is now actively searching for an environmental sustainability coordinator. This person will spearhead implementation of the city's Environmental Sustainability Action Plan,, which was created by consultant the Brendle Group (

The listing is below. Apply online via . City staff will manage the recruiting process. Please note that the council will not be involved in the hiring decision.

The City of Takoma Park is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to develop, plan, supervise, manage and lead efforts to develop and implement a City-wide environmental sustainability effort with a particular emphasis on residential and multi-family energy efficiency. The Sustainability Coordinator will provide professional services, either directly or through subordinate staff and/or professional service contracts, in the areas of energy management as well as voluntary program design, implementation and measurement.

Typical Duties:
  • Responsible for identifying sustainability goals, advocating for resources, and analyzing and proposing new policy to address sustainability.
  • Accountable for program development, outreach to the community,partnership building with organizations within and outside the community, and pursuing funding and financing mechanisms for achieving plan goals.
  • Design, implement, monitor, document, and communicate about programs targeting residential and multi-family building efficiency, carpooling and transportation challenges, and public and private renewable energy projects.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences, EnvironmentalPolicy or Management, Public Administration, Urban Planning or other related field;
  • Three (3) to five (5) years related professional experience including developing and implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
  • Knowledge of and experience in environmental management, climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental sustainability principles.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February 3 at the city council: Zoning rewrite presentation, grants & state legislation

The Takoma Park City Council meets Monday evening, Feburary 3, with one hot item on the agenda:

An update on Montgomery County zoning code revisions, to be presented by Rose Krasnow, Deputy Director of the Montgomery County Planning Department, and Pamela Dunn, project manager. Their presentation slides are online.

The most controverial item, for Takoma Park residents, has been proposed changes to Commercial/Residential (C/R) zoning, which some fear would mean increased and unacceptable pressure from commercial development, on adjacent purely residential neighborhoods. In Takoma Park, the area of greatest concern is the New Hampshire Avenue corridor.

The presentation is scheduled for 8 pm. Our visitors will take council questions.

Also on Monday evening's agenda: A continuation of last week's council discussion of revision and formalization of the city's grants policy and an update and as-needed discussion of items of interest in the unfolding 2014 Maryland legislative session.

The types of grants and proposed FY15 funding levels total $172,000:

- Mini Grants $ 10,000
- Arts and Cultural Events $ 70,000
- Program and Operational Support $ 50,000
- Capital Projects $ 42,000

Proposed funding levels do not include the City's FY15 CDBG allocation. Community Development Block Grants are federal funding, routed through Montgomery County and targeting economically disadvantaged areas. Proposed city grants do not include anticipated contracts for services with local business associations such as the Old Takoma Business Association, or funding for the Independence Day Committee.

The Council budgeted $172,115, approximately the same amount, for community grants and community festivals in FY14.

As always, please let me know by e-mail ( or phone (301-873-8225) if you have city-related concerns you wish to discuss, or come by my twice-monthly councilmember drop-in office time, the second Tuesday of each month (February 11), 5-6 pm, and the fourth Wednesday (February 26), 8-9 am, at 7006 Carroll Avenue #202, entry between Mark's Kitchen and the Middle Eastern Cuisine.