Hearing lots of things from all sides on the County Council legislative meeting Monday night, at which CB9 may be voted upon. To summarize things I am hearing:
The Kittleman administration is pushing to Jon Weinstein and Mary Kay Sigaty the idea of a resolution to say most of what CB9 says, except with very watered-down language. Writes about how wonderful HoCo is and that we are so welcoming and tolerant a community. Except, a resolution has no force of law behind it.
(Update to this: within the last 24 hours, I've heard that the administration is NOT pushing either of the undecided councilpeople for a resolution, nor are they pushing them to vote against CB9 in any form, either amended or nonamended. Of course, I know what I've been hearing over the past few days, so now to hear totally to the contrary, while I believe the sources telling me that, I also have heard the exact opposite from sources I believe just as much. I don't know which side is correct, but I am certain that you, gentle readers, can weigh both of these things and decide for yourselves. I am simply bringing to you the information that is being communicated to me.)
Plus, said resolution should really be laid over for public testimony at next month's Council hearing. But the administration doesn't want to do that. They want a vote on the resolution Monday night. It would seem to me that this isn't even possible. Right?
The HoCo Republican party is whipping up the troops to attend Monday evening and of course, wear red. Their goal is to fill the Banneker Room so proponents of CB9 can't even get a seat.
I've heard that there's an amendment to amendment #1 in the offing to add references to islamophobia and anti-semitism to the bill.
Back to the HoCo Republicans-- they are already considering and planning a referendum movement should the bill pass with a 4-1 majority, or otherwise survive a planned Executive veto.
Last, all sides are still very much assessing and researching the impact of recent events on the national level on this proposed legislation. Not just the executive order that threatens to remove federal resources from sanctuary jurisdictions, but also, the recent travel ban which is currently tied up in the courts.
I think it's safe to say, two and a half days away from this hearing, that the fate of this bill is still up in the air. Truly an unprecedented state of affairs in this county and I suspect several more twists and turns before Monday night. Still, I say: vote for the original bill, or the original bill plus amendments 1 and 2. Including the rumored amendment to amendment 1. Anything less is a half-measure which brings shame to this community and this Council.
Meanwhile, Renee Foose is basically goading the Board of Education into going off on her so she has grounds for her otherwise frivolous, irrelevant lawsuit. If you haven't heard, she told the Board that, literally, "I don't care" that the board wanted certain staff in the room for a budget discussion. Rather, she dismissed them from the meeting during the BOE meeting, with no notice given to the board, via an email. Wow. I could only imagine what would happen if I had ever done a similar thing at any point in my career thus far. I would likely now be mopping floors at an Arby's is what.
Instead, this unethical person who has sadly served our community as the Superintendent of Schools is protected by the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. Therefore immunity is obtained from the repercussions that any other public official would feel by:
*Continuously pitting communities against each other
*Failure to provide data which support claims of improved school performance and fulfilled goals
*Misleading the public regarding health concerns in many public schools
*Failure to show compassion or cooperation for parents suffering through hardships and tragedies that were incurred within HCPSS
*An overwhelming lack of concern and consideration for issues of diversity
*Questionable sole source contracts for legal and consulting services
*Providing a lack of forthcoming information to the State Board of Public Works, including the Governor and Comptroller of Maryland, at at least two consecutive Board of Public Works "begathons"
And that's just a partial list!
But you can help! Email State Senators Ed Kasemeyer and Gail Bates and tell them you want Renee Foose removed. And tell them why. If you need me to tell you reasons-- where have you been for the last few years?
Last, and most, there is only ONE halftime show you will want to watch this coming Sunday, as you sit down and watch "The Big Game in Houston" or "The Pro Football Championship". You will go Gaga over "Do It Live!" during halftime of.....ahhh, screw it, Super Bowl LI. And, although I want the Falcons to win (I guess), I believe it will be the Patriots by 31 to 20. The theme of the show will be: "this s*** isn't funny anymore." What s***, you may ask? Again, do you really need to ask? But, all will be revealed, and recorded for all time on YouTube.
Let's be careful out there.