Cabal of Opposers

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   5:24 PM ON SAT JAN 18 2020
The present author had the opportunity to review recent campaign finance reports. While not all of the listed contributors …

Breaking HoCo BoE Candidate News – Mosley Is In

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:19 PM ON THU JAN 16 2020
Jolene Mosley has filed for the Howard County Board of Education (Council District 3).My sources tell me her campaign will …

Have you seen the results of redistricting?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON JAN 13 2020
Have you seen the results of redistricting?Have you seen the results of redistricting? You would be hard pressed to find o…

Howard County Neighbors United: Hypocrisy Alert

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:22 PM ON SAT JAN 11 2020
First, if you would like to hear a lively and engaging discussion on multiple topics of interest, please check out the late…

HoCo Board of Education: Candidate Considerati…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:30 PM ON SUN JAN 5 2020
As we approach the filing deadline, file this post under information that should be obvious but nonetheless must …

Jill Carter for Congress

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   3:08 PM ON SAT JAN 4 2020
For years, my (former?) best friend, with whom I haven’t spoken since Trump’s inauguration (no coincidence), used to do a b…

King of Misnomers

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:55 AM ON THU JAN 2 2020
I was un-banned recently (and most likely temporarily) from the Howard County Redistricting Opposition Group.  As a re…

Just can’t wait this holiday season…..

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON DEC 23 2019
Just can’t wait this holiday season…..Howard County DPZ December 12 School Waiting Bin Just minutes before the HCPS…

The State Falls Short In Matching Funding For …

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU DEC 12 2019
THE STATE FALLS SHORT IN MATCHING FUNDING FOR JESSUP HIGH, HAMMOND HIGH and TALBOTT SPRINGSOn December 12, 2019 citizens an…

Seeing the forest AND the trees

• HOW COME?   4:12 PM ON SUN DEC 1 2019
I’ve studied the 26 page Forest Conservation Bill (CB-62) as if I my life depends on it.  Because actually, ALL of o…

Wait…there is a Pulse!

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:44 PM ON TUE NOV 26 2019
Projected Order of Finish:  Maryland’s 7th Congressional District – Special Primary Election(As of 11/26/201…

HOW COME HOCO’S BEEN OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH …

• HOW COME?   11:20 AM ON SUN NOV 17 2019
How come HoCo has been out of compliance with the state forest conservation regulations for over 2 decades?!? The simple an…

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Howard Coun…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   10:23 PM ON FRI NOV 15 2019
The school facilities surcharge fee legislation was signed into law on November 6th, 2019 after it was approved unanimously…

Three Things to Know About the School Surcharg…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   11:25 AM ON MON NOV 4 2019
The County Uses Understated Numbers to Estimate GrowthThe county’s budget has a deficit because county leaders are using …

How Come the County Council Can’t ‘Get The…

• HOW COME?   7:06 PM ON SUN NOV 3 2019
How come our Council can’t ‘get the math right’ on development impact fees (CB-42)?  Despite passionately pr…

Pardon me… is there a math teacher in the ro…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE OCT 29 2019
Pardon me… is there a math teacher in the room?Image from Baltimore Sun – Howard County Times Article  October 29 21…

"believes people care a lot"

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU OCT 24 2019
“believes people care a lot” The Howard County Charter Review Committee “Or,is this an issue of people being busy and may n…

Howard County Council Legislative Record Track…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   5:43 PM ON MON OCT 7 2019
These are the pieces of legislation introduced in September, which the County Council will potentially vote on October 7, 2…

A Contrasting Approach to Progress Over Perfec…

• HOW COME?   12:39 PM ON MON OCT 7 2019
Continuing the thoughts of yesterday’s blog I’ll be contrasting CB-38-2019– designed to protect lives in the Pata…

This video could be posted tomorrow… but why…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON OCT 7 2019
This video could be posted tomorrow… but why delay? If you are wondering what is going on with the status of school surc…

How Come ‘The Perfect’ Is So Often the Ene…

• HOW COME?   4:35 PM ON SUN OCT 6 2019
After a long silence, I’d like to share the following advice to our County Council: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy …

The Circle of Influence Hurting Affordable Hou…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   11:34 AM ON FRI SEP 27 2019
Most community activists and elected officials get their start in politics at any level of government to address an issue a…

Really?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE SEP 24 2019
Really?“Passage of this bill could wipe out retirees who have all their savings in their homes that they wish to develop…

The "other" solution…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI SEP 20 2019
 The “Other” Solution…. Sooner or later, somebody was bound to take a stab at calculating school surcharges. Th…

On Segregation, it’s the County Council and …

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   10:42 AM ON TUE SEP 17 2019
Approximately one week before the Howard County Superintendent would present his much-anticipated redistricting proposal to…

CB42 School Surcharge Fees | Testify or Send E…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   5:18 PM ON SUN SEP 15 2019
Dear Howard County Resident and Taxpayer:We are almost there. The County Council will hear testimony on CB42. The bill rais…

Time to circle the wagons. (again)

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI SEP 6 2019
Time to circle the wagons. (again) Early this week the PTA Council delegates for 74 schools in Howard County voted str…

Howard County Council Submits Legislation To A…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON AUG 26 2019
Howard County Council Submits Legislation To Adjust School Surcharge Fees Adequate Public Facilities Ordinances to accommod…

How Howard County Developers and Politicians P…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   8:37 AM ON MON AUG 12 2019
“[N]ew residential development not only “pays its own way”, it also subsidizes existing residential units in the Coun…

Center Maryland, MBIA and Howard County Democr…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   3:42 PM ON FRI AUG 9 2019

In 2004 the MBIA funded a study conducted by Anirba…