Howard County Legislative Wrap

• HOCO APFO   8:23 AM ON FRI JUL 31 2020
Beware… You can’t “unsee” this once you watch this.Wednesday was an important day for APFO because of the “big picture” y…

Adequate Public Facilities in small bites or l…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU JUL 30 2020
Adequate Public Facilities in small bites or large portions?Howard County started down the road of implementing a Adequate …

Last Dance (Tonight)

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:33 PM ON SUN JUL 19 2020
Welcome one and all to the final installation of the old blog. My team has been working tirelessly on Spartan Consideration…

What are you looking at?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUL 14 2020
What are you looking at?Did you think that Howard County is the only place with a Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance? All…

Disingenuous, Dysfunctional, Demeaning, and Di…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:19 PM ON THU JUL 9 2020
Why Howard County?  Why do you compel me to write these articles?  I am, as we speak, developing the rules for a …

Timeline to submit development projects in ove…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUL 7 2020
Timeline to submit development projects in overcrowded school districts extended… Extensions for public participation in …

¡No pasarán!

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:08 AM ON SUN JUL 5 2020
Bearing in mind the enhanced interest in anti-fascism while also noting the seemingly increased tolerance for fascistic spe…

The Proposed Racial Equity Task Force is a Sha…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   4:42 PM ON THU JUL 2 2020
Last fall, approximately one week before the Howard County Superintendent would present his much-anticipated redistricting …

What is Howard County Worth To You?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU JUL 2 2020
What is Howard County Worth To You? Recently, council members sounded the alarm bell about the sale of public land at stee…

War On Boxing Day!!?

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   4:02 PM ON WED JUL 1 2020
As my more attentive readers know, I am an ordained minister of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude (Reformed, as I like the …

End ICE, in HoCo and Beyond

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:40 AM ON MON JUN 29 2020
Let us go back, as we must, to the Beginning.It was March 1, 2003,  50 Cent’s single “In da Club” just reached t…

Mandatory Binge Watching

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON JUN 29 2020
Mandatory Binge WatchingIf you are running for office in the HCPSS BOE, Council, Executive or under review as a zoning dire…

Cause and Effect

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON JUN 29 2020
Cause and Effect Last weeks release of data showing per-student spending at each school was eye opening, but missing some…

Things that get you audited

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI JUN 26 2020
Things that get you audited… The big news this week is that the school system will get an audit shortly after a contenti…

The Bipartisan 4-2 Votes Against Effective Flo…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   8:38 AM ON WED JUN 24 2020
Typically after the kind of flood Ellicott City experienced, people ask what kinds of actions should our political leaders …

An Open Letter to County Executive Calvin Ball…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   8:35 AM ON WED JUN 24 2020
County Executive Ball,In 2017, you sponsored legislation (CB9-2017) to make Howard County a Sanctuary County.At that time y…

In-house fiscal analysis???

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUN 23 2020
In-house fiscal analysis??? Earlier this year the county council voted to make the “green sheets” which contain fiscal an…

Get into the Zone: Autonomous Zones

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:12 AM ON SUN JUN 21 2020
Until recently, the only famous Chaz’s were Bono and (albeit with an extra “z”) Palminteri.Now, we have CHAZ, the Cap…

Calculated Misogyny

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   12:25 PM ON SAT JUN 20 2020
A member of the Howard County blogging community has come under attack.  No, not the usual “you are an idiot,” cri…

Like a sneeze in a crowded elevator

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON WED JUN 17 2020
Last night the Howard County Board of Education reviewed and conducted a straw vote on the FY 21 budget. The video linked…

Reality: Up Close and In Your Face

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:59 AM ON SUN JUN 14 2020
“You’re fooling yourself if you don’t believe itYou’re kidding yourself if you don’t believe it”  – Tommy ShawThes…

Intersectionality and Today’s Challenges

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:12 AM ON SAT JUN 13 2020
“We are socialists because we believe that work must be organized for the collective benefit of those who do the work and…

Actual Trump Derangement Syndrome

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:25 AM ON WED JUN 10 2020
Within in the last several days, I reached out to two old and now former friends. Both reside in Michigan.  One is a c…

Is there a hidden master plan?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUN 9 2020
  As of June 9, 2020 CR-89-2020 which covers the strategic framework for the General Plan update is still hidden in “p…

Board of Education Post(-ish) Election Wrap-Up

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:26 AM ON THU JUN 4 2020
With four canvasses remaining on the calendar, it is challenging to write a proper “what happened, and what it all means…

An Open Letter to White Protestors

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   3:42 PM ON SUN MAY 31 2020
I am more likely to believe that the white protestors who are engaging in acts of vandalism over the course of the past sev…

Re-Open Howard County and Their Praise for Rac…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:38 AM ON SUN MAY 31 2020
The recent police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, against the backdrop of hundreds of years of oppression and …

Case Study of Developer Influence on Howard Co…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   2:10 PM ON SAT MAY 30 2020
This is part four of a multi-part case study into the level of developer influence in Howard County’s political parties. …

The Race to Fill Howard County with Housing….

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI MAY 29 2020
The Race to Fill Howard County with Housing…. Click on the link and you will see something rarer than manned spaceflight …

Buying a Board of Education Seat: The Sezin Pa…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:00 AM ON TUE MAY 26 2020
Going through the latest campaign finance report, it appears as though Sezin Palmer and her deep-pocketed donors are attemp…