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Council weighs in on minimum wage increase

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ROCKVILLE – There were not enough seats in the third floor hearing room at the County Council Building Tuesday night during the public hearing for the latest bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

County residents, activist and leaders packed the County Council building during the public hearing for Bill 28-17, which would increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 for some businesses from its current minimum wage of $11.50 per hour. Bill 28-17 is the second attempt by Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large) and others to successfully pass a minimum wage increase into law after County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed the last bill to do so.

Bill 28-17 would also give small businesses with 25 employees or fewer an extra two years, until 2022, to increase their minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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Two more candidates file for County Council

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Dalbin Osorio (Democrat)

New York born social worker Dalbin Osorio filed to join the race to replace out going District-1 Council member Roger Berliner last week.

Osorio said he decided to run for County Council because there needs to be more people who are the ground level and are personally affected by the issues facing the County representing people in local government.

“I noticed there was a lack of representation for people who had actually done the direct work that politicians and their policies usually impact,” Osorio said.

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Country inn zoning hearing

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Nearby residents of Old Angler’s Inn on MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac packed the County Council hearing room Sept. 12 to speak out on a proposal to construct a banquet hall and four guest rooms in their neighborhood.

Maryland Catering Company, which owns Old Angler’s Inn, has requested conditional use approval at a seven-acre lot that is up the hill from the Inn.

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County Council considers adjustment to recordation tax premium

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The County Council is considering a bill to adjust the County’s recordation tax premium that would increase the tax for more expensive homes and lower it for cheaper ones.

Council bill 10-17 would raise the recordation tax premium for homes sold at $1 million or more from $2.30 for every $500 of a home’s sale price to $2.55 per $500, and lower it if for homes sold at between $500,000 and $1 million from $2.30 per $500 $1.55 per $500.

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Levanthal proposes video chat county testimony

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Testifying in front of the County Council could get a lot easier, or if you’re not tech savvy, a lot harder.

On June 5, Council member George Leventhal (D-at large) suggested the idea to allow residents to testify at County Council hearings through online video chat services such as Skype or Google Hangout.

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Candidate filing opens to a flurry of activity

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It was an unusually busy day at the Montgomery County Board of Elections as two people decided to file their paperwork to run for County offices on Tuesday.

Tuesday was the first day candidates could file their paperwork to run for any of the offices in the 2018 gubernatorial election. BOE Operations Manager Christine Rzeszut said it was an unusually busy filing day with two people deciding to file and total of five scheduled appointments to file.

“We’re going to have more of an active interest because we have open seats, especially in Montgomery County,” Rzeszut said.

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Ficker does about face on running for office

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Robin FickerRobin Ficker will run for local office in 2018. FILE PHOTO

Former state Del. Robin Ficker (R) is running in 2018 for... something.

Exactly what that something is, the Boyds attorney wouldn't say Friday when he declared his intention to run for local office in two years, only ruling out a return to the state legislature. He lost a run for state Senate in 2014.

"I'm going to run for County office," he said.

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Pedestrian Deaths 2015

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ROCKVILLE — In the continuing struggle to make the county’s roads safe for pedestrians, some members of the County Council say they’ve hit on a plan to end pedestrian fatalities. The plan includes education, increased police enforcement and better road engineering.

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