The following points were paused incessantly to the County residents in 2010 by Washington post and they continue to be relevant today. As pointed out in our blog post yesterday, many leaders in the county appear not to have learned from the Jack Johnson saga and the problems continue in some areas to the detriment of the county citizens.
In a Washington piece published on Friday, December 10, 2010; Several leaders including TIMOTHY F. MALONEY , CHEYE CALVO, PETER SHAPIRO, SENATOR PAUL G. PINSKY and GERRON S. LEVI gave a candid assessment at the time and the following is what they had to say. Read carefully and reflect on where we are now and what has changed if at all.
Anyone who does business in the metropolitan area can identify difficult aspects of the governing culture that are unique to Prince George’s County. These can and must be fixed. Here are 10 ways how:
l End the pervasive involvement of elected officials in land use, which has dominated county politics. Follow the example of most major jurisdictions, in which these decisions are made by professional planners and independent planning boards, reserving only master plans and significant land-use issues to elected officials.
l Eliminate the loophole that allows County Council members to vote on land-use cases involving political contributors.
l Ban county credit cards for local elected officials.
l Adopt the state’s strict restrictions on meals and gifts.
l Require stricter lobbyist disclosures patterned after state law.
l Ban lobbyists from having contingent interests in land-use cases. Strengthen the County Ethics Commission’s capacity to enforce these requirements.
l Minority business requirements should not be imposed on specific projects to help specific people. Minority business enterprise laws should be uniform, addressing historic inequities. The focus must be on “what” – not “who.”
l Prohibit elected officials from using the prestige of their office to recommend vendors, partners or community donations. The state already bans this. >>> Read more Washington Post
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