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A Little Free Library in College Park

The other day, I got a call from a neighbor about something very interesting – a little free” library in north College Park. Later I made a visit to this little library with my son and guess what, he borrowed one that he is now reading in his summer school break.

The library is called “little”, because unlike the traditional libraries, where we go and pick books after browsing thousands, this library holds only a handful – in an enclosure that has a size little more than that of our typical mailboxes in front of our houses.

The concept is very simple. It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

The concept of having the little free library is not quite quite new. It all started back in 2009, when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.

The concept later turned into a kind of movement, which is now being adopted by many, not only in the USA, but other parts of the world as well. You can now order a “little library” online from the website http://littlefreelibrary.org/

I think it’s nifty idea that some of us can use. All of us have a few collection of good books that often gather dusts on our bookshelf after we finish reading them. I ask why don’t we share them with our neighbors through our own little libraries.

College Park Woods Swimming Pool Opens Memberships to City Residents

College Park Woods Swimming Pool (CP Patch)

College Park Woods Swimming Pool (CP Patch)

The College Park Woods Swim Club still has membership plans available for this summer. Located in a wooded setting at 3545 Marlbrough Way, we offer ongoing family fun. A large pool, diving area and separate very large “baby pool” are available. Picnic tables and areas, bath house, snack bar and basketball court are available. Several cabanas and umbrellas offer shade.

The Pool has an active swim team and aerobic classes are given Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am when lane swimming is also open.

Regular hours are Sunday – Thursday 1pm-7pm – Friday and Saturday 1pm-8pm.

Why not join the pool? Try them out with a day pass for $7 per person one time and the cost will be deducted from your membership fee. ALL new members receive our “early-bird” discount and reduced price guest passes.

The clear water is great exercise for swimmers or water walking and it’s a wonderful place to make new friends…open to all.

Please call 301 935-5617 or write CPWSwimClub@yahoo.com for more information.

Outdoor Fire – What You Need to Know

Outdoor fire

As we’re into summer season, we were asked about outdoor fires , such as fire pits in residential yards.

According to County code, they are not prohibited, but certain cautions must be applied:

– property owners or tenants may have recreational fires ( such as small campfires, fire pits, wood/charcoal burning grills etc.) on private property
– they must be attended at all times until extinguished ( a nearby water hose is recommended )
– the fire department may prohibit these at any time it is determined they create a hazard ( e.g. high winds, dry conditions )
– open fires must be 30 feet or more from any building or structure
– a clear space, free of combustibles, must be maintained around the fire for 10 feet

Please click here to get your information are relevant sections of County fire safety and air pollution regulations.

Let the Market Help You Prepare for Your July 4th Celebration!

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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Looking Forward to this SaturdayJugglers
We’re starting the July 4th celebration early this Saturday! Come to the market to shop for your 4th of July picnic, and you’ll also be able to:

  • Welcome back Ashley and her friends from the Circus School. They will entertain kids of all ages with their special talents – making animal balloons, hats, and swords; juggling; and walking on stilts.
  • FREE face-painting by north College Park resident Donna Weene.
  • John, head mechanic from Proteus Bicycles (one of our sponsors!), will be there from 9 am to 12 Noon to give your bike a FREE check (shifting, brakes, drive train etc.) and make minor adjustments.
  • Sign up for a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate from Behnke’s (another one of our sponsors!) and a gift certificate for a sandwich and drink from New York Deli (yet another one of our sponsors!). All you have to do is stop by the market tent, give us your name and contact information, and we’ll call or email you if you win one of the certificates.
  • If you plan to buy something from Roy & RT’s Kitchen and Garden or from Heavenly Created Desserts, stop by the market table to get a $1 coupon (one per individual or family) for their delicious food.
  • Fine jewelry artist Betty Gailes will be at the market Saturday to share her handmade beaded and sterling silver jewelry. Betty shares her life with Bill, owner of Gailes Violin, whose support for the market has earned him “angel” status.
  • Janis from the College Park Committee for a Better Environment will distribute large and small mesh produce bags.

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A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors 

So far this year we have received contributions from the following north College Park businesses, and we appreciate the services they provide in our neighborhood.

• Gailes Violin
• Terrapin Care Center
• The Bamboo Eater
• MOM’s Organic Market
• New York Deli
• Proteus Bicycles
• Pizza Roma
• Behnke’s

This week’s Vendors

1. Upper Crust Bakery
2. Tiffany’s Oven
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturally
10. Chic Expressions
11. Red Chimney Flower Farm
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
14. Wood Doctor
15. Tiffany’s Oven
16. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
17. Phil’s Dills
18. 49th Ave, Furniture
19. Coffee Barn
20. A Little Pottery
21. Ear gear
22. Vermi Compost
23. Huma Henna Art
24. Larry’s Produce
25. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry

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Recipe of the Week: Sweet & Sour Cabbage
Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup

Ingredients:
1/2 head of cabbage, washed and chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. celery seed
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons vinegar

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine ingredients and mix well. Cover the bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours and stir before serving.

New Vendors
Gardener Alert: Vermicompost Joins the Market! This new vendor will be selling bags of nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. Find out more about how worms recycle food scraps and other organic material into a valuable soil amendment at Mabel’s table.

Jessyka Padilla will be there to offer a different kind of handmade jewelry.  Come check it out!

Larry’s Produce: Virginia-grown vegetables including daikon, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, rhubarb, beets and potatoes. The list goes on and on!  Get your entire dinner from this table alone, Jose and his sons will get you everything you need!

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Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

 

Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety

Prince George's Police

Prince George’s Police

The Prince George’s County Council will host “Building On Our Successes: Making Prince George’s County an Even Safer Community,” a Town Hall Meeting focusing on public safety in Prince George’s County, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

The Town Hall Meeting will be held in the Council Hearing Room, First Floor, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, in Upper Marlboro. Featured presenters include State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks; Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security Director Brian R. Moe; Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw; Prince George’s County Fire Chief Mark S. Bashoor; Prince George’s County Sheriff Melvin High; and Prince George’s County Department of Corrections Director Mary Lou McDonough. Citizens will also have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session, and share their thoughts on issues of community concern with the County’s top public safety officials.

Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D) – District 9, encourages residents to join this important discussion on safer communities in Prince George’s County.

“Public safety, a shared priority, is an issue that directly impacts every Prince Georgian. We want to update residents on our historic progress in public safety and discuss ways we can continue to work collaboratively to keep our communities even safer. This is an important opportunity to review our successes, identify our challenges, and develop strategies for our future, and I would encourage all of our residents to lend their voice to the conversation. ”

This event is free and open to the public. Live streaming will also be available on July 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at http://townhall.mypgc.us. Twitter users can live tweet their questions and concerns @PGCCouncilMedia.

WHAT:
Prince George’s County Council Public Safety Town Hall Meeting
“Building On Our Successes: Making Prince George’s County an Even Safer Community,”

WHO:

Prince George’s County Council Members
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks
Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security Director Brian R. Moe
Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw
Prince George’s County Fire Chief Mark S. Bashoor
Prince George’s County Department of Corrections Director Mary Lou McDonough
Prince George’s County Sheriff Melvin High

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Council Hearing Room, First Floor
County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Want to Go Solar? Join the College Park Solar Bulk Purchase by June 30

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on rooftop

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on rooftop

Members of the UMD and College Park communities are going solar and getting a 30% discount…Join them!

Over 70 UMD staff and local residents have already joined the coop. They’ve organized with the help of Community Power Network, an independent, nonprofit organization that helps communities go solar. Each member signs their own contract with the chosen installer, but everyone gets the bulk discount.

The group had a competitive bidding process and selected Astrum Solar to do the installations for the group. They are an awesome company and the group is really excited to be going solar!

New members can still join, but the deadline to sign up is MONDAY JUNE 30th! The group is open to anyone in College Park or the DC metro area.

Led by University physic’s researcher Bob Bartolo, and with the support of the UMD Office of Sustainability and College Park’s Committee for a Better Environment, this group provides a great opportunity to go solar!

Click here to learn more and to sign up!

If you have any questions email Grant at UMDBulkPurchase@CommunityPowerNetwork.com

North College Park Crime Map – June 15 – 22, 2014

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Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[6/22/14] STLVEH 15:15 16:46 9900 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,

Recovered stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[6/19/14] STLVEH 09:10 10:20 COMFORT INN – COLLEGE PARK,

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[6/21/14] Theft 15:55 17:22 5000 Blk MANGUM RD,

Theft From Auto

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[6/19/14] THEFT 05:29 06:22 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY,
[6/20/14] THEFTA 07:13 08:01 4800 Blk INDIAN LN,
[6/20/14] THEFTA 09:17 11:30 9500 Blk 48TH AVE,
[6/20/14] THEFTA 11:30 12:06 9500 Bk 48TH AVE,
[6/20/14] THEFTA 12:06 12:29 9500 Blk 48TH AVE,
[6/20/14] THEFTA 18:44 19:39 5000 Blk APACHE ST
[6/20/14] THEFTA 21:07 22:11 9200 Blk 48TH PL,

 

Primaries Tomorrow: See Where the Candidates Stand

Gubernatorial candidates debate at the Maryland Municipal League

After spending months on the campaign trails, the voters will choose the Democratic and Republican candidates tomorrow for the November election.

Three Democratic and four Republican candidates are running for the governor position. Depending on the affiliation, voters will get to choose one from each party. as far as the Maryland legislature goes, all candidates of the 21st Delegation are running unopposed. The same goes County Council District 1.

The Washington Post has an excellent analysis of the positions where the gubernatorial, and Attorney General candidates are standing. Please check that out here.

June is Flood Awareness Month

June is Flood Awareness Month and our County’s Department of Environmental Resources (DER) is working to raise awareness of flood risks and what County residents can do to protect their homes, families and personal belongings if flooding occurs.

June also marks the beginning of hurricane season and severe weather conditions can cause flooding, threaten lives, and damage property. County residents are encouraged to be flood smart and know what to do before, during and after a flood.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers flood awareness tips and information at www.ready.gov/floods. To learn more about flood insurance options and premium discounts available to Prince George’s County residents, visit www.floodsmart.gov.

Pepco Announces First Peak Savings Day of 2014

For Pepco Maryland customers, the Maryland Public Service Commission has approved Peak Energy Savings Credit. It rewards Pepco Maryland customers by offering bill credits when Maryland customers reduce energy use at home during Peak Savings Days. Pepco Maryland customers will automatically receive a phone call giving the hours for reducing energy use. Customers can also choose to be notified by email or text.

Pepco asked all of its customers to conserve energy on last Wednesday as high temperatures are expected to cause an increased demand for electricity throughout the mid-Atlantic region is anticipated. The power supply in the region was expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

Pepco Maryland customers who reduce energy use below their specified baseline during the specific hours of the Peak Savings Day can receive a credit of $1.25 off their bill for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of reduced usage, through the Peak Energy Savings Credit program.

For Maryland and District of Columbia customers participating in Pepco’s voluntary Energy Wise Rewards program, a conservation period will be called from 2– 6 p.m. Wednesday. This means that Pepco will cycle the participants’ air conditioner compressors off and on for short intervals during these hours. Because the air conditioner fans will continue to run, most customers will not notice a temperature change in their home, and those who do should experience only a 1- to 3-degree change. It may take up to a half-hour after the event ends at 6 p.m. for air conditioners to resume normal operations.

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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There’s a new weekly series called “College Park Contours” in the University’s student newspaper The Diamondback that “spotlights interesting members of the community.” The June 19 issue profiles our very own Christiane Williams—a market vendor who is a north College Park resident and chair of the Hollywood Farmers Market Board.
In the article, author Naomi Harris, says, “Stitch by stitch, Christiane Williams is seeking to make the city’s dog population a little more fashionable. … She currently creates and sells special-order dog sweaters and other hand-knitted crafts and isn’t stopping at dog sweaters…— come fall, cat sweaters will be available, too.”
Check out the article here .

A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors 

So far this year we have received contributions from the following north College Park businesses, and we appreciate the services they provide in our neighborhood.

• Gailes Violin
• Terrapin Care Center
• The Bamboo Eater
• MOM’s Organic Market
• New York Deli
• Proteus Bicycles
• Pizza Roma
• Behnke’s
hfm_tomaSwiss Chard: A “Vegetable Valedictorian”  
In Maryland, the peak season for Swiss chard is May through November, and, according to the The World’s Healthiest Foods website, it is “truly one of the vegetable valedictorians with its exceptionally impressive list of health-promoting nutrients.” For more nutritional information on Swiss chard, go to http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=16.
In the meantime, here are a few tips for preparing Swiss chard from the same site:

  • Rinse Swiss chard under cold running water. Do not soak chard as this will result in the loss of water-soluble nutrients to the water.
  • Remove any area of the leaves that may be brown, slimy, or have holes.
  • Stack the leaves, and slice one-inch wide.
  • Boil for 3 minutes to “free up acids and … bring out a sweeter taste from the chard.

This week’s Vendors

1. Upper Crust Bakery
2. Tiffany’s Oven
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturally
10. Chic Expressions
11. Red Chimney Flower Farm
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
14. Wood Doctor
15.  Tiffany’s Oven
16. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
17. Phil’s Dills
18. 49th Ave, Furniture
19. Coffee Barn
20. A Little Pottery

hfm_kaleRecipe of the Week: Raw Swiss Chard Wraps
Source: http://eatfreshmd.com/

  • 4 large, tender chard leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/3 teaspoon of chipotle spice or cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup carrots (chopped or shredded)
  • 1 cup of tomatoes (chopped)
  • ½ cup of sweet onion (chopped)
  • 4 whole-wheat wraps (optional)

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, mix avocados, lemon juice, spices, salt and pepper until creamy.
2. Chop remaining ingredients separately and add to the bowl with avocado mixture.
3. Lay the chard leaf flat and remove the stem.
4. Spoon vegetable filling into end of leaf and roll.
5. Stuff all ingredients into a whole-wheat wrap (optional).
Preview of Coming Attractions 
Be sure you mark your calendars to come to the market on Saturday, June 28, and look for details in next week’s newsletter about discount coupons available for certain vendors. We’ll also be giving away a certificate for a free sandwich and drink at New York Deli and a $25 certificate to Behnke’s.

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Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Beds and Units: Status of College Park’s Student Housing

During last Tuesday’s Council vote on rent stabilization, we looked at the number of units / beds in the on-campus and off-campus student apartments in College Park. These numbers play important roles in determining the demand for rental properties in College Park. Based on the data provided by our planning department, by next year, we will have a total of 5,847 beds for UMD students in the city. 2867 more beds will be added in coming years. Additionally, College Park has a total of 744 number of units and 518 more is expected to be added in coming years.

On-Campus Student Housing Developments Year Completed Number of Beds
South Campus Commons #7 2010 368
Oakland Hall 2011 709
Prince Frederick Hall 2014 462
1,539
Off-Campus Student Housing Developments Year Completed Number of Beds
Built/Under Construction
University View I 2005 1,042
University View II 2010 516
Mazza Grandmarc 2010 630
The Varsity 2011 901
The Enclave – Phase I 2011 369
Maryland Book Exchange 2015 850
4,308
Approved Plans
Knox Village Planned for 2016 1,575
The Enclave – Phase II ? 300
University View Village ? 992
2,867
Non-Student Housing Developments Year Completed Number of Units
Built/Under Construction
Camden College Park 2007 508
The Domain 2013 236
744
Approved Plans
Monument Village Planned for 2016 235
Metropolitan* (includes 45 townhomes) Planned for 2016 283
518

Roundtable Discussion Aims to Create College Park’s Next Great Neighborhood

Joint Development near College Park Metro

Joint Development near College Park Metro

On June 27, Friday, at 8:30 am to 11:30 am, City’s annual real estate forum returns with a focus on efforts to create a new neighborhood in the area adjacent to the College Park-UMD Metro Station, which is home to the College Park Airport and M Square Research Park. The vision for the area includes interconnected neighborhoods that capitalize on the rich transit network,
plentiful recreational opportunities, and burgeoning employment hub.

City’s planning department will be hosting this year’s real estate round table at Hampton Inn at 9670 Baltimore Avenue.

The event’s featured speakers represent agencies that have recently released the following documents that will play a significant role in shaping the area’s future.

Topics of discussion include:

1. Joint Development Solicitation for 5.16-Acre Property
Steve Teitelbaum, Senior Real Estate Advisor
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

2. Preliminary College Park-Riverdale Park Transit District Development Plan
Chad Williams, Planner Coordinator
Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission.

An additional presentation discussing College Park’s overall real estate landscape will be made by the City’s Economic Development Coordinator, Michael Stiefvater.

There is no charge to attend the event and a light breakfast will be available.

To RSVP please contact Michael Stiefvater at 240-487-3543 or mstiefvater@collegeparkmd.gov.

City to Relax Parking Enforcement Law

Recently, we received a complaint from a resident that she received a City citation for invalid tags when in fact her car was validly registered with the State but the proper stickers were not on the tag. Wee asked staff to review City procedures to determine how to handle this type of situation.

At tonight’s Council meeting, we will adopt a law that will relax the parking enforcement laws in regards to vehicle tag and registrations.

Currently, City Code prohibits parking of a vehicle not bearing valid license plates on any public street. Under State law with respect to license tags and registration, there are two separate violations that can occur, one is a failure to properly register a vehicle and the other is to have tags that do not contain the required stickers (an invalid license plate). The State law places the responsibility on the owner of the vehicle to comply with both laws. The City’s current ticketing system does not allow the parking enforcement officers to check registration on the hand held.

As a result, City law is tailored to what can be seen, which is whether the license plates are valid, and this is consistent with State law. Requiring that Parking Enforcement verify whether a registration is valid before issuing a ticket for invalid tags is impractical unless it can be done onsite on the hand held. Adding this function to the hand held would have a cost if it is possible to do so.

It is clear from the MVA website that replacement monthly stickers are available to a resident at no cost. That this is the case is borne out by the experience of Parking Enforcement staff, as this is not the first time that the problem has occurred.

The City’s process to allow ticketed persons to appeal a City parking ticket was developed in 2000. The parking violation resolution review system was patterned on one used at the
University of Maryland. The system was developed in response to a need expressed by the residents that they be allowed to provide the facts of their case to an independent person, not parking code enforcement, without a court action and at more convenient times. The Parking Department also welcomed this process, as it removed them from making decisions as to when to
invalidate a ticket and to avoid claims that they were biased.

Currently, if a person to whom the citation has been issued contacts staff, indicates the registration is valid, and staff is able to confirm this, they are informed that the City will withdraw the citation once the underlying issues (improper month or year sticker or missing stickers) has been resolved. As noted, we are aware that resolution of sticker issues is pretty straightforward. This is referred to as a “two step” process. One is that the registration is valid, and two that proof is provided the underlying issue has been resolved (to avoid repetition of the problem).

The parking violation review officer currently also reduces the fine to $0 when sufficient information is provided that the registration is valid. Depending upon the circumstances, it is my
information that she follows the one step process (reduces to $0) on proof of registration, or holds over to insure the second step is taken. There is nothing in writing in the policy adopted by Council directing the parking enforcement officer with respect to what to find in this situation.

With the approval of the modified code, the Council can direct the parking officer and staff as to what to do when registration is proved up. According to the new policy, when the proof of registration is made and the ticket is held until the underlying problem is resolved, citation is then withdrawn or reduced to $0. If the problem is not resolved, the ticket proceeds through the usual process.

Council to Vote on Expiring City’s Rent Control Law

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the Council will consider 2 actions on City’s rent control law. The first will be about a vote on whether to sunset the law as of September 1, 2014. If the motion fails, there will be an introduction of ordinance to extend the law (without enforcement) for one more year.

I personally thank everyone who wrote to me about the law and I think time has come to sunset the ordinance for a number of reasons:

(1) The property owners are now working with the residents, students and other stakeholders as part of the neighborhood stabilization and the quality of life group to address the rental issues that caused the introduction of the law in 2005. It’s important that we treat all our stakeholders equally with respect, instead of using the rent control law as “a tool in the toolbox”

(2) The law has caused more conflict and frictions among various stakeholders than building a healthy relationship, costing City’s taxpayers thousands of dollars in litigation fees

(3) City needs investments in the housing sectors as the number of home sales in College Park has decreased by 67% since 2011 ( http://www.city-data.com/city/College-Park-Maryland.html ) . Many more houses in the city are now staying vacant for a longer period of time, causing more vacancy related code enforcement issues

(4) The law is against City’s goal to have students conveniently living at the growing number of student housing close to the campus (instead of residential neighborhood). Only a free market rental rate will ensure the higher occupancies in the existing and new student housing.

Please let me know how the Council should be voting at tomorrow’s meeting on this issue.

UPDATE June 18, 2014: The Council voted 5-3 to sunset the rent control ordinance. Council members Mitchell, Hew, Day, Dennis and Kabir voted YES and Council members Stullich, Brennan and Wojahn voted NO. I want to thank those who wrote to me or came to last night’s meeting and testified before the Council.

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