Prince George’s County is not in the good graces of Governor Larry Hogan. Yes, I know he grew up PGCo but alas, he has no love for us. Whether it’s his henchman on the Maryland Health Care Commission who decided that the county “…must reduce the number of beds, shave off square footage and bring down the price by more than $100 million before he can recommend approval of a ‘certificate of need.’-WPost or the lovely Judge Judge Richard Leon who’s ruling states the County should “consider declining ridership on Metro because Metro will meet the new rail line at several points.”-WBizJournal. UUUUUUMMMM WHAAAAT IN THE WORLD?!!!
So you want Prince George’s County, where the population is growing and hospital options are diminishing *sidebar* If you think ANYONE is going to Prince George’s County Hospital after this recent bacteria outbreak, which made the national news, you have lost your mind. *end sidebar* to factor in WMATA’s temporary decline in ridership because of repairs being made to the subway system via the SafeTrack plan. PGCo is to make reductions in cost and beds for a hospital that will have 231 acute care beds when the Largo/Kettering population alone is over 10 thousand people, Brock Hall area of Upper Marlboro has over 9 thousand people. Should I go on to include the populations for Capitol Heights, Seat Pleasant, District Heights? All these people will be patronizing the new Largo Hospital that Hogan’s henchmen want cut down to 131 beds. Are you serious? For that many people?
And the business with the Purple Line is just petty. Governor Hogan, listen, I know you have to keep your campaign promises to the constituents who actually voted for you. Prince George’s County voted overwhelmingly (84%) for the losing Brown/Ulman ticket. Hogan promised better roads and highways for his supporters and he’s coming through for them with projects like the $229 million plan to reduce congestion along the I-270 corridor, which goes from Montgomery County (36% voted Hogan) to Frederick County (63% voted for Hogan). Back up off me Hogan supporters because you don’t know WHO I voted for, and trust and believe I know that the world of politics has an ugly axis, nevertheless, I believe politicians should give rewards to those who supported them, but not to the detriment of the whole constituency. Governor Hogan, Prince George’s County sees you and we know what’s the what with you. I know you’re salty about the way they wrote up the legislation and got it passed, but don’t make us all pay.
Moving on. I’m hearing that the once a week trash removal is not working out for a host of PGCo residents. There is petition on change.org that will be presented to County Exec. Baker requesting a return to twice a week trash pick-ups. The petition cites, “smell of rotting garbage, neighborhood filled with overflowing trash receptacles, and the attraction of animal life” as some of the reasons for going back to the previous trash schedule. Also expressed in the petition is a dissatisfaction with all the perks National Harbor is getting while resident-centered services are cut, “It’s time to have our voices be heard by the County Executive, and the Prince Georges County Council. Not just at election time.” Chime in on the comments about your feelings, yay or nay, about the new once-a-week trash pick up. I’m curious.
It’s no wonder that Prince George’s County median home prices are consistently going up. With the price of a doorknob in DC now around $32k, the median home price of $270k for an entire house in PGCo seems a paltry sum. Last year at this time, median home prices were $238k. Read the entire WPost article if you like. Some homeowners are resorting to having elaborate ticketed parties in their homes to make ends meet or a profit. Upper Marlboro homeowner Sharon Taylor was fined $7500 for a June 4th Afro Caribbean Pool Party where alcohol and food were being sold. According to the WPost, “…undercover officers bought tickets as members of the public and attended [the house party]. They were given wristbands and were patted down, and they found themselves among 300 partygoers who were buying bottles of liquor and food from the buffet. The homeowner, Sharon Taylor, said that the county unfairly targeted her and that she plans to fight the fine. Taylor said she worries that the enforcement push on house parties is one way for the county to drive out affordable entertainment options for the black community.” GIRL STOP! Sharon, hunbun, 300 people in a residential neighborhood is NOT affordable entertainment for the Black community. It is a menace to the Black community where the party is being held. Hunbun, secure one of the many banquet halls in PGCo, hire security, a caterer, and a dj, get a theme and throw you a party where you can charge and drink all you want, but do not not not not NOT bring all those boozing burger eating folk up into my neighborhood. Nope. Your “Black community” card won’t get stamped today. Do right Sharon.