Thursday, March 7, 2013
Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin plans to take legal action against www.valunmasked.com, The Washington Examiner reported.
Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin is fighting a website that anonymously posted political attacks against her, The Washington Examiner reported Wednesday. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring plans to pursue legal action against the website, www.valunmasked.com, which attacks the Silver Spring councilwoman for her various political relationships. The website says: "What you see is not what you get. Valerie's political career is all about saying one thing and doing another. Pretending to support people only to abandon them for personal gain." "This is not the kind of thing we see [in Montgomery County]," Ervin said, according to the report. "We're better than that, and we're going to show everybody that we're going to stop these …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Silver Spring Councilwoman joins Councilmembers George Leventhal and Phil Andrews, former County Executive Doug Duncan as Democratic candidates, The Washington Examiner reported.
Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, of Silver Spring, announced plans to join an already crowded Democratic field for the 2014 county executive race, The Washington Examiner reported. Ervin joins County Councilmen George Leventhal (At Large) and Phil Andrews (Gaithersburg/Rockville), along with former County Executive Doug Duncan in the race, according to the report. Current County Executive Ike Leggett could still announce a run for re-election. Ervin, 55, said she'd had "serious discussions" with multiple community members, pollsters and media consultants about starting her campaign, according to the report. Read the full story on The Washington Examiner.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Councilmember Valerie Ervin is the latest elected official to try to eat with a food stamp budget.
If you have never had the challenge of feeding yourself with only the amount of money alloted to you by a government food stamp program, a Montgomery County Councilwoman wants you to simulate the experience. "SNAP the Silence" is an effort by Councilmember Valerie Ervin (D-Dist 5) to get elected officials as well as everyday folks to empathize with people who depend on federal food benefits, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for sustenance. The challenge is for a person to spend only $5 a day on food, which is a little bit more than the $4.28 average daily allowance per person for people participating in SNAP. "The current economic crisis has forced more people than ever to ask for public assistance," …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Montgomery County Council on Tuesday will honor John Hamman, chairman of the math department at Montgomery College’s Germantown campus.
Montgomery County Council will recognize the achievements of John Hamman, chairman of the math department at Montgomery College’s Germantown campus, who was named 2012 Maryland Professor of the Year. Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, D-Dist. 5, is expected to present the honor at the start of the Council’s regularly scheduled meeting in Rockville. Hamman earned the Teacher of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Patch has reported. It is the fourth consecutive year that a Montgomery College professor has been named Professor of the Year. Music professor Dawn Avery received the honor in 2011. In related Council news, Council Vice President…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The program would take food that would otherwise be thrown away and redistributes it to people in need.
Gaithersburg-based nonprifits Nourish Now and Manna Food Center were among the regional organizations represented in a work group that will study the costs and logistics for a countywide "food recovery program." In October, Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist 5) proposed the idea, which would redistribute would-be wasted food to people in need. The concept gained momentum Tuesday when the County Council approved a work group to study costs and logistics for a food recovery program. Ervin said the idea was inspired by the work of two University of Maryland students. Maryland's program, called the Food Recovery Network, collects unused food from events like football games and alumni parties, and redistributes the food to …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The program would take food that would otherwise be thrown away and redistribute to people in need.
A proposed "food recovery" program for Montgomery County that would redistribute would-be wasted food to people in need gained momentum Tuesday. The County Council approved a work group to study costs and logistics for the program, which Councilmember Valerie Ervin (D-Dist 5) proposed in October. She said the idea was inspired by the work of two University of Maryland students. Maryland's program, called the Food Recovery Network, collects unused food from events like football games and alumni parties, and redistributes the food to hungry people. The group has donated more than 30,000 meals. The work group is made up of county government and school officials and representatives from local food banks, grocery store chains and nonprofits. …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Ervin: ‘We’re turning on a faucet and only letting some drops drip out of the faucet, and then we’re pretending like that’s good enough.’
Officials, advocates and the community at large need to shed outdated ideas about the long-hailed strength of Montgomery’s affordable housing programs, councilmembers say, and come up with concrete plans that work effectively. More than a year in the making, the Department of Housing and Community Affairs has drafted a 100-page housing policy—the first update since 2001—that puts a priority on: Councilmembers want to make sure the county does not rest on the laurels of decades past, when initiatives like the MPDU program LINK made Montgomery a pioneer in affordable housing. “Before we start patting ourselves on the back and congratulating ourselves for all the wonderful things we’ve done, we still have to recognize that Montgomery County…
Sunday, December 18, 2011
But will the county council’s actions match the rhetoric?
This week, Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner succeeded Valerie Ervin as the new council president for the coming year. Ervin's term was marked by unprecedented financial challenges brought on by the lingering effects of the Great Recession. Perhaps the most enduring impression she left was the extraordinary unity with which she led the council through this extremely difficult time, and for which she was unfairly singled out for showing some political courage along the way. Berliner will be hard pressed to measure up on that score, but he just might pull it off if he and his colleagues follow through on the direction he set in his first few statements as council president. Right after his election to lead a council not exactly …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Ervin: 'This is a fight worth having.'
The once-every-decade overhaul of Maryland’s Congressional districts is drawing fire from a group of Montgomery and Prince George’s lawmakers who say the plan scatters black, Hispanic and Asian communities across too many districts, weakening the strength of the minority vote at a time when Census data show it should be growing. Three state delegates and seven members of the Montgomery County Council—flanked by representatives of the NAACP of Maryland and other minority groups Tuesday in Rockville—blasted Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Congressional Redistricting Advisory Committee for going too far in trying to leverage Maryland’s minority growth to make inroads into Republican strongholds. Led by Montgomery County Council President Valerie Ervin…
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Council President Valerie Ervin, a former union organizer, seeks to repeal law that gives unions great power over management decisions.
This year, the Montgomery County Council has taken several steps to rein in some of the more questionable concessions public employee unions had extracted from the county in previous years. In a county known for granting the unions virtually everything on their wish lists, today’s tough economic climate is forcing the council to restore a little more balance to the relationship. It has not been easy for anyone, Council President Valerie Ervin and the unions in particular. First came the inevitable trimming of county employees' health and retirement benefits, to help bring spending back in line with declining revenues. Then the county moved to rein in some of the more outrageous abuses that had been going on for years in the disability …