Issue #1 of the HoCo Watchdogs newsletter. This newsletter provides a concise list of articles, videos & social media posts for readers to stay well informed about important Howard County, Maryland issues such as public school policies, land use & development, and county governance.
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Accused of Stonewalling the Public Release of Hundreds of Emails Exchanged with Developer Lobbyist
Why did Howard County Executive Calvin Ball block the public release of over 1350 emails that fell within search parameters for a Maryland Public Information Act request that asked for all correspondence between him and a local developer lobbyist?
Many Columbia residents who didn’t vote in past Columbia Association (CA) elections have been receiving an intrusive letter from a nebulous organization entitled the National Voting Behavior Institute. An example of the letter, sent to a District 4 Wilde Lake resident four days before this year’s CA election, is shown below.
The Rouse Project may be leveraging a public affairs firm with strong ties to The Howard Hughes Corporation for their marketing campaign.
Back in early June 2017, within a month of becoming the new HCPSS Superintendent, Michael Martirano apparently attended (hosted?) a breakfast meeting with a few prominent local business leaders, particularly developers and their local support staff.
The title of this post is a quote from a recent presentation by The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), one of Howard County’s largest developers…
An aggressive clique of extreme political activists have begun to use harmful strategies of mischaracterization, smearing and gaslighting, particularly in partnership with a nebulous new LLC in town entitled “The Rouse Project”.
Summarized in this post are the major recommended changes to this policy that were sent to Superintendent Martirano by this committee in January 2021. Also included are the Meeting Summary Notes for the Policy 6010 committee meetings held on December 15, 22, and 29 (2020)…
Transparency, Collaborative Process and Trust Abandoned by HCPSS Board of Education During Black Lives Matters at School Vote
Process matters. Transparency matters. Integrity matters. During the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action resolution part of tonight’s Board meeting, something very concerning happened…
Concerning HCPSS-Related Recommendations from the Howard County Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force
Shown on page 18-19 of this recently-released Howard County “Housing Opportunities Master Plan” report are some of the HCPSS school metric-linked recommendations by County Executive Ball’s Housing Opportunities Master Plan Task Force.