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September 3rd, 2015

  • County Council Member Urges State Regulators to Crack Down on Pepco Tree Cutting
    After a public outcry from area residents, a Montgomery County Council member Wednesday urged state regulators to force Pepco to take a more measured approach to cutting down trees close to the utility’s power lines. “We find that Pepco regularly takes the ‘Paul Bunyan’ approach, when a ‘Johnny Appleseed’ approach is more appropriate,” council member Roger Berliner told the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). Berliner, who represents the area of Potomac where residents have been at odds with Pepco over its tree management, made the comments during a PSC hearing as it considers revised reliability standards for electric utilities that operate in the state.
     

August 26th, 2015

  • Contemplating the next moves in the proposed Pepco-Exelon merger
    The move by D.C. regulators to reject the proposed $6.8 billion merger of dominant local utility Pepco Holdings Inc. and Chicago-based Exelon Corp. means the clock is ticking on a deal that would create one of the nation’s largest power companies, one with 10 million customers...Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner, an energy lawyer and vocal Pepco critic, applauded the D.C. decision. The commission, he said, did “what no other commission was prepared to do; stand up for consumers and the environment,” he told Bethesda Magazine.
     
  • Local Official Celebrates Rejection of Pepco-Exelon Merger in D.C.
    A local official who came out against the $6.8 billion merger between power companies Pepco and Exelon is celebrating Tuesday, after regulators in Washington, D.C., became the first to deny approval of the move. Council member Roger Berliner, a frequent critic of Pepco and an energy lawyer, praised the three members of the D.C. Public Service Commission who unanimously rejected the merger, saying it was not in the best interest of ratepayers. The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the merger by a 3-2 vote in May, following the lead of regulators in New Jersery, Virginia and Delaware – the other three states where companies in the Pepco Holdings Inc. umbrella operate. “I applaud the District of Columbia Public Service Commission’s courageous decision today to do what no other Commission was prepared to do: stand up for consumers and the environment,” Berliner said in a statement. “The Pepco-Exelon merger could cause serious harm to the residents of both D.C. and Montgomery County, and it is the duty of our Public Service Commissions to ensure that ratepayers are protected.”


August 17th, 2015

  • Community Sees White Flint Mall Case as Turning Point in Area’s Transformation
    Suzanne Hudson has lived in the neighborhood behind White Flint Mall since before the mall existed. She’s hoping she’ll live there long enough to see it developed into the mixed-use town center long promised...Lerner Enterprises and the Tower Cos., the mall’s owners, haven’t said if or how that decision affects their development plans. “From my perspective, this is the green light, not the red light,” said County Council member Roger Berliner, who lives near the mall site at the new Pike & Rose development north of the White Flint Metro station. “I think people are generally eager for this project to move forward,” Berliner said. “I certainly am. I think it’s going to contribute to the vitality of our community and to its economic vitality. We’re ready to rock and roll.”
     
  • Developer Plans 330 Homes for Bethesda’s 75-Acre Radio Towers Site 
    The developer that won the rights to 75 acres of prime Bethesda real estate plans to build up to 330 homes on the property, maxing out on a rare piece of open land that’s now home to four large radio towers...County Council member Roger Berliner, who represents Bethesda, reportedly asked the county to examine if there was a way the county could acquire the land for use as a new school, park or for other government services. Brokers selling the site said it could go for as much as $75 million.
     

August 7th, 2015

  • County Tells WSSC to Fix Leak in Newly-Installed Water Pipe Under Bethesda Road
    Montgomery County issued a notice of violation to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission last month after one of the agency’s pipe replacement projects caused a water leak and bumpy conditions on a busy Bethesda street...Standing water and a bumpy patchwork of new pavement elicited complaints to Councilmember Roger Berliner’s office. Drew Morrison, a staff member in Berliner’s office, said that DPS, WSSC and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation met on-site to talk about fixing the issue. Repaving is expected to take six weeks.

     

August 2nd, 2015

  • New Entrance Escalator Opens Monday at Bethesda Station 

    The first of three new entrance escalators at Metro’s Bethesda Station will enter service Monday, Aug. 3, according to a news release from WMATA.With a rise of 106 feet, the new escalator is the second longest in the Western Hemisphere behind Wheaton Station and took more than nine months from demolition of the old escalator, site preparation, delivery of the new escalator and assembly...“A safe and reliable Metro system is key to our community’s future. This new escalator, completed on time, is one step forward in creating a significantly improved Bethesda station. As work now moves to the second and then third escalators, I have my fingers crossed for minimal disruption and I, like so many, look forward to when we will have a whole new fleet of escalators serving our Bethesda transit riders,” said Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner. 
     

July 28th, 2015

  • Council Agrees On Partial Privatization of Liquor Control, But Some Want More: Berliner wants “phased exit strategy” from business

    The Montgomery County Council Tuesday approved a resolution that could lead to partial-privatization of the county’s Department of Liquor Control (DLC), especially when it comes to the distribution of specialty craft beer and fine wines.But while some council members cautioned against further changes to the department that could hurt the county’s bottom line, Council member Roger Berliner said the changes with so-called special orders should be the first part of a “phased exit strategy” out of the liquor business. “For nine years I have asked myself why our County is the only county in the country to have a monopoly in the liquor business,” Berliner said in a prepared statement. “The answer, it seems, is simple: revenue and county employee jobs. I don't find that answer satisfying, even on a day when we are adopting a significant budget savings plan.”
     

July 24th, 2015

  • Montgomery aims to make all taxicabs wheelchair accessible by 2025

    Montgomery County officials say they want to increase the number of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs and have the county’s taxi fleet 100 percent accessible by 2025.Among the measures approved Tuesday by the County Council, one aims to improve taxi service and requires the County’s Department of Transportation to develop a plan to increase the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs that have lifts or ramps, with a goal of having 100 percent accessible taxicabs within 10 years...“These reforms will accrue to the benefit of all — the industry, drivers, consumers, the disabled community, seniors and low-income residents,” said council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda), the lead sponsor of the bills.
     

July 27th, 2015

  • Red Line Waterproofing Work Moved to 2017, and Could Move Again
    The Red Line tunnel waterproofing effort that was supposed to come in 2016 is now scheduled for 2017 and may change again depending on when the state of Maryland and a private concessionaire are ready to build the Bethesda Purple Line station.Council member Roger Berliner, who chairs the council’s Transportation Committee and who represents Bethesda, took a tour of the leaky tunnel in April and said it reminded him of Luray Caverns. “It’s really, it’s not OK,” Berliner told Troup during the forum. “I know it’s not of your making. But there are waters, there are stalagmites. It’s pretty incredible.”
     
  • Pepco says it cut hundreds of trees to protect power for thousands of people
    The chain saws have quieted. Crews of tree-cutters, and the police summoned to protect them from angry homeowners, are largely gone. But scars from the year-long War of the Trees between Potomac residents and Pepco remain in plain view...“Trees and power lines don’t mix. I totally get that,” said Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda). But Pepco needs to become “less Paul Bunyan and more Johnny Appleseed,” he said, in its approach to cutting and trimming.idents and Pepco remain in plain view.
     
  • Official: Illegal Towing Continues in Montgomery County Ahead of New Law
    A controversial method of towing cars persists in Montgomery County, despite a newly passed law to combat so-called predatory towing, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team. The new law, set to be officially signed by the county executive this week, will not take effect for at least three months, a county official said."Our driver is well within the law with what he's doing,” the manager said. “He's on the property. He's observing people and taking the picture.” County Councilmember Roger Berliner said the newly passed towing law will eliminate uncertainty or confusion about the legality of towing operations. “If they (illegally tow), they will get caught,” Berliner said.
     

July 23rd, 2015

  • In Front of Marriott Headquarters, Local Officials Urge Hotel Giant to ‘Pick the Pike District’

    Metro’s acting general manager insists the transit agency is doing all that it can to improve Metro’s safety and reliability, but some are doubtful. Jack Requa heard a litany of complaints at a forum on Metro problems sponsored by the Montgomery County Council Transportation Committee. Transportation committee chairman Roger Berliner says the goal is to find short-term and long-term solutions to Metro’s problems. “Almost every day … we read about or experience a problem with Metro — not small problems, big problems,” Berliner says.

  • Montgomery County Council approves 25 cent surcharge for each Uber ride
    It is going to cost more to use Uber in Montgomery County. By a unanimous vote, the county council has approved a move to tack an extra quarter onto every Uber or rideshare trip. Councilmember Roger Berliner said the first thing you need to know about this 25 cent hike is that the money is going to a good cause -- funding transportation for the disabled with 66 new fully accessible vehicles. "We're increasing the fleet for our disabled community and using this fund to help pay down the extra costs associated with those more expensive vehicles,” he said.

  • In Front of Marriott Headquarters, Local Officials Urge Hotel Giant to ‘Pick the Pike District’ 
    Elected officials, business owners and community leaders gathered in front of Marriott International’s Bethesda headquarters Wednesday to make their pitch for the Fortune 500 company to remain in Montgomery County. County Council member Roger Berliner, District 17 state Sen. Rich Madaleno and District 16 state Del. Marc Korman joined the group, which is hoping to get Marriott’s attention about six years before its lease is up at its longtime Fernwood Road headquarters in a Bethesda corporate office park. “Nothing will get in the way of our county being able to respond to Marriott’s needs,” Berliner said. “Nothing.”
     

July 22nd, 2015

  • Montgomery Council approves overhaul of taxis and limits on towing

    The Montgomery County Council approved measures Tuesday to improve taxi service and rein in predatory practices by towing companies. Two taxi bills, approved by unanimous vote, would boost working conditions for drivers, increase the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs and create a centralized dispatch system for the county’s five taxi companies...“The measures our council passed today will fundamentally reform our county’s regulation of the taxi industry,” council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda), the lead sponsor of one of the bills, said in a statement after the session. “And these reforms will accrue to the benefit of all — the industry, drivers, consumers, the disabled community.”
     

July 17th, 2015

  • Chevy Chase, Potomac Libraries May Have Hours Restored After All

    A pair of local public libraries Thursday got a temporary reprieve from budget cuts that would’ve cancelled expanded service hours supposed to start in October. Council member Roger Berliner, who represents the district that includes four of the five libraries in question, argued that it’s time those libraries have their hours fully restored. “This district has taken a disproportionate hit in terms of the amount of hours that are available,” Berliner said. “It’s clear just from this list. It’s not right.” 

 

July 16th, 2015

  • County Council Likely to Push State on Beltway Express Lanes in Bethesda 

    Tow truck drivers in Montgomery County might soon have to wait at least 15 minutes before hooking up illegally parked cars. The County Council’s Public Safety Committee Monday recommended a new law that provides a 15-minute grace period for illegal parkers, a measure one council member said “puts common decency, not tow companies first.”...The average cost to reclaim a towed car from an impound lot is $160, plus the costs associated with getting to the lot. “That, to me, is not a punishment that fits the crime,” said Berliner, who later tweeted that the latest version of the bill is about “common decency.”
     

July 14th, 2015

  • Grace Period, Ban on Spotters Could be Part of County's New Towing Law

    Tow truck drivers in Montgomery County might soon have to wait at least 15 minutes before hooking up illegally parked cars. The County Council’s Public Safety Committee Monday recommended a new law that provides a 15-minute grace period for illegal parkers, a measure one council member said “puts common decency, not tow companies first.”...The average cost to reclaim a towed car from an impound lot is $160, plus the costs associated with getting to the lot. “That, to me, is not a punishment that fits the crime,” said Berliner, who later tweeted that the latest version of the bill is about “common decency.”
     

  • In Purple Line Rail Project, A Tale of Two Counties

    For Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and most members of the County Council, the Purple Line is a crucial way to improve mass transit options and strengthen Montgomery’s two business centers, Bethesda and Silver Spring, as regional destinations. “You’re harnessing our two economic engines with a nine-minute connection,” said council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda), referring to the estimated travel time between the downtowns, which lie on opposite ends of Metrorail’s Red Line.

July 9th, 2015

  • Montgomery Lawmakers Want To Tackle Metro Problems

    Montgomery County lawmakers want answers from Metro leaders about the system’s safety and financial woes, plus the suspended search for its next general manager. County Council member Roger Berliner announced Thursday that his Transportation Committee will host a Metro forum July 22 in Rockville with the goal of “exploring both short-term and long-term solutions for addressing” Metro issues. Berliner referenced recent reports from federal oversight agencies that faulted Metro for moving too slowly to fix various safety issues. “Our community depends on the Red Line. However, as the tragic loss of life at L’Enfant Plaza underscored, and the subsequent investigations by the Federal Transit Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed, the fundamentals for safety are not in place,” Berliner announced.

June 27th, 2015

  • Councilmember Berliner Talks Hogan’s Purple Line Decision
    In this MyMCMedia Extra, Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner said Hogan’s Purple Line decision is a positive announcement but “we need to know the details.” Hogan said, at a news conference on June 25, the project will require an additional investment from both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
     

June 26th, 2015

  • Montgomery, Prince George’s officials are relieved by Purple Line decision
    Political and business leaders and transit advocates in Maryland’s Washington suburbs mostly exhaled on Thursday after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced he was willing to let a less costly version of the light-rail Purple Line go forward...Montgomery council member Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda), chairman of the council’s transportation and environment committee, said he was confident that Hogan’s ask was “not a showstopper...We can’t lose this project based on the numbers we’re talking about here,” Berliner said.
     

June 19th, 2015

  • County considers freezing wages for tipped workers
    A County Council committee voted Tuesday to support a locked base pay for tipped workers, a move beneficial to the restaurant industry that some say could hurt workers. But the bill’s more stringent reporting requirements would help address that, according to Council member Roger Berliner (D-1). The bill requires quarterly wage reports as well as the creation of an online reporting system. “There are undoubtedly always going to be people that don’t comply with the law, which is why we strengthen the reporting requirements,” Berliner said.
     

June 13th, 2015

  • Proposed Montgomery County curbs on lawn pesticides face amendment 
    A controversial bill to restrict pesticide use on private lawns and public land in Montgomery County could be headed for significant changes before it goes before the County Council for a final vote, most likely in September. Berliner said Friday he is drafting an alternative version that drops the restrictions on pesticide use for lawns, county parks and athletic fields. It would instead establish a countywide goal of reducing pesticide use to a to-be-determined level by 2020. 
     

June 11th, 2015

  • Md. transportation chief reportedly backs Purple Line if cost is lowered
    Montgomery council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda), who also was at the meeting, said Rahn made no promises but indicated that he would make such a recommendation to Hogan. “It has been our expectation that Rahn would put before the governor an option that would have a lower price tag and more contribution from our county,” Berliner said. “We left the meeting with the feeling that he would present that kind of option. We have our fingers crossed that the governor would find that satisfactory.”

 

May 26th, 2015

  • Towing: a federal issue no more? 
    Nothing irks Montgomery County residents quite like finding their vehicle towed without their consent. Two federal lawmakers want to be clear who has the authority to address the problem. Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda has proposed legislation to crack down on abusive towing practices. His legislation updates the county’s 20-year-old law that addresses towing. County Council attorney Josh Hamlin said nothing in current federal law should prevent the county from passing Berliner’s bill, but Van Hollen’s legislation would remove any uncertainty about authority on regulating towing.

     

May 15th, 2015

  • Maryland approves Exelon-Pepco merger 
    Maryland regulators Friday voted 3 to 2 to approve Chicago-based Exelon’s proposed $6.8 billion acquisition of utility company Pepco Holdings, ending a year-long battle between state officials, environmentalists and the companies. The Maryland Public Service Commission said it approved the deal with 46 conditions, including higher reliability standards, a $100 rate credit for Delmarva Power and Pepco residential customers and $43.2 million for energy efficiency programs in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and the Delmarva-Maryland service territory. Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda), who heads the Coalition for Utility Reform, a group that pressed Exelon for environmental and service improvements as conditions to the merger, said the decision “poses an unacceptable threat to both ratepayers and our environment.”

     

May 13th, 2015

  • County Councilmembers Ask Local Hospitals To Stop Using Pesticides
    Two County Councilmembers on Monday asked local hospitals to stop using pesticides on their properties in Montgomery County, citing “strong signals” from medical experts that the products are harmful to people. Councilmembers Roger Berliner and George Leventhal sent the request to the president of Gaithersburg-based Adventist Healthcare, as well as the presidents of Suburban Hospital, Holy Cross Health, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and the Children’s National Health System

 

May 12th, 2015

  • Business Groups Make Another Push To Reduce Montgomery County’s Energy Tax
    Local business leaders and at least three councilmembers are yet again pushing to reduce Montgomery County’s energy tax with a key hearing on the proposal set for Wednesday. Councilmember Nancy Floreen has proposed cutting the tax by 10 percent, which would mean a roughly $11.5 million revenue loss for the county. Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Sidney Katz are supporting Floreen’s proposal.

 

May 6th, 2015

  • Potomac: County Council Honors Local Small Businesses
    Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner recognized small businesses in Montgomery County earlier this week. Berliner, surrounded by representatives from area chambers of commerce including Potomac and Bethesda-based businesses owners, Cari Shane of sasse agency and Debbie Mintz Brodsky of DMB Pictures, read a proclamation during a County Council meeting on Tuesday. Berliner called small businesses the “backbone of our economy.”

 

May 4th, 2015

  • A Bethesda Coyote? Neighbors Report Sightings
    County Councilmember Roger Berliner said he is getting worried calls from constituents. "It's frightening. You don't want your pets unattended of course, but we cannot point to a case when there has been harm to a human being." 

 

April 29, 2015

  • Maryland law takes precedence over county in regulating Uber, Lyft
    As written, the soon-to-be law pre-empts Montgomery County from passing its own regulations, said Councilman Roger Berliner. But Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, who has been leading discussions on the issue locally, said the state bill and what the county was crafting were comparable. Berliner noted that the county’s work wasn’t just limited to Uber and Lyft. It also focused on modernizing regulations for taxicabs and the working conditions of cab drivers to level the playing field in the market of for-hire rides. The county, he said, will continue revamping its laws on taxicabs and drivers.

     
  • To make people-friendly streets, think beyond just cars
    Councilmember Roger Berliner, who represents both urban communities like Bethesda and urbanizing areas like White Flint, wants to change that. Last week he released aletter with some examples of alternative ways to measure congestion. 

April 24, 2015

  • Predatory Towing in the DMV: Gone in 60 seconds
    Last week in Montgomery County, Council member Roger Berliner introduced legislation that would ban spotters. A statement from Berliner’s office said his plan “would make it more difficult for companies to take advantage of county residents.
     
  • Pulled ads prompt questions 
    Councilmember Roger Berliner, a leading member of the Coalition for Utility Reform, has said Exelon needs to do more to commit to renewable energy. He said the commission could go either way on the merger in his view, and it would be a “defining moment” for them. Exelon and Pepco did not come to a settlement agreement with the coalition. “Our coalition in the larger environmental community was prepared to seriously consider settlement if Exelon had been prepared to make a serious proposal. Regrettably, that never happened,” Berliner said.
     

April 23, 2015

  • Should MoCo Change Its Traffic Standards? 
    Councilmember Roger Berliner says Montgomery County should change the way it evaluates traffic when it comes to new development. Berliner said the county’s focus on how quickly vehicles get through an intersection leads only to wider roads and larger intersections, instead of what he described as more progressive options for decreasing commute times and getting people living closer to where they work.
     

April 15, 2015

  • Uber Rides Could Carry Surcharge In MoCo Under New Law
    “I believe very strongly that this surcharge should be dedicated to providing additional resources for taxi service for the disabled,” Berliner announced in a statement about the state law. “Too often, members of our disabled community are unable to get a taxi in a timely manner. With more financial incentives for drivers, we can provide more rides for our disabled residents.”
     
  • Montgomery backtracks on a sprawl-inducing highway
    Chair Roger Berliner said, "It's no secret I'm not a big fan of this project. I'm even less a fan of ambiguity and being in limbo." The committee members, while harboring different opinions about the project, all agreed that MCDOT should make the study public and send it to regulators. Berliner and fellow committee member Tom Hucker, along with a majority of council members, now publicly oppose to the project, while Nancy Floreen, the third member of the committee, supports it.

     
  • Traffic clash: NIH, locals spar over parking spots
    Elected officials at all levels are getting in on the controversy. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., members of the Maryland state legislature and Montgomery County Council, wrote a letter stating their disappointing in the parking ratio submitted by the NIH and said the new spots will result in greater traffic congestion.Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner sending a letter to the NIH telling the agency to encourage employees to take the metro or find other ways to avoid adding parking. "By far the single biggest negative impact that NIH has on our community is traffic generation," they wrote. "Traffic congestion is more than a simple matter of driver inconvenience, it is actually a serious quality of life issue, an environmental issue, and an economic competitiveness issue."

 

April 2, 2015

 

March 26, 2015

  • Metro Officials Unsure of Evacuation Time at Bethesda Station 
    The tunnel that stretches from Friendship Heights to the Medical Center station in Bethesda is prone to arcing insulators, according to an October report from Metro. The tunnel has several leaks that cause about one third of the transit system’s arcing insulator incidents, Metro reported. The tunnel is slated for repairs in the summer and fall of 2016. Councilmember Roger Berliner said he wanted more assurance from Metro that arcing insulators will not present safety problems in the future. “Our goal is to give you the resources you need,” Berliner said, in reference to handling possible emergency safety issues at the station.

     
  • Pepco Settlement Is A Good Deal Despite Council Criticism, MoCo Says
    Earlier this week, Berliner introduced a Council resolution against the county’s settlement with Pepco and Exelon. He also said that during a meeting with Leggett a few weeks ago, Council members urged Leggett not to proceed with the deal. “It was simply the wrong deal,” Berliner said.

 

March 20, 2015

  • Leggett and Council at Odds
    Though County Executive Ike Leggett apparently reached an agreement with Pepco and Exelon Tuesday about their pending merger, members of the County Council said they remain unhappy with the results...“The county negotiated, if you will, for itself. Many of us (in environmental organizations and the Coalition for Utility Reform) regret that it didn’t take a larger view in trying to leverage its ability to broker a bigger deal that would have included renewable energy,” said Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-1), one of the leaders of the Coalition for Utility Reform.

 

March 10, 2015

  • Purple Line Supporters Make Monday Night Push In Annapolis
    Purple Line supporters were out in full force Monday night in Annapolis, something Purple Line opponents say means “they know the project is in trouble.” More than 150 residents, business leaders and elected officials took part in “Transit Night” in the state’s capital, a few months before Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to decide whether to move forward with the long-debated 16-mile light rail from New Carrollton to Bethesda. The elected officials included County Executive Isiah Leggett, Councilmembers George Leventhal and Roger Berliner, local Delegates Ana Sol Gutierrez and Marc Korman and District 16 State Sen. Susan Lee.
  • Taxi owners, drivers, lawmakers debate how to compete with Uber
    With Uber and Lyft already taking a large amount of customers away from Montgomery County cab companies, both lawmakers and taxi owners are catching up to offer services to help the industry survive...“We need to figure out an app with the consumer in mind.  If we look at it through the lens of the customer, then we can’t go wrong,” says Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner.

  • Pepco, Exelon Boost Customers Benefits in Takeover
    Despite the enhanced package of benefits, opponents say the deal is still far from being in the public’s best interest. Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner, a regulatory lawyer, said only drastic changes to the deal would satisfy the standard for approval. “If I were a betting man, I’d say this is not going to be approved in the absence of significant changes to this deal,” Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said, adding, “I’ve lost bets before.”

     

March 6, 2015

  • Berliner Wants New, Transit-Focused Transportation Director
    Roger Berliner, chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, asked Harold VarmCouncilmember Roger Berliner says a new, more transit-focused director for the county’s Department of Transportation could be the key to realizing Montgomery’s bus rapid transit dreamsIn a newsletter sent to email subscribers this week, Berliner said Leggett’s much-criticized attempt to create an Independent Transit Authority was the wrong step for trying to find that funding. “What we need most of all at this moment in time is to find a Director of our Department of Transportation that is a nationally recognized transit expert,” Berliner wrote. “We have not had that at DOT, and we absolutely need it. Instead of working around a road centric culture, let’s change the culture.”

March 3, 2015 

  • MoCo Looking For Experts To Address Whether Pesticide Concerns Are Valid
    Roger Berliner, chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, asked Harold Varmus, director of the NIH’s National Cancer Institute, if the agency could provide its expertise as the Council weighs a proposed ban of of “non-essential” lawn care pesticides. “My colleagues and I are not expert in such matters, and given that there is no major jurisdiction in the country to have adopted a comparable ban, we have few resources to call upon to provide us with the scientific guidance we need to evaluate the proposal before us,” Berliner wrote in a letter to Varmus on Tuesday. “Our Council and community would greatly benefit from understanding what the [National Cancer Institute's] research relating to pesticide exposure has concluded. Specifically, we seek your guidance as to whether the NCI believes that the exposures created by the use of pesticides for lawn care and on playing fields warrant further limitations beyond existing federal and state rules.”

February 27, 2015

  • Privatization Of MoCo’s Alcohol Operation In The Spotlight
    Complaints from restaurant owners about late and incomplete alcohol deliveries are one reason Montgomery County should get out of the alcohol distribution business, Councilmember Roger Berliner said Friday. “I really feel like we’ve got to get out of the way here,” Berliner said. “We are not providing a service to our community. We are providing a disservice to our community.”

February 26, 2015

  • County Considers Buying Bethesda Land
    Councilmember Roger Berliner has asked County Executive Ike Leggett to coordinate with members of county and state government to see if the county can submit a competitive bid for the WMAL transmitter site, which may cost nine figures according to some estimates. “I have urged our county executive to reach out to the school system, to our park system, to our state government, and see whether or not there is a way we could collectively come together to see whether or not this tract could meet the extraordinary number of needs we have in our down county and our county, period,” Berliner said.

February 25, 2015

  • Montgomery's liquor monopoly is a failure 
    "Even with good people, with the best of intentions, trying to serve the consumer preferences of a million residents with one monopoly distributor is destined to fail. By almost every measure, our monopoly fails us. Residents drive to Virginia to buy alcohol; our restaurants complain of poor service and poor choice; microbreweries hesitate to locate here; and young and old spend entertainment dollars elsewhere that could be spent at home. These aren’t insignificant impacts."

February 24, 2015

  • Councilmembers to Metro: Don't Raise Fares 
    Roger Berliner, Nancy Floreen and Tom Hucker — the members who make up the Council’s Transportation Committee — on Tuesday urged the WMATA Board of Directors to ditch the idea of a 10-cent fare increase and service reductions.

February 12, 2015

  • Lawmakers: Metro fare increase proposal comes at bad time 
    “Anything that undermines public confidence in our Metro system makes it more difficult to provide the level of public support Metro so obviously needs. That is particularly true in Maryland with a new governor who has made it clear that transit funding is not a top priority for him. Our entire region needs Metro to be at its very best. And, as this latest tragic incident underscores, that is most certainly not the case today,” says Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner, who chairs the county’s committee on transportation and the environment.

February 3, 2015

  • Leggett, Councilmember React to Starr's Resignation 
    Council member Roger Berliner, who represents Bethesda and Chevy Chase, said he regretted that Starr couldn’t obtain the votes from the school board he needed to keep his job. “I think our school system is extraordinarily complex and he inherited some significant sets of issues,” said Berliner, in an interview, “and while progress has been uneven, I thought there was progress.”

January 20, 2015

January 13, 2015

2014 ARTICLES
 

December 10, 2014

  • Coalition Calls for Regulators to Tie Pepco-Exelon's Profits to New Standards  
    A group of elected leaders, green energy companies, local municipalities and others called for state regulators to tie half of Pepco’s financial returns to the power company’s ability to meet a host of new performance metrics. The Coalition for Utility Reform, which includes Councilmember Roger Berliner and former Gaithersburg Councilmember Ryan Spiegel as its counsel, filed its testimony to Maryland’s Public Service Commision on Tuesday.

December 4, 2014

  • County Officials Urge State to Speed Up Planning for Bus Rapid Transit Line  
    County officials are urging SHA to work with them to create a firm timeline that would speed up the planning process.  “Part of me was dying when I heard you go through the various steps of this process,” Councilmember Roger Berliner told Kiedrowski. He asked that the SHA partner with the county to make a bus rapid transit system a reality sooner.

    “To me that’s a four-year process,” Berliner said. “I feel it has to be driven by the sense of urgency that all three jurisdictions feel about this.”

November 25, 2014

  • Berliner Says He Won't Vote for Westbard Plan if it doesn't Address School Issues  
    Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner has promised the Westbard community in Bethesda he will not vote for proposed sector plan changes if they don’t “adequately address school facility issues.” Berliner made the promise in a November email newsletter that he sent to Bethesda and Chevy Chase constituents. He said he has met with local PTA officials as well as with county schools Superintendent Joshua Starr and encouraged them to be engaged in the Westbard planning process and to find creative solutions to school overcrowding issues.

November 19, 2014

October 29, 2014

  • County Looks at Organic Option for Turf Fields  
    Councilmember Roger Berliner told MyMCMedia Wednesday that he plans to request projects move to an organic option.  “We are standing on the future,” Berliner said while checking out the turf field. “There appears to be no downside.”

October 13, 2014

  • Montgomery to consider alt-taxi rule changes  
    Councilman Roger Berliner said Thursday that he plans to draft legislation to regulate transportation network companies like Uber and also ease the regulations that cab companies say prevent fair competition in the market.  “And our county should not be driving Uber and Lyft out of the county,” said Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda. “Instead, we should welcome the innovation, consumer satisfaction and driver incomes that they have created — and also provide appropriate safeguards. We can do both.”

October 2, 2014

  • Montgomery pedestrians frustrated with construction-related sidewalk closures  
    Montgomery County council members are asking county officials to crack down on construction firms that close sidewalks around their projects for weeks on end, forcing pedestrians to walk in the street...“In other urban communities, they’ve found ways to do construction without taking away sidewalks,” said Montgomery Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda). “Why not here? Imagine if in New York City every time they did construction, they took away the sidewalk. I don’t think so.”

September 30, 2014  

  • Montgomery Council approves plan for public finance of local campaigns  
    Council members also lavished praise on Andrews for his perseverance on this bill and through his 16 years of council service.  “This is a signature accomplishment,” said council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda). “When you get your teeth into something, you don’t let it go,” Berliner said. “We are in your debt, sir.”

September 18, 2014

  • Md. utility reform coalition: Exelon-Pepco deal should be tied to higher standards  
    The petition, filed by Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) and Gaithersburg City Council member Ryan Spiegel, argues that the current power delivery system is broken, and that the merger “has profound implications for the state of Maryland.”  “For the residents who have suffered through unacceptably poor service by Pepco throughout the years, this proceeding will determine our fate going forward for decades to come,” Berliner and Spiegel said.

September 11, 2014

  • Montgomery County Council Requests Drone Policy
    Members of the County Council’s public safety committee asked police and fire leaders this morning to create a policy governing the use of small drones by their departments. Councilmembers Marc Elrich and Roger Berliner were surprised the fire department has purchased three drones and the county’s innovation director also has a drone—even though county officials haven’t developed a policy on how they should be used.

September 5, 2014

  • Official urges review of Montgomery County taxi rules  
    Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda sent a letter to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) on Thursday, saying that the county should look at its “antiquated” taxicab regulations and should make efforts to be more inviting to companies using new technology.  “Now is the time to give our local taxis the ability to compete with new entrants, not wall off the new entrants,” Berliner wrote.

August 13, 2014

  • Montgomery County eyes Bus Rapid Transit as gridlock reducer
    By enticing single-occupant motorists to leave their cars at home and board a bus instead, the BRT system would flow unencumbered through consecutive green lights, completing the commute in a fraction of the usual time.  "Our goal is to relieve congestion, not create congestion, and you do that by having a first-class transit system," said County Council member Roger Berliner, a BRT supporter.

July 17, 2014

  • Six Takeaways from the Joint Montgomery and D.C. Council Transportation Meeting 
    Berliner, the chair of the Montgomery County Council transportation committee, organized the joint meeting and said afterward he couldn’t remember ever meeting with D.C. officials about shared transportation needs....Berliner said of Wednesday’s meeting, “We tapped into a mutual desire for both jurisdictions to totally align. Now we need to truly align."

July 15, 2014

  • Oversight Report Could Provide Impetus for Liquor Department Reforms
    The OLO report would look at DLC’s process for selecting certain brands, customer feedback, how beverage licensing relates to the nighttime economy and potential options to increase efficiency and improve service.  “I came into the Council with a similar view, wondering what can we do about this, hearing the same kinds of concerns,” Councilmember Roger Berliner said.

June 18, 2014

  • WSSC customers challenging high water bills need arbiter beyond utility, report says 
    The county agency began examining WSSC customer complaints in April, after County Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) said he had heard from about 50 residents whose winter water bills were so unusually high they believed they had to be wrong.  The 50 complaints were more than the county has received about WSSC bills over the past 30 years, according to a report by the consumer protection office sent to Berliner this week.

June 17, 2014

  • Billing cycles, meter-reading problems may be behind WSSC's high water bills 
    In a statement released Monday, Berliner called for change.  "As it stands, WSSC is the sole arbiter of whether a bill is correct. Consumers are clearly at a disadvantage and this needs to change. Accordingly, I will be working with our state delegation in the months ahead to create a fair and independent forum that will better serve our County's ratepayers."

June 10, 2014

June 5, 2014

May 19, 2014

  • Berliner continues to look at WSSC bills 
    Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner is asking the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission for more information on why some customers have continued to get bills that are much higher than normal.  Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda sent a letter to the chairman of the commission May 14 saying that he wants the commission to provide new information on what might be causing people to receive bills substantially higher than normal.

May 15, 2014

May 5, 2014

  • Berliner Says Pepco Sale Should Require Improved Performance 
    Berliner asked members of the Council to support the resolution, which would ask the Maryland Public Service Commission not to approve Pepco’s $6.83 billion sale to Exelon unless the company makes “a firm commitment” to top quartile performance.

April 23, 2014

April 22, 2014

  • Montgomery council steps up timeline for clean energy purchases 
    The bill requiring the change was sponsored by Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, part of a package designed to help make Montgomery a leader in green energy and technology and fight climate change.  Montgomery’s actions may not stop climate change single-handedly, but the county should do what it can, Berliner said before the council’s vote Tuesday on the package of seven bills and two zoning changes. April 22 is Earth Day.  All nine measures were approved unanimously by the nine-member council.

April 2nd, 2014

  • Montgomery Council Brings Official End to Battle Over Clarksburg’s Ten Mile Creek
    "'This is a proud moment for our council,” [Councilmember Roger Berliner] said before the final vote. “We have reflected on the evidence, scientific and otherwise, and the evidence was overwhelming. The environmental experts all said essentially the same thing – this watershed is a treasure, it is fragile, and that even the little amount of development that has taken place in the headwaters has already harmed it.”

 

April 1st, 2014

  • Westbard Sector Plan Could Start In July, Opening Door to Redevelopment
    "'There weren’t plans to move forward and now we have somebody who is ready to move forward and somebody who has engaged the community,” Councilmember Roger Berliner (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) said. “There is always the concern of, ‘Oh my goodness, will they do too much?’ It isn’t the developer’s notion that is important. It is what our professional planners decide is important, then ultimately, it is what we decide is important.”

March 27th, 2014

  • Purple Line-Affected Communities Pushing For Mitigation Promises
    "Earlier this month, Councilmembers Roger Berliner (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Cherri Branson (Silver Spring) asked County Executive Isiah Leggett to create a formal task force including COPLN members that would deal with DOT, MTA and the MTA’s yet-to-be picked private concessionaire during the final design, construction and initial operation of the Purple Line."

  • Parks Could Start Plowing Capital Crescent Trail Next Winter
    "Montgomery Parks on Thursday said it could plow its part of the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda for less than $60,000 with a pilot program starting next winter. The cost estimate came in response to criticism from trail users and a request from Councilmember Roger Berliner after this winter’s many snowfalls left the heavily-used route impassable for days and even weeks after storms."

 

March 24th, 2014

  • Berliner Goes After WSSC for High Bills
    "After receiving many phone calls and emails last week from Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission customers complaining of high water bills – some documenting their bills being as much as eight times higher than normal – Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner says he isn’t content with the explanations given for the high bills."

 

March 19th, 2014

  • Montgomery Council Addresses Snow Concerns
    "Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda asked Keith Compton, chief of highway services for the county’s Department of Transportation, why the county couldn’t publicly list the priority of how roads are cleared, so residents know when to expect a plow in their neighborhoods. Compton said the department could consider making the information public."

 

March 18th, 2014

  • Despite WSSC’s Answers, Questions Remain About High Water Bills
    “Many residents report that the bill they received is nearly double, or in some cases, eight to ten times the amount of their typical bill,” Berliner wrote in his newsletter. “They are clearly angry and frustrated and I don’t blame them.” On March 11, Berliner sent a letter to the general manager of WSSC, asking to examine the causes for the high water bills."

 

March 12, 2014

  • Berliner Asks For Investigation Into Expensive WSSC Bills
    “The press release sent out today states that WSSC added an additional month on to the billing cycle due to several snow related events which made it difficult to read all the meters within the normal timeframe. While I understand that this may be true, the amount due on many residents’ bills far exceeds what one might expect for an additional thirty days of service.” 

 

March 10, 2014

  • Council Members Want Leggett’s Support For Purple Line Mitigation
    Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Cherri Branson on Monday penned a letter to Leggett asking for his support for the Coalition of Purple Line Neighborhoods (COPLN), a group organized in December with concerns about noise, vibration, tree loss, tree replacement, pedestrian and traffic safety issues surrounding the Purple Line.

 

March 7, 2014

  • PTA Parents, Students Use Lobbying Night To Push For More School Money in Annapolis
    On the official PTA lobbying night in Annapolis, the estimated 250-350 people who rode buses and drove in from Montgomery County stressed their support for more state funding of school construction in MCPS. They wore mock yellow hard hats and went through talking point after talking point about why the county — growing at the rate of roughly 2,000 students a year — needs more state funding to address overcrowding schools.

 

March 5, 2014

  • County Council Supports Scaling Back Future Development in Clarksburg
    The Montgomery County Council cast a unanimous straw vote Tuesday for a compromise plan to allow some additional development on three large sites in Clarksburg, but not at the scale developers sought. The vote to support revising the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan would cut impervious surfaces to about half that allowed in the original plan.

 

February 25, 2014

  • Montgomery Councilman Wants To Improve County’s Snow Removal Plans
    “The condition of the Capital Crescent Trail and its lack of maintenance following snow events is an issue of great concern to our residents who rely on our trail infrastructure for commuting purposes...[w]hile the trail is used by many residents for recreation, it also serves as a commuter route for people to get to work."

 

February 21, 2014

  • Bethesda Girl Gets County To Build Pedestrian Path
    "Even after the petition and a story on her effort in The Gazette, Lilah and her dad Michael hadn’t heard back. Michael Katz said he saw Councilmember Roger Berliner at a recent community meeting, Berliner got his staff involved and the process was jump-started."

 

February 11, 2014

 

January 21, 2014

 

January 8, 2014       

 

2013 ARTICLES

June 19, 2013         

 

June 19, 2013       

  • Exemptions Proposed to Montgomery County's Bag Tax
    "I don't think it is working at department stores or that it will work at department stores, and I don't think the evidence supports that our streams are significantly threatened by bags from department stores and other retail establishments."

 

May 22, 2013

 

May 14, 2013

  • Berliner Files Pleading for New Power System
    Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda) today filed a formal pleading with the state's Public Service Commission to implement a utility pilot program that would include power micro-grids and adjustable rates based on how a utility company performs.

 

March 25, 2013        

 

March 19, 2013

 

March 19, 2013  

  • Chevy Chase Water Main Break Bigger Than First Reported
    County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Potomac) says he will schedule a meeting of his Transportation & Environment Committee as soon as possible to delve into what went wrong with the Chevy Chase Lake Drive water main break.

 

March 13, 2013        

 

February 14, 2013

 

February 8, 2013

 

February 5, 2013

 

January 31, 2013  

 

January 30, 2013

 

January 17, 2013

 

 

2012 ARTICLES

 

December 14, 2012

 

December 5, 2012

  • County Shows Off New Open Data Program
    "This really does make a big difference in terms of what Montgomery County is, how we relate to our people, how we create economic opportunities, how we're democratizing economic opportunity by creating the basis for which every citizen can help us, help themselves and grow our economy."

 

December 4, 2012

 

December 3, 2012

 

November 27, 2012

 

November 26, 2012

 

November 8, 2012

 

October 26, 2012

 

October 8, 2012

  • Montgomery Council President Seeks County Gas Tax Authority
    "I've been a strong proponent of an increase in the statewide gas tax, but if Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore or other communities don't share that desire and we can't get that to pass, then I see no reason why Montgomery County shouldn't be able to go forward and have a gas tax of comparable nature."

 

October 4, 2012

 

October 3, 2012

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September 28, 2012

  • Montgomery County Retains AAA Bond Rating
    "We have argued to Moody's that our community is no longer dependent as many are. We are a far more diverse economy. We have asked for the opportunity to make that case to them."

 

September 17, 2012

  • Berliner to County Attorney: Re-Examine Purchasing Pepco
    "The county should have the right to determine for itself, subject to a referendum, whether public power is both economically practical and a better option for meeting the needs of Montgomery County businesses and residents."

 

September 11, 2012

 

2011 ARTICLES

 

December 6, 2011

 

September 21, 2011

 

September 15, 2011

 

September 12, 2011

 

September 8, 2011

 

August 18, 2011

 

August 3, 2011

 

July 20, 2011

  • Montgomery County Repeals Carbon Tax
    "Defending Bill 29-10 is no longer legally feasible. Therefore it makes little sense for the county to continue to expend resources litigating this matter."

 

July 11, 2011

 

June 16, 2011

 

June 15, 2011

 

June 15, 2011

 

June 14, 2011

 

June 10, 2011

 

June 9, 2011 

 

June 8, 2011

  • Councilmembers Allege Board Lied About Budget
    Ervin said she did meet with Barclay, Weast, council Vice President Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Potomac and council staff. During the meeting, Weast said the board would accept the level of funding for schools proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), perhaps by making changes in employee health care, she said.

 

June 1, 2011

  • Panel: Montgomery's Electricity Crisis Continues
    "In an environment in which Pepco has failed our community, the notion of giving them greater authority on private property without any showing of precedent or need is not going to happen."

 

May 27, 2011

  • School Cuts a Big Part of Montgomery County Budget
    Ervin, council Vice President Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Potomac and county school board President Christopher S. Barclay (Dist. 4) of Takoma Park have met over the past month to discuss the council's planned cuts and how to minimize the impact on students, Ervin said on Tuesday.

 

May 26, 2011

  • Clowns, Heckling Meet MoCo Budget Approval
    As Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner extended his thanks to Council President Valerie Ervin for her leadership during the budget process, the heckling started.

 

May 16, 2011

 

May 11, 2011

  • Spare a Dime? Meter Increases in Montgomery County
    "In the heart of Bethesda for example, we are about to construct a very big, expensive garage that's going to call upon us to issue bonds," Berliner says. "In order to issue bonds, we have to show that the parking lot district has a certain amount of revenue. We fell below that amount in the absence of raising rates just a bit."

 

May 4, 2011

 

May 4, 2011

 

May 4, 2011

  • Montgomery Council Approves Bag Tax
    "Council Vice President Roger Berliner of Potomac said the county recycles few plastic bags. Many, he said, end up as litter in the county's streams and rivers or along roads."

 

May 3, 2011

 

March 9, 2011

 

March 9, 2011

 

March 9, 2011

 

March 4, 2011

 

February 25, 2011

 

February 24, 2011

 

February 16, 2011

 

February 15, 2011

 

February 15, 2011

 

February 7, 2011

 

February 7, 2011

 

February 7, 2011

 

February 3, 2011

  • Enough is Enough, Pepco
    "Today I am going to call on the Maryland Public Service Commission to establish a restitution fund."

 

February 3, 2011

 

February 2, 2011

 

2009 ARTICLES

November 18, 2009    

  • Seniors Connect to Services at Health Forum
    "The forum, also sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission on Aging, was themed 'Feeling Your Best at Any Age' and was designed to provide information on various topics and highlight resources available to the county's seniors."

 

November 10, 2009

 

November 6, 2009

 

August 13, 2009

  • Berliner Looks Ahead
    "Heading into an election year, Potomac's first-term County Councilman eyes challenges and a second term."

 

July 2, 2009

 

June 14, 2009

 

May 15, 2009

 

May 15, 2009

 

April 28, 2009

 

April 24, 2009

 

April 22, 2009

  • Efforts Aimed at Boosting Tree Cover
    "The Department of Environmental Protection is working with Councilmembers Berliner and Elrich on a proposal to expand the number of trees protected by county law."

 

April 15, 2009

 

April 9, 2009

 

April 7, 2009

  • BRAC Road Projects Could Cost More Than $200M
    "At this price, maybe other options come in to play," said Councilmember Berliner (D-Dist 1) of Potomac.  He suggested a new rapid bus system from White Flint to downtown Bethesda as one solution.

 

March 11, 2009

  • Elderly Targeted in Recent Robberies
    United States Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Potomac field questions for the audience at a Senior Forum, held Friday in Bethesda. Speakers addressed both financial and physical security, the latter coming to the forefront in recent months following a rash of crimes targeting the elderly.

 

February 18, 2009

  • "Smart grid" technology may soon hit the suburbs
    "The result should be fewer electricity outages, which has afflicted our homeowners and businesses for far too long,� said Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner, a supporter of the pilot program.

 

February 11, 2009

  • State takes a new look at Gude Landfill contamination
    "This is not a situation where the community is being unreasonable," said Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Potomac, a former environmental lawyer. "This is not a situation where the community is overreacting. This is a situation where the community has done us a favor."

 

February 9, 2009

  • Bike trail for ICC may go unfinished
    Here's what people like myself struggle with -- how can this be the environmental tipping point given what we are doing and the protections that are necessary?" A frustrated Councilmember Roger Berliner says. "And how can the costs be that much greater to add 15 feet on a six lane highway, in which we pledged to the community that we are going to make this piece connected?"

 

February 9, 2009

  • MoCo official in hot seat for Hilton move
    Councilman Roger Berliner, D-Potomac-Bethesda, questioned why the Montgomery and Maryland incentives package of $2.4 million was significantly smaller than the Fairfax and Virginia offer of $4.6 million. "To my perspective, this was critical, to play with our best foot forward," he said. "I don't feel we did."

 

February 9, 2009

  • Pepco to launch smart grid concept
    "The result should be fewer electricity outages, which has afflicted our homeowners and businesses for far too long, and produce lower utility bills," Berliner said.

 

January 28, 2009

  • Council approves Purple Line rail
    The County Council voted unanimously in favor of the Purple Line light rail project Tuesday, but also voted to request that the state examine using only one rail track in specific areas to minimize impacts on the Capital Crescent Trail. Councilman Roger Berliner, who proposed the vote on single-tracking that passed 5-3, said he wanted every possibility explored that could benefit and preserve the trail.

 

January 28, 2009

  • Montgomery County Council backs Purple Line as light rail
    Still, Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner held up a rendering of a tree-filled walking and biking trail next to a light rail train in Tuesday's meeting. "This representation needs to turn into reality," he said, "because this is the promise we are making to the people."

 

January 25, 2009

  • Prospects dim for green project funds: Green Guru -- Roger Berliner
    However, one program championed by Montgomery County Council's green guru, Councilman Roger Berliner, has survived congressional wrangling partially intact with the support of powerful Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Aside from being the fifth-ranking Democrat in the House, Van Hollen is also vice chairman of Congress, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus.

 

January 23, 2009

  • Light rail gets support of council committee, Leggett
    There is only one community that is making a significant sacrifice," said Berliner (D-Dist.1) of Potomac, explaining his focus on improving the trail in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. He noted that the number of trail users would increase in future years.

 

January 15, 2009

 

Jan/Feb Issue of Bethesda Magazine

  • Article in Bethesda Magazine "What I was meant to do" (pdf (opens in new window)
    Politics is his passion: "Always, a part of me said, "This is what I was meant to do. I would've lived a life of regret if I didn't stand for office. I love being a legislator. I'm a creature of the legislative process. It's what I know in my bones. I like tackling big issues. I like the public policy debate. I like the strategy involved. I like the negotiations. I like all of it."

 

 

 

 

 




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