WEEKLY AGITATOR JULY 1, 2018

WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY AGITATOR: WHO’S ORGANIZING ABOUT WHAT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

ELRICH LOSING ADVANTAGE OVER BLAIR AS ABSENTEE BALLOTS COUNTED; MOCO CHOOSES FOUR MEN FOR COUNCIL AT-LARGE

The lead March Elrich maintained since election night has been cut down to just 149 votes after the first round of absentee vote counting. There could be more than 8,000 if all the absentee ballots issued by the Board of Elections are returned. AJ Metcalf reports on the matter for Bethesda Beat: http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2018/Elrichs-Lead-Over-Blair-Trimmed-To-Less-Than-150-Votes-In-Democratic-County-Executive-Primary/

PLANNING BOARD GETS APPROVAL FOR FY19 WORK PROGRAM

The Montgomery County Planning Board has received the County Council’s approval to proceed with its planning programs for FY19. A glimpse at the FY19 program includes important projects such as:

Updating the Montgomery County General Plan: updating land use policies (last refined in 1993!) in response to development, work, demographic, and transportation changes

-Pedestrian safety investigations for Aspen Hill area and Shady Grove area, including a re-evaluation of the 2006 Shady Grove Sector Plan

-Study of traffic impact from mixed-use development

Read more: http://montgomeryplanning.org/montgomery-planning-department-announces-fy19-work-program/

NOTE FROM THE COMMONWEALTH STAFF

As readers probably have noticed, our content output slowed over election time. This was largely in response to the speedy rate of election news that was coming out over the last few months and personal responsibilities to the socialist movement in Montgomery County.

We have decided that staying on top of breaking news is best left to other blogs and sources. You will still see the more-or-less regular Weekly Agitator, but you may notice our other articles will not be confined to news events alone. Instead you will see more on the history of movements in Montgomery County, spatial and geographic development in Montgomery County, and agitations to action on subjects or issues not in the mainstream of Montgomery County’s progressive community. We will also expand out educational efforts to encompass theoretical works by leading Socialists and Marxists, both past and present. We consider this a positive development in the blog and are excited for the future.

We believe we are best suited to socialist analysis or advice to organizers seeking a sustainable leftist movement in Montgomery County. Not merely an nebulous network of “progressives.”

We hope our upcoming analysis and organizing advice columns will be met with the spirit of solidarity in which they are written. As always, we appreciate dialogue on matters and accept response pieces that are written in comradely good faith and from a similar left-position.

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