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SILVER SPRING CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD Regularly Scheduled Monthly Meeting Monday, December 12th 2011 Silver Spring Civic Building BOARD PACKET

AGENDA 7:00 pm -

Welcome and community comments

7:10 pm -

Vote to accept summary from previous meeting (see page 11)

7:10 pm -

Community Update and Discussion County Council Member Nancy Floreen

7:30 pm -

Silver Spring Development: Then and Now Presentation and Discussion of Development and Planning in Silver Spring Elza Hisel-McCoy, Senior Planner, Montgomery County National Capitol Park and Planning Commission Laura Steinberg, Member, Silver Spring Redevelopment Committee

8:20 pm -

Committee Reports Commercial and Economic Development Committee (See page 6) Jessica Fusillo Neighborhoods Committee (See page 2) Bernice North Pedestrian and Transportation Committee (See page 7) Darian Unger

8: 40 pm -

Reports from Director and Chair

8:45 pm -

New Business


Summary of SSCAB Neighborhood’s Committee Meeting November 28, 2011 The agenda was a discussion about challenges facing teens and programs to help teens succeed with representatives from area schools and teen organizations. Attendees included: Renay Johnson - Blair HS Principal

Woody Brosnan, Safe Silver Spring

Dr. Henry Johnson - Northwood HS Principal

Tony Hausner, Safe Silver Spring

Casey Crouse – Eastern MS Principal

Jim Zepp, Northwood-Four Corners

John Haas - Silver Spring International MS Principal

Jacob Lee, Blair HS faculty

Eddie Mandhry – Director, DC Program for Global Kids

Najima Bawa, African Immigrant Refugee Foundation

Richard Jaeggi - Director of Gandhi Brigade

Ed Clarke

Luis Cardona – MC Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator

Bruce Adams, Office of Community Partnerships

Leah Mushkin-Pierret – Blair HS Student

Eileen Hoggarth, Blair/SSIMS parent

Deangelo Graham - Northwood HS Student

Tina Poole, SSCAB

Gertrud Mergner - Conflict Resolution Center of MC

Kathy Stevens, SSCAB

Wolfgang Mergner – Conflict Resolution Center of MC

Discussion included: -





Our area schools are very diverse and generally composed of students who are 30-40% Hispanic, 25-30% African American, 20-25% White, 5-15% Asian and less than 5% other. The mix varies at each school and from year-to-year. The high school principals noted that a certain number of students are authorized to leave school during the day because they have met many of their graduation requirements and may be taking college classes or working at an internship or job. Blair High School has about 2,800 students of which 164 are authorized to go off campus and Northwood High School has about 1,470 students of which 70 are authorized to go off campus. There was agreement by the high school principals that one of the major challenges is a lack of opportunities for students who want to learn a trade, like auto mechanics. That is, not all students will be going to college and they would be better served and more engaged in school by learning a trade. The Thomas Edison High School provides vocational training, but it is the only school in the entire county system so it must serve the population for 25 high schools. The Eastern and Silver Spring International Middle Schools both have about 800-830 students. Some challenges that their students face are cyber bullying and a lack of supervision at home. These schools have extended meal programs providing breakfast and after school suppers. All the principals agreed that the reduction in the number of SROs (school resource officers) has reduced the ability to proactively prevent problems and suspect it has contributed to an increase in teen crimes and violence. Prior to budget cuts, each school had an assigned SRO who became familiar with the students and staff, and as a result, was able to proactively prevent incidents and could appropriately and quickly react to events. Now there









is only one SRO for every four schools. As a result, the SROs are not as effective in handling the situation because they may not understand the context and individuals involved plus they are not readily available since the SRO is likely at another location. There was also concern that training of SROs does not seem to be consistent with some SROs not understanding how to effectively interact with teens. All of the principals discussed the many club and sports activities available to students, some in partnership with the MC recreation department and non-profit organizations. Some of the non-profit programs mentioned included Community Bridges (Jump Start Girls and LUNA), Passion for Learning and YMCA’s Linkages to Learning. (See appendix for additional information about these organizations that includes information obtained from their websites.) While there are many programs for teens through the schools, participation can be difficult for low income students. Some teens have responsibilities they need to tend at home, serving a parental role for siblings and managing household chores. Some students may not have transportation to get home after these programs. It was noted that buses may be available to transport kids who attend after school activities, but they go to a central location which can be a safety issue particularly during the months when it gets dark earlier. Northwood High School has a unique pilot program known as the Wellness Center that is funded by the County’s Department of Health and Human Services. The center provides medical care (including free physicals for student athletes), counseling, after school clubs that promote positive youth development and case management to coordinate social services. The program has been successful, but funding is not available to establish centers in all high schools. Priority will be given to schools in communities with the most need as determined by several factors including level of teen pregnancies, gang activities and teen crime. Over the coming years, this is expected to include Gaithersburg, Watkins Mill and Wheaton High Schools. Representatives from several non-profit organizations that serve teens gave overviews of their programs, including Global Kids DC, Gandhi Brigade and Conflict Resolution Center of MC. (See appendix for information about these organizations.) Dr. Johnson specifically noted that Northwood HS has used the Conflict Resolution Center and found it to be very effective. The students in attendance provided their input on teen challenges which included: o Deangelo Graham noted that “students have too much spare time”. To solve this issue, it would be useful to better communicate available activities, jobs and internships for teens. There is also a need to facilitate carpooling for activities so students without transportation can get more involved. o Leah Mushkin-Pierret stated there is a need to get teens more engaged in the political arena. Suggestions included holding town hall meetings with youth, supporting voter registration drives, and seeking youth input on all government decisions. She also noted that cyber bullying is a problem. Some programs that she thinks have been effective include the Gandhi Brigade, the City at Peace (this is a program in NYC that puts on teen produced musicals) and the teen court in Rockville for nonviolent crimes committed by under 18 year olds. Luis Cardona discussed the MC Youth Violence Prevention initiative within the County’s Department of Health and Human Services. The office has four full-time staff, currently serving about 270 youth across the county. The reality of limited resources is that the focus is on teens already in gangs as opposed to proactive prevention. They work with the Crossroads Youth Opportunity Center, a non-profit organization that provides social services, mental health and tattoo removals. (See appendix for more information on this organization.) He also emphasized that the Silver Spring business district is a regional center so efforts to reduce teen crime will need to take a regional approach by working across jurisdictions. There was some discussion about a possible teen center in Silver Spring. o There were different views on whether such a center should only offer structured activities or provide some space for teens to just hang out together. o The principals reemphasized that it would be ideal to have some type of training of automobile mechanics and other trades. They also pointed out that the public schools have space available for rent that could be used to provide teen activities in the evenings.


There was a comment that the county should generally look at collocating facilities with schools in future construction projections. This could include collocating recreational facilities with schools and community theater space with schools. This has been done in other jurisdictions in the DC metro area. Given the need for many teens to care for younger siblings, it was suggested that schools may be able to coordinate so that day care programs in elementary schools and transportation could coincide with teen programs in the high schools. An alternative suggestion is to develop a multi-generational program that would provide programs for all age groups at same time and location. o



APPENDIX - Non-profits serving area youth include: -






Community Bridges is based in Silver Spring and partners with area schools to provide programs to empower immigrant and low income girls. Programs include LUNA for Hispanic girls and Jump Start Girls. They currently provide services in 4 elementary schools, 5 middle schools (including Eastern) and 2 high schools throughout the county. Passion for Learning is committed to developing innovative partnerships between businesses, members of the community, and schools to enhance student learning in reading, writing, math, science, and technology. Their goal is to nurture a lifelong passion for learning in all children to help them achieve their full potential. Their strategic focus is to work exclusively with those schools where student achievement is impacted by the challenges of dealing with family poverty and learning English as a second language. The organization is located in Silver Spring. Global Kids originated in New York City with the goal of improving school attendance by providing programs in digital media and the arts that can connect teens’ own lives to their worlds. They also have social workers on staff. They have now begun a program in a D.C. public school and would be interested in extending further into D.C. and Maryland. Gandhi Brigade is based in Silver Spring and provides training to youth in multi-media productions that address social justice issues. They develop youth into peer instructors as well as provide well-being counseling to Gandhi Brigade members. A recent project is the “Rights of Butterflies” documentary which was conceived and directed by Laura Moya, a Montgomery College student, and focuses on the difficulties that an undocumented student has in continuing her college education. Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County conferences with all parties involved in a conflict to find an agreed upon resolution. Conflicts are often referred to them from the school staff. In 2010-11 school year, they handled 70 conflicts of which 99% reached an agreement among the parties involved. The center is located in Bethesda. Crossroads Youth Opportunity Centers provide services to youth who are risk or have become involved in gangs.

Case workers and specialists from five partner organizations collaborate and staff the center: Identity

Inc., Pride Youth Services, YMCA Youth and Family Services, the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. The down county center is located in Takoma -


Park. Linkages to Learning is a school-based collaboration among the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County Public Schools and non-profit, community based service providers (including Silver Spring YMCA). Non-profit partners include Catholic University School of Nursing, Children’s National Medical Center, GUIDE Youth Services, Holy Cross Hospital, Mental Health Association, Silver Spring YMCA Youth Services and MC Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families. The program provides accessible services to at-risk children and their families to improve adjustment to and performance in school, home, and community. Prevention and early intervention services include health, mental health, social services and educational support. The program can be reached at 301-431-7703 and is based in Rockville. The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families is comprised of public and private agencies, faith-based organizations, families, elected officials, businesses and community advocates. Their main purpose is to assess community needs, identify priorities, target resources and oversee service delivery on initiatives that require collaboration between two or more child, youth- and family-serving entities.


CED COMMITTEE MEETING NOTES November 28, 2011 Attendees: Jessica J. Fusillo, Chair, Mary Murphy, Co-Chair; Dan Lauteman, Karen Roper, Kathy Stevens SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – Karen Roper contacted the CED committee in late October about national movement to Shop Small the Saturday after Thanksgiving. DED did not have this on their agenda – so we did the following: • Contacted Katie Knowlin in DED. She requested Council member Valerie Ervin write a press release in support of Small Business. We supplied quotes from Silver Spring businesses to Neil Greenberger. • Passed out flyers and Fenton Village Maps at Thanksgiving Day Parade. • Contacted Susan Hoffman - who had it announced at the Parade. • Karen Roper distributed Posters for businesses. • Received 600 Shop Small Bags from Amex to be used in Taste the World. (Arrived too late to be distributed to businesses) Next year: Start earlier with signs. Find a local sponsor for event. Karen Roper suggested - CASH MOB – invite local residents to come with 20-40 dollars to spend in a small business. Use the Thanksgiving Day Parade again to promote event. TASTE THE WORLD IN FENTON VILLAGE: Worked on timeline for May 6, 2011 event – Time 1-6. Requested Kathy to request support from the Board Entertainment – Dan L. Communications - Jessica Assigned restaurants and businesses to contact Assigned sponsors to contact New Ideas – at 5:30 pm – invite participants to raffle and local dignitaries to celebrate participating businesses by giving out plaques to each business. Contact Sponsors and businesses before end of year. Send E-Blast – Save the Date in Feb. Contact Voice and other Monthly publications in Feb. UPDATE lists Submit Proposal to Steve Silverman ONGOING TOPICS: Updates on Construction Falklands Peterson Group Fillmore and RoundHouse Silver Spring Green – invite Green Business, Green Community Purple Line – impact on Small Businesses


Notes and action items from the 11/28/11 Transportation and Pedestrian Safety Committee meeting

Community participants: Don Slater

Bee Ditzler

Joan King

Ed King

Mark Noll

Linda Siegenthaler

Jurg Siegenthaler Brett Rouillier Audrey Schlesinger

Invited guests/speakers: Mark Sofman

Sam Oji

Sgt. Tom Harmon

Board Members: Darian Unger

Dan Morales

Rebecca Howland

Chris Stoughton

(and some others who aren’t on the sign-in list)

Concerns in italics. Action items in bold.

1) Mark Sofman and Sam Oji provided a shared-car update from DOT’s Division of Commuter Services. • Committee has long supported county provision of parking for shared vehicles o Each shared car means many local residents/customers who won’t buy a vehicle and reduce the number of cars on the road • County will lease parking spaces for a fee • Reasons for four-year delay include several issues 7

o Insurance o Aspects of county’s general conditions of contract o County wants anonymized usagedata…companies say it’s proprietary o Expect to hear back from both firms shortly o Delays because of bouncing to Purchasing, to lawyers, etc. Expect 6 additional shared cars in Silver Spring o 2 at Ellsworth/Fenton o 2 at Fenton/Colesville o 2 at Cameron by Suntrust Bank o (Hertz also plans 2 cars in Garage 55) o County attorney still to edit final agreement o Will be press release with County Executive when it happens

Committee concerns: o Ellsworth/Fenton spots not accessible during special events o Ellsworth /Fenton spots take the best, limited spots from disabled and public o Would be better to use garage spaces…claimed lot/bond issues should not be a barrier o No spaces provided in South Silver Spring o Why so long? We’ve been pushing for this since 2007  RFP in April 2010. Several agencies involved make it difficult  Never dealt with revenue-generating contract  Finance – bond concerns about bonds in garage. o Need more staff? Cross-cutting directors?  Process took longer than we thought it would.

2) Police update w/Sgt. Tom Harmon

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Metro station – finishing March 12, turnover of May. Georgia Ave. improvements – curb work problematic o Committee concern – poor design needs fixing o Action item: SHA intersection. – needs revision ICC finished th

Circle at 16 —not much difference – Committee agreed that SHA (and/through county) follow-up is necessary 8

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Ped safety audit – Colesville – Alley between AFI and Golds Gym up to N. Noyse. Concern about uncontrolled crossing at library Perhaps need center medians, similar to what is on every major arterial except the part on Colesville with reversible lanes. High speeds. There’s a median is everywhere else. Still looking at 4-6 ped/bike collisions/month. 29 ped crashes in 7 years. nd

Stated concern about light at Wayne and Coleville/2 . o Likely to be fixed as part of transit center construction Suggestion for temp speed cameras on Coleville o Likely qualifies…35mph and below, residential,

3) Follow-up on last meeting’s library access presentation • General dissatisfaction with study (“Totally inadequate) • Agreement to send a letter with specific suggestions and reiterating earlier suggestions o Study didn’t even examine what Park and Planning suggested that street look like. o Few of the board’s suggestions were incorporated; most were not even examined o Stats for ped volume are demonstrably wrong. Says that existing traffic is 137 peds/hour, which seems fine. But then it went up to 245 w/library. With Purple Line, it only went up to 270, which can’t be o Despite this, crossing didn’t take Purple Line into account at all o Suggested pedestrian bridge had Library group support, but did not have our board’s support or County Council’s support (8-1 against) o Failure to make ground level pedestrian crossing safe with major (as opposed to the proposed minor) changes may lead to tragedy. o Polite but aggressive letter recommended

4) Follow-up to last meeting’s discussion on lack of necessary sidewalks in Silver Spring •

DOT chief’s responses were “disappointing” and “off-putting,” “an embarrassment,” “bureaucratic passing the buck,” and “offensive” according to committee members who had been to both meetings o Lack of interest in improving process 9

Lack of information on DOT budget Lack of emphasis on pedestrian safety Oppositional attitude towards suggestions Small amount (only $1.5 million) on ped projects…just a small fraction of overall transportation budget o Too much emphasis on cars rather than people o Too much focus on auto throughput rather than pedestrians Thank county-wide committee for meeting with us and share with them our list of major concerns, including the need for heavier pedestrian- and bike-oriented emphases in Silver Spring….combine with letter to DOT expressing similar concerns Thanks to Dan for his sidewalk survey and map which illustrated problems so well to DOT o ID’ed a tool that works, and a community in which it can work o o o o


SSCAB November 2011 Meeting Minutes The meeting was called to order at 7:02 by board chairwoman, Kathy Stevens 1.

Community comments: a. Bob Colvin of ESSCA voiced concerns regarding the 814 Thayer Avenue development, tree disease in the parks and the trash pile at Ellsworth b. Jonathan Bernstein, the new Seven-Oaks representative shared that his neighborhood association was happy to have Reemberto at their most recent meeting. c. Brian Ditzler, president of the Woodside Park Civic Association, voiced concerns over the recent purchases of United Therapeutics along Spring Street

2. Guest speaker: David Dise, Director of the Montgomery Department of General Services offered information about current development plans, specifically in Silver Spring a. FY 13-18 CIP includes no major changes for Silver Spring b. David offered the details of the disposition of public property process (SEE ATTACHMENT) c. Update on redevelopment of the old library on Colesville Road • Site work is done • Construction to begin in the spring • Completion planned for Sept 2014 (includes a 24-30 month construction schedule) • Now is the time for non-profits, community-interest groups to send “letters of interest” regarding use of space • And now is the time to offer what NOT to use the space for • Potential uses: could be used as “swing space” or possibly an HHS facility • The SSCAB expressed interest in using the old library as a youth center. d. Update on redevelopment of the 3rd District police station • Site plan approved • To solicit bids • Construction to start in the Winter-Spring of 2011-2012 (to last 18 months) • Karen Roper stated that ESSCA has been fully involved for the past 2 years regarding use of old police station; Karen encouraged members of the CAB to attend ESSCA meeting to clearly understand their position on the police station e. Renovations for 8818 Georgia Avenue, including Woodside Urban Park are still being planned. This site may be a great location for a possible youth center f. Fenton Street Market: Currently advertising for RFPs and depending of the number of submissions, the analysis period could be short so that by Jan 2012, the successful candidate should know so they can begin lining up vendors for the market g. Progress Place: Proposals due in early January regarding moving/development of Progress Place to county property behind the fire station


h. Garage Four: status is still unclear; David asked Dept of Transportation to delay final determination of use until after a solid review of the impact of the Filmore on parking needs. i. Transit Center: • Completion this winter is the goal or by early January • Goes to WMATA for review • Ribbon cutting: goal for March 2012 Kathy thanked David for sharing all information and she encouraged him to please keep the lines of communication open regarding all the development plans ; keeping people abreast of the process details is the easiest way to alleviate frustrations. 3.

Committee Reports: Kathy congratulated all committees for successful October meetings. a. CED: Mary Murphy reported that Jessica Fusillo has been in touch with the Department of Economic Development to assist in advertising the second annual Small Business Saturday, November 26, and to start application process for grant money to support the Taste of Fenton Village Mary reminded the board and guests of the Silver Spring Green environmental workshop to be held on Thursday, Nov 17, the first in a series of educational workshops ranging from clean energy to rain garden installation. Spanish translation will be available. Next meeting is November 28, 2011 b. Neighborhoods Committee: Sue Decker reported a great turn-out to the October committee meeting. She highlighted specific concerns raised at that meeting, especially regarding zoning at the Langley Park Crossroads, traffic calming efforts and future plans for Washington Adventist Hospital. Overall, attendees learned a lot about their community and the SSCAB (and signed up for the e-blasts). Next meeting on November 28, 2011 will focus on youth issues, including principals from area middle and high schools (Blair, Eastern, Silver Spring International and others) c. Transportation and Pedestrian Committee: Darien Unger discussed the successful joint meeting with the county-wide pedestrian safety committee in November. Presentations included information about accessibility to the new library, sidewalks, and overall pedestrian safety The November 28 meeting will follow up to discussions started at the October meeting as the committee continues to put pressure on the county to bring about safe changes. The meeting may also included a discussion of commuter services/shared cars.


4. Director’s Report: Reemberto Rodriguez Reemberto shared his appreciation for the contacts committees are making with the public. From his written report, he highlighted updates on the Purple Line and the newly developing antique and flea market at Flower/Arliss Avenue in the Longbranch Community. Way-finding signs in Silver Spring will be a primary focus in the coming months. Finally, Reemberto reminded everyone to come to the Thanksgiving Parade and stay to have lunch, or come early for breakfast too! 5. Chair’s Report: Kathy Stevens A few housekeeping matters:  Committee meetings will be held November 28, 2011  The December SSCAB meeting will focus on the history of development and planning of Silver Spring, with Roland Stanley as the guest  No committee meetings in December  Reminder of Silver Spring budget forum with the County Executive on Thursday, January 12, 2011  January SSCAB meeting will focus on the operating budget issues

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm. Submitted by Mary Murphy


SSCAB Agenda & Committee Rpts - for Dec 12 Mtg  

SSCAB Agenda & Committee Rpts - for Dec 12 Mtg

SSCAB Agenda & Committee Rpts - for Dec 12 Mtg  

SSCAB Agenda & Committee Rpts - for Dec 12 Mtg