Hello! My name is Liz Walsh. I am running for Howard County Council, District 1. And I am doing it without a dime of developer money.
We are a true grassroots campaign.
We are working hard to change our local government. To do what’s right. To protect this special place we all call home.
Join us in these last few days! You can find out more about our campaign, and all the ways you still can volunteer to help it, at walshforone.com.
Easiest thing for you to do? VOTE.
MARYLAND: EARLY VOTING STARTS TODAY!
Vote (and even register if you're not already registered) between 10am and 8pm at any Early Voting location in your county, from now through November 1, INCLUDING THE WEEKEND! In Howard County, our Early Voting locations are:
*Florence Bain Senior Center, Columbia
*Miller Library, Ellicott City
*Ridgely's Run Community Center, Jessup
*Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship
As we saw in the primary with the amazing *6 VOTE* victory for our campaign, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
Make sure yours is one of them!
Ellicott City Master Plan Workshop
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018, 7 pm
Banneker Room, George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Howard County Muslim Council's Biennial Voting Rally
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 10 - 11 am
Harper's Choice Middle School Cafeteria
5450 Beaverkill Rd.
Columbia MD 21044
Happy Haunted Hayride
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2 - 4 pm
Rockburn Branch Park West
6109 Rockburn Branch Park Drive
Elkridge, MD 21075
IONHoCo Diwali Mela - Diwali Festival of Lights
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 6 - 10 pm
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex
5001 Meadowbrook Ln.
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
"When we think about transparency, we think of Ms. Walsh..." YES!!!
What an honor to earn this endorsement of the African Americans in Howard County (AAIHC), sister group of the African American Coalition of Howard County (AACHC). And what good company I have. Read the full endorsement here.
"Ways you can help", October 12, 2018
Thank you for your support! If you are available in the coming weeks, please see below for the many different ways you can help my campaign. There is one weekend left before early voting starts. We can’t win without your help!
Check out my upcoming events, email if you want to volunteer - at the polls, knock on doors, host an event, put a sign in your yard or sport a campaign magnet on your car. Also, contact me if you want to meet for a cup of coffee or if you have any questions. And, be sure to connect with me and my campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I look forward to speaking with you, earning your support, and seeing you at the polls!
It’s going to be such a lovely day in #oldEllicottCity tomorrow for our last campaign fundraiser, up in the hills above Main Street, from 3-5! Bring your kids and plop them on a blanket in front of the music on one porch, wander through the Victorian open house across the way, and enter to win amazing door prizes from our local small businesses and artists! You can pick up individual and family tickets here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/walshporch
And make a day of it, please! There’s so much fun to be had on Main Street tomorrow, starting with the Farmers Market, then Howl-o-Ween at Clipper's Canine Cafe, the grand re-opening of A Journey from Junk, and live music at the #HarvestHootenanny at The Wine Bin all day long! 🍂🌞🎶
At the Association of Community Services’ candidates’ forum this morning, we were asked to pick one of four questions provided in advance to answer, to start. I picked the one on affordable housing:
The lack of access to affordable housing is among the most significant issues impacting the populations that County government and nonprofits serve. Among the approaches that have been identified as opportunities to increase the number of housing units available to low income, disabled and senior populations are:
· Working toward the sustained inclusion of $20 million in the County budget to support affordable housing.
· Revising the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) to support and protect affordable housing and encourage responsible growth.
· Updating and revitalizing the Moderate-Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program, including its applicability to all areas of the County, to ensure the Program’s relevance and utility as an effective tool to help respond to current day County housing needs.
· Ensuring that the County prioritizes affordable housing in land disposition and development decisions, including incorporating affordable housing as part of county building projects.
Why, or why would you not, support these strategies? Do you have other strategies that you plan to initiate as a Council member?
Nobody wants to do nothing.
I fully support the proposal by The People's Voice’s Lisa Markovitz, among others, to amend the two pending #HoCoMd Council bills — TAO1-FY2019 and CB61-2018, to fund certain Ellicott City flood mitigation projects on an emergency basis — to explicitly exclude demolition on lower Main.
Otherwise, I fully support using those re-appropriated funds for every other cited purpose, now. Buy out the property owners and tenants too weary or worried to come back. Support those who remain, with flood-proofing grants and risk communication and emergency preparedness plans. And install the already-engineered flood-mitigation measures recommended further up the hill — including even the selective demolition/relocation of two buildings where the Tiber crosses under Main. Let's do as many of those projects as we possibly can find funding for, from every possible source. Right now. Let’s do all of that, right away.
Meantime, if we’re expanding the concept of “opportunity sites” for new stormwater management and conveyance projects — beyond properties already in local government’s domain — let’s go back and see if we can’t find some acreage up the hills where we can’t do even more good at the bottom. Maybe West End Service, along the Tiber. Or further up old Columbia Pike, around Wilhide’s. How about the Sheppard Pratt property, up New Cut. And, above the Hudson, at The Towns at Courthill site. And why not seek out those BGE rights-of-way? At the last flood workgroup meeting, we learned of a soil amendment called “biochar" which could be incorporated into all manner of upstream acreage, including BGE rights-of-way and even private properties, where it would soak up significant volumes of stormwater. Not just BGE, there's probably a whole lot of private landowners up in the hills who’d give their acreage to an innovative concept like that, tomorrow. Everybody wants to help. Everybody.
And everybody wants what's safe and right for this old mill town, and for all of the people who live here, and work here and love here. Everybody. We all want to get this right. We have to.
Dang it, y’all. In all the excitement we must have missed another depiction of the #AlexanderPlan, published last month in the Daily Record accompanying an op-ed submitted by local developer, Bruce Taylor. You can see below, this one more clearly identifies additional features of his plan, including “possible new structures” in light gray.
“Light green shows structures removed.”
Thing is, the extent of demolition this local developer has been angling for at the bottom of #oldEllicottCity’s Main Street sure does look an awful lot like what our local government announced its intention to do itself—for the first time, on a fast-track basis—last Thursday, August 23. And gosh, you can see below, the local developer angling for this #AlexanderPlan sure does seem to think that Allan Kittleman and Jon Weinstein’s just-announced “bold” plan to demolish ten buildings at the bottom of Main is “the first step” in his.
We’re told Bruce Taylor emailed the text screenshot below to the non-profit Ellicott City Partnership, among several other recipients, yesterday afternoon. Did you get it? Do you get it?
I sure don’t.
The proposed demolition of all of these buildings, from Caplan’s down to Phoenix (which itself is a whole heckuva lot more than “5%” of the streetscape) did not come from any of the many, many government studies, recommendations or analyses published since the 2011 flood down Main. What scant information local government has released since its August 23 announcement tells us that destroying these ten buildings will not meaningfully reduce dangerous measures of floodwaters at the bottom of the hill.
So why would our—local—elected officials be rushing to spend limited public funds to implement a privately-sponsored demolition plan that even they do not claim will result in appreciable life-safety improvements (whereas others will)? And why on such an accelerated basis, without public input? On what rational basis would state and federal officials follow suit?
If we’re going to intentionally destroy this centuries-old, iconic streetscape (which, gosh, I sure think we shouldn’t), we better be doing it based on an independent, comprehensive engineering analysis that would justify the significant public expenditures—and irreversible consequences—at stake here.
We need to know actual engineering inputs, methodologies and conclusions. We need to know the benefit/cost ratios, and how those compare to the next-“best” alternatives. We need to know the basis for this latest plan’s timeline and phasing, and the incremental costs (and sources of funding) of each of its component parts, and their expected yields. And, yes, we need to know that this latest plan will actually make our town safe to be in. To eat in, to work in, to sleep in.
This time, we need to make the right decisions.