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2014 ARTICLES
 

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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