SPOTLIGHT ON THE CANDIDATES FOR ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL: MAYOR

The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

This is the sixth in a series that focus on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to the current Mayor of Annapolis, Mike Pantelides.

Mike Pantelides

Mike Pantelides is a lifelong Annapolitan. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 17, he developed a love, care and sense of stewardship for the environment at an early age. As Mayor, he has carried that same devotion.  He has worked to stop oversized development such as the original proposal at Crystal Springs.  For the first time in the history of Annapolis and under Mayor Pantelides’ leadership, Program Open Space money was used to purchase land slated for development.  During his time in office, his administration has supported and passed a Forest Conservation Act as well as a No-Net Loss Ordinance that required any removal of trees to be replaced by new trees.  Also under his administration, an Adequate Public Facilities ordinance was passed.  This assured that public schools, roads, sewers, water for fire fighting, police and rescue response times are in concert with development and wouldn’t cause unneeded stress on our community for the sake of development.  

Mike believes that Annapolis must take the lead role in environmental protection and responsibility.  In today’s day and age, Mike realized that we must look to new and innovative ways to for renewable energy in partnership with private companies.  It is under his leadership that Annapolis will be breaking ground soon on the Renewable Energy Park.  This park will be the largest of it’s kind in the Nation, on a closed landfill producing clean and environmentally friendly energy for the city.   Not only will this park be environmentally friendly but it will also make the city money to the tune of  $4 million.  

Mike NEEDS OUR HELP

Mike’s administration has put our Quality of life first by ensuring that we as a community remain environmentally responsible.  If you would like to learn more about him, get involved in his campaign or make a contribution please visit his website www.mikepantelidesformayor.com

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 2

The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

This is the fifth in a series of emails that focus on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to Kurt Riegel, candidate for Ward 2. See the ward map here: https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/940.

Kurt Riegel

Kurt Riegel is deeply involved in Annapolis civic life.

He’s worked as a member of the West Annapolis Civic Association board to improve his neighborhood and better connect its residents, and participated enthusiastically in the many activities that make Ward 2 and Annapolis a wonderful place to live.

 He has served on several city and county advisory commissions, and as president and board member of the Severn River Association, an organization devoted to protecting and restoring the Severn River watershed which includes Annapolis waters. He also served on Fort Meade’s Restoration Advisory Board.

As a member on the Severn River Commission, he’s provided advice to the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County on how their actions can best preserve, protect and restore the Severn River watershed — and its tributaries like Ward 2’s Weems Creek and College Creek.

Many of his formative years were spent in Maryland. After professional assignments elsewhere, ranging from California to the Netherlands, he has always returned to Annapolis.  He is an avid sailor and treasures the special place that Annapolis holds as a boating community and springboard to the larger Chesapeake Bay. 

Kurt NEEDS OUR HELP

Kurt needs your help to win. Here is a link to Kurt’s website where you can volunteer your time and donate to his campaign and check for upcoming events: http://kurtriegel.com.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 6

Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council

The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

This is the fourth in a series of emails that focus on one of those candidates. In this edition we will introduce you to Shaneka Henson, candidate for Ward 6Ward 6 is mostly north of Forest and bounded by Truxton Park, Tyler Ave., President St., Janwall St. and Forest Hills Ave. See the ward map here:https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/944.

Shaneka Henson

A visionary and humanitarian from an early age, Shaneka Henson was born into a family that changes communities and impacts the world.  Her parents, both former pastors, have traveled across Africa using their gifts and abilities to help build the least-reached communities of the region, while serving underserved communities in Annapolis and surrounding areas as well.

A native of Annapolis and resident of Ward 6, Shaneka has always been passionate about community service, dedicating her younger years to supporting missionary work and food pantry distributions in Annapolis.  Her eagerness to “pay it forward” transitioned into adulthood as she worked with at-risk and underprivileged children, raised awareness about pro bono services to the homeless, and collaborated with interested stakeholders to discuss and confront domestic violence issues.

Inspired by her parents to follow her dreams, Shaneka pursued a Bachelor of Science degree from Coppin State University and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Baltimore.  Upon graduating, Shaneka was admitted into the Maryland Bar as an attorney in 2010 and has worked for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Office and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).  Shaneka is currently a practicing attorney and mother to her middle-school aged son. 

This hard-working Annapolitan keeps her finger on the pulse of the city and is deeply committed to creating change on issues that impact her community, including the environment.  With years of hard work and community service under her belt, Shaneka believes The Time is Now for new energy in Ward 6

Shaneka NEEDS OUR HELP

Shaneka needs your help to win. See Shaneka’s Face Book page for a link to contribute to her campaign.https://www.facebook.com/ShanekaHensonward6/

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 8

The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.
 
The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.
 
This is the third in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. In this edition we will introduce you to Ross Arnett, candidate for Ward 8. Ward 8 includes most of Eastport. See the ward map here.

ROSS ARNETT

Ross Arnett has been working on behalf of the Eastport community for 14 years, first as a Board Member, and then President, of the Eastport Civic Association and now as Alderman for Ward 8.

Ross retired from the Senior Executive Service of the Federal Government after 32 years and with a national reputation as a healthcare economist with expertise in healthcare spending an insurance coverage.

Before moving to Eastport, Ross and his wife Kathy, and son Ross, lived on Capitol Hill then Columbia and have always active in civic affairs.

Ross spearheaded reforms to the City’s budget process to improve transparency and increase accountability, passed legislation to promote responsible development and prevent overcrowding in our schools and protect our tree canopy, and pushed for improved public safety measures.

During his three terms on the council, Ross has chaired at different times the following committees: Finance, Environmental Matters and Rules and served on the Public Safety and Transportation.

“Our city will continue to face challenges in the next four years. I am ready to apply my years of experience to continue to find common-sense solutions for pressing issues facing Ward 8 and the entire city: Public Safety, the Environment, and Development.”

Ross NEEDS OUR HELP

Ross needs your help to win. Here is a link to Ross’ website where you can volunteer your time and donate to his campaign: http://www.rossforward8.com/. Or, you can reach campaign manager Lee Finney at: rossforward8@aol.com. And, check the website for coming events.

P.S. Meet Ross and our other endorsed candidates at the Anne Arundel Chapter’s fundraiser for the Annapolis City elections. It will be on Tuesday, August 15th from 6 until at Beth Garraway’s house. Here is a link to the flyer.
By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Meet the interns: Katherine Jeffreys

My name is Katherine Jeffreys and I am senior in college from Hunt Valley, Maryland. I am studying political science and sociology at Boston based Gordon College, and hope to go into a career in law and policy. This year I am on the leadership team for Advocates for a Sustainable Future (ASF) at Gordon that focuses on advocating for environmental sustainability. ASF organizes events on campus, implements outreach, lectures, and also organizes an earth week to get other students involved in caring for the environment. I am also an NCAA athlete as I play for Gordon’s Division 3 tennis team. This summer, along with interning at Maryland LCV, I coach youth tennis at Mast Tennis Academy.

I am from Hunt Valley, Maryland, in Northern Baltimore county and I care deeply about the environment. The Chesapeake Bay is a unique body of water that requires advocacy and careful policy. When a body of water is polluted and neglected, such as the Chesapeake Bay, the ecosystems and the people that rely on the food are greatly affected. In a chain effect, when runoff from people and corporations pollute the food sources in the Bay, the water and marine life is harmed, in turn harming those who consume the food. The toxins are spread affecting the overall health of the community and the thousands that depend on this water source for their income.

I am particularly interested in how the food supply can harm consumers by covert labeling and ineffective regulations allowing toxins in food. With a rise in food allergies and other diseases related to a polluted food source, care for the Bay can be recognized as a health policy issue as much as a marine life preservation issue.  The area of research and policy I hope to pursue in the future would include the food safety and security issues. The protection and preservation of the environment directly affects the wellbeing of those inhabiting it. As an athlete, in particular, I have committed to food that is organic and pure. In the future, I hope to write and implement policies that protect and grow organic farming standards, and bring transparency to the American people in how their food is made, processed and labeled as a steward of the abundant creation God has given us.

I have political experience working on the Hill in Washington DC with the honorable Congressman Andy Harris, and campaigning for Delegate Kathy Szeliga, both of whom were steeped in the legislative workings of general policy implementation. An internship at Maryland LCV provides in-depth experience working with environmental legislation. I am very excited to work at an innovative and dedicated organization, with people who truly care about conserving and protecting the environment. As a sociology major, I look forward to exploring issues of environmental justice and the ways that the degradation and pollution of water, air, and food specifically affects racial minorities and those in poverty. I hope to go to law school after graduation and study food security policies. In my internship, I have been doing research into food deserts in Maryland and across other states. I have the privilege of interning under the Political Director, who already in the first few weeks of my internship has shared her vast knowledge of research and her understanding and connection to the state political system. I look forward to continued work on environmental policy and advocacy.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 5

The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.
 
The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.
 
This is the first in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Marc Rodriguez, candidate for Ward 5. See the ward map here.

MARC RODRIGUEZ

Marc grew up spending his summers in Annapolis and completed part of his high school years at Key School.  The time he spent in Annapolis during his formative years had a profound impact, which Marc credits to his active involvement in the community. His passion for the environment started with time spent rowing with the Annapolis Rowing Club, which led to a successful tenure in collegiate rowing at the University of Michigan, where he received a degree in Economics.  This direct connection with the water instilled in Marc a lesson he will take with him to City Hall: protecting the environment and the Chesapeake Bay is essential to preserving our quality of life for generations to come.

Marc has continued to be active in the community – he volunteers and serves on the boards of Seeds 4 Success, Monarch Academy Anne Arundel, Annapolis Opera, Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, the Youth Advisory Committee at Arundel Lodge, and the VAAAC Chairman’s Leadership Committee.

Since January 2016, Marc has been working on Ward 5 and City issues with Alderman Jared Littmann. He has helped address key challenges facing our community, and is especially proud of two pieces of environmental legislation he worked on with Alderman Littmann: the Forest Conservation Act and the No Net Loss of Tree Canopy. 

MARC NEEDS OUR HELP

Marc needs your help to win. Here is a link to Marc’s website where you can volunteer your time and donate to his campaign: http://www.marcforannapolis.com.

Marc will be having a fundraiser on Wednesday August 30 from 6:30 until 8 at the home of Dr. Rudi and Polly Rodriguez, 3324 Harness Creek Road, Annapolis, MD. Check Marc’s website for more details or email Marc at marc@annapolisward5.com

 
P.S. Meet Marc and our other endorsed candidates at the Anne Arundel Chapter’s fundraiser for the Annapolis City elections. It will be on Tuesday, August 15th from 6 until at Beth Garraway’s house. Here is a link to the flyer.
By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Spotlight on the candidates for Annapolis City Council: Ward 7

The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

The Anne Arundel Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.
 
This is the first in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Rob Savidge, candidate for Ward 7. Ward
7 goes from Forrest Drive to Tyler Avenue to Bembe Beach. See the map here.

Rob Savidge

Rob has made his home in Annapolis for over 16 years with his wife Becca and son Whit. He fell in love with the Chesapeake Bay while earning his degree in Environmental Studies at Washington College, on the Eastern Shore. His career started with the Chesapeake Bay Program, supporting the efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay. From there he worked for a number of years in private consulting as an Environmental Scientist before starting his career with local government. That career started with the City of Annapolis, where he was the Sustainability Coordinator and  Environmental Compliance Inspector, reviewing development projects and authoring the City’s climate action plan. Now he works for Anne Arundel County as an Engineer/Project Manager for stormwater management projects.
 
Rob is known for “blowing the whistle” on the City when he observed that they were allowing developers to clear protected forests. He successfully lead an effort to protect the forests, and the City is set to turn the area into a new park. Subsequently, he worked with current Aldermen to develop legislation that strengthened the City’s Forest Conservation laws, and worked to unite the environmental community in support of these efforts. 

ROB NEEDS OUR HELP

Rob needs your help to win. Here is a link to Rob’s website where you can volunteer your time and donate to his campaign: http://www.robsavidge.com. In particular, Rob needs volunteers every Saturday for group canvassing, to write post cards and for phone banking. Contact: manager@robsavidge.com.
 
P.S. Meet Rob and our other endorsed candidates at the Anne Arundel Chapter’s fundraiser for the Annapolis City elections. It will be on Tuesday, August 15th from 6 until at Beth Garraway’s house. Here is a link to the flyer.
By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Meet the Interns: Jessica Jenkins

Hi! My name is Jessica Jenkins and I am one of the Communications Interns at Maryland LCV this summer. I am a sophomore at the University of Delaware studying English with minors in the Environmental Humanities and Journalism. I am originally from Marriottsville, MD but have spent my life frequently visiting my grandparent’s house in Shady Side, where I fell in love with the Chesapeake Bay.

My junior year of high school, as a part of my Girl Scout Gold Award, I was a citizen oyster gardener for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, creating a series of four instructional videos and a blog aimed to help high school students learn how the oyster gardening process takes place and inspire them to get involved. These videos were posted on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Student Wave site, a site devoted to getting high-school age youth active in helping the Bay. I was integral in the creation of the Oyster Gardening page, making the videos, providing the pictures and serving as the face of the page.

In 2015 I became a Social Media Correspondent, creating posts for the foundation’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even writing a guest post on their blog. I also attended the Base Camp to the Environmental Legislative Summit as a student representative for CBF. I spoke as a part of the “Sharing Success With Environmental Projects” Student Forum at the Howard County GreenFest in 2015 as well as being interviewed for Maryland Public Television’s “Concert for the Chesapeake Bay” (time mark 43:17) as a representative for the Student Wave and a student environmental activist. My time volunteering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation was an excellent opportunity to showcase and grow my skills in writing and my enthusiasm for the Chesapeake Bay.

My freshman year of college I was an intern for MARACOOS or the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System, a non-profit regional association (a part of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) within the University of Delaware) of academic, government, and private sector entities operating between Cape Cod and Cape Hatteras to collect oceanographic data and provide information products to address societal needs in our ocean and coastal areas. I wrote the Annual Report for 2015, attended the company’s Annual Meeting, and wrote the meeting recap for the company’s newsletter as well. I learned physical oceanography through the company’s use of buoys and other instruments to collect ocean statistics. I also participated in the company’s breakout sessions on ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms. My time with MARACOOS supplemented my knowledge of local oceans and estuaries as well as providing professional experience on conservation within and across MD state lines.

I am very excited to be an intern for Maryland LCV this summer and have a closer look at how conservation works in Maryland from a policy and government standpoint. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to create blog posts and other media in order to get people involved and interested in helping the varied environment in our beautiful state. I am optimistic that I will be writing to inspire real change. I find the world of environmental conservation full of inspiring people now more than ever. Maryland LCV reaffirms my faith that every day passionate people work hard to be stewards for the environment and leave the world a better place than they found it. 

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00June 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Pollinator Habitat Bill is Signed!

Written by Jessica Jenkins, Communications Intern

As the days get longer and warmer, the average Marylander is spending more and more time in our great outdoors. With this time outside, many are starting their gardening regimen. Thanks to the work of the Smart on Pesticides coalition that we are a part of, we passed the Pollinator Protection Act of 2016 that bans the sale of products containing neonicotinoid (neonics). This helps consumers make safe choices for their families and our pollinators.

On May 25, 2017 Governor Hogan signed the Pollinator Habitat Bill into law. According to the Smart on Pesticides Maryland coalition, “Maryland’s pollinators are at risk, due in part to pesticides and a lack of sufficient habitat. The 2016 Pollinator Habitat Plans law aimed to restore and increase habitat for bees, birds, butterflies and other wildlife. This law requires that Maryland’s Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Services and the State Highway Administration establish pollinator habitat plans for lands owned or managed by each agency.”

Photo of the Signing of the Pollinator Habitat Law

Last year alone, Maryland beekeepers lost 56% of their hive populations to habitat loss and pesticides. This new law ensures that the required habitat (required by the 2016 law) on state land overseen by the 3 state agencies will be free of neonicotinoid-treated plants, seeds, and spray applications and free of all pesticides labeled toxic to bees. The 2016 law just required designated habitat but failed to ensure that the habitat wouldnt be  treated with bee-killing pesticides. The 2017 law ensures state land habitat will be pollinator- friendly and not pollinator harming.

“Keeping state pollinator habitat free of harmful pesticides will help protect our bees, food supply and the environment,” said Ruth Berlin, executive director of the Maryland Pesticide Education Network. “Maryland is demonstrating once again that we are a national leader in pollinator protection.”

Previously, with our help, a bill became law in 2016 that aimed to increase habitat area for bees and other pollinators but it failed to address pesticides that are known and even sometimes advertised to kill bees. “This is the first law in the country to require that pollinator habitat planted on government land must be neonic-free and free of pesticides labeled toxic to bees,” said Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner at Friends of the Earth. “Maryland is showing the nation the importance of standing up for pollinators.”

I spoke recently with local Baltimore County beekeeper Luke Goembel who showed me his beehives and told me a little more about bees in Maryland. Maryland bees feed mostly on the flowers of flowering trees, making the spring a very important time for them.

Luke Goembel lost over half of his hives last year and subsequently joined Maryland LCV and other Maryland beekeepers in a grassroots campaign to put an end to using these destructive chemicals. Because of these efforts, we awarded the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association the John V. Kabler Award last year.

“It’s encouraging that as a state with one of the highest rates of bee deaths in the country, Maryland is leading the country to protect our pollinators,” said Bonnie Raindrop, legislative chair of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association, who lost all of her bee hives over the winter.

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Push back Against the Effort to Sell our Ocean to Dirty Energy!

The Trump administration wants to open Maryland’s coast to dirty energy. Join us in calling for Governor Hogan to reject opening the Atlantic to offshore drilling today! >>

We have been down this road before, Friend. But, this time, we know have the momentum on our side.

Governor Larry Hogan needs to hear that this is an issue that matters to Marylanders – from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. He needs to hear from you, Friend. Will you join with fellow Marylanders to protect our coast?

Governor Hogan must join us in taking a public stand against opening our coast to offshore oil drilling today >>

When the initial Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s draft of an energy plan came out in 2015 that included our coastal waters for potential offshore drilling, our movement got organized. It started with the fantastic grassroots efforts of Ocean City residents who kayaked against the drilling of our precious natural resources on the eastern shore. 1

Protecting our coast from drilling isn’t about just what happens in the ocean waters. It’s also about the havoc that onshore infrastructure to support oil drilling activities will cause for our coastal industries. Thousands of Marylanders work in tourism, recreation, and fishing up and down our coastline.

We need Gov. Hogan to lead Maryland into this next battle. Ask him to stand against dirty energy plans for our state! >>

Governor Hogan understands that our coast is a special place worth preserving. Friend, let him know that this is what you want him to do (and tell him how why protecting our coast from drilling matters to you).

On behalf of all of us, thank you for the time you invested in this fight the first time. We can and must take it on again.

In solidarity,

Dannielle Lipinski, Communications and Outreach Manager

Maryland LCV

  1. http://wypr.org/post/kayaktivists-protest-offshoredrilling

By |2019-11-23T06:17:21-05:00May 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments