WashPo Covers Back Room ‘Dernoga Money’

The Washington Post revealed Thursday that former Prince George’s County Councilmember Thomas Dernoga privately solicited contributions totaling about $1 million from developers for charity during his 8 years in office. Such funds, which would normally be part of a formal developer or community benefits agreement, were instead extorted behind the scenes in a highly unethical … Continue reading WashPo Covers Back Room ‘Dernoga Money’

Dernoga Shows No Regrets, Says Post Wrong in Reaching Hearts Matter

With County’s Primary elections only two days away, the County’s State Attorney candidate Tom Dernoga came out in defense of his role in opposing a Laurel Church ‘discrimination’ case. In 2008, a federal judge slapped the county with a 3.7 million dollars lawsuit against the Church, called Reaching Hearts. Mr. Dernoga was serving as a county council member (District … Continue reading Dernoga Shows No Regrets, Says Post Wrong in Reaching Hearts Matter

Dernoga Lets JPI West Through Relatively Unscathed

Just when we were about to post another scathing criticism of County Councilman Tom Dernoga (this time about his hold up of the JPI West project), he let JPI West (aka “The Jefferson”) go forward. After an 11th hour skimming of 20 units off the approved 220 units yesterday, Dernoga let the project proceed relatively … Continue reading Dernoga Lets JPI West Through Relatively Unscathed

More Dernoga (More Mazza)

RTCP has a column running in today’s Gazette: > Dernoga’s ‘misjudgement’ hindering Route 1 The letter is in response to the County Councilman’s August 16th letter, which in turn was a response to GSG President Laura Moore’s August 2nd letter. by David Daddio: I was disappointed to read [Prince George’s] County Councilman Thomas Dernoga’s condescending … Continue reading More Dernoga (More Mazza)

Dernoga yields, Mazza to go forward

We’ve written enough about this project. What had to be said was said. Now it’s finally time for the shovels to hit the dirt and for some concrete economic development to finally come to College Park (ETA – Fall 2009). The details aren’t clear yet, but the word is that Councilman Dernoga has finally given in … Continue reading Dernoga yields, Mazza to go forward

Smalls Shows Off Experience, Charges Lehman on Discrimination Case

After Mary Lehman, I approached the other leading County Council primary candidate Fredrick Smalls, the four term council member of the Laurel City Council. In addition to answering my questions, he also added comments on his opponent Mary Lehman’s earlier response on a Laurel Church discrimination case. Please see that additional response at the end his interview. … Continue reading Smalls Shows Off Experience, Charges Lehman on Discrimination Case

One on One with Mary Lehman

The upcoming County Council District 1 primary election is extremely important for our part of the county. The outcome of this election will decide much of the important issues that our city is facing, such as redevelopment across Route 1 and rising crime incidents. Recently I’ve reached out to all 5 candidates running for the District … Continue reading One on One with Mary Lehman

Turning the Page – Critical Sept. 14th Local Primaries

The views in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of Rethink College Park or its other contributors. Election season is upon us. Because of term limits, 5 of the 9 Prince George’s county councilmember seats and the county executive’s spot are incumbent-less and up for grabs. While the general election isn’t till November, winning … Continue reading Turning the Page – Critical Sept. 14th Local Primaries

Prince George’s County Council Election

Those who read this blog on a regular basis know that the founder of this blog (David Daddio) and District 1 County Councilman Tom Dernoga had more than their fair share of disagreements on redevelopment issues in College Park over the years.   Months ago I spoke with Tom about these disagreements, in particular over the … Continue reading Prince George’s County Council Election