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Daily journal, 10-25-11

Today’s council session featured a presentation by the new Montgomery
County Business Development Corporation. This group of CEO level execs
are working to make recommendations for how we can create more jobs
here. I observed that according to our most recent economic report we
have fewer private sector jobs in the county than we did 10 years ago.
We need to get moving on building new economic development tools and
creating the infrastructure to grow our economy, particularly
transportation.

Then this evening I joined my colleague Roger Berliner, chair of the
transportation committee, at a committee session in Bethesda about the
escalator problems and the proposal for a new entrance to the Bethesda
Metro. We heard a range of suggestions for how we can improve access
there and manage the crisis when the escalators all go out of
operation. WMATA said that current plans are for replacement of the
escalators to begin in January of 2014. We will look into what it
would take to accelerate that timeline.

The picture is my view at the Bethesda Metro hearing. The gentleman in
front on the right side is Art Holmes, Director of the county
department of transportation.

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Bike facilities tour

This morning I am joining county officials and bike advocates for a
tour of bike facilities from Bethesda to Silver Spring. Here we are at
Cedar Lane and 355. The surface we are on is previous concrete.

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At Bethesda Library

Today I read to a group of second graders at the Bethesda Library. I
had a blast. The event was organized by the library system as part of
a statewide effort. I was excited to join up as I worked hard (and
successfully) this year to restore cuts that had been proposed to the
library system in the budget.

The Bethesda Library shows why libraries matter. As I said to the
kids, they can spend time in the library their entire lives. There is
a kids reading room and a teen reading lounge. A quiet study area for
students and a computer bank where you can job hunt. A room where you
can meet with colleagues or community groups. At every stage in our
community life, the library is a backdrop.

The kids seemed to enjoy the reading, especially the book Stone Soup,
one of my favorites that my parents read to me.