The Katz Update: Honoring MLK


January 24, 2020


It was great to see residents honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings by taking part in Montgomery County’s MLK Day of Service event on Jan. 20th. The annual event, organized by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, includes a wide variety of service activities. As shown above, hundreds of people showed up to participate in service projects!

My Responsibilities

I am honored to represent District 3 on the Montgomery County Council. I serve as President of the Council, Chair of the Public Safety Committee and as a member of the Government Operations Committee.


Council News

At the January 21st County Council Session:

  • The Council presented a proclamation recognizing Montgomery County Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This type of trafficking is modern–day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. It is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers and/or fear of law enforcement.
  • The Council discussed Bill 2-20, Bicycles - Registration - Amendments. The lead sponsors of the bill include Councilmembers Hucker, Jawando, Glass and Riemer. I am a co-sponsor. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11th at 1:30 pm. The bill would allow for voluntary registration, instead of mandatory, for bicycles. 
  • The Council introduced Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-01, Solar Collection System - AR Zone (Agricultural Zone) standards during District Council session. This ZTA would revise the Solar Collection System use standards to allow larger facilities in the Agricultural Reserve zone.


Katz in the Community


I had an fantastic time touring the new Student Affairs and Science building at Montgomery College's Germantown Campus. It was terrific to hear about the innovated programs Montgomery College offers our students. I am pictured here with MC students and Margaret Latimer, Vice President and Provost of the Collegewide STEM Unit and Germantown Campus.


MCM pic

I joined Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich on Montgomery Community Media’s Small Business Network (SBN), hosted by Kelly Leonard. We discussed the progress of the 4Business program. I’m committed to letting people know that our county is open for business. The objective of the 4Business initiative is to engage the local business community in a grassroots campaign to assist businesses to locate, grow and prosper in Montgomery County!!



I enjoyed stopping by the Gaithersburg Economic and Business Development Committee breakfast featuring Ben Wu, the new CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Wu, a native of Montgomery County, was previously the deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce. 



I hosted an informative brown bag lunch with Councilmembers and the Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council (FCAC) which is led by Reverend Kasey Kaseman. The FCAC is a part of the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships and its members represents a full spectrum of the county's faith community.



Do you know how Rockville got its name? In 1801, the Maryland General Assembly officially established the name of the town as "Rockville" because of its location close to Rock Creek. During Revolutionary times Rockville was known as Hungerford's Tavern, the name of its most familiar business and landmark.


Things To Do and See in District 3

Saturday, January 25th: Read to a Dog! (Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville), 11:00AM – 12:00PM. Pets on Wheels will be bringing dogs to the Aspen Hill Library! This program is designed to promote reading and relieve anxiety children may have when learning to read. More Info - Read To A Dog

Sunday, January 26th: African American Authors Book Discussion (Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown), 3:00PM - 4:30PM. Copies of the book discussed will be available at the library. The discussion will meet in the Program Room, located inside the atrium of the lower level part of the library, near the Children's Room. More info - African American Book Discussion

Thursday, January 30th: ALEXA, Please (Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville), 10:30AM – 12:00PM. Paul Burden of Our Voice will show you how to get the most out of Amazon Echo. More info - ALEXA, Please.

Thursday, January 30th: Artist Reception (Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg), 7:00PM – 8:30PM. Building Bridges: Connecting Our Global Roots,” an exhibit highlighting the international diversity of our City, and the works of Magruder Murray in honor of African American History Month. More info - Artists Reception

Saturday, February 1: Main Street Farmers & Artists Market (Main Street Park & Pavilion, 301 Main St., Gaithersburg), 9:00AM – 2:00PM. Farmers are joined by local artists and craftspeople with unique handcrafted items. You’ll also find purveyors of fresh prepared foods, potted plants and cut flowers. More info - Farmers Market





Tuesday, February 11, 2020: The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will host a moderated discussion on the relationship between economic health and multimodal transportation in Montgomery County. The event will be held at the Montgomery Planning headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring) from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. The session will be available live and on-demand online. RSVPs are encouraged but not required. More info - Montgomery Planning


January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. All Americans are called upon to recognize their vital roles in ending all forms of modern slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities aimed at ending and preventing all forms of human trafficking.


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