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					David R. H. Hiles

2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
Name: David R. H. Hiles Age: 51 No. of Years Living in your Ward, Hyattsville, and PG County: 2, 2, 19 in Town of Riverdale Park Family Info (e.g., single, married, kids): Educational Background (e.g., degree, field, school): BA, Economics, University of Texas at Austin Current Occupation(s): Economist Relevant Employment History: Employed as an economist at the US Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics since 1986. Currently Branch Chief and supervisory economist in charge of 12 professional staffers. Numerous awards. Other paid employment • library clerk • treasurer for student-owned-and-operated cooperative dorm (100 residents) • construction and oilfield worker • short-order cook • warehouse worker (Teamsters) List Other Civic, Volunteer, Leadership Experience (provide detail if you want, but such detail might arise in answering questions that follow): Board Member Riverdale Elementary School Management Board Member 2002-2004 (organized under No Child Left Behind Act) President, Riverdale Elementary School PTA
2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire

David R. H. Hiles

2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
Vice President, Trustee, soccer coach, HMB Boys and Girls Club Founding President, Prince George’s Soccer, Inc. (committed to community development through soccer, headquartered in Hyattsville) 1) What has motivated you to run for the City Council? As part of my work at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, I follow employment and wage trends in prospering and deteriorating communities. One of my personal guides is Peter Drucker’s crucial question “What can I contribute?” I think I can help build on the foundation for progress that has been laid in recent years in Hyattsville and establish the conditions for civic renewal where I live. I see that others have this vision in Hyattsville. The annexation of the commercial property on East-West Highway corrected an imbalance in revenue and expenditures in our community. EYA and the development around Prince George’s Plaza are examples of the high-quality work that has been too scarce in our area. These projects are endorsements of the approach to Hyattsville development that people worked hard to establish over the last 6 years. We need to keep moving forward. The next areas are completion of the UTC area and quality development of the area around the West Hyattsville Metro Station. 2) What is it you intend to accomplish as a Council member? I will support continued high quality development and will work to reduce its impact with improved traffic control, better parks and recreation services. I will also work to target police resources effectively. 3) Please tell us about your prior experience that you feel qualifies you to be a Council member. David Hiles, please speak about your experience on the Riverdale Park Council. While as an active resident and Council Member on the Riverdale Park City Council, I learned that an
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effective Council Member is much more than just a vote. Examples on the current Hyattsville City Council include Council President Tierney, who brings his human resources experience to bear on City staffing issues, and Council Member Tartaro, whose architectural and project management talents give the City significant advantages. While I was chair of the Riverdale Council’s Public Safety Committee, I collected several years of crime reports and staffing data from the police department. I graphed the data so that the public, and other members of the Council could see and understand the trends in crime and the associated police workload. I worked with the Federal Railroad Authority and the Maryland State Highway Administration to improve the railroad crossing at Queensbury Road. I obtained federal funding for this improvement despite being told that “CSX would never agree.” In fact, CSX is very interested in reducing freight rail downtime caused by accidents, and that crossing was one of the ten most dangerous crossings in Maryland. I learned that we have to work together to move forward. In Riverdale Park the entire Council and the mayor are up for election every two years. This cycle meant that members were almost always thinking about the next election, rather than about what was needed for the long term. The window for work was small, and a single opponent could make it difficult to achieve progress. The staggered four year cycle in Hyattsville is much more effective, but the Council can still suffer from obstructionist behavior. 4) What have you done for Hyattsville prior to running for the City Council? I started a community based soccer organization, PGSI, located in Hyattsville that works in concert with the HMB Boys and Girls Club and other local organizations and individuals. For the last three years, I have contributed at least 100 hours per year to in supporting
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2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
Hyattsville’s youth in soccer and other activities. Our program provided both a fall and spring soccer experience to almost 200 local kids with a majority of them from Hyattsville. I also worked with Mayor Gardiner and City Administrator Murphy to improve the management of Magruder Park, culminating in the contracting out of park maintenance beginning last July. 5) If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about Hyattsville, what would it be? My sister lives in Northern Italy, near Venice where many of the businesses are locally owned, and the profits of these businesses circulates within the community, rather than escaping to far-off corporate headquarters. My magic wand would fill our Baltimore Ave and Hamilton Street commercial corridors with successful, locally owned businesses that would provide revenue that would be reinvested in Hyattsville. 6) Same question, but for Ward 2? Parents moved en-masse back to Hyattsville Elementary and Middle School, overwhelming them with volunteer effort and fundraising to help our schools reach even higher. This would attract more good parents who would help the school, which would attract more good parents, etc. Back to the way things were before busing drove many families out of our county. 7) What do you think are Hyattsville’s top three challenges? Providing move-up residential stock, attracting better retail, and supporting education. 8) What steps will you take to see that all Council work sessions, meetings, public hearings, and other important city government meetings are available to the residents of Hyattsville via Channel 71 Public Access TV? Would you see that the above sessions are rerun at least several days/evenings per week on the Hyattsville Public Access channel 71? Putting our meetings on a loop sounds good.
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2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
9) Is there any additional new public access media you would recommend? Stream video of the Council Meetings on the new City Website and provide audio Podcast of all meetings. 10) Do you have any ideas for how the city government might better communicate with the public (in conversation with and not simply speaking to)? Take phone-in and email comments and questions as part of public comment section. 11) How do you stay in touch with what’s happening in the City of Hyattsville? Meetings attended? Websites? Newspapers? Talking to friends, walking around, reading Hyattsville Life and Times, the HOPE listserv, the City Website and the mighty Hyattsville Wiki. 12) How will you communicate actions of the Council to your constituents? Website? E-mail list? Listserv? Newsletter? I may establish a blog with an email and/or RSS feature. Whatever those are. 13) Are you a member of the H.O.P.E. Listserv? Yes. Member #96. 14) Realizing that the city has no authority over the county schools within our borders, what will you as a candidate do to improve the quality of public education in the county—particularly at Hyattsville Elementary and Hyattsville Middle School and Northwestern High School? For starters you forgot Nicholas Orem Middle School. Improving education at the county level is too much of a stretch for me as a Councilperson. But I think we may be able to establish a partnership with the schools within our boundaries. I am interested in perhaps getting grant money to support afterschool programs.

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2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
15) Have you attended School Board meetings in the past? Will you pledge to do so in the future? I attended meetings when I was a school activist. I would not do this if I join the Council. These meetings chew up lots of time and are not particularly pertinent to City issues. I would also like to stay married. 16) Will you advocate at the state level for the Prince Georges County schools? How? No. See #15. 17) What do you think about all the development that is happening in the City of Hyattsville? Is there development that you’d like to see in the future? I’d like to see quality development around West Hyattsville Metro to replace the some of the used car lots near that station. I’m glad that I can do more of my shopping in Hyattsville than I could have 10 years ago. I’m also glad that development has helped keep taxes under control for homeowners. 18) In light of University Town Center’s success and EYA’s possible implosion, what will you do as a council member to attract businesses to Hyattsville particularly along RT1? This is a Ward 1 issue that I will defer to Council Member Dudrow’s 30 years on the City Council and Council Member Tartaro’s 22 years of community involvement and professional background. The City and Ward 1 is well represented on this issue. 19) Do you agree with the city’s decision to purchase the BB&T building? Would you have done anything differently regardless of whether you were for or against the purchase? Yes. Yes, ideally if there had been more time to develop a plan for the uses of the building before acquiring it. Now we need to work with the community to figure out how to best take advantage of this valuable new City asset.

2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire

David R. H. Hiles

2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
20) Will the WSSC building remain empty? Do you have a plan for its future use? I would like to reopen negotiations with the owner, Doug Jemal. Perhaps we could swap the WSSC building for the current City building, which is on a more developable spot and make it the new City Hall with a Community Center or work with the Board of Education to utilize the site for another Hyattsville school. 21) What is your opinion of the Mayor’s proposal to reduce trash pickup to once a week? What effects do you think this will have on/for the city? The current City efficiency study is looking at this issue among others and should provide the Council with real data to base a decision on. 22) Please provide your opinions on the proposed Commercial Vehicle Ordinance, City Code Ch. 114; the current Fence Ordinance and proposed changes to it; the Impervious-Surfaces Ordinance, 200404 section A68-5; the Streets and Sidewalks Ordinance, 2009-05 section C105-4; and the Code Enforcement walking tours. These come down to clarifying things so we can be good, responsible neighbors, considerate of others. We chose to live in a dense neighborhood with laws, not the country. 1. Commercial vehicle ordinance: Drivers of semi cabs and dump trucks know that they shouldn’t park these in their driveway or on their street. But what about a tow truck or a noisy diesel box truck with the big rear axle and the beep-beeping reverse warning thingie? I think vans and pickups are fine, but others are pushing it. 2. I need to learn more about the issues surrounding this ordinance before I offer an opinion. 3. Impervious surface ordinance: I think it is OK to have parking for two cars on most lots, but parking six cars on concrete or gravel in the
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2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
front yard is not being neighborly. I would revise the ordinance to target residents who did not get the appropriate permits, violated the current County zoning lot coverage requirements and turned residential front yards into parking lots. I would work to ensure that we could make exceptions in rare cases. 4. Streets and Sidewalks: It looks good to me, allows for flowers, grass, and space for people parking next to the curb. 5. Code Enforcement walking tours: The issue before us is how to best utilize the City’s limited/valuable resources in the Code enforcement department and what the residents think are the most important code violations to be cited. 23) Are there any instances that you’ve felt that the city government was over-regulating or imposing an unfair financial burden on its citizenry? I am not aware of any specific examples currently but I am open to more information. 24) Tim Hunt wrote that he’s in favor of “proper, but reasonable” code enforcement. Tim, please explain the difference between “proper” and “reasonable.” Everyone else, please give your thoughts on this matter. Our freedom to do as we will with our castle is tempered by our impact on our neighbors. Generally, neighbors will do the right thing. Effective government has to step in when someone goes over the line. 25) Tom Lopresti wrote that he believes “government should be limited in its involvement in private affairs, but should take an active role in the protection of the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.” Tom, please describe areas (a) in need of such limited involvement and (b) which rights require protection. Everyone else, please give your thoughts on this matter. I support
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2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
the Constitution, every amendment, and every item of the Bill of Rights and if elected, I would ensure that the City government would do so. 26) Please lay out your Green Agenda for the City of Hyattsville, and give examples of how you think Hyattsville can become an environmental/sustainable leader in the region. I would work with the Council, the Hyattsville Environmental Committee, and City staff to implement a sustainable policy for all of the City’s operations. 27) Would you support a resolution for the record from the City of Hyattsville in favor of gay marriage? This is perhaps the major civil rights issue facing our generation, but it is not germane. I think we will get more done as a Council if we focus on our areas of responsibility. If this questionnaire was focused on issues coming before the State Legislature, I would have a very different answer. 28) What ideas do you have for fostering residents’ involvement in the community, whether at social events or through volunteerism? Work with the new Parks and Recreation head to develop an old timers’ coed softball league. 29) What ideas do you have to make Hyattsville more family friendly? Support our schools, improve parks and recreation opportunities for residents, reduce cut-through traffic, provide a teacher home purchase incentive. 30) How can Hyattsville become more pedestrian and bike friendly? Add a countdown signal at Queens Chapel and Hamilton and other high volume intersections. Have regular enforcement at the bicycle crossing near West Hyattsville. Stop cut through traffic and direct it on to Baltimore Ave., East-West Highway, and Queens Chapel.

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2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
31) Do you have a transportation agenda for Hyattsville (e.g., traffic, public transportation)? Move long distance bus routes to periphery. Add small buses that provide feeder service to the metro stations. Add traffic calming features to Hamilton, Jefferson, and Kennedy. Follow and implement the City Bicycle Advisory Committee Add sidewalks to 38th Ave. 32) Name the last three books you’ve read. Agincourt, by Bernard Cornwell; The Confusion, by Neal Stephenson; The Prester Quest, by Nicholas Jubber 33) Name the last three films you watched (at home or in a theatre). Barry Lyndon, Mall Cop, The War Wagon 34) Name your three favorite Hyattsville eateries. The Professional Coffee Shop, Franklins, Rhode Island Reds 35) How often do you visit the Hyattsville library each month? Not often enough! 36) What is your favorite thing about Hyattsville? The cats, dogs, and people drawn to our pleasant setting just outside the capitol of the free world. Actually, I don’t know many of the cats, since they are so private. But I do like those that I have met. 37) A train left Albany, New York for Albany, Georgia at 10:30 a.m. this morning traveling at 40mph, and another train left Albany, Georgia for Albany, New York at 2:32 a.m. traveling at 63mph, putting them on schedule to collide next to Franklin’s at 7:48 p.m. Meanwhile, inside the restaurant, your sister-in-law’s boyfriend’s 10-year-old daughter, sporting a pin that reads “It’s All About Me” that she just bought in the novelty store, has kicked you in the shin and thrown your new I-phone (the only functioning phone in the restaurant)
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2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
across the room where it landed in the vat of E.S.B. Your waiter tells you the oyster stew is off the menu. It occurs to you that you might have left the iron on at home. A gentle breeze drifts out of the west. It’s 7:33 p.m. What do you do? This is a Ward 1 issue, so I’ll defer to Council Members Tartaro and Dudrow. But since you asked…. I know about the trains because I track the entire US rail network using a train nut widget on my iPhone. I relax, because as a longtime MARC commuter I know that there are __separate-and-parallel__ Northbound and Southbound tracks. I don’t worry as my iPhone goes sailing because as an experienced Apple customer, I always buy AppleCare insurance on the more expensive items. To the brat’s surprise, I smile and sip my IPA as she drops her pin to grab her toe, which she has just broken on the shinguard still in place on my leg after a Saturday afternoon 4v4 soccer kickaround. I sweep up the pin because, after all, it is “all about me.” I’m from Texas—what are “oysters”?? What is an “iron?”? I will try to hold onto the ability to laugh, regardless.

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Alicia Joseph 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
Name: Alicia Joseph Age: 37 No. of Years Living in your Ward, Hyattsville, and PG County: I have lived in Ward 2 of Hyattsville for approximately 3 years and PG County for 8 years. Family Info (e.g., single, married, kids): I am single with three dogs. Educational Background (e.g., degree, field, school): • B.S. Accounting with minor in Marketing – Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York • B.S. Environmental science – Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York • M.S. Environmental and Occupational Health science – Hunter College of the City University of New York • M.S. Geography and Environmental Engineering – The Johns Hopkins University • PhD. (Defending) Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture – University of Maryland Current Occupation(s): I am currently a Physical Scientist/Engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration / Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC). Relevant Employment History: I taught at The Johnson Preparatory School in Brooklyn, New York for over 10 years. I also taught undergraduate Environmental Law and Environmental Waste Management at my alma mata, Medgar Evers College. My work experiences also include a number of years with the New York City Department Health in the Lead and Asthma Departments.

2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire

Alicia Joseph 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
List Other Civic, Volunteer, Leadership Experience (provide detail if you want, but such detail might arise in answering questions that follow): As a member of Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, I served on the prison ministry, youth tutorial ministry and I am a committee member of the Singles Club @ The Cathedral. I participate in the Certificate Bible School and School of Finance at the Cathedral. I have volunteered at the YMCA and local Youth Centers mentoring and tutoring youths in the sciences, math, english and computer sciences. 1) What has motivated you to run for the City Council? After several discussions and conversations with neighbors, I realized that I could be of service by using the talents I possess. Also, when I moved to Hyattsville I was overwhelmed with the warm reception from my neighbors and I feel a deep sense of commitment to them and to Hyattsville. I am running because I believe I can represent the voices of the residents of Hyattsville while putting my extensive background, skills and experiences to good use serving the community. 2) What is it you intend to accomplish as a Council member? I would like to return us to an era my neighbors talk about, when Hyattsville residents treated each other with respect. I intend to push the council to deal more openly with citizens. 3) Please tell us about your prior experience that you feel qualifies you to be a Council member. David Hiles, please speak about your experience on the Riverdale Park Council. I have a background in accounting and marketing, and my responsibilities at NASA include handling budgets and writing grants ranging from amounts as low as $200,000 per annum to $400,000,000 per annum. I am confident that I am capable of dealing with city budget issues.

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Alicia Joseph 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
4) What have you done for Hyattsville prior to running for the City Council? I have joined and participated in organizations like the HPA Old Car’s Club and the Hyattsville Horticultural Society. 5) If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about Hyattsville, what would it be? I would give a tax relief to all residents. 6) Same question, but for Ward 2? I would put a moratorium on foreclosures so that residents could remain in their homes. 7) What do you think are Hyattsville’s top three challenges? 1.) Increase in violent crime. 2.) Budget and funding issues. 3.) The geographic growth of Hyattsville causing a strain on its current infrastructure. 8) What steps will you take to see that all Council work sessions, meetings, public hearings, and other important city government meetings are available to the residents of Hyattsville via Channel 71 Public Access TV? Would you see that the above sessions are rerun at least several days/evenings per week on the Hyattsville Public Access channel 71? I will vote in favor of posting all Council work sessions, meetings, public hearings, and other important city government meetings on Channel 71 and having them rerun for residents. 9) Is there any additional new public access media you would recommend? 1.) I would encourage constituents to call me regularly. 2.) I have already established a special email address for the specific purpose of receiving communications from all members of the community. 3.) I plan to host quarterly/ semi-annual ward meetings to coincide with crime watch meetings.
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4.) I also plan on setting up an automated voice recording with updates and current events. 10) Do you have any ideas for how the city government might better communicate with the public (in conversation with and not simply speaking to)? Please see answers # 1 and #3 of question 9. 11) How do you stay in touch with what’s happening in the City of Hyattsville? Meetings attended? Websites? Newspapers? I read newspapers and newsletters; I visit websites and I receive email alerts; I attend various meetings. In addition, I communicate with my neighbors frequently. 12) How will you communicate actions of the Council to your constituents? Website? E-mail list? Listserv? Newsletter? I plan to communicate actions of Council to the constituents via a combination of the above mentioned methods. In addition please see the answer to question #9. 13) Are you a member of the H.O.P.E. Listserv? I am not yet a member of the H.O.P.E. Listserv. In discussions with several of my valued neighbors, I was informed that the H.O.P.E Listserv is often an unpleasant environment. This has caused me to delay any membership to the H.O.P.E. Listserv. 14) Realizing that the city has no authority over the county schools within our borders, what will you as a candidate do to improve the quality of public education in the county—particularly at Hyattsville Elementary and Hyattsville Middle School and Northwestern High School? • Encourage the creation of a college scholarship program • Liaise with the city and local high schools to teach civics-in-action to gain academic credit
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• Work with National Aeronautics and Space Administration to encourage student science projects • Push to bring back computer and technical training in our Recreation Department 15) Have you attended School Board meetings in the past? Will you pledge to do so in the future? I have attended School Board meetings in the past. I pledge to attend School Board meetings in the future. 16) Will you advocate at the state level for the Prince Georges County schools? How? Yes, I will advocate at the state level for the Prince Georges County schools. On all education related issues I will hold conversations with our county and state representatives and even visit Annapolis to testify whenever necessary on school related issues. 17) What do you think about all the development that is happening in the City of Hyattsville? Is there development that you’d like to see in the future? I like a lot of the new development in the city particularly the movie theatre, and new restaurants. But I also like the small town feel of Hyattsville and I would not like to see future development destroy that. I am concerned that some of the future development will cause Hyattsville to lose its charming character. I would advocate for development that would: • not increase our tax burden • be both resident-friendly and environment-friendly • preserve Hyattsville’s small town appeal 18) In light of University Town Center’s success and EYA’s possible implosion, what will you do as a council member to attract businesses to Hyattsville particularly along RT1? I will work with the marketing committee to enhance their efforts by giving support and suggestions where I think it’s warranted.

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Alicia Joseph 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
19) Do you agree with the city’s decision to purchase the BB&T building? Would you have done anything differently regardless of whether you were for or against the purchase? I do not agree with the city’s decision to purchase the BB&T building. I believe the city should finish renovation on properties it already owns. I believe a plan for use and funding with timelines for completion should be well established prior to purchase. 20) Will the WSSC building remain empty? Do you have a plan for its future use? Since the building is now owned by Douglas Jemal, a wellknown politically and financially influential developer I would negotiate with him to try to bring about a win-win solution to the development of that site. 21) What is your opinion of the Mayor’s proposal to reduce trash pickup to once a week? What effects do you think this will have on/for the city? Particularly for large families, the Mayor’s proposal to reduce trash pickup to once a week will pose a challenge for proper storage, handling and disposal of solid waste. It would potentially cause unsightly and unsanitary conditions for these families. As a former professor of environmental waste management and simply as a former resident of New York City, I am aware of the real dangers of neglecting one of the basics of sanitation. 22) Please provide your opinions on the proposed Commercial Vehicle Ordinance, City Code Ch. 114; the current Fence Ordinance and proposed changes to it; the Impervious-Surfaces Ordinance, 200404 section A68-5; the Streets and Sidewalks Ordinance, 2009-05 section C105-4; and the Code Enforcement walking tours. As currently written they are unsatisfactory.

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Alicia Joseph 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
23) Are there any instances that you’ve felt that the city government was over-regulating or imposing an unfair financial burden on its citizenry? I believe that a recent proposal to ban all commercial vehicles from the driveways of our neighbors who work hard and need their vehicles at home with them is unfair. I also think the code that causes some residents to face the expense and inconvenience of removing their driveways is burdensome. 24) Tim Hunt wrote that he’s in favor of “proper, but reasonable” code enforcement. Tim, please explain the difference between “proper” and “reasonable.” Everyone else, please give your thoughts on this matter. See answer #23 25) Tom Lopresti wrote that he believes “government should be limited in its involvement in private affairs, but should take an active role in the protection of the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.” Tom, please describe areas (a) in need of such limited involvement and (b) which rights require protection. Everyone else, please give your thoughts on this matter. There are and should always be limits to government interference in the private lives of families. 26) Please lay out your Green Agenda for the City of Hyattsville, and give examples of how you think Hyattsville can become an environmental/sustainable leader in the region. As councilperson I will review the city’s agenda and add suggestions where I think the direction can be improved and then work with the environmental committee to plan a strategy for getting the work done. As a professional environmentalist, I have a lot of experience in this area and I think I can bring a level of expertise to Hyattsville government that most cities lack.

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Alicia Joseph 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
27) Would you support a resolution for the record from the City of Hyattsville in favor of gay marriage? Yes, I would support a resolution from the City of Hyattsville in favor of gay marriage. 28) What ideas do you have for fostering residents’ involvement in the community, whether at social events or through volunteerism? I would request that residents work with the Director of Parks and Recreation to improve present programs and make suggestions to develop programs to meet needs not presently met. 29) What ideas do you have to make Hyattsville more family friendly? See answer #28 30) How can Hyattsville become more pedestrian and bike friendly? We can require all new development to be bike friendly by including in their plans bike lanes, bike racks and bike paths. We ought to make sure that sidewalks extend all way to the curb, on both sides of the street, to stores & to the Metro. It is dangerous for pedestrians to have to cross the street—probably jaywalking—several times in the course of a walk. 31) Do you have a transportation agenda for Hyattsville (e.g., traffic, public transportation)? I have long heard the concerns of citizens dissatisfied with the inadequate service of The Bus and would try to work with the County to improve it. I am interested in developing a plan to coordinate with surrounding communities to improve traffic flow and prevent bottlenecks in localized neighborhoods. 32) Name the last three books you’ve read. 1.) Images of America: Hyattsville – Andra Damron on behalf of the Hyattsville Preservation Association

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2.) Wave Propagation and Scattering in Random Media: Multiple Scattering, Turbulence, Rough Surfaces, and Remote Sensing (Volume 2) – Akira Ishimaru 3.) Theory of Microwave Remote Sensing – Leung Tsang, Jin Au Kong, and Robert T. Shin 33) Name the last three films you watched (at home or in a theatre). 5.) Slumdog Millionaire 6.) Doubt 7.) The Secret Life of Bees 34) Name your three favorite Hyattsville eateries. 1.) Franklins 2.) Shagga 3.) Under the Coconut Tree It would be nice if Hyattsville had a good Vegetarian eatery. 35) How often do you visit the Hyattsville library each month? I strongly support the Hyattsville library but do not often visit it. I have access to NASA’s extensive library and most of my reading at this time is work related. Additionally, I have access to online libraries at NASA, the National Agricultural library and the University of Maryland online library. I would like to add here that I am on the Library Board of NASA, and am aware of the serious threat to physical libraries in this country. In addition to support for the Hyattsville Library, I would support development of a Hyattsville Archive to preserve community history. 36) What is your favorite thing about Hyattsville? My favorite thing about Hyattsville is the warmth, individuality and generosity of its citizens.

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Alicia Joseph 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
37) A train left Albany, New York for Albany, Georgia at 10:30 a.m. this morning traveling at 40mph, and another train left Albany, Georgia for Albany, New York at 2:32 a.m. traveling at 63mph, putting them on schedule to collide next to Franklin’s at 7:48 p.m. Meanwhile, inside the restaurant, your sister-in-law’s boyfriend’s 10-year-old daughter, sporting a pin that reads “It’s All About Me” that she just bought in the novelty store, has kicked you in the shin and thrown your new I-phone (the only functioning phone in the restaurant) across the room where it landed in the vat of E.S.B. Your waiter tells you the oyster stew is off the menu. It occurs to you that you might have left the iron on at home. A gentle breeze drifts out of the west. It’s 7:33 p.m. What do you do? Find out how many E.S.B.s were imbibed by the person who wrote this question.

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Tom Lopresti 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
Name: Tom Lopresti Age: 46 No. of Years Living in your Ward, Hyattsville, and PG County: I would have lived in my ward for 16 years except for the redistricting done a few years. I have lived my entire life in Hyattsville and PG County. Family Info (e.g., single, married, kids): I am married to a lovely women Sue (Falcone) Lopresti, who is also a lifetime resident of Hyattsville. We have 6 children aging in range from 9 to 23. Educational Background (e.g., degree, field, school): I went to Ager Road Elementary (now Rosa Park). I attended Rollingcrest Junior High, then to Gonzaga High School (no jeers from the DeMatha people). I also attended University of Maryland for 3 years. Current Occupation(s): I am the owner of a small business, Tom Lopresti Plumbing and Heating Inc. We currently employ 10 people. Relevant Employment History: See above. List Other Civic, Volunteer, Leadership Experience (provide detail if you want, but such detail might arise in answering questions that follow): Board of Directors KCC Federal Credit Union, Co-Director St Jerome CYO, Coached Hyattsville Babe Ruth 1) What has motivated you to run for the City Council? Hyattsville is a city of true diversity with a common link. Regardless of ethnic origin, profession, personal orientation, or religion, we want to live in peace, safety, harmony and as a community. I decided to run to keep that common concern represented on the council.

2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire

Tom Lopresti 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
2) What is it you intend to accomplish as a Council member? The problems now and in the future that confront Hyattsville need to be addressed by someone who can bring solutions that are acceptable and understandable to all our citizens and express them in a direct manner all can grasp. We don’t need orators who love to hear themselves talk or professional politicians working their way into the political big leagues. We need someone whose focus is on the city and who speaks the truth, asks tough questions, and demands excellence of anyone dealing with city matters. 3) Please tell us about your prior experience that you feel qualifies you to be a Council member. David Hiles, please speak about your experience on the Riverdale Park Council. First: Stop and think for a minute about how you feel when your basement is filling with water. Panicked? Helpless? Who do you call? How do you feel when everything’s fixed? Calm. At Peace with the world! My business is taking your most panic-filled moments, fixing the problem and restoring peace of mind to your home. Second: Look around Hyattsville. One of the problems facing our city is the fact that we have a lot of youngsters with not a lot of positive things to do with their spare time. I’ve spent two decades with CYO and with Babe Ruth giving literally hundreds of Hyattsville youth positive alternatives to gang membership. Third: I have real life experience in this city dealing with the problems of people young; old; wealthy and economically struggling; long-time residents and new comers; liberals, moderates, and conservatives; and have a long history of being able to deal with all in a true spirit of mutual respect.

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Tom Lopresti 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
Fourth: I’ve lived in Hyattsville my entire life. The condition of very block, every street and the quality of life for every person who lives here are personal to me. Fifth: I have 10 years experience in dealing with multi-million dollar financial matters as a director of the credit union. 4) What have you done for Hyattsville prior to running for the City Council? As I mentioned I’ve helped thousands of Hyattsville youth, many of whom are now adults making their way in the world enjoy the experience and lessons of organized sports. I’ve raised a fine and wonderful family here. Oh, yes and I’ve served on the city’s Code Enforcement Committee. 5) If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about Hyattsville, what would it be? I’d make our city the showplace for Maryland and the nation where every family is an active part of the community with excellent education, job, shopping and entertainment opportunities. 6) Same question, but for Ward 2? I’d have every resident know by name and enjoy the presence of every other resident and have Jemal hand over the deed to the WSSC building that would then be turned into a community center. 7) What do you think are Hyattsville’s top three challenges? • Keeping city services high in quality, reasonable in cost. • Safety in our homes, on our streets, in our neighborhoods. • Providing opportunities for individuals and families of all ages to enjoy life in Hyattsville year round.

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Tom Lopresti 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
8) What steps will you take to see that all Council work sessions, meetings, public hearings, and other important city government meetings are available to the residents of Hyattsville via Channel 71 Public Access TV? Would you see that the above sessions are rerun at least several days/evenings per week on the Hyattsville Public Access channel 71? Since channel 71 broadcasts 24/7 I’d provide real city-based programming: council and committee meetings as well as entertainment from local artists, schools, film makers, theatrical troupes etc. 9) Is there any additional new public access media you would recommend? See above answer and combine it with the Internet. 10) Do you have any ideas for how the city government might better communicate with the public (in conversation with and not simply speaking to)? I like the idea of town meetings. I also think we need more events like summer jam where residents can gather, enjoy the event and talk directly to city officials and staff. The events can range from antique car shows to bake sales to a fun “City Olympics” for all ages. 11) How do you stay in touch with what’s happening in the City of Hyattsville? Meetings attended? Websites? Newspapers? Yes, yes, yes and more. 12) How will you communicate actions of the Council to your constituents? Website? E-mail list? Listserv? Newsletter? (see above) but mostly by talking with them. 13) Are you a member of the H.O.P.E. Listserv? Yes. 14) Realizing that the city has no authority over the county schools within our borders, what will you as a candidate do to improve the
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quality of public education in the county—particularly at Hyattsville Elementary and Hyattsville Middle School and Northwestern High School? Work to make Hyattsville an environment conducive to learning. 15) Have you attended School Board meetings in the past? Will you pledge to do so in the future? Indeed I’ll go wherever it takes to help Hyattsville. 16) Will you advocate at the state level for the Prince Georges County schools? How? In every way possible. 17) What do you think about all the development that is happening in the City of Hyattsville? Is there development that you’d like to see in the future? I’d like to see more retail—the kind of shopping that causes Hyattsville residents to travel to Montgomery County. I’d like to see the kind of retail that fills our streets with people walking about enjoying the city and the opportunities available to them from a wide variety of shops, stores, etc. 18) In light of University Town Center’s success and EYA’s possible implosion, what will you do as a council member to attract businesses to Hyattsville particularly along RT1? I’d use every available resource to attract quality businesses from the powers of persuasion to righteous indignation that upscale retailers are avoiding Prince Georges County and Hyattsville in particular because we don’t fit their “demographic profile.” To me that smacks of racism and red lining. 19) Do you agree with the city’s decision to purchase the BB&T building? Would you have done anything differently regardless of whether you were for or against the purchase? I would have a clear

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plan for how the building would provide the greatest return, in terms of services and income, to the city. 20) Will the WSSC building remain empty? Do you have a plan for its future use? My plans don’t mean anything unless the owner sees merit in them. I would meet with Mr. Jemal, not as an adversary but as someone who understands the business of business and work to convince him that the WSSC space benefits no one standing vacant. 21) What is your opinion of the Mayor’s proposal to reduce trash pickup to once a week? What effects do you think this will have on/for the city? If uncollected trash begins to pile up, I’d say reverse it. If the large containers the city gave residents can safely hold a week’s worth of trash and thereby saves the city revenues, the Mayor will have my support. 22) Please provide your opinions on the proposed Commercial Vehicle Ordinance, City Code Ch. 114; the current Fence Ordinance and proposed changes to it; the Impervious-Surfaces Ordinance, 200404 section A68-5; the Streets and Sidewalks Ordinance, 2009-05 section C105-4; and the Code Enforcement walking tours. This issue needs a strong infusion of common sense. As I said we are a city of true diversity. One of our strengths is the number of craftsmen and women living here. If you want your pipes fixed, your floors refinished, a deck built, gutters cleaned, roof repaired, or help with your lawn or garden you can contact a neighbor. If we are talking about signage on a van or truck no bigger than what you use to take your kids to a soccer or baseball game discrimination is a bad thing. If you are talking about vehicles the size of moving vans or earth moving heavy construction equipment we have a real problem. The city is just wasting money running around measuring driveways.
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Tom Lopresti 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
Code enforcement walking tours are a good way to keep the houses and yard clean and up to date, but, I would rather see code enforcement dealing with the bigger issues and problems (i.e., illegal rentals that are havens for thieves, drug dealers and worse). 23) Are there any instances that you’ve felt that the city government was over-regulating or imposing an unfair financial burden on its citizenry? One is the issue of fence permits. First we have to get a county permit then a city permit. I’ve yet to see the first inspector checking. As a registered and licensed plumber I have a WSSC permit to work in the county. Why would I need a city permit for the same work? There’s a real double standard on the subject of commercial vehicles. Put signage on a pickup truck or van no bigger than what most individuals drive in the city and you have to pay a $100 exception fee to park here. Either everyone pays or no one pays. 24) Tim Hunt wrote that he’s in favor of “proper, but reasonable” code enforcement. Tim, please explain the difference between “proper” and “reasonable.” Everyone else, please give your thoughts on this matter. As I say in my campaign literature, I believe our code enforcement staff are an important part of our public safety effort. As such they need to be shown respect and in turn to act responsibly in working to identify problems and getting solutions. 25) Tom Lopresti wrote that he believes “government should be limited in its involvement in private affairs, but should take an active role in the protection of the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.” Tom, please describe areas (a) in need of such limited involvement and (b) which rights require protection.
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Tom Lopresti 2009 Hyattsville City Council E-debate Questionnaire
Everyone else, please give your thoughts on this matter. The Bill of Rights describes the freedoms or basic liberties that protect individuals from government intrusion and abuse. They include freedom of religion, of speech, to due process, to property ownership, privacy and more. Of late, government is over-reaching when it tries to tell us what we can eat. A few years ago New Jersey banned the use of raw eggs in dishes in effect outlawing Spaghetti Carbonara—that’s going way too far. 26) Please lay out your Green Agenda for the City of Hyattsville, and give examples of how you think Hyattsville can become an environmental/sustainable leader in the region. I am a big supporter of the single stream recycling and I am glad to see the city has recycle bins in the municipal building. Better yet if this recycling effort can get us to once a week trash removal that’s great. On the home front I changed all my light bulbs to the cfls. I also a 96% efficient boiler and tankless water heater. The most direct answer is that as a plumbing and heating professional I work daily to see that water and energy are not wasted. 27) Would you support a resolution for the record from the City of Hyattsville in favor of gay marriage? What individuals believe in or do in the privacy of their homes is no business of the government. I believe every citizen regardless of their persuasion in politics, religion or their life styles should have the rights reserved for every other citizen. The issue of gay relationships has many practical implications that need to be resolved so loved ones have the legal rights of every citizen. But I think how we exercise or codify those rights can lead to unnecessary conflict and controversy and ultimately no action or resolution. The city should work in every way possible to protect individual rights but avoid fueling
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time and emotion wasting controversy. Will such a resolution help or harm the desired result? That’s the discussion that should be held. 28) What ideas do you have for fostering residents’ involvement in the community, whether at social events or through volunteerism? First we have to make residents welcome in the community. Whether newcomer or seniors or long-time residents, we all need to feel part of the community. We have a lot of tools here starting with our volunteer coordinator Colleen Aistis. We also have a lot of communities within the city: churches, schools, civic groups. We need a real atmosphere of outreach that can be started with some imagination and creativity coming from the City Council. 29) What ideas do you have to make Hyattsville more family friendly? Show me a more family friendly community anywhere in the United States. That’s the quality that makes Hyattsville a city among cities. 30) How can Hyattsville become more pedestrian and bike friendly? Get more people walking and biking. The direction of retail development as well as our parks and recreation efforts will play an important role in getting people out and about. Public safety is another crucial element needed. 31) Do you have a transportation agenda for Hyattsville (e.g., traffic, public transportation)? Here again the effort should originate with our residents not with the city, county, or state government dictating what we should do. 32) Name the last three books you’ve read. I read trade publications and fishing magazines. Baseball the Ripkin Way.

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33) Name the last three films you watched (at home or in a theatre). Remember I have small children 1) Marley and Me 2) Mall Cop 3) Superbad 34) Name your three favorite Hyattsville eateries. Would not be fair to rank them until I have tried them all. 35) How often do you visit the Hyattsville library each month? Not as often as when I was in grade school and the Hyattsville library was the central library in the county. 36) What is your favorite thing about Hyattsville? I love the sense of small town community, where people actually know their neighbors and get along. I have a lot of friends in Hyattsville. 37) A train left Albany, New York for Albany, Georgia at 10:30 a.m. this morning traveling at 40mph, and another train left Albany, Georgia for Albany, New York at 2:32 a.m. traveling at 63mph, putting them on schedule to collide next to Franklin’s at 7:48 p.m. Meanwhile, inside the restaurant, your sister-in-law’s boyfriend’s 10-year-old daughter, sporting a pin that reads “It’s All About Me” that she just bought in the novelty store, has kicked you in the shin and thrown your new I-phone (the only functioning phone in the restaurant) across the room where it landed in the vat of E.S.B. Your waiter tells you the oyster stew is off the menu. It occurs to you that you might have left the iron on at home. A gentle breeze drifts out of the west. It’s 7:33 p.m. What do you do? Order a burger and a brew! Kiss my wife, hug my kids and run for city council!!!

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