2013 Update—October 26th to November 12th

On October 28th I attended the Charter-District Collaboration Task Force in Middletown, and then attended the state Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.  On the 29th I attended the City of Newark’s meeting on the city’s comprehensive plan.  On the 30th I met with one of the mayoral candidates to discuss priorities and strategies.  On Friday the 1st I went to the Newark Senior Center, and joined County Councilwoman Lisa Diller and State Representative Ed Osienski, to meet with area seniors.  I next met with a University of Delaware representative to discuss common issues.  I then went to fundraiser at the UAW local 1183 on Old Baltimore Pike.

On November 5th I joined Christina School District Superintendent Freeman Williams at the Maclary Elementary School.  We had some great questions, and are making plans for a second one this winter (with better advertising).  On the 6th I hosted my monthly coffee at Panera, which included a visit by people from Westside Health who provided answers to questions regarding the state health insurance exchange.  I then went to the Kids Caucus meeting where my legislative colleagues and I considered several topics affecting children in our state.  I next went to the DelDOT meeting on proposed changes to public transit and paratransit.  I also testified at that meeting.  On Friday I attended the fundraiser for the 23rd Representative District Democratic Committee, at Deerfield Fine Wines.  On Saturday I attended the dedication of the WWII memorial at Legislative Hall in Dover, and then attended a social event for Democrats at Dover’s Polytech High School.  On Sunday evening I attended the annual Diwali celebration, hosted by DAABA, the Delaware Asian American Business Association.  On Monday the 11th I attended the Veterans Day Service up near the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and I stopped by the city council meeting.  Today I had a meeting with residents with environmental concerns, and I am joining Pam in hosting a meet/greet for one of the mayoral candidates.

I have been working with the University of Delaware on a resident’s concern over due process.  I have had many emails regarding the proposed data center and power plant, on the issue of midwives, the manufactured housing/rent justification issue, adding my support for a statement on prevailing wage, exploring what is needed to provide an exception for those with suspended drivers licenses who need to drive to attend school/college, and working with a resident who has gone page-by-page through The Data Center’s 311-page air permit application..

I have begun preparing for the legislative session to resume this January, identifying when my bills will be heard in the Senate, preparing a bill regarding removing zoning exemptions, and identifying the possible need for an amendment to improve a bill related to housing.  January will be here before we know it!