County Council Chairman Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills) says that he might have to start calling Eugene Grant, who ousted longtime Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Kennedy, "Landslide Grant."
Grant, a Seat Pleasant community activist known for his flamboyance, basked in his mayoral win this week. He said he'll run Seat Pleasant, an inner-Beltway community, like a municipality.
"I have a full government, I have a police department, I have a public works department," said Grant, who has been a vocal critic of the county police department. "For years I have been accused of being the nemesis of the county police department; now people will see how a police department is supposed to be run."
Grant defeated Kennedy, 353-212.
"The people of Seat Pleasant have sent a message to all that they want change. My entire slate won and the next step is to bring about true accountability for the people and be a model for all politicians to follow," Grant said.
For years, Grant has used his nonprofit organization, Global Developmental Services for Youth, as an international platform, whether it is presenting an award to actor Danny Glover on Broadway or hosting Capitol Hill receptions for diplomats and members of Congress. Now, Grant can't wait to start running a small town with a $2.2 million budget.
No 'War' With Redskins
Knotts said the council is still looking into what options it has regarding what some have described as improperly placed seats at FedEx Field.
Last week, members of the County Council said the Washington Redskins should not have added the 5,181 extra seats without the council's permission. The county's Department of Environmental Resources granted permits this year allowing Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to expand the stadium capacity.
Because the increased stadium capacity could have an impact on parking, council members asked why the council was not part of the discussion to build the seats.
"There is no resolution yet," Knotts said this week. "Staff is still working on it and we'll be coming together to discuss it."
Council member Thomas E. Dernoga (D-Laurel) said it's unlikely that the council will "go to war" with the Redskins over the seats.
"I don't think anyone wants to litigate. After all, they were given permits by the county to build."
Car Dealers Head to Court
The county will head to court this month to defend a law that it passed three years ago that made it illegal for used car lots under 25,000 square feet to operate in Prince George's.
The County Council voted in 2000 to shut down the used car lots in an attempt to improve the aesthetics of the county's Route 1 corridor and create artsy neighborhoods in Hyattsville, Brentwood and Mount Rainier.
Four dozen used car lot owners were notified last year that the law, which was passed in 2000, would go into effect in September 2003. They would have to move their businesses to clear the land for more upscale development.
The used car lot owner sought legal help from Largo zoning attorney Russell W. Shipley, and, beginning Sept. 27, the car dealers will have their day in court.