County Council to hold public hearing Tuesday on proposed funding for legal services for undocumented immigrants

The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday night on whether to allocate about $374,000 in county funds to provide legal representation to county residents who have been detained for deportation proceedings. The proposed use of public funds to help low-income immigrants has raised questions locally about why the county may help individuals who are potentially violating federal law. County officials have noted that a New York immigrant group determined successful outcomes for noncitizens increase from 4 percent to 48 percent when they are represented in immigration court by an attorney. The public hearing is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the County Council Office Building in Rockville.

The council on Tuesday afternoon is scheduled to discuss and possibly approve the collective bargaining agreements for the county employee union MCGEO Local 1994 as well as the police and fire unions.

Major Bethesda project up for Planning Board review Thursday

Aksoylu Properties is taking its sketch plan before the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday to request initial approval for a proposal to build an approximately 200-foot tower with more than 400 residential units and 20,000 square feet of retail space at 8000 Wisconsin Ave. The site includes several properties between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues. The plan also calls for marking 25 percent of dwelling units as moderately priced in order to get increased height and density rights from the county. When the developer first pitched the project to the public in November, it hoped to begin construction in the spring or summer of 2019 and finish in 2021.

District 6 Democratic congressional candidates forum Thursday

Democrats running for the District 6 seat are scheduled to meet Thursday night at Gaithersburg High School for a forum sponsored by 10 area Democratic clubs. Eight Democratic candidates are running to replace incumbent Rep. John Delaney, who is running for president. Del. Aruna Miller (D-Darnestown), state Sen. Roger Manno and Frederick veteran Andrew Duck are among the seven candidates who are expected to attend. Organizers said in an email over the weekend they’re not sure if Total Wine & More co-founder David Trone will attend.

Forum Thursday for County Council candidates seeking to represent Silver Spring district

Silver Spring neighborhood groups are hosting a District 5 County Council candidate forum Thursday evening at Pine Crest Elementary School. Incumbent Democrat Tom Hucker is facing two other Democrats in the race—consultant Kevin Harris and immigrant advocate Kenge Malikidogo-Fludd. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. District 5 includes downtown and eastern Silver Spring.

Summer-like weather approaching

The National Weather Service expects a sunny Monday and Tuesday with highs in the mid-70s and nighttime lows dropping to about 50 degrees. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are all expected to be partly cloudy or mostly sunny with highs in the mid- to upper-80s and nighttime lows in the mid-60s. There’s a chance of showers Thursday night and Friday.