Friday, April 27, 2007

Discovery Layoffs, Part Deux (and Trois?)

- Will even more Discovery employees be granted "eternity leave" by the company? The rumors of impending layoffs on April 9th proved accurate, and now the word on the street is that new CEO David Zaslav's next round of housecleaning is scheduled for May 6th 7th. To add to DCI employees’ angst, there is allegedly a third round of cuts planned for August. Good luck and Godspeed to you all!

UPDATE: Supposedly this next round of layoffs has been delayed due to administrative reasons, so those affected may be be getting a temporary reprieve.

Also around town:

- While Discovery may have now have some square footage to spare, the outlook for additional office space elsewhere in Silver Spring just got a little bleaker. The plan to build new office space at Studio Plaza was deep-sixed, reducing my future chances of getting a job that I can walk to and continuing to move Silver Spring toward being more of a bedroom community. Even though office space in Silver Spring is "highly desired" and hard to come by, all that seems to go up around here are new condos

- The good news: they have finally started to re-pave the northbound lanes of 29 after leaving them bare for two weeks. The bad news: they've stripped the southbound lanes of their pavement and who knows how long they'll take to resurface them. I don't know how many more manholes my car can hit before it falls to pieces.

- A teacher at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring exposed himself to a busload of Catholic schoolgirls. Did he really expect to get away with this?

- If you are planning on taking the Metro anywhere from Silver Spring this weekend, its going to be a pain in the ass.


Silver Spring Penguin said...

I understand that track work has to happen to keep the Metro system running.

But couldn't Metro do that work during the overnight hours, when all the trains (and their passengers) are asleep in their beds?

Also, "Office Space" rules!

Anonymous said...

Here is the End result to the anti-Business Rats in Montgomery County:

Md. Suburbs' Population Growth Hits 15-Year Low

By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 22, 2007; Page SM01

Maryland's population in the Washington region grew by only 0.5 percent from 2005 to 2006, the lowest rate in at least 15 years, according to Census Bureau figures released last month.

In Montgomery County, the arrival of foreign-born residents, coupled with the birth rate, pushed the population to 932,131 last year from 927,405 in 2005, up 0.5 percent. The growth rate was Montgomery's lowest since 1979. A number of Montgomery residents are likely to be moving to Frederick, Howard and Washington counties in Maryland, to Virginia and to other Southern states.

joeblack said...

I enjoy reading local news on your blog. Keep it coming

Dumbek said...

25 minute delays between Takoma and Brentwood? Ugh.

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