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Temps Could Reach Zero Overnight -- The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for much of the area to go into effect 10 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday. The NWS says winds at 15-25 miles per hour will bring the windchill to between zero and 10 degrees. [National Weather Service] Leggett Says Affordable Housing Initiative No Longer Realistic --  Before June's primary, County Executive Isiah Leggett said he would use a 2.5-percent portion of the county's property tax revenue to add a minimum of 1,000 affordable housing units a year. On Monday, Leggett said an estimated $200 million budget shortfall made that pledge unrealistic for this year. Leggett made the comments in Germantown at the first of a series of public forums on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Leggett will be in Bethesda for a budget forum on Monday, Jan. 26. [Washington Post] Average Rents Decreasing In Bethesda, But Still High -- The average rent for a Class A apartment unit in Bethesda was $2,520 a month in 2014, according to a report from real estate research firm Delta Associates. While that number is more expensive than the average Class A rents in places such as Arlington, H Street and the Capitol Riverfront, Delta reported average rent was down 3 percent in 2014 compared to 2013 in Bethesda. Class A apartment buildings are typically buildings built after 1991 with full amenity packages. [Urban Turf] B-CC Chamber Hosts 2015 Political Preview -- The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce is hosting its ninth Legislative Outlook Breakfast on Friday, five days before the state's 2015 General Assembly convenes in Annapolis. An obvious topic will be how Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan will influence issues important to Montgomery County. Blair Lee IV, a member of Hogan's transition team, will be one of three speakers on a panel. The event is set for 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda (1 Bethesda Metro Center). The cost for Chamber members is $40 and $60 for non-members. [Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce] Van Hollen Welcomes Alan Gross To First Day Of New Congress -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen hosted a reception for Alan Gross on Tuesday after the swearing in of the new Congress. Van Hollen was one of a group of congressmen who pushed to have Gross released from a prison in Cuba. Gross' family lived in Potomac before he was detained by Cuban authorities in 2009. [Office of Chris Van Hollen]

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