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Councilmania: Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’

June 3, 2014
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Councilmania: Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’

By the time the “no youth curfew” chant rang out from the balcony, last night’s city council meeting was already one of the stranger ones in recent memory. Consider the Food Truck bill. For several months city officials have worked with representatives of the food truck industry to craft new regulations designed to balance...
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Ed Ericson Says: Stop Litterin’!

May 21, 2012
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Ed Ericson Says: Stop Litterin’!

Citing the alleged “extra $10 million” Baltimore spends each year cleaning trash off the streets and skimming the harbor, freshman Councilmember Nick Mosby sends this  sentiment—with a green background, no less—via e-mail: Councilman Nick J. Mosby and Blue Water Baltimore have partnered to introduce a viable solution, the “One Piece” Litter Campaign. “What we are...
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“20 by 2020” Tax Cut Passes; Some Dissent

May 1, 2012
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“20 by 2020” Tax Cut Passes; Some Dissent

In a rare display of non-unanimity, City Council members Bill Henry (4th District), Carl Stokes (12th), Warren Branch (13th) and Mary Pat Clarke (14th) voted to send a property tax break for city homeowners back to committee. The ten other council members, including Council president Bernard C. ‘Jack” Young, voted against the measure and...
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A Magazine About Your City Council District

April 27, 2012
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A Magazine About Your City Council District

Freshman City Councilman Nick Mosby has published an ambitious web-based (Flash Player) “magazine” called Seven, looking back at his first 100 days in office and featuring several well-written mini features about some highlights of the district such as the STEM school, Art Blocks and Shalik Fulton, an up-and-coming young leader. Mosby also highlights a...
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Taxpayers Night!

April 10, 2012
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Taxpayers Night!

Yes, it’s that time again, people: Time to pile into the sweltering War Memorial Building, belly up to the mic, and tell those Board of Estimates and City Council members—who can only cut the budget, mind you, not add anything—that you will not stand for any more cuts to your *Fire Department *Recreation centers...
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Baltimore Cyclists Now Have a Bill of Rights

November 9, 2010
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Baltimore Cyclists Now Have a Bill of Rights

Last night the Baltimore City Council passed the city’s first-ever Cyclists Bill of Rights, a collection of “tenets” validating the rights of bikers, and reaffirming that cycling is, yes, a very good thing for the city. It states: 1. Cyclists have the right to travel safely and free of fear. 2. Cyclists have the...
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UFCW Poll Finds Support for Living Wage

July 21, 2010
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UFCW Poll Finds Support for Living Wage

One day before a City Council subcommittee will meet to consider living-wage legislation governing large employers, a public opinion and strategy firm called Lake Research Partners has released a poll indicating that Baltimoreans support such legislation. The poll was funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and their WakeUpWalmart campaign. The poll...
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Where’s Jack Live? See Jack Run! See Jack’s Undies!

March 31, 2010
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Where’s Jack Live? See Jack Run! See Jack’s Undies!

City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young | Image by msa.md.gov WBAL’s Jayne Miller noticed that Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s home at 1506 E. Madison St. has the same water bill as a nearby vacant. The City Council President vehemently declined to comment. Then he took Sunreporters on a tour of his “actual home,” which...
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Baltimore City Foundation Gets Off Easy

March 18, 2010
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The City Council’s Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee met yesterday for an investigative hearing on the Baltimore City Foundation, a nonprofit formed nearly 30 years ago to raise money for city programs for the underserved. The Baltimore Sun published an article last fall revealing that the little-known foundation was lacking in oversight and accountability,...
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Council Members to Grill Baltimore City Foundation

March 16, 2010
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Last October, an article in The Baltimore Sun exposed deep flaws in the little-known Baltimore City Foundation, a nonprofit formed nearly 30 years ago to raise money for city programs for the poor. The Sun found that the foundation controlled large sums of money with little oversight and wrote checks at the behest of...
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Without a Scorecard

June 17, 2009
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Without a Scorecard

“The Technology” | Image by EDE Baltimore’s city budget passed Monday after two City Council meetings, a meeting of the Board of Estimates, and a committee meeting in a side room. The council voting-contentious and surprising at one key point-was so fast and furious that even with a score card it was hard to...
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Councilmania

September 11, 2008
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On the agenda for Sept. 8 Bill 08-0193 Valet Parking: Would recast the city’s laws regarding valet parking, require valet parking operators to be licensed, establish standards of operation for valet parking. The Read: This 28-page bill is longer than last year’s valet-parking ordinance by three pages. Last year’s effort was introduced by Mayor...
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