Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday accused City Council members of playing "political" games with money for outside lawyers in the federal investigation of the Baltimore Police Department — putting in jeopardy the $6.4 million settlement for Freddie Gray's family.
The Baltimore City Council is poised to go to battle with the Rawlings-Blake administration over whether Baltimore should pay a team of private lawyers $2 million to represent the city during a federal probe of its Police Department.
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young visited several programs serving Baltimore's children and teens Monday to get input on his proposal to spend another $31 million on youth-focused initiatives.
Leaders of Baltimore's City Council say they plan to block Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposal to pay $2 million to outside lawyers to represent the city during a federal investigation of the police department.
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young was the lone member of Baltimore's spending board to vote Wednesday against the Rawlings-Blake administration's decision to pay outside legal counsel $2 million for representation in the federal probe of the Police Department.
As officials celebrated the start of a long-anticipated hotel near Johns Hopkins Hospital, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said he had a Christmas wish to speed East Baltimore's much delayed redevelopment project.
Every year in Baltimore, more than 6,000 renters and their families are evicted from their homes — a higher rate than any other major American city except Detroit, a new study from the Public Justice Center says.
Baltimore's Department of Transportation does not keep sufficient records to track how well workers are doing their jobs, and submits erroneous information annually in the city's budget, a new audit has found.
City Council members expressed outrage Monday and called for hearings after a Baltimore Sun investigation revealed a backlog of more than 4,000 requests for public housing repairs that have long gone unanswered.
Kimberly Ellis's new restaurant on Pigtown's main street isn't even open yet, but she's already gotten hugs. That welcome is one reason why the Baltimore native decided Washington Boulevard would be a good place to base and grow her family's catering business.
More than 150 police officers in eastern, western and central Baltimore were equipped with body cameras on Monday — instructed to record their interactions with the public as a first step toward a department-wide rollout of the technology beginning next year.
Legislation backed by the administration of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would empower city health inspectors to fine — and eventually shut down — retailers that sell synthetic drugs long criticized for appealing to youth with cartoon character marketing and claims of being natural and safe.
Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled what he described as a "transformative" $135 million investment in an improved Baltimore bus system Thursday --seeking to fill a mass transit void left by his cancellation of the Red Line light rail project.
After the Baltimore City Council voted to confirm Kevin Davis as commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department on Monday night, protesters briefly disrupted the proceedings before converging with other protesters in a waiting area outside the council chambers, chanting, "Back up, back up, we want freedom, freedom! All these racist ass cops, we don't need 'em, need 'em."
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young has closed the balcony above council chambers in City Hall, just days after protesters disrupted a City Council hearing on the appointment of Kevin Davis as the city's police commissioner and staged an overnight sit-in from the space.
Baltimore Gas and Electric sued the city of Baltimore on Friday, asking a court to overturn the city's decision last month to more than triple the fee it charges the utility to use its underground conduit system.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to offer interim police commissioner Kevin Davis a contract with a significant severance package if he's approved as Baltimore's next permanent police chief. Under the terms of the deal, Davis would be paid $200,000 annually though June 30 of 2020. He would be eligible to receive 75 percent of one year's salary — at least $150,000 — if a new mayor should fire him without cause.
City Council President Jack Young introduced a resolution to amend the city's charter in next fall's election. The proposal would earmark 3 percent of the city's tax revenue for additional youth development programs. It could also spark a political fight and, perhaps, chip away ever so slightly at a system of government that, despite its flaws and increasing rarity, Baltimoreans take for granted: The strong mayor.
The shooting of a 9-year-old girl outside her home in Waverly Sunday afternoon was just the latest in recent weeks in which an innocent bystander was caught by stray gunfire, prompting exasperated residents and city officials to ask whether people have become numb to the violence.
Top city officials agreed Wednesday to triple the fees companies pay to use the Baltimore's aging underground conduit system, over the objections of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Comcast and the University of Maryland.