Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said as the city works to recover from a ransomware attack, it's had go to "manual." That was clear at the Abel Wolman Municipal Building next to City Hall, where property owners tried to meet a deadline to pay overdue bills before they turned into liens.
Many in the Baltimore region and beyond see the scandal in City Hall as further evidence that our city is hopelessly — and maybe irretrievably — lost in chaos and dysfunction. Nothing could be further from the truth.
After Baltimore’s wettest year on record, housing advocates are seeking more protections for low-income tenants battling mold in their rental homes — and a city councilman is calling for a hearing on the problem.
Under a proposed bill, Baltimore could offer ranked choice voting. Voters would list their favored candidates in order. If a candidate doesn't receive a majority of support overall, officials would count voters' second choices and then the third choices, until a winning candidate breaks 50 percent.
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young says it appeared the police department was “stonewalling” auditors looking into the agency’s performance at attracting recruits. Comptroller Joan Pratt says she talked with the interim police commissioner to resolve some of the issues.
Baltimore water rates would rise 9 percent each of the next three years under a Department of Public Works proposal. It also creates a new assistance program for poor customers that would help with their monthly bills. The proposal will go before the city's spending board on Jan. 9.
Members of the Baltimore City Council are pushing the mayor's office to release the results of a background investigation into police commissioner nominee Joel Fitzgerald. Mayor Catherine Pugh's office says it's confidential. Some council members say they won't vote for him without seeing it.
A Baltimore city councilman is introducing legislation to require gas stations to get a license to operate after midnight. Bill Henry says he wants to give communities a way to bring businesses in line. He says police have told him it's difficult to apply the existing licensing laws to stations.
For years, capable opponents have tried to unseat North Baltimore’s powerful state Sen. Joan Carter Conway, who has held office for more than two decades. None — including City Councilman Bill Henry — have come close. But Del. Mary Washington thinks this year will be different.
Last year, the election of eight young, energetic and progressive leaders remade Baltimore’s City Council. Here are five steps they should take in 2018 to continue to deliver on their promise of change.
Baltimore Councilman Bill Henry is busy rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic as the city takes on water. His proposed legislation to raise real estate transfer and recording fees to build, ironically, more affordable housing, is a case in point.
Baltimore’s sharp increases in the price of tap water to pay to fix antiquated infrastructure have pushed many customers beyond their ability to pay their bills, an independent economist has concluded.
Over the last generation or so, we have increased what we spend trying to deter and catch criminals by 200 percent in Baltimore, but we’ve only increased what we invest in the programs most likely to keep our children from becoming criminals in the first place by 27 percent. How can this be?
The Baltimore City Council is deeply divided over a proposal to impose a mandatory 1-year jail sentence for carrying a handgun in much of Baltimore — holding an impromptu 45 minute debate on the idea Monday before the measure had even been formally introduced.
Only months after rejecting a similar measure, the Baltimore City Council is poised to pass a bill Monday to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 — nearly $5 an hour higher than in surrounding counties.
Baker, a 45-year-old downtown security officer, testified Wednesday night as the Baltimore City Council's labor committee weighed a bill to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 for many workers.