Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday the City Council's threat to shut down government over a youth funding dispute is "dysfunctional grandstanding" that could result in real harm to residents.
If the Baltimore City Council is serious about boosting funding for youth after-school programs it needs to redouble efforts to negotiate a compromise with the Rawlings-Blake administration and knock off the talk about government shutdowns.
The city signed a $60 million agreement with 14 nonprofit hospitals, colleges and universities to help pay for public safety and other essential city services over the next decade, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday.
Baltimore, one year after the uprisings and the death of Freddie Gray, is at a crossroads. Nothing typifies this so much as the proposed $535 million dollar giveaway for the proposed Port Covington development.
At the very moment that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis were gathered in west Baltimore, near Mondawmin Mall speaking about healingon the anniversary of the riots, police in east Baltimore were chasing a 14-year-old with a realistic-looking BB gun who, after refusing to drop it, was shot in the shoulder and leg.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday she wants to expand her summer jobs program to a record 9,400 young people — but the city needs more businesses and community groups to step forward to provide work and funding.
Catherine E. Pugh says "change is on its way" in Baltimore. The state senator won the Democratic nomination in last week's mayoral primary against a field of candidates who said the city needs a new direction. Yet Pugh's administration might not look that different from that of outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's.
Last August, a 25-minute police chase touched off across three jurisdictions when patrol officers saw a distressed woman inside a car whose driver fled when they attempted to pull it over. The pursuit was carried live by broadcast networks, and ended dramatically when the vehicle crashed into a Southwest Baltimore home and a detective, clad in an all-white suit, placed the driver under arrest. But the court case for the two men in the vehicle, Robert Bethea and Mark Jackson, concluded a whimper.
The General Assembly agreed Monday to sweeping changes in Maryland's criminal justice policies, but failed to reach a deal that would have given residents their first major income tax break in nearly two decades.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said moving the power to nominate the members of the Baltimore liquor board to city elected officials will provide more accountability for residents facing tension over local bars and stores that sell alcohol.
A $4.2 million Baltimore budget increase for after school and community school programs that was implemented after last year's uprising has been stripped from the coming year's proposed budget at a time when the need could not be greater.