Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake traveled to California Thursday be sworn in as the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors — a position through which she said she will advocate for fixes to Baltimore's entrenched problems.
A dispute between Baltimore police, the police union and the mayor's office played out in public Tuesday as the union released a statement questioning the department's commitment to reform, while police and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake accused the Fraternal Order of Police of misleading the public.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday reiterated that she will deny interest-free, riot-recovery loans to about two dozen neighborhood liquor stores damaged in the Freddie Gray unrest — a move designed to convince them to relocate or sell healthier products.
Sweating in the 95-degree heat, Ralph Stewart guided the excavator's giant claw through the rowhouse's porch roof at 2783 Tivoly Ave. on the city's east side. As the structure crumbled, the assembled crowd of politicians, neighborhood leaders and city housing officials cheered.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to announce Monday that $4.2 million in additional funding will be allocated for after-school and summer school programs, potentially affecting several thousand Baltimore students.
In January — three months before Freddie Gray's arrest and death and the ensuing unrest and violence in Baltimore — former Gov. Martin O'Malley offered state help for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake's crime-fighting efforts.
The city's youth employment program has 1,000 more applicants than jobs this summer, Baltimore officials said Wednesday, as they urged employers to help close a funding gap to hire more city teens and young adults. YouthWorks, the city's five-week summer program for 14- to- 21-year olds, needs $1.5 million to reach a goal of providing jobs for 8,000 young people.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake unveiled Operation Ceasefire in 2014, promising the renowned anti-gun violence strategy that worked in other cities would "bring dramatic results" in lowering crime in Baltimore. But a year later, Baltimore is reeling from one of the deadliest months in its history and the Ceasefire program is being jump-started after its director resigned in protest, amid concerns that city officials failed to provide promised resources — from job training to relocation
A few months ago, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake looked to many pundits like she was practically unbeatable. The city's crime and unemployment rates were down. She had substantial money in her campaign account. She even flirted with a run for U.S. Senate. Then the rioting broke out.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts are "examining" whether a sharp decrease in arrests is contributing to May becoming the deadliest month in Baltimore since the 1990s.
President Barack Obama ordered the federal government Monday to stop distributing a limited inventory of military equipment to local law enforcement agencies across the country because, he said, it makes police seem like an "occupying force" instead of public servants.
Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday he would not spend the money lawmakers set aside for the state's most costly school districts and accused the state's teachers union of a launching "a heavily financed smear campaign" against him.
Assuming Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake runs for re-election — and most of us do — city voters will get to decide whether her decisions, words and actions in the matter of Freddie Gray and the riots that followed his funeral are cause for dismissal. In the meantime, the mayor needs to realize that she has an opportunity to transform her city (and maybe salvage her political career), but she needs to act in a bold and urgent way. She needs to build an alliance with the governor of
Education advocates on Monday called on Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to increase funding for the city's schools, arguing the recent rioting in Baltimore shows the money is desperately needed.
Standing in front of the burned-out CVS in Baltimore's Penn-North neighborhood, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Thursday asked leaders from the business, non-profit, education communities, among others, to join a campaign she's calling "One Baltimore" to tackle persistent city ills.
A week after violent protests broke out in Baltimore following the funeral for Freddie Gray, the city has begun to return to normal as the curfew was lifted and national guard has begun to withdraw troops.
Baltimore began to move beyond unrest Sunday when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifted a citywide curfew, the Maryland National Guard began withdrawing its forces and shoppers returned to Mondawmin Mall, which had been shuttered after looting.
As the Maryland National Guard patrolled Baltimore streets for the first time in more than 45 years, some critics questioned why it took so long to deploy them. Among those airing concern: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake did not return his repeated phone calls for more than two hours Monday as rioting spread across the city. He felt he couldn't call out the Guard without her.