Over the objection of the city's comptroller, Baltimore officials on Wednesday voted to award contracts worth nearly $10 million to two companies that will relaunch the city's once-troubled speed and red light camera system.
Baltimore City Council member Rochelle "Rikki" Spector is calling on the Rawlings-Blake administration to use revenue from the planned revival of the city's speed and red light camera system for school crossing guards.
The City Council on Monday released a sharply critical assessment of Baltimore's once-lucrative speed camera system, faulting the program's enormous size and lack of oversight. "Don't build a program if you can't operate it. That message was sent loudly and clearly throughout our investigation," said City Councilman James B. Kraft.
Managers from Baltimore's former speed camera vendor Xerox State & Local Solutions defended their actions Wednesday before a City Council committee investigating what went wrong with the city's system, which has been shut down for more than a year after issuing erroneous tickets.
Lobbyist Sean Malone on Friday objected to a Baltimore inspector general's report that alleged a former top mayoral aide attempted to steer a lucrative speed camera contract to a firm represented by Malone.
Baltimore's Inspector General on Thursday accused Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's former chief of staff of using inappropriately attempting to steer a lucrative speed camera contract to one of three firms bidding for the deal.
Traffic camera giant Redflex has been lobbying the Rawlings-Blake administration and City Council to take over Baltimore's once-lucrative speed and red light camera network — stressing that it should not be judged by an unfolding scandal in Chicago in which a former top company official is charged with bribery.
The speed camera company blasted in Baltimore for issuing tickets to people who weren't speeding is now facing criticism in Howard County, where it submitted a year's worth of inaccurate data about the program there.
By now, you've probably heard about the so-called secret audit of Baltimore's speed camera program, which found error rates much higher than city officials had acknowledged. But that's only part of the story.
The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation Thursday that will provide new protections for motorists from erroneous tickets and other speed camera abuses, sending the bill to the governor for his expected signature.
A City Council committee investigating a confidential audit of Baltimore's speed camera program on Monday delivered a letter to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake seeking 31 batches of documents involving nearly all aspects of the once-lucrative program.
The Rawlings-Blake administration took a step Wednesday toward launching a new speed camera system as officials hired a consultant to assess up to 50 possible sites — over the objections of the City Council president who voted against the deal.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake offered a new reason Wednesday for why her administration never acted on the results of an audit that found a high error rate in tickets from Baltimore's speed camera system: The national engineering firm the city paid to do it was "not sufficiently qualified" to do a thorough report.