Politics & Business

Councilman Henry picks back up on push to ban plastic bags in Baltimore City

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Photo by Jackie, via Flickr

Years after Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed legislation banning stores from handing out plastics bags in Baltimore City, Councilman Bill Henry is giving it another go.

Manager at DOT was driving for rideshare service while on the clock, inspector general says

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Photo by Christopher Sessums, via Flickr

For the third time in four months, a city Department of Transportation employee has been investigated for unethical behavior while on the job. The latest case involves a now-former manager who investigators say was pulling double duty as a driver for a rideshare service and falsifying hours on his timesheet.

Black Baltimoreans are particularly hurt by soaring city water rates, report finds

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Council President Brandon Scott speaks at a press conference announcing results from a new report on water affordability outside City Hall. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Research has shown Baltimore residents are struggling to afford a nine-year, 127 percent (and counting) increase in water bill rates, with one 2017 report by an economist predicting more than half the city would have unaffordable water bills by this year, if we’re going by a generally accepted standard for affordability.

But a new study, released today by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense Fund, indicates it’s getting especially dire for black households in the city.

Feds give $1.6 million for Hoen Lithograph building renovation

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The outside of the Hoen building in Collington Square in April 2018. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

The nearly $30 million conversion of East Baltimore’s abandoned A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph building is getting some federal support, with a $1.6 million grant announced today to help outfit the historic former printing plant with infrastructure needed for its rebirth.

What We Make Now: Pure Chocolate by Jinji

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Welcome to the photo series What We Make Now. If you live in Baltimore, you may hear people on social media say “Baltimore used to make things” or “The city doesn’t make things any more.”

This series was created to show that nothing could be further from the truth. Baltimore’s traditional industries–iron working, steel fabrication, candy-making, silversmithing, brewing, distilling, textiles–are all still here and, in some cases, thriving. In this series, I’ll be looking at the modern-day factories and industrial spaces in the city where things are still made, with some guidance from the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Look for a new gallery twice a month until Labor Day.

OIG nabs two work-dodging DOT employees

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Image via Facebook.

Two Department of Transportation employees were fired after the Office of the Inspector General found they spent a good chunk of the workday chilling at home.

Horseshoe sees another revenue slide in the month of May

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Photo via Horseshoe Casino/Facebook

Though 2019 started out on a good note, Horseshoe Casino once again saw its year-over-year revenue slide, according to new figures released by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming agency.

In May, the city’s lone casino brought in $20,559,140, a decrease of roughly $3.5 million (or 14.6 percent) from May 2018. While January and March had slight increases in gambling revenue, February, April and May all saw declines.

With Harborplace’s future uncertain, mayor suggests it be ‘torn down and redone’

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Photo by NCinDC, via Flickr

After years of delayed and unfinished renovations at Harborplace, an exodus of vendors and, as of this week, the shopping plaza being placed into receivership, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young says he would rather see the whole thing razed and replaced than continue to flounder.

“I would like to see it really torn down and redone,” Young said at his weekly press briefing this morning. “That would be my preference. But you know, it all costs money.”

Scott, Costello demand crime plan from Harrison in five days

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Ahead of a June 7 hearing to discuss the Baltimore Police Department’s budget, City Council President Brandon Scott and 11th District Councilman Eric Costello have asked Police Commissioner Michael Harrison to come prepared with a crime plan.

Citing an increase in homicides and non-fatal shootings, Scott, chair of the Public Safety Committee, and Costello, chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, said police need to come up with a crime-reduction strategy that dovetails with other violence-reduction efforts.

Young restores independence of Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement

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State Sen. Jill Carter (D-41st District) speaks at a press conference at City Hall. Photo via Baltimore Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement.

Baltimore’s civil rights office, including its Civilian Review Board that handles complaints of police misconduct, will once again be its own independent agency “effective immediately,” Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young ordered today.

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