Politics & Business

Dorsey outlines transportation vision in newly released letter

Photo via MTA

Third District City Councilman Ryan Dorsey, chair of the council’s Transportation Committee, in a new letter laid out transit friendly goals that include reducing the number of solo car trips taken by citizens, improving the city’s bus network eliminating transit fees and tearing down parts of I-83 and U.S. 40.

Pugh charged with perjury for failure to disclose ‘Healthy Holly’ business as state senator

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh exits the United States District Court in Baltimore on Nov. 21, 2019, after pleading guilty to four counts — one each of conspiracy and fraud and two counts of tax evasion. (Ian Round/Capital News Service).

Former Mayor Catherine Pugh was charged with one count of perjury by the Office of the State Prosecutor today because she did not disclose her “Healthy Holly” children’s book business while serving as a state senator.

City Council creates Equity and Structure Committee

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The Baltimore City Council on Monday created a new committee to hold hearings on a series of charter amendments proposed in the wake of former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” scandal and implement the Equity Assessment Program unanimously passed by the council last year.

OIG report: DPW trash collection plagued by ‘financial waste and mismanagement’

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As citizens ponders if Department of Public Works crews respond to 311 requests in an equitable way, the Office of the Inspector General today casts DPW’s Bureau of Solid Waste as an agency beset by “financial waste and mismanagement” that hinders workers in two waste yards from doing their jobs.

Scott calls for hearing on 311 discrepancies following Baltimore Sun article

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Following a Baltimore Sun article showing calls to the city’s non-emergency help line are quickly answered in parts of town but met with inaction in others, City Council President Brandon Scott will introduce a resolution at tonight’s city council meeting calling for a hearing on disparities in city services.

Officials tout $4.6M in public safety grants coming to Baltimore area

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, center, speaks as, from left, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. John Sarbanes, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen look on. Image via Mayor Young’s Facebook page.

Local elected officials gathered today to tout a $4.6 million package of federal grant funding for public safety initiatives in Baltimore and Baltimore County, saying the money will help improve community policing, tackle problems like gun violence and the opioid epidemic, and create a more fair justice system.

Election Guide: a look at the race for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat

Image via Elijah Cummings’ website

By Nora Eckert
Capital News Service

Nearly two months after Rep. Elijah Cummings’ death, 32 candidates–including his widow, a former staffer and several state lawmakers–are competing in the packed race to fill his seat.

The longtime Baltimore congressman died Oct. 17 from “longstanding health conditions,” according to spokesperson. The 68-year-old Democrat left behind a legacy of fighting for civil rights, lowering prescription drug prices and most recently, serving as a powerful voice on the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Now, a pack of 24 Democrats and 8 Republicans are either challenging that legacy or dedicating their platforms to continuing it.

MD lawmakers expect education to dominate 2020 session

The dome of Maryland’s State House rises above buildings in Annapolis, Maryland, on Nov. 5, 2019. (Capital News Service photo by Elliott Davis.)

By Elliott Davis
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Reforming Maryland’s public education system. Building new schools. Addressing gun safety. Funding the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These are some of the issues that Maryland state lawmakers expect to dominate the 2020 General Assembly session.

When legislators return to Annapolis in early January, much will be different.

There will be new committee assignments. With multiple lawmakers having resigned during the fall, there will be new faces at the State House.

Former prosecutor to lead Baltimore County’s Office of Ethics and Accountability

The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski nominated Kelly Beckham Madigan to serve as the director for the newly created county Office of Ethics and Accountability on Thursday.

Established earlier this year, the office monitors other arms of county government to prevent fraud, abuse and wasteful spending. The office also functions independent of the county council and executive.

Dixon to make election announcement Saturday

Sheila Dixon in 2015. Image via Facebook.

Former Mayor Sheila Dixon plans to make an announcement this weekend concerning the mayoral race.

The announcement is scheduled to take place Saturday at a clothing drive in West Baltimore that includes coffee and cocoa. A flier posted to the former mayor’s Facebook page recommends attendees bring hats, gloves, scarves and socks to donate.