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Scott to start livestreaming council meetings on Facebook for people who cannot attend amid coronavirus concerns

Photo via Councilman Brandon Scott/Facebook

Members of the public will now have greater digital access to City Council meetings and hearings on Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott’s official Facebook page ,rather than attending in person, amid concerns about the coronavirus.

Scott announced the expanded coverage Tuesday afternoon with the aim of continuing to make city government operations accessible and transparent in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Baltimore City Council asks Pugh to resign; mayor says she intends to return

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Two days after Mayor Catherine Pugh said she is planning a comeback even as her self-dealing children’s book scandal has ballooned, all members of the Baltimore City Council have called on her to resign.

City council passes bill altering fire code to address stalled bike lane, building projects

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The Baltimore City Council on Monday passed legislation changing the city’s fire code to substitute more flexible language governing street clearance for fire apparatus, a change Councilman Ryan Dorsey and others have said will speed up installation of cycling infrastructure and facilitate a handful of development projects.

The bill now sits on the desk of Mayor Catherine Pugh. James Bentley, a spokesman for the mayor’s office, said Tuesday afternoon that “she’s still reviewing the legislation,” and “her only stance is that she wants to ensure citizens are able to reside in those neighborhoods safely.”

Bill prohibiting expansion of oil terminals would make city safer, activists say

The Baltimore Belt Line, operated by CSX, carries crude oil and other freight through several commercial and residential neighborhoods. The playground and basketball courts at Margaret Brent Elementary-Middle School are directly above the tracks. Photo by Craig Bettenhausen.

The City Council is expected to pass a small change to the zoning code that activists hope will have a big impact on safety and the environment. The bill, #17-0150, would prevent the construction or expansion of crude oil terminals inside city limits, including in the Port of Baltimore, by making it a prohibited use in the zoning code.

City Council pushes General Assembly, Hogan to stick with State Center communities’ original terms

The State Center complex off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Photo via Google StreetView.

Baltimore’s City Council is pressuring state legislators and Gov. Larry Hogan to “protect the participation and planning process” for the nixed redevelopment proposal for the State Center government complex.

In op-ed, Wen touts legislation to restrict sugary drinks on kids’ menus


In an op-ed published in The Hill this morning, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen lauded a bill that would make healthy beverages like milk and water the default option on children’s menus instead of soda and sugary drinks.

City Council Votes to Back State Bill to Raise Minimum Wage

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The Baltimore City Council last night threw its support behind legislation in Annapolis that would bring the statewide minimum wage to the $15-an-hour mark by 2023.

Marylanders Made More than $42 Million by Hosting Airbnb Guests in 2017

A map of available rentals in Baltimore. Still via Airbnb.com

Airbnb’s popularity among Maryland homeowners only continued to grow last year, and data indicate Baltimore led the way.

City Council Unanimously Backs 50 Percent Renewable-Energy Plan for Md. by 2030


For what it’s worth, every one of Baltimore’s council members supports significantly boosting Maryland’s reliance on renewable energy in the next 13 years.

Greenlaurel: Baltimore To Consider ‘No Oil Bomb Train’ Legislation

The “no oil train” coalition protested during Artscape 2017 – a venue right in the potential oil blast zone.

A dedicated group of Baltimore’s faith leaders, communities and environmentalists have been working hard to put the kibosh on highly flammable “oil bomb trains” entering Baltimore City. The Baltimore City Council will soon consider a creative local zoning law designed to seriously limit dangerous oil trains’ terminal expansion. Here’s why you should care and also some simple actions you can take to make your voice heard.

Two Arrested After Scuffle, Shouting at City Hall During Hearing on Illegal Gun Possession Bill

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A testy City Council committee hearing today regarding a new gun-crime sentencing bill yielded some collateral damage, along with a watered-down version of the original proposal.

Greenlaurel: Why Baltimore City Council’s Unanimous Climate Resolution is Important

Councilman Zeke Cohen surrounded by youth and environmental leaders in support of the city’s climate resolution.

At first glance, the Paris Climate Agreement resolution that the Baltimore City Council passed this week may seem perfunctory. After all, cities from Pittsburgh to Paris have voiced their opposition to President Trump’s anti-climate decision and pledged to support the global agreement.

Saying “NO” to State Center is Saying “NO” to Baltimore


Our community could only watch as Governor Hogan slipped a last-minute agenda item into the final Board of Public Works’ meeting of 2016, pulling the plug on the State Center Redevelopment Project. With little explanation and no public comment, the State of Maryland flushed a project down the drain, taking a lot more down with it than most realize.