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BPD could move central district to former Baltimore Sun building by July, Young says

Before moving to Port Covington, the Baltimore Sun was headquartered at N. Calvert Street. That building will become the new home of the Baltimore Police Department’s central district. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The Baltimore Police Department’s central district is planning to move into the Baltimore Sun’s former building in downtown and could open there by July, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said today during a press conference inside the building.

Earlier today, the Board of Estimates approved a three-year lease to rent the nearly 122,000-square-foot property at 401/501 N. Calvert Street. Atapco Properties, the owner of the building, will charge between $1.7 million and $2.6 million per year for rent in addition to other charges.

City launches website with COVID-19 resources

Baltimore City has launched a new website at coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov where people can access COVID-19 resources. Screengrab from website.

As Baltimore City works to slow the spread of coronavirus, it is also trying to limit the spread of misinformation with a new website containing resources to help people navigate the pandemic.

The website, which can be accessed at coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov, includes information about food distribution sites, clinical guidance for healthcare providers, shareable infographics with information about the coronavirus, ways people can help others through volunteering and donating, and other resources.

City suspends parking enforcement, scales back in-person services, announces other changes amid pandemic

Photo by Jeff Kubina, via Flickr, CC-by-2.0.

Various Baltimore City agencies have adjusted their service hours and operations to encourage social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Monday afternoon.

The city has suspended parking enforcement, scaled back maintenance operations, postponed non-federally funded paving and sidewalk work, and announced other changes to regular services.

“We have taken these measures to protect the health and safety of our City employees and the residents of Baltimore City as we work to continue performing core, essential services,” Young said in a statement.

City releases map of food distribution sites accessible during coronavirus pandemic

A map shows more than 50 food distribution sites throughout Baltimore City. Map by Baltimore City.

Children, older adults and other food insecure families can now pick up meals at more than 50 designated meal sites throughout Baltimore City.

Baltimore City government has compiled a map of grab-and-go food sites located at recreation centers, schools and senior centers.

Young calls for creation of citizen commission to review proposed charter amendments

Members of the Baltimore City Council’s Equity and Structure Committee during their meeting Thursday, March 5, 2020, discuss a group of charter amendments, including a bill that would lower the number of votes the council needs to override a mayor’s veto, and eliminating altogether mayoral authority to veto line items during the annual budget process. Image courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Monday afternoon that he would be introducing emergency legislation at tonight’s council meeting, calling on City Council President Brandon Scott to create a commission of residents to review 13 charter amendments currently being considered by the council and its Equity and Structure Committee.

“When contemplating foundational changes to our structure of governance, we must make sure that the residents who’ll most be impacted have a true seat at the table,” Young said in a prepared statement, advocating for a Citizen Charter Amendments Review Commission.

The commission would have 15 citizens recommended by each member of the council, in addition to the deans of the local law schools. The resolution would require the commission to issue a report to the council on the 13 proposed charter amendments by June 1 — two months before the August deadline for placing a charter amendment on voters’ ballots.

Pilot program will allow commercial haulers to take trash to designated sites for free

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young details the expansion of the Small Haulers program to allow Baltimore City residents to haul their waste to waste collection facilities for free during a 90-day pilot program. Photo courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

Small commercial trash haulers will be able to register for a free 90-day permit to drop off their trash at waste collection sites as part of a pilot program aimed at reducing illegal dumping in Baltimore City.

The initiative is part of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign, which he launched in January to reduce “crime and grime” in Baltimore. 

“I’m very excited for this latest piece of the ‘Clean It Up!’ campaign because this is all about new and innovative ways to get residents to help make Baltimore cleaner and safer,” Young said in a press conference Wednesday.

Poll: Marylanders support school improvements, but don’t want to pay with increased taxes

William “Brit” Kirwan discussed school improvements on March 5, 2019, with Strong Schools Maryland representatives in Annapolis, Maryland. Charlie Youngmann / Capital News Service

The majority of Marylanders recognize the need for improvements to various aspects of the state’s public schools, including teacher salaries, facility repairs, vocational training and spending accountability. But most residents do not want taxes to increase in order to pay for state services, a recent Goucher College poll finds.

Baltimore begins countdown to College Signing Day

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, joined by city and school leaders, announces Baltimore’s 2020 College Signing Day during a press conference Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office.

There are just over two months left until Baltimore’s College Signing Day on May 1, and city leaders are encouraging high school seniors to start thinking about post-secondary education.

Tisha Edwards, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success, said in a press conference Wednesday with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young that students have to pursue career training or higher education beyond grade school to be part of today’s competitive workforce.

“We know that they have to go beyond high school in order to have a living wage and to be able to thrive in Baltimore,” Edwards said. “This is an opportunity to message that, reinforce that and help young people understand that high school is just the beginning.”

Hogan, Young, Democratic state legislators continue back-and-forth comments about violent crime in Baltimore

Gov. Larry Hogan announces the redesignation of the bills in his violent crime package as emergency legislation Thursday. Photo courtesy of Governor’s Office.

Frustrated with the lack of movement on proposals he submitted to combat violent crime in Baltimore, Gov. Larry Hogan redesignated the four bills as emergency legislation today, saying “there can be no more excuses or delays” for not taking action.

“We need to stop playing politics,” he said at a press conference today. “Pass these bills, get them to my desk so I can sign them and we can begin. Stop the killings and get these violent shooters and murderers off the streets and behind bars so that the people of Baltimore can take back their communities once and for all.”

Mayor builds on ‘Clean It Up!’ campaign with initiatives to enhance vacant lots, reduce illegal dumping

Baltimore City hopes to repurpose and beautify vacant lots like this one with the help of community organizations as part of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign. Photo via Green Network Plan/Baltimore City Department of Planning.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young rolled out the latest additions to his “Clean It Up!” campaign today, including initiatives aimed at repurposing and beautifying some of the city’s vacant lots and surveilling frequently used illegal dumping sites.

Young first launched the campaign last month, branding it an “all-hands-on-deck” effort to clean up “crime and grime” in Baltimore.