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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.