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Council President Scott to hold COVID-19 telephone town hall Thursday afternoon

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Photo via Councilman Brandon Scott/Facebook

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott will hold a telephone town hall meeting Thursday afternoon about the coronavirus pandemic with former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein.

People can call into the town hall starting at 6:15 p.m. by dialing (855) 756-7520 and entering the pin 57975#.

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

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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.

City officials react to Pugh’s 3-year sentence for ‘Healthy Holly’ scheme

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Former Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses the media in front of the U.S. District Court in Baltimore where she was sentenced to three years in federal prison, plus more than $1 million in penalties, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Capital News Service Photo by Ryan E. Little.)

Former Mayor Catherine Pugh was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison, followed by three years of probation, for her fraud scheme involving her “Healthy Holly” children’s book series.

The judge also ordered Pugh to pay $411,948 in restitution and to forfeit $669,688 including property on Ellamont Road in Baltimore and $17,800 from the Committee to Re-elect Catherine Pugh.

Baltimore City officials reacted with sadness and a push to do better following the sentencing.

Community groups raise concerns over 79-space parking lot proposed for Druid Hill Park

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An aerial rendering of the planned renovations to the Druid Hill Aquatic Center. Image courtesy of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

A plan to update the swimming pool at Druid Hill Park is drawing community support, but some residents are questioning the need for a 79-space parking lot.

The Druid Hill Aquatic Center is slated to undergo renovations to its main pools and mechanical systems and add a new bathhouse and kiddie splash pool. But the project would also add dozens parking spaces around the tennis courts across East Drive from the aquatic center, leaving several community groups concerned about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists amidst increased vehicle traffic.

Q&A: Gubernatorial candidate Jim Shea on boosting transportation accessibility, teaming up with Brandon Scott, and more

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Photo via Jim Shea for Maryland

At 65 and standing well under six feet tall, Jim Shea says he often tells people that when he started as a managing partner of Venable LLP, “I was 6’8″ and had a full head of hair, and 22 years later, I don’t.”

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

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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.

Councilman Scott, Sen. Ferguson Blocked from Hogan’s Meeting on Baltimore Crime

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Councilman Brandon Scott left) and Sen. Bill Ferguson wait outside in the rain. Photo via Sen. Bill Ferguson/Twitter.

Gov. Larry Hogan called a meeting in the city today about what can be done to address Baltimore’s ballooning violent crime problem. Unfortunately, he appears to have excluded two prominent local elected officials, both of whom have major stakes in addressing the issue.

City Council Moves to Destroy All Four of Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments

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Monuments to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson (left) and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney. Photos by C. Ryan Patterson of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Baltimore’s statues honoring the legacies of bygone Confederate soldiers and leaders must go, city lawmakers decided Monday evening.

Councilman Scott Proposes Creating ‘Citizens Advisory Commission’ to Guide Police

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A proposal floated in City Hall on Monday night would take Baltimore’s push for citizen involvement in police reform a step further by creating a 20-member “citizens advisory commission.”

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