| Jan 20, 2015
| 4:29 PM
Dave Stahl, the owner of Pete's Grille in Waverly, is fed up with the bewildering array of fees the city of Baltimore has charged his restaurant every year.
The city billed $393 for the three flower boxes. The outdoor lights cost $35. And the electric...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 9:00 AM
I fully agree with Baltimore City Councilman James Kraft that we need a partnership between the council and the mayor to move our city forward ("City Council revives bills aimed at weakening mayor's power," Jan. 16).
The bill that would require a two-...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 6:35 PM
Members of the Baltimore City Council are taking aim at the mayor's power.
Several council members are pushing legislation that would weaken the mayor. The moves come amid growing acrimony at City Hall after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed two...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 4:40 PM
The Baltimore City Council is once again trying to ban many stores from giving plastic bags to customers — only a month after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shot down its last attempt.
On Monday, Councilman Bill Henry reintroduced a bill Rawlings-...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Baltimore's once-extensive speed camera program failed in part because the city didn't have enough staff to monitor the rush of tickets generated, three officials testified before a City Council investigative committee Monday.
Deputy Mayor Khalil Zaied,...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Baltimore hotels would be required to train their staffs to recognize signs of forced prostitution under proposed legislation that also would prohibit rooms from being rented for less than half a day.
City Councilman James B. Kraft said the anti-human...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 6:51 PM
The City Council voted Monday to ban plastic grocery bags and require all of Baltimore's nearly 3,000 police officers to wear body cameras. But Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake promptly repeated her pledge to veto both bills.
"I can't sign legislation...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 11:56 AM
The unfortunate young girls and women who are forced to work as prostitutes by sex traffickers and criminal gangs are doubly victimized when, as inevitably happens, they end up in court. They have been cruelly exploited by the pimps and panderers who...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 7:15 PM
Managers from Baltimore's former speed camera vendor Xerox State & Local Solutions defended their actions Wednesday before a City Council committee investigating what went wrong with the city's system, which has been shut down for more than a year after...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 12:04 PM
In Anne Arundel County, the property tax is on the chopping block. In Howard and Harford counties, the stormwater management fee — derided as the "rain tax" — is being targeted.
Even in cash-strapped Baltimore — where a Republican...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 11:04 AM
No sooner had the Baltimore City Council taken a strong step in defiance of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's promised vetoes of two controversial bills Monday night than they announced their intentions to cave under the pressure and let her have her way....