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  • City to cut some irksome business fees

    City to cut some irksome business fees
    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...
  • Reining in the mayor's power

    Reining in the mayor's power
    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-...
  • City Council revives bills aimed at weakening mayor's power

    City Council revives bills aimed at weakening mayor's power
    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...
  • City Council reintroduces bill to ban plastic bags

    City Council reintroduces bill to ban plastic bags
    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-...
  • City didn't have enough staff to monitor speed cameras, officials testify

    City didn't have enough staff to monitor speed cameras, officials testify
    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,...
  • City bill aimed at spotting human trafficking victims

    City bill aimed at spotting human trafficking victims
    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...
  • Council passes body camera bill, plastic bag ban, but veto looms

    Council passes body camera bill, plastic bag ban, but veto looms
    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...
  • A clean slate

    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...
  • Xerox says city police share responsibility for speed camera errors

    Xerox says city police share responsibility for speed camera errors
    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...
  • After Hogan victory, local governments look to cut taxes and fees

    After Hogan victory, local governments look to cut taxes and fees
    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...
  • City Hall theater

    City Hall theater
    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....