| Apr 8, 2013
| 5:40 PM
Developers converting older office buildings into apartments or building new complexes could get a significant tax break under a measure the Baltimore City Council approved Monday.
The legislation is aimed at addressing a glut of vacancies in office...
| Nov 11, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Baltimore's ethics director is in charge of advising elected officials and fielding constituent complaints about them. It's unclear, however, if anyone is overseeing him.
A seven-member oversight panel, the Board of Legislative Reference, is...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 4:30 PM
After less than a minute of discussion, the Baltimore City Council on Monday overwhelmingly confirmed Anthony W. Batts, the former police chief in Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., as Baltimore's newest police commissioner.
No one on the 14-member...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 3:52 PM
The pension system for most city workers has nearly $700 million in unfunded liabilities, according to an audit released Wednesday.
In contrast, the smaller system for elected officials — who contribute to their pensions — is in strong...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 3:15 PM
A City Council committee approved a bill Thursday that would allow companies such as Ticketmaster to continue to charge unlimited fees in selling tickets to events in Baltimore.
The council's finance committee voted 3-1 in favor of the bill, which would...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 6:48 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called Monday for "bold reforms" to fix a looming financial shortfall, including requiring more city workers to contribute to their retirement fund, charging residents for trash collection, asking firefighters to work longer...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 2:23 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley's Super Bowl tickets went to a pair of top aides and a city delegate, the administration said this week.
As governor, O'Malley has a state skybox at Ravens stadium, which allows him to purchase up to eight Super Bowl tickets,...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:04 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that charging residents for trash collection would actually help the city attract new residents because it could reduce its property tax rate.
Defending a hotly debated proposal in her State of the City...
| Jun 17, 2012
| 6:09 PM
Mingled throughout the thousands of visitors who flocked to the city this past weekend for the Star-Spangled Sailabration's ships, cannons and jet fly-bys was a small army of police officers and emergency responders.
Other local, state and federal law...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 3:39 PM
A City Council committee on Tuesday killed a bill to grant tax breaks to urban farmers after the mayor's office said it would set a bad precedent.
The opposition by the administration of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake outraged Councilwoman Mary Pat...
| Sep 3, 2011
| 9:09 AM
Some pressed against chain-link fences, straining for a better view of the hurtling cars. Others mingled in white tents, struggling to be heard over thundering engines. And an elderly woman perched on the edge of her car, craning for a better view of...