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Baltimore's need for more police officers, measured in square miles
"So I did some math, based on square miles of land and the FBI’s 2017 police employee data, and here’s what my ink-stained hands came up with: New York, praised for its reductions in crime over the last several years — with fewer total homicides than Baltimore in both 2017 and 2018 — has more than 36,000 officers for 302 square miles. That’s a stunning officer density of 120 per square mile.

The District of Columbia, with more than 3,800 officers, has 62 per square mile. Chicago has 54 per square mile, and Boston has 45 officers for each of that city’s 48 square miles.

Baltimore is running along at about 31 officers per square mile. This raw math explains, in part, why many people who live here, work here and own businesses do not feel as safe as they should. It explains why companies and institutions hire their own security, and why the city’s biggest employer wants to establish its own police force."
Baltimore  police  BaltimoreSun  DanRodricks  CatherinePugh 
january 2019 by cosmic
Maryland should expand natural gas - Baltimore Sun
Congratulations to The Sun’s editorial board for pioneering new frontiers in NIMBY-ism. Unsatisfied that Maryland has banned fracking in the state — along with the opportunity to create jobs and supply our own affordable, clean energy — The Sun now wants to curtail the transport and use of natural gas produced in other states (“Is $103 million expansion of gas service the best Md. can do?” Feb. 26).
baltimoresun  op-ed  naturalgas  expansion  nimby 
march 2018 by northernpass
Maryland should expand natural gas - Baltimore Sun
Congratulations to The Sun’s editorial board for pioneering new frontiers in NIMBY-ism. Unsatisfied that Maryland has banned fracking in the state — along with the opportunity to create jobs and supply our own affordable, clean energy — The Sun now wants to curtail the transport and use of natural gas produced in other states (“Is $103 million expansion of gas service the best Md. can do?” Feb. 26).
baltimoresun  op-ed  naturalgas  expansion 
march 2018 by eversourcenh
A career behind venue's curtains - tribunedigital-baltimoresun
[by Karen Nutkin, April 3, 2005]

"Jean Parker has been working at Merriweather Post Pavilion since 1977, when she started selling popcorn there a month before graduating from Mount Hebron High School. She's been there full time since 1983 and has been its general manager since 1987.

So she knows - probably better than anyone - just how important Merriweather is to the community.

'Merriweather attracted people to Columbia in its early years, and many migrated to raise their families in this ideal environment,' Parker said. 'The community grew up around the venue.'"
merriweatherpostpavilion  jeanparker  baltimoresun  2005  april 
april 2017 by civilityandtruth
Year dedicated to keeping an eye on the town [Baltimore Sun]
[December 28, 2003, page 1B]: "At 4 on a fall morning, Mary and Al Pivar were sitting in the eighth hour of a Howard County Zoning Board hearing, staving off sleep, determined to endure the final statements on a proposal to significantly develop downtown Columbia.

A few weeks earlier, the couple spent an entire weekend with the Columbia Association board of directors, watching its every move during a budget workshop. Al Pivar sat for so long that he got leg cramps.

With their never-ending energy, endurance and commitment to following issues pertinent to Columbia, the Pivars are among the town's most keen watchdogs - epitomizing the type of grass-roots spirit for which the planned community's early residents are known."
2003  december  marypivar  alpivar  baltimoresun  downtowncolumbia  howardcounty 
april 2017 by civilityandtruth
Robey names panel to study pavilion - tribunedigital-baltimoresun
Howard County Executive James N. Robey yesterday named the 15-member citizen advisory committee that will examine the possibility of the county buying Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The panel is composed of business and arts leaders, and its chairman will be Randall Griffin, president and chief operating officer of Corporate Office Properties Trust.
2004  merriweatherpostpavilion  baltimoresun 
february 2017 by civilityandtruth
The electors' duty - Baltimore Sun
It is with regard to this last requirement that legal and ethics scholars are sounding an alarm regarding Donald Trump. The Electoral College, as Hamilton put it, should prevent foreign nations from "…raising a creature of their own to the chief magistry" of the United States. Our country has never elected a president with a $300 million debt to the state-owned Bank of China, a $364 million debt to German's Deutsche Bank, and business deals in countries around the world where government help is often required.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Sunlight Foundation has expressed concern about Donald Trump's conflicts of interest, noting that since Election Day, he has "mixed the business interests of the Trump Organization with those of the American people" and that "the potential for the most corrupt administration in history is clear." In a Nov. 17 letter to Mr. Trump, the Sunlight Foundation and others, including the chief ethics lawyers for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, urged Mr. Trump to liquidate his assets through a "genuine blind" trust or by placing the proceeds in treasury bills or diversified mutual funds. The letter noted that while severing his relationship with his businesses might cause personal discomfort, "there is no acceptable alternative [and] failure to follow this course of action will create conflicts of interest of unprecedented magnitude."
sunlightquoted  clips  ethics  donaldtrump  2016  baltimoresun  transparency 
december 2016 by sunlightfoundation
Tweets from Rep. Donna Edwards often deleted - Baltimore Sun
But when it comes to Twitter, the Prince George's County Democrat is apparently all thumbs.

Edwards' office has deleted no fewer than 119 tweets since the end of January — about one every two days — according to an archive of deleted tweets from elected officials maintained by the Sunlight Foundation website Politwoops. The group declares on its website that it created the archive so the public can "explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn't see."

The rate of deletions from Edwards is several times higher than the site identifies for her delegation colleagues. Sen. Ben Cardin, whose office deleted the next-highest number of tweets among Maryland's congressional delegation, nixed 15. Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings' account took back 14. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's office thought better of nine.
clips  politwoops  2016  congress  baltimoresun 
september 2016 by sunlightfoundation
Want to follow the money behind political ads? Good luck finding it - Baltimore Sun
But "immediately" is a word that can be interpreted more than one way.

"That's definitely a loophole," said Jenn Topper, communications director for the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to make government and politics more accountable and transparent. "The FCC left it up to the broadcasters to determine what 'immediately' means. So, in some cases, you have people who are uploading them within 24 hours, some doing it at end of the week and some at the end of the month. [The stations] get to determine when they go online."

In Baltimore, the difference was dramatic.

WBAL, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate, interprets "immediately" as being within 24 hours. WBAL was consistently the first station to put ad-buy information online.

On the other hand, WBFF, the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate in Baltimore, was putting ad-buy information online a week after commercials had started to air in some cases. Several ads that started airing April 19, according to the sales orders, were not posted online until the afternoon of the election, April 26, after many people had already voted.
sunlightquoted  baltimoresun  clips  tv  jenntopper  ads 
may 2016 by sunlightfoundation
Ketley, Klein and Schwind elected in Columbia elections - tribunedigital-baltimoresun
May 1, 2014: One incumbent and two newcomers were elected to serve on the Columbia Council in contested races in the village dections held Saturday, April 26. 

Newcomer Jeanne Ketley narrowly unseated longtime Town Center representative Suzanne Waller by a vote of 141-75. In Hickory Ridge, where a quorum was reached for the first time in recent years, incumbent Gregg Schwind defeated challenger Harry Schwarz, 189-147.

Alan Klein will succeed long-serving Harper's Choice representative Cynthia Coyle, who did not seek re-election, after defeating newcomer Bob Fontaine by a vote of 196-179.
columbiaassociation  caboard  jeanneketley  suzannewaller  greggschwind  harryschwartz  cynthiacoyle  bobfontaine  alanklein  baltimoresun  2014 
january 2016 by civilityandtruth
CA board approves concept plan for Symphony Woods - Baltimore Sun
February 15, 2013: The Columbia Association board approved the adoption of the Inner Arbor plan as the new development plan for Symphony Woods Park with an 8-2 vote at its meeting on Thursday.

"The Columbia Association board has taken an important step in embracing a new vision for Symphony Woods and Downtown Columbia," Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said in a statement. "Working together, we can bring fresh vibrancy to Columbia and fulfill James Rouse's vision. This is a good day for this community's future."
columbiaassociation  innerarbor  symphonywoods  downtowncolumbia  baltimoresun  2013 
january 2016 by civilityandtruth
Oakland Mills' Hekimian won't seek re-election to CA - Baltimore Sun
March 13, 2014: The first two villages have submitted candidate filings for the Columbia Association elections on April 26, and at least one familiar name is not in the mix.

Alex Hekimian, a longtime CA board representative from Oakland Mills, will not seek re-election after serving six consecutive one-year terms.


Hekimian will pass the baton to Reginald Avery, the lone candidate to file in Oakland Mills for the position. Avery, who is elected by default for running unconstested, currently serves as the vice-chair of the Oakland Mills Village Board.
columbiaassociation  caboard  alexhekimian  regavery  suzannewaller  jeanneketley  baltimoresun  2014 
december 2015 by civilityandtruth
Columbia Association elections - Baltimore Sun
May 2, 2013: When the dust settled on the 2013 Columbia Association elections last weekend, the picture of the CA Board of Directors remained largely the same, with only three new representatives coming into the fold.

Of the three, two, Nancy McCord of Wilde Lake and Russ Swatek of Long Reach, were elected in the four contested races, while Brian Dunn ran unopposed in Kings Contrivance.
columbiaassociation  caboard  nancymccord  russswatek  briandunn  andystack  greggschwind  tomcoale  michaelcornell  claybornechavers  alexhekimian  cynthiacoyle  juliamccready  reginaclay  baltimoresun  innerarbor  symphonywoods  2013 
december 2015 by civilityandtruth
CA followed the rules in its Inner Arbor actions [Letter] - Baltimore Sun
July 7, 2014 (Alan Klein, Jeanne Ketley, Reg Avery, and Russ Swatek): We, the undersigned members of the Columbia Association Board, wish to correct three errors made by our colleague, Mr. Cornell, in his "Tyranny of minority , …" letter last week: ...
columbiaassociation  caboard  innerarbor  innerarbortrust  symphonywoods  downtowncolumbia  alanklein  jeanneketley  regavery  russswatek  michaelcornell  baltimoresun  2014 
december 2015 by civilityandtruth
Swatek defeats Coleman in Long Reach election - Baltimore Sun
Russ Swatek defeated Ed Coleman for the 10th and final seat on the Columbia Council this weekend, making Swatek the council representative for Long Reach for the next two years.

Swatek, who served on the board from 2009-11, was elected by a vote of 270-157. 


Swatek said his decision to run came after the board approved the Inner Arbor Plan for Symphony Woods Park, which proposes building an arts village with theaters and a CA headquarters on the eastern side of the park.
columbiaassociation  caboard  symphonywoods  innerarbor  russswatek  edcoleman  baltimoresun  2013 
december 2015 by civilityandtruth
Columbia Association Work Session focuses on ethics - Baltimore Sun
June 19, 2015: Conceptions of loyalty floated between Columbia Association board members as they discussed the organization's Code of Ethics Policy during the Board of Directors' Work Session Thursday night in Columbia.

The Columbia Association's Code of Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Policy became a highlighted discussion in February after an a board member filed a complaint against Alan Klein, who represents Harper's Choice, claiming he violated the policies through actions and comments about the Inner Arbor Plan. The CA Board endorsed the plan, which calls for a curated arts park to be built on 16 acres of Symphony Woods, which CA owns.
columbiaassociation  caboard  alanklein  andystack  nancymccord  greggschwind  jeanneketley  russswatek  symphonywoods  innerarbor  downtowncolumbia  baltimoresun  2015 
december 2015 by civilityandtruth
Inner Arbor receives markups from county - Baltimore Sun
July 7, 2014: The Inner Arbor Trust's plan for an arts park in Columbia's Symphony Woods has received a 19-page markup requesting a series of edits from Howard County's Department of Planning and Zoning, a step officials from both sides say is standard procedure for a project of this size and complexity.
innerarbor  innerarbortrust  merriweatherpark  symphonywoods  downtowncolumbia  howardcounty  planningandzoning  kimflowers  markthompson  michaelmccall  baltimoresun  2014 
december 2015 by civilityandtruth

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