Smaller Baltimore council sought

Group submits petitions for 14 1-member districts

May 22, 2002|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF

A coalition of unions and community organizations delivered a ribbon-wrapped stack of petitions to Mayor Martin O'Malley's office yesterday in a bid to change the way Baltimore is governed.

The group presented 10,600 signatures supporting a plan to cut the City Council by four members and create 14 single-member districts. They hope to put the issue on the ballot in November.

The coalition filed the signatures one day before a City Council committee was scheduled to meet on two other plans for shrinking the 19-member council - one by four members, the other by two. The committee does not plan to take up the coalition's proposal.

The coalition behind the petition drive is Community and Labor United for Baltimore. In addition to Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, the group includes members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the City Union of Baltimore, the Baltimore Green Party and the League of Women Voters.

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