City/county Digest


February 13, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Ex-safety chief Simms named partner in law firm

Stuart O. Simms, former secretary of the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, has been named a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy.

Simms headed the public safety and correctional department for five years, managing one of the state's largest agencies, with more than 12,000 employees and a $900 million budget.

He also headed the state's Department of Juvenile Justice for two years, served in an elected position as Baltimore state's attorney from 1987 to 1995, and earlier was a deputy city prosecutor and assistant U.S. attorney.

New police commissioner to discuss budget situation

The Police Department's new commissioner, Kevin P. Clark, is expected to face City Council scrutiny today when he presents a midyear budget report projecting an overtime-driven, $14 million cost overrun by year's end. The Budget and Appropriations Committee will spend two days reviewing the city's financial situation for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

Today's hearings, at City Hall's Curran Conference Room, focus on the spending plans of the police, fire, finance and parks and recreation departments. Tomorrow, public works and housing officials will present their projections.

Clark and his top budget official are to appear before the committee to detail projected $21.8 million in overtime costs that may force the department to end the year over budget. Overtime also is the culprit for the projected $2.25 million in Fire Department overspending that Chief William Goodwin Jr. is scheduled to address today.

Teachers union election was fair, federal judge rules

A federal judge ruled this week that May's Baltimore Teachers Union election should not be conducted again, despite a lawsuit brought by defeated BTU President Sharon Y. Blake, who said the election was unfair because thousands of teachers were prevented from voting.

Under Blake's leadership, the union tried to extend the voting period from one day to five days to give teachers more opportunity to vote, according to the October lawsuit. However, the current president, Marietta English, who beat Blake in the May election, and several other union members successfully challenged the plan to extend the voting period in U.S. District Court.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz said that union members were adequately notified of the date of the election.

Members sought for group to aid troubled girls

Several Baltimore women, who hope to form a group to help city girls better cope with a frequently hostile environment, are inviting other interested women to a meeting today.

Gail Cuffie, one of the founders, was motivated to start the group by the death of 15-year- old Ciara Jobes, whose emaciated and battered body was found in a Southeast Baltimore house in December. Jobes' legal guardian, Satrina Roberts, has been indicted on murder charges in the girl's death. Cuffie says the group plans to hold workshops for girls but said she hopes to receive ideas for other strategies to help the city's children.

The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Maryland Revitalization Center, 1201 Pratt St., Suite D. Information: 410-366-8020.

In Baltimore County

Elkin chosen to serve on Planning Board

REISTERSTOWN - Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz has appointed Alan M. Elkin as the 2nd District representative on the county Planning Board.

Elkin, a resident of Reisterstown, is a software engineer with Checkfree Corp. He also volunteers for community, school, religious and recreational activities. The 2nd District includes the communities of Pikesville, Ruxton, Owings Mills and Reisterstown.

The Planning Board, an advisory panel, reviews land-use and budgetary matters for the County Council.

Author, educator to speak at St. Paul's Schools

BROOKLANDVILLE - Author JoAnn Deak will speak to parents and teachers from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Ward Center for the Arts on the campus of the St. Paul's Schools.

Deak, author of Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, is also an educator and school psychologist. She will discuss challenges facing girls today and offer advice to parents and teachers.

Admission is free and open to the public. St. Paul's Schools are at 11152 Falls Road. Information: 410-823-6323, Ext. 1039.

Library offers workshop on black genealogy

WOODLAWN - The Woodlawn branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will hold a workshop on African-American genealogy at 7 p.m. today.

A presentation on how to research family history will be given by Eva Slezak, a librarian with Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

Information: the library at 410-887-1336 or visit the branch at 1811 Woodlawn Drive.

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