December 22, 2012
January 1. A dropped pass and a missed field goal keep Joe Flacco and the Ravens out of the Super Bowl. February 2. Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson becomes Mr. Super PAC by pumping millions into Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign. 3. Riots in Athens kick off a year of public unrest over the European debt crisis . March 4. Federal regulators approve Chicago-based Exelon's takeover of Constellation Energy , leaving Baltimore without a Fortune 500 headquarters.
November 24, 2012
With the less-than-stellar second running of the Baltimore Grand Prix this year, when is Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake going to permanently park the notion of moving forward with it? The numbers don't lie. Baltimore Racing Development, the event's original promoter, projected 58,000 hotel rooms would be booked. Oops, they were 21,000 shy of reaching that figure. The promoter also projected that $12 million would be spent on food. In fact, only $3 million, a quarter of that figure, was actually spent.
November 14, 2012
What a deal. Last week, the Baltimore Brew reported that the Rawlings-Blake administration agreed to recommend that $6 million in grants meant to mitigate the impact of traffic and other nuisances near Baltimore's planned casino site near I-295 should be used to reimburse the developer for infrastructure costs. According to a memo written by a policy advisor in the Mayor's Office of Government Relations and published in the Brew, a local development council, which the mayor has yet to appoint, is supposed to have advisory input on use of what are called "local impact grants.
October 14, 2012
For 25 years I called Baltimore City home, and for probably two-thirds of that time I could not have been prouder. I graduated from City College at a time when it was a wonderful school. But after returning to Baltimore at the end of 2000, I must say nothing could be more disappointing than the current city leadership, from a former mayor who conned the system and stole gift cards intended for needy children to a current mayor who cons the system and blames every mistake on others.
October 2, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake reversed direction Tuesday on a plan to close a West Baltimore fire company after months of protest from community members and fire unions. West Baltimore's Truck 10, which city officials had planned to close this month, will be kept open at least through June 30, administration officials said. They said funding would come from about $1.4 million in taxes, fees and lower-than-expected costs related to the Baltimore Grand Prix. Two other companies — East Baltimore's Truck 15 and Southeast Baltimore's Squad 11 — closed this year and will not be spared, officials said.
September 8, 2012
I woke up Labor Day morning after Baltimore's IndyCar race and opened the paper thinking I'd see great headlines and stories about what a fantastic party and sports spectacle we hosted, especially given there was so little time to properly prepare for it ("After Grand Prix of Baltimore, crews hustle to clear downtown streets," Sept. 3). Instead, what I read was negativity from the first paragraph: "A sloppy race full of fits and starts before a diminished crowd. " Well, if it was diminished, the people crammed into the stands around us didn't realize that - and these were people from around the country who came to Baltimore just to see this race.