June 26, 2012
Comptroller Joan Pratt's concerns about MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake's handling of the purchase of a new IT phone system for local government highlight the questionable make-up of the Baltimore spending panel known as the Board of Estimates ("Nilson says city phone purchases were legal," June 23). The Baltimore City Charter establishes that the primary fiscal board of the city be composed of all three citywide elected officials, along with the director of public works and the city solicitor.
November 19, 2011
An Annapolis commission charged with examining ways to improve the city's governing structure has recommended several changes to the city charter, including making city elections nonpartisan and the creation of an audit committee, according to a draft of its proposals. The proposed changes, which the seven-member commission is set to formally present to the Annapolis city council next month, also include the creation of deputy department directors and a cash reserve fund. The council, which includes Mayor Joshua J. Cohen, has final authority on any changes.
November 1, 2011
Editor: When voting for the mayor on Nov. 8 please keep in mind that the city council and mayor changed the length of the term for two years to four years without having the people vote on it. This is shameful, especially given that nobody is running against the city council. The council and current mayor think that just because it's legal to change the city charter, they should do it. No, the people deserve to vote on such a big change. To send a message to the city, I'm voting for Patrick McGrady for mayor.
August 10, 2011
It took shipyard workers 38 months to build the Arthur W. Radford, but only four hours Wednesday for a marine salvage crew to send it to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. With little of the drama depicted in maritime disaster movies, the 563-foot former Navy destroyer settled low as seawater poured into its depths and then disappeared stern-first off the coast of Maryland to create the East Coast's largest artificial reef. The reef, called Del-Jersey-Land for the three states involved in the project, is roughly 28 miles northeast of Ocean City Inlet and about equidistant from Indian River Inlet andCape May. Tourism and natural resources officials for Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland believe the Radford will attract deep-sea fishing charters and divers eager to explore its nooks and crannies.
June 29, 2011
The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women named Jennifer Wheeler Teacher of the Year for 2010-11. She completed a second year on the faculty of the Baltimore public charter school onFranklin Street. She is the social studies/language arts team leader and a sixth-grade teacher. A 2001 alumna of Catonsville High School, Wheeler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Virginia. After participating in the Baltimore City Teaching Residency program, she received a master's degree in teaching fromJohns Hopkins University.
April 7, 2011
If some city residents have felt a little lost recently, wondering who represents them on the City Council, they were not alone. The Baltimore City Law Department has been befogged as well. Late in March, that office issued an opinion saying that the recently redrawn map defining City Council districts would go into effect April 1. This meant, in effect, that some 72,000 city residents who were represented by one council member on Thursday, March 31, were suddenly represented by another on Friday, April 1 — April Fool's Day. Change of representation happens in political life, but most of the time it is caused by an election.