Scrutiny Required for County Attorney Nominee

By David Plymyer. The appointment of James R. Benjamin, Jr. by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski to be the new County Attorney is subject to confirmation by an affirmative vote of at least four of the seven members of the County Council. If fewer than four members vote in favor of confirmation the appointment is rejected. The council has scheduled a public hearing on the … Continue reading Scrutiny Required for County Attorney Nominee

Home Act Hearing Reveals Landlords Already Discriminating

By Forward Baltimore Editors. Our post from Corey Johns listed and debunked some of the myths that abound about the Home Act. At the Baltimore County Council work session this past Tuesday, we noticed an error in some testimony that we thought required addressing, as well. It was stated that landlords would have to install ramps for tenants if this bill passes, which would put … Continue reading Home Act Hearing Reveals Landlords Already Discriminating

Letter to Kach: Please Support Home Act

Dear Councilman Kach- I write as a relatively new member of your district because I understand from the Baltimore Sun that you will vote against the HOME Act. I am not aware of your specific reasons for voting against the bill despite trying to find something on your website.  If you have issued a statement that explains with specificity your position please send it to me so … Continue reading Letter to Kach: Please Support Home Act

Objections to Home Act Based on Myths

By Corey Johns. On October 7, 2019 the Housing Opportunity Made Equal (HOME) Act was introduced to the council council. The purpose of this bill is to prohibit housing discrimination based on source of income, such as alimony, child support, Social Security, disability benefits, inheritance, a pension, or, Housing Choice Vouchers. A housing voucher is a source of supplemental income that helps low income residents … Continue reading Objections to Home Act Based on Myths

County Activists Starting Early in Pennsylvania for the 2020 Elections

By Tom Glancy. There is growing evidence that the 2020 presidential election will be decided in Pennsylvania.  That presents a unique opportunity for Marylanders to help move our neighbor to the north into the Democratic column next year, thereby bringing an end to the Trump presidency. The 2016 election is particularly instructive as to the importance of Pennsylvania to our electoral politics.  When most polls … Continue reading County Activists Starting Early in Pennsylvania for the 2020 Elections

Catonsville Live Music Bill is on the Right Track

By David A. Plymyer. Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk has proposed a change to county zoning law to allow live musical entertainment in restaurants, bars and other venues located in areas designated as the “commercial cores” of Catonsville and Arbutus. His bill, Bill 44-19, is a good example of how zoning law is best used when it builds upon existing resources in communities to strengthen … Continue reading Catonsville Live Music Bill is on the Right Track

Towson Plagued with Uninspiring Development

By Corey Johns. Future tenants for the Towson Station development have been announced, and they make up a less than inspiring group of businesses. Last year MOD Pizza, Mission BBQ, Nail Trix, and Men’s Warehouse were announced as tenants for the new site. Recently added to the list are a Chase Bank, The Habit Burger Grill, European Wax, and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. To recap, of … Continue reading Towson Plagued with Uninspiring Development

Chairman Quirk is Missing the Point about Sage Policy Group

By Peta Richkus. This article is a response to the August 7, 2019 Letter to the Editor written by Tom Quirk, Chair of the Baltimore County Council. Since my testimony before the Baltimore County Council during their June 25, 2019 Work Session prompted Council deliberation about the proposed Sage Policy Group contract referred to by Council Chairman Quirk (“Some Baltimore County Council members are questioning … Continue reading Chairman Quirk is Missing the Point about Sage Policy Group

Shelter Reform Comes to Baltimore County

by Ron Lambert. This post, the third of a series, follows “Inside the Baltimore County Shelter.” I became a cat volunteer at Baltimore County Animal Services in May, 2013. Volunteers helped clean cat cages and dog kennels, petted cats, walked dogs, and transported animals to Rescue groups. In the summer of 2013, BCAS started a pilot off-site adoption program, run by volunteers. We pitched in … Continue reading Shelter Reform Comes to Baltimore County

Residents Have a Right to Know What’s in County Legislation—BEFORE the Vote

By Liz Brown. Early this month, I was compelled to speak (my first time doing so!) after a Baltimore County Council legislative session—not about legislation that was pending, but about legislation passed last month: Bill 16-19, which dealt with the issue of so-called “impact fees” for developers. Like many, many people in the County, I was and am very much in favor of impact fees. … Continue reading Residents Have a Right to Know What’s in County Legislation—BEFORE the Vote