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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has proposed selling four city-owned parking garages in order to fund the construction of new recreation centers in the city. Like most proposals coming out of City Hall, this is a decent idea on the front end, and stupid one on the back end.
As you know, we at Red Maryland have long been fans of privatizing government-owned services, since private operators can run the same facilities with lowers costs and overhead, and can competitively price the same services against the existing private-sector market. The same can be said of these parking garages.
The story notes the return that the Mayor expects the city can get on divesting itself from these parking garages, and there are immediate benefits....even if City Council President Jack Young doesn't get it:
Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said he has concerns about the administration's proposal to raise up to $60 million for recreation centers by selling four of the city's 17 parking garages. Young noted the four garages are money-makers — bringing in $400,000 annually — and questioned whether it's wise to forgo future revenue for a quick cash infusion.
"I would like the city not to sell them, but lease them, and not just give away the cash cow," Young said. "I want to make sure that we're getting our best bang for our buck."If you do some quick math, you will note that if the Administration can sell the garages for top dollar i.e. $60 million, that it would take 150 years for the city to make the same amount of money (not counting for inflation) in parking revenue as it would for the immediate divestiture of these assets. And that's not even counting future increases in the costs of maintenance, salary increases, new physical plant, etc.
Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents Northeast Baltimore, said he will not vote for legislation enabling the garages to be sold unless he receives assurances that future projects will include neighborhoods with the most children. Two such neighborhoods — Cedonia-Frankford and Belair-Edison — are in Scott's district.
"It's a great win for young people," Scott said of the plan to sell the garages. "But the only way that I will support this is if it's done the right way. We should not be doing things haphazardly. We should be building and renovating centers where the kids are."
Councilman Nick Mosby is lobbying for the city to build a "premier" recreation center in West Baltimore, which he represents. He said he wants the city to consider crime and poverty when selecting where to place new project.
"It's important to look at: Where are the challenges in our community? Where is the blight?" Mosby said. "It's not like we have these opportunities often."
One of the things that happens with a change of administrations in the executive branch of any government is that key personnel who are up for reappointment are not reappointed. That's the case in Annapolis, where Mayor Mike Pantelides promised that he would not reappoint Carl Snowden to the Annapolis Housing Authority. And he didn't. Which is when the Housing Authority decided that they would go into business for themsleves:
The Annapolis housing authority created a new position for Carl O. Snowden, whom the city's mayor decided not to reappoint to the authority's board.
Snowden's five-year term as chairman of the board of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis is due to expire at the end of July. Mayor Mike Pantelides declined to reappoint Snowden.
The housing authority board voted on Monday night to create a new position called "chairman emeritus" and appointed Snowden to the position.
Snowden announced his new position later Monday at the Annapolis City Council meeting, after lambasting the mayor.
Snowden claimed Pantelides reneged on a promise to not criticize one another publicly. The mayor's announcement earlier this month that he would not reappoint Snowden came while Snowden was out of town.
"Mr. Mayor, you cannot select our leaders," Snowden said. "You cannot tell us who we should be supporting and who speaks for us. When you attempt to do that, you display an insensitivity to the African-American community." Snowden is black; Pantelides is white.
The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) was founded in 1937 to provide affordable housing in the City of Annapolis for families who lacked the means to purchase or rent housing at market prices. HACA's mission is to achieve excellence by providing housing, and self-sufficiency opportunities, and by promoting customer satisfaction to enhance the quality of life for low, very-low, and moderate-income residents.
HACA is an independent agency chartered by the state of Maryland, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the direction of a Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Annapolis.
Once again, it looks like the problem of the Vichy Republicans has reared its head up in Frederick County, in two different major races:
By all appearances, goodwill was in the air at a Saturday unity rally that included Jan Gardner, David Gray and Mark Sweadner.
More than 200 people gathered in front of Winchester Hall to thank Republicans Gray and Sweadner for their campaigns for county executive, Gardner said. The rally also gave Gray and Sweadner, who were defeated in the GOP primary, a chance to underscore their support for Gardner, the Democratic candidate for county executive....
...A defeated Republican county executive candidate has announced his support for Dan Rupli, a Democratic contender for the Maryland Senate.
Mark Sweadner, who lost the GOP nomination to Young, said he has long admired Rupli.
"Dan is a person that represents all classes of citizens, and I hope you will consider voting for him to become our State Senator in District 4," Sweadner said in a statement.
Rupli, who is going up against Hough, said he appreciates the endorsement, especially since his campaign focuses on bringing together people of different political viewpoints.
Rupli also noted that he has gotten an endorsement from Gray, another Republican executive candidate knocked out in the primary.This of course is not the first time that a defeated Republican candidate has switched sides up in Frederick County. In 2010 Liberal Republican Charles Jenkins took his ball and endorsed the Democrat after his primary election defeat to Michael Hough, and Jenkins was at the vanguard of party switching endorsements for 2014 when he declared Jan Gardner as shoo-in to be County Executive last December.
The rights of middle-class families are evaporating in the face of exploding wealth and income inequity between the upper 1 percent and everyone else and fast-growing corporate political power. The release of vast amounts of unaccounted money by corporations and billionaires into our elections is threatening democracy itself by turning leadership selection into a bidding process. I completely reject the idea that “corporations are people” or that “money is speech.”This is not the kind of idea that actual Republicans buy into....
Posted by Greg Kline at 7/28/2014 06:48:00 PM
Six months ago we warned you about the theocratic, reactionary views of Institute on the Constitution founder Michael Anthony Peroutka and his spokesman John Lofton.
At the time he was considering and Maryland Republican officials were talking to Peroutka about running for Attorney General. Now Peroutka is the Republican nominee for the Anne Arundel County Council in District 5, and the Anthony Brown campaign, for lack of any real arguments, is trying to make Peroutka an issue in the gubernatorial race. Larry Hogan did the right thing and quickly disavowed Peroutka. The Brown campaign deceitfully used the word "disassociate," which connotes a previous association where none existed.
Unfortunately, some passive aggressive pundits, with a bowl of sour grapes from the primary still sitting on their table, are buying the bag of magic beans hawked by the IOTC and embracing Peroutka to take a swipe at Hogan. They are either ignorant of the full measure of Peroutka's views or deliberately omitting it.
Peroutka states he holds a traditional "American View" of government "that there is a God, the God of the Bible, and that our Rights come from Him, and that the purpose of civil government is to secure our rights." Fine nothing wrong with that. It's somewhat straight out of the Declaration of Independence where Jefferson laid out the natural law theory of rights where we are all "endowed by our Creator" with inalienable rights life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and that governments are instituted among men to secure those rights.
HOWEVER, an analysis of Peroutka's "American View" cannot end there, because there is much more to the story.
From our original warning:
Here is video of Peroutka speaking at the League of the South’s annual convention, thanking its president Michael Hill and board members for his appointment/election and pledging the resources of the IOTC and the Peroutka family to the League of the South.
We have a basic Constitution course, now again I don’t disagree with Dr. Hill at all, that this regime is beyond reform. I think that’s an obvious fact and I agree with him. However, I do agree that when you secede, or however the destruction and the rubble of this regime takes place and how it plays out, you’re going to need to take a biblical worldview and apply it to civil law and government. That’s what you’re still going to need to do. Whether we’re going to have to have this foundational information in the hearts and minds of the people, or else liberty won’t survive the secession either. You see what I’m saying? So this view, I saying that because I don’t want the League of the South, for one minute to think that I am about reforming the current regime, and that studying the Constitution is about reforming the regime. I like many of you, and like Patrick Henry, probably have come to the conclusion that we smelled a rat, smelled a rat from the beginning. However, we believe that it is essential to take a biblical view of law and government and then make those applications so we publish actually three courses of instruction.
Sounds like Peroutka is four square behind secession. Smelled a rat? Like Patrick Henry? Is Peroutka interested in upholding our current constitutional order, or does he as the League of the South does, want a new order based on his biblical beliefs?
Posted by Vatz at 7/25/2014 02:13:00 PM