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Why Not To Vote For Pugh or Rawlings-Blake

What the 25th Street Station Walmart Development Says About Baltimore’s Mayoral Candidates

Listed below are some facts…

  • February 2010, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is sworn in as mayor of Baltimore.
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a “proud supporter” (her own words) of the 25th Street Station Development
  • October 2010 -Jon M. Laria, a partner in Real Estate Department at the law firm Ballard Spahr, is appointed chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission by Governor Martin O’Malley.
  • Jon Laria is the lawyer for the 25th Street Station development team.
  • Well versed in Maryland stormwater regulations, Laria aides development team in getting a waiver from a 2007 Maryland stormwater law.
  • The stormwater waiver, granted by city officials under the leadership of Rawlings-Blake, will save the development team untold amounts of money by allowing them to skirt environmental design practices required by the 2007 law.
  • According to a recent Baltimore Brew article, nearly $5,000 has been given to Rawlings Blake campaign by Ballard Spar lawyers and their spouses.
  • In November 2010, Incumbent Governor Martin O’Malley is re-elected.
  • Largest contributor to the Martin O’Malley campaign in 2010 = Jon Laria
  • In May 2011, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appoints Peter O’Malley, brother of Gov. Martin O’Malley, as her chief of staff.

Catherne Pugh’s Involvement in the Project

  • In July 2010, Pugh sends letter of support to Councilwoman Belinda Conaway for the 25th Street Station.  Pugh explains how she met with the developers, she cites Walmart and states that the development would be a “win-win for all involved”.
  • Catherine Pugh did not attend community meetings or hearings regarding the project.
  • Like Rawlings-Blake, Pugh’s largest campaign contributors consist of developers.  They include investment firms, real estate developers, contractors and construction companies, a parking facility developer and the Head of Sales at the Baltimore Development Corporation, among others.

Vote to end corporate and developers stronghold of our city.

In one week, on September 13, 2011, vote for a change.

  • Baltidome Supports Otis Rolley for Mayor.
  • From the beginning of his campaign, Otis has focused on small business, the importance of architectural preservation and a holistic approach to governing a city that focuses on public health, parks and schools, and support for the independent entrepreneur.

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I just want the thing built, I live within walking distance of the site and I look forward to shopping there. I’m not really all that impressed with the mayoral candidates either. Right now it is anyone but Rawlings- Blake and I am not to fond of Rolley either.

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