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Mayor Rawlings-Blake Just Doesn’t Care
September 12, 2011, 10:04 pm
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Mayor Rawlings-Blake Just Doesn’t Care

From the Baltidome inbox:

Two weeks ago, I sent Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake a letter, asking that she add provisions to the city’s agreement with Baltimore Racing Development which would hold them fiscally accountable for the planting and maintenance of 139 trees.

What did I hear back from her office? Nothing.

We took the time to work with attorneys to fix the toothless agreement which the city had drafted – to add performance bonds which would ensure that BRD would fulfill its obligations.

But we heard nothing about whether the City would be following our recommendations – even though we drafted them in conjunction with the City’s Office of Sustainability, which is also concerned with BRD financial’s health and their ability to perform.

This Mayor sees everything politically. Can’t communicate with a constituent – it might get used against us. Can’t negotiate a contract that protects Baltimore taxpayers – a fatcat crony might get hurt.

Enough. I’m voting for Otis Rolley tomorrow; and you should consider voting for him too. But mostly, I’d ask you vote AGAINST Mayor Rawlings-Blake. She’s an anachronism, and she’s showing again and again that she’s just not interested in open government, or the environment.

A car race, in the 21st century? Cutting down trees so folks can see a bunch of cars? Insanity. The Grand Prix brought some flash to Baltimore, but at what cost? Wouldn’t it be better if we could come up with ideas together? Talk things through? Collaborate?

But Stephanie Rawlings-Blake just doesn’t want your input.

Please share with others tomorrow by forwarding this email, and via Facebook and Twitter. Vote AGAINST the Mayor. We need new leadership that listens. I’ll be updating you more on this after the election. In the meantime, I wanted everyone to know what I’ve learned, which is that the current administration cares more about itself than it does about you.

Sincerely,

David and Jennifer Troy
Trees Before Prix
Baltimore, Maryland



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.



Busting Out Of The Baltimore Mayoral Gate: Otis Rolley

Busting Out Of The Mayoral Race Gate: Otis Rolley

This fall, Baltimorians will once again have a say in who runs their city.  With the beginning of 2011 comes a flurry of activity as runners announce their candidacy and an alignment of camps begins.  Busting from the gate is Otis Rolley, former Director of Planning for the City of Baltimore and creator of the city’s first Comprehensive Master Plan in 39 years.

In November 2010, Otis Rolley received national attention for his speech on urban renewal at TEDxMidAtlantic conference in Washington D.C. where he garnered much praise for a thought-provoking presentation. Not long thereafter, Rolley announced his bid for mayor of Baltimore and, riding a wave of popularity into the new year, Rolley has quickly been thrust into the spotlight as a formidable contender.

On January 1st, notable Tech Entrepreneur Dave Troy provided a written endorsement for Rolley titled A New Leader For Baltimore where he discusses Baltimore’s past political climate and states “Enough. It’s time to move forward again.”

Dave Troy (excerpts):

In 2010 we saw some new trends: long-term incumbents who fit the old standard – of merely not being demonstrably corrupt or incompetent – were booted out. And not because of typical anti-incumbent anger, but because people saw something else: that maybe we could demand better.

I support Otis Rolley in his candidacy for Mayor of Baltimore in 2011. At 36, Otis is part of the new guard.

Baltimore is Otis’ first priority. He has no aspirations for higher office. He wants to work for Baltimore and for all of you. In 2011, we have the wind at our backs – cities are on the upswing, and the Internet is connecting us in unprecedented ways. It’s time to take back our cities and make them the vital, beautiful, functional, and inclusive places we all know they can be. Otis Rolley can help us do that. This is Baltimore’s moment; let’s seize it together.

On Friday, Rolley spoke on Go Green Radio about creating a sustainable Baltimore.  He explained how populations are shifting to urban areas and these areas need to be as sustainable as possible.  When asked about what makes a “sustainable city”, Rolley spoke about a holistic approach that focuses on public health, parks and schools, a city’s walkability, access to quality foods and architectural preservation.  “The greenest buildings are the oldest buildings” Rolley points out and explains the importance of reinvesting in Baltimore’s structures, to which he adds, are “some of the best in the country”.

In regards to a green Baltimore and its relationship to the business community, Rolley calls attention to his endorsement from Troy and explains how Baltimore offers a wealth of opportunities for green tech companies.  Rolley notes our close proximity to other cities and the rich pool of talent offered at Baltimore’s many colleges and universities.

Rolley also explained how, if he is elected mayor, there will be a shifting of priorities from chasing after Fortune 500 companies to “recognizing the strength and long term sustainability” of small and start-up businesses in Baltimore.  He cites Under Armour as an example. “We didn’t recruit them from somewhere else”, Rolley reminded the listening audience and described quality jobs created from such businesses.

To learn more about Baltimore mayoral candidate Otis Rolley, CLICK HERE.

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