SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, AND SPEAK NO EVIL!!! Semper Fidelis.
This will be one of my Baltimore City Board of Estimates blogs and as always it is disgusting. I want to highlight two things this week as simply the worst of the worst.
$908,666.67 allowed for funding what is called the interim of September 14, 2012-2013 where the city pays a private company to manage waste-water from Sparrow's Mill Steel mill (now closed). $80,000 per month is paid by taxpayers for this company to accept, manage, and discharge the steel mill's effluent water processed through the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant. The mill is in bankruptcy and was allowed to somehow fail to pay for city water to the tune of millions of dollars. Now we are finding that the City has been paying for the neutralization of contaminated water from the steel-making process.
I am a novice with the information so I am speaking off the cuff, but I do not see how this can be interpreted any other way. The public was paying to clean contaminated water for industry. This is just like an manufacturing company who closes down and leaves all of the toxic waste for the taxpayers to clean. That is also an issue with the mill.....contaminated soils and wetlands around the plant for which no money was set aside in the bankruptcy. The executives all received bonuses which some are saying came from the worker's pensions and the courts ruled that OK.
So, it looks to me that taxpayers pay a minimum of $1 million and it is no doubt more, to maximize profits for this company and we are going to do it even after bankruptcy. It is the city who will be looking as to how to get rid of effluent left behind as the mill closed. I AM NOT GOING TO GO INTO THE SPECIFICS OF THE FACT THAT THE MILL WAS OPENED AS A PAY-TO-PLAY THAT MOVED WATERFRONT PROPERTY INTO THE HANDS OF AN INVESTMENT FIRM FROM CHICAGO (THINK OBAMA) WITH A DEAL THAT INCLUDED ALL KINDS OF TAX BREAKS AND NO REQUIREMENT TO UPGRADE THE MILL SO AS TO MAKE IT COMPETITIVE, BECAUSE THE POINT WAS, ALL ALONG, NOT TO KEEP IT OPEN. THIS IS AN O'MALLEY PAY-TO-PLAY THAT MADE THE INVESTORS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS AND MAYBE BILLIONS IF THE LAND CLEANS UP ENOUGH TO DEVELOP IT.
As always with corporate pols.....the public pays the costs of operations and infrastructure and the corporation gets the profit.
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!!
The company below was awarded the bid for the same phone system setup that sent the Comptroller to court over what is basically bid-rigging. A New Jersey company having all of the requirements needed for this job and that bid 1/2 of what these companies below did lost the award to a technicality...they forgot a form that stated a requirement. It was clear the same information was sworn to at other points in the bid process so the issue wasn't the requirement, it was a form. The bid difference is about $160,000. IT WAS CLEAR THE BID SHOULD HAVE GONE TO THE LOWER BIDDER, BUT EXCUSES WERE USED TO MAKE SURE THE COMPANIES BELOW GOT THE BID FOR ALMOST TWICE THE AMOUNT.
We had to listen to the Mayor's lawyer, Nilson, tell us 'we must follow rules.....and he forgot the form'. Now, this is the same lawyer who listens to Joliet, the minority contractor lawyer lambast the Board for failing over and again to follow the rules......they are always finding exceptions. THE INCONSISTENCY AND ARBITRARINESS MAKES A CITIZEN SICK. So, this was not a case of minority contractor getting work, it was not about the best value for the people, it is about who gets the work. Make no mistake......these companies below will subcontract to subcontractors so labor and local business are not the issues either.
IF YOU LOOK AT THIS BID AND YOU CONSIDER THE ONE BELOW THAT WITH THE COMPTROLLER PRATT VoIP BID WE ARE LOSING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ......AND IT HAPPENS OVER AND OVER.
WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT THE RULES MUST BE FOLLOWED AND WHEN IT IS NOT CONVENIENT THE RULES MAY BE TWEAKED. SOUND THE SAME AS HOW RULE OF LAW IS NOW APPLIED? YOU BETCHA!!!
Experienced management driven by new technology iCore, like many technology companies, was driven by a brainstorm: VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology could be used to give small and medium sized companies the same voice and data communications capabilities enjoyed by large organizations at a fraction of the cost. The second part of the brainstorm: developing a business-class, secure, hosted network that could free businesses from making large capital expenditures.
As veterans of Cable and Wireless, Allnet and Teleglobe Business Solutions, iCore’s upper management faced only one obstacle: although VoIP technology was proven, no one had ever used it in a secure, redundant, business-class setting.
Founded in 2001, iCore spent three years developing and perfecting the technology, transforming VoIP into VoPI (Voice over Private Internet). Signing up its first customer in 2004, iCore now services 65,000 business customers, with double- or triple-digit growth every year. iCore reviews all client feedback and uses this information to improve their product/feature set.
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- Use a single industry leader, Cisco, for the technology
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Corporate Headquarters BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc.
113 West Monument Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Regional Offices BITHGROUP Technologies maintains its corporate headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. Our expanded facility will provide more office & laboratory space, and will house both BITHGROUP Technologies and Entreteach Learning Systems, LLC. To provide market penetration, BITHGROUP Technologies also maintains office locations in these locations:
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Huntsville, Alabama • Plainfield, New Jersey • Columbia, Maryland • Baltimore, Maryland (UMB Biotech Park)
IN THE CASE BELOW YOU SEE A SIMILAR PROBLEM WITH THE SAME VoIP SYSTEM AND IN BOTH CASES IT INVOLVES LOTS OF MONEY LOST TO CITY TAXPAYERS BECAUSE THE BOARD OF ESTIMATES GOES WITH THE BID THAT IS MUCH MORE FOR NO REASON THAT WOULD INVALIDATE THE LOW BIDDER. IN THIS CASE IT IS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE MAYOR WHO MAKES THIS CONNECTION WITH THE ROCKVILLE CONTRACTOR THE MAYOR INSISTS ON USING. MEANWHILE, THE CONTRACTOR MAKING THE LOW BID AND THAT SHOULD BE WINNING THE AWARD IS TOLD BY THE MAYOR TO TAKE A HIKE.
I CANNOT SAY THIS IS A PAY-TO-PLAY, BUT IT SEEMS A CONNECTED COMPANY IS GETTING GOVERNMENT WORK FOR MORE THAN IS NECESSARY.
Baltimore Comptroller Sues City Over Phone System
October 13, 2012 11:03 AM WJZ/CBS
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore comptroller is suing the administration of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to block its office of information technology from installing a new phone system.
Comptroller Joan M. Pratt says the selection of the new system subverted the competitive bidding process in “illegal” fashion and that the contract should have been awarded to the lowest bidder.
The suit, filed Friday in Baltimore City Circuit Court, is the latest salvo in an ongoing dispute about the Voice over Internet Protocol phone system.
Ryan O’Doherty, a spokesman for Rawlings-Blake, tells The Baltimore Sun that he hasn’t seen the suit but called the case a waste of taxpayer dollars and ill-advised. He says the mayor’s administration had been trying to arrange a solution with the comptroller’s office.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
IF THERE IS ONE PERSON THAT SYMBOLIZES ALL THAT IS FRAUDULENT AND CORRUPT IN BALTIMORE IT IS ROBERT CURRAN. MAKE NO MISTAKE, HE IS IN GOOD COMPANY, BUT THIS MAN HAS A LOOK IN HIS EYE THAT SAYS 'DARTH VADER HAS NOTHING ON ME'! WHAT AN EVIL-LOOKING GUY. HE IS AN EXAMPLE OF POLITICAL FAMILIES IN BALTIMORE AS IS RAWLINGS-BLAKE. BELOW YOU WILL SEE HE CHAIRS AND IS APART OF ALL THE COMMITTEES ABOUT WHICH I SPEAK EACH DAY. HEALTH, LABOR, AND EDUCATION ALL UNDER SIEGE AND ALL CORRUPT. IF LOOKS COULD KILL, I WOULD BE 6 FEET UNDER AS I SHOUT OUT ABOUT THE JOB HE ISN'T DOING!!!!
District 3: Robert Curran 410-396-4812
Room 553, City Hall
Committees: Chair, Health; Chair, Labor; Judiciary and Legislative Investigations; Education.
Councilman Curran, a son of the late City Councilman J. Joseph Curran and Catherine Mary Curran, was born July 17, 1950. He is a graduate of Loyola High School and attended Mount Saint Mary's College and the Community College of Baltimore. He is a brother of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and former Councilman, the late Martin E. "Mike" Curran. His sister, the late Sister Margaret Curran, was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame community.
Councilman Curran was first elected to office as a member of the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee in 1982 and is currently vice chair of the Baltimore Democratic Party. He also serves on the executive committee of the Maryland Democratic Party.
Councilman Curran was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1995. He is a member of the Original Northwood Community Association and the Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. Currently, he is on leave from his position as foreman with the Domino Sugar Corporation in South Baltimore and is a former member of Local 692 of the Retail Clerks International. Councilman Curran is married to Janice Vetter.
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NAACP'S Kim Truehart is a regular in City Hall and she works hard in getting her voice out......and you have to work hard. She is the one who shouts about failed attention to public interest in these bids. She would have been shouting today if she wasn't being hauled out by police!!!!
Activist arrested at City Hall Police say frequent critic of Baltimore mayor behaved 'disorderly'
Kim Trueheart arrest (Handout photo by Mike McGuire / January 23, 2013)
By Luke Broadwater The Baltimore Sun 12:39 p.m. EST, January 23, 2013
A frequent critic of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration was arrested Wednesday when she tried to enter Baltimore's City Hall.
Kim A. Trueheart, 55, of Baltimore, was arrested Wednesday morning as she tried to attend the city's 9 a.m. Board of Estimates meeting. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said he had few details about the arrest, but said Trueheart was being "disorderly."
"City Hall is a public building, but we have an obligation to make sure that citizens that come to conduct business don't pose any type of threat and they're also respectful," Guglielmi said. "There's a certain decorum that's expected at City Hall."
It was not immediately clear what charges Trueheart was facing, or where she was taken after the arrest.
Fellow citizen activist Mike McGuire, 40, of Baltimore, said he witnessed the arrest. He said the officers told Trueheart she was banned from City Hall for 30 days because of an incident that occurred last week.
He said officers told Trueheart, "You know you can't be here," and Trueheart responded, "Why can't I be here? What law have I broken?"
McGuire said officers were forcing Trueheart from the building when they arrested her.
Last week, Rawlings-Blake abruptly ended a news conference when Trueheart began to interrupt the mayor's responses to reporters' questions.
As a police officer stood between Trueheart and the mayor, Trueheart began to question the officer in a loud voice.
"Why are you pushing me?" she asked. "Why are you pushing me? I think police harassment is going on right here. I’m not sure why you’re pushing me. You need to move away from me. You need to stop pushing me."
Trueheart then began to question Rawlings-Blake about Comptroller Joan Pratt's allegations that the city is wasting millions of dollars on a problematic upgrade of its aging, expensive phone system.
"Why are you wasting $400,000 a month?" Trueheart asked. "$400,000 a month is being wasted. Are you going to do something about it?"
Rawlings-Blake then ended the press conference, and later answered reporters' questions upstairs behind a locked door.
Guglielmi said security asked Trueheart to leave City Hall after that incident.
"Officers last week has asked her to leave the building," he said. "Today, she came back to City Hall and became disorderly again. She was asked to leave numerous times. Officers placed her under arrest for her disorderly behavior."
After last week's encounter, Trueheart wrote a message on Twitter, saying she had been ejected from the building.
"Guess who got themself BANNED from City Hall today? #NoTransparency #NoIntegrity," she wrote.