NOW WE HAVE A MUNICIPAL DEBT FRAUD.
If your region is having the same level of political schemes as Maryland and Baltimore you will see public assets being mortgaged to the max and taxpayers used for corporate welfare doubling-down on corporate profit. IT'S ALL FOR JOB CREATION YOU KNOW!
Below you see a West Coast public transportation dilemma. BART is a public private partnership with VEOLA transportation corporation just as Maryland and Baltimore has with this same company. Maryland has taken this step with O'Malley at the helm and it is the recipient of much of the state's Transportation Trust as we buy all the capital investments and they get the profit. Also, VEOLA is used to bust public unions and their wages and benefits. When a neo-liberal like O'Malley pretends to be protecting unions by not ending collective bargaining, he is at the same time privatizing all that is public and booting public sector employees as he does. Baltimore is a private contractor mess after his terms as mayor. It is incredible the damage he did. What is happening is that with public private partnerships comes all kinds of fraud and corruption....labor laws are ignored, and there is no oversight of operations. TONS OF TAXPAYER MONEY IS LOST AND EMPLOYEES ARE THROWN UNDER THE BUS AS WAGES AND BENEFITS DECLINE.
THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND NEO-LIBERALS.....WHETHER IN MARYLAND, NEW YORK, OR MARYLAND ARE HANDING PUBLIC ASSETS TO CORPORATE GAIN AS FAST AS THEY CAN.
BART's Lead Negotiator Has a History of Illegal Behavior
The transit agency has sought to portray its workers as being unreasonable, but it hired a private negotiator that has a record of violating federal labor law. By
Darwin BondGraham East Bay Express
- BART may be headed for another strike.
It is unclear why the BART board decided in April to hire Hock as lead negotiator and pay him $300,000. BART board members declined to comment about Hock's contract. The agency's agreement with Hock, who is a lawyer for Veolia Transportation, calls for him to "implement the labor relations strategy for 2013 collective bargaining with ATU [Amalgamated Transit Union] and SEIU [Service Employees International Union]." Under the agreement, Hock has substantial authority in the current negotiations, and is outranked only by BART General Manager Grace Crunican.
Members of both SEIU and ATU say that Hock's true labor relations strategy for BART is to bust its unions and make permanent the pay and benefits rollbacks that workers have endured in recent years. They believe Hock was brought in not to negotiate, but to create a crisis. "This is not about negotiating tough. This is about trying to bust the union," said Chris Finn, a BART train operator and the recording secretary of ATU 1555.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said she's not privy to the BART board's deliberations regarding the details of labor negotiations, including the board's reasons for hiring Hock in particular, as those sessions are closed to all except the board and its lawyers. "We've used an outside consultant as our lead negotiator in every single negotiation in our history," Trost said. "It's standard practice in the industry to use an outside expert to help navigate the negotiations process."
Trost also said that Hock's negotiations record includes only two strikes in the last five years. "He's negotiated more than four hundred contracts in his career," she said. "That is a tremendous record. You're always going to have something that goes awry, but he's well respected in the industry."
However, recent events in Arizona support some of the unions' claims that Hock's true goal may be to force a crisis at BART. Last year, transit workers in Phoenix and Tempe staged a six-day strike against Veolia Transportation. Arizona's cities have privatized their bus operations, and Veolia holds the contracts. Hock led his company's campaign against its workers. It was a bruising fight that required the intervention of federal authorities.
In hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Veolia was found to have engaged in "regressive, bad-faith, and surface bargaining," and numerous other unfair labor practices prior to the Phoenix bus strike. Hock was in charge at the time.
The general counsel for the NLRB listed the numerous allegations of abuses committed by Veolia in a lengthy letter to NLRB board members. Veolia was accused of violating federal labor laws by "failing to provide information requested by the Union." Unions routinely ask employers for information during contract talks — requests that are normally complied with. The allegation that Veolia withheld information crucial to collective bargaining in Arizona in 2011 and 2012 is echoed by union lawyers here as well.
In a lawsuit filed by SEIU and ATU on June 24 in Alameda County Superior Court, the unions alleged that BART has engaged in concerted illegal practices to obstruct progress in the negotiations. SEIU and ATU's lawsuit states that BART refused, delayed, or ignored ten different requests made by the union in October 2012 for information necessary for bargaining.
ATU and SEIU's lawsuit against BART also alleges that BART management sought to "delay bargaining from the outset and create a false sense of crisis." Lawyers for the unions added that, in communications with BART management back in April, when workers were ready to bargain, BART "revealed that Hock was not yet available to begin bargaining, leading ATU and SEIU to believe that BART had been delaying bargaining because of Hock's unavailability."
In Arizona, federal authorities also accused Veolia of "refusing to meet with the Union for purposes of negotiating a successor collective-bargaining agreement, engaging in regressive bargaining, and bargaining with no intent of reaching an agreement," among many other practices that are illegal under the National Labor Relations Act.
The NLRB found merit to this extensive list of charges against Veolia during the Arizona bus strike. Veolia signed a settlement agreement with authorities promising to cease all of these illegal activities. The company, however, ignored its obligations under the settlement and continued to carry out the alleged illegal conduct, according to records filed with the NLRB.
The NLRB's general counsel warned Veolia in several letters, one of which was sent to Veolia's lawyers. "The investigation of the recently filed charges, as well as the investigation into your client's compliance with the Agreement shows that your client has not complied with all terms of the Agreement," wrote Mary Davidson, an NLRB field attorney. "[Y]our client is in non-compliance with the Agreement. Such non-compliance triggers the default language set forth in the Agreement."
Only by threatening Veolia with a federally mandated default settlement did the company back down and agree to a deal with its employees that ended the strike.
Hock was quoted in the local media during the Phoenix and Tempe bus strikes, claiming that the unions caused thousands of commuters to wait countless hours on the curb. Part of Hock's strategy during the Phoenix bus strike was to cast the bus drivers as greedy and out of touch with the public. Hock and Veolia pointed out that "drivers in the Phoenix area are the highest paid in the Valley, earning an average of $22 per hour," according to a report in The Arizona Republic.
"Tom Hock was the cause of the strike here in Phoenix and Tempe," Bob Bean, president of the ATU in Arizona, told me. "Hock's not a negotiator. All he knows how to say is 'no.' He does not try and solve any issues."
Bean believes Hock was aiming all along to break the ATU in Arizona, not to find any common ground with the workers. "Hock was trying to take away all our benefits and everything we earned over 38 years of negotiations," said Bean. "If Hock can bust a union, he will."
Federal labor records and press reports from previous years suggest that Hock has devised similar brass-knuckle strategies across the nation. For example, in 1997 unionized paratransit bus drivers in Los Angeles filed complaints against First Transit Inc., alleging that the company had refused to bargain and bargained in bad faith, and that the company's management had coerced employees, spied on them, and illegally terminated 30 employees, costing them approximately $930,000 in lost wages. Hock was First Transit's chief negotiator at the time. The NLRB ultimately ruled in favor of the employees and their union, forcing payment of the back wages, but only after a decade of battle.
Last year in Connecticut, Veolia attempted to use a technicality to disqualify employees from joining a union by reclassifying their jobs as supervisory positions. The NLRB rejected this tactic and allowed for a union election to proceed.
In Las Vegas last year, bus drivers accused Veolia again of retaliation and firings of union employees, and of refusing to furnish the existing union, ATU Local 1637, with information necessary to conduct negotiations. Again, federal authorities intervened. The NLRB sided with ATU, ordering Veolia to "cease and desist from refusing to bargain collectively." The board also ordered Veolia to stop "interfering with, restraining or coercing its employees in the exercise of their right to self-organization."
"Hock shops himself around the American Public Transportation Association conferences and Veolia gets a cut of whatever he's making as an advisor to different transit agencies during their contract negotiations," said Bean. Last year, Hock attended the Transit CEO's Seminar hosted by the American Public Transportation Association in Orlando, Florida as a speaker. BART General Manager Crunican and other public transit executives were also on hand.
Veolia is a transnational corporation headquartered in France. Its North American subsidiary, Veolia Environment, of which transportation is a segment, specializes in operating utilities and transit systems for cities. Hock's role within Veolia is to advise both private and public transit operators on labor issues. He became a vice president of Veolia in 2008 when Veolia purchased his Cincinnati-based company, Professional Transit Management. At the time, Hock's company ran the transit systems of fifteen different cities. Records show that employees of Professional Transit Management have filed 51 complaints against the company before the NLRB since 2001, alleging that Hock's firm refused to bargain, bargained in bad faith, spied on employees, made coercive statements, and illegally fired or punished employees for engaging in union activities.
Hock is not the only Veolia asset tapped by BART. Both AC Transit and BART contract with Veolia to operate the East Bay Paratransit bus system. That contract is worth $232 million. BART pays $133 million of that.
"Every action that BART takes confirms to us that they have no interest in resolving this fairly or quickly," said SEIU 1021's executive director Pete Castelli during a press conference last Thursday. "It's clear that their only agenda is to reach a point to impose the contract on the workers and to weaken the union."
Arizona bus drivers' union leader Bean said, "Hock is doing the same thing out there in California he did here. He's got a track record."
If you are not familiar with Baltimore it is where there is literally a War on the Poor complete with prison to jail pipeline and police killing citizens for no reason. IT IS REALLY SCARY STUFF. The working class has it as bad and the middle-class is getting squeezed each day. Everyday we are told the government coffers are empty and more cuts to public services and programs must happen and later that same day we listen as government watchdogs find millions and billions of dollars in fraud. Often it is the city government itself sending inflated tax bills, speed camera tickets gone wild, and utility bills gone wild as guesses on water consumption are wrong by thousands of dollars. Meanwhile we have media showing Ralwings-Blake walking troubled neighborhoods as though she cared. It is third world in Baltimore!
Politicians are trying hard to hide the civil war created by third world poverty in the city. With over 50% unemployment now for city residents, community assets like recreation centers and child/family welfare centers closing, and unemployment already too low in Maryland ending.....the City of Baltimore is more like Cambodia than anywhere in the US. So, with public policy a shambles, people are killing one another to survive, stealing any way and anything they can to make money. Again, it is the middle/working class that is victimized by this deliberate starving of the under-class. This is what third world looks like......the top feeds on the middle class through fraud and corruption and the bottom feeds on the middle-class through crime and violence. NONE OF IT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH DEMOCRACY, RULE OF LAW, OR DEVELOPED NATION STATUS.
Last year we were told that corporations downtown owed millions of dollars on water bills....they simply aren't paying. An almost $100 million tax break for Exelon, a billion dollar business.....they threaten City Hall if they block the tax credit.
A year out, no revisions to errant city property tax bills State told city last year of mistakes costing city over $1.5 million
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun 8:14 p.m. EDT, July 12, 2013
More than a year ago, Maryland's assessments agency acknowledged making chronic miscalculations on certain tax breaks for big commercial properties in Baltimore — errors that cost the city more than $1.5 million in potential taxes.
On July 6, 2012, a state official emailed the city information necessary to revise tax bills for several properties, which the state concluded had received unduly steep discounts following historic rehabilitations.
A year later, the city Finance Department says it has not issued any revised bills to correct the errors. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office offered no explanation of how it planned to address the issue.
City Councilman Carl Stokes, who chairs the council's taxation committee, said he can't understand the silence and evident inaction from City Hall: "It's frustrating to the council members that we can't get these things resolved in a manner that will allow taxpayers to get the full benefit of what should rightfully be in our coffers."
Stokes added: "Let's go get our money."
A Baltimore Sun analysis uncovered the errors in spring 2012, and the state Department of Assessments and Taxation subsequently confirmed the mistakes. In some cases, historic rehab credits were not reduced over time as required; in others, the wrong values were used. In some cases both errors were made.
Two downtown apartment buildings, the Atrium and the Munsey, were underbilled by more than $500,000 each, The Sun found, and several other commercial properties got windfalls as high as six figures. Year after year, the city failed to catch the errors, which began in 2004.
Last fall, Deputy Finance Director Henry J. Raymond told The Sun the city wasn't ready to act.
"We are in our continuous audit process," he said, "and will not take any action until all accounts can be reviewed and we can approach these errors with a standardized procedure and communication."
Rawlings-Blake spokesman Ryan O'Doherty has said he is waiting for the Finance Department to provide more information about the matter.
O'Malley is building the New Economy of filling the universities and workplace with international immigrants while the domestic residents are impoverished, unemployed, and working for slave wages. The New Economy has the dynamic of a country like Syria/Libya where are small group of families have great wealth..then a small Administration class has a middle-class wealth and that is mostly foreign workers who are brought to the country because they have no citizenship rights and their loyalty will be to those paying them and not to the domestic society that is being decimmated with poverty and unemployment. That is what we see happening all across America but more so in Maryland as wealth inequity and cost of living pushes the middle/working class out.
This is what neo-liberals from Clinton to Obama have been working as global corporations take over running the country and maximizing profit rules the day. O'Malley/MD democrats are neo-liberals working for this goal.
If you go to BWI you will see a huge wing for International flights that sits empty most of the time. This expansion happened several years ago costing hundreds of millions. All of this is taxpayer revenue paid by the residents getting soaked and told to move to the mid-west if you can't afford it. As important, none of this money is coming from the corporations for whom these foreign tourists are being drawn.
State officials push for $125 million BWI expansion project Expanded international service, passenger comfort is goal of 3-year plan
1/41 By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun 8:51 p.m. EDT, July 12, 2013
The O'Malley administration is launching a three-year, $125 million construction project that will set the table for more international flights from BWI Marshall Airport.
The plans appear to dovetail with the likely move of the airport's largest carrier, Southwest Airlines, into overseas markets and the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to build a new tower there.
The project would modernize Concourse D — home to United, Delta, Jet Blue and US Airways — and create a secure connection to the international gates on Concourse E at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The new configuration would allow two Concourse D gates to be used for overseas flights.
The preliminary schedule calls for the design to be ready by fall 2014 and construction to be completed in fall 2016.
BWI will ask the Board of Public Works on July 24 to approve money to hire a designer and construction management company to draft blueprints.
"This development plan will support hundreds of jobs for Marylanders and increase travel, trade and business development in our state," Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement. "Together, we are expanding opportunities for growth at BWI Marshall as a convenient, efficient airport for travelers throughout the region."
The project will be paid for with $100 million from BWI's passenger facility charges collected on each airline ticket and $25 million from the state's Transportation Infrastructure and Investment Act of 2013.
The airport's executive director, Paul Wiedefeld, who flew to Dallas on Thursday to brief Southwest officials on the proposal, characterized their response as "very pleased."
Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said the airline supports BWI's vision.
"This is clearly building the house that is the next chapter in our relationship," Hawkins said. "BWI is clearly hedging on low fares, high customer service and low fees on international routes, and that's what Southwest is all about."
While Hawkins acknowledged Southwest's international interest, the airline has not laid out specific plans. Southwest has told the airport it intends to start flying international routes perhaps as early as 2015, Wiedefeld said.
BWI's proposal comes as the region's busiest airport puts the finishing touches on a $100 million terminal expansion for domestic flights, continues a $356 million runway rehabilitation program and begins planning with the FAA for a new 228-foot air traffic control tower.
The FAA wants to replace the three-decade-old existing tower over Concourse C with a taller tower able to observe the entire airport. A new tower, at a cost of at least $26 million, could be integrated into another construction project at the airport.
Last year, BWI handled 22.7 million passengers, making it the nation's 22nd-busiest airport. Its aggressive expansion program, which included a daily parking garage and off-site rental car facility, is tied to the continuing growth of Southwest, the nation's No. 3 airline and responsible for 70 percent of BWI's commercial traffic.
Southwest signaled its intent to enter the global market when it purchased AirTran for $1.4 billion in 2010 and gained that airline's routes to the Caribbean and Latin America. It has upgraded its ticketing system and begun purchasing longer-range jets.
BWI has struggled to retain international flights over the past two decades as the airport lost much of its business to Dulles, outside Washington, and to Philadelphia International Airport. In the late 1990s, then-USAir stopped service from BWI to South America and the Caribbean. Icelandic Airlines left in 1999. In 2004, Aer Lingus ended service to Ireland that began in 2000. Mexicana pulled out in 2007 after two years. Icelandair ended 17 years of flights from BWI to Reykjavik in 2007.
But international traffic is on the rise at BWI, with passenger counts up nearly 21 percent in 2012 over the prior year.
Today, BWI's Concourse E is served by the military's Air Mobility Command, British Airways, Condor, Air Canada and charters. With Southwest poised to enter the international market, Wiedefeld said, it was clear that something had to change.
"During peak periods — 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — we use all six gates," he said. "We continue to talk to other carriers, but we can't pursue other opportunities. I don't want to be sitting here without any gates to offer them, and you don't build these things overnight."
But the expansion plan is more than a ticket to an increase in international flights.
Residents of Baltimore leave the house each morning coming through the front door with their hands up....you may think we are being robbed by the people impoverished by Baltimore's public policy but actually it is in anticipation of outright government theft of our money,......taxation at an all time high on the middle/lower class as all corporate and wealth tax disappears.....it is the private contractors who now lie, cheat, and steal opening knowing the big corporations are doing it with no consequence. Maryland has no Rule of Law and no public justice and the citizens are lifted of their wealth on a daily basis. Baltimore is KABUL.
The Maryland Attorney General has suspended Rule of Law. The only time the Justice Department gets involved in crime is after hundreds and sometimes thousands of people become victims and have the tenacity to make an official complaint. Even then, if all the stars are aligned, the thousands of victims shouting loudly and all evidence presented..the victims may get enough from a settlement to buy dinner.
We are thankful in this case the BBB actually worked to make this public as they themselves were caught rating businesses for honesty by how much these companies paid the BBB to list them as such. This was a national, systemic fraud happening throughout the last decade.
The important thing to take from this is that the American people have no Public Justice protection from corporate crime. The US Justice Department has suspended Rule of Law and so has the state and local justice offices. So, we are forced to walk out our doors with our hands over our heads ready to hand over our wallets. Or we can simply stop electing these corporate pols!
BBB warns against Baltimore job referral business
1/65 Eileen Ambrose 11:17 a.m. EDT, July 11, 2013 Baltimore Sun
The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland is warning consumers against Work Info Center that promises to connect contractors and other workers with commercial and residential job contracts.
The BBB said this “alleged business” charges $100 for referrals, but never delivers any. And though Work Info Center says it is located on Lexington Street in Downtown Baltimore, the BBB says the company doesn’t appear to exist in that location and its phone is disconnected.
The BBB has received nearly 800 inquries about the business, including this one from a contractor:
"Work Info Center called our business stating that they had a lot of work with various banks for foreclosures. They requested a $100 fee for a background check and once we were approved they would start sending me jobs...I have received three emails from them for residential work. I sent emails to the person in charge of these jobs and got mail failure. I have left messages and sent emails with no response."
Efforts to reach Work Info were unsuccessful.
We watch TV news and see Maryland's Governor O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake denying that having the city subsidize hotels against any financial losses just as the economy was to crash in 2006 was not a bad idea (the Charm City Knitting Club members knew it was a bad idea). Taxpayers at the city and state level are losing billions of dollars in revenue in these tax subsidies and public private partnerships and this is why Baltimore has the crime, violence, and drug problems it has had for decades.....A COMPLETELY CRONY AND CORRUPT SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS.
YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH PUBLIC REVENUE IS LOST IN MARYLAND AND ESPECIALLY BALTIMORE FROM THESE PUBLIC POLICIES THAT ARE ONLY FOUND IN KABUL AFGHANISTAN.
Harbor Point financing has backers – and critics Development set for large parcel on Baltimore waterfront
A rendering of Exelon Corp.'s regional headquarters at Harbor Point in Baltimore. (Rendering by Elkus Manfredi Arthitects / January 10, 2013)
By Scott Calvert and Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun 1:34 p.m. EDT, July 13, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city has nothing to lose and much to gain by borrowing $107 million to pay for new roads, parks and other infrastructure at Harbor Point, a now-empty tract envisioned as a glittering mini-city on Baltimore's waterfront.
Under the city's plan, the money would be repaid from property taxes generated at the site, with the developer responsible for any shortfall. And if the $1 billion project takes off — as a place for thousands to live, work and shop — the city eventually expects to take in an average of $20 million a year in new taxes, even after paying off the bonds and for services such as fire and police.
But some question whether the taxpayer help is needed, especially with Harbor Point already in line for $113 million in tax breaks. The state's former planning director, meanwhile, says the potential impact is much larger than many realize, because tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue would be diverted to pay bond interest.
In addition, projections hailed by the mayor are based on assumptions that might or might not pan out. For example, because a long-range analysis of city revenue is based on an outdated tax rate, estimates are several million dollars too high. And the forecast does not account for the economic hit to the central business district, which is set to lose a major employer to Harbor Point.
This week the spotlight will be back on Harbor Point, as a City Council committee holds a hearing to review the plan to sell bonds to pay for the infrastructure. It's a high-stakes debate over the future of the city's largest open swath of waterfront property — and on what role city incentives should play in fostering development.
The committee's chairman, Carl Stokes, has doubts about the financing plan. He wonders whether it would be better for the city to pay directly for less expensive infrastructure without tying up tax dollars for decades.
Stokes said he's not concerned that the city could wind up having to pay back the bonds if the developer were to run out of cash. If all else fails, he thinks the investors or lenders would step in to avoid losing control of the project.
But he takes issue with a key finding of an analysis done for the city. The report said the $107 million in city borrowing is critical because it would boost the profit for Harbor Point's developer from 10.7 percent to 14 percent, attracting institutional investors and large lenders to finance the deal.
"That's not the taxpayers' role, to increase profits to the developer," Stokes said. He also has criticized Harbor Point's planned use of $88 million in enterprise zone tax credits — a program designed to lift economically depressed areas.
Wednesday's hearing is the newest chapter in the debate over the 27-acre peninsula, which was once the site of an Allied Signal chromium plant and is largely capped to keep buried contamination from spreading. Developing the property would complete the link between historic Fells Point and booming Harbor East.
The $107 million would be borrowed through tax increment financing, or TIF, so called because incremental taxes generated by a project are used to repay bond holders.
The method dates back more than 60 years but picked up steam in the 1970s and '80s, spreading east from California as cities looked for ways to make up for shrinking federal funding. Proponents say it lets new development pay for its own infrastructure through the growth in property taxes on site.
But cities such as Rockford and Park Ridge, Ill., have had to dip into their general funds to make bond payments after anticipated taxes fell short. And TIF revenue dropped 3 percent last year across suburban Cook County, in the Chicago area, even as the number of such districts grew.
California pulled the plug on such financing in 2011 after critics said local governments were shortchanging schools and other vital public services by overloading on debt.
Baltimore, which has financed about a dozen developments through tax increment financing, says the method protects taxpayers from having to make up the difference if the project underperforms. Officials point to the four projects, including Mondawmin Mall, that have fallen short in recent years; in each case, the city assessed a "special tax" to cover the gap, and the project owners paid.
The problem, skeptics say, is that taxpayers can take a hit even when general funds are not tapped. In a study of the Chicago area, two University of Illinois professors found that the practice simply displaced development, with tax base growth in TIF areas offset by declines elsewhere.
Good Jobs First, a taxpayer watchdog group, says such displacement seems likely with Harbor Point. It notes that the only new tenant so far is energy giant Exelon Corp., which will put a regional headquarters there and move employees from offices on Pratt Street downtown.
"There will be a decline in property values downtown ... and everybody else will be paying for it," said Thomas Cafcas, a research analyst at Good Jobs First.
Meanwhile, the new taxes produced by the 23-story Exelon building at Harbor Point would not go into the city's general fund — where it could be spent on police, parks or other needs — because it would be diverted to pay off the bonds, said Greg LeRoy, the nonprofit's executive director.
Robert C. Embry Jr., president of the Abell Foundation, said he generally supports tax increment financing. But he has concerns about Harbor Point. He notes that when Maryland regulators approved Exelon's acquisition of Constellation Energy, they required the company to build a regional headquarters in Baltimore.
The biggest reality show is the news media surrounding O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake as they work to mortgage the Baltimore and Maryland's future for decades to come with all these credit bonds and development tax breaks. It is like watching Bollywood and life of Mumbai political machines. O'Malley has spent two decades handing all that is public over to people of wealth whether corporate or private. It is amazing to watch as public universities become corporate R and D and Human Resource Departments, our public works is so criminal and corrupt with subcontractors subcontracting to subcontractors and all of them stealing employee wages.
The city owns two hotels one of which spent the last decade profiting off of employees by ignoring labor laws and the other, the Hilton, which no one thought would survive knowing an economic crash was around the corner. We have a $1 billion in financial structured credit bonds coming for school building just as the bond market is ready to crash. IF THIS IS NOT A REALITY SHOW, I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS! It is all O'Malley and the Maryland Assembly and Rawlings-Blake and City Hall. Neo-liberals work for wealth and profit as these pols who stole the democratic party in Maryland, but this is a level of corruption that is third world!