Twenty years ago before Clinton and small government took over the democratic party we used to have a public sector that was filled with inspectors and investigative units charged with oversight routine that made it impossible for business to break or ignore law. Now we are at the height of neo-liberalism that says anything that causes business cost or limits profit needs to be eliminated and so these inconvenient systems of oversight were defunded and staff fired.
Let's take a look at the status of Rule of Law locally and then look abroad. We know here in Baltimore poverty, crime, and violence is caused by corporate crime and government corruption and plays out through public policy. So when City Hall shouts out that they are committed to addressing crime and they only talk tough on enforcement, they are simply giving you and I a line.
Here are the problems again:
Unemployment is at 50% for the black community with those working mostly earning poverty wages. People are forced to commit crime in order to survive.
City Hall from O'Malley to Rawlings-Blake recruited nationally to bring Hispanics to the city and state to exploit as labor and circumvent all labor laws of wage, workplace protections, and payroll/insurance payments. We love immigrants but we want equal protection for immigrants so the hiring playing field is level and we have revenue coming to government coffers.
City Hall has allowed national development/investment companies control all public policy from what taxes they won't pay, ignoring contract agreements centered on wages and hiring, and allowing out of state workers from Right to Work states fill all private contracting jobs. City Hall has made private non-profits in Baltimore the growth industry because they are the shadow government writing policy and routing revenue but they replace public sector jobs with volunteers and student VISTAS taking away ever more jobs from locals.
IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY A CITY COULD WORK TO MAKE ALL OF ITS LABOR DISCONNECTED FROM THE CITY ITSELF? THIS IS WHAT A THIRD WORLD ECONOMY LOOKS LIKE AND IT IS TOWARDS WHAT THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS AND THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE/JOHNS HOPKINS IS WORKING!
All labor in Baltimore is becoming transient at the lower/middle class sector. How do corporations keep workers from organizing and building seniority and higher wages? MAKING THEM TRANSIENT. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SOCIETY IS FILLED WITH TRANSIENT AND IMPOVERISHED PEOPLE? IT BECOMES THIRD WORLD AS REGARDS QUALITY OF LIFE, CRIME, CORRUPTION.....
IT BECOMES BALTIMORE!
Baltimore and New York City is ground zero for where Wall Street wants to take the nation in what is called the New Economy. The Immigration Reform bill will extend this by bringing green card workers to the higher end jobs and exploiting and being exploited. It will be coming to your neck of the woods if not already there. IT IS NOT A DONE DEAL....ALL OF THIS CAN BE REVERSED FAR FASTER THAN IT TOOK TO INSTATE. Let's look at how they are trying their hardest to keep this on track. Remember, media must be captured because you do not want any of this getting to the public! WYPR IS JOHNS HOPKINS AND YOU CAPTURE THE 'PUBLIC' MEDIA THAT WOULD BE THE PEOPLE'S VOICE FOR EXAMPLE!
Locally we can see these New Economy types at play with the City State's Attorney race.
Duties of State's Attorney
The principal duties of the State's Attorneys are usually mandated by law and include representing the State in all criminal trials for crimes which occurred in the State's Attorneys geographical jurisdiction. The geographical jurisdiction of a State's Attorney may be delineated by the boundaries of a county, judicial circuit, or judicial district.
Their duties generally include charging crimes through informations and/or grand jury indictments. After levying criminal charges, the State's Attorney will then prosecute those charged with a crime. This includes conducting discovery, plea bargaining, and trial.
In some jurisdictions, the State's Attorney may act as chief counsel for city police, county police, state police and all state law enforcement agencies within the State's Attorney's jurisdiction.
Assistant or Deputy State's Attorneys
Assistant State's Attorney (ASA) (or, Deputy State's Attorneys) is the title applied to all attorneys working in a State's Attorney's office, with the exception of the State's Attorney. An ASA is hired or appointed to the position by the elected State's Attorney and derives the power to act on behalf of the State in criminal prosecutions through the State's Attorney. The duties of an ASA include those of the State's Attorney—representing the State (prosecution) in criminal proceedings. The caseload of an ASA is generally regarded as being high in volume, with an ASA having anywhere from a few dozen to several hundred active cases at any given time.
Mosby is endorsed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — which Conaway says is evidence he's a "front man" for the mayor's political machine. Mosby says that's not true.
Marilyn Mosby Makes Baltimore State’s Attorney Bid Official
Posted by Adam Bednar (Editor), June 24, 2013 at 02:50 pm
Marilyn Mosby makes her campaign for Baltimore City State's Attorney official. Marilyn Mosby accused Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein of being ineffective, and said his office’s failure to keep violent criminals off the street were the motivation behind her candidacy.
Mosby, a former prosecutor, will challenge Bernstein in the Democratic primary. She’s the wife of Councilman Nick Mosby, who represents Woodberry, Medfield and parts of Hampden.
"I’m horrified by the crimes that still plague this city, the robberies, the rapes, the burglaries, the murders. This weekend alone… eight people killed, 18 shot in 11 separate incidents," Mosby said. "I’m horrified, and I’m even more horrified by the repeat violent offenders who keep getting off."
Bernstein narrowly defeated former Baltimore State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy by 1,167 votes in the 2010 primary.
The Democratic primary is scheduled for June 24, 2014.
District 7: Nick Mosby
Room 513, City Hall
Committees: Vice Chair, Labor * Education * Executive Appointments * Housing and Community Development * Public Safety.
2500 Block McCulloh Street Neighborhood Club
Alba Neighborhood Association
Alliance of Rosemont Community Organizations, Inc.-(ARCO)
Ashburton and Presbury Better Neigborhood Association
Ashburton Community Association
Ash-Co-East/Coppin Heights Neighborhood Association, Inc.
Brick Hill Community Group
Charles Village Civic Association-(CVCA)
Charles Village Community Benefits District
Charles-North Community Association
Citizens Concerned For The Hanlon Community
Citizens For Community Improvement-(CCI)
Clergy United to Transform Sandtown-(CUTS)
Cloverdale-Druid Hill-Francis-Retreat Neighborhood Association
Communities Organized To Improve Life-(COIL)
Community Survival Center/The Community School
Concerned Citizens of Grayson Street
Concerned Citizens of Woodberry Association
Coppin Heights Neighborhood Housing Services-(NHS)
Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Inc.
Easterwood Neighborhood Improvement Association
Ellamont Christian Community Neighborhood Association
Fairmount Neighborhood Association, Inc.
Falls North Homeowners Association Inc.
Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park
Friends of Wyman Park Dell
Fulton Community Association, Inc.
Fulton Heights Community Organization
Greater Remington Improvement Association
Hampden Community Council
Hampden Community Services, Inc.
Hampden Village Main Street
Hampden Village Merchants Association
Heathbrook Community Organization, Inc.
Hilton/North Merchants Association
Hoes' Heights Improvement Association, Inc.
Liberty Square Neighborhood Association
Matthew A. Henson Community Association
Medfield Community Association
Mondawmin Merchants Association, Inc.
Mondawmin Neighborhood Improvement Association, Inc.
Nehemiah Homeowners' Association of Sandtown-Winchester
New Auchentoroly Terrace Association
Old Goucher Business Alliance
Old Goucher Community Association, Inc.
Old Mill Town Association
Panway Neighborhood Improvement Association
Parkview Improvement Association, Inc.
Parkway Community Association
Penn-North Nehemiah Homeowners' Association
Penn-North Revitalization Corporation
Pennsylvania Avenue Merchants Association
Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative
People's Homesteading Group, Inc.
Remington Neighborhood Alliance
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, Inc.
Robert W. Coleman Community Organization
Rosemont/Dukeland Tenant Council
Sandtown Habitat Homeowners' Association
Sandtown-Winchester Community Building In Partnership
Sandtown-Winchester Improvement Association
Sanford-Cumberland Task Force Association
Save Lake Drive Association
Stone Hill Residents' Association
Upton Planning Committee, Inc.
Walbrook Community Association
Walbrook Neighborhood Community Council
Walker Mews Residents Association
Western Human Services Center
Westwood Avenue Neighborhood Association
Windsor Residential Improvement Association
Winston-Govans Neighborhood Improvement Association
Woodbrook Avenue Neighborhood Association
Woodyear Neighborhood Association
Wyman Park Community Association
Below you see that there is no politics in the city and that the entire system is captured and crony. It is ridiculous to watch if you have lived in cities where democracy actually exists.
The Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee is simply a farm team development of this cronyism full of crime and corruption. You will notice this is the Hopkins East development.
A sorry spectacle in the 45th DistrictProcess to replace Delegate Harrison was rife with conflicts of interest, procedural glitches
February 25, 2013|By Brenda Pridgen
On Feb. 15, the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee-45th District convened at the Oliver Community Center to select a candidate to assume the seat once held by Del. Hattie Harrison, a longtime political stalwart in East Baltimore who died last month. Ten candidates interviewed for the position, three of whom were also members of the committee conducting the interviews, before Nina Harper, director of the Oliver Community Association, was chosen for the position.
At no time did the chair or committee members appear to think it was inappropriate for them to participate as final arbiters of the decision as to who should succeed Delegate Harrison. On several occasions, committee Chairman Scherod Barnes was questioned about the obvious conflicts of interests to which he responded that he had no qualms about the process. Those with the temerity to question the process were told the Maryland Constitution allows such a vote and that the candidates were all known to the district and have done good work — followed by another two minutes of complete obfuscation.
Yet several issues remain unaddressed. It is unclear why the committee would not utilize its two at-large members to replace those seeking the position; although this would not have changed the outcome of the vote, it would have given the appearance that the proceedings were above board. It is also unclear why committee members who were also candidates — and who had just finished telling those in attendance what strong leaders they were, and why they deserved to be sent to Annapolis to represent the 45th District — would not recuse themselves from the vote.
It appears that ethics is an overlooked area when seeking a legislative replacement. Here was a unique opportunity for the three candidates/committee members to rise to the occasion and show leadership and honor — and they failed the test miserably, opting for typical East Baltimore politics instead. A huge disappointment.
Finally, why did one committee member consistently submit an ineligible ballot by selecting two persons when the instructions specifically asked panel members to vote for only one? Is the work of the central committee so unimportant that abrogation of duty is thought to be comical? Unfortunately, this was not the most bizarre act of the evening.
Then there were the candidate questions. It is unclear why the interview questions were so pedestrian in nature. They included: Who are the city and state legislators in the 45th District? What do you believe is the role of a state legislator? Tell us about a situation when you had to deal with a very upset person; what was your approach and how did you deal with it? Why do you believe you are the best qualified person for the position?
Yes, it is important for the potential candidate to know basic civics; however, the 45th District needs a person who can think critically and offer policy and position statements on the myriad of challenges facing the district, such as state budget, education, jobs, housing, health care, the environment, gun crime and other public safety issues, taxes and fees, gambling, etc. None of these questions was asked of the candidates.
It is unclear what skill sets the committee was seeking in this temporary appointment, which has the capacity to extend into a four-year term. Are the difficulties of the 45th so unremarkable that we have no need to set a high bar in terms of requiring candidates to be deep thinkers with some degree of mental dexterity?
If the politics, ethics, leadership and questions asked on the 15th are any indication of the 45th's capacity, then the trajectory of this district will continue to be in serious trouble economically, politically and otherwise.
Brenda Pridgen, a resident and voter in the 45th Legislative District, is a health care analyst. Her email is email@example.com.
This is an example of how bad oversight and law enforcement in Baltimore has become. We went for decades unable to call police because they would not come for anything other than violent crimes. See how the crime stats go down? The same with these pedestrian law and order enforcements that hold business accountable to community concerns. We have police ticketing the homeless for loitering but we cannot get a public agency fully staffed to perform oversight that is preventative and not reactive.....and in this case they don't even react! In Third World countries businesses operating illegally simply pay protection money to these inspectors and oversight agencies .......AND THAT IS WHAT BALTIMORE EMULATES!
Twenty years ago before Clinton and small government took over the democratic party we used to have a public sector that was filled with inspectors and investigative units charged with oversight routine that made it impossible for business to break or ignore law. Now we are at the height of neo-liberalism that says anything that causes business cost or profit needs to be eliminated and so these inconvenient systems of oversight were defunded and staff fired.
311 complaints ignored, communities fight bars themselves Audit finds liquor inspectors not up to scratch, something community leaders had suspected
By Ian Duncan and Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun 7:05 p.m. EDT, April 6, 2013
Black scuff marks line the staircase at 922 N. Charles St., left there by frustrated tenants kicking the wall in a vain attempt to make their neighbor, the Museum Restaurant and Lounge, quiet down. Most nights, tenants say, the sound of DJs hyping up the crowd rattles china cabinets and nerves alike.
"It's thump, thump, thump from the music," said Will Penn, 48, who lives in one of the apartments next door. Penn, like many other Baltimoreans who live near bars, said he has filed complaints using the city's 311 system but has seen nothing change.
"Next day I'd get an email saying, 'Your issue has been resolved,' " he said. Exasperated, he plans to move in with his girlfriend at the end of May.
Walter Webb, who runs the Museum, denied that it had a noise problem and said he has been targeted unfairly because he is one of the few black business owners in the neighborhood.
But complaints about the authorities' response highlight larger problems at the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners. State auditors reported last week that half the complaints made to the board via the 311 system were closed with no evidence of any investigation — something the agency's executive secretary acknowledged is "lazy and wrong."
The scathing report confirmed what many community leaders say they have long suspected: that the state agency is either unable or unwilling to respond to concerns. The audit also said liquor inspectors failed to carry out routine reviews, and closed some complaints before starting an investigation because they did not want city statistics on open issues to reflect poorly on them.
"Usually [I would] not speak out against an organization that's there to help us, but the liquor board inspectors don't help us," said Kevin Bernhard, president of the Highlandtown Community Association. "I've never seen one in my seven years in Baltimore City."
Close to 1,400 Baltimore businesses hold liquor licenses — including stores, bars and restaurants. Each must comply with a long list of regulations covering who can buy alcohol and when, along with restrictions on noise levels and crowd control.
The liquor board is a state agency and not directly controlled by city authorities, but it gives revenues from fees and fines to the city, and the city's budget funds its operations.
The board employs a squadron of 10 inspectors to check on problems; several inspectors have been laid off since the audit because of budget cuts. Webb said they have been out to the Museum numerous times in recent months and deemed the complaints unfounded.
"They're not playing with me," he said. "I think they're doing their job."
He acknowledged some problems with an older music system at the Museum but said it was replaced more than two months ago.
"We're willing to work with anyone to correct any problems," he said.
But in general, the audit found that in the inspectors' work is often not documented and that routine inspections are carried out only spottily. Two inspectors made just 41 visits in an entire year reviewed by auditors, who calculated that each inspector should be able to handle 872 inspections a year.
Samuel T. Daniels Jr., the executive secretary of the licensing agency, acknowledged many of the problems and said he was happy to talk about them because he has been "inspired to retire" sometime this year.
"It's lazy and wrong," he said of inspectors not properly investigating 311 complaints. He said the problems could be remedied by replacing a few of the inspectors.
The average salary for an inspector is $43,875, according to city data.
If the inspectors find that establishments are violating liquor laws, the board can levy fines and even take away licenses. But community leaders say they must do the work of inspectors themselves. A group of 10 neighbors can protest the transfer of a license or its annual renewal.
Mount Vernon residents have followed that path with the Museum, campaigning to have its license revoked when it comes up for renewal this year and filing pages of signed petitions with the liquor board. A hearing is set for April 18.
The Baltimore Sun was unable to review the Museum's liquor board file, which is supposed to include records of complaints and inspections, because it had been removed to City Hall in advance of the hearing.
Remember, these guys are saying if we are going to have a majority of 'minorities' and immigrants we need to impoverish them to a point they are subservient and take away all contact to Rule of Law....like other third world countries. That is what has happened these few decades.
Two Hours After The Supreme Court Gutted The Voting Rights Act, Texas AG Suppresses Minority Voters
By Aviva Shen on Jun 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm
Let’s be Brazil
June 25, 2013by Marty Kaplan Moyers and Company
I have outrage envy.
For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and — yes, in the land of Pelé — billions blown on sports.
“Brazil, wake up, any good teacher is worth more than Neymar!” That’s what the crowds have been shouting. Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr. is the 21-year-old Brazilian star who’s getting nearly $90 million to play for Futbol Club Barcelona. “When your son is ill, take him to the stadium,” read one protester’s sign, razzing the $13.3 billion Brazil is spending to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the $18 billion it will cost the country to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Even this soccer-mad nation is saying there’s something out of whack with public priorities, and it’s time to set things right.
The massive demonstrations have stunned Brazilians themselves, for their size, their spontaneity and their civic fury. “If you’re not outraged,” an American bumper sticker goes, “you’re not paying attention.” Brazilians are paying attention to their problems, and they’re mad as hell. So why aren’t we?
The Brazilian protests were sparked by a bus fare increase in São Paulo. It’s grimly comical to see American news media explain why a 9-cent hike is such a big deal by resorting to the usual trope for covering social unrest in the developing world, like when the price of wheat goes up a few pennies. To help us understand why this matters so much, our press relates the cost of bread or buses to the minimum wage in distant lands and points out the dependency of their diets on staples and of their jobs on public transportation. Even though millions of Americans below the poverty line can’t make a living wage, and millions more are barely hanging on by their fingernails, the infotainment narrative of life in America is so divorced from the pervasive reality of struggling to survive that journalists assume we’d be bewildered that bus fares could start such a fire.
There are, of course, plenty of dissimilarities between the U.S. and Brazil, a developing nation ruled by military dictatorship until 1985, but there are also plenty of all-too-close analogies between what’s pissing off Brazilians and what ought to piss off Americans.
Income inequality. Brazil is in the world’s bottom 10 percent on income inequality, ranking 121st out of 133 countries. But the U.S. ranks 80th, just below Sri Lanka, Mauritania and Nicaragua.
Wealth distribution. There are only six countries in the world whose wealth distribution – accumulated holdings, not annual funds earned — is more unequal than Brazil. But the U.S. is one of those six.
Education. The annual rate of growth in student achievement in math, reading and science in Brazil is four percent of a standard deviation. But U.S. educational achievement is growing at less than half that rate: 1.6 percent, just below Iran.
Corruption. Brazil ranks 121 in public trust in the ethical standards of politicians, out of 144 countries. But the U.S. comes in only at 54, just above Gabon.
Infrastructure. The quality of Brazil’s infrastructure puts it at a dismal 107, out of 144 countries. But the U.S. ranks 25th – below most other advanced industrial countries and even behind some developing nations, like Oman and Barbados.
Health care. Brazil’s health care system ranks 125th out of 190 countries. But the U.S., jingoistic rhetoric notwithstanding, is only 38th. Among our peer nations – wealthy democracies – we’re dead last, and it’s only gotten worse over the past several decades.
So why aren’t Americans at the barricades?
Our spirits have been sickened by the toxins baked into our political system, which legalizes graft and is held hostage by special interests and a gerrymandered minority. As a result, we are legislatively incapable of dealing with big problems like joblessness, climate change, gun safety, infrastructure, hunger or – based on recent House Republican chaos – immigration. The public investments we’re not making – in schools, teachers, roads, bridges, clean energy – are killing us. Our tax code is the least progressive in the industrial world. The most massive transfer of wealth in history, plus a cult of fiscal austerity, is destroying our middle class. Tuition is increasingly unaffordable, and retirement is increasingly unavailable. The banks that stole trillions of dollars of Americans’ worth have not only gone unpunished; they’re still at it.
For a moment, it looked like the Occupy movement might change some of that. It’s striking how closely the complaints within Brazil about their protesters are already tracking the criticism of Occupy made in the U.S.: The only thing keeping them going is the police’s overreaction. They have too many demands. Their demands are incoherent. Their demands lack focus. They’re leaderless. They’re young and naïve. They’re drunk. They’re violent. They’re vandals, delinquents, drunks, druggies, terrorists.
Here at home, those charges, and the advent of cold weather, proved fatal. So oligarchs rock, plutocrats roll and Occupy rolled over. Today, with both political parties hooked on special interest money, with demagogues given veto power and media power, hope feels naïve. You’d have to have just fallen off the turnip truck to look at our corrupt and dysfunctional government and believe that we are the change we’ve been waiting for.
That learned helplessness is what democracy’s vampires drink. Wouldn’t it be sweet if Brazil’s protest movement turned out to be the garlic we’ve been waiting for?