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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 Scott Calvert

Frustrated by the inability to gather any useful information from CitiStat, which the city touts as a major innovation in public access to information—two years ago the mayor called it “one of Baltimore’s hottest tourist spots”—Sun reporter Calvert showed up at City Hall to examine CitiStat reports. By law the reports are available to the public—tourists or not—on demand, but security wouldn’t even let Calvert enter the building. Along with the spineless audit bill passed two weeks ago, Calvert’s reporting shows an administration eager to exist in the shadows. Maybe voters will offer SRB even more privacy next election day.

2 Sinkholes

Just when you thought we might go a few months without giant holes swallowing up our roads, a heavy rain sends another massive chunk of Monument Street underground. But sinkholes are just the latest in series of infrastructure nightmares that now seem to plague our city every other month. Unless mole people sprout up from the hole and demand audits of city government, the sinkholes are going to have to wait in line behind massive power outages and water main breaks for attention.

3 Grand Prix

Heading into race weekend, the 2011 organizers finally settle up their overdue tax bill—hey, it was in the mail! With a presenting sponsor, smooth construction, no traffic snafus, or unsightly tree carnage, all systems are go for 2012. And if the organizers don’t run for the hills and local businesses jump on-board, there may be no finish line in sight—and not just because a sinkhole swallowed it up.

4 Andres Alonso

City schools reconvene this week, but 22 of them will be without principals, thanks to what the administrators’ union calls Alonso’s “vindictive” demotions. Meanwhile, The Sun reports that school officials spent half a million bucks over the last year and a half on costly travel and expensive meals, including a $1,000 dinner at the Center Club. Add all that to stagnant test scores, and it sounds like the erstwhile schools savior might need to spend opening week in detention.

 

 

5 Billy Cundiff

It’s hard to think that the 32-yard field goal that the now-former Ravens kicker missed in last year’s AFC Championship Game wasn’t a major factor in the team’s decision to release Cundiff, who signed a five-year contract with the team just last year. He may now officially join Scott Norwood and Bill Buckner on the sad list of athletes whose careers turned on one unfortunate play. Did anybody save Matt Stover’s contact info?

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