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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 Baltimore City Council

With Earth Day approaching, the council passed a resolution urging President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Air Act to vigorously fight carbon pollution and climate change, becoming the 54th city to do so. This week, the council opens discussions on implementation of a “stormwater tax” that will restore the city’s storm-drain system and improve the health of the bay (Hit & Run) before it’s too late (Feature, page 16).

2 Kevin Kamenetz

The Baltimore County executive released a budget that adds room for 3,000 students in crowded schools and also improves rec centers, parks, and public trails, all without raising income or property taxes. The funds come primarily from streamlining county government and eliminating open positions. Maybe he and Il Mayore can do lunch—our treat (as always).

3 Andres Alonso

BCPR gives credit to Il Mayore and City Schools CEO Alonso for pushing an ambitious (if risky and unfinished) plan to vastly improve city school buildings (“The Money Pit,” Feature, March 13), but Alonso has also earned ire this week from the local principals union, which wants him to give back part of the bonuses he earned for improving test scores in the district—he’s the only one who received such bonuses—after cheating was discovered in three schools. Alonso, always eager to brag about good news, has been notably silent in the face of the request.

4 BMA

After its massive, multimillion dollar renovation of the Contemporary Wing, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced that it laid off 14 employees last week (Hit & Run). BCPR is all for renovations and spiffy spaces—but we’re also all about not firing people, if avoidable. How about they sell the bicycle shower back to Rirkrit Tiravanija and rehire the people who lost their jobs.

5 Cars and Drivers

Guns have been in the hot seat lately—and rightfully so, but cars kill even more people. Take the sad case of Matthew Hersl, a non-driver and community activist who was killed by a drugged driver fleeing police who flipped a car on top of Hersl right in front of City Hall. BCPR says slow the fuck down and watch out for pedestrians.

 

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