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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 BCPD

Though things are generally not going well for Baltimore’s police—an officer arrested for aiding in heroin-dealing and identity theft is never a good thing—the department announced Friday that it would form an advisory council on LGBT issues. The council will not only work on relations between the cops and the community, but also on helping gay, lesbian, and transgender officers within the force. As we watched the cops on Segways riding beside the Pride parade this weekend, we couldn’t help but think that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

2 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

A couple weeks ago, BCPR was peeved when Il Mayore officiated at the wedding of two of Baltimore’s most powerful lobbyists. This week, however, she officiated at Sunday’s mass gay wedding, a far better use of her power. Now that gay marriage is legal, maybe we should think of making lobbyist marriages illegal—think of the benefits to the gene pool.

3 House of Cards

For the first time in a decade, the state capital is being used as a film set, as the locally filmed Netflix hit House of Cards takes over the building in Annapolis. The money that the show would normally pay for a set is being given to local charities since the government facility can’t officially be rented. Despite the economic gains of a rebounding local film industry, the delegates better watch out: The show featured the bar Dionysus, which has now closed, and was also filmed at The Sun, which is part of the bankrupt Tribune company. Is there a House of Cards curse?

4 Baltimore City Public Schools

As classes let out for summer, the school system seems even shakier than normal. In the wake of CEO Andres Alonso’s departure, stakeholders are bickering over who should take his place, and a grammar-challenged but widely distributed anonymous letter purporting to speak for principals in the system alleged personal and professional failings of acting CEO Tisha Edwards. And Educators for a Democratic Society, a radical caucus within the Baltimore Teachers Union, released a survey this week showing that a vast majority of teachers are unhappy with North Avenue’s AU system. Enjoy your summer—it could be a rocky couple years.

Martin O’Malley

Two months ago, when there was an uproar about state-mandated stormwater fees to be collected from property owners, some of us defended the measure and the governor, saying it was necessary to protect the bay. Now, as the governor goes to the Environmental Protection Agency to request a waiver from EPA cleaner fuel standards for Carnival Cruise Lines, we look like chumps. So individual taxpayers must endure hardship for the good of the bay, but big corporations that pollute our waterways on a grand scale get a free pass? When does he leave for the presidential campaign trail already?

 

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