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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 The Baltimore Sun

We here at Baltimore’s Hardest-Working Alternative Weekly would love to have three reporters team up on a story (if we had three reporters), as The Sun did on its piece on Wall Hunters, a group of activists and artists targeting owners of vacants. The worst part is that the trio got so much wrong (as Ed Ericson Jr. pointed out in his CP blog post “The Sun’s credulous take on Stanley Rochkind,” Aug. 13), accepting one owner’s false claim of non-ownership without checking, apparently. Maybe a fourth reporter would have caught it.

2 City Council

Despite opposition from an incredible coalition of workers, clergy, and downtown business interests, our legislators approved millions in tax breaks for the billionaire developer of Harbor Point. Adding insult to injury, committee chair Carl Stokes, who loudly railed against the bill in the press, voted for it in a preliminary vote, then walked out before he could vote against it in a later hearing, and Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young dismissed opposition, pithily tweeting in the third person, “Coach said jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s why Jack is supporting Harbor Point.” Dumb, dumb, dumb.

3 Convention Center

With BronyCon and Otakon, things seemed great just last week, but then we heard Otakon was moving to D.C. in 2017. It’s hard to blame the con, which has been bringing thousands of money-spending warriors, ewoks, and fairies to town for 20 years now: In true Stalltimore form, long-discussed plans to expand the aging convention center have been stagnant. Maybe Baltimore’s leaders could take the script from Otakon and cosplay like they were really leaders.


In the latest travail for the Baltimore City Police Department, Commissioner Batts had to announce that officers caught sleeping on the job—and on television news cameras—would be punished. In Batts’ letter, leaked to The Sun, he seems to imply sleeping on the job is to be avoided primarily because of the bad PR: “There is no doubt this additional media attention has created a ‘photo-opportunity hunt’ for officers neglecting their duties. If you thought we weren’t under the microscope before, take heed—we absolutely are.” Or maybe it’s because 141 people have been murdered while you were sleeping.

5 $RB

As doggedly reported by the Baltimore Brew, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has taken four trips out West since May—the most recent to speak at the national convention of Young Democrats of America in San Antonio, Texas. Since Il Mayore is now the secretary of the DNC, we can probably expect more trips like this. It was bad enough having a governor with big national ambitions. Maybe she and our wannabe president could start sharing hotel rooms to save the taxpayers some dough.


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