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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Telecom Companies

Communications giants like Comcast and Verizon are now more powerful than ever, free to mess with your internet access however they wish thanks to a Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals ruling that declared the FCC didn’t have power to enforce net neutrality. Municipal networks may be the solution, but fat chance getting our mayor to go out on a limb (see No. 2). Come on Il Mayore, this could be your chance to make the net run on time.

2 Pot

State delegates from both parties have proposed legislation to decriminalize weed. But pusillanimous line-toer SRB and her overlord O’Malley aren’t inhaling. Il Mayore says “I’m not going to be waving the Schmoke flag of legalization.” Where can we get one of those flags?

3 The Arts

The mayor announced that the city would offer $250,000 in new arts grants as part of the Creative Baltimore Fund. At the same time, Artscape dramatically increased its vendor fees. Can we get a grant to cover that?

4 Health Care

The state health care exchange, spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown—Browncare?—continues to plumb new depths of incompetence, most recently directing users trying to call a help line to a Seattle pottery business (yes, really!). The governor continues to try to balance the bad news with good, this week proposing $30 million to help hospitals form partnerships with nursing homes, rehab centers, and other facilities, which should lower health care costs. Given this administration’s track record, we want a second opinion.

5 Speed Cameras

To date, the city has spent almost $3 million in taxpayer money to end its contracts with two companies running the fatally flawed program (Sun reporting proved that tickets were given to cars stopped at red lights, among many other errors). The city went on to spend $268,000 more on an outside auditor to look at the performance of the program but now won’t release the results, citing a confidentiality clause with one of the contractors, Xerox. This disastrous initiative may wind up as Il Mayore’s defining project, as it typifies the incompetence, lack of transparency, and whiff of corruption that surrounds her administration.

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