Here are some videos that we find interesting – and maybe you will too. Just click on the links to see the videos. And please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment or send us an email with information on videos that you would like to see us post.
- Candidates talk about reducing property taxes
January 5, 2016
After you see the video using the link we just gave you, please take the time to read, “Reality Check: Lowering Property Taxes” that we published yesterday. Thanks!
- Report questions vacants to value data
November 12, 2015
“Vacants To Value” is the Mayor’s program for, literally, turning vacant, abandoned properties into something of value for the benefit of the neighborhoods where they are located. The program has its own website which you can see by clicking on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.
Unfortunately, this highly touted program has had no material effect on city and now, as the report mentioned in the video is telling us, it may turn out that the program’s relatively meager accomplishments may have been overstated. If true, it’s highly unfortunate given the severity of the vacant properties situation in Baltimore. If a program isn’t working, our city government should say so and come up with something that will.
- New Victims Coming Forward In ‘Sex For Repairs’ Lawsuit
October 21, 2015
For public housing employees or contractors to be extorting sex from tenants weren’t bad enough, the cost to the city and our taxpayers to settle suits like this one consume millions of dollars of precious city resources that could be better spent on many other city services. The family of Freddie Gray, for example, received a settlement of $6.4 million for an event that better management of the BPD could have easily avoided.More lawsuits and costly settlements waiting to happen?
- 2012 audit finds all districts failed to secure prisoners
October 16, 2015
With the stress of life in Baltimore being what it is, much of it driven by a struggling economy the hopeless of long-term unemployment and poverty, is it surprising that so many have turned to debilitating substance abuse as means of escape?
- Feds Launch New $5M Program To Combat Heroin Epidemic
August 18, 2015