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  • Huffing and Puffing

    Huffing and Puffing
    A bill to restrict the use of vapor products, often called “electronic cigarettes” and “e-cigs,” is before the Baltimore City Council, prompting a well-attended Oct. 7 public hearing on the bill before the council’s Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee. Comments by the committee’s chair, James Kraft (D-1st District), and the dozen or so people who testified mirrored the ongoing, international debate over whether “vaping” is a public-health threat or a public-health miracle. In the end, Kraft announced that the bill’s current scope—it would, most importantly, ban vaping wherever smoking is currently prohibited, including in workplaces, bars, and restaurants—is likely to be changed.
  • Costello sworn in as council members explain their votes

    Costello sworn in as council members explain their votes
    The City Council voted 12-0 and then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake confirmed Eric Costello as the 11th District city councilman tonight, after a series of speeches in which council members explained that, while they did not think the process by which...

    Here is what the mayor's first veto is actually about

    Here is what the mayor's first veto is actually about
    The Sun did a great service today in highlighting Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's first veto of her Mayorality-ship, but it failed to explain just what the veto was about. It's about the private use of public property, and fair compensation to be...


    On the agenda for Sept. 8 Bill 08-0193 Valet Parking: Would recast the city's laws regarding valet parking, require valet parking operators to be licensed, establish standards of operation for valet parking. The Read: This 28-page bill is longer than...

    Property Investor Gets Jail Time for Building Without Proper Permits

    Chalk one up, we guess, for law and order on the collapse front. First District City Councilman James Kraft sent us a press release crowing about the 30-day jail stint awarded to Sandford Kreisler, a Manassas, Va.-based, erm, "property investor" who...