Bill would lift lifeguard requirements at hotel pools

May 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Katelyn Murphy and Summer Evans Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writers The Baltimore County Council will consider a bill next Thursday that would remove the requirement that lifeguards be on duty for guests to swim at privately owned hotel and motel pools. Baltimore County is one of only two counties [...]

County neighborhoods may get help with rat problem

April 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Derrell Reid Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer The Baltimore County Council will consider a bill next week that is designed to help residents in nine county neighborhoods get rid of rat populations that have infested their homes and yards for more than a year. The neighborhoods that would be [...]

Kamenetz proposes $3.15 billion budget for 2018 with no tax increases

April 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Patrick Brooks and Charles Brown Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writers County Executive Kevin Kamenetz Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proposed a $1.99 billion general fund budget for the 2018 fiscal year that would not raise income taxes for the 25th year in a row and keep property taxes [...]

Protesters upset by tree removal at proposed Royal Farms gas station site

April 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Nick Rynes Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Nearly 50 people gathered in West Towson Wednesday to protest the removal of 30 trees at the site of a proposed Royal Farms convenience store and gas station. Members from the surrounding community were encouraged to wear orange clothing to represent [...]

County Council repeals ban on tasers to comply with Supreme Court ruling

April 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Chaz Brown Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer The Baltimore County Council passed a bill Monday that repeals a 32-year-old law that banned the possession of stun guns, or “tasers,” for personal use on grounds that the ban was unconstitutional. The emergency legislation, which was passed during [...]

Activists rally for $15-an-hour minimum wage in Baltimore

April 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

By J. K. Schmid Staff Writer for the Watchdog More than 80 people gathered before Baltimore City Hall Monday evening to show their support for a $15-an-hour minimum wage bill that was adopted by the City Council but  vetoed by Mayor Catherine Pugh. “The politicians made a decision today, but the [...]

Activist fights for African-Americans’ food sovereignty

April 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Jordan Cope Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Eric Jackson Of the estimated 623,000 residents living in Baltimore City, 25 percent face food insecurity. Of those suffering from food insecurity, 86 percent are African American, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Wanting a brighter [...]

City Council addresses children’s health and safety

April 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Kristin Helf Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke The Baltimore City Council meeting Monday was largely focused on issues of children’s health and safety, reflected in two resolutions—one against the cutback of crossing guard hours and one in support of improved [...]

U.S. Rep. Harris is ‘blistered’ in first face-to-face town hall

April 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

By J. K. Schmid Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer WYE MILLS, MD — U.S. Rep.  Andrew P. Harris, R-First District, was confronted by a hostile crowd at Chesapeake College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore Friday during his first face-to-face town hall with constituents since being re-elected last [...]

County Council bill would repeal ban on taser guns

March 29, 2017 // 1 Comment

By Campbell Kistner Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer The Baltimore County Council will consider a bill next week that would repeal a 32-year-old law that bans the possession of taser guns and other electronic devices because the ban is no longer constitutional. The bill, which was discussed during a [...]
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