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March 24, 2009

Rawlings-Blake zings Dixon on group home issue

Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today blamed Mayor Sheila Dixon for lack of neighborhood support for legislation that would make it easier for group homes that treat drug addicts and other disabled people to locate in Baltimore.

Speaking on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast on WYPR, Rawlings-Blake said she withdrew her support of a Dixon-backed plan to ease group home rules because that’s what her constituents wanted. If Dixon had spent as much time promoting the initiative as she has touting the city’s new garbage and recycling pick-up schedule, Rawlings-Blake said, the idea would have more support.

Federal authorities are poised to launch a discrimination lawsuit against Baltimore, arguing that the current law which requires City Council approval before small group homes are allowed to open violates civil rights. The Justice Department has indicated that because Rawlings-Blake does not back the mayor’s plan, legal action is imminent.

Posted by David Nitkin at 12:13 PM | | Comments (1)


Sounds like Baltimore's City Council president smells blood in the water-
Dixon's legal matters-
and she is preparing to run against her if and when Dixon is acquitted!
Personally I don't like monarchies in politics-
Rawlings Blake
Dixon lack of ethics is troubling but she has been an effective mayor!

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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