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October 19, 2010

Holton to speak on restoring trust in City Hall


Councilwoman Helen L. Holton, who pleaded no contest to a campaign finance violation two weeks ago, will speak tonight at a panel discussion at Loyola University on "Restoring Public Trust in City Hall."

Holton, who traveled to Palm Springs, Fla. last week for a conference at the city's expense, will join Councilmen William H. Cole IV and James B. Kraft for the fifth annual "Law and the City" discussion.

Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, chair of Loyola's Law & Social Responsibility Department and the event's organizer, said Holton would bring a "unique perspective" to the discussion.

"Holton's recent experiences will allow her to offer insights about what it is like to have your behavior questioned from an ethical perspective," Giampetro-Meyer said.

The West Baltimore councilwoman will bring "unique insights about legal and ethical guidelines" for city elected officials, she said.

Earlier this month, Holton pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor stemming from a deal she struck with developer Ronald Lipscomb and bread magnate and developer John Paterakis Sr.

Holton asked them to pay $12,500 for a poll during her 2007 re-election campaign, circumventing campaign finance regulations and exceeding the $4,000 cap on donations from individuals during an election cycle.

A related and more serious bribery charge, which was dismissed on the grounds that elected officeholders' official acts cannot be used as evidence against them and appealed by prosecutors to the state's highest court, remains before the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young stripped Holton of her role at the helm of the council's taxation and finance committee following her plea.

Last week, Holton traveled to Palm Springs for the National Association of Counties conference. The city spending board approved $1,100 for Holton's travel and expenses two days after her plea.

The panel discussion starts at 6:30 in the Andrew White Student Center on Loyola's North Charles Street campus.

When asked yesterday whether she expected challenging questions from the audience, Holton said, "Come tomorrow and find out."

Posted by Julie Scharper at 12:47 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: City Hall


Restore public trust in city hall by resigning Holton.
There is not a shred of decency left in City Hall today.

I would think this was meant in jest, but then it's Baltimore's city hall, so Holton probably believes she can restore her honor. Sadly, for the City I might add...what a farce.

What ethics? Helen Holten is a thief. Having her even on the City's payroll is a slap in the face to every resident of Baltimore City. Her picture is a smug look knowing she still will be on Baltimore city's payroll. Who does this nappy head lady think she is?
I am so glad I left Baltimore 10 years ago. Now I ponder how can I stop having my tax dollars fund 70% of the education that fails every year?

Stepane Blake is a racist and a coward for not firing her . She too will have a short life in office as Mayor unless she steps up to the mike and makes the right choices for Baltimore.

Who needs Holten to tell them about ethics or trust. This is sadder than Bristol Palin lecturing about teen abstinence. Has Holten no shame? There was a time when criminals had the decency to keep a low profile, but instead this one wants to lecture us on trust and ethics. My cat knows more about those subjects than she does..

Just another political thief. No wonder this city is in so much financial trouble. For what we pay the crooked politicans, i.e. Holton and that has been former mayor Sheila Dixon, in this city we could put some honest people back to work with those tax dollars.

What a two faced lying crook. Her and Dixon. See what happens when you let these kind of people in City Hall?

Truly sad that an elected official is still in office after admitting there evidence to convict. I would hope that during the forum tonight Ms Holton takes heed of Loyola's motto "Strong truths, well lived" and confesses her fall from grace. Perhaps it is a chance for her to confess and gain some redemption in the eyes of the citizens of Baltimore who elected her. It would be the perfect platform for her at announce her resignation.

To restore public trust, you have to be worthy of public trust.

I see a lot of people in city government worrying about why the citizens don't trust them, and few worrying about acting like they can be trusted.

When you have the BDC, a city agency, routinely taking private property so they can hand it to their cronies, and nobody in city hall questions that, but just rubberstamps whatever dirty deal Brodie and crew have made, how can city hall be trusted? I mean really.

So the Police Commissioner puts a political sign in his yard and Jessamy and her friends in the City Council stand hand in hand to question his honesty, credability and integrity. Baltimore's so called black leadership is the very reason the African American population in Baltimore can't get out of the 60's. The micro manage and stick their noses and paws in and on everything they shouldn't.

In a word, you've got to be sh***ing me. She needs to be jailed right alongside of Dixon. Rather than wait a few more years down the road to question her receipts for hair, nail & makeup appointments, lavish luncheons, etc, written off as "business expenses", why isn't she stopped or investigated now?? What a cesspool this city has become!

Restore trust in City Hall? Hahahahahahahahah and ha.

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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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