Our Strength is in our Numbers... Our Power is in our Unity! 

Monday, July 17th, 2017 | Volume 1, Edition 5


Good Day Baltimore:

Saturday's Call to Action Youth Resource Fair was a major success. More than 50 service providers assembled at the War Memorial Building to enroll youth and young adults in educational programs and recreation leagues, workforce development training, physical and mental health-related services, and other vital programming. 

I prefer a hands-on approach, and as the day progressed, I could see how one simple gesture, bringing everyone together under one roof, set the tone for real-time impact.  Many who attended walked away with job placements, mentors, and more informed of free opportunities available at City agencies. This is the type of community building that leads to safer streets and healthier life outcomes - sharing information, going the extra mile to ensure that people understand the resources available to them, and motivation to get connected and be a part of the solution. 

Violence reduction in Baltimore requires a multi-faceted approach, and by restoring the value of life, and the possibilities born within each day, I intend to send a message that we can no longer tolerate this destruction to lives and to our neighborhoods and communities. 
On Friday, I stood with state delegates and community leaders, including Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and City Council President Jack Young to take a stand against gun violence in our City which needs to be curbed. 

Together we announced the proposal of local legislation that will make it a misdemeanor crime, punishable by a mandatory sentence of one year and a fine of $1,000 for possessing an illegal handgun within 100 yards of a park, a school, a church, a public building or another place of public assembly.

I know that more has to be done – that's why I requested a meeting with Governor Hogan to provide an update on our violence reduction strategy and ask that he provide assistance from the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Transit Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority - but this is a start.

Nearly 90% of the murders this year have been committed using a handgun, and of the 184 victims this year, almost half of them had been arrested for a crime involving one. The handguns used in these crimes are not legally registered as required by Maryland law. And, the time is now, to attempt new and stronger measures to stop the possession of illegal handguns, and to limit judicial discretion in suspending sentences for those who illegally possess them.
My intention is not to arrest our problems away, but rather target those who willfully carry and use illegal weapons to harm and end lives. Through our efforts, I've discovered individuals involved in violent crime are likely on parole, have been on parole, or are parole violators. Therefore, I am working to increase collaboration between state probation officers and our police, to ensure that violent parole offenders are properly punished.
Determining how Baltimore addresses violence is a thoughtful  process, mindful that we are also undertaking major police reform through a consent decree with the US. Department of Justice, and working to address root cause issues.
We regularly convene Call to Action meetings to bring parents, students, faith-based leaders, and other community members together because we are more likely to succeed by working together. If you would like to join efforts to reduce violence, I welcome you to contact my office. 

Thank you for choosing to be a part of the solution.

Looking Forward,


Mayor Catherine E. Pugh

City of Baltimore

Key News

New Baltimore gun laws will 'put the right people in jail,' police chief says

Baltimore officials vow that stricter gun laws set to be introduced to the City Council will decrease violent crime and take illegal firearms off the streets.

Mayor Catherine Pugh, lawmakers, clergy members and business leaders held a press conference Friday to introduce two new bills, which will be introduced to the City Council on Monday. (Baltimore Business Journal)

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MICA tapping into city's 'creative assets' with new entrepreneurship initiative

The Maryland Institute College of Art is launching a new incubation support initiative to promote arts entrepreneurship in the city.

Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network, or B/CAN, will aim to foster the city's "creative" economy by supporting, educating and connecting local artists to the resources they need to build and grow their own business ventures. (Baltimore Business Journal)

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Cheng is named winner of 2017 Sondheim Artscape Prize

Baltimore artist Cindy Cheng has been named the winner of the 2017 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

Cheng’s work is a collection of graphite drawings and sculptures that explore the concept of three-dimensional space. She was announced the winner of the $25,000 prize Saturdayevening. (Baltimore Sun)

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Harvard City Leadership

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative welcomes its inaugural class of 40 mayors! 

Today’s local government leaders are grappling with growing and complex challenges while trying to provide real results for citizens. While national governments around the world struggle, mayors must find new ways to use limited resources and deliver a wide range of services for growing populations. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative equips mayors and their senior leaders with cutting-edge tools and techniques to more effectively tackle pressing management challenges faced in their cities. (Bloomberg)

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Transferring to a New School?

Current City Schools students and families who would like to request a school transfer for the 2017-18 school year may only do so during the Summer Transfer WindowJuly 17 to August 18.

Edmondson-Westside High School (Skills Center)
4501 Edmondson Avenue

Harford Heights Elementary School
1919 N. Broadway Street

Appointments available Monday to Friday8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call 443-642-3897Walk-ins accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  (Baltimore City Public Schools)

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Traffic modified, streets to close for Artscape 2017

Artscape, the city's annual celebration of the arts, will cause several street closures and parking restrictions throughout Baltimore this weekend, the Department of Transportation announced.

The event will take place in the vicinity of the Maryland Institute College of Art along Mount Royal Avenue on Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23. (Baltimore Sun)

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Citizens Hub

Mayor Pugh's Weekly Press Availability

Mayor Pugh was joined by MOED Director Jason Perkins-Cohen, Director of Financial Capability at the CASH Campaign of Maryland Courtney Bettle, and YouthWorkers to launch the YouthWorks Pay Card.

YouthWorks Pay Card is the NEW method of payment of wages to YouthWorks participants after a successful pilot last year. This will eliminate the need for paper paychecks and check-cashing fees some participants face when cashing checks. This also gives an opportunity to complement the financial education piece of the YouthWorks summer jobs program. (CharmTV)


Youth Works Pay Card

PUBLIC NOTICE: Community Oversight Task Force Meeting

The first Community Oversight Task Force Meeting will be held in the Board Room of the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement located at 7 E. Redwood St., 9th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202 on Wednesday, July 19th, from 5:00PM until 7:00PM. (City of Baltimore)

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Board Room

New West Baltimore police station unveiled after $4.5 million public-private renovation

Today, the Western District is a very different place. A garden with community seating, where residents can access free Wi-Fi, stretches across the front of the building. Words such as "trust" and "rebirth" are carved into the cement walkway. There's a room at the front of the building for community events, and a state-of-the-art gym and locker room facilities at the back for the district's officers. (Baltimore Sun)

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Western District

SAVE THE DATE: Mayor Pugh's Back to School Rally

Join Mayor Pugh for the Baltimore to School Rally on Saturday, August 5th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed while supplies last, and children must be accompanied by an adult/parent or guardian. Featured family fun includes face painting, arts & crafts, a jumbo slide and game truck. Local organizations including the Enoch Pratt Free Library, The Y of Central Maryland, Baltimore Police and Fire Departments, and more will help celebrate school readiness. The Maryland Food Bank will also offer free fresh produce, so bring your own bag! To donate email: back2schoolrally@baltimorecity.gov. (City of Baltimore)

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The Daily Record names several City officials to 2017 VIP List

The Daily Record named several City officials to its 2017 VIP List — Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 awards.

Honorees Include:

  • Lester Davis, Baltimore City Council
  • Michael G Fried, Baltimore City Health Department
  • Sara E. Gross, Baltimore City Department of Law
  • Councilman Isaac Yitzy Schleifer, Baltimore City
  • Steven Sharkey, Department of General Services

The Daily Record created the VIP List in 2011 to recognize professionals 40 years of age and younger who have been successful in Maryland. Winners, chosen by a panel of previous VIP List honorees and business leaders, were selected on the basis of professional accomplishments, community service and commitment to inspiring change. (The Daily Record)

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Steve Sharkey


AFRAM is a celebration of African American life, music and culture and will be held Saturday, August 12th at Druid Hill Park. This family-oriented festival is filled with celebrity artists and local entertainers, children’s activities, arts, history, education, financial literacy, employment & job training, health & wellness and more. The Baltimore AFRAM Festival is presented by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the City of Baltimore with the support of the advisory board and steering committee.

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Afram Festival Final

YouthWorks Offering Automatic Banking To Teach Financial Responsibility

Baltimore youth will not only be earning money this summer, they’ll learn how to bank it.

The annual YouthWorks summer employment program is adding money management to the job experience.

Remember cashing your first paycheck?

These kids will skip the old school check cashing experience, and go straight to automatic banking.

Earn and learn. Baltimore kids have their work and their pay cut out for them this summer. (WJZ 13)

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Youth Works

These Baltimore middle school girls spent the week working on new ventures

Abisola Abina is passionate about spreading education.

“I think that every child should have an opportunity to get an education,” she said.

This week, the 12-year-old who attends KIPP Ujima Village Academy is learning how to turn that passion into a nonprofit. After four days developing an idea and hearing from entrepreneurs at Spark Baltimore, she was set to pitch the nonprofit at Morgan State on Friday.

It’s called DEAR, which stands for Drop Everything and Read. (Technically Baltimore)

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OPPORTUNITY: DPW Small Business Development Program

The Department of Public Works (DPW) supports economic and business development in Baltimore City and throughout the region. Serving one of the most diverse regions in the country, DPW invites local minorities, women, and/or disadvantaged businesses to learn more about its Small Business Development Training Program. (Department of Public Works)

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Small Biz Wkshop DPW

Baltimore teens built a system that sends text alerts during heroin overdose spikes

Since October, a group of six teenagers have been meeting for three hours on Saturdays at Code in the Schools’ offices in Station North. They’re working on a tool that utilizes mobile phones to address one aspect of the city’s heroin crisis.

Bad Batch Alert sends text messages to alert people to a spike in overdoses in a given area.

The application amplifies data from Emergency Medical Services that gets analyzed by the Baltimore City Health Department. (Technically Baltimore)

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Team Picture

J-PAL North America partners with local governments to tackle homelessness and reduce incarceration

J-PAL North America, a research center at MIT, announced today that it will partner with three city and county governments to evaluate promising solutions to homelessness and other important policy challenges facing state and local governments in the U.S. 

The City of Baltimore, Maryland; King County, Washington; and Santa Clara County, California, will work with J-PAL North America staff and leading academic researchers to test programs designed to help vulnerable individuals find and keep housing and to reduce jail time and recidivism for low-level offenders. (MIT News)

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Fire Department

Monday, July 10th, 2017 | Volume 1, Edition 4


Good Day Baltimore!



This morning I met with policy advocates at the American Heart Association’s Voices for Healthy Kids who are convening in Baltimore to learn about making children across the United States healthier through greater access to quality nutrition and physical activity. This conversation couldn't be more timely as my Call-to-Action continues to mobilize residents and resources to address youth engagement and to build prosperous, safe communities. 



On Saturday, July 15th, I will host the next Day-of-Action, a Youth Resource Fair, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the War Memorial Building that will connect bright young minds to community-based programming, opportunities, organizations and initiatives uplifting the city. The fair is designed to provide guidance to budding leaders and to resource young people with great potential but who may lack access or need mentorship.

I anticipate full, city-wide participation. If you know of someone who may benefit from attending, I invite you to be an ambassador for the cause. Please share these details far and wide.



If we allow the next generation to be shaped by a deficit-based narrative – by the negativity that attempts to defy the great promise of our future - we are laying the groundwork for a self-fulfilling prophecy. We must continue to seize challenges as opportunities for innovation. Even as we take simultaneous measures to reduce and mediate the spike in violence, I see the glass half full, because I've witnessed the Baltimore that is capable of greatness. 



The movement for change is growing in our neighborhoods, and the foundation upon which we build is stronger thanks to your presence and commitment. I am proud of the ways everyday people own up to this vision - to connect, teach, engage, and protect each other - for the greater good of our city.


These efforts echo across City agencies as well. 


With the support of my Office of Employment Development (MOED), participation continues to soar as more than 7,000 YouthWorkers meet and exceed goals at their job placement sites. Thanks to the hard work of Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP) nearly 4,000 youth are actively participating in day camps and evening recreation across every zip code, and for those who still wish to enroll in summer activities, select programs are open for enrollment



The Baltimore City Fire Department's (BCFD) Open House and Resource Fair is also fast-approaching. BCFD will open its doors at Engine House 35 (430 Maude Avenue) on Thursday, July 13th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a day of recruitment, meet and greets with firefighters and exclusive tours behind the scenes of an active fire house. Residents can pick up fire alarms, learn how to create a safety plan, and so much more.

Let's keep building, Baltimore!


If we challenge the status quo with our words and actions and use the achievements of each other as the examples by which we set our expectation - our city will grow stronger, safer and more united! 


Looking Forward,


Mayor Catherine E. Pugh

City of Baltimore

Key News


Demand Based Parking Meter Rate Setting

Beginning in the Summer of 2017, the Parking Authority of Baltimore City will use actual demand for parking spaces to determine the hourly parking meter rate on blocks in the Central Business District. Using data collected every six months, the Parking Authority will adjust rates to help create one or two available parking spaces on each block, making it easier for parkers to find parking downtown and spend more time enjoying Baltimore. (Baltimore Parking Authority)

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Baltimore youth jobs programs offer path to careers for city youth

Na'Thaia Huntley wanted nothing more than a job after graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in 2014, but, with no experience, her options were limited.

She'd applied for a job through YouthWorks — a city program that offers summer employment for thousands of young people each year — and was invited to join a job training session for the program's private sector initiative, Hire One Youth. After completing the training, she earned an internship with Rosedale Federal Bank. (Baltimore Sun)

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Owner of Frederick Douglass property incorporates Baltimore history, African-American artwork to continue abolitionist's legacy

After years of living away from his native Baltimore, Gregory Morton was looking for a hometown haven. Little did he know that his search would lead to a property so filled with history that he would be proud to share it with the world.

Today, home for the 35-year-old Morton is 524 S. Dallas St. in Fells Point — one of five alley houses on the street that abolitionist Frederick Douglass had built in the 1890s. (Baltimore Sun)

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Local Results, National Vision

Incoming U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans joined dozens of mayors from across the country to urge Americans to move past Washington’s stalled partisan gridlock and instead, look locally for leadership that governs with vision and delivers results. The bipartisan group unveiled Leadership for America: Mayors’ Agenda for the Future, (Twitter hashtag #MayorsAgenda) a policy proposal that will fix our crumbling infrastructure, ensure quality affordable healthcare, promote safe and secure communities, expand our workforce to drive economic growth and create equitable communities to increase opportunity for all.

Each mayor pointed forcefully to the results occurring in their cities and towns each day that encourage economic innovation, deliver quality, affordable healthcare, spur creation of good-paying jobs and keep the country moving forward – in a time of paralysis and dysfunction in Washington. With a rallying cry from mayors of both parties calling on Americans to look to cities for inspired leadership, USCM is embarking on an aggressive, year-long campaign to highlight where real work is getting done: in our cities and metropolitan regions. (United States Conference of Mayors)

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Experiment seeks to transform troubled Baltimore schools as federal grants end

City schools chief Sonja Santelises and her staff decided to pair Rodman and two other troubled schools with Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle in East Baltimore, regarded as one of the system's best. The teachers will share lessons, visit each others' classrooms and collaborate with their counterparts across the city.

"This has such powerful potential," Santelises said. The three schools getting the help from Commodore John Rodgers are among five in the city targeted for overhaul this year through an expiring federal grant program. (Baltimore Sun)

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Police reform oversight applicants vying for position in Baltimore

Dozens listened at Coppin State University as applicants from all over the country made their case to help reform Baltimore's police department.

The agreement between Baltimore City and the Department of Justice, known as the consent decree, requires an Independent Monitor be chosen to make sure police reform actually happens. Twenty-six different firms applied for the job. (WMAR2)

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Citizens Hub

Mayor Pugh's Weekly Press Availability

At the latest ress Availability, Mayor Pugh announced plans for the Baltimore City Fire Department 's Open House and Resource Fair. (CHARM TV)


Baltimore City Fire Department

Call-to-Action Youth Resource Fair

Mayor Pugh will host the Call-to-Action Youth Resource Fair on Satruday, July 15th at the Baltimore War Memorial from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Learn about youth programming, opportrunities, organizations and initiaives throughout Baltimore City.

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Baltimore data day returns

Baltimore Data Day is an annual workshop to help communities expand their capacity to use technology and data to advance their goals. At this 8th Annual Baltimore Data Day, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded technologists come together to see the latest trends in community-based data and learn how other groups are using data to support and advance constructive change. 

Baltimore Data Day is structured around a series of "how to" interactive workshops in which people who work with data will explain what data is available, how to access data, and why data can be actionable for communities.  The event is on July 14th from 8:30am-4:30pm at the University of Baltimore. (Baltimore Neighborhoods Indicator Alliance)

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Police Commissioner's basketball league kicks off

Monday night's game was about more than buckets, it's bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community they serve. 
The 3rd Annual Police Commissioner's Basketball League kicked off at the Under Armour Center on East Fayette Street. The league is made up of six different age groups from elementary to high school boys and girls. About 600 kids are involved, not including the parents and coaches. (WMAR 2)

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Using data to respond to the opioid epidemic

This week, STAT News covered the opioid crisis in an article, “As new and lethal opioids flood U.S. streets, crime labs race to identify them,” in which Dr. Wen speaks about using real-time data to make informed decisions about opioid overdose outreach to hotspots in Baltimore.

“We act on that information in real time,” Dr. Wen said. “Even if it’s imperfect data, that data is critical in a time of a public health emergency.” (Baltimore City Health Department)

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Baltimore City Health Department

BCFD Open House and Resource Fair

On Thurs. July 13 from 3pm-7pm, City residents will have opportunities to tour the fire station and Mobile Safety Center, learn about BCFD job opportunities, fire prevention as well as a host of other city resources.(Baltimore City Fire Department)

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BGE welcomes second class of Smart Energy interns

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company  Smart Energy Workforce Development Program welcomed its second class of high school interns from Baltimore vocational-technical high schools Wednesday. Twenty-five students from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, Green Street Academy and Edmonson-Westside Vocational Technical High School will spend five weeks gaining experience in their chosen vocational tracks. (Baltimore Business Journal)

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2017 NAACP Convention needs conference volunteers

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) 108th Convention will be held in Baltimore July 22nd - 26th. Volunteer opportunities are still available. Lend a hand and sign up to make a difference! (NAACP Baltimore)

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