Mayor Pugh unsure why Baltimore was left off new DOJ effort to fight crime

Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday she is unsure why Baltimore was left off of a list of 12 cities that will receive additional help from the U.S. Department of Justice in reducing violent crime. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new program Tuesday, which will give additional education to the cities regarding what local, state and federal officials can do to coordinate efforts on fighting crime. The cities include Buffalo, N.Y., Houston and New York. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Mayor expresses dismay at Finance Department accounting lapses

Sloppy record-keeping has plagued Baltimore’s Department of Finance since 2010, resulting in more than $125 million in revenues and other assets posted on city’s books that, in fact, don’t exist. Among the phantom revenues are $65 million in “uncollectable” fees and grants from other governments, $9.5 million of “unearned” revenue, and $55.5 million of “unavailable” revenue, according to an audit of fiscal year 2015 by City Auditor Robert L. McCarty Jr. and KPMG. The funds were taken off the books when brought to the department’s attention. (Brew)

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McClement officially files for mayor

After announcing his intention in March to seek re-election to a third term, Frederick Mayor Randy McClement has officially thrown his hat in the ring. McClement is the only Republican thus far to file for mayor and, unless another one files before the July 3 deadline, the race will not have a Republican primary. McClement said in March that he planned to wait until the fiscal 2018 budget was finished and passed before filing and concentrating on his campaign. He was first elected in 2009 and again in 2013. If he wins in November, he will begin his third consecutive term as mayor. (News-Post)

Aberdeen mayor mails in petition seeking referendum on charter changes

Aberdeen Mayor Patrick McGrady says he has submitted a petition to take to referendum the city charter changes recently approved by the City Council that strip the mayor's office of most of its executive powers. But the mayor, who launched the petition drive independent of city government and at his own expense, won't say how many signatures he was able to gather, and other city officials aren't saying much, either. "I think something, this week, you'll hear," McGrady said in response to a city resident who raised the issue during the public comment portion of Tuesday's City Council meeting. (Aegis)

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June 21 // Rushern Baker, leader of Prince George’s, to run for Md. governor in 2018

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III plans to announce on Wednesday that he is running for governor, sending a video message to news outlets and supporters that explains why he believes he can emerge from a crowded field of Democrats to challenge popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s bid for a second term. Baker, 58, is midway through his seventh year as leader of the state’s second-largest jurisdiction. (Wash. Post)

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Feds pass over Baltimore for help with new crime initiative

During his presidential campaign last year, Donald J. Trump frequently made reference to Baltimore's struggle with violence, describing the city as "out of control" as he vowed to "get rid of the crime" across the nation. But in one of his administration's first policy announcements on criminal justice — a Justice Department initiative to help local law enforcement — Baltimore failed to make the first cut of cities to take part. (Balt. Sun)

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Council president pitches Baltimore to White House as good choice for pilot programs

Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young met Tuesday with a senior adviser to President Donald J. Trump, pitching the city as a place where the administration could pilot programs designed to help struggling cities. Young said he brought up infrastructure spending, crime fighting and education funding over lunch at the White House with Reed Cordish, the son of Baltimore developer David Cordish. (Balt. Sun)

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Opposition dwindles before Rockville City Council passes controversial immigration ordinance

The Rockville City Council waded into the nationwide immigration debate Monday by approving an ordinance that prohibits the city’s police officers and other officials from enforcing federal immigration law or asking about a person’s immigration status. The council approved the ordinance by a 3-2 vote. Council member Beryl Feinberg and Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton voted against the measure, while bill sponsor Julie Palakovich Carr and her council colleagues, Virginia Onley and Mark Pierzchala, supported it. (Bethesda)

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