After Mayoral Veto, Baltimore City Council Members Continue Fight for $15

Even after the latest push to raise Baltimore City’s minimum wage to $15 per hour was dealt a death blow on Monday via Mayor Catherine Pugh’s veto, Councilman Zeke Cohen is still waiting for a public explanation from supporters of the bill who flipped their positions in light of the veto. But Cohen (D-District 1)… Read More

City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke Tries to Save Minimum Wage Bill

Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, lead sponsor of the city’s $15 minimum wage bill, has launched a last-ditch effort to save her legislation, which Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed on March 24. In an interview with the JT on Friday, Clarke (D-District 14) said she is working tirelessly to get a special meeting to override… Read More

Baltimore City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution for Humane Treatment of Immigrants

When Yaslin comes home from school every day, the Baltimore City College senior expects to find her parents waiting inside to greet her. But lately, Yaslin has feared that the day might come when that’s not the case. After recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Southeast Baltimore, many documented and undocumented… Read More

Fundraising Extends Free Bus Rides for Baltimore City Students

As a student with a 4.0 grade point average at City Neighbors High School who also happens to be a star on the school’s basketball team, Raekwon Redding has enough on his mind. Finding a ride home proved to be as big an obstacle as Redding faced in the classroom or on the court after… Read More

$15 Minimum Wage Bill Introduced in Baltimore City Council

For the second straight year, Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke is making a concerted effort to incrementally raise the city’s minimum wage over the next few years. Clarke, a Democrat who represents the 14th District, introduced a bill on Monday that would pave the way for low-wage employees 21 and older at businesses with… Read More

Renewing Baltimore New City Council members talk hopes, priorities

When Zeke Cohen and Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer decided to run for the 1st and 5th District seats on the Baltimore City Council this past election, they saw it as a calling. Never mind that, if successful, it would be the first time two Jewish council members served simultaneously since 1987. Cohen and Schleifer felt the… Read More

The ‘Dean’ Says Goodbye Rikki Spector retires from City Council after nearly 40 years

Often called “feisty” by friends and foes alike, longtime Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, 80, spoke of plans for another 40 years the day after being knocked to the ground in an attempted carjacking that left her with a black eye last Friday. “I go into the biblical mode of 120 years,” Spector said…. Read More