Shomrim, Councilman Schleifer Help Police Arrest Carjacking Suspect

A 15-year-old was arrested and charged with carjacking, assault and theft of a motor vehicle after four separate carjacking incidents took place in the Upper Park Heights area Sunday. Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith called the suspect a “repeat violent offender” in a news conference Monday. At approximately 1:30 a.m., two people pulling up to… Read More

Empowered! Five young politically involved women talk activism, challenges and public service

A few months ago, when Donald Trump pulled off his stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Mandee Heinl decided not to wallow in her disappointment but to take action. Heinl, 26, of Pikesville, has in recent weeks helped organize what she calls “huddles,” groups of about 25 women in various locations around… Read More

Mayor Catherine Pugh Funds Crossing Guards as City Council Calls for Hearing

In recent months, Baltimore City Council members Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer and Mary Pat Clarke have heard, in overwhelming fashion, the concerns residents have with the decreasing numbers of crossing guards in the city. The Department of Finance has proposed to keep those numbers at the reduced levels that are in place this school year, which… Read More

Isaac ‘Yitzy’ Schleifer on Minimum Wage Bill: ‘Devastating to the City’

As a small-business owner, Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer is fearful of the potential consequences a $15 minimum wage mandate in the city could trigger. Schleifer, 27, a Democrat who represents the 5th District, told the JT he has worked tirelessly to convince his colleagues such a measure, as currently constructed, would do more… Read More

Baltimore City Council Preliminarily Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Despite holding both a part-time and full-time job and working at least 55 hours per week, Joshua Graham still struggles to cover his basic living expenses and make ends meet. By day, the 28-year-old West Baltimore resident works for a firm that provides security at the headquarters of T. Rowe Price at 100 E. Pratt… Read More

You Should Know… Shelley Zimmerman

Shelley Zimmerman made an unexpected career move in November when she decided to join Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer as his chief of staff. Zimmerman, 36, does not consider herself “a political person at all,” having spent the previous 10 years working in sales and marketing after earning a communications degree from Towson University… 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

Minimum Wage Showdown: City Decries State Effort to Limit Powers

The debate over whether local jurisdictions should have the power to raise the minimum wage has taken center stage at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. Baltimore City Council members on Jan. 26 slammed Democratic state lawmakers at a news conference over a bill that would prevent the city and other jurisdictions from enacting their… Read More

Schleifer Wants Term Limits

Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer is aiming to put a cap on the number of terms city elected officials serve. According to multiple reports, Schleifer proposed a bill on Monday at a council meeting that would limit Baltimore politicians, including the mayor and councilmembers, to no more than three four-year terms in office. Schleifer,… Read More

A Brighter Baltimore

Poverty. Jobs. Crime. Health care. These are not merely national concerns, nor are they strictly Maryland problems. They are Baltimore’s challenges. That much is clear in a city and region that has long struggled to make up for the loss of manufacturing decades ago, all while the core of residents who didn’t leave ages in… Read More