Jim Brochin Announces County Executive Bid

State Sen. Jim Brochin (D-District 42) says he’s the most independent candidate in the race for Baltimore County Executive, for which he announced his candidacy Thursday. Though that talk won’t score him many points with his opponents, Brochin is confident his approach is just what county voters seek. “Whether I’m right or wrong,” Brochin said… Read More

Baltimore County Urged to Close Schools on High Holidays at Hearing

The Baltimore County school board heard passionate testimony on Tuesday in Towson over whether schools should open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur next year. The school board calendar committee is recommending the move, which is also under consideration by other schools systems around the state. A vote is expected to take place during the… Read More

Kamenetz Announces Bid for Governor

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz officially announced his candidacy for Maryland governor on Monday in Towson, joining a crowded Democratic primary race. Kamenetz, 59, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that he has the best chance to beat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan “and take back our state from the likes of [President] Donald Trump.”… Read More

Local Officials Decry DACA Decision

In the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement on Tuesday to unwind an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, City Councilman Zeke Cohen said he plans to continue to welcome undocumented immigrants and refugees to Baltimore. In a seven-minute video posted to Facebook, Cohen, a staunch supporter of immigrant rights who represents… Read More

Baltimore County Votes Against ICE Cooperation Bill

The Baltimore County Council effectively killed a bill that would have required the county’s jail to participate in a federal immigration screening program with a 5-2 vote on Monday to table the measure, which sparked great debate in the Jewish community. The legislation called for the county to join a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement… Read More

Jewish Community Split on Baltimore County ICE Bill

A Baltimore County Council bill that would require the county’s jail to participate in a federal immigration screening program has sparked great debate in the Jewish community. The proposed legislation, which was introduced by the county’s three Republican council members on May 1, calls for the county to join a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement… Read More

County to Reassess Pikesville Commercial District

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Councilwoman Vicki Almond announced last week that the Baltimore County Planning Department will survey the Pikesville commercial revitalization district over the next year and a half, and the survey will be used to update the 2003 revitalization plan for the area. “I was actively involved in the 2003 revitalization… Read More

An Uncertain Future As new developments take off in Owings Mills, mall site remains a question mark

Wrecking balls and bulldozers have ripped through the walls, roof and foundation that housed Owings Mills Mall, leaving the once-premier upscale Baltimore shopping center a shadow of its former self. A pile of mostly dust and rubble now, the mall appears to be the last piece of the equation for what is likely to become,… Read More

Kamenetz Elected MACo President

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will become the longest-serving member of the Maryland Association of Counties when he assumes the association’s presidency next year. Kamenetz, a Democrat, was elected president during MACo’s winter conference in Cambridge on Dec. 8 after serving as second vice president in 2016. He will succeed Washington County commissioner John Barr…. Read More