President's Legislative and Policy Proposal
Share your feedback with the Council President and his Legislative Team.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
We hear over and over again that people feel disconnected from their government and don’t feel like they get the service they deserve. Our neighbors have witnessed corruption and have been frustrated by the lack of sustained results to our most pressing challenges. Some think things will never change, but that’s not Baltimore’s destiny.
As Council President, I want to focus the City Council’s work over the next year and a half to deliver for Baltimore’s residents and bring greater transparency to the way we operate. I developed this policy proposal, highlighting cleaning up city government, improving public safety, investing in our youth, embedding equity in our work, and centering public engagement.
We will continue to make necessary reforms to make our government more accountable. We will leverage all of the resources at our disposal to address the disease of gun violence and heal our city with compassion and holistic services. We will press for more serious investment in Baltimore’s youth, from school funding to increased recreational opportunities. We will embed a framework of equity into our local government to ensure all of our communities are supported, invested in, and valued.
The best government is one that invites its residents into the conversation while being responsive to their needs. The priorities, perspectives, and ideas of Baltimoreans must be reflected in this document, too. As such, my team has developed an engagement plan to present this information and solicit feedback. I will be taking these ideas out of City Hall
and into our neighborhoods.
During the month of August, I will host a series of community forums across the city to share this proposal and solicit resident feedback. The input and ideas that come out of these forums, along with input submitted to email@example.com, will re-shape this document and the priorities of the City Council through the end of 2020.
I look forward to discussing these proposals with you. Please join me at one of the forums. Thank you for taking the time to make your voice heard. I am eager to hear what you have to share.
Brandon M. Scott
President, Baltimore City Council
Providing Input and Attending Town Halls:
As Council President, I will host a series of town halls to solicit feedback on this policy proposal and new ideas from Baltimore’s residents, which will guide the Council’s work moving forward.
We will take this legislative proposal out of City Hall and into neighborhoods across Baltimore. The goal of these town halls is to solicit feedback from residents across the city on the City Council's priorities through the end of 2020. We will work to incorporate feedback and new ideas we collect into the policy outlook.
The forums will promote transparency by providing the public with information about what the government is doing; accountability by detailing my goals thus allowing people the ability to measure my success; collaboration by improving the effectiveness of government by encouraging partnerships and cooperation across all levels of government and between the government and private institutions and citizens; and participation by allowing members of the public to contribute their ideas and expertise so that their government can make policies with the benefit of a wide range of views and information.
Policy impacts people, so people should impact policy. In addition to the nine town halls announced below, residents can share their impressions and ideas on social media with the hashtag #BaltimoreCanBmore or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 8 – 6:30-8:00pm
Cherry Hill Elementary
801 Bridgeview Road, Baltimore, MD 21225
Tuesday, August 13 – 6:30-8:00pm
Weinberg Y in Waverly
900 E 33rd St, Baltimore, MD 21218
Thursday, August 15 – 6:30-8:00pm
Baltimore City Community College
2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215
Tuesday, August 20 – 6:30-8:00pm
Edgewood Lyndhurst Recreation Center
835 Allendale St, Baltimore, MD 21229
Thursday, August 22 – 6:30-8:00pm
Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School
2200 Sinclair Ln, Baltimore, MD 21213
Tuesday, August 27 – 6:30-8:00pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library - Southeast Anchor Branch
3601 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
Wednesday, August 28 – 6:30-8:00pm
Online Virtual Forum
Thursday, August 29 – 6:30-8:00pm
Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries
6000 Radecke Ave, Baltimore, MD 21206
Thursday, September 5 – 6:30-8:00pm
Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215
(ID required for entry)