Jim Crow is Alive and Well…

Yesterday I posted an Instagram photo of a piece of graffiti [Name Withheld] did on the top of a building near Clipper Mill, and I had my first Instagram Fight. The photo I posted was this: Jim Crow Runs Bmore. Indeed “he” does, but having this idea, and saying so publicly, sparked a discussion about Read more about Jim Crow is Alive and Well…[…]

Maryland lead program opens registration for rental properties built before 1978

Currently, Maryland law requires rental properties built before 1950 to be registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment, and comply with risk reduction standards.  As of January 2015, all rental properties built before 1978 will now have to be registered. This change in the law has the potential to greatly reduce the number of Read more about Maryland lead program opens registration for rental properties built before 1978[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 14 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency for statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units and provides Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 14 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against City Lead Paint Violators

In December 2013, the Maryland Department of the Environment issued enforcement actions against the following Baltimore City property owners for lead paint violations: Damian D. Tucker and Pia Tucker – 4 affected properties – $43,300 for alleged violations. DACA Properties, LLC – 1 affected property – $32,500 for alleged violations. Daniel Lopez, Jr. (Trustee) – Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against City Lead Paint Violators[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 36 City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency for statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 36 City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 16 City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency for statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 16 City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations[…]

Link Roundup

Changes coming for BCFD firefighters — the mayor’s budget calls for longer hours, and a loss of 100 to 300 positions due to attrition (depending on which media source you read, the number changes).  This equates to longer hours for what amounts to less pay.  Unfair and unwarranted, how about giving other city employees the Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Last Link Roundup of 2012!

A recap of all the newsworthy links in 2012. January Early in 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was grilled by the MD Legislature about the status of the city’s lead paint judgements.  The city was refusing to pay, saying the judgement would bankrupt the city — a shame they didn’t think about that before allowing children Read more about Last Link Roundup of 2012![…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 9 City Property Owners

From the Maryland Department of the Environment: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 9 City Property Owners[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against Seven Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against Seven Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against Five City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against Five City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 6 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the MDE: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 6 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations[…]

An Idea for Lead Paint Restitution

I was having a rather lively discussion with @councilmancole on Twitter regarding the legalities of this idea — feel free to chime in with your own comments. One of the problems with high-dollar lead paint settlements is the collection of the money.  As Councilman Cole pointed out, many of these slumlord-owned properties are technically owned Read more about An Idea for Lead Paint Restitution[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations[…]

Support House Bill 977

Bill Information:  House Bill 977 would require that an activity that disturbs more than 3 square feet of painted surface in a specified building, the property owner would have to pass a test for lead-contaminated dust. It also authorizes MDE to administer a renovation, repair, and painting program consistent with federal regulations. In addition, MDE Read more about Support House Bill 977[…]

Support House Bill 472/Senate Bill 873

Bill Information:  House Bill 472/Senate Bill 873 would establish a Lead Poisoning Compensation Fund, which would require Maryland rental property owners to pay into the fund.  The fees could range from $50 to $500 per unit.  The Fund would be required to cover property owners for claims arising from lead paint lawsuits. Why This Is Read more about Support House Bill 472/Senate Bill 873[…]

Link Roundup

Oh boo hoo!  Maryland property managers think it’s too much to pay what amounts to $4 a month for lead paint insurance.  Seems to me it’s cheaper than a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Ohio’s Attorney General designated part of the mortgage lawsuit settlement towards demolishing vacants.  Some say this money should go to homeowners — what Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Housing Authority Assets to be Seized

WBAL and the Daily Record are both reporting that certain assets belonging to the Baltimore Housing Authority are to be seized by the sherrif’s department in order to pay for lead paint judgements the City has refused to pay. The assets include vehicles and computers, which will be auctioned off.  Evan Goldman, the attorney who Read more about Housing Authority Assets to be Seized[…]

Investors Association Wants to Roll Back Lead Regulations in Maryland

From an email I just received from the Baltimore Real Estate Investors Association: Before October 24, 2011, Landlords were immune from lawsuits if they were in compliance with Lead Poisoning Prevention Program… That has all changed! Come to Baltimore REIA’s General Meeting for an open discussion with our Professional Panel about the various issues surrounding Read more about Investors Association Wants to Roll Back Lead Regulations in Maryland[…]