HOT TOPICS ▶ Climate Change     Undoing The New Deal     The Real Baltimore     Reality Asserts Itself     United Kingdom    

  December 8, 2016

New Baltimore Mayor Plans Regional Approach to Problems Like Poverty and Drug Addiction

Pugh says her connection to state leaders are key to addressing the city's intractable poverty, police reform, and a living wage
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter

What a hidden gem - Jack
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


AUDIENCE: Go, Cathy, go!

TAYA GRAHAM: The mood was festive inside the Baltimore War Memorial Plaza as the city welcomed its 50th Mayor, State Senator Catherine Pugh, a veteran politician who rose through the ranks of the city council, then to a majority leader of the State Senate to a narrow victory in the primary earlier this year. And it is her path to power which may define her tenure -- a quite different route from her predecessors, like Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who rose solely through city-wide politics. Pugh extolled her experience at the Maryland State Capitol as one of her strengths. And as proof on hand to celebrate her inaugural were some of the most powerful politicians in the state: Senate Majority Leader Mike Miller, House Majority Leader Michael Bush, and Governor Larry Hogan.

LARRY HOGAN(?): And I could not be more confident that under her leadership, and with a renewed partnership between the Governor's Office in Annapolis and the leadership in the City of Baltimore, that by working together we truly can change Baltimore and Maryland for the better.

TAYA GRAHAM: Further burnishing her state-wide connections was a recent announcement of the appointment of former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, to a strategic partnership and Cabinet post. In an interview earlier this year with The Real News, Pugh says her state-wide approach is the only way to solve the city's intractable problems.

CATHERINE PUGH: We know that we have a high unemployment rate in this city, we know we have a drug addiction problem in this city, but we also know that many of the problems that this city faces just don't lie at the doorsteps of Baltimore City itself.

TAYA GRAHAM: An approach she says means holding accountable surrounding jurisdictions for the variety of problems she says are almost always blamed on Baltimore: concentrated poverty, high crime and the litany of social ills with accompany both.

CATHERINE PUGH: When you think about, for example, Baltimore now, as I call it, "the drug treatment centre for the State of Maryland," we have more drug treatment centers here than any other jurisdiction in the State. Anne Arundel County got its first drug treatment center, but if you stop people on the streets -- and I do this -- I do this when I'm having conversations with homeless people on our streets. I don't give out money. I might give out a bottle of water. I'll say, "Well, where are you from?" You know, they're from counties surrounding our city. I mean, not to say that we don't have homelessness in our own city, because we do. But they're from all over -- and as far as Virginia. I asked a young man, "So, why are you here?" He said, "I think I'm going to make this home."

TAYA GRAHAM: It would be a stark departure from her predecessor, Rawlings-Blake, who publicly feuded with Governor Hogan. But a different approach Pugh says is necessary if the city is not going to just survive, but thrive.

CATHERINE PUGH: We can't walk by and think that their problems are not our problems, because they are. We can change the problems that we're facing. We're up for the challenge. We're up for the challenge because the road is packed and has been paved for success.

TAYA GRAHAM: This is Stephen Janis and Taya Graham reporting for The Real News Network.




Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at

latest stories

What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks?
Will Trump's Latest Attack on Obamacare Strike a Death Blow?
Russian Espionage, or Clickbait? (1/2)
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (2/2)
Improving Baltimore's Schools Will Take More Than Just Money
Safe Streets in America's 'Most Dangerous City'
How Billy Graham Evangelized for American Empire
State's Attorney's Office fires prosecutor amid Gun Trace Task Force controversy, lawyers call shenanigans
Saudi Arabia's Unholy Alliance with Israel
Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? (2/2)
Once a Poster Child for Austerity, Latvia Becomes a Hotbed of Corruption
Is Russia a Threat?
Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11?
Wilkerson: The Trump-Netanyahu Iran Plan Means War
President Ramaphosa: From Militant Revolutionary to Corporate Magnate
Were Baltimore's Corrupt Cops High When They Made Attempted Murder Arrest?
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (1/2)
Empire Files: In the Deadliest Country for Unions & Social Leaders
A New 'Cancer Alley' for Appalachia
Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse
Philippine War on Drugs a Cover for President Duterte's Fascism?
Mother of Woman Shot by Baltimore County Police Speaks Out
South Africa: Criminality and Deep Rot in the ANC Will Continue Under New President Ramaphosa (2/2)
Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?
The Return of Berlusconi: Can A Fractured Left Defeat Him?
Potomac Pipeline Would Be 'Another Contradiction' From Larry Hogan
Police Union Keeps Audit Secret Despite Allegations of Massive Overtime Fraud
Guns, Toxic Masculinity, and the Alt-Right
Zuma's Catastrophic Presidency Ends in Forced Resignation (1/2)
Brother of Crooked Cop Says He Knows Who Killed Detective Suiter,, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Web Design, Web Development and Managed Hosting