Inside City Hall: Politicians’ night out

National Night Out reels in the politicians.

national night out pic

Tonight’s celebration of neighborhood crime watches is honey to the papa and mama bears of Maryland politics.

Photo by: AP

If you see any elected officials lurking about in a dark corner of your neighborhood tonight, it’s OK – they’re on a mission.

Their mission is to shake hands and say a few words in praise of “National Night Out.” Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (which also trademarked the name), National Night Out is an annual event to heighten public awareness of crime and strengthen and celebrate neighborhood watch groups.

It’s something that thousands of people participate in around the country.

So, unsurprisingly, the night has become enshrined in the datebooks of local politicians.

Who’s Zimmerman?

The annual event – and the neighborhood watch patrols it celebrates – was pretty noncontroversial until George Zimmerman gave the notion of amateur sleuths and self-appointed pursuers of bad guys an unsavory taste in some mouths.

Logo for this year's celebration of neighborhood watches. (Courtesy of National Association of Town Watch)

Logo for this year’s Night Out. (National Association of Town Watch)

But no matter. In a city where practical politics always trumps ideology, George Z. is a memory and rooting out “public enemy No. 1″ (a phrase favored by Police Commissioner Anthony Batts) gives public servants a lot to talk about.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, for example, is scheduled to join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at Mondawmin Mall, where he will express his solidarity with community crime fighters in plenty of time for the 10 o’clock news.

We couldn’t trace the rest of the governor’s itinerary, but we can report that the mayor is in for a busy evening.

Swirl of Stops

She’s scheduled to appear at Night Out events at Ashburton, the Oliver Community Center, the storefront headquarters of Operation PULSE (People United to Live in a Safe Environment), Cherry Hill and Lake Montebello.

Nearly equaling the mayor’s swirl of stops is City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young.

His handlers have him scheduled him at Pleasant View Gardens, the Chinquapin Park Improvement Association, an event on East Fairmount Avenue and the Greektown Night Out (to be held on the corner of Lehigh and Gough streets where Ramon Rodriquez was shot dead three weeks ago).

Also in town tonight is Lt. Gov. Anthony W. Brown. He will kick off his own Night Out tour at the Burger King parking lot on Reisterstown Road and Cold Spring Lane.

Brown, who’s running hard to become the next governor (as O’Malley seeks higher, perhaps the highest, office), says he will spend time “participating in discussions” about how local community leaders and safety officers can “partner in the effort to reduce crime in the community and make our streets safer.”

Such discussion will lead him to Mondawmin Mall, where he might or might not catch up with the governor; Oliver Community Center, where he will miss the mayor by a few minutes; and then on to Lake Montebello, where his night of crime busting will come to a close.

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  • bmoreguy

    Bravo to the Baltimore Brew for calling out the photo opportunity seeking politicians.

  • davethesuave

    ugh. American politics, the worst. So serious, and at the same time, so dumb. Where are the Showboaters? The Eccentrics? The Outlandish? The Dedicated Ones? Why so cardboard, always? I know, I know. They are just a reflection of us. But every so often, a genuine, incorruptible human comes along. I wish it would happen again. We need them.

  • oliviarh

    Now I know why there have been folks in the Middle East area cutting weeds and bagging trash. There are some important people on their way. I wouldn’t have a problem with the clean up if it were done regularly, but looks more like a one time photo op situation.

    • baltimorebrew

      Yup, both the Mayor and Lt. Gov were drive-byes in the Middle East neighborhood after their stops at the Oliver CC.

  • A F James MacArthur

    Bravo to The Brew for pointing out the absurdity of this event. No, not the event itself, but misdirection seeking, publicity whoring, politicians, using the event to distract you from their overall ineffectiveness at implementing any true strategy of crime control in Baltimore.

    Its become nothing but one big, feel good photo op. Hey everyone, look at me, I’m out in the community, do you see me? Its because I care. I really do. Now quit asking me about Tyrone West killed by police, or the scandal ridden, dump of a jail we maintain.

  • shorty9

    Duane G. Davis Dear Chief Justice Roberts This is a Follow up Letter dated 8-7-2007. Enclosed is a video dated 2010 elections. It includes a taped phone call to Mellisa .I followed her instructions and completed my Whistle Blower’s Report concerning the Courts. …This was not an easy task.I was locked up in Illinois and Maryland and labled a Terrorist because I was exposing the Corruption in the courts. The report details Judges Lawyers elected City County State and federal levels benifiting from the Priviatization of the Prison Industry. I showed States Attorney Waller in Lake county Illinois and Shellenberger in the State of Maryland that knowingly and malicously Lied to a GRAND JURY to get an indictment on a case they both manufactured to hide the Corruption in their perspective Courts………Eric Holder Alan Loucks and Rod Rosenstien of the Dept of Justice have Full knowledge of my Independent and OPEN investigation concerning the Courts…….Richard McFeely of the Baltimore FBI has a case file I willing submitted in conjunction with thier Chicago office and my first contact 2-1-2007.I started this PROJECT 9-4-2006. Gov.O’Malley showed interest in my Project (11-28-2006) until it uncovered Corruption under his administration. Doug Gansler and Rod Rosenstien both have blocked a court order by Judge Turnbull to have my Truck computer 1986 Jailhouse diary 13 Story Boards ,2008 -2001 Daily Diary / Ledger, Movie release forms and Evidence for my Whistle Blower application against the Courts. It also had contracts and Letters from President Obama concerning the corruption in his Senate seat Sen.Mark Kirk is currently holding covering Lake County Illinois Judge Booras Judge Bridges Judge Hall Judge rossetti and Judge Forman. Patrick Fitzgerald has my case file and Althea Welch filed 2-5-2007 Attorney Registry and Discplinary Committee for the State of Illinois Chicago office.And the office of Paul Ballard and Carl Snowden of the Maryland Attorney General’s office.Everything is fully documented and in the possession of my Lawyers in Illinois and Maryland for safe keeping in the EVENT of my DEATH. ………..I am writting you this Letter because you are Responsible for the ETHICS and Actions of the Courts and all the officiers of the Court. City County State and Federal levels. The Constitution entitles me to Protection under the LAW..When the Courts created this situation and I’m Blowing the Whistle to you as a Private Citizen which is my RIGHT to approach the Supreme Court to bring attention to Racial injustice Under it’s Robes of Justice. I showed the New Faces of OLD JIM CROW in the Courts………this is considered Checks and Ballances no part of the Governemet is stronger than the other .I have exhausted all my Legal remidies via Executive Legislative and judicials Branches of Our taday I’m knocking on your door so you as CHIEF JUSTICE of the United STATES can Clean house in your own COURTS… …..Everything can be seen if you view .Adam May Wjz13 Marc SteinerWEAA Radio Frank M Conaway Sr. Clerk of the Clerk of Baltimore City Courts , Karen Parks Fox45, Julie Scharper of the Baltimore Sun are just a handfull of Media that I personally gave material to expose the Courts as well as protect me from retaliation from Gov.O’Malley Judge Booras Mayor Sabonjian and 75 Public and elected officials in Illinois and Maryland knowingly and willingingly denying Blacks Hispanics and poor Whites due Process and protection under the law……….I Repsectfully respect you intiate a full investigation into all cases concerning Duane G.Davis Sr inmate N62528 your Court has knowledge and evidence of corruption in not only the Courts ,but the office of Gov.Martin O’Malley ,Doug Gansler ,rod Rosenstien, Riochard McFeely and President Obama ordered an investigation 5-8-2008.I’m the subject of the investigation. I’m ready to testify infront of the Judiciary committee..Sen Chuck Grassley has alll my evidence and material needed for review by the Courts. Mayor SRB has the dvd in her possession City councilman Curran gave it to her for safe keeping. Same DVD President Obama has.I gave President Obama updates and kept him abreast to everything I have been doing……….in closing I hope to hear from you soon. I want my life BACK.I am not a TERRORIST..I only Told the TRUTH. Respectfully submitted Duane G.Davis Sr….. Beth Emmerling this is the Letter I want you to write and print for me. I want to MAIL this off MONDAY MORNING…… Gonna get the BALL rolling against O’Malley and his machineChristopher Williams sending links to all my videos. Brian Vaeth Munir BaharI’m gonna do what Thurgood Marshall taught me about Public Accomodations. I’m gonna access the SUPREME COURT…….Wanna place your BETS??????? This Letter and my videos are gonna be SCANDALOUS in the 2013 –2014 elelctions 2016 is gonna be a WASH for O’Malley.

    • davethesuave

      Hey Brew, what the heck is this doing here? (I apologize for not reading the entire thing, but can ya blame me?)

      • shorty9

        Sorry ,but it’s not for everyone to understand .My political friends know what it’s about .sorry to bore you sir

        • davethesuave

          it’s alright, shorty9. i admit i didn’t get past the second sentence. best of luck to you in your political travels. and let us know if you decide to run for office.

    • shorty9

      Duane G. Davis My caseworker in Baltimore was Richard Mc Feely. FBI records all incoming CALLS..We gonna play all my tapes. and see what SPIN Fox45 gonna put on itDoug Gansler blocked the investigation and so did Rod Rosenstien North Chicago Police Dept Officer Freddrick Dieze case # 07-20646 Attempted Murder. get the facts straight. 12-24-2007 was their way of covering this case up.

  • Calvin Garner

    Wow they don’t even have the decency to take their photo ops in Mount Claire or Pigtown!

    • Dan Harrison

      Too dangerous!

  • baltimorebrew

    The mayor tweeted this message after her last stop at Lake Montebello:

    Had a great time in the community celebrating National Night Out. When we come together we can achieve greatness.

    • davethesuave

      here come old flat-top
      he come
      groovin up slowly…

      that’s the only greatness that comes to my mind.

      • Gerald Neily

        Aw c’mon Dave, you can’t stop there. The holy roller and 1+1+1=3 are particularly apt, and have you ever noticed the resemblance between Fern and Ono sideboard? Neither have I, but it all fits!

        Here come old flattop, he come grooving up slowly
        He got joo-joo eyeball, he one holy roller
        He got hair down to his knee
        Got to be a joker he just do what he please

        He wear no shoeshine, he got toe-jam football
        He got monkey finger, he shoot coca-cola
        He say “I know you, you know me”
        One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
        Come together right now over me

        He bag production, he got walrus gumboot
        He got Ono sideboard, he one spinal cracker
        He got feet down below his knee
        Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease
        Come together right now over me

        Come, oh, come, come, come.)

        He roller-coaster, he got early warning
        He got muddy water, he one mojo filter
        He say “One and one and one is three”
        Got to be good-looking cos he’s so hard to see
        Come together right now over me

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