July 3, 2016 9:07 pm ET
More troubles for council members as more uses of private email servers surface
Photo: Baltimore County Council
I have deleted all emails regarding Councilman David Marks. Mr. Marks was not sworn in until December 6, 2010. I wrongly reported his emails as official county business. I regret this error and the emails were removed.
In setting up dominos, one often learns that it only takes one domino to fall to bring the others crashing down.
Needless to say, that first domino fell several columns ago when I revealed the first instances of private email usage for county business.
Those dominos just keep falling as we see just how far down the rabbit hole goes…
But, some may ask, why is this so important?
When the communities stand united, then—and only then—can our elected officials be held accountable.
Unfortunately, we have this famous quote from President Nixon on his wrongdoing and his unwillingness to accept responsibility:
As we see the impact of the final Benghazi report, the left wing media is attempting to downplay the wrongdoing of the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s role in precipitating a massive cover-up that cost the lives of four brave Americans, all in the name of politics.
The communities that I just spoke about have continued to do their due diligence on the local leval, providing more information on the continued wrongdoing of our elected officials here in Baltimore County.
As I have done in the past, I will bring you up to speed in these matters, which call into question two issues that violate both county and state laws.
Those laws deal with the use of private email servers to conduct government business, as well as keeping the public in the loop regarding council resolutions.
Here are the links for your review before we go down another road littered with more evidence of possible corruption:
Now, fasten your seat belts, as we take another trip that demonstrates how the cancer within our own back yard continues to grow.
As I have shown in the above links, the instances of impropriety that have been brought to light show serious violations of the law through repeated attempts to lock out input from the community, creating an autocratic rule by our elected officials and undue influence by developers.
The only way to access these private accounts is through a subpoena from another government agency with said powers. And, folks, those subpoena’s don’t come easy.
Here is yet another piece of evidence that shows a pattern of avoiding the mandated law:
The following link contains 284 pages of emails between Councilwoman Cathy Bevins and the developers of the proposed outlet mall, Paragon.
Those emails include records of campaign contributions along with the word REDACTED, which appears to exclude a lot of the back and forth over the development with council members.
One of the first ominous signs within these emails, other than the number of redacted pages, is found in the language contained in these exchanges.
Take, for example, the following on page 20.
(Note: On the right hand side of the pdf file, use your cursor to navigate the pages.)
I spoke with Tom Bostwick this morning, and we do need to put a name on the resolution upon introduction. It can be conspicuous, and it is a read through quickly so as to not raise any flags.
Does this sound like the councilwoman was involving the community in a decision that would forever alter the living conditions of those residing in that area?
We already know the potential for huge traffic problems in an already gridlocked area.
It goes on from there, unfortunately.
Now that the rest of the council is involved (with the possible exception of Wade Kach), they are all caught in a vice; that vice is the backlash of the voters if Mrs. Bevins tries an end-around the referendum and uses the CMPZ zoning to give Paragon the green light to proceed with the project.
As you will notice, while the council maneuvers and plans its next move, another problem came up in White Marsh that will lie at the feet of both Mrs. Bevins and her counterpart, David Marks.
Rather than focusing on the real problems in their districts, the council members are wheeling and dealing with our tax dollars.
If you read these pages, you might begin to see what is behind some of these mega deals with developers:
I predict that, if Councilwoman Bevins turns her back on the 70,000-plus people who signed the dotted line to send this to a referendum and a vote, she—and possibly other members of the council—will be voted out of office.
Not only are we faced with council members violating the law by using private email serves to conduct county business; the transparency in getting to the whole truth is like watching the grass grow, as this PIA indicates:
Mr. Thomas Peddicord
Baltimore County Council
Towson, MD 21204
June 22, 2016
Dear Mr. Peddicord:
Pursuant to the Maryland Public Records Act, State Government Article §§10-611 to 628, I request access to and copies of documents showing
I agree to pay reasonable duplication fees for the processing of the request up to $30.00. If the fee exceeds this amount please call me.
If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act, in writing.
I look forward to receiving the records promptly. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions regarding this request, please email me at the above at the above address.
The request includes:
All emails, correspondence, notes, copies of letters or any other types of communication between Councilwoman Cathy Bevins and any member, associate, individual, or company associated with the Paragon Outlet as covered in Legislation Bill 53-15.
This would include any political or elected official in any Baltimore County or MD State Government.
Copies of any correspondence that deals with county business as related to the Paragon issue not conducted through mandated Baltimore County webservers as per law. (i.e. G-Mail accounts).
As of yet, not a peep, which is the status quo. Menwhile, I will continue to watch the grass grow while keeping my ear to the ground for more impropriety.
One can only hope that the quest for the truth is not met with more smoke and mirrors in an attempt to conceal what takes place behind the curtain.