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VIDEO | Mayor Scott delivers first State of the City Address

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA)— On Thursday, his 100th day in office, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott delivered the 2021 State of the City Address. 

“Bringing real change to Baltimore will be a difficult journey. But in these first 100 days, I am proud to say that we are moving in the right direction,” said Mayor Scott. “We are governing from the ground up, by ensuring that everyday basic services are being met efficiently and effectively. And we are achieving this first-rate coordination amid a global pandemic. The State of our City is strong. And I can assure you that the future of Baltimore is bright.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-zQgzcqjQU

During the address, the mayor announced new initiatives his administration will focus on in the weeks and months ahead, including: 

  • Launching Open Checkbook to explore City expenditures 
  • Directing the Finance Department to ensure no one loses their home to tax sale during this pandemic 
  • Establishing a local language access mandate to provide access to City services in languages beyond English 
  • Issuing an executive order to suspend pre-employment drug screenings for public employees in non-safety sensitive positions
  • Reopening recreation centers on April 5
  • Opening the world-class Cahill Fitness and Wellness Center in West Baltimore
  • Introducing City Council legislation to reduce the number of false alarm calls BPD responds to in order to prioritize police response to calls demanding most urgent response;
  • Committing to leveraging our world-class institutions to ensure residents experiencing behavioral health or substance use crisis receive response from a clinician rather than a police officer
  • Implementing a cutting-edge 911 diversion pilot program to send the most appropriate resources when residents call for assistance
  • Committing to engaging hotel owners to add more permanent supportive housing to the portfolio of housing options within our community
Baltimore native, Micarie Kemp has always been passionate about working in the media.