Monthly Archives: October 2017

Listen to closed door meeting on the boondoggle hotel — 199Mb m4a file

This is a recording of a closed meeting doing public business — closed to elected officials, closed to the press, closed to the public — all designed to clear the path to demolition of a building found Eligible for Listing … Continue reading

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State law requires MHT and DHCD to consult on practicality of plans that preserve the Birely building

Have the state agencies involved in reviewing the plans for demolition of the Birely Tannery been following the law? Under the Maryland Historical Trust Act of 1985 as amended, Sections 5A-325 and 326, a capital project getting state funds must be … Continue reading

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Another closed meeting on the hotel project — this time by state DHCD/City DED

The downtown hotel boondoggle is being promoted again behind closed doors in an unannounced meeting to which none of the public, no press, and no elected representatives are invited. Called a ‘Consulting Parties Meeting’ it was organized by the state … Continue reading

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Why I filed an open meetings complaint with the state LTE Frederick News-Post

A few days ago (9/30) The News-Post reported that I lodged a complaint with the state Open Meetings Compliance Board on the behind-closed-doors meetings of the city’s Hotel Advisory Committee. I’d like to explain why.

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San Jose CA does economic development the right way: no subsidies, no special deals, best deal for all

Sam Liccardo, mayor of San Jose California says his city won’t be offering any subsidies to Amazon to attract their 2nd headquarters and 50,000 jobs. Offering special incentives to big companies to locate in your city is “a bad deal … Continue reading

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City DED expunges ‘Hotel Advisory Committee’ now a ‘Project Advisory Team’

The City’s Department of Economic Development (DED) has determined that the downtown hotel project no longer has an ‘Advisory Committee.’ This crew is now deemed to be a mere ‘Project Advisory Team.’

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Behind-closed-doors-hotel committee — TEXT of complaint to the State Attorney General’s Open Meetings Compliance Board

COMPLAINT: City of Frederick Mayor Randy McClement’s hotel advisory committee (HAC) I submit, has been breaking state law for six years — a public body meeting behind closed doors. Maryland’s Open Meetings Act requires state and local public bodies to … Continue reading

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