Please read below to see how the underhanded process our qausi-government body is trying to eliminate Ed Cohen from the BRTB CAC!
John C, per Ed, please attend if you can, and vote for Michele.
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From: michele rosenberg <michel.r...@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 11:24 AM
Subject: membership committee December 1, 2010
To: Albert Pietrolungo <ajpiet...@verizon.net>, brandon...@yahoo.com, Earl Matthews <ez_ma...@msn.com>, Raine Mullan <rmu...@comcast.net>, Edward Cohen <ra...@getontrac.org>
All of you were reminded yesterday about today's committee meeting prior to the general meeting at 5:30. I hope you will be there because we have several serious issues in front of us.
According to two phone calls I received after Thanksgiving the BRTB was unhappy with two of our selections to be on the CAC. Information on these two calls was different.
1.Info on first person was same in both calls.
I was told that Matthew Helfant who represents Central Maryland Regional Transit in Howard County was unsuitable and that the Howard County executive considered his appointment to be a conflict of interest. We have attempted to write a separate statement on conflict of interest which has not been ok'd yet by CAC for lack of a quorum. According to our statement Helfant probably would be a conflict of interest. However, according to BRTB's definition he isn't. What is a conflict of interest is when a county executive says they don't want someone, basically indicating this person has individual ideas which are opposed to their own interests. This is something we can not accept and I hope you will all agree with me.
2. info on second person was different
The second person is Ed Cohen. Both Todd and Monica called and told me that he was unacceptable. Monica however stated that a vote was taken against Ed. This brings up two vitally important issues.
a. When and where was this vote taken? Who voted for? Who voted against? I have been attending the BRTB meetings on a regular basis and no vote was taken in public in support or in opposition of the list which was sent for approval. If a vote was taken therefore it was taken in a closed meeting which is against the Open Meetings Law of the State of Maryland.
b. The second issue is Ed himself. Todd indicated that the BRTB wanted new blood on the CAC but Ed would still be allowed to come to meetings even though he couldn't vote. ANYONE CAN COME TO OUR MEETINGS IF THEY DON'T VOTE AND DON'T CAUSE A SCENE. THEY CAN PROBABLY EVEN COME IF THEY DO CAUSE A SCENE. Also, we have someone currently on the CAC who has been a member longer than Ed. Kevin Racine who is currently running for vice president and is a wonderful addition to the CAC has served longer than Ed has. In that case, why aren't they asking for his removal. You can't have it both ways.
I was asked to make a decision and told that I wanted to confer with other members of my committee thereby giving me several days to figure what could be done. As the situation currently stands I feel we should keep our list with these two choices the way they are until we received written notification from the BRTB when this vote occurred and answering above situation.
Since this conversation took place I have contacted my state senator Lisa Gladden who has written a letter in support of Ed Cohen remaining on the CAC. I will give you a copy at tonight's meeting.
I hope you realize that I am not trying to cause acrimony between the CAC and the BRTB but I hope we can remain independent voices who are working in tandem with the BRTB to assure the best as regards transportation issues in the region.
Lastly, nothing to do with above - please support me tonight in my run for chair of the new 2011 CAC.
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The BRTB did not reject Ed. At the CAC meeting they indicated that there is an informal agreement among the local representatives where they can voice their disapproval with who ever is chosen by the CAC. The local representative expressed disapproval of Ed. In Ed’s case this representative is Jamie Kendrick. The CAC voted to resubmit Ed’s name to the BRTB. I would suspect that Ed will remain on the CAC.
Sticking your head in the sand is going to do nothing to change Baltimore. If you don’t submit alternative projects, you give them the opportunity to say their projects were the only ones available to fund. It’s easy to draw lines on a map when you don’t have to live with any of the restrictions that are imposed on planners.
It is definitely not easy to deal with the BRTB. Most decisions are either politically motivated or appear to be based on the least amount of thinking required. They tend to take a very narrow view of ideas submitted, rejecting them because of some little known requirement or because they don’t understand it. They provide very little feedback. The more you know about the process the more likely they will be to accept your ideas.
Michele - For the past 2 years, I have had numerous discussions with our local, state and federal officials regarding the Red Line's devastating impact on Canton in general and Boston Street in particular. For the most part, our concerns have fallen on deaf ears. I would like to get together with you to talk about this if you think it would be helpful. I can always be reached at my office 410 727-6600 or by email brose...@rosenbergmartin.com.Benjamin RosenbergRosenberg | Martin | Greenberg, LLP25 South Charles Street, Suite 2115Baltimore, MD 21201-3305410-727-6600 phone410-727-1115 fax
From: michele rosenberg [mailto:michel.r...@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 9:45 PM
To: Gerald Neily
Cc: John Cutonilli; Nathaniel Payer; balto...@googlegroups.com; Christopher T Field; Deacon Michael Bishop; Marty Taylor; Rognelheight; Saul Wilson; Rosenberg, Ben; ra...@getontrac.org
Subject: Re: Long-range transportation plan for the Baltimore region