Baltimore Event: Safety in Mt. Vernon and Beyond

The Tuesday 7:30pm MVBA General Meeting (at the Belvedere) may be the most important of the year. If you are happy with policing, legislation and prosecution related to our current club and crime problems, then you can stay home and watch “America’s Funniest Home Videos”. Otherwise, please email this to your neighbors and print about a dozen of the attached fliers to post at your neighbor’s doors. Our guests listed below are the exact people who can help solve this problem and we won’t likely get them all to the table again. Please read on for information on critical MVBA efforts on this matter.

Major Smith for Central District Baltimore City Police Department
Sheryl Goldstein, Director of Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
Catalina Rodriguez – City Council President’s Community Liaison
Ian Hines, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods
Patricia Jessamy, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City
Verna Jones, Maryland State Senator
William Cole, City Councilman Baltimore City
Jack Young, City Councilman Baltimore City
Michelle Pierce, Community Law Center

Crimestoppers Reward: At its Tuesday night meeting, the MVBA board resolved to fundraise for a $1,000 reward for any anonymous tip leading the arrest and conviction of any teen involved in a street assault in Mount Vernon after June 15th. Though justice for past victims is important, it was felt we should keep our focus on deterrent of future crimes. The primary focus for the reward is psychological – aimed at what is clearly group behavior. In the mind of the potential assailant(s), we seek to convert what is now a peer-group audience into potential peer witnesses. We plan to market this reward directly to the teens with the same style, promotional graphics, cards (“GameOva”), and myspace webpages as are currently use to promote their events.

Anonymous tips and reward distribution will be handled by Metro Crime Stoppers who work in close partnership with the Baltimore Police Department. More details will follow, but first we need to raise the funds quickly, so please donate online (www.mvba.org) , or mail or bring a check to the MVBA meeting.

Citizens on Patrol Segway: Our Safety Committee is growing including about a dozen trained Segway operators. These Segways are a tremendous “force multiplier” that allow our late-night volunteers to cover and support a much greater area. We need more than the two we have access to (one generously donated by Charles Street Development Corp.), so we’re trying to raise about $6k for a third unit. Please donate online (www.mvba.org) or mail or bring a check to the meeting and we’ll keep you informed of our progress. Also, you are encouraged to join the Citizens on Patrol and get Segway training yourself by sending an email to safety@mvba.org

Community Law Center: It is rare for MVBA to pass the hat for another organization. Michelle Pierce at the Community Law Center (link) has provide critical and inspired pro-bono legal representation to MVBA on several critical liquor cases – we would be in a far worse situation today without her help. She was key to getting El Patron and Red Square’s illegal club operations shut down, she is representing us block new live entertainment operations at Robert Oliver, and of course scarcely a day goes by that she isn’t working on the Suites Ultralounge problem (obviously a tough case). MVBA board member Stan Keyser has offered a $500 match to any MVBA donations to the CLC. The CLC is a non-profit suffering under budget cuts and an organization that your board encourages you to support. Please donate online (www.mvba.org) or mail or bring a check to the meeting.

DONATE: Please donate by clicking the link below and use the “add special instructions” link at the last step for any specific instructions on which of the above initiatives you want your funds directed, else you can let the Safety Committee make that determination. Sorry, due to time constraints, this is not a tax-deductible opportunity. You don’t need to be or become a PayPal member and you also have the option of simply sending a check to: Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association, 1221 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 for: Safety Program (or any of the above).

Click the “Donate” button at http://www.mvba.org”

The MVBA General Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month with the exception of August and December. Meetings are held at the Belvedere Hotel, 1 E Chase Street at 7:30 PM.

http://www.mvba.org/aboutmvba/generalinfo.html

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