Gov. Hogan’s State of the State, Hank Greenberg and Baltimore chef on ‘Chopped’
Gov. Hogan stresses bipartisanship in State of the State
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) continued to hammer a theme of bipartisanship in his fifth State of the State address on Jan. 30, steering clear of an income-tax-rate cut and most other legislative proposals being pushed by GOP House leaders, according to The Washington Post. Hogan, who is being recruited as a possible challenger to President Trump, used the speech to highlight his already announced legislative priorities, including tax relief for retirees, redistricting reform, school accountability and mandatory minimums for repeat violent offenders who use firearms to commit crimes. He lauded the Democratic-controlled General Assembly for working with him on lowering health-insurance premiums and reforming the criminal-justice system, saying Annapolis had shown the “rest of America that a divided government does not have to be a divisive government.”
Bill would require police commanders to live in Baltimore City
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Cory McCray that would require all Baltimore Police Department officials ranking at captain and up to live in Baltimore City has Mayor Catherine Pugh’s backing, as well as that of the city’s incoming police commissioner, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. In a statement, Pugh said she supports the bill—which would require roughly 50 commanders to reside in the city limits—because it’s “necessary that those who police our community also be part of the community.” McCray’s bill went before the Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee on Jan. 29, where the city’s police union also testified in support as well. It would impose the same residency requirements that the city enacted last year for at-will supervisors reporting directly to either the mayor or an agency head, covering about 150 positions. New hires have six months to relocate to Baltimore proper or risk losing their jobs.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti not running for president in 2020
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will not be running for president in 2020. Garcetti made the announcement on Jan. 29, saying he would work to solve a myriad of problems in his city, the homelessness crisis chief among them. Over the last year Garcetti, who is Jewish, has visited the states with early primaries, including Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, leading to speculation that he would vie for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Garcetti, a councilman for 12 years before being elected mayor in 2013, is the son of a Jewish mother and was raised Jewish. On his father’s side, he is of mixed Italian and Mexican heritage. He was re-elected in March 2017.--JTA
Hank Greenberg’s bat is up for auction
Want a bat used by Jewish baseball legend Hank Greenberg? You’ll need more than $8,000. The Hall of Famer’s wood bat, which was signed by the 1937 Detroit Tigers, is up for auction on the website of Lelands-Sports Memorabilia and Card Auctions. The starting bid was $5,000, but as of Jan. 30, the number was over $8,000. Bidding ends Feb. 1. The lot description notes that “there is a deep ball mark near the crack at the top of the handle” and rates its use as “moderate.” The bat is signed by 34 team members in black fountain ink, with Greenberg signing right above his name on the barrel of the bat. Greenberg, a first baseman and outfielder for the Tigers for 12 seasons in the 1930s and ’40s, hit 331 home runs in his career. Known as “Hammerin’ Hank” and the “Hebrew Hammer,” he had 1,276 runs batted in and a .313 lifetime batting average. Though he was not religiously observant, Greenberg sat out a game in 1934 during Yom Kippur at the height of the American League pennant race. He finished his career in the 1947 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His playing days were interrupted by more than four years serving in the Army Air Corps, including during World War II. Greenberg died in 1986 at age 75.–JTA
La Food Marketa’s Executive Chef John Bedingfield on “Chopped”
Chef John Bedingfield appeared on a “Chopped” episode called “Game On” that aired on The Food Network on Jan. 29 … and won! The chefs were required to cook a game-day feast. Bedingfield, 32, worked at The Food Market in Hampden before joining La Food Marketa as executive chef in 2016.
Here’s the congratulatory post from La Food Marketa’s Facebook page:
Baltimore County Councilman Izzy Patoka also congratulated Bedingfield:
Tune in to This Week in Baltimore Eating Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. at facebook.com/jmoreliving when restaurateur Tony Foreman joins the conversation.
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