EDIT 1/18: The City Council President’s Director of Communications left a comment below this post that elaborates on the trip. Lester Davis definitely does a good job of quickly finding out where the name of his boss has been mentioned.
The 21st Annual Empowerment Congress Summit takes place on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Look who is part of “Team Baltimore”
City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City of Baltimore, MD
City Councilmember Carl Stokes, District 12, City of Baltimore, MD
Damion J. Cooper, Director, City of Baltimore Office of Neighborhood and Constituent Relations
Hathaway Ferebee, Executive Director, Baltimore’s Safe & Sound Campaign
I learned about this little excursion when reading my Facebook feed yesterday:
It appears the conference started this week and that Jack Young is already there.
It also appears that a few city hall meetings were coincidentally canceled yesterday:
Who is paying for this? What is the point of sending two councilmen here? Young is paid over $100k a year. Stokes is paid over $57K a year for a part-time job! Apparently they are supposed to talk about stopping the “youth prison”. The prison project was just canceled by the governor, but that does not cancel a political vacation to California!
Carl Stokes has been milking the fiscally responsible gimmick for a while. Does this seem like what a fiscally responsible elected official would do?
Conferences in California are vacations. “Empowerment” is a BS term made up by people who do not have real jobs and who like to talk in circles. One gains leadership skills and life experiences by actually going to work, not by sitting in a room in sunny California surrounded by control freak politicians gorging on unhealthy conference food.