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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mayor Dixon Responds to Questions About the Senator Theatre Transition

Yesterday, Tom Harris at Friends Of the Senator Theater blog, posted Mayor Sheila Dixon's responses to some questions he sent her in email. I'm just going to quote, and leave you to draw your own conclusions, as he did. (I feel like there are some conclusions I could draw, but I'm going to sit this one out.)

1. When the Board of Estimates plans to discuss/vote on the proposed aid package? The deal has not yet been accepted. There are too many unanswered questions to speculate on when the BOE action will occur.

2. Do the current budget shortfalls and possibility of city employee layoffs endanger its passing? No, we would use capital funds earmarked for economic development.

3. Who is/will determine persons to be seated as the transition steering committee? The steering committee is being led by Ellen Janes. The City is a participant but is not organizing or directing the committee.

4. Who is/will be involved in creating the non-profit group and appointing its officers? The steering committee.

5. Do you expect that persons from the theatre’s neighborhood and business associations will be included in discussions regarding questions 4 and 5? Yes.

I hope that you have found this information helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future regarding this or any other issue.

Sheila Dixon
City of Baltimore

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