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Friday, March 15, 2013

Washington Plaza, again.

Despite his budget calling for staff reductions, furloughs, slashing the library budget, etc., Rushern Baker apparently plans to spend big bucks to buy Washington Plaza from a company run by a friend and  associate.  Yes, the same Washington Plaza that the school board tried to lease--and got slapped for the potential waste of money and poor sense of priorities.

I can't help wondering what the independent Inspector General that Baker promised would say about this.  We'll nenver know because Baker broke that promise, along with most of his other ethics-related promises.

Proposed Pr. George's police headquarters has checkered history
By Miranda S. Spivack and Matt Zapotosky,

The complex of buildings that Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) hopes to buy for a new police department headquarters has a checkered history.

Known as Washington Plaza, it is the same group of buildings just off Pennsylvania Avenue that the school system tried to buy several years ago from Dean Morehouse's Washington Plaza LLC. That $36 million lease-purchase deal was brokered by NAI Michael Companies, as was the new deal for the police headquarters.
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The NAI Michael Companies president now is former Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry (D), a close associate of Baker, but a colleague, Jeff Ludwig, brokered this deal for the police, Curry said.
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