Latest Fact-checks on Rick Baker Rick Baker stated on September 26, 2017 in a comment during a mayoral forum: While Mayor Rick Kriseman said he would dip into reserves this year because of Hurricane Irma, he "went into the emergency reserves before Irma ever hit." Rick Baker stated on June 14, 2017 in a "Tampa Bay Times" article: Says Rick Kriseman is $35 million over budget on St. Petersburg’s new police station. Rick Baker stated on July 28, 2017 in a Facebook post: Says he "made St. Petersburg the state's best maintained large sewer system in 2007." Rick Baker stated on July 13, 2017 in an interview with the "Tampa Bay Times" editorial board: "We went from zero A elementary schools when I took office to 16 when I left, and our total A and B schools went up by 260 percent." Rick Baker stated on June 25, 2017 in an interview with News Channel 8: "Midtown crime is up by 30 percent the last quarter."