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Vol. I No. 74

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

October 7, 2010

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An Eye For Beauty DAVE HUDDLESTON admires large painting by Phila. Developmental Disabilities Corp. artist Michael Squillaciotti in its Cultural Arts Center. The CBS3 and CW Philly 57 news anchor was guest speaker at Advocacy Brunch at The Arc of Phila. After speaking to a group of advocates and professionals in intellectual-disability field to raise awareness of accomplishments of this population, Huddleston toured facilities. Many PDDC clients greeted Huddleston and said they watched him on Channel 3. PDDC and The Arc are leaders in jobs, training and social programs for MR citizens. Photo By Bonnie Equires


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tate Rep. Kenyatta Johnson (D-S. Phila.) hailed the House as, on the last day of session yesterday, it passed a measure that would give Pennsylvania municipalities new tools to fight neighborhood blight.

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Under the legislation, municipalities would have the authority to take action to prevent, restrain, correct or abate buildings, housing or improved lands that are in serious violation of a building or housing code. The bill, SB 900, also would allow a lien to be placed against the assets of an owner of unremediated blighted property after the action is completed and a finding has been made against the owner.

erty in any municipality for which taxes, water, sewer or refuse charges are delinquent or the applicant is in serious violation of a state law or municipal code and has taken no substantial steps to correct the violation within six months following notification. “This bill will make the owner of a blighted property more accountable and gives our communities the tools they need to address this issue,” Johnson said. “This legislation, which began as the vision of the late Senator Jim Rhoades, will give our municipalities the authority they need to correct these blighted neighborhoods and make them more livable places where families can live, work and play,” he added.

In addition, municipalities would be allowed to deny a building perThe bill goes back to the State mit, zoning permit, variance, or a Senate to concur with changes made municipal license, permit or apby the House. proval if the applicant owns prop-

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Lowery Brown: ‘Castle’ Bill Is Dangerous lso passing in the State

“The Castle Doctrine bill sets a danHouse’s waning hours was a gerous precedent on when deadly measure that will extend cit- force can be used,” she continued. izens’ right to use deadly force in self- “To make matters worse, the House defense by applying the “man’s home refused to consider amendments is his castle” doctrine. that could have addressed ongoing gun violence in Philadelphia. State Rep. Vanessa a Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.) immediately “Those amendments would have redecried the law, saying, “I believe quired a missing firearm to be reis irresponsible and dangerous be- ported to police within three days; cause it could allow violent people limited the purchase of handguns to to use loopholes in State law to one per month; and allowed carry out their crimes. Philadelphia to create an ordinance

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on assault weapons. The House also refused to consider an amendment that would have closed a loophole in state law that now allows people who shouldn’t be carrying guns to use another State’s permit to carry one.” Lowery Brown said she was disappointed in these developments, but still vowed to work on legislation to address her concerns.

City Hall Flies The Rainbow Flag oday, in honor of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender History Month, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs hosted the first annual Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall.

alongside the United States flag at any municipal building in Philadelphia. The Mayor was joined by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and the Philadelphia Voices of Pride who each performed for the event. The rainbow flag, which will fly on October 6, will acknowledge the month-long series of events taking This flag-raising marks the first place across the city. “LGBT Histime the rainbow flag was flown tory Month in Philadelphia truly re-

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flects the diversity of our city. There is no more visible location in Philadelphia than City Hall. It is one of our city’s great historical treasures and tourist attractions, and so, I am pleased and honored to mark LGBT History Month by highlighting and celebrating our city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said the Mayor.

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estifying before the Pennsylvania House Urban Affairs Committee today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter urged legislators to reform the governance structure of the Philadelphia Housing Authority by giving the Mayor the appointment power to name all or the majority of members to the authority’s board. Nutter also recommended that the Philadelphia mayor have the authority to remove PHA board members at the pleasure of the Mayor, bringing PHA in line with housing authorities across the Commonwealth and country.

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Nutter To Harrisburg: Give PHA To Me

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“straight line of accountability” from PHA to the Mayor, who in turn is responsible to the residents and voters of Philadelphia. “The current governance structure does not work and does not exist anywhere else in the Commonwealth or in any other major American city,” said Nutter. “If we are going to implement a new work culture of accountability, transparency and oversight at the Philadelphia Housing Authority, change must begin at the top.” Under the statutes of the Housing Authorities Act of 1937, the Mayor of Philadelphia is the only Mayor in the Commonwealth who does not appoint all or control a majority of appointments to the local housing board. Philadelphia is the only large city in the country where removal of a housing board member “for cause” must be confirmed by a local court. In other large cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, board members serve at the Mayor’s pleasure and can be relieved of duties at any time. In his testimony, Mayor Nutter recounted a series of management weaknesses related to PHA Board oversight of the housing authority. He also described instances where, because of a lack of coordination between PHA and the City, PHA has competed with other City housing agencies or acted outside of the City’s regular planning process.

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Water Works Offers A Fall Foliage Tour he Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is presenting “Fall Foliage and Schuylkill Plant Press” every Saturday during the month of October for free, starting every half hour from 2 to 4 p.m. located at 640 Water Works Drive.

in the pavement? Explore the trees in Fairmount Park at the Schuylkill’s edge and South Gardens. In our Water Lab we learn how to start to identify different species, why trees are so important and maybe even get to talk a little about how they tell us about history. We will press and preserve these Did you ever look around and wonplants for you to take home. der what kind of tree you were looking at or what was the name of the The “Fall Foliage and Schuylkill plant growing in between the cracks Plant Press” event is only part of the

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excitement the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center has to offer. Its galleries, theater, social exhibition and location near the river’s edge give visitors an abundant amount of activities to experience. The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is operated by the Philadelphia Water Dept. and open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Center is closed on Mondays and City holidays. The Center is fully ADA accessible.

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Education Lobby Backs 4 State Reps

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ducation Voters of Pennsylvania, an independent public interest organization that endorses candidates based on support for public education, has released its first endorsements in state legislative races. Four city State Representatives were among their number: Dwight Evans (D-N. Phila.), Thomas Murt (R-N.E. Phila.), Tony Payton (D-Kensington) and James Roebuck (D-W. Phila.).

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over the past few years,” said Susan Gobreski, the executive director of EVPA. “As a result, Pennsylvania achievement has been steadily rising, with more students achieving proficiency in core subjects. Pennsylvania’s reformed funding formula and efforts to target resources in order to provide sufficient program support provide for all Pennsylvania’s school districts are important steps in the right direction.

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have been champions for public education. These incumbent members have worked diligently by serving on important committees, sponsoring or co-sponsoring initiatives or championing education issues in their own caucuses.” EVPA is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. It will be making endorsements in key State House and Senate races over the next few weeks leading up to the November election.

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Mayors Place Their Series Bets On Reading his morning, Mayor Michael

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dence and creates a life-long love of

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learning. The real winner of this bet will

Mallory of Cincinnati an-

be the many children in both cities who

nounced a National League Division

will receive increased access to quality,

Series bet that will benefit low-income

age-appropriate books,” said Nutter.

children in both Philadelphia and

“When the Phillies win the NLDS,

Cincinnati. The Mayors agreed the win-

3,000 new books will be donated to

ning city will receive 2,000 books do-

Philadelphia and Cincinnati to help

nated by the nonprofit First Book. The

children learn and love to read.”

winning Mayor will send the books to organizations serving in-need children in their home city. The series’ losing city will also receive 1,000 books donated by First Book. The Mayors said they believed the bet was in the spirit of competition, while also addressing one

“I am glad Mayor Nutter is so kindly offering to bet on the series. We know the Reds are going to win, and now our young people will be able to directly benefit from the win,” said Mayor Mallory.

of the most urgent needs in their com-

First Book’s Founder and President

munities – improving literacy and mak-

Kyle Zimmer said, “We are honored to

ing sure kids who are in the most need

be a part of this wager and are excited

have access to books.

that the real winners are the children of Philadelphia and Cincinnati.”

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Oct. 7Councilman Curtis Thomas hosts Eds and Meds: Secrets to Success, a Business Roundtable at Penna. Convention Ctr., Rm. 303. Preregistration 2:30-3 p.m., program 34:30 p.m. Registration deadline Oct. 1. Call (215) 686-3416. Oct. 7Fundraiser for State Rep candidate Brendan Boyle at American Pub, Concourse, 1500 Market St., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $50, students $25. Oct. 8NAACP will hold 2010 Freedom Gala on Friday, at A.M.E. District Plaza, 3801 Market Street. Theme Fashionable Forties. Show and Entertainment by Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge.ecdption 6 p.m. Dinner 7 p.m. For info call 215 848SUN4. Oct. 8Golf Outing for State Rep. John P. Sabatina at Island Green C.C., 1 Red Lion Rd. Cost $125 per player. Includes golf, lunch, dinner and party after event. Registration noon. For info Steve Campanile (215) 460-4697 or (215) 7428600. Oct. 10Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival along Broad Street from Morris St. to Marconi Plaza, starting 12:30 p.m. Festival at Marconi Plaza runs to 6 p.m. Oct. 12South Philadelphia Business Association hosts State Rep. Kenyatta

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Johnson, 186th District, at Galdo’s Caterers, 20th and Moyamensing Av. Dinner and Open Bar $35. 6 pm. For reservations call 215-336-1108. Oct. 1321st Ward GOP Holds Reception at Keenan’s Valley View Inn, 468 Domino La., 6:30-9 p.m. Beer, wine, food, friends. Donation $40. For info (215) 482-2834. Oct. 14State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson Hearing on Blight and Abandoned Property, at Church of the Redeemer, 1440 S. 24th St., 10 a.m.2 p.m. Attendance free. Info (215) 952-3378. Oct. 14Fundraiser for Cindy Bass for City Council 5 to 7 p.m. at Public House, 18th and Cherry. Tickets $50-100. For info call Rosa Woods at 215-844-5443. Oct. 14Matt Myers hosts 39B Fall Fundraiser at EOM Club, Front & Moore Streets, 6 p.m. Tickets $50. For info Matt Myers at (215) 4674643. Oct. 15State Rep. John Taylor’s Golf Outing at Torresdale Frankford C.C., 3801 Grant Ave., shotgun start 12:30 p.m. For info (215) 545-1013. Oct. 1526th Ward Republicans host Fall Festival at Swan Caterers Waterfall Rm., 2015 S. Water St., 6:30 p.m. For info (215) 468-2300. Oct. 15Fundraiser for Philadelphia Eagles legend Jon Runyan, GOP N.J. congressional candidate, at La Veranda Ristorante, Pier 3, 5 N. Columbus Blvd. $250 up. For info Jakki Clarke (609) 670-1616.

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Oct. 16PEP’s Third Annual Carnival 2010 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This year’s carnival will feature ten games of skill with prize awards, a strolling magician, a clown, a caricature artist, arts and crafts, pumpkin and face painting, both police and fire department displays. In garden at the corner of Broad and Federal Streets. There is no admission charge. Oct. 1612th Ward Democrat Executive Committee and Ward Leader John Connelly host ward fundraiser at Champagne’s Restaurant, 21 E. Chelten Ave. Tickets $50-$75$100. For info (215) 760-8912 or email johnnieC22@yahoo.com. Oct. 16Tribute to Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 Business Mgr. Wayne Miller and Convention Center Authority President Ahmeenah Young by Friends of Labor at Sheraton City Center, 17th & Race Sts., 6 p.m. Ticket $250. Checks payable to Friends of Labor, 1310 Wallace St., Phila., PA 19123. Oct. 16Women’s Club of Springfield Twp. Beef ’n Beer for George Fund at Keystone Hospice at Washington Fire House, 36 W. Elm St., Conshohocken, Pa., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $35 at door, advance $30. Send checks to Women’s Club Springfield Township c/o 45 Brookside Road, Erdenheim, PA 19038. Oct. 17Public meeting on new Health Care Bill at Summit Presbyterian Ch., 3-5 p.m., 6757 Greene St., 35 p.m. Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, former Phila. Health Commissioner, will speak. For info (215)

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