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Vol. I No. 75

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

October 8, 2010


Daily Record

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13th Congressional Race Looks Tight A poll conducted by Neil

can. Voters here are clearly look-

Newhouse, Public Opinion

ing for a change.”


Strategies, shows the 13

Congressional Dist. seat may not be as safe as was thought earlier. In a summary memo, Neil New-

house said, “Forget the Democrat registration edge here enjoyed by

Dee Adcock, the Republican candidate is benefiting from this effect. Schwartz’s reelection support is at

41%, while 37% say it is time to give a new person a chance.

Congresswoman Allyson

The survey of likely voters, con-

Schwartz (D-Phila.-Mont-

ducted by Public Opinion Strategies,

gomery). Voters in this district

in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional

are leaning toward the GOP can-

District on behalf of the Dee Adcock

didate in the November election

campaign. The survey was conducted

by a 44%-42% margin, with even

Aug. 31-Sep.1 among 300 likely vot-

27% of Democrats supporting a

ers and has a margin of error of

‘checks-and-balances’ Republi-

±5.66% in 95 out of 100 cases.


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Rage Spreads In House Over ‘Castle Bill’ A man’s home is his castle. He

under the Castle Doctrine. HB 40

has the right to defend him-

would expand that right to include ve-

self and his family within

hicles and any other place the individ-

his home from intruders who intend to

ual has the right to be.

without debate. The amendments would have required a missing firearm to be reported to police within three days; limited the pur-

do harm, including, in some cases, the Cruz said that description is too vague

chase of handguns to one per month;

and could lead to escalated gun vio-

required Pennsylvania residents to

But a new law passed by the State

lence throughout Philadelphia and the

have a state license to carry a firearm;

House would vastly expand that right


allowed Philadelphia to create an ordi-

use of deadly force.

into the streets, allowing shooters to claim as a defense they felt threatened by people they shoot. Many of the city’s State Representatives voted against HB 40, which broadens the definition of the Castle Doctrine. It is now on its way to the Senate.

nance on assault weapons; and banned “What Pennsylvania needs is better

assault weapons.

enforcement of laws regarding the use and sale of guns,” Cruz said. “This

Another amendment would have

dangerous legislation essentially

closed a loophole in state law that al-

amounts to a ‘shoot first, ask later’

lows people to carry guns with an out-

policy with regard to gun rights.”

of-state permit, even after being denied a gun permit in Pennsylvania.

This has State Rep. Angel Cruz (DKensington) worried, which is why he was among those voting no. He be-

Cruz noted the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association opposes the

“Despite efforts by me and my fellow


colleagues from Philadelphia, this reckless legislation passed the House

lieves HB 40, introduced by State

Several amendments were filed to im-

Rep. Scott Perry (R-York), would lead

prove the legislation, but House Re-

to more gun violence.

publicans used a parliamentary

Current law gives citizens the right to protect themselves in their own home 8 OCTOBER, 2010

by a vote of 159 to 38,” Cruz lamented.

procedure that allowed HB 40 to be considered without amendments, and THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD



In Other Election Action…. orning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows Tom Corbett leading Dan Onorato by 11 percentage points, 47% to 36%. Republican US Senate candidate Pat Toomey holds a 7point lead over Joe Sestak, 45 to 38%.


Police unions around the state have come to a consensus supporting Tom Corbett. US Sen. Arlen Specter has joined the Sestak campaign, appearing at one or more fundraisers.

Voters of Democrat Congressman Joe Sestak’s District in Delaware and Montgomery Cos. prefer Sestak by a three-point margin over Republican Pat Toomey in the Keystone State’s Senate race. Forty-nine percent of voters in the state’s 7th Congressional Dist. said they plan to support Sestak for Senate, compared to 46% who plan to vote for Toomey. Fix percent were undecided or planned to vote for another candidate. Sestak’s lead in his own home base is well within the margin of error of

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the Monmouth University Poll of the district released Thursday. The poll suggests that Sestak, the two-term congressman who beat Sen. Arlen Specter (D) to snag the party’s Senate nomination this cycle, is beginning to fall behind in his race against Toomey – even in his own home base. Fighting to replace Sestak as Congressman in that same District, State Rep. Bryan Lentz is seeking to hang an albatross around his opponent Pat Meehan’s neck – in the form of State Sen. Vincent Fumo (D-S. Phila.). Fumo was convicted of corruption and is serving time in Federal prison; Meehan is a former US Attorney whose office prosecuted Fumo. “According to campaign finance records, Pat Meehan’s campaign has received funding from a range of donors who also made substantial donations to Vince Fumo, one of the prosecutions that Meehan has touted repeatedly along the campaign trail. Meehan has received more than $114,000 from Fumo’s benefactors, records show,” Lentz has charged. “Apparently these friends of Vince Fumo see something that they like in Pat Meehan, but we’re still scratching our heads over here about what exactly that might be,” said Kevin McTigue, Bryan Lentz’s campaign manager. 8 OCTOBER, 2010

Mayor Appoints 19 To Airport Advisory Board ayor Michael A. Nutter announced his appointment of 19 new members to the Mayor’s Airport Advisory Board yesterday. John Saler, chairman of the Government & Public Affairs Group of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens &Young, LLP, has been appointed the new Chair of the Airport Advisory Board. Pamela Harper, Esq., COO & chief compliance officer of StoneRidge Investment Partners, has been selected as vice chair.


The Philadelphia International Airport is the single biggest economic engine of the Philadelphia region, contributing $14 billion annually to the local economy, creating more than 141,000 jobs within the region through both direct and indirect employment, and generating $404.4 million in annual tax revenues for the region. The Board will assist Airport CEO Mark Gale as he works to growing the airport as a global destination. “The Philadelphia International Airport has the potential to have a 8 OCTOBER, 2010

transformative effect on our regional economy and make Philadelphia a world-class city. In order for that to happen though, we must work hard as a City, as a region, and as citizens,” said the Mayor Nutter. “I want to thank all 18 members of the new Board for stepping up to help make that possible.” Also appointed to the Board are Steve Aichele, partner, Saul Ewing; Romona Riscoe Benson, president, African American Museum in Philadelphia; Peter Dachowski, president & CEO, Certain Teed; Kevin Dow, COO, City Commerce Dept.; Jack Ferguson, executive VP and Incoming president, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; Meryl Levitz, president & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.; Ed Mooney, VP, Communications Workers of America, District 13; Anthony Moore, principal & CEO, Paradigm Group Consultants; Tom Morr, president & CEO, Select Greater Philadelphia; Bret Perkins, senior director, public policy, ComTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

cast; Andy Reilly, Esq., partner, Swartz Campbell, LLC; Mickey Rowley, deputy secretary for tourism, Pennsylvania Dept. of Community & Economic Development; Mark Segal, publisher, Philadelphia Gay News; Bernard Smalley, Esq., partner, Anapol Schwartz; David Woods, chief of staff, State Sen. Dominic Pileggi; Harold Yoh, president & CEO, Day & Zimmerman; and Ahmeenah Young, president & CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. Board members are not compensated for their service and serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.

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Doc Blazing Mad Over Brownouts; Firefighters Sue For Paramedics ELECTRICIANS leader John Dougherty, who lives 1/2 block away, was livid with rage yesterday as twoalarm fire tore through building at 4th & McKean Streets in Pennsport. His nearby fire station, he said, mercifully was open that day – but is on brownout schedule. Bitterly he charged, “The only fire station not being browned out is the one near Mayor Nutter’s home.” MIKE KANE of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 brandishes list of browned-out fire stations, which union claims is indefensible threat to safety of Philadelphians. Fire destroyed still-smoldering condo behind him, hospitalizing one person. Yesterday, Philadelphia’s City Council voted unanimously to support Fire Service Paramedics and Local 22 of the IAFF. In 2009, Mayor Michael Nutter challenged the status of FSPs as firefighters before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. The Administration’s goal is to sever these workers from Local 22 and renegotiate their compensation and 6|

work rules. The FSPs have appealed this move.

suance of the PLRB’s Order, pending the resolution of this matter on appeal.” Council further resolved to In its resolution, Council “strenu- back the FSPs in any legal action. ously and respectfully urges the This morning, Local 22 filed a lawMayor to direct all Administration suit against the City for interfering officials to cease and desist in any with the terms of employment of and all efforts to convert FSPs into Fire Service Paramedics while a non-represented employees, and to lawful union election is being coninstead maintain for FSPs the workducted. ing conditions and benefits to which they were entitled prior to the isTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

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COUNCIL MEMBERS Curtis Jones and Maria Quiñones Sánchez hosted conference at Convention Center yesterday aimed at showing minority businesses how to penetrate Philadelphia’s burgeoning industries of higher education and medicine. Jones is joined by colleague Blondell Reynolds Brown

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Verna Gets What FDR Pk. Needs CITY COUNCIL President Anna C. Verna helps Parks & Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open new restroom facilities in FDR 8|

Park. Members of community and city officials joined presentation. President Verna’s Councilmanic District budget funded construction of much-needed bathrooms.


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Financial Planning Will Be Free On Oct. 23 uring these troubled economic times, many Americans are facing financial uncertainty, a loss of assets and diminished quality of life. While some have prepared to weather this financial storm, others have pressing questions and could use advice from a professional financial planner.


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sociation and Foundation for Financial Planning have partnered to host Philadelphia Financial Planning Day on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9:00 2:00 p.m. at Ben Franklin HS, located at 550 N. Broad Street. Professional financial planners will provide Philadelphians with free financial advice and education at no cost and with no strings attached. One-on-one counseling and workshops will educate registered attendees about retirement planning, investment strategies, estate planning, tax isTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

sues, insurance, employee benefits and more. Philadelphia Financial Planning Day is part of the National Financial Planning Days initiative, a partnership between 20 US cities and financial planners across the country to provide free financial education to Americans. To register or learn more about Philadelphia Financial Planning Day, log onto hiladelphia or call 1 (877) 8617826. |


Pennsylvania Ballet Announces New Chair, Board Members P ennsylvania Ballet announces the election of Janis Lynn Goodman, PhD to Chair of the Board of Trustees. Also, five new members have been elected to the Board: Deborah Gill Hilzinger, Emily Kuhn, Karen A. Smith, Esq., Jon Weinstein, and Tracy Wenzinger.

was recently appointed to the Alumnae Board of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University. Kuhn is a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Philadelphia and serves on the fundraiser committees for Congregation Rodeph Shalom.

Goodman serves on the Advisory Board of The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research and the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française.

Smith is a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP. Her practice concentrates on acquisition, project, and structured finance transactions. Weinstein is a partner at Pay Governance LLC, an independent consulting firm focused on delivering advisory services to compensation committees. Wenzinger volunteers

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as a tutor for West Philadelphia Alliance for Children and is an active member of Impact 100 Philadelphia, a women’s non-profit organization. Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six programs of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.

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Casey to Discuss Bullying With City School Kids 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 3-4:30 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) 742-8600. 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

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US Sen. Bob Casey visited Joseph Pennell Academics Plus School in Philadelphia this morning to discuss the bullying and harassment epidemic facing our schools. Senator Casey discussed his bill, the

Safe Schools Improvement Act, which aims to help prevent bullying in schools. Joining him were representatives from the Philadelphia School District.

Bringing Farmers To The City

PROUD to bring locally grown fresh, healthy food to inner city is State Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-N. Phila.), who sits on Senate Agriculture Committee. This Farmers’ Market, managed by The Food Trust, takes place Thursdays through fall on Temple campus at 13th & Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Senator here joins table of SHARE Food Program, staffed by Jonathan Na and Bill Schick. THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD



Brewing History Talk, By A Master, Comes To Frankford aise one up for Kensington,

has returned to Kensington in the form

colonial brewing equipment. Three

Frankford and Bridesburg –

of Philadelphia Brewing Co., a proud

years later, he created his own equip-

three industrial “River

supporter of the community.

ment and has demonstrated colonial


Wards” where breweries large and small quenched the thirst of thousands of workers and shipped beer throughout the world! Brewing was yet another industry in these Northeast neighborhoods that practically gave them the distinction of being “Workshops of the World.” Schmidt’s and Gretz were two of the last of the city’s breweries to close, while the breweries of John Fritsch and John Grauch in Frankford never made it past prohibition. And while the Erdrich brewery started in Bridesburg, it later moved into a large modern facility in Frankford. The good news is that brewing

brewing from coast to coast. He Rich Wagner, who will speak at Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Orthodox Street, at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 12. He has been researching the history of the brewing industry in Pennsylvania since 1980

earned a Diploma in Brewing Technology from Chicago’s Siebel Institute and spent seven years working in Philadelphia’s craft breweries. Students, researchers, historians, genealogists, and all others invited.

and began home-brewing in 1983.He has interviewed people with long ca-

The monthly program meetings are

reers in the brewing industry and col-

held at the Historical Society of

lected an impressive amount of

Frankford’s 1930 building, housing its

information and photographic docu-

Library and Museum. Light refresh-

mentation of Pennsylvania’s rich

ments are served so participants and

brewing heritage. In 1990, he inter-

presenters can refresh and exchange

preted the brewing process at Penns-

ideas. Members free; others $5.

bury Manor using reproductions of

No Walls Between Women Sandy Sheller, family therapist, and Renee Amoore, of The Amoore Group, held initial breakfast meeting of Breaking Down the Walls Forum at the Four Seasons with a diverse group of women from different socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to meet and communicate with each other. Each woman spoke about her life and family. Three more quarterly meetings are planned in order to forge relationships and create understanding. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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