Vol. I No. 78
Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia
October 13, 2010
To cheers and tears from her colleagues and friends, including Congressman Bob Brady, State Sen. Christine â€œTinaâ€? Tartaglione leaves her wheelchair for second time since 2003 accident caused spinal-cord injury that left her paralyzed from hips down. She made rounds of State Senatorial Chamber Tuesday using a walker. She has undergone complex surgeries and grueling therapy ever since and is determined soon to walk without aid of a walker. She was 5th woman to be elected to State Senate when she took office in 1994. Photo by Harry Leech
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ongressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.), who voted in the House of Representatives this year to end the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, issued the following statement today commending the ruling by United States District Court Judge Virginia Phillips in San Diego to enjoin and halt enforcement of DADT in US armed forces:
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“The worldwide injunction issued today by Judge Virginia Phillips to stop enforcement of the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy concerning gay and lesbian members of our military is welcome and long overdue. THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD
Judge Phillips is to be commended for her jurisprudence as well as her courage. The ruling stands on sound Constitutional grounds, citing free speech and due process violations by the government in barring openly gay and lesbian members from the armed services. She also cites the need to end ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ as a critical step toward improving military morale, readiness and recruiting at a time when our men and women in uniform are fighting distant battles. This is a good day for all Americans and for the advancement of our armed services in the 21st century.” 13 OCTOBER, 2010
Vets Group Targets Toomey, Fitzpatrick
“Mike Fitzpatrick has been a reliable and dedicated
VoteVets.org, a national veteran’s organization, is today launching nearly $1 million in hard-hitting broadcast and cable ads in Pennsylvania, critical of the veterans’ record of Senate candidate Pat Toomey and 8th House Dist. candidate Mike Fitzpatrick. Each of the ads features veterans from the state.
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Republican Environmentalists Plug Fitzpatrick
steward of our environment. During his earlier service in the House, Fitzpatrick consistently scored at the top of our legislative scorecard for his support of legislation to safeguard our environment, use energy more efficiently, and diversify America’s energy choices,”
Lentz-Meehan in Dead Heat In 7th A poll released today from the Washington, D.C.based publication The Hill shows Democrat Bryan Lentz has closed Republican Pat Meehan’s lead in the polls, suggesting a surge in support for Lentz in Pennsylvania’s 7th District. Earlier polls had shown Meehan with a single-digit lead.
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New Direction for TWU NEW PRESIDENT OF Transportation Workers Union Local 234, John Johnson, Jr. joins his executive board which was officially sworn in by Harry Lombardo, International Executive Vice President at union headquarters on Monday. Looking on is former Local 234 president, Jeff Brooks.
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TRAVELING up to State Capitol, along with Congressman Bob Brady, were fellow ward leaders including, front row, Bill Dolbow and Christine Solomon; rear, Bob Dellavella, Pat Parkinson, Dan Savage, Controller Alan Butkovitz, City Commission Chair and her mother Margaret Tartaglione, and Shawn Dillon. 13 OCTOBER, 2010
City, State Will Hold Hearing On Blighted Properties 13 OCTOBER, 2010
tate Rep. Kenyatta Johnson (D-S. Phila.) will co-host a public hearing to address the issue of blight and abandoned properties in Philadelphia communities.
The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 14 at the Church of the Redeemer Community Development Corp., 1440 S. 24th Street. Johnson is co-hosting the hearing with State Rep. Curtis W. Thomas, Philadelphia City Council President Anna C. Verna, Philadelphia City Councilman Darrell C. Clark, and members of the State House Urban Affairs Committee. He said the hearing is in response to the passage of legislation that would give municipalities 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. Johnson said he believes the issue of blight in the Philadelphia region could best be resolved by local and state legislators working together. “I realized during my summer block meetings that the community wants to do something about THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD
blighted and abandon properties in their neighborhoods,” Johnson said. “However, many were not aware of what’s already being done and how the City and State could help.” Confirmed panelists for the hearing include Brian Abernathy, City deputy managing director; Fran Burns, commissioner, Philadelphia Dept. of Licenses & Inspections; Elizabeth Hersh, executive director, Pennsylvania Housing Alliance; Frank Jackovini, chairman, CORE Advisory Group, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors; Janet Lorenz, vice chairwoman, South of South Neighborhood Association; Eve Louis, VP, Universal Cos.; Al Perry, past president, Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors; Maitreyi Roy, VP of programs, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; Claudia Sherrod, executive director, South Philly Homes; and James White, policy director, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corps.
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Clerk Of 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) 4822834. 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) 467-4643. 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.
Quarter Sessions Post Is Abolished ayor Michael A. Nutter signed legislation yesterday to change The Philadelphia Code and formally abolish the powers, functions and duties of the Office of the Clerk of Quarter Sessions. These duties and powers by agreement with the First Judicial District have been transferred to the FJD. The Clerk of Quarter Sessions Office was responsible for the creation and management of the records in criminal cases including bail collection for the Philadelphia court system.
“Today, we are marking a victory for the taxpayers of Philadelphia. Our citizens expect efficient, transparent, and low cost municipal services. This change will ensure that our Court system is responsive to the needs of our citizens,” said the Mayor. “Additionally, I would like to especially thank the First Judicial District for implementing the seamless and professional transition of services and duties since this spring.”
Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille transferred the functions and duties of the Office of the Clerk of Quarter Sessions to the FJD. Following that, Judge Pamela Dembe issued an administrative order placing those functions under the Prothonotary’s Office, headed by Joseph Evers, which currently performs similar functions for the Court for civil cases. Under this change, the Prothonotary’s Office now handles criminal records in the Common Pleas, Municipal and Family courts. Since April, FJD has implemented a new, multi-layer management structure and operational review of the functions to ensure proper allocations of staff for courtroom coverage and transferred Clerk of Quarter Sessions employees and operations are receiving the resources need without additional costs to FJD. FY10 revenue collections showed a 27 percent increase over FY09 forfeited bail collections.
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Kernaghan Calls For PHA Reform Task Force
ames Kernaghan, Republican candidate for State Representative in the 195th State House Dist. In North Philadelphia, called today for the General Assembly to set up a PHA Reform Task Force.
“The Task Force would be responsible for reviewing the PHA’s current operations and developing ideas and strategies that would increase efficiency, oversight and transparency,” said Kernaghan. “The current problems at the PHA should not surprise anyone,” he continued. “The PHA has a long history of managerial problems and cronyism. It was so bad in 1992 that HUD was forced to take over the day-to-day management of the PHA. “Jonathan Saidel, the PHA chairman and City Controller at the time HUD took over the operations of the PHA in May of 1992, described the PHA as a dumping ground for incompetents and political appointees. “Pennsylvania State legislature has an opportunity to right the ship at the PHA. I urge it to take bold steps that steer the PHA in the right direction,” Kernaghan said.
N.W. Penna. Probation & Parole Building Will Move he Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole will be relocating the Northwest Division of its Philadelphia District Office to a permanent location within State Sen. LeAnna Washington’s legislative district.
Being considered by the Board, in conjunction with the Dept. of General Services, is a new construction site at 324 E. Chelten Avenue. The Board’s policy is to solicit community input before making decisions on new office space. The Board welcomes any comments or questions that residents may have regarding this matter. Residents are encouraged to direct any questions or comments to the Board of Probation & Parole at (717) 787-6208. 13 OCTOBER, 2010
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