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Vol. I No. 84

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

October 21, 2010

Philadelphia

Daily Record

Which Way To Victory? ARRIVING at door of Freedom Theater in N. Phila. last evening, Democrats’ paladin Dan Onorato is directed by Pastor Steven Avinger to stage for gubernatorial debate with his rival Tom Corbett. Black Clergy of Phila. & Vicinity staged this debate. Onorato’s hopes rest on boosting city’s turnout in his favor.


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… While Audenried Showcases Its Artistic Offerings The Regional Talent Center at Auden-

well as Saturday mornings.

nership.

The Regional Talent Center at Auden-

Audenried HS is located at 33rd &

ried is funded by The School District

Morris Streets in South Philadelphia.

ried is hosting an Open House this evening, 4:00-6:00 p.m., showcasing its after-school classes in music, dance, visual arts, and theater.

of Philadelphia’s “Imagine 2014” initiative and the Pennsylvania Depart-

The Regional Talent Center at Auden-

ment of Education’s 21st Century

ried provides engaging classes in the

Community Learning Centers grant.

arts that support academic achieve-

Support for the Regional Talent Cen-

ment and healthy lifestyles. This pro-

ter at Audenried is also provided by

gram is free to students from Grades

Point Breeze Performing Arts Center

6-12; classes are held after school on

through Universal Companies and

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, as

Philadelphia Arts in Education Part-

Major Labor Groups Endorse

Capital Region Stonewall Democrats and Steel City Stonewall Democrats.

emocrats Dan Onorato for Governor and Joseph Sestak for US Senate were among 227 candidates endorsed yesterday around the state by the Education Voters of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Education Association PACE, Conservation Voters, Equality PA, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, SEIU PA State Council, United Steelworkers, Teamsters,

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FOP Taps Hellberg Over Fattah he Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Republican Rick Hellberg over long-time incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah.

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“I’m pleased to receive the support of the Fraternal Order of Police,” THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

For further information, contact Virginia T. Lam, program manager, at (215) 400-4210 or by email at vlam@philasd.org; or Alfred Brown, senior VP of the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center at (215) 755-1014 or by email at abrown@comcast.net.

Hellberg said. “We need our elected officials to be tougher on crime. When I am elected, I will support legislation that does just that. Hellberg also argues the need to revisit the way the government compensates those individuals who have spent their careers protecting the city. Currently individuals who receive a pension for their work in the public sector see their benefits cut after taking positions in the private sector to help support their families.

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How About Oct. 21State Sen. Tina Tartaglione hosts Senior Expo at Community Acad. Of Phila. Charter Sch., 1100 E. Erie Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Oct. 2166th Ward Democrat Fundraiser at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 11100 Roosevelt Blvd., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $35. For info (215) 6376360. Oct. 21Fundraiser for State Rep. Rosita Youngblood at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 7-9:30 p.m. Open bar. Tickets $100. For info Wanda (215) 745-4306. Oct. 2136th WaRd Republican Headquarters Grand Opening, 1528 Point Breeze Avenue, 2nd floor, 6 to 8 p.m. All invited to this new year round Republican headquarters. Oct. 21Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts 2nd annual Senior Salute Breakfast at 9:30 am at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 647 N. 42nd St. To attend call 215-8796615. Oct. 23State Sen. LeAnna Washington, herself an abuse victim, sponsors her 3rd annual Walk To End Domestic Violence along West River Drive. Proceeds support City’s only 24-hour domestic-abuse hotline. 4|

Yellow Fever On Halloween? tep back in time to Elfreth’s

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ets can be purchased at 124 Elfreth’s

Alley during the summer of

Alley or online at

1793 and experience the hor-

www.elfrethsalley.org. Tickets are free

rors of the Yellow Fever Epidemic.

for Children under 6, $2 for student

What better way to spend Halloween?

ages six to 18, and $5 for adults.

Tour guide Patricia R. Troilo, costumed as a Yellow Fever victim, will lead you through the Elfreth’s Alley Association’s house museum at 126 Elfreth’s Alley, while telling stories about the historic house and the Yellow Fever epidemic. The Yellow Fever Halloween Tour will given on Sunday, Oct. 31 2010 at: 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Tick-

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GOP Has Absentee Edge In Penna. 21 OCTOBER, 2010

espite fresh polls show-

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“’It’s beyond anything we’ve histori-

Pennsylvania Senate race, Republi-

pointing to the Democrats’ 11-point

ing … Joe Sestak making a comeback in the

cans remain encouraged by a small but potentially crucial datapoint: absentee ballots.” That was the word from Politico, the Washington-based online magazine, yesterday. Its reporter David Catanese noted, “According to numbers tabulated by the state Board of Elections, Republicans hold an 8% advantage over Democrats among those requesting absentee ballots in the commonwealth. Among those who have already returned their ballots, the gap grows wider, with Republicans topping Democrats by 19%.” Catanese noted, “As of last Friday, 171,860 Republicans had asked for ballots, compared with 155,440 Democrats, giving the GOP a 49% to 41% lead. Republicans held a 56% to 37% lead among the close to 66,000

cally seen in Pennsylvania. That’s a net 19-point move from the Democratic registration advantage,’ said Toomey Campaign Mgr. Mark Harris, party-registration advantage. “Pennsylvania’s absentee-voting law is one of the most restrictive in the country. Residents may only cast ballots as absentees if they are unable to get out of their homes or not in their voting precinct the day of the election. Absentee ballots usually only comprise about 4% of total ballots cast, said Harris. “On the heels of a new Muhlenberg College poll showing Sestak with a 3point lead over Toomey, the Service Employees International Union announced it was dumping $2 million into a get-out-the-vote operation. The union plans to deploy 900 of its members to go door to door for Sestak and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato, in addition to $500,000 to fund its get-out-the-vote program in Southeastern Pennsylvania.”

who have already voted. “While historically more Republicans than Democrats vote absentee, Toomey’s campaign is heartened by the early gap.

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12 Progressive Groups welve of Pennsylvania’s largest and most-influential progressive organizations announced an innovative common election-endorsement program at a news conference in Philadelphia today.

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The 12 groups, including unions, environmental, LGBT, reproductive choice and education groups, have often worked together around issues and elections. But this is the first time they have put together a tool that will allow voters to see endorsements of each of the organizations. The Pennsylvania Progressive Voters Guide will consist of multiple tools that will allow voters to receive and distribute the guide. The guide will be available online at www.paprogressivevotersguide.org . It will also be distributed via the email THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

networks of the participating organizations. Another unique tool will be a mobile-phone text tool that will allow voters to view the guide in the voting booth.

Butkovitz: $81 Million Went To DHS Grantees Without Proper Audit Reports City Controller Alan Butkovitz today released the FY06-09 Dept. of Human Services audit that found $81 million in government grants were paid to 11 DHS subrecipients without the Department’s obtaining required audit reports. For fiscal years 2006 through 2008, DHS did not obtain 13 audit reports due from its subrecipients who were provided with Federal, State and City grant funds. The largest amount of 21 OCTOBER, 2010


Unveil Common Endorsement Plan grant money was provided in FY08 that resulted in $65 million in payments to six subrecipients – $52 million from the State and $13 million from the City. “Failure to obtain the required audit reports for grants put millions of taxpayers’ dollars at risk,” said Butkovitz. “It could jeopardize the ability to receive future grants. It also puts the City at risk that the grantor agency could demand a refund.” DHS management informed the Controller’s auditors it did receive three of the 13 reports from its subrecipients, but the reports were received between 13 and 22 months after the City’s fiscal year end. By contract, subrecipient reports are due within 120 days of the city’s fiscal year end. “If DHS does not take immedi21 OCTOBER, 2010

ate corrective action, I will initiate the process for withholding future payments to subrecipients who do not provide audit reports,” vowed Butkovitz. Along with DHS’s not obtaining subrecipients’ audit reports, the Controller’s audit also found there was no asset list created for the inventory left behind at the City’s Youth Study Center when it moved to a new location in October 2008. Youth Services staff performed its own physical inventory, using internal records, instead of obtaining a current list from the Procure-

ment Department. “A complete listing of these assets was never prepared and no one at DHS or Procurement knew what happened to the items left behind,” said Butkovitz. Nearly one-third of the assets listed on the DHS property inventory did not exist, with 42% of its computer equipment no longer in the Department’s custody.

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City Seniors Get A Deadline Break On Real-Estate Tax Freeze Out Of Town, Nutter Teaches Smoke-Free

he Philadelphia Revenue

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An applicant or a spouse must be 65

Dept. has extended the appli-

years or older; or a widow/widower

cation deadline for low-in-

50 years old or older, while your

come senior citizens applying for a

spouse was at least 65 years old at the

real-estate tax rate freeze to Nov. 5,

time of his or her death.

2010. This program protects low-in-

To win a tax freeze, you must be sin-

come senior citizens from increases in

gle/widowed and your 2009 income

property assessments and increases in

was less than $23,500 – or be married,

real-estate tax rates. If approved, the

with a 2009 combined income less

applicant’s 2011 Real Estate Tax bill

than $31,500.

will be adjusted to the 2010 amount, n the national stage today,

and the applicants will be exempt

You must own and occupy the prop-

Mayor Michael Nutter is

from paying the 9.9% increase to

erty as your primary residence, and

Philadelphia’s real-estate taxes begin-

Your Real Estate Tax bill for that

ning in 2011.

property must be set to increasing.

Philadelphia’s Mayor is in Birming-

“Increased real-estate taxes can be es-

Once approved, applicants do not

ham, Ala. to keynote the Jefferson Co.

pecially difficult for those Philadel-

need to reapply to the program each

phians living on a fixed income. By

year. All approved applicants are en-

extending its deadline, the Revenue

rolled each successive year unless

Dept. is offering an opportunity to

they no longer meet the eligibility re-

those who truly need our help,” said

quirements. Applications can be re-

Philadelphia’s comprehensive smoke-

Mayor Michael Nutter. “I want to en-

quested by calling (215) 686-6442 and

free policies and the barriers faced by

courage all senior citizens who think

are available online at

mayors at adopting and implementing

they may be eligible to apply before

www.phila.gov/revenue/Real_Es-

clean indoor air ordinances.

the deadline on Nov. 5.”

tate_Tax.html.

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smoking – metaphorically,

that is.

Mayors Association meeting. That body is discussing the promotion, passing and implementation of

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21 OCTOBER, 2010


I-95’s Archeological Finds Will Be Revealed To Public he Central Delaware Advo-

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Philadelphia’s riverfront through en-

mentation of the Civic Vision of the

cacy Group will host a show-

gaging stories, a video, photographs

Central Delaware riverfront. CDAG

case of archeological and

and table displays with actual artifacts

supports community awareness of the

historical discoveries from the I-

recovered from PennDOT’s ongoing

changes along and the value of

95/Girard Avenue construction project

archaeological digs.

Philadelphia’s Delaware riverfront.

Attendees can talk to the archeological

The Girard Avenue Interchange Im-

The program, “Before & Below Inter-

team to learn about Gunner’s Run –

provement Project is part of Pen-

state 95: Archeological and Historical

the 160-year-old intact canal under

nDOT’s multi-phase plan to

Discoveries from the I-95/Girard Av-

Aramingo Avenue; Indian settlements

reconstruct I-95 from Allegheny Av-

enue Interchange”, will run next

from 4000 BC that lie just beneath our

enue to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 8:30

neighborhoods; and the Cramps

Federal laws require archeological due

p.m. It will take place at St. Michaels

Building from Port Richmond’s ma-

diligence prior to Federally funded

Lutheran Church, 2139 E. Cumber-

rine heyday, slated to be demolished

construction in historically rich areas

land Street. Light refreshments will be

in 2011.

such as Philadelphia’s Delaware river-

in Fishtown.

served. The Trenton Avenue entrance has a wheelchair accessible ramp.

front. This event celebrates the fasciSenior Archeologists Douglas Mooney and George Cress of URS Corp. and

nating archaeological discoveries, just in time for October, Pennsylvania’s

CDAG is sponsoring this free public

other cultural-resource experts will be

event that is geared for the entire fam-

on hand to share exciting archeologi-

ily. Seniors, schoolchildren and fami-

cal and historical findings unearthed

For more event information, please

lies are especially welcome.

when PennDOT rebuilt this inter-

contact Laura Lanza of CDAG at

Experience exciting historical and ar-

change.

(215) 990-3196 or Lanza.cdag@gmail.com.

chaeological discoveries from Philadelphia’s riverward legacy. This interactive, educational evening event will highlight the historic value of 21 OCTOBER, 2010

official Archeology Month!

CDAG is a volunteer-based nonprofit coalition of civic and public-interest nonprofits that advocates for impleTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

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