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Vol. II No. 80 (240)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

June 10, 2011

Philadelphia Daily Record

Sweet Music For Hughes STATE SEN. VINCENT HUGHES was hosted a fundraiser last night in one of our city’s storied venues: Sigma Sound Studio’s basement lounge on N. 12th Street. More pictures page 5.


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The Philadelphia Public Record Calendar Jun. 17Annual Health Tech graduation at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, 3601 A St., 10 a.m. Funded by Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation. RSVP Barbara A. Liccio (215) 427-5398. Jun. 18Judge Tom Gehret’s Municipal Court Party a the Shore, 3 to 7 p.m. 401 W. Pine Av. North Wildwood, NJ. RSVP 215-873-1`55 or email JudgeTGehret@aol.com Jun. 25Senator Anthony Williams will host a Family Fun and Food day at free cookout at Stinger Square, 32nd and Reed St., from 11am to 4pm. For information call 215492-2980. Jun. 29PRO-ACT 2-hr. workshop on “How to Talk to Your Legislators

& Get Them to Hear You, ” at 6 p.m. at PRO-ACT Recovery Training Ctr., 444 N. 3rd St., Suite 307. Again on Sat., Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. at the same location. Free. Call William Webb (215) 9231661. Jun. 29Montgomery, McCracken, et al, invite all to portrait presentation of Honorable Judge Gene D. Cohen at 4 p.m. in Room 653 City Hall. Reception follows in Conversation Hall, 2nd Floor, City Hall. RSVP Stephanie Redding 215-772-7260. Jul. 10Benefit for Women Veterans hosted by Cathy Santos at Mom’s Kitchen Table Garden Courtyard, 2317 Ridge Ave., 4-9 p. m. For info Cathy Santos (215) 8344228.

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Zogby Poll Shows Obama’s Bin Laden Bump Is Gone President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has fallen back to levels prior to the successful operation that killed Osama bin Laden, and is now 43%. The percentage of likely voters who say Obama deserves reelection also dropped to 39%. Both are a decline from earlier this week, a new IBOPE Zogby Interactive survey finds. The Jun. 7-9 survey shows the percentage of voters who say the nation is headed in the wrong direction at 63%, up two points from a similar poll conducted Jun. 2-6, and only a quarter (25%) say the US is on the right track. The last IBOPE Zogby interactive poll done prior to the Osama bin Laden raid that took place on May 2

was on Apr. 25, when the President’s approval rating was 41%. That same poll found 37% saying Obama deserved reelection. Obama’s approval stood at 48% in three separate polls from May 9 through May 31. Comparing the May 31 poll and this most recent test, Obama has lost seven percentage points among independent voters (44% to 37%), five among Republicans (8% to 3%) and four among Democrats (86% to 82%.) Approval of Congress is also down, falling from 21% on Jun. 6 to 17% now. Also falling from Jun. 6 are approval ratings for Congressional Democrats (33% to 29%) and Congressional Republicans (35% to 32%).

Mayor, State Clinch Deal On School Info Mayor Michael Nutter, Pennsylvania Dept. of Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis and School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday to improve information sharing and coordination among the City, Commonwealth and Philadelphia School District.

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Business Foes Bash Soda Tax In Council A lineup of opponents took to the floor of City Council Chamber this morning to speak out against the proposed tax on sugary drinks like soda, juice drinks, teas and sports drinks. The “Philly Jobs. Not Taxes” coalition will be represented by the diverse group of grocers, retailers, economists and others listed below who will testify against this unfair proposal and explain the impact the tax would have on families and businesses in Philadelphia. The coalition is composed of concerned businesses, employees, community organizations and individuals that opposed the beverage tax last year and continue to strongly oppose it this year. The proposed tax would dramatically increase the cost of some beverages for consumers, they charged, and make it harder to do businesses in the city – adding $2.88 to the price of a 12-pack and $1.34 to the price of a two liter. Those testifying included Wrenton Wright, director of multi-cultural marketing/ community relations, Pepsi Beverages Co.; Joe Bright, member, Cozen O’Conner; Joel Naroff, president, Naroff Economic Advisors; Danny Grace, secretarytreasurer, Teamsters Local 830; Al Taubenberger, president, Greater Northeast Chamber of Commerce; Judy Grillo, co-owner of Auntie Anne’s at 30th Street Station; Danilo Burgos, Dominican Grocers; and Frank Maimone, Rustica Pizza.

date for City Council at Large, has called on the current City Council to end all discussions and debate relating to tax increases. “I recognize Philadelphia is in dire straits right now and needs to increase revenue to relieve our economic crisis,” Taubenberger said. “But it is also apparent that the citizens of Philadelphia do not believe this Council is capable of guiding Philadelphia through the current crisis.” In an historic change in Philadelphia politics, six of the 17 elected Council Members will be first-term representatives. Six new faces, and new ideas, will be coming to City Council in January. The turnover is attributed not only to the participation of elected officials in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (or DROP), but also to the fact that Philadelphia’s schools are in difficult shape and the city’s residents are being threatened with yet more tax increases. “Philadelphia is demanding new leadership, the recent primary results have made that abundantly clear,” Taubenberger stated. “This Council has presided over the passing and miss-management of the DROP program, which has cost the City $100 million. This Council has also sat by idly while the School District created a $629 million deficit,” Taubenberger stated. “The current Council must respect this demand and not caste any new votes concerning new taxes.”

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Grooving With Sen. Hughes

MICHAEL RASHID, president and CEO of the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Cos., made clear his support for State Sen. Vincent Hughes at an elite fundraiser at Sigma Sound Studios in Center City last night.

LABOR was well represented by, from left, John Meyerson, political maven of UFCW Local 1776; and SEIU Local 32BJ district supervisor Wayne McManiman with Gabe Morgan and Valarie Long.

MACEO CUMMINGS, Jeremy Fogel and Colin Jones, from left, enjoyed subterranean comforts of PROMINENT ARCHITECT Emmanuel Kelly ap- Sigma Sound Studio’s private lounge, where so preciated a chance to share his thoughts with Sen- many famous music luminaries have relaxed during recording sessions. ator. 10 JUNE, 2011

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Temple Branches Out To Pittsburgh With New Med School The Temple University School of Medicine and West Penn Allegheny Health System announced today they are collaborating to establish a new four-year medical school campus on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The joint project will enable WPAHS and TUSM to address the critical shortage of physicians in Western Pennsylvania by educating and retaining highly trained doctors to serve the local community. Based in Philadelphia, TUSM is one of seven schools of medicine in Pennsylvania conferring the MD degree. Temple is ranked among the top 50 medical schools nationwide for research and is nationally renowned for its clinical training, academic excellence and commitment to community service. WPAHS currently serves as a clinical campus of TUSM for third- and fourth-year medical students. The expanded relationship will enable WPAHS to provide all four years of undergraduate medical education to TUSM students, in addition to the large number of residency and fellowship programs currently offered as graduate medical education. “This new venture with West Penn Allegheny reflects Temple University’s deep commitment to serve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through its educational programs,” said Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart. “By training more Pennsylvania students to become physicians and encouraging that they practice in the state, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians will benefit from improved access to medical care throughout the Commonwealth.” Thirty students will be accepted in the first class of the new medical school program, scheduled to begin in 2013. Four Allegheny Center, located on Pittsburgh’s North Side near WPAHS flagship Allegheny General Hospital, will serve as the classroom setting for the school, while AGH will provide the primary clinical education environment. Housing classrooms and other training facilities in an existing structure helps WPAHS keep the costs of establishing the new 6|

TUSM campus to a minimum. The System, however, does plan to renovate areas of the building to accommodate the school, including construction of state-ofthe-art classrooms and laboratories with videoconferencing capabilities, investment in advanced simulation training technology and the refurbishing of some common student areas. “Together with the West Penn Allegheny, we are committed to increasing the number of outstanding physicians taking care of Pennsylvanians,” said Larry Kaiser, MD, senior executive vice president of Temple University Health Sciences, dean of Temple University School of Medicine, and CEO of Temple University Health System. “We are proud to expand our relationship with WPAHS, an established leader in patient care, education and research.” In addition to attracting new students, the new medical school campus is expected to provide new job opportunities and drive growth for businesses on the North Side.

Computer Science Teacher Named 2011 Teacher Of The Year Sharon Mora, a computer science teacher at Forrest ES, today received The School District of Philadelphia's prestigious Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre Teacher of the Year Award in a surprise announcement at the school, located at Cottage Street & Bleigh Avenue. The Hayre Award recognizes a Philadelphia publicschool teacher who has demonstrated the capabilities and attributes of a distinguished teacher, including: planning and growth, high expectations for students, classroom environment, self-reflection, professional

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growth, and commitment to equity and cultural sensitivity. It is sponsored by Lincoln Investment Planning and includes a $2,500 stipend from the company. Len Rizzotti, the company’s regional vice president, presented the check to Mora at the culminating event of the school’s Spirit Week. Mora, not only is Forrest’s computer science teacher, she also is its technology leader, data director and testing coordinator. Her skills, knowledge and expertise are routinely tapped to provide training for other teachers and principals and to lead monthly workshops for parents on how to navigate the District’s website and access their children's records online.

principal, as well as the first female president of the Philadelphia Board of Education. Nine teachers were nominated for the award. The finalists, each of whom will receive a $250 stipend from the School District, were: Mark Scott, Roxborough HS; Matthew Mandel, Baldi MS; Samantha Venafra, Promise Academy at Ethel Allen; Miranda Kozman, Philadelphia Learning Academy South; Kimberly Gavin, Cramp ES; Nicole Khan, J. B. Kelly ES; Maria Pandolfi, Childs ES; and Joan Harris, Catharine ES.

The award’s namesake, Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre (19101998), was the first full-time African American highschool teacher in the Philadelphia public-school system, the first African American senior high-school

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