Vol. II No. 112 (272)
Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia
August 1, 2011
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Raising Funds With Riversharks
TENTH Council District Democrat candidate Bill Rubin gets campaign tips from former City Controller Jonathan Saidel at fundraiser at Riversharks. (More Page 3)
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Aug. 2Democrat Party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady, elected Democrat officials and Union Leaders host Cocktail reception for Bill Rubin, District 10 Council candidate, at AFSCME DC 33 Ballroom, 3001 Walnut St., 6th Floor. RSVP 215-671-Vote. Minimum suggested $500 per person. Aug. 5Swedish Museum hosts Summer Crayfish Party in FDR Park at 1900 Pattison Ave. Tickets $50. Call (215) 389-1776 for details. Reservations end Jul. 29. Aug. 6Friends of Bill Rubin present District Council 33 Members Night with Camden Riversharks (vs. Road Warriors at 5:35 p.m. at Camden’s Campbell Field) as DC 33 members work 3rd and 1st
Base concession stands. Tickets $12. Proceeds to Bill Rubin. For info contact Joan Gallagher at (267) 438-6998, Irene Snyder, (215) 582-8611 or Sylvia Bullock (215) 471-6469. Aug. 6Johnson House, 6306 Germantown, will host 11th annual Jazz In The Garden summer benefit, 4 to 7 p.m. feauring John Blake, Jr., Jazz violinist, and the Alan Segal Quartet. Admissions from 30. For info call 215-438-1768. Aug.11Friends of Ron Donatucci moved their annual Delaware River Cruise to the Independnece Seaport Museum, Columbus and Walnut Streets from 6:30 TO 9:30 in the Terrace Ballroom. $145 per person. call 215-271-1667 for info.
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CANDIDATE BILL RUBIN and volunteers line up to take care of customers at Riversharks game.
VOLUNTEERING for 10th Democrat Council District fundraiser for candidate Bill Rubin were Brian Eddis, Bill Rubin, Sr., candidate Bill Rubin, Mark Evans, Diane Caruso, and Fred Mari. 1 AUGUST, 2011
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Santorum Announces Senior Policy Advisor Former Senator Rick Santorum has picked Iowa native Jennifer Vesey Rossman to serve as his presidential campaign’s Senior Policy Advisor for Healthcare Policy and Entitlement Reform. Jennifer Vesey Rossman previously served as Legislative Assis-
tant for Health Policy and as Director of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy for Senator Santorum from 2004 to 2007. Prior to joining Santorum’s Senate staff, Rossman worked in various capacities for hospitals, medical groups, and healthcare
consulting companies. Since 2007, Rossman has served as a Washington, DC-based consultant for national medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers. A native of Muscatine, Iowa, Rossman is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa.
Green Party Files Sheriff Candidate Green Party Candidate Cheri Honkala has filed nomination papers with Philadelphia’s City Commission.. The petitions already filed contained 3,751 signatures of registered voters who want Cheri to appear on the ballot as the Green Party candidate for Philadelphia
Sheriff. Additional signatures later filed will increase the total to 4,300 signatures. Candidates who want to appear on the ballot outside of the Republican or Democratic parties must collect at least 1,845 signatures to be nominated.
Jason Bosch is chief of staff for the Cheri Honkala campaign. Her son, actor/director Mark Webber (Explicit Ills, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) endorses his mother’s bid for Sheriff of Philadelphia.
Foundation Report Hits PLCB The Commonwealth Foundation strongly condemned the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today for systematic waste and abuse of taxpayer money and assets following a scathing Pa. Auditor General audit report that found rampant agency mismanagement of inventory and finances. Among the findings in the most recently released 48-page 2009-2010 audit, now quietly buried within the AG Web site without public comment or recommendations, AG investigators found: The agency spent more than $66 million taxpayer dollars on the En4|
terprise Resource Planning system (ERP), a computerized inventory management tool that caused widespread shortages at PLCB distribution centers and cost two-and-a-half times the original plans. According to the report, “retail store managers began hoarding some merchandise items, leaving other retail stores without that merchandise. This exacerbated the existing inventory shortages at stores; items were out of stock and unavailable to customers.” Compounding the problem, PLCB management then demanded purchasers order excessive inventory THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD
due to the shortages. The report found, “In addition to acknowledging that it tried to buy itself out of the out-of-stock and hoarding situations, management also indicated that it could not change the volume of inventory coming into the distribution centers even though they were overflowing with excess product because vendors had already processed these orders.” These decisions resulted in more inventory than space, a situation made worse by the fact that, despite already having excess, the PLCB couldn’t stop the ERP system from ordering more. Due to 1 AUGUST, 2011
the mismanaged inventories, the PLCB then spent approximately $500,000 for trailer rentals and additional security guards. According to investigators, “The trailers containing the merchandise were located off site and were in use for at least six weeks when our auditors uncovered the PLCB’S use of these non-temperature controlled trailers.” Scranton: Inventory more than doubled to 606,383 cases in 2010, causing additional warehouse space to be acquired. Pittsburgh: Inventory jumped from 300,000 cases to 575,000 cases in 2010, exceeding storage capacity. PLCB management decided to put 72,277 cases of excess merchandise in 57 non-temperature controlled trailers. Philadelphia: Inventory reached 763,470 cases. 20,240 cases were moved to non-temperature controlled trailers. Moreover, investigators found PLCB management claimed storing excess inventory in non-temperature-controlled trailers, despite heat exceeding 100, did not put inventory at risk of spoilage. Auditors found this to be false, observing, “merchandise stockpiled in the non-temperature controlled trailers such as wine and champagne actually was more susceptible to high heat.” Contrary to
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the finding, the PLCB continues to deny widespread spoilage and an accurate account of money lost due to overheating remains unreported.
pension costs of more than $215 million last year or the millions spent each year to advertise and promote liquor sales.
Of the systemic problems, the audit went on to conclude, in part, that auditors, “received little response from management to demonstrate its follow up and resolution to ensure that store inventories are properly accounted for.”
“In order to keep themselves in business, the PLCB is only giving taxpayers and consumers a glasshalf-full spin, when in reality the glass is nearly empty,” said Brouillette. “This proves once again that monopolies, whether public or private, fail to meet consumer and taxpayer needs.”
“This fiasco is just the latest in a series of failures by the PLCB to be good stewards of taxpayer money, and clearly illustrates why legislators should be shouting ‘last call’ for government in the booze business,” said Matthew J. Brouillette, Commonwealth Foundation president and CEO. “It’s unconscionable that Pennsylvania government continues to protect and promote a Prohibition-era monopoly so antiquated and inept that it has taken basic freedoms from consumers and robbed taxpayers and businesses of free-market benefits.” The report comes just weeks after PLCB Chairman P.J. Stapleton III publically boasted about recordsetting sales, but neglected to cite the AG audit that found that while overall sales have increased, net revenues from store operations have declined nearly 47 percent, from FY June 30, 2008 to FY June 30, 2010. The PLCB release also failed to cite salaries, benefits and
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CF is calling for an immediate end to the PLCB’s role as seller and distributor of wine and spirits, a system of full government control that now sees Pennsylvania as one of only two remaining states in the nation (the other is Utah) with such draconian measures. “The people of Pennsylvania know this issue isn’t about just about liquor and money, it’s about freedom and ridding ourselves of government monopolies, manipulation and mediocrity,” said Brouillette. “It’s time our leaders listen to the demands of their constituents who want government to butt out of the booze business.” In a June Quinnipiac Poll, Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly called for the sale of 644 state-run stores, with broad-based bipartisan support reaching more than 69 percent.