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Vol. II No. 118 (278)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

August 9, 2011

Philadelphia Daily Record

No Time For Flash Mobs?

MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER yesterday imposed a special 9 p.m. curfew in Center City for youths, hoping to stem outbreaks of mass violence there. Story page 3.


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Curfew Fines Could Be The Answer A 9 p.m. curfew for minors under 18 on Friday and Saturdays could well be the solution to end flash mob teen violence in Center City and University. Mayor Michael A. Nutter has the cooperation of the District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia Municipal Court, Philadelphia Police Dept., community groups, business owners and other stakeholders. Throughout the remainder of the City, the curfew will remain 10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 13 and 12:00 a.m. for minors under the age of 18. The Mayor added, “In September, I am looking forward to working with City Council to amend our city’s curfew laws to better anticipate our enforcement needs.” Minors who are caught breaking curfew will be sent home, brought home or transported to a police station where their parents will be contacted. Minors may be issued a citation with a $100 to $300 fine for a first offense. District Attorney Seth Williams added, “We will be prosecuting these young criminals to the fullest extent of the law. There is no ex-

cuse for what they did, and they have brought great shame upon themselves and their families. Let this be a message to any others who think that participating in flash mobs is acceptable or fun.” The Mayor also outlined consequences for parents and legal guardians of children who break curfew. Parents, after receiving a first violation notice, will be fined up to $500 for successive violations. These notices and citations will be issued when the parent comes to collect their child from the police station. If parents do not get their child within a reasonable time, the PPD will contact the Dept. of Human Services to initiate an investigation. Additionally, parents whose child under the age of 18 is found liable or guilty by a court for injury, theft or other criminal acts, parents will be liable to the person who suffered the injury or loss of property. Parents and legal guardians are subject to imprisonment for up to 90 days for repeat curfew violation offenses. Until the beginning of the school year, the PPD will have a greater

presence in the targeted enforcement areas. The enforcement will include the Mounted Unit, Bike Patrol and other officers throughout Center City. To support these enforcement efforts, community leaders will volunteer as part of the Safe Corridors campaign. This campaign will encourage adults and responsible youth from across the region to patrol the targeted enforcement areas and to contact the PPD if violent or suspicious behavior is observed. In the long term, the PPD will continue to work with SEPTA to enhance communication and coordination during “flash mob” attacks. Additionally, the PPD’s SafeCam initiative encourages businesses and residents to register their surveillance cameras with the PPD to assist with the apprehension and prosecution of individuals participating in criminal acts. Business owners and residents can visit https://safecam.phillypolice.com/ to join this program.] The City will expand recreation center hours to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights at approximately 20 centers throughout the City.

Speaker Smith Moves Ahead On Plan To Cut House Size Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) will testify before the House State Government Committee about his legislation (HB 153) to reduce the size of the 9 AUGUST, 2011

Pennsylvania House of Representatives to 153 members, from the current 203 members. Changing the size of the LegislaTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

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by referendum vote of the people of Pennsylvania. This afternoon, the House State Government Committee will hold a hearing on Smith’s measure at the Capitol. It will be chaired by

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). Among those testifying will be James Reichley, member of the 1968 Commission on Legislative Modernization; Dr. Charles Greenawalt, senior fellow of The Susquehanna Valley Center for

Public Policy; Dr. Beverly Cigler, Penn State Harrisburg; John Bell, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; and Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University.

Temple Hosts White House Urban Entrepreneurship Forum TEMPLE UNIVERSITY’S Fox School of Business hosted White House’s 6th Urban Entrepreneurship Forum. Seen here prior to the series of speakers and panels are, from left, Fox School of Business Dean Moshe Porat; Mayor Michael Nutter; Michael Blakes, deputy associate director of White House Office of Public Engagement, who served as MC; and Chip Flowers, Delaware State treasurer, also a panelist. Photo by Bonnie Squires

AMONG hundreds of attendees at Urban Entrepreneurship Forum were Andy Toy, of Enterprise Institute, and Stanley Taraila, of Renaissance Properties. Photo by Bonnie Squires 4|

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Public School Registration Starting Each summer, neighborhood public schools are open to register students new to the School District of Philadelphia for the upcoming school year. Students who need to register include: those whose families are new to Philadelphia; children transferring from private, parochial and charter schools; kindergarten students who were not pre-registered this past spring; and School District of Philadelphia students who moved to a new neighborhood over the summer. Beginning yesterday, and continuing through Sep. 2, all District schools will be open for matriculation. Elementary and middle schools are open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and neighborhood high schools are open for registration from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. On Sep. 6 and 7, high schools will also have registration hours after school from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. High-school students must accompany their parents to registration so that the students may select courses.

In addition, the District is running a special registration program for new immigrant students. The program is available at two locations until Aug. 31. The locations are: the School District Education Center at 440 N. Broad Street and the District’s Welcome & Enrollment Center located at 2603 N. 5th Street. The services are available on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Translation and interpretation services are available on site. Parents are asked to bring the following types of documents to registration: Proof of child’s age (examples: birth or baptismal certificate or other religious document, passport or immigration documents). Proof of identification for parent or guardian (examples: driver’s license, nondriver’s identification, employer identification, and passport). Proof of current address (ex-

amples: voter’s registration card, recent utility bill, and residency affidavit. The document must contain the parent’s name and address). For children entering the School District of Philadelphia for the first time, parents also should bring: Proof that childhood immunizations are current (examples: a health passport or immunization summary sheet issued by a licensed health care provider or facility). Your child’s most-recent report card, and/or any other document that will help in placing your child in the appropriate grade. Copies of the child’s Individualized Education Plan (if applicable). For further information the public is invited to visit the District’s Back to School 2011-2012 website located at www.philasd.org/students/backtoschool.

Clothier Joins Board Of College Attorneys Robert C. Clothier, partner with the firm of Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia, was elected on Jun. 28 to a three-year term as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys

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during its 51st conference in San Francisco, Cal. Clothier is an attorney representative for Philadelphia University and has been a member of NACUA since 2003. Prior to join-

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ing Fox Rothschild, Clothier was a partner at Dechert LLP and High Swartz Roberts & Seidel LLP.

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