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Vol. III No. 117 (482)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

July 23, 2012

Philadelphia Daily Record

Soccer City

CITY OF PHILA. has officially gone football, or soccer, crazy as Major League Soccer All-Star game rolls into town this week. At a promo kickoff, Mayor Nutter joined dignitaries and local kids to kick soccer balls down Art Museum steps. Story inside.


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Jul. 26State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Beat The Heat In The Street at Kelly Pool, 281 N. Concourse Dr., 1-5 p.m. Free. Jul. 27Former Sheriff Barbara Deeley hosts evening with Councilman Bob Henon at 270 Seabreeze Ct., Anglesea, N.J., 6:30-9 p.m. Contribution $100. Make checks payable to Bobby 11, POBox 22614, Phila. 19110. RSVP badeeley@gmail.com or call 215- 906- 0339.

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Jul. 31Ebenezar SDA Church, 1437 Christian St., hosts Alzheimer’s Symposium, 6 to 10 pm. RSVP July 25-800272-3900 Aug. 3Arthur Green’s 14th Ward Cool Summer Madness Night, New Barber’s Hall, Broad & Oxford Sts., 9pm, $10 admission.

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Aug. 6Golf Outing to support Charles Gehret, Penna. State Senate GOP candidate in 17th Dist., at Sand Barrens G.C., 1765 Rte. 9 N., Swainton, N.J. Registration 9 a.m. For info Judy Camiel (610) 668-1730. Aug. 15Happy Hour FundraisEr for City COmmission Chairlady Stefanie Singer,5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Happy Rooster, SWC 16th and Sansom, enter Sansom St. $100 to $500. Checks should be made out to Friends of Stephanie Singer, 250 S. 17th st., 701, Philadephia, PA 19103. Aug. 18Barrett Rec Ctr. Advisory Board Community Day, 8th & Duncannon Sts., 11 a.m.-3 pm. No charge. Family fun day. All invited. For info Sheila Bellamy (215) 457-4079. Aug. 1847th Ward Crab & Shrimp Fest to Baltimore leaves Progress Plaza, Broad and Oxford Sts., 1 p.m. Open bar, massive menu. $150. For info George Brooks (267) 971-5703. Aug. 19Annual Bill Meehan Clam Bake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 4-8 p.m. Ferko String Band entertains. For details call Republican City Committee (215) 561-0650.


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Toomey Stars In Talks US Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is starting off the week with high-profile appearances, showcasing the freshman Senator as a key Republican point man on crucial budget and economic-policy issues. Tomorrow morning, Toomey will deliver a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., setting the record straight on recent mischaracterizations of the supercommittee’s negotiations and his deficit-reduction framework. He will outline

how pro-growth tax reform presents a path forward to address our fiscal challenges, including the impending fiscal cliff. This morning, the Senator guest-hosted CNBC’s “Squawk Box”. Topics included the economy, job creation, small businesses and the fiscal crisis. He demanded answers on the LIBOR scandal and debated Democrat Gov. Howard Dean on the show.

Mayors United

MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, president of US Conference of Mayors, leads off a press conference at national meeting in Phila. last week to distribute an economic report on nation’s metropolitan centers. Nonpartisan Conference agreed with independent findings that economy in cities has definitely improved since 2008-9 recession began, but that Congress should be obligated to invest in infrastructure needs of metropolitan areas. Photos by Bonnie Squires (Cont. Page 5) • PHILADELPHIADAILYRECORD.COM

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MAYOR STEPHANIE BLAKE-EDWARDS of Baltimore and Mayor Nutter listen patiently as Mayor Lori Moseley, of Miramar, Fla., chair of Women’s Caucus of Conference of Mayors, answers a question from Public Record contributing editor Bonnie Squires. Since there are very few women Mayors, Squires’s question was a) did this organization respect and listen to the women Mayors’ recommendations, and b) did Congress give women Mayors a fair hearing? Both BlakeEdwards and Mosely said their organization was respectful of them but House Speaker John Boehner refuses to meet with them in Congress to discuss priority of infrastructure funding.

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Are You Ready For Some Football? day night...are you? by Rory McGlasson Mayor Michael Nutter can probably throw an American football easier than he can kick a soccer ball, but that didn’t stop him trying to bend a ball like David Beckham down the Art Museum steps on Friday. Standing at the top of the “Rocky” steps, Mayor Nutter joined officials from Major League Soccer and around 50 local school kids to literally kick off soccer week in Philadelphia.

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The promotional event was staged to kick off the 2012 MLS All-Star game which will take

place on Wednesday in Chester, Pa. Chelsea, of the English Premier League, arrived in town this afternoon. The European Champions League winners face the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night at the home of the Philadelphia Union. The London-based club includes English soccer stars John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard on its roster. The Blues might come up against some old foes, such as Thierry Henry of New York Red Bulls, and LA Galaxy stars Landon Donovan. Soccer star David Beckham could also line-up on Wednesday night in Philadelphia. A giant inflatable soccer ball was officially unveiled atop the Art Museum steps on Friday. The ball has been taken on a bus tour of the area, making stops at Philadelphia Zoo, Citizens Bank Ball Park, and this morning to Lehigh, where the Philadelphia Eagles opened training camp this morning. Fans can sign the ball. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER signs giant soccer ball with his Twitter handle: @michaelnutter at MLS All-Star kick off. Fans can sign ball and tweet photos of it using the hashtag #giantball.

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Washington Launches Voter-ID Education As a result of the new, restrictive voter identification laws in Pennsylvania, State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) has launched an initiative to educate and inform the public about their options for obtaining the identification they need to vote in November. “We are here today to express our outrage about the new voter-identification law pushed by Republicans, and to ensure that people are educated on how to get the identification they need to vote in November,” Washington began. In the 4th Senate Dist., an estimated 40,000 registered voters do not have the identification needed to vote in this year’s election. Washington hosted the conference at Center in the Park in Philadelphia, a popular senior facility in the Philadelphia region. She noted that older citizens – along with the poor, students, veterans, and women – will be disproportionately affected by the new identification requirements. “In the 4th Senate Dist., we are concerned about our seniors,” Washington said. “Even though they have been our most dedicated voters, they will be the ones that are most affected.” Washington noted many older citizens are unable to provide the documentation necessary to obtain identification from PennDOT. Oftentimes, they are either unable to track down birth certificates from other states, or the names on their documentation do not match PennDOT records.

office will work with local businesses, schools, senior facilities, organizations, and churches to help inform residents of the provisions of the new law. She and her staff will serve as a resource to help constituents acquire and complete the forms to get their identification in time to vote in November. “We must act now – each of us – to inform voters and assist them in getting the necessary documentation in enough time to exercise their right to vote,” Washington continued. Washington also lamented the process by which this Republican-sponsored legislation was enacted. She noted that despite the Senate Democratic Caucus’ efforts to improve the bill, the resulting law is a one-sided and expensive overreach in a state with one of the lowest instances of voter fraud in the country. “The Senate Democratic Caucus and others have already filed legal challenges against this terrible law,” Washington concluded. “While these challenges take time, we are part of a movement to educate voters about their rights and help fight back against discrimination at the voting booth.” Washington was joined at the news conference by State Sens. Shirley Kitchen (D-N. Phila.) and Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.), State Rep. John Myers (D-Northwest) and representatives from the Public Interest Law Center, Pennsylvania NAACP, Philadelphia NAACP, and Pennsylvania AARP.

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Officials Salute Liddonfield Sale To Holy Family Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon was joined this morning by Congressman Robert Brady (D-Phila.); Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (DPhila.); State Sen. Mike Stack and State Rep. Michael McGeehan (both D-Northeast); Sister Francesca Onley, president of Holy Family University; John Parsons, president of the Philadelphia-based BSI Construction LLC, and Stan Cywinski, president of the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association at a morning press conference on the site of the former Liddonfield Homes site to formally announce the finalization of the sale of the site by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to Holy Family University. This long-awaited redevelopment will transform the former community eyesore into a beautiful new mixed-use redevelopment project. The Liddonfield Homes, a public housing complex bounded by Torresdale and Frankford Avenues in Northeast Philadelphia, opened in 1955, but has long since fallen into a state of disrepair, blighting the surrounding communities. Holy Family University’s mixed-use redevelopment plan includes recreation facilities with public access, including 8|

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four new ball fields, illuminated walkways, and outdoor seating areas. The plan also includes an array of shops and dining spots that can be enjoyed by the community, as well as the university staff, faculty and students. In addition, the plan includes a state-of-the-art assisted living facility to provide care for the growing elderly population of this venerable Philadelphia community. “Holy Family University’s redevelopment plan is extremely comprehensive, creative and responsive to the needs and concerns of the residents of the surrounding communities. It also met every parameter set forth by PHA, which is why the PHA board enthusiastically approved the transaction,” said Philadelphia 6th Dist. Councilman Bobby Henon, whose district encompasses the Liddonfield Homes site. Henon was the driving force behind the agreement. “Holy Family really listened to its neighbors and the end result is a thoughtful mixed use redevelopment plan for Liddonfield Homes that invites public access, blends beautifully with the neighborhood, and includes ample green space.


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City GOP Committee Makes Hay With Voter IDs Rick Hellberg, the Chairman of the Republican City Committee, reacted to the incidents of vote fraud uncovered in a report issued by Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt. “Every incident of vote fraud uncovered cancels the vote of a legitimate voter and diminishes everyone’s confidence that the system works,” he said. “This is why Voter ID is necessary and supported by a majority of the people.” Hellberg pointed out the incidents of vote fraud highlighted in the report were the results of a sampling of wards and divisions across the city, and not a comprehensive investigation. “The next step must be taken by the Commissioners, law enforcement officials or our legislators in City Council or the State Legislature. We need a comprehensive investigation into vote fraud to stop it in its tracks

and to punish those who have perpetrated it, regardless of party.” He also noted that the report did not even scratch the surface of people signing the poll books for other voters, which he believes to be another big problem. “Fighting vote fraud is not a partisan issue, but we are proud that it is the new Republican Commissioner who is taking the lead here,” said Hellberg. “None of this is new, though, and it points out that the former City Commissioners, who were firmly in the pocket of Bob Brady’s Democratic Machine, turned a blind eye to this for years.” Hellberg concluded, “It is time to stop arguing about the need for Voter ID and start working together to make sure every eligible voter has a proper ID.”

Stephanie Resnick Named Top 250 Female Litigators Signifying her stature in the field, Firmwide Litigation Department Chair Stephanie Resnick has been selected for inclusion in the inaugural Benchmark Top 250 Female Litigators in America. \The national roster of female “litigation stars” was culled from this year’s Benchmark Litigation in which Resnick was noted for her “easygoing but powerful presence” and her “ability to handle things calmly while maintaining an unflinching stance.” For more than two decades, Resnick has been a leader both within the firm and the legal community. In addition to chairing the firmwide Litigation Dept., she also serves on the firm’s Executive

Committee. Ranked by Chambers USA as a leading commercial litigator in Pennsylvania, Resnick was also a recent recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Award, presented annually by the Philadelphia Bar Association to a female attorney who has achieved the “highest degree of professional excellence in her field.” In her practice, Resnick counsels individuals, corporations and boards of directors on all aspects of complex business litigation in state and federal courts. She has a particular fluency in directors’ and officers’ liability and corporate-governance matters.

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