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Stalberg’s Committee of 70 Has Serious Problems by Tim Dowling Election Finance And Document Specialist Office of City Commissioners On Apr. 22, 2010, I received a call from a concerned citizen who resides in the 49th Ward, 22nd Division, about an error in the 2010 Citizens Guide, distributed by Stalberg and his self-proclaimed “good-government”watchdog group”, the Committee of 70. Based on the caller’s inquiry, we did a cursory review of the Guide and found what seemed to be another systematic error. I use the word “systematic” because the apparent disregard in proofreading their work seems to be an ongoing problem for Stalberg and his Committee of 70 acolytes. This is not the first time the Guide has had errors in it. The omission of the 49th Ward, 22nd Division in the Guide should be corrected to reflect the assignment of that precinct to Congressman Robert Brady’s 1st Congressional Dist., and to State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen’s 3rd Senatorial Dist. Personally, I was dumbfounded and at a loss for words. It is eyebrow-raising, and a little embarrassing, that a watchdog group, such as Zack Stalberg’s Committee of 70, which researches and scrutinizes every aspect of government, fails to keep his own house up to the same standards that he expects from everyone else. Maybe that is be-

cause he answers to himself. The excuse offered by Jonathan David, a follower of Stalberg’s, also a Seventy employee, as to their failure to put out a correct Citizens Guide was that they have limited staff and funding. Wow! Sounds familiar. Maybe the exorbitant salary of the Committee’s executive could be the reason for the lack of competent staffing. Stalberg’s salary should be cut to one-third, to provide for the position of a proofreader, and more staff, so material distributed by the Committee of 70, hopefully, will be correct in the future. Furthermore, the errors found in the 70’s Citizens Guide highlights the problems that can occur when you consolidate and centralize many functions or jobs on the shoulders of one person. Moreover, in a broader scope, the many Federal, State and County laws and functions administered by the City’s row offices, elected officials, and their civil servants, versus the collectivist crusade by Stalberg and the editorial boards of the Daily News and Inquirer to consolidate and centralize, will create a new massive bureaucratic entity, under the guise of saving taxpayers’ dollars. Let’s not be fooled: This is about power and control, not saving taxpayers’ money. The blatant distortions, omissions, misrepresentations, and fallacious facts to the taxpay-

ers, as relayed through the Editorial Boards of the Daily News and Inquirer, will cost taxpayers more in the end. Their outright lies and distortions such as that, alone out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia does not have civil servants in these offices, is an outright lie. It is to the contrary. Philadelphia County Board of Elections, voter-registration and warehouse staffs are all civil servants. The history of government consolidation favored by Stalberg and his exclusive group of followers, under the false veneer of saving taxpayers’ dollars, is delusional at best, and is all about consolidating power. Do we taxpayers really want elections controlled by one superentity or person, or by a bipartisan elected Board instead? Stalberg’s elimination and consolidation deception, as history has shown us, is a code word for expansion as in the creation of the Dept. of Energy, under Jimmy Carter, on Aug. 4, 1977. The elimination of smaller energy offices consolidated under the Dept. of Energy illustrates the problems, errors, massive expansion and exponentially increased costs associated with a communal structure of a massive government bureaucracy. Elimination, centralization and consolidation under one super-entity foster waste, confusion, arrogance, and foster indifference to the needs of its citizens. As of 2009, the Dept.

of Energy had 16,000 Federal employees, 100,000 contract employees and a budget of $23.4 billion, to wean us off foreign oil. How has that worked for us taxpayers? Stalberg’s 70 operation proposals promoted by his friends on the editorial boards of the Daily News and Inquirer to eliminate row offices as a “useful necessity”, under the false flag of saving taxpayers’ money, seems to tie in with what C. S. Lewis, a British novelist (1898-1963), warned: “‘Useful’ and ‘necessity’ was always ‘the tyrant’s plea’.” And Edmund Burke, an Irish-born British statesman, orator, and political thinker (17291797), warned the citizens – contradicting Stalberg’s elimination, consolidation and centralization deception – “The greater the power (under one executive) the more dangerous the abuse.” Zack Stalberg and his Committee of Seventy acolytes sit at the elite altar of deception, looking down on us taxpayers. He orchestrates his power and control, using the old standard template of confuse, divide and conquer. Do not be confused; this attack on City government is all about power and control, and not saving taxpayers‘ money. If Stalberg really and truly wants to initiate change, I challenge him to run for office, instead of hiding up above in the clouds of confusion and deception. But he must first move into the City of Philadelphia to do so.

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Seizure Or Salvation? Path Is Cleared For Germantown Property Takeovers by Tony West A vast effort will soon get underway to use a new law to seize and rehabilitate vacant, blighted properties in Northwest Philadelphia, now Commonwealth Court has given a green light to the process. The Abandoned & Blighted Property Conservatorship Act, which was passed in February 2009, permits a nonprofit “conservator” to petition the court to take over a vacant building with serious code violations and carry out a plan to restore it and sell it. The measure’s sponsors envisioned smallscale, case-by-case actions for the most part. But a group of Germantown activists read it more boldly. Areas with a high concentration of vacant buildings face a comprehensive problem, as blighted properties drag down neighboring real-estate values and foster criminals and fires. They formed the Germantown Conservancy and prepared a list

of more than 300 buildings between Wissahickon and Stenton Avenues that met the conditions of the “ABC Act”, as it’s called. On Sep. 16, 2009, the Conservancy submitted a petition to Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on behalf of 50 properties, mostly in the lower end of Germantown. President Judge Pamela Dembe dismissed this petition and issued a stringent General Court Regulation laying down procedures for such cases. Her rule called for a separate petition for each property. She insisted on elaborate documentary proof of violations and hazards in advance of hearings. And she wanted the Conservatorship to pay the Business Privilege Tax. Judge Dembe undoubtedly wished to avoid sticking the court into a meat-grinder of complex new litigation, at a time when the Court System is under great pressure to lessen its caseload and speed up its decisions.

The Conservatorship, too, was thinking big. Its cochairs, Betty J. Turner and Peter Wirs, are disciples of Mary Nenno, whose 1996 book Ending The Stalemate: Moving Housing and Urban Development into the Mainstream of America’s Future has become something of a Bible for urban renewal today. “If you simply rehab one building in a blighted area, without regard to the others around it, you can never get ahead,” Wirs argues. “Piecemeal approaches don’t work.” The Conservatorship wanted to tackle a rack of vacant factories, mixed-use commercial strips and rowhouses at the same time. It has prepared a 180-page plan and is working up a hitlist of funding sources for a project they estimate will cost $645 million. A project this size also needs efficiency. The Conservatorship appealed Judge Dembe’s ruling and took it to Commonwealth

Court. On Apr. 30, Judge Bernard McGinley issued an opinion on Apr. 30 that settled how to proceed on ABC Act petitions. Conservators will indeed have to file a separate petition for each property, as stated in the ABC Act. Wirs still maintained petitions could be consolidated later, although Commonwealth Court did not address that point. But elaborate written evidence of violations and hazards is not necessary for a filing, Judge McGinley wrote; conservators can wait to present them at the hearing. And since the Conservatorship is a nonprofit, it is exempt from the Business Privilege Tax. Removing that burden was important for community activists, because turning around blighted areas is seldom a profit-making activity at the outset. The first rehabbed properties still suffer from “location, location, location” and often cannot re-

coup the costs of restoring badly damaged buildings at point of sale. The deck is cleared now for a spate of petitions, which Wirs assures will soon be coming. The Germantown Conservancy is an unusual experiment in grassroots organizing. Its boundaries include the 9th, 12th, 22nd & 59th Wards, along with a part of the 13th Ward – the original extent of Germantown Township. Seats on its Board of Directors are reserved for all Republican and Democrat ward committees, civic associations, and historic and conservation groups in that area. The ABC Act is not universally popular. When the US Supreme Court issued its Kelo vs. City of New London decision in 2005, public opinion turned sharply suspicious of public authorities seizing private property based on pleasant promises to put the land to better use. Wirs counters the targets

of the ABC Act aren’t innocent owners of decent, if unfashionable, houses. They all stand in violation of the code and the City, by definition, has failed to enforce its own code on them. Furthermore, they are vacant and unused. These are the sorts of properties that leave activists in hard-pressed neighborhoods tearing their hair out. Once established, a conservatorship makes an end run around lax City enforcers. It becomes an arm of the judiciary, not the executive. When Judge Dembe took over as President Judge two years ago, she probably didn’t expect to have 300 new arms to manage today. They may be on the way regardless. Commonwealth Court did not address whether real-estate conservancies should be handled in Common Pleas Court or Orphans Court. The 1st Judicial Dist. is mulling this issue now.


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Home Team Spirit Missing In Philadelphia With four candidates vying for the Democrat nomination for Governor in the May 18 primary, and the four easily divided into two teams, the East and the West, it is surprising, despite our provincialism, that hometown spirit is lacking in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Auditor General Jack Wagner for the Democrat nomination – he’s from west of the Susquehanna River – with the statement his background “as a fiscal steward makes him best of all.” Then, locally, City Councilman Curtis Jones held a party for another Westerner,

Allegheny Co. Executive Dan (See story elsewhere this issue.) That’s a decided departure from the hometown support one would have expected for State Sen. Anthony Williams, the only Philadelphian in the race. It’s a gamble for Jones. If it works, he becomes the big point man for Onorato, should Dan make it through November and into the Governor’s mansion. If not, it is a move that could provide for a problem or two later on. Wagner also picked up the support of 17th Dist. Congressman Tim Holden, adding to the support he has

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(Cont. From Page 4) fect record. Four candidates he represented all won their court challenges. The others included State Rep. Michael O’Brien who successfully challenged Peter Fiorentino, Esq. He won State Rep. Rosita Youngblood’s challenge against Malik Boyd; knocked off Anthony Johnson, who was a challenger to State Rep. Angel Cruz; and later defended successfully Cruz, whose petitions had been challenged by Jonathan Ramos. Libertarians Elect Themselves The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania has elected a new slate to its Executive Board. They are State Chair Michael Robertson, Eastern Vice-Chair Louis Jasikoff, Western Vice-Chair Jim Fryman and Treasurer Kat Valleley. It is the third largest political party in Pennsylvania and the United States. Toomey Supports Ariz. Immigration Law In an interview on Glenn Beck’s radio show, Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey announced he is in favor of the recently passed immigration law in Arizona that requires police officers

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We’re not decrying that some of our local pols are supporting Dan Onorato in the Democrat Primary for Governor. Several have indicated they are doing so because they had given Onorato their commitment long before local favorite son State Sen. Anthony Williams declared his intention to run. Notwithstanding, those ward leaders supporting any of the other candidates other than Williams, need to realize what Gov. Ed Rendell has shown: a favorite son in the Governor’s Mansion translates into mucho extra bucks in grants and programing. That is the key reason we are suggesting to those committed to Onorato: On Primary Day, don’t embarrass your ward committeepersons by pushing them to sway their voters, who wouldn’t know the Allegheny Co. Commissioner if they met him on the street. The same goes for those who are thinking there should be any other candidate for Lieutenant Governor besides Philly’s bestknown ambassador, Jonathan Saidel.

Kudos To Butkovitz The State Senate, with bipartisan support, is expected shortly to pass legislation which will give City Controller Alan Butkovitz the authority to audit the city’s 67 charter schools. There are loopholes in the present legislation empowering the creation of such schools, which have led to financial and scholastic failures in some. Butkovitz’ recent findings, some of which raised eyebrows in disbelief, have shown a need to bring in a nonpartisan, permanent watchdog. Who better than the Controller and his staff? Together they have produced significant findings, especially financially, in other areas of government as well, giving City Council more tools with which to tighten the City budget.

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inee to run against John Perzel in the 172nd State House Dist. Kearney rightly sees the Ward and the voters are going to look to Kevin Boyle to be the one who most likely will give John Perzel a good run for the seat. Kearney’s bid for legitimacy doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the bid by the other contingent, and both groups together will not have even a small chance of being a challenge to Dellavella. Since this story has been published, several people have had their names dropped from the ballot because of the lack of signatures on candidacy petitions. Several have opted to not get involved with either of the contingencies and their attempt to take on Dellavella. Ed Harkins; 55th/10 (ED. NOTE: Happy for the corrections and update.)

Tickets $125. For info (215) 463-0552. May 12- Womens Way Powerful Voice Award at Sheraton Center City, 17th & Race Sts., 5-8:30 p.m. Awardees Mariana Chilton PhD, Dr. Courtney Shreiber and Beth Warsha-Duncan. Proceeds from Hotel Parking will go to Women’ Way courtesy Expert Parking and the Hotel. Keynoter Tina Tchen, Esq. May 13- Fundraiser for State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., 6-9 p.m. Ticket prices vary. RSVP (215) 820-7308. May 14- State Rep. Ronald Waters hosts Senior Health Expo and Luncheon at Turner MS Gym, 5900 Baltimore Ave., 11 a.m. Soul food served. Event features the famous “Who Put The ‘P’ In Pinochle” tournament. Games, health screenings, and a massage therapist. May 14- Fundraiser for Don Garecht, Republican State Committee candidate, at Red Rooster, 7960 Dungan Rd., 8-11 p.m., $30. Proceeds go to Phila. Republican Coalition. RSVP (215) 876-5551. May 16- Torresdale Boys Club Car Show at 4500 Linden Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Car registration $15 due day of show.

Awards will be donated. 50-50 drawing, bat cages, and other family events. May 19- Memorial Plaque Dedication for Firefighter Albert Klemmer at Engine 59 Station, 22nd & Hunting Park, 11 a.m. , 11:00am, May 22- AOH Div. 87, hosts Fundraiser for Sgt. Tom Wallace at 171 Wakeling St., 6 p.m.-????. Tickets $20. For info Crystal Schwartz at Cysntom1711@yahoo. May 28- PRO-ACT is offering free Message & Media Training from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the PRO-ACT Office, 444 N. Third St., Suite 307. Jun. 1- Laborers District Council 11th Annual Charity Golf Classic in honor of Samuel Staten, Jr. at Spring Mill Country Club, 80 Jacksonville Rd., Ivyland, Pa., 10:30 a.m. shotgun follows breakfast. Proceeds benefit Fox Chase Mesothelioma Fund, Jenkintown Day Nursery and Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund. Several levels of competition. For info Dana Blackman Brady (267) 757-0720. Jun. 5- Bazaar at St. Matthew A.M.E. Ch., 215 N. 57th St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For info Frances McBride (215) 724-

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Updating Ward Wars I would like to point out some errors and clarify the situation in Bob Dellavella’s 55th Ward. First, Traffic Court Judge Michael Lowry has never been a Ward Leader in the city of Philadelphia. He ran for the seat in 2006 and was handily beat by current Ward Leader Bob Dellavella. Lowry had previously been on the 55th Ward Executive Committee. After his loss to Dellavella, he sought the Ward’s support in his bid for Traffic Court Judge. Second, the people who put names up to run for Ward committee seats are relatively small in number and in no way constitute a threat to Dellavella’s leadership. Some are allegedly put up by Tim Kearney because he wants to again be the Democratic nom-

May 6- 1st Ward Democrat Fundraiser hosted by Joe Hoffman, Sr. at Downey’s, Front & South Sts., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $150. For info Joe (215) 833-1943. May 7- Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown hosts Dance Party at FOP, 1336 Spring Garden St., 6-11 p.m. May 8- State Sen. Shirley Kitchen hosts Senior Healthy Living Expo at Deliverance Evangelistic Ch., 2001 W. Lehigh Ave., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For info (215) 227-6161. May 8- Nicholas DiDonato hosts fundraiser for Police Survivors Fund at Shank’s Pier 40, 901 S. Columbus Blvd., 2-5 p.m. May 8- Senior Ball hosted by State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson at St. Charles Sr. Ctr., 1941 Christian St., 2-6 p.m. For info (215) 952-3378. May 9- Democrats of Oak Lane Team presents Mothers Day Breakfast at Oak Lane Diner, 6528 N. Broad St., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Mothers get free breakfast and gift. They’ll be waited on by elected office-

holders or their staffers. May 10- Judge Edward Becker Citizenship Award Breakfast honoring Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell at Community College Ctr. for Business & Industry, Room C2-5, 18th & Callowhill Sts., 8 a.m. May 10- Jefferson-Jackson Day Celebration hosted by Democrat Campaign Committee at Penns Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $150. May 10- Deadline to join TWU Local 234 “Take Care Of Our Own” Golf Outing, Northampton Valley C.C. For info (215) 972-4140. May 11- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts Career Fair at USP Rec Ctr., 43rd St. & Woodland Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For info (215) 492-2980. May 11- Mothers in Charge 7th anniversary awards dinner at Penns Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5-8 p.m. Tickets. $60. For info (215) 235-SAVE. May 11- Republican City Committee hosts Spring Cocktail Party, at Cannstatter Volksfest-Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $125. For info (215) 561-0650. May 12- Friends of Angelo Foglietta fundraiser at Ristorante Pesto, 1915 Broad St.


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pointing out, both in private conversations and public appearances, as he continues his direct assault on Meehan in one of the country’s most competitive House races. “Guess what? He’s never prosecuted a case,” Lentz told supporters during a recent campaign event in Philadelphia. “Now you may find that surprising because his single credential is that he was a prosecutor. He was a DA and he was US Attorney. But the fact is that he has never prosecuted a case in his entire life. He’s never gone into a courtroom and represented a victim or an individual. “That’s not a resume of somebody that you want standing up for everyday, average people, a guy that’s been given his job by Republican organizations,” he said. “That’s not the resume of someone that’s going to stand up to his own Party or stand up for his constituents and make tough decisions.” Meehan campaign manager Bryan Kendro shot back at Lentz, “Pat Meehan has prosecuted murderers like millionaire John DuPont, put corrupt politicians like Vince

Fumo and Corey Kemp behind bars, and tackled corporate fraud and abuse head on, recovering over $1 billion in taxpayer money as US Attorney,” Kendro said. “Bryan Lentz, on the other hand, is part of the same legislature currently under investigation by the Attorney General’s office for the very actions that Pat Meehan worked to end. This is yet another example

of Lentz and his Pelosi-politics designed to distract voters from the reckless spending policies coming out of Harrisburg and Washington.” Roofers Give Nod To Kevin Boyle Kevin J. Boyle, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 172nd Dist., has gained the endorsement of Roofers Local 30.

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One elephant all the other elephants like is AL TAUBENBERGER. He’s a class act, though I think he should have discarded his gentility when he ran against MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER. But he’s been picked by GOV. ED RENDELL to fill another 10-year term on the Philadelphia Parking Authority Board. Now Rendell is waiting for leaders from both the House and Senate to send him another short list from which he is to choose. It will be either renowned bankruptcy lawyer and 5th Ward GOP leader MIKE CIBIK – or someone else. Cibik, whose term on the PPA Board has expired, has been one of the key leaders in the GOP opposition that began as the Loyal Opposition and is now a full-fledged effort bankrolled by State GOP chairman ROBERT A. GLEASON, JR. Methinks the second slot will also go to the Republican City Committee, even though they could possibly lose the battle over the State delegates. AL SCHMIDT’S gang has put together a strong slate, many of them well-known Republicans. Look for Cibik also to easily retain his leadership as with MATT WOLFE. Both lawyers have succeeded in giving CHAIRMAN VITO CANUSO and Counsel MICHAEL MEEHAN a bit of “agita”. This feud will go away after the primary. After all, we need to get the Herd back together to insure a GOP win for the State’s biggest prize, the governership. Although Philly Republicans are outnumbered in the city, statewide we swing a big trunk in the primary. ’Twill be interesting to see whom the city backs in the Lt. Guv free-forall. Trunk Man’s wild guesses: STEVE JOHNSON, JIM CAWLEY and RUSS DIAMOND should do well here. TOM CORBETT, looking every bit like a Governor should, was enthralling Republicans at Union League breakfast this morning. Sorry I didn’t have this info last week.

Were the Diamondbacks playing baseball in anywhere other than Arizona, a state so hot in the summer that baseball must be played under a roof in order for people to be able to sit and watch it, I might not be able to write about my favorite sport in a political way. But since the folks in Arizona went and passed an immigration measure that is causing the Lou Barlettas of the world to think of ways this backward piece of legislation can become law here in Pennsylvania, I have an excuse. Unless you were hiding under a rock, or were a Puerto Rican engaged in a traffic stop in Phoenix, you know Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070, a bill that, among other things, demands you be able to provide proof of citizenship should you be stopped by an Arizona police officer, and gives municipalities in Arizona the right to sue any police agency that refuses to enforce this law. Support for the law came to a head in the wake of the murder of a rancher by a couple of immigrants to whom he allegedly owed money. It’s amazing the abuses money seems to engender in people. Naturally, pro-immigrant groups are none too happy about this bill, while folks like the Montana Freeman are probably wondering where Brewer, who is facing reelection and all kinds of pressure from her Tea Party right flank, has been all their lives. Twelve other states are considering such laws, including Pennsylvania. I won’t talk about how his support for this bill officially makes Arizona Sen. (and former Republican presidential candidate) John McCain persona non grata in my book. I (Cont. Page 16)

SNOOPER’S “SPECIAL”: Chief, you won’t believe who I got to see this week! I got to meet his Eminence JUSTIN CARDINAL RIGALI of Philadelphia. He told us many stories about himself. He was in ROME for the ELECTIONS of all five Popes – including Pope Benedict. When Pope John Paul II was shot; he was actually in ‘THE SQUARE’ when it happened. The Cardinal still remembers that awful date, MAY 13, 1981. The Cardinal, because of his age, must now RETIRE as prescribed by law. Remember, THE POPE does not have to accept the Cardinal’s resignation, but if he does, Philadelphia will have a new C-A-R-DI-N-A-L. He told us he has worked under FOUR POPES, and he was the last person to see POPE JOHN PAUL I, the day he died. He is now preparing his OFFICIAL RESIGNATION, just as City Hall Sam told us last week. WHO WILL BE PHILLY’S NEW CARDINAL? SNOOPER’S FINAL UPDATE: Paulette Hess, Data Processing Unit - MUNICIPAL COURT, tells us everything is ready and all set for their upcoming “EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR AWARDS LUNCHEON. She told me to let Frank Talent know EVERYBODY PAYS $10.00, including ALL OUR RETIREES! She regretted to inform us this must be, because of the state of our economy – really bad! It seems there are also problems with all the Departments in this City, and theirs is no different. Once again, please call (215) 686-2915, 686-7990 or 686-2911, for any and ALL information regarding this event. Thursday, May 13 at 12:00 noon! SNOOPER SCOOPER: Just want to bring everyone up to date as to how the transfer of THE CLERK OF QUARTER SESSIONS OFFICE is doing. We’re told it is running very smoothly and it seems all the employees are ALL ON THE SAME PAGE. When the word got out this office will no longer be an ELECTED OFFICE, employees were upset. They now come under the PROTHONOTARY. The first day was a little exciting, but it seems cooler heads prevailed and ALL IS WELL. HON. JOSEPH EVERS is really doing a remarkable job over there. More to come! SNOOPER’ S POLITICAL INFORMATION: I want all you VOTERS to pay attention! THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS will be held TUESDAY, MAY 18, 7:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. Special Note: All DEMOCRATS must vote Democratic and all REPUBLICANS must vote Republican. Make sure you are properly REGISTERED TO VOTE and you are listed in (Cont. Page 25)

Yo! Here we go again with this short tale of a special angel. A baby asked God, “They tell me you are sending me down to earth tomorrow, I am willing to go but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?” God said, “Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.” Puzzled, the child further inquired, “But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing, smile and to be happy.” God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel’s love and you will be very happy.” Again the child asked, “How am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?” God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear and, with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.” “And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?” God said, “You angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.” “Who will protect me?” God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.” “But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.” God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.” At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, “God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.” (Cont. Page 16)

There are certain unwritten rules of the Democratic Party which occasionally come into play and you disregard them at your peril. The first rule is that in a fight between the Mayor and Democratic City Chairman, the Mayor always wins. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the principal one is the Mayor has many more opportunities to do beneficial things for his friends then does the City Chairman. In fact, the City Chairman is dependent upon the Mayor for the many recommendations for appointments in City government which he is granted. When FRANK SMITH was Chairman, he was convinced JIM TATE could not win reelection as Mayor. In this he was counseled by the President of City Council GEORGE SCHWARTZ; the powerful former STATE SEN. PETE CAMIEL; SPEAKER HERB FINEMAN; and the former Congressman from the Feltonville area HERB McGLINCHEY. Although his advice was not followed, the Congressman from South Philadelphia BILL BARRETT had urged Smith to avoid a battle with the Mayor. This ganging up on Tate (at least that is the way it looked to the public at large) changed Tate from an inarticulate Mayor to a victim. He used “the man against the machine” very successfully. When Tate won for reelection, Smith knew his days were numbered, so he accepted an appointment as chairman of the Board of Revision of Taxes. Tate had the ability and the clout to name Camiel as the chairman of the party. Very shortly thereafter, Tate and Camiel had a falling out and that battle continued when FRANK RIZZO succeeded Tate as Mayor. Camiel had not learned the lesson that a Chairman cannot beat the Mayor and lost his second battle when Rizzo mustered the votes to push him out of office. Camiel went on to become a member of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Former STATE SEN. JOE SMITH served a short while as Chairman of the party, but then was forced to give way to MAYOR WISLON GOODE’S candidate BOB BRADY. Joe Smith went on to serve one term as Congressman. Brady, who best understands the fundamental rule that the Mayor is stronger then the City Chairman, has successfully been elected and reelected as chairman during the terms of Goode, ED RENDELL, JOHN STREET and now MICHAEL NUTTER. Brady has avoided a fight with Nutter and in fact they are the best of friends. (Cont. Page 16)


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COMPLETING a 20-year project was dedication of SEPTA’s N. Phila. Station. At ribbon cutting were, from left, General Mgr. Joe Casey, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and SEPTA Chief Engineer Jeff Knueppel. State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, in whose District is the Station, attended the ribbon-cutting, adding, “I see this as a magnet for other businesses to begin setting up around the station. It has been a long time in coming, and it was worth the wait.” Several facets of the project focused on turning the station into a point of neighborhood pride. There were improvements to the streetscape at Broad Street & Lehigh Avenue. The project also included the installation of three elevators and a new escalator – major components of the effort to make the facility

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SEPTA General Mgr. Joseph M. Casey celebrated the completion of rehabilitation work at the North Philadelphia Station on the Broad Street Line, marking the end of construction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ceremony also opens a new chapter for SEPTA and the future of the community the station serves. While the $17.7 million project has completely modernized this historic facility, the ultimate goal of this initiative goes far beyond the state-of-theart amenities now available to customers. As a Livable Communities Initiative, SEPTA embarked on this project with the big-picture concept of improving transportation’s critical link to creating vibrant communities. With a revitalized transportation hub at its center, SEPTA believes the groundwork has been laid to encourage growth and development around the North Philadelphia Station.

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(Cont. From Page 10) won’t even talk about how inherently racist bills like this are, because if true immigration reform was what was desired here, the laws wouldn’t all be aimed at just our southern border. I won’t even talk about the lawsuits American citizens of Latino and Native American descent are going to file when they get stopped by the cops and are asked to present their driver’s license and birth certificate. But I will say we need to do something regarding immigration reform. It is hypocritical for the folks in

Waffleman (Cont. From Page 10) God said, “You will simply call her ‘MOM’.” In honor of all mothers everywhere and in loving memory of those special angels – our mothers – whose work here is done and some of whom have returned to abide with God: Happy Mother’s Day.

Washington, the folks who should be handling this issue, to spend more time posturing than being constructive. Immigration is something that has needed to be addressed for years. President George W. Bush tried to do something about it, but his fellow Republicans stood in his way. Meanwhile, the process of becoming a citizen here is something that would be more at home in Naked Lunch. If you’ve been living here and have done what you can to make America better, you shouldn’t have to wait 10 years to finally get your green card. Let us streamline the process so those who want to become citizens can do so. But something also needs to be done to provide options for the millions of illegal immigrants that are currently in this country. (And “send ’em back” is not an option.) Back to the Diamondbacks. Major League Baseball is scheduled to play its annual All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix next year. Can you imagine the police pulling over the St. Louis Cardinals’ all-star first baseman Albert

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conference of his own. He complained this was the first of three forums he attended in which he was not invited as a participant. But inside the hospital’s cafeteria were all the five Democrat candidates vying in the 194th primary: Lou Agre, Josh Cohen, Bill Morris, Pam DeLissio and Keith Newman. The over 100 in the audience were divided almost equally by supporters of each of the candidates. All handled themselves well.

Agre, the leader of the 21st Democrat Ward, which covers Roxborough and Manayunk, is also a union organizer with a great deal of labor support. Cohen, who has a history of working for elected City officials, hopes to parlay that into votes from constituents served by him in that District. Bill Morris, a union carpenter, also has union support, with a history of serving the area as a coach for a host of leagues following in the footsteps of his uncle, leg-

endary Coach William “Speedy” Morris as well as Roxborough activist Dan Pellicciotti. Pam DeLissio, has the support of retiring State Rep. Katherine Manderino and several community groups. Keith Newman, a teacher, has been active in the area. There are no plans for a fourth go-around, since each of the candidates has scheduled constituent time almost around the clock.

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WARD leader Lou Agre addresses audience as Josh Cohen looks on.

Three civic associations in Roxborough and East Falls sponsored a candidates’ forum at Roxborough Hospital, to the dismay of Green Party candidate Hugh Giordano. Both he and the Republican candidate for the 194th, Timothy Downey, were not in involved in the May 18 primary, since neither had competition within his own party. So Giordano spiced up the outside of the hospital with supporters flocking to a press

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Xochitl does not play it safe by Len Lear Someone once said a ship in a harbor is safe, but ships were not built to stay in a harbor. Xochitl, a three-year-old restaurant at 408 Pine St., reminds me of those ships that ventured out into the ocean centuries ago with no idea if they would ever return safely. First, there is the name. Xochitl (pronounced “Socheat”), means “flower” in the Aztec language of Nahuatl, but not too many people these days are speaking the Aztec language. The Spanish conquistadores saw to that. In addition to the gutsy name that few customers can pronounce, the menu of this Nuevo Mexicano charmer does not have any of the burritos, enchiladas, chili, etc., we have come to expect at the traditional Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants in

the Philadelphia area. I’m willing to bet a sombrero few of us have previously seen dishes like roasted chayote with eggplantchipotle salsa, asparagus and cotija cheese ($10) or beerbraised pork cheeks with walnut molé and grilled spring onions ($12). Shortly after Xochitl opened, a friend of ours who lives in Old City told me she had a “horrible” meal there but that when she went back several weeks later, it was “fantastic.” Apparently, critics share her second opinion since Inquirer critic Craig LaBan gave it “three bells;” Philadelphia magazine gave it an A-, and Bon Appetit magazine named it one of the country’s “10 Top Mexican Restaurants” in March 2008. The restaurant’s original chef, Dionicio Jimenez, left in February of this year to help open a Mexican restaurant for Stephen Starr in Center City in the near future. But his replace-

ment, Lucio Palazzo, a native of Italy (not Mexico), also has quite a few arrows in his culinary quiver. In fact, finding something delicious on the menu at Xochitl is as easy as spotting a toupee. Two reasonably priced entrees we would highly recommend are the achiote-marinated mahi mahi on three soft taco shells with grilled pineapple, avocado and watercress ($14) and the corn, black bean and mushroom burger with chihuahua cheese (the greatest melted cheese in the solar system), avocado, crispy onions and chipotle mayonnaise ($10). Xochitl recently closed its doors for two weeks. The result was a renovation and a cozy cantina feel with warm ochre walls, exposed wooden beams, hardwood floors, Latin wood furniture, recessed lighting, glass-top tables with vintage movie posters and a new, lowerpriced menu. The night we were at Xochitl, Apr. 29, happened to be “Dining Out for Life,” an annual event in which dozens of restaurants donate a significant

portion of their proceeds to Action AIDS. An Action AIDS representative came up to each table, asked for an additional donation and explained how the money is used. The woman who worked the rooms at Xochitl was Samantha Thomas, a mid-20s lawyer whose smile glowed like a jar of honey in the sun. Customers that night who filled out a certain form were automatically entered into a drawing, the winners of which will win a vacation to the Dominican Republic. “Don’t think you have no chance to win,” Samantha said. “I had never won anything before, and then I entered a contest and wound up winning an all-expenses-paid trip to Hollywood for two. I went with my sister, and we were also given tickets and a backstage pass to the Grammy Awards show. In fact, we met Beyoncé and some other stars. It was fabulous. So you do have a chance to win.” Xochitl is located in a storefront across the from Head House Square, between Pine and Lombard Streets. I remember

Len Lear thinking what a cool place it was when it was a jazz club called Borgia Café 25 years ago. A ground-floor bar serves about 60 different kinds of tequila. One

great cocktail is the Clericot with white wine, tequila, orange liqueur, oranges, strawberries and kiwi, $9. An adjacent dining room only seats about 22 people. There is a dining lounge downstairs with three pillow-festooned banquettes that seat about 20 total. The men’s room was so small an obese man might have to use a crowbar to get out of it. I was surprised how manageable was noise level in the dining room, despite the tables being as close together as a kiss. For more information, call (215) 238-7280 or visit www.xochitlphilly.com.


gubernatorial allegiance in the Onorato fundraiser at 1 Penn Center. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell attended as well. The two Council Members fervently professed mutual respect and across-the-board partnership; “It takes nine votes to get anything done on Council,” Blackwell noted. The two closed ranks for the upcoming primary election around a brace of State House contests. In the open 194th Dist., they chose 21st Ward Leader Lou Agre. In the adjacent 190th Dist., they are promoting Sharif Street. Just across the Delaware Co. line in Upper Darby, they will be pulling hard for Margo Davidson in the 164th Dist., where 30-year Republican veteran Mario Civera is stepping down.

EAGER to hear Councilman Curtis Jones’ endorsements at 1 Penn Center were, from left, Maceo Cummings, Leslie Burrell, Y v o n n e Roberts and Adam Kim. COUNCILMAN Curtis Jones, right, backs Allegheny Co. Executive Dan Onorato because he says Onorato knows how to sell big-city needs to suspicious Western Penna. voters and legislators.

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CeaseFirePA has evaluated each of the candidates on their commitment to supporting policies to reduce gun violence statewide. Joe Hoeffel was the candidate who demonstrated the most agreement with CeaseFirePA’s proposed reforms and received an A grade in its Voters Guide. Tony Williams was second in support for reasonable gunviolence prevention policies and, coupled with his TV ad campaign against illegal guns, received an A- grade. Dan Onorato, a skeptic of gun violence prevention prior to entering the race, has moderated his views and clearly supported most of CeaseFirePA’s positions, earning a B+ rating. Jack Wagner supported many proposals in the Voters Guide, but opposed several key reforms and received a C+. The only two candidates failing to join the consensus were Tom Corbett, who, despite his position as State Attorney General, failed to respond to the survey, and Sam Rohrer, who responded to the questionnaire, but supported not a single policy, and even opposed increasing penalties for criminals found to be illegally in possession of firearms. Rohrer missed the mark and received a D grade, but at least

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As Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. announced his support for Allegheny Co. Executive Dan Onorato in the Democrat gubernatorial primary race on Monday, he showed a new faction has emerged in City politics as well. Jones stated he was backing Onorato because deepseated anti-Philadelphia prejudice tends to sway decision-makers in the rest of the state. Onorato, he said, knows how to bridge that gap; he is skilled at persuading small-town Western Pennsylvania cultural conservatives to address practical big-city needs. That’s what Philadelphians need most from the Governor’s Mansion, he said. The freshman Councilman did more than announce his

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Bishop Announces Campaign Platform Brady Hosts Dad Vail‘s Top Team STATE REP. Louise Williams Bishop makes her campaign for reelection official before huge crowd at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church. In background are Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, Ducky Birts and State Rep. Jewell Williams. Other officials were in attendance as well were State Reps. Dwight Evans, Cherelle Parker and Ronald G. Waters, joined by State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. Labor supporters there were LDC 332 Leader Sam Staten, Sr., AFTPA President Ted Kirsch and President of Phila. Federation of Teachers Jerry T. Jordan. Photo by Calvin Terrell

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ENJOYING show at University City fundraiser for 27th Ward Leader Matt Wolfe, right, as he runs for Republican State Committee are 51st Ward Leader and MAGICIAN Francis Menotti entertained large turnout at Matt Wolfe’s fundraiser. Phila. Tea Party leader Diana Reimer.

“If you eat a ‘Geno’s Steak Wid’, you’re sure to be a winner in the Dad Vail Regatta” declared Congressman Bob Brady to 90 team members of the Michigan Grand Valley State University Team participating in the 2010 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta this weekend on the Schuylkill River. He was hosting them for a cheese steak lunch at Joe Vento’s Geno’s Steaks early this week. Police had cleared a parking area for them across from the steak emporium allowing their vans to pull up and disgorge the hungry 90 team members led by coach John Bancheri, a former Philadelphian. “I wanted to officially welcome these athletes back to Philadelphia. Since the Dad Vail Regatta has been a Philadelphia tradition, it was natural to them for a tradi-

JOE VENTO explains some of his “English only” history to Coach J o h n Bancheri, whose team was hosted by Congressman Bob Brady. CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady shares moment with Geno’s Joe Vento, left, and Fred Mari, who also was hosting visitors from Texas. tional cheesesteak to Geno’s,” added Brady. The GVS Team has consistently been one of the most competitive rowing teams to attend the Dad Vail Regatta which has been held in Philadelphia since 1953. The Regatta, the largest collegiate competition in the United States with over 100

colleges and universities from the US and Canada, draws thousands of student athletes. Had it not been for Brady’s intervention last year, the Regatta would have moved on to a river in Northern New Jersey. He was able to get the City to agree to reduce some of the costs incurred by the Regatta.


REPUBLICANS were jubilant, predicting victories this fall, at congressional hopeful Brian Haughton’s fundraiser at SmokeEaters in Holmesburg. All in the running were these candidates, from left, Nathan Shrader for State Committee, Haughton for 13th Congressional Dist., Chris Vogler for State Committee and Marc Collazzo for 170th State House Dist.

LARRY HANEY, owner of Shooter Shop at Jasper & Allegheny, receives Certificate of Appreciation from Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation. Award was presented by Dave Marantz, board member of Four Chaplains. It is one of several he has received for manner in which he operates his gun shop.

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HAPPY supporter Elaine Terry was glad to show where she stands at opening of Jonathan Saidel’s campaign office in Mt. Airy for his race for Lieutenant Governorship.

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