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Stack, McGeehan Bills Offer Tax Alternatives (Cont. From Page 1) No one disputes the current system (if it can be called one) of assessing property taxes is complex, chaotic, arbitrary, unjust, and probably illegal as well. The City was looking into ways of transitioning to taxation based on true market value under the Street Administration. Now, in Street’s successor’s second term, it’s still looking. Spurred by revenue shortfalls, Nutter is moving to jump-start the process in the 2012-13 Fiscal Year. While he calls the AVI plan “revenueneutral,” it would measure new wealth based on real-estate prices which have risen substantially in some parts of town, thereby bringing in an additional $90 million in taxes – but at the expense of many longtime homeowners. Not so fast, say Stack and McGeehan. Before the City takes more money from taxpayers, it should collect the money it’s owed by taxdodgers. Philadelphia has a tax delinquency rate of 19%. Delinquent taxpayers owe the city over $470 million as of 2011. Both lawmakers are urging the Nutter administration to prioritize property tax collections by going after the delinquent taxpayers first. Stack has introduced SB 1505, which would prohibit the City of Philadelphia from increasing property taxes if the City’s property-tax collection
rate is less than 95%. Currently it stands at 81%. “This is way lower than most other municipalities achieve,” Stack explained. “A typical expectation for tax collection is 95%.” Stack and McGeehan met last week with longtime homeowners in the Tacony section of the city who fear getting clobbered by AVI. “How much more can we afford?” asked business owner Georgeanne Labovitz. “The City can’t keep taking and expecting us to keep giving.” Stack said the owners of the Thomas W. Buck Hosiery building in Kensington, which caught fire and killed two Philadelphia firefighters, owe nearly $400,000 in back property taxes. “A tragedy could have been prevented if these property owners, who also have a stack of Dept. of Licenses & Inspections violations against them, were taken to task by the city,” Stack said. “Instead, the city is targeting longtime homeowners, many of whom have spent most of their lives in their large old houses or inherited homes from family members.” “Let’s call this plan what it is — a tax hike,” said Stack. “Philadelphians have already endured two years of so-called temporary tax increases. Rather than placing the burden on the homeowners who pay their taxes, the city should first go after the many property owners who have failed to pay
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Inside Your Computer by Peter V. Radatti CEO CyberSoft com It is a new year, so it’s again time to hear about a credit-card processor being hacked and millions of credit-card numbers stolen. The latest is Global Payments Inc (NYSE: GPN) which detected the theft and reported that less than 1.5 million credit-card numbers may have been stolen. The fact that they detected this and reported it is good news. The fact they were prepared is better. According to GPN’s press release of Apr. 1, 2012, the criminals were not able to obtain the cardholder names, ad-
dresses and Social Security numbers. This limits the amount of future identity fraud that could occur. Why do hackers go after credit-card processors? They do so because there are millions of credit-card numbers in one place. If they manage to break in, they might be able to get a big haul. This underlines a critical issue about the internet: It is unsafe. Individuals and organizations can make themselves safer but never safe. Once you put anything on the internet, it becomes available to the entire world. What is the chance of one company against
their taxes.” McGeehan plans to introduce companion legislation in the State House of Representatives soon. “Philadelphians are taxed enough, and they are going to be punished after this reassessment,” said McGeehan. “Our wallets are being tapped again because the City let the property-assessment system spiral out of control. We need to offer some protection from the financial pain that many residents will endure soon.” Stack and McGeehan have also introduced legislation that would ease the burden on Philadelphia homeowners upon reassessment. Their identical legislation (SB 1504 and HB 1600) would impose a homestead propertytax exemption for owner-occupied properties, from both city and school district taxes. The bill would also give homeowning senior citizens in Philadelphia with household incomes of $60,000 or less, the option to defer the payment of property-tax increases until they sell their house. Homeowners who have lived at their primary residence for 20 or more years would receive the same tax-deferment opportunity. Recently unemployed homeowners would receive a one-year deferment, which would be collected upon the sale of the home. Another bill introduced by McGeehan would put Philadel-
phia homeowners on par with the rest of the state under the General County Assessment Law. Currently, all Pennsylvania jurisdictions except Philadelphia may reduce their tax rates for one year to equal the preceding year upon reassessment. HB 937 would offer Philadelphians the same anti-windfall protection, as well as an annual 5% cap on each preceding assessment. “The City’s former Board of Revision of Taxes created absolute chaos out of the property-assessment system, which is why we’re faced with this current plan to overhaul the system,” McGeehan said. “Many Philadelphia homeowners will be hit hard by this reassessment through no fault of their own. They deserve some cushion to ease the financial blow.” Philadelphia’s property taxes are such a big mystery, it’s not even clear why they haven’t been fixed to date, after years of trying. The Nutter Administration has consistently cited obsolete and mutually incompatible information systems in the different departments that deal with delinquent properties. However, other local governments also have multiple departments, yet still manage to collect. State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast) has joined the effort, introducing legislation to ensure Philadelphia’s
planned reassessment will be revenue-neutral. “As the City proceeds to implement full-value reassessment, the transition should not unfairly burden our neighbors who will find the value of their properties vastly different – seemingly overnight,” Boyle said. “Similarly, this change in policy should not provide an unreasonable windfall to city government. “My bill would protect Philadelphians from an outrageous hike in their property taxes while not depriving city officials of much-needed revenue,” he said. “This balance will allow both parties to adjust much more smoothly to the new assessment design.” Boyle also intends to amend any existing legislation that concerns Philadelphia’s planned reassessment with his revenue-neutral requirement. Can Stack’s, McGeehan’s and Boyle’s relief arrive in time to forestall AVI? If their measures aren’t passed by December, they will die in the General Assembly. In a legislature totally controlled by Republicans, it is often hard for Democrats to put their own agenda on a fast track. In this case, though, the Northeast lawmakers are fighting for a cause dear to Republican hearts: staving off a tax increase. This may give them a leg up to get their measures on the legislative calendar in time.
Credit-Card Processor Gets Hacked Again the world? Not very good, which is why we keep hearing about and will continue to hear about major break-ins. This incident may not be as big a problem as you might think at first. GPN is contacting credit-card issuers, so you might get a letter in the mail with a new card. I would not expect an email, but you might get a phone call. While this incident is unpleasant, other crooks are attempting to make money from the publicity of this problem by sending out scam emails pretending to be PGN or a bank. In the lower left of the GPN web-
site is a small note that, “Global Payments never sends emails requesting customer passwords or login credentials. Protect your personal information and never click on unsolicited web links provide in an email or other correspondence.” If you need to follow a link provided in an email, then enter it by hand and always be aware that the link that is shown you and the underlying address can be different. Even the address shown might be a slight misspelling to throw you off the course! It is fairly easy for you to protect yourself against credit
card fraud. First, call the telephone number on the back of your card and ask if your number was stolen. Secondly, read all of the charges on your statements. You should be doing this every month, because there are a lot of things that can cost you money on your statement that you didn’t authorize or were not aware of. If you find any problem, use the phone number on the back of the card to question or deny any suspect charges. (Peter Radatti has been dealing with computer security for governments for over 24 years. Contact him at www.cybersoft.com.)
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THE SWITCHAROO! Now that former Political Director of IBEW Local 98 Bobby Henon is the 6th District Councilman, childhood friend, Marita Crawford, has filled his shoes as new Political Director for Local 98. Crawford has had years of political experience with Democratic City Committee, Congressman Bob Brady and was Chief of Staff for Councilman Bill Green. Photo by Maria Merlino. leaders, as well as Republican Counsel Michael Meehan and Chairman Vito Canuso, have spent a great deal of effort to bring the existing factions together. Taylor, reportedly, would
are looking with disdain on the political system. Pennsylvania is considered to be one of the swing states, crucial to Obama’s reelection or defeat. If the City Republican Party doesn’t come together early this summer, the continued vacuum will support Congressman Bob Brady’s tireless efforts to lead the Democrats to another major, if not record, turnout for Obama. Unique to the Republican Party in this town is the fact it now has a number of active Black Republican leaders, who, if given the guidance necessary to grow their ward registrations, could conceivably cut some of the turnout numbers hoped for in this city by the Obama campaign team. Gov. Tom Corbett, through surrogate Gleason, has called for greater effort from the Republicans in this city to tap into those potential registrations. This has not happened, though Gleason continues to fund the opposition to the present Republican City Committee leadership.
Wolfe Defies Rain
TAKING time out from hard-fought election season, Republican 27th Ward Leader Matt Wolfe, right, and 26 other hardy souls braved driving rain in W. Phila.’s Clark Park to try for a new Guinness record for picnicking. Fortunately, picnickers were joined across nation by thousands of others at same time, in a publicity stunt for Nature Conservancy. A number of the state-supPhiladelphia now only has ported ward dealers cam- one Republican legislator in paigned hard to win slots as its House caucus. That is Taydelegates to the Republican lor, and that’s why he must National Convention in take himself out of consideraTampa, but their combined ef- tion for the post of Republican forts produced few new regis- city chairman. He now has his trations. A look at the primary hands full as the point man for results in Philadelphia found key city legislation and fundbetter support for Gov. Cor- ing; luckily for the city, he is bett’s nominee for US Senate, a key Republican within the Steve Welch, from within the GOP-dominated legislature. wards controlled by the Re- His importance in that role publican City Committee. (Cont. Page 4)
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by Joe Shaheeli What made State Rep. John Taylor’s annual Historical Site Cigar & Wine Tasting at Colonial Dames headquarter on Latimer Street so exceptional this time? It wasn’t the cigars, or the various wines, or the VIP crowd of regular supporters who appreciate Taylor’s solid performances in the State General Assembly as the 177th Dist.’s legislator since 1984. It was the amazing fact, through the crowded rooms of this historical site, Republican leaders from both factions of the Republican City Committee were there, acting as though they were of one mind as well as talking to each other. That could not have happened had the event been for any other major player in this city’s Republican Party. Taylor (R-Kensington), who, together with Vince Fenerty and other key ward
have accepted a draft replacement when Gleason announced the State Committee no longer recognized Canuso as chair. But the Gleason-led Philadelphia group wanted one of their own, insisting, after some jockeying, on Rich Hellberg for that role. Others, within the state loyalist group, have offered as candidates Ward Leaders Mike Cibik or Joe DeFelice. If Mitt Romney hopes to get a crack at winning Pennsylvania, he needs someone to pressure a compromise. Recent polling before and after the primary shows there is no expectation younger voters who turned out en masse to support President Barack Obama the first time around, will do so again. They face a jobless job market, especially among the new generation of high-school and college graduates. Older employees in both the public and private sectors are not retiring when they can because of a growing inflation and uncertainty with the economy. Both age groups
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(Cont. From Page 3) was made more obvious by the appearance of Mayor Michael Nutter at the fundraiser. Taylor’s effectiveness has resulted in, just this year alone, the legislature’s advance toward a Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Foreclosure programs, helping the city with landbank bills, working to keep Catholic schools open and helping charter schools. In addition to his role as chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, Taylor has also been deeply involved in the problem of school violence and has been at the forefront
CONGRESSMEN Bob Brady and Pat Meehan welcomed home as they participated in veteransparade on State Street, in photo at right, as Ex-Marine George Perez, right, joins Marine Corps League veteran and Marine to pose with “Sgt. Leatherneck”, Marine Corps mascot dog, at conclusion of Welcome Home Troops parade. Photos: Joe Stivala. of the fight against the abuses Corbett, who gave the Oak Lane. That kickoff was of Oxycontin, the prescription green light to the effort by Re- led by State Rep. Dwight painkiller. publican leaders here to re- Evans (D-N. Phila.) and Also an attorney, he is of move Vito Canuso from Councilwoman Marian counsel to the firm of Archer leadership, could easily be Tasco. Boyle Proves Some & Greiner law firm. blamed for a poor November Ward Leaders Weak effort by the Republicans in State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle this city. Corbett needs to bring the factions together, (D-Northeast) won a landslide yet by his actions, it is obvi- victory in the Democratic prious he is not sweating mary, beating opponent chalPhiladelphia for any reason. lenger Danny Collins by over His disdain for this city is 30 points (67%-33%). This made more obvious as he con- was Collins’ second run for tinues to appoint, reappoint, State Representative; he lost and elevate to state agencies in 2010. On primary night, Republicans from every other Boyle said, “I commend my opponent for a hard-fought County but ours. If the GOP doesn’t hur- race and wish him well.” The victory was even more riedly bury its differences to form a united front, the De- interesting in the fact Boyle mocrats will have an easier was not supported by three WARD LEADER John Dougherty celebrates his birthday time rolling up the majorities ward leaders in the district: joined by a Who’s Who of local politicians, labor leaders, of voters set for them by the Bernice Hill, Pat Parkinson family and friends -- who surprised IBEW Local 98 business Obama team, which began and John Sabatina, Sr. They manager with a cake at Palm Restaurant. He’s seen here kicking up the registration supported Collins. with his dad, John, Sr. Photo: Rory McGlasson Boyle won Bernice Hill’s drive this past weekend in
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Pat Murphy and Pat Meehan were on our mind election day and the day after, so when it came to writing up winners and losers in the State House races, we reported, “In the 173rd, Congressman Pat Meehan has a well-deserved ride to Harrisburg unopposed by a Republican candidate in the general election.” Everyone knows the “boss” of the
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63rd Ward by an astounding 48 points (74% to 26%). Boyle said, “I want to thank those 63rd Ward committeepersons who strongly supported me, despite the fact I wasn’t supported by their ward leader. The results speak volumes.” According to campaign finance reports filed with the Department of State, Sabatina funded most of the Collins campaign. “It’s a humiliating defeat for John Sabatina,” explained Seth Kaplan, Boyle’s chief of staff. “He handpicked Danny Collins to run against Kevin,” Kaplan added, “Sabatina tried to knock us off, and he failed miserably.” Boyle attributed his victory to the fact, “For the last 16 months, I have worked day and night to represent the people of my district, from Fox Chase to Mayfair, from Bustleton to Tacony. This big victory validates all of that hard work.”
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State Rep. Bill DeWeese (D-Greene), a long-time power broker in the State House, was sentenced this week to 30 to 60 months in state prison on his convictions for using state-paid employees on his election campaigns. Dauphin Co. President Judge Todd A. Hoover imposed the sentence, plus $25,000 in fines and $116,000 in restitution, little more than two months after a county jury convicted the 35year Democratic legislator of multiple counts of theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest. He had to resign, despite his primary victory. Gone will be the need for his colleagues in the House to carry dictionaries with them when they debated him. Babette’s Thoughts On Defeat By Sims
State Rep. Babette Josephs conceded the race for the 182nd House Dist. to Brian Sims, saying, “My congratulations go out to the Democratic nominee Brian Sims and all of his supporters. “Throughout many difficult, but successful races in my long service, I have consistently said the voters are always right. I cannot change my tune now. I am truly grateful to the voters for allowing me to serve them for so long and for the opportunity to work with so many dedicated, talented, patient and professional colleagues, (Cont. Page 5) Senator
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Philly Greens Are Star-Struck
Chris Robinson reports the Green Party of Philadelphia voters met at the Buzz Caféin Kensington for a presidential caucus. The local Greens considered three candidates for the Green Party’s nomination to run for President of the US. They were Dr. Jill Stein, Roseanne Barr and Dr. Kent Mesplay. They were star-struck. Actress Barr received 55% of the votes, Stein 40% and Mesplay 5%. She’s not home free, though, since similar Green caucuses are being held throughout the Commonwealth and those delegates go
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Best way to get a convention crowd is to hold it in Las Vegas, which is why the Libertarian Party expects about 700 delegates at its National Convention at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas this weekend. The Libertarian Party’s nominating process differs significantly from that of the Republican and Democratic Parties. Both the presidential and vice presidential nominees are elected at the convention through independent voting processes starting with the presidential nomination. The presidential nominee does not
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IN RARE honor of visit by both Mayor Michael Nutter and Archbishop Charles Chaput, students in Northern Liberties welcomed them to St. Peter’s School, where the two leaders signed historic partnership agreement between City and parochial school system.
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…WE LIVE IN CLOVER. When we die, we die all over.” So runs traditional ballad of Phila.’s historic Clover Club, which celebrated its merry annual dinner last night at Union League with bipartisan camaraderie among movers, shakers and troublemakers. Enjoying this plush affair are, from left, attorney Joseph T. Kelley, Jr. of Kelley Partners, Ltd.; Common Pleas Court Judges Charles Cunningham and Kenneth J. Powell, Jr.; and Republican 55th Ward Leader Chris Vogler.
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(Cont. From Page 4) staff members and volunteers.” Sims thanked her, saying, “Our margin of victory was less than 250 votes” and “Pennsylvania has taken a huge leap forward by electing its first openly gay state legislator.”
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PHA, Union In Agreement Home Prices Nearly Unchanged PHILA. Housing Authority and its police department have reached agreement on five-year contract with Fraternal Order of Housing Police that includes wage increases totaling 13%. At contract signing were PHA Administrative Receiver/Executive Director Michael Kelly, PHA Police Chief Ben Walton, Officer Hakim Dunbar (FOHP Secretary), Detective Angela Rice-Warthen (FOHP VP), Commissioner Karen Newton Cole and Rodney Little (FOHP President).
Philadelphia’s median home sales price declined only 4% over the last five years. In April 2007, the median price was $120,000 compared to the current reporting price of $115,000. According to City Controller Alan Butkovitz, Philadelphia’s decline in median home-sales price was not as steep as what many other large US cities included in the Controller’s review experienced throughout the latest re-
cession period. Phoenix realized the largest decline with 62%, from $235,000 in April 2007 to $90,000 in April 2012. Chicago and Los Angeles followed with declines at or about 45%. Chicago went from $295,000 to $161,000 and Los Angeles from $525,000 to $292,000 during the same reporting period. Median sales-price data were gathered by using Trulia’s Market Trends, which is an online real-estate site that compiles its data from public sources. The latest reporting data for Philadelphia were from October 2011. All other cities included in the reported were as of April 2012.
Along with reviewing median home sale prices, the Controller’s March 2012 economic report found monthly tax revenues (city & PICA) totaled $270.2 million, which is a 23% decrease from collections in March 2011. Monthly sales-tax collections totaled $19.3 million, a 7% increase from the same month last year and the fifth consecutive month of increases over the same month from the previous year. The Controller’s economic report is compiled on a monthly basis and includes an Economic Snapshot & Forecast, as well as real estate information and other local statistics.
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paid only $7,174.52 for mailers and a bulk mail permit — approximately 1/4 of what the Sims campaign spent on direct mail. Finally, in her expenses, we see no volunteer expenses to speak of in her reports. It is clear Josephs was depending on the Democratic party to carry her through the primary. In this case, it did not work, and she was beaten by a margin large enough so as not to trigger a recount. In the 188th District: Spruce Hill, Cedar Park, Southwest Philadelphia, Rep. James R. Roebuck beat back a strong challenge by Fatimah Loren Muhammad 3,888 votes to 3,081 votes. A billboard displaying the well-known Obama “Hope” image, accompanied by an image of State Representative candidate Fatimah Muhammad in a similar style can be seen by voters a halfblock away from the 46th Ward, 19th Division polling place, the Garden Court Plaza, located at 47th & Pine. Muhammad posters are taped to telephone poles lining the approach to the polling site. Outside the entrance to Garden Court, Muhammad campaign workers are distributing sample ballots and flyers, including a Liberty City flyer urging voters to “Be part of history by voting for … FATIMAH MUHAMMAD —helping to elect the first out members of the LGBT community to the state legislature in the history of Pennsylvania!” In 2010, Roebuck won 46/19 with 220 of 223 votes cast in this division (he was virtually unchallenged in that race). This time, a total of 235 votes were cast in 46/19, with 182 for Roebuck and 53 for Muhammad. In all, Muhammad won 10 of the 23 divisions in the 46th, Roebuck’s home ward. Although she lost the 46th Ward decisively, Muhammad won (Cont. Page 11)
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characterization of GOP women who supported ultrasound for women seeking abortions) was offensive. In addition to his strong showing in the 8th Ward, Brian Sims performed well in the 5th Ward (10 divisions in Center City east of Broad) where he outpolled Josephs 640-385 and in the 30th Ward (five divisions south of Lombard, west of Broad) where he earned 452 votes, compared with Josephs’ 265. Josephs’ won the 36th Wards’ seven divisions, 355-196, but her margin in this relatively small area was not sufficient to offset losses elsewhere in the district. In terms of money, Sims4PAPAC, the campaign finance committee for Brian Sims, began raising money early. The first report that appears for his committee online is 2011 cycle 7. Although the committee raised only $500 from PACs, the committee did end up raising a total of $66,529.60 near the end of the year. In the first two cycles of 2012, Sims raised another $83,080, with only $250 coming from PACs. It should be noted that Sims received $14,550 as in-kind contributions from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund in Washington, D.C. for such items as research and messaging research. Sims appears to have spent $28,842.32 on direct mail and $516.78 on food for volunteers. He also appeared to have a paid staff which cost him $23,060.47 in payroll and payroll expense. By contrast, Josephs raised only $12,300 in 2011, and $50,625 in 2012 cycle 1 and 2012 cycle 2. In stark contrast to Sims, $35,050 of Joseph’s money came from PACs. Her committee had no expenses in 2011, indicating she did not begin gearing up for the primary until after the first of the year. She appears to have had a campaign staff, and paid $17,000 on items such as staff services in 2012 cycle 1 and 2012 cycle 2. In addition, she
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by John Kromer and David Lynn Three of the incumbent State Representatives who ran for re-election in the 2012 primary were not particularly dynamic. Their challengers were well-spoken, attractive, and well-financed. The results: one challenger won, another came close and is well positioned for a 2014 rematch, and a third lost badly. Here’s how it happened. In the 182nd District: Rittenhouse Square, Logan Square, Southwest Center City, Queen Village, Brian Sims edged out Rep. Babette Josephs 3,661 votes to 3,428 votes. The 8th Ward’s 30 divisions, which occupy most of Center City west of Broad, are going to generate more than half the votes in any 182nd Dist. election. The 8th is incumbent State Representative Babette Josephs’ home ward, and 8th Ward voters have given her big margins over challengers in past elections. In the 2010 primary, Josephs won 3,116 votes in the 8th Ward, giving her a major edge over challenger Gregg Kravitz and contributing to her 5,683-3,677 victory over Kravitz. The 2012 primary was different. This time, Josephs’ 8th Ward total was only 1,916 votes, a result nearly equaled by challenger Brian Sims, who won 1,803 votes in the ward. How did Sims differ from the other candidates who had gone up against Josephs during the past decade? According to committeepersopns and volunteers outside 8th Ward polling places, Sims had a record of community service, was not a polarizing figure, and had raised enough money to mount a credible challenge. And what was wrong with Josephs? To some, she conveyed a sense of a lifetime entitlement to her House seat; she didn’t work hard enough; she hadn’t accomplished much; and the “men with breasts” comment (Josephs’
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Grant For Weccacoe Playground
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Gowns Fit For Queens
THESE lovely ladies received prom gowns from State Rep. Vanessa Brown, who has been giving free prom dresses as a part of her “Prom Dress Giveaway” program. Brown has given out around 100 prom gowns so far. and she will continue giving more away today and Friday, at Greater Bible Way Temple, 1461 N. 52nd Street.
COUNCILMAN MARK Squilla announced to Queen Village Neighborhood Association leadership $535,000 grant to renovate Weccacoe Playground. From left are Jeff Hornstein, QVNA president; Walt Lowthian, chair of Friends of Weccacoe Playground; Squilla; and Suzanne Cross.
STATE SEN. VINCE HUGHES hosts Democratic State Appropriations Committee meeting at City Hall to discuss Gov. Corbett’s Budget cuts with Phila. City Council contingent of Jannie Blackwell, Cindy Bass, Curtis Jones, Jr. and Blondell Photo: Rory McGlasson Reynolds Brown.
Sorrell Scholarship Winner ROBERT W. SORRELL, former Urban League president and founder of R. W. Sorrell Scholarship Fund, stands with Amber Gould, Kutztown University freshman and first recipient of fund’s $2,000 scholarship at reception at Independence Blue Cross Headquarters.
Convention Center Spawns New Hotel
HOME2 SUITES by Hilton broke ground for new 246-suite hotel adjacent to expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th & Arch Streets, becoming first new hotel built in over decade. Groundbreakers include Bill Duncan, Home2 Suites; Jake and Howard Wurzak, of Wurzak Hotel Group; Howard Wurzak; State Sen. Larry Farnese; Joseph Zuritsky, Parkway Corp.; Mayor Michael Nutter; Robert Zuritsky; Rick Lyon, Capital One Bank; State Rep. Dwight Evans; Eric Davies, Wurzak Hotel Group; and Jake Winigrad, Parkway Corp.
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Irish American Leader Of Year
PRESIDENT Brian Coleman, of Local 40, Ancient Order of Hibernians, presented 2012 Irish American Labor Leader of Year Award to Daniel Grace, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 830 Health and Welfare Fund, in memory of “The Day of the Rope”. Award commemorates day when 10 innocent Irish coal miners were hanged in Penna., spawning beginning of unions in coal mines. Seen here with his family, Dan holds host of Union positions: VP AFL-CIO, trustee JC 53 H&W and Pension Fund, director of State Conference of Teamsters, VP Brewery & Soft Drink Workers Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Trustee, Joint Council 53 Executive Board. Public Record adds its congratPhoto: Joe Stivala ulations.
Our Opinion ... Spend Money To Make Money
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Mark Your Calendar
May 4- Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee hosts annual Contest & Open House at Training Facility, 10401 Decatur Rd., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For info Director Charles T. Brock (215) 824-2300. May 4- State Sen. Shirley Kitchen opens Satellite Office at 6418 Rising Sun Ave. for Northeast constituents of 3rd Senatorial Dist. For info (215) 342-8170. May 5- Historic AME Church’s Rev. Dr. Mary Lou Moore of “I Can Ministries, Inc.” and Wells Fargo Bank host “I Can Empowerment Expo”, at Union AME Church, 1600 W. Jefferson St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All invited to attend. Activities include financial workshops, breakout sessions for all ages. Family event. For info Dr. Moore (215) 920-8604. May 5- Sheriff Jewell Williams hosts free Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Seminar at 1901 W. Girard Ave.,
10 a.m. Call (267) 385-7624 to register. May 7- Fundraiser for Phila. 9/11 Memorial at Pub & Grub, 2001 Hamilton St., 6-9 p.m. Open bar, food. Donation $30. For info Joe Eastman (609) 290-8803. May 7- Fundraiser for 9/11 Memorial honoring police and firefighters at Franklin Sq. Pk., Pub ’n Grub Restaurant, 2001 Hamilton St. Open bar/ food. Donation $30.For info Joe Eastman (609) 290-8803. May 9- S. Phila. Business Ass’n scholarship awards dinner held at Galdo’s Catering & Entertainment at 20th St. & Moyamensing Ave. Parking is free; dinner cost is $50. Please RSVP as soon as possible. For info (215) 336-1108. May 11- State Rep. Ron Waters hosts Senior Health Expo & Luncheon for 191st House Dist. at KIPP W. Phila. Charter Sch., 5900 Baltimore Ave., 11 a.m.-2 pm. Free. For info (215) 748-6712. May 11- Frank Bender hosts annual Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 Hunting Park Ave., 5-9 p.m. Tickets $10. For info Beth (215) 223-4005. May 15- State Sen. Anthony H. Williams invites local
small business owners to small-business workshop, “Financing Your Business,” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Enterprise Ctr., 4548 Market St. Free. Continental breakfast and lunch served. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 492-2980. May 15- Mothers In Charge hosts 9th Anniversary Celebration at Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30 p.m. For info Dorothy Johnson Speight, Mothers In Charge, 1415 N. Broad St., Suite 229, Phila., PA 19122. May 17- 1st Annual Spring Social for Chapel of Four Chaplains, 1201 Constitution Ave., Bldg. 649 in Navy Yard, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20 Early Bird, by May 16. At door, $25. For info (215) 218-1943 or Events@Fourchaplains.org. May 19- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at Franklin Sq. Park, 6th & Race, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 23- Jobs With Justice annual Solidarity Reception at District 1199C, 1319 Locust St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. To be honored are Henry Nicholas, Jody Dodd, Jim Savage, Amanda
Geraci and Occupy Phila. Jun. 10- St. Edmond’s Parish Centennial Dinner at Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 2-6 p.m. Ticket $65 with a cash bar. For info (215) 334-3755. Jun. 15-16-7- Annual St. Maron Church Lebanese Festival on Ellsworth Street between 10th and 11th. Friday from 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. No admission. All welcome. Authentic Middle East cuisine and entertainment. Jul. 23- Filitalia Int’l, together with UNICO Phila. Chapter and Commissione Giovani, presents 2012 Phillies Italian Heritage Night at Citizens Bank Pk., 7 p.m. Tickets $30. Call Christine Macolino (267) 984-2954 or Rosetta Conigliaro (267) 2316887. Email for tickets to email@example.com. Deadline for tickets May 1. Paying via Paypal will cost $31. Mention Public Record. Aug. 19- Annual Bill Meehan Clam Bake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 4-8 pm. Ferko String Band entertains. For details call Republican City Committee (215) 561-0650.
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Philadelphia’s property-tax collections are a mess. So are its land records. So is its building-code enforcement. So is its bail enforcement…. Do we see a pattern here? Al these monetary woes stem from two things: vast amounts of data poorly managed, and collaboration between different agencies poorly managed. The resulting losses are staggering: $470 million in unpaid property tax, $1 billion in skipped bail, an undetermined amount of unpaid fines, incalculable losses from land left unproductive. The first problem is serious enough. The City of Philadelphia never entered the computer age in a serious way. Its various departments’ IT systems often can’t talk with each other. Vital reforms like actual-value tax assessment have been hobbled for years because raw data still cannot be crunched. No other business that handles real money these days does so without state-of-the-art information technology. How can a bank keep track of yours and a million other customers’ credit-card purchases in real time? How can an airline tell you’ve got the seat you paid for when you arrive at the airport – one of 100,000 passengers that day between 100 different places around the world? Well-designed computer networks. Philadelphia’s government needs a new generation of technology if it is to pay its bills. It can’t afford leaky data systems any more than the Water Dept. can afford leaky pipes. To its credit, the Nutter Administration has invested heavily in upgrading the City’s IT – $64 million into the Technology Division for FY 2011-12, up from $38 million in FY 2008-09. A few results are already visible; the Managing Director claims all City-owned property is now in a single database. We hope to hear much more good news on this front, preferably tomorrow. But computers alone won’t do it. Agencies must be trained to work in unison if they’re to tackle mammoth catchup tasks like back property-tax collection. And since these agencies all have other ongoing work to do – they’ll probably need to budget extra staff and resources in order to bring in extra money. This is true even amidst a large budget crisis – in fact, it’s especially true then. When you need rain, pay the rainmakers. At first glance, the Administration has not funded its rainmaking offices this way. Its various financial-office budgets are down 31% over the last three years. Licensing & Inspections is down 20%. The Law Dept. budget is down 13%. Perhaps it was trying to spread the pain evenly during a severe recession. If so, it was a short-sighted move. Inspectors, auditors and attorneys are needed to bring home this bacon. If we want more bacon, perhaps we should hire more of them. Throwing money at a problem isn’t always an answer. It is unlikely, though, we can ever collect the huge sums now owed the City if we don’t invest in this challenge.
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With some time to digest last week’s primary, this elephant has some observations with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. MITT ROMNEY won rather strongly with RICK SANTORUM coming a distant second. While Santorum did suspend his campaign prior to last Tuesday, we believe he still would have lost to Romney. It was wise for Santorum to leave the race, as he was so far behind Romney in the delegate count. He would have had a monumental problem catching up to Romney. Also, it should be noted the Pennsylvania presidential primary is only a beauty contest. Delegates are not bound by the outcome of the primary. A win here for Santorum would have been only symbolic. Also, most of the delegates are active in the party and are practical enough to realize Santorum would be the weaker candidate in the general election. The Senate race was a little surprising. The herd thought TOM SMITH had the advantage, in large part owing to the money he spent not only on airtime, but supporting local Republican organizations. Smith won with 40% of the votes in a five-man race. We believe Smith’s largely self-funded campaign increased his name recognition through his numerous TV ads. He was advertising soon after the new year and Welch’s ads only appeared recently. He also garnered the support of local Republican organizations, including most of the committeepersons in Lower Merion and Narberth. The herd had thought the affluent suburban areas like Lower Merion would have been for Welch, with whom we thought they would have more in common than a coal man from Armstrong Co. Also, we would have expected them to support Welch as he was endorsed by the Pennsylvania Republican Party and GOV. TOM CORBETT. (Cont. Page 17)
“You have the right to free speech ... as long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it.” – “Know Your Rights”, The Clash My Significant Other and I decided to go to lunch at One Liberty Place on Tuesday. Because we’re both newshounds (he’s a sportswriter), we took notice of the screaming police sirens that seemed to surround us from all sides as we walked down Market Street. With our I-Phone cameras in hand, we followed the cars. What we ended up seeing was a gang of police bicycles, the Philadelphia Sheriff’s bus (the one he transports the criminals to and from court in), and police cars and vans lining the street. What inspired the need for, literally, every car in the Center City Police District and a few from the Philadelphia County Sheriff’s Department? Civil disobedience. You see, Tuesday was May 1, or May Day for those of you who might have grown up in Europe. But instead of kids dancing around a decorated May Pole, the kids of the Occupy movement decided to take to the streets. (So did many of their elders...) In demonstrations around the country, Occupy members marched to protest the banking system, the lack of nationwide employment, and various other injustices. But because civil disobedience tends to scare folks in power, police departments nationwide were dispatched in force. In fact, Philly even pulled out the helicopter. And because the Philadelphia Police, for either good, bad or indifferent, are among the nation’s best in crowd control, they did a variety of things in the name of keeping Occupy (Cont. Page 17)
Yo! I have no idea who put this together, but I think it is wonderful! Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot, before the days of Dylan, or the dawn of Camelot … there lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me, for Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born, where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn. We danced to “Little Darlin”, and sang to “Stagger Lee”, and cried for Buddy Holly in the land that made me – me. Only girls wore earrings then, and three was one too many, where only boys wore flattop cuts, except for Jenny McKinney, and only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see a boy named George with Lipstick, in the land that made me – me. Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp, and Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp. We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T, and Oprah couldn’t talk yet, in the land that made me – me. We’d never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars, and babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars, and pumping iron got wrinkles out, and “gay” meant fancyfree, and dorms were never Co-Ed in the land that made me – me. We hadn’t seen enough of jets to talk about the lag, and microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag. Hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea, and rocket ships were fiction in the land that made me – me. Buicks came with portholes, and sideshows came with freaks, and girls’ bathing suits came big enough to cover both their cheeks. Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee, and Castro came to power near the land that made me – me. We had no Crest with fluoride, we had no “Hill Street Blues”, we had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the land that made me – me. There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill, and fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill and middle-aged was 35 and old was 43, and ancient were our parents in the land that made me – me. But all things have a season, or so we’ve heard them say, and now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A, and now they send us invitations to join AARP. We’ve come a long way baby, from the land that made me – me.
We have been saying that the BACK-DOOR A.V.I. TAX INCREASE has the potential to depopulate the City. The Tax relief offered by Rob Dubow, City Finance Dept., is PUNY AND MEAGER. These are TROUBLED TIMES for the poor AND THE NEEDY. On the claim that it is not known who or what areas of the city will be increased. MOST ALL will experience it. South Philadelphia will BE HIT HARD. Center City, Northeast, Northwest, West, then North. It is said that Dubow is a good dinnertime speaker. Let’s have a town meeting dinner with him! IT IS UP TO CITY COUNCIL to safeguard the people. I do not think the 99% can look to the administration on this. ELECTION RECAP: This was the election of our consulting discontent. High-ranking consultants did not prevail for candidates in state legislative races. A powerful thrust by Labor for Pat Murphy almost did it for him – except for low turnout. State Rep. Babette Josephs received a letter from a consultant offering services for victory. It went unanswered. Dwayne Stewart, rising star consultant, saw victory with MIRANDA. The VOUCHER money against lawmakers did not prevail. It drew anger. THERE WAS A REPORT in the 186th of a phony “Deputy Sheriff” taking ballots from workers. Domenic PILEGGI, renominated, has the chance to be a bridge-builder between the G.O.P. and DEMS. SHEAMUS BONNER won the nod in the 163rd. This ex-Iraq soldier is known for his hero dad and St. Patrick’s Parade assistance. Bravo to him! DAD COLLINS got his baptism by fire, which will strengthen him for a future run. A good guy! Whatever the message sent Rep. Boyle by the opposition, (Cont. Page 17)
Among the State Rep candidates and incumbents who won were EDDIE NEILSON, JORDAN HARRIS, KEVIN BOYLE and JIM ROEBUCK. Long-time incumbent STATE REP. BABETTE JOSEPHS lost by a narrow margin. She had always been able to fend off young challengers in the past and the smart money was on her this time. Regardless, her 28 years of dynamic service will end now. But that’s only in Harrisburg. She will have a significant impact in whatever she chooses to do. She would be a valuable advocate for the trial lawyers or agricultural interests. She distinguished herself as an agricultural advocate; agriculture is the state’s leading industry. The Clover Club convened once again at the Union League for its annual dinner. At the head dais where Republican WARD LEADER MIKE CIBIK, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, JUDGES ED BRADLEY and PAMELA DEMBE, and President of the club MIKE WALLACE. Also on hand were JUDGE JIMMY LYNN, VITO CANUSO, TOM DARCY, MARIO MELE, GRACE FLANAGAN, JOE VIGNOLA, and NORBERT & DOREEN McGETTIGAN. The club was started in the late 1880s, when Philadelphia was a Republican town. The club has been a safe haven for fun, friendship, and open conversation between politicians and the media. Daily News columnist CHRIS BRENNAN is a member and regular attendee. The keynote speaker was ED TURZANSKI of LaSalle University. Turzanski is an internationally known national-security expert. His message was that America will be great again. JOHN DOUGHERTY celebrated at the Palm the day after election. Among the VIPs were former CONGRESSMAN OZZIE MYERS, WARD LEADERS MATT MYERS, MIKE McALEER, SHAWN DILLON and BILL DOLBOW. Newly elected STATE REP. ED NEILSON also attended and thanked well-wishers for their support. He defeated DAVID KRALLE by 500 votes and will face him again in November for the right to hold the seat for a full term. Redistricting battles are ongoing in Harrisburg, so the seat will likely be moved to York in two years. But Neilson may like the job enough to move. His substantial Local 98 backing would put him in play no matter where the seat goes. Congratulations are in order for MARTY BEDNAREK. In a win-win situation benefiting the city, MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER has reappointed Marty to the Zoning Board, a position he had held earlier among several others, including the School Reform Commission, which obviously could use his services now.
as Muhammad and other Students First-supported candidates, as well as recently elected officials such as 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson — and this infrastructure is likely to grow stronger as plans for the 2015 mayoral election take shape. Mayor Nutter never had a grassroots political infrastructure, with consistently loyal supporters capable of influencing political outcomes in large areas of the city, and neither did his three predecessors (although Wilson Goode’s election as Mayor owed much to the political infrastructure skillfully managed by then-Congressman William Gray). In the195th District: In Fairmount, Brewerytown, Lower North Philadelphia West, Mantua and Powelton Village, State Rep.Michelle F. Brownlee trounced Andrew Kleeman 4,355 to 2,532 votes. Challenger Kleeman spent a lot of his own funds to support his candidacy for State Representative in the 195th Dist., just as Howard Treatman had done in his 2011 campaign for the 8th Dist. City Council seat. Andrew Kleeman lost the 2012 primary election because his campaign was not enough like that of Bloomberg and too much like that of Treatman: a well-financed effort by a candidate who was not well known throughout the voting area and not deemed as reliable as his main opponent. During the slow mid-afternoon hours, Councilman at Large and 15th Ward leader Bill Greenlee stood outside the 1st and 2nd Division polling place at Trinity Baptist Church near 27th & Poplar, in the heart of the “Art Museum” area. During the course of one five-minute interval, he approached three voters who were about to enter the polling place and encouraged them to vote for incumbent candidate Michelle Brownlee. One was an older white woman who appeared to be a long-standing resident of the area; another was a
BRIAN SIMS ...successful challenger young man with the “hipster” appearance of some of the newer residents of the area (casual attire, facial hair); a third was a young woman of color (longish hair, piercing), who could have been a newcomer or a second-generation family member. Each of these voters paused, listened to Brownlee, took the sample ballot he offered, and walked into the polling place past a Kleeman Election Day worker. Greenlee was promoting Brownlee (an interesting lastname similarity!) as a known quantity, as a candidate that could deliver reliable service to the community. She brought the new supermarket to the neighborhood. She created a job bank (“What’s a job bank?” one voter asked. Answer: her office has information about job openings). For many voters in a District such as the 195th, a candidate who is believed to be reliable and capable of delivering services is likely to be judged superior to a candidate who may be intelligent, creative, and professionally successful but who is not known in the District’s neighborhoods. The primary election results support this conclusion. Despite organizing a much better-financed campaign, Kleeman won about the same number of votes as Brownlee’s 2010 challenger, Anthony P. Ingargiola (Ingargiola’s vote total was 2,274, compared with Brownlee’s 2010 total of 4,459). Like Ingargiola, Kleeman made a strong showing in the 15th Ward (Spring Garden to Poplar west of Broad), where he defeated Brownlee, 1,262 to 931. But Brownlee outpolled Kleeman decisively
MICHELLE BROWNLEE ....knew what to do! everywhere else, by roughly 2-to-1 and 3-to-1 margins: 1,217-326 and 1,140-453 in the 29th and 32nd Wards, respectively (north of Poplar to north of Diamond), 798-370 in the 24th Ward (Mantua and Powelton), and 269-121 in the 6th (six divisions west of 40th and Haverford). Two African American candidates other than Brownlee participated in the election, but these two candidates together won only 648 votes, about 8% of the overall vote total — so any expectation that these candidates would split the African American votes to Kleeman’s advantage proved to be unfounded. With increasing enrollment at Drexel and an influx of younger, white population north from Powelton Village into Mantua, Kleeman might have anticipated achieving strong results in the 24th Ward (Schuylkill River to 40th Street, north of Market). However, this area did not produce a significant number of votes for Kleeman. Of the five divisions that are located within the Drexel-influenced triangle bounded by the Schuylkill River, Lancaster Avenue, and Spring Garden Street, three are low-turnout divisions (which produced a combined total of 17 votes for Kleeman and Brownlee), and the other two provided Kleeman with very small margins (33-23 and 46-32). In the 195th Dist., Kleeman needed a benefit that Fatima Muhammad had from the start in her campaign in the 188th. Although Muhammad may not have been well known to many voters in the 188th Dist. at the beginning of her campaign, Sen. Williams’ political allies (who delivered large numbers of
JIM ROEBUCK ...deep roots votes for his 2010 gubernatorial campaign in the 46th Ward and elsewhere in the 188th Dist.) provided Muhammad with a support network that nurtured her candidacy and brought out the votes. Kleeman’s candidacy did not start out with a comparable network in the 195th Dist., and Kleeman did not have the ability to create one within the time available. By contrast to the other two challengers mentioned here, Kleeman only raised $50,005 in the reporting 2012 cycle 1 and 2. The campaign received no PAC money; all of his contributions were from individuals. The largest contribution by far was made by the candidate himself, $38,900, all of which is shown as a loan to his campaign. Kleeman received only 52 contributions for his campaign. By contrast, his opponent Brownlee received 5,532.39 in 2012 cycle 1 and 2012 cycle 2. The bulk of this money, $5,400, came from PACs. Kleeman spent $27,070.12 during 2012 cycle 1 and 2, most of it for consulting and polling ($16,864.88.) He also spent $2,000 on database consulting, and only $270 on postage. There are no expenses shown for volunteers or staff. Brownlee, on the other hand, spent only $5,950.60 in 2011 and $3,889.87 in 2012 in the run-up to the campaign. There are two expenditures that relate to campaign door knocker distribution that total $1,631.62. There are no volunteer or staff expenses shown. Like Roebuck, it is apparent Brownlee was intent on using the established Democratic machine in her area to get out the vote.
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years, including charterschool proponent Vahan H. Gureghian. Additional education-related contributions came from Faculty Federation of the Community College of Philadelphia ($500) and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Committee to Support Public Education ($5,000). During 2011 and 2012, Roebuck’s campaign had only $48,963.51 in expenses. $6,444 of this amount was in public relations work. There were no staff, payroll, or volunteer expenses in 2011 or 2012, indicating Roebuck was intent on using the wellestablished Democratic machine in West Philadelphia to turn out votes for him. On the other hand, Muhammad spent $25,259.90 on canvassers and canvassing related expenditures. She also spent $13,118.77 on wages for staff in 2012. Two takeaways from the candidacy of Muhammad and certain other candidates in the 2010 primary: The SuperPACs have now entered the city limits. The pro-voucher Students First PAC that funded a major portion of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ 2010 statewide campaign for Governor was a major contributor to Muhammad’s campaign, and this PAC and others like it have the potential to become a force in local Philadelphia politics. For a SuperPAC, a political campaign represents a short-term investment that can produce long-term benefits if the candidate wins. Will other SuperPACs — both right- and left-leaning — get involved in Philadelphia politics in the future? With a growing population, a revitalized downtown, and newly trendy neighborhoods emerging despite the setbacks of the recession, Philadelphia could be viewed as a promising location for political investment by outsiders — with serious consequences for the city. 2. Williams has made major advances in building a political infrastructure — one that includes challengers such
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(Cont. From Page 7) the 60th Ward’s nine divisions (south of Market between 45th and 52nd), 682-443, and nearly matched Roebuck’s results in the 51st Ward’s eleven divisions (south of Baltimore Avenue between 50th and 58th Streets). Roebuck’s victory was made possible in large part by substantial margins in the University City-oriented divisions between 45th and 49th Streets, where he outpolled Muhammad by as much as 5 to 1, as well as by his 522-277 victory over Muhammad in the 27th Ward’s 18th division (east of 45th , south of Market). According to a Roebuck supporter outside the polling place for the 46th Ward’s 1st Division, located opposite the St. Francis de Sales Catholic church, many of the parents picking up their children at the de Sales parochial school that afternoon were Roebuck supporters — this election was about a lot more than vouchers (a barrage of negative advertising by the Muhammad campaign during the weeks leading up to the election had portrayed Roebuck as a staunch opponent of school choice). Roebuck won the 1st Division decisively, with 141 votes to Muhammad’s 34 (in 2010, Roebuck had received 155 votes in the 1st Division). Muhammad raised enough money to mount a credible campaign against Roebuck. In 2012 cycle 1 and cycle 2 alone she raised $75,195.03 — $49,40, or almost 2/3, through PAC contributions. Roebuck, on the other hand, began 2012 with $42,106.92 in the bank, and raised an additional $21,841.83 in 2012 cycle 1 and cycle 2 to give him a total of $63,948.75 available to spend. Of this amount, $23,050 came from PACs, and $13,950 came from individual contributions. Of the PAC contributions, $500 came from APPAC (Associates of PA PAC) which appears to have received large sums of money from the from well-heeled donors over the past few
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NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, on September 25, 2006, a certain Mortgage was executed by MIRIAM F. HAUGHTON, as mortgagor in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as mortgagee and was recorded on October 11, 2005 in Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage Document ID #51548251 (“Mortgage”); and WHEREAS, the Mortgage encumbered property located at 1001 Red Lion Road Philadelphia, PA 19115, parcel number 155N8213; and WHEREAS, James Haughton Jr. died on July 9, 1997. By operation of law, title vests solely in Miriam F. Haughton and James Haughton Jr. is hereby released of liability pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 1144. Miriam F. Haughton died on February 5, 2011 Intestate and is survived by her heirs-at-law, Mary Landy, James Haughton III and Michael Haughton. WHEREAS, the Mortgage is now owned by the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development ("Secretary"), pursuant to an assignment recorded on December 22, 2009 in document #52159338, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; and WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Mortgage in that the payment due on February 6, 2012, was not made and remains wholly unpaid as of the date of this Notice, and no payment has been made sufficient to restore the loan to currency; and WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of February 6, 2012 is $238,305.56 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary's designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on September 29, 2012 in Misc. Instrument #52395684, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, notice is hereby given that at May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast side of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, all real and personal property at or used in connection with the following described premises ("Property") will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, SITUATE in the 58th Ward of the City of Philadelphia, described according to a Survey and Plan of Property made for Victor DeMaio by John Reilly, Surveyor and Regulator of the 4th District dated October 29, 1975 to wit: BEGINNING at a point of compound curve on the Northeasterly side of Red Lion Road (96 feet wide) which point of compound curve is measured Southwestwardly, Southwardly and Southeastwardly on the arc of a circle curving to the left connecting the said Northeasterly side of Red Lion Road and the Southeasterly side of former Northeast Avenue (180 feet wide) having a radius of 25 feet the arc distance of 46 feet 9 3-4 inches from a point of curve on the Southeasterly side of said Northeast Avenue; thence extending Southeastwardly along the Northeasterly side of said Red Lion Road on the arc of a circle curving to left having a radius of 1000 feet the arc distance of 31 feet 2 3-4 inches to a point; thence North 22 degrees 05 minutes 11 seconds East and partly crossing a proposed 15 feet wide driveway which leads Southeastwardly from said Northeast Avenue connecting with a 2nd proposed 15 feet wide driveway which leads Northeastwardly 80 feet 0 3/4 inches to a point on the center line of said 1st mentioned proposed 15 feet wide driveway; thence North 44 degrees 46 minutes 00 seconds West along the center line of said 1st mentioned proposed 15 feet wide driveway and the Southeasterly side of Northeast Avenue; thence South 45 degrees 14 minutes 00 seconds West along the Southeasterly side of said Northeast Avenue and passing partly along the Northwesterly end of said 1st mentioned proposed 15 feet wide driveway 59 feet 6 inches to a point of curve; thence Southwestwardly, Southwardly and
Southeastwardly on the arc of a circle curving to the left, connecting the said Southeasterly side of Northeast Avenue and the Northeasterly side of Red Lion Road both having a radius of 25 feet the arc distance of 46 feet 9314 inches to a point of compound curve on the Northeasterly side of Red Lion Road, being the first mentioned point and place of beginning. The Southeasterly line passing through the center of a party wall between the said premises and the premises adjoining on the Southeast. BEING No. 1001 Red Lion Road. The sale will be held on May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast side of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $238,305.56 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date. Ten percent (10%) of the highest bid is the deposit required at the sale. The amount that must be paid to HUD by the mortgagors or someone acting on their behalf so that the sale may be stayed is the total delinquent amount of $238,305.56 as of February 6, 2012, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner's attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, must submit a deposit totaling ten percent 10% of the Secretary's bid as set forth above in the form of a certified check or cashier's check made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within thirty (30) days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier's check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be for fifteen (15) days, and a fee will be charged in the amount of $150.00 for each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The extension fee shall be paid in the form of a certified or cashiers check made payable to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder's deposit will be forfeited, and the Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD Field Office Representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein.
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NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, on June 7, 1996, a certain Mortgage was executed by VERONICA SCOTT, as mortgagor in favor of Secretary of Housing & Urban Development as mortgagee and was recorded on June 18, 1996 in Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage as Book 31, Page 452 (“Mortgage”); and WHEREAS, the Mortgage encumbered property located at 5757 Walton Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19143, parcel number 23S22-153; and WHEREAS, Gerry J. Scott died on October 13, 1991. By operation of law, title vests solely in Veronica Scott and Gerry J. Scott is hereby released of liability pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 1144. Veronica Scott died on June 5, 2010 and Letters of Administration were granted to Dawn Bell on June 18, 2010 by the Register of Wills of Philadelphia County; and WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Mortgage in that the payment due on January 31, 2012, was not made and remains wholly unpaid as of the date of this Notice, and no payment has been made sufficient to restore the loan to currency; and WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of January 31, 2012 is $61,946.43 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary’s designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on September 29, 2012 in Misc. Instrument #52395684, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, notice is hereby given that at May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast side of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, all real and personal property at or used in connection with the following described premises (“Property”) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN lot of piece of ground with the messuage or tenement thereon erected situate on the North side of Walton Avenue at the distance of 420 feet Westward from the West side of 57th Street in the 46th Ward of the City of Philadelphia. CONTAINING in front or breadth on the said Walton Avenue 15 feet and extending of that width in length or depth Northward between parallel lines at right angles to said Walton Avenue 60 feet to a certain 3 feet wide alley which leads into 58th Street and Eastward into another 3 feet wide alley which leads Southward into Walton Avenue. TOGETHER with the free and common use, right, liberty and privilege of the aforesaid alleys as and for passageways and watercourses at all times hereafter forever. BEING No. 5757 Walton Street. The sale will be held on May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast side of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $61,946.43 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date. Ten percent (10%) of the highest bid is the deposit required at the sale. The amount that must be paid to HUD by the mortgagors or someone acting on their behalf so that the sale may be stayed is the total delinquent amount of $61,946.43 as of January 31, 2012, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner’s attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, must submit a deposit totaling ten percent 10% of the Secretary’s bid as set forth above in the form of a certified check or cashier’s check made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within thirty (30) days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier’s check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be for fifteen (15) days, and a fee will be charged in the amount of $150.00 for each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The extension fee shall be paid in the form of a certified or cashiers check made payable to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder’s deposit will be forfeited, and the Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD Field Office Representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein.
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Continuing his commitment to help reduce violence and restore safety in communities across Philadelphia, State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.) hosted his fourth gun buyback in 10 months. The event, co-hosted by Uplift Solutions, took place at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Avenue. Participants received $100 gift cards in exchange for turning in their guns, no questions asked. To date, the Senator’s recent gun buybacks have removed 400 guns from the 8th Senatorial Dist. “Gun violence continues to plague our streets so we all must do our part to maintain peace in our communities. Prevention is key,” Williams said. “This gun buyback is a simple, effective way to prevent weapons from ending up in the wrong hands.” Over 300 guns, rifles, and assorted firearms have been taken off the street through these “Buy Gun Back, No Questions Asked” events sponsored by the Senator. His efforts have been lauded by the Police Captains in the districts most affected by the buybacks.
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BANNER says it all as union leaders gathered at annual commemoration of Workers Memorial Day, honoring 148 who lost their lives on the job in tri-state area.
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The story least reported in the press is that last year an WATCHING the birth of Southport, city’s first new termi- average of 148 or more worknal in 40 years, were Phila. Regional Port Authority Execu- ers in the tri-state area have tive Director James T. McDermott, left, and State Sen. gone to work, but never reLarry Farnese. They and staffers from PRPA and Farnese’s turned alive back home. They office checked out demolition of old naval barracks and were killed on the job. homes, clearing way for more Southport construction. The 148 deaths recorded last year can be considered very high, given the continued level of unemployment. Twenty of the deaths were among public-sector workers. Construction deaths continued to take the highest toll, followed by transportation and goods movement, agriculture, landscaping, and workplace homicides. Recycling work proved to be fatal, as well as energy-related drilling, and retail work. The youngest victim was 13 years old and the oldest 78 years old. Just this week, a construction worker fell to his death at a construction site at 20th &Parrish. Their deaths were commemorated last week at the
annual Workers Memorial Day Program cosponsored by Philaposh, the Philadelphia Area Project On Occupational Safety and Health, and the4 Philadelphia Co. Council of AFL-CIO. Held this year at the Sheet Metal Union Hall on Delaware Avenue, the event drew a capacity crowd of over 500 members of various union locals. Keynote speaker Dr. Marilyn V. Howarth, MD, president of Howarth Occupational and Environmental Consulting, PC, challenged local, state and federal governments to do more to insure safety on all worksites. PHILAPOSH Director Barbara Rahke and AFLCIO President Pat Eiding urged those attending to continue to alert their labor forces to the many dangers to which they are exposed on a daily basis. Other guest speakers included John Johnson, president , TWU Local 234; John
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killed among the 148 honored were among the guests. Following the breakfast, each of the attendees work a sign of a deceased worker as they paraded along Columbus Avenue to Penn’s Landing leading a coffin accompanied by a bagpiper. At the Landing, a memorial service was held with the reading of the names of each worker commemorated.
PHILAPOSH CHAIRPERSON Kathy Black, AFSCME District Council and AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding share moment with State Rep. Kevin Boyle prior to ceremonies honoring those who died on the job.
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Question: What is the first costly emotion that keeps you in debt and from filing bankruptcy? Answer: Emotions, not reasons, keep people from filing bankruptcy and starting fresh.
Q: Should I buy or Lease a car? A: Many factors play in to whether you should buy or lease a car. It really depends on your specific preferences and needs. The best reason to lease a car, for example, is if you are using it for business purposes. Another reason may be that you like to change things up and are interested in only hav-
Emotions stand between debtors and a rational decision that their debts can never be repaid and that bankruptcy is the solution. Fear, stubbornness, and pride. Not as sexy as the seven deadly sins, but those three swirling emotions keep my clients mired in debt long
ing a certain vehicle for a specific amount of time and then getting a different model. In addition, look out for leasing specials. Depending on the vehicle, it could be beneficial to lease as opposed to buying. However, there are downsides to leasing versus buying. Mainly, when leasing you have no equity in the vehicle at the end of your leasing period. Also, leasing comes with
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Stack Office Offers Veterans Service State Sen. Mike Stack reports a veterans’ services coordinator is now available at his Bustleton Avenue district office to assist former service men and women. Joseph Buckley, a veteran with extensive veteran outreach experience, will be available every Friday morning by appointment at Stack’s district office at 8016 Bustleton Avenue to help veterans and their families with various issues, including housing for homeless vets, access to medical services, obtaining deceased vets’ medals for surviving families and more. To make an appointment, call the Senator’s district office at (215) 695-1020.
by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. In any position, a worker must satisfy job requirements or meet minimal quotas every day. Someone who experiences significant stress in dealing with the demands of a simple, routine, one- or twostep task type of job is likely disabled. The reaction to the demands of work (stress) is highly individualized, and mental illness is characterized by adverse responses to seemingly trivial circumstances. Social Security Ruling (SSR) 85-15. The mentally impaired may cease to function effectively when facing such demands as getting to work regularly, having their performance supervised, and remaining in the workplace for a full day. Id. A person may become panicked and develop palpitations, shortness of breath, or feel faint while riding in an elevator; another may experience terror and begin to hallucinate when approached by a stranger asking a question. Id. Thus, the mentally impaired may have difficulty meeting the requirements of even so-called “low-stress” jobs. Id. SSR 85-15 recognizes
SSA’s obligation to undertake an individualized inquiry into what job attributes are likely to produce disabling stress in a claimant, and what, if any, jobs exist in the economy that do not possess these attributes. A hearing judge commits reversible error by failing to elicit from a vocational expert testimony directed specifically to particular stress-causing conditions. SSR 85-15. The skill level of a position is not necessarily related to the difficulty an individual will have in meeting the demands of the job. A claimant’s condition may make performance of an unskilled job as difficult as an objectively more demanding job. SSR 85-15 “requires the Commissioner to conduct a particularized assessment of the individual’s ability in evaluating claims of stress and mental illness.” Covington v. Astrue, 2011 WL 1539786*12-13 (E.D. Pa. 2011).
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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.
Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-4730. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.
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CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Hearing Notice The Committee on Streets and Services of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 3:00 PM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following items: 120051
An Ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan No. 308 by striking from the City Plan and vacating Spruce Street from Twenty-fifth Street to the Pierhead & Bulkhead Line of the Schuylkill River, striking from the City Plan and vacating Twenty-sixth Street from Spruce Street to Delancey Place, and placing on the City Plan rights-of-way for sewer and drainage purposes and water main purposes within the lines of the said streets being stricken and incorporating the vacated areas of said streets under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation. An Ordinance authorizing the plotting upon City Plan No. 321 of a right-of-way for sewer and drainage purposes and water main purposes within the lines of Delaware Avenue from Pennypack Street to a point approximately four-hundred fiftysix feet southwestwardly therefrom. An Ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan No. 177 by striking from the City Plan Tulpehocken Street from Ardleigh Street to Crittenden Street, under certain terms and conditions. An Ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan No. 269 by striking from the City Plan and vacating the southwesterly footway area of East Service Drive from a point approximately eighteen feet northwest of Health Sciences Drive to a point approximately two-hundred
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Hearing Notice The Committee of the Whole of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 1:00 PM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following item:
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twenty-seven feet further northwestwardly therefrom, striking from the City Plan and vacating the northwesterly footway area of Health Sciences Drive from a point approximately one-hundred sixty-six feet southwest of East Service Drive to a point approximately three-hundred thirteen feet further southwestwardly therefrom, reserving and placing on the City Plan rights-of-way for public pedestrian use within the areas of East Service Drive and Health Sciences Drive being stricken, reserving and placing on the City Plan rights-of-way for drainage purposes, water main purposes, and public utility purposes within portions of the areas of East Service Drive and Health Sciences Drive being stricken, and relocating the southwesterly curbline of East Service Drive, from a point approximately two-hundred forty-five feet northwest of Health Sciences Drive to a point approximately one-hundred sixty-one feet further northwestwardly therefrom, thereby establishing a curb lay-by along the southwesterly side of said East Service Drive, all under certain terms and conditions.
An Ordinance authorizing the Parks and Recreation Commissioner to enter into a lease agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, to continue leasing to SEPTA certain land and improvements located in the area bounded by Ridge Avenue, 33rd Street, and Dauphin Street, all under certain terms and conditions.
An Ordinance amending Section 9-213 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Farmers’ Markets,” by adding a permissible location the sidewalk and west curb lane of the west side of the 1400 block of Ridge Avenue, from Fairmount Avenue to North 15th Street, all under certain terms and conditions. An Ordinance authorizing The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, located at 34th and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, to construct, own and maintain various encroachments within the
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City right-of-way on East Service Drive between Civic Center Boulevard and Health Sciences Drive, on Civic Center Boulevard between East Service Drive and West Service Drive, and on West Service Drive between Civic Center Boulevard and Health Sciences Drive, under certain terms and conditions. 120277
An Ordinance authorizing the striking from City Plan No. 42-S and abandonment of a right-of-way reserved for drainage purposes, water main purposes, and public utility purposes which extends from the southerly terminus of Galloway Street, south of Packer Avenue, southwardly to Pattison Avenue, under certain terms and conditions.
An Ordinance amending Section 9-213 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Farmers’ Markets,” by removing as a permissible location the sidewalk of the east side of South Broad Street between Porter and Ritner Streets and by adding the sidewalk of the east side of South Broad Street between Snyder and Jackson Streets as a permissible location, all under certain terms and conditions.
Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Streets and Services, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed items. Copies of the foregoing items are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael A. Decker Chief Clerk
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paid $1.3 BILLION in rebates to insured and employers. JUDGE DeANGELIS is out at Traffic Court – two weeks ago, I hear – but it just leaked out. DeANGELIS, a fighter for rights, must have come in contact with the gang of three probers. It is my guess she gave them “what for” and left the meeting. Good for her. I hear that the probers are digging into the early lives of those questioned (?). Can you imagine: “Did you take an extra cookie from the jar after Mom told you to take just
one?” The dynamic trio seems headed for the tome written years ago by Specter: “Investigation of the Magisterial System.” That probe killed that lower court – a court that eliminated backlog in cases – and replaced it with a more-costlyto-the-taxpayer version – with backlog. And writers of Traffic Court should cover the news, not make news. I cannot believe a writer wrote that the public has disdained the court. Huh?? In 40 years, I have seen no protest parades, rallies, etc. of disdain? Will you stop it!
SAM ROHRER with 22%. Rohrer’s better-than-expected results, this elephant believes, were owing to his name recognition from running in the 2010 primary against Corbett and his following among some Tea Party groups. It should be noted local businessman and retired Marine DAVID CHRISTIAN came in second among Philadelphia voters behind Smith with 25% of the votes. Christian had only 10% of the votes statewide. Christian had run for US Congress 8th Dist. previously and maintained a following. Also Christian handled himself well
in the Senate debate held at the Union League and subsequently aired on PCN. It appears in this case that having the Party endorsement was not sufficient to withstand sheer volume of Smith television ads. However, having the Party endorsement, this elephant believes, did affect the lower-profile Auditor General race. STATE REP. JOHN MAHER won handily with 66% of the votes despite having weaker ballot position behind his opponent FRANK PINTO. He was endorsed by PAGOP. Maher is also an accountant, which is a plus for
this job. DAVID FREED for Attorney General, DIANA IREY VAUGHAN for Treasurer, JOHN FEATHERMAN for
US Congress 1st Dist., ROBERT MANSFIELD for the 2nd Dist. and JOE ROONEY for the 13th had no opponents in the primary.
(Cont. From Page 10) Within Philadelphia, Smith garnered support of a number of ward leaders despite the fact Republican City Committee followed PAGOP’s lead and endorsed Welch. Some of these ward leaders preferred Smith just because he was not endorsed by Corbett, who, in their eyes was responsible for sending their friend former Speaker of the Pennsylvania House JOHN PERZEL to jaiI. The herd was surprised Welch came in third with 21% of the votes in the race behind
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(Cont. From Page 10) Philadelphia from Occupying Center City ... especially the city’s financial district, which was their desired destination. Lines of police on bikes kept the marchers from going near City Hall by blocking their approach to 15th Street. The marchers were then diverted to 16th & JFK. From there, they were pushed down toward 30th Street Station, but were boxed in and prevented from going that far. In sheer frustration, the marchers dispersed. Which was the whole idea. Because some of the marchers were heartier than others, a group of them decided to lie down in the street and block traffic. This annoyed at least one of my Facebook friends, who called for mass arrests due to the snarling of traffic. So I guess to this particular friend, the musical quote that I started this column with makes sense. It doesn’t to me, however. I often read some of the most horrible responses to things I post on Facebook from folks on both sides of the political aisle. And don’t get me started on the crap coming out of the computers on Philly.com. You would think white folks never commit crimes if you listened to them and them alone.... But if you tried to keep them from speaking, I’d smack the bejesus out of you. That’s because I realized a long time ago this whole freedom-of-speech thing is messy. People’s thoughts, no matter how ridiculous we find them, deserve a hearing. Someone might want to tell that to Mayor Michael Nutter the next time he wants to bring the full force of the Philadelphia Police Dept. down on people exercising their freedom of speech. (The helicopter, Mr. Mayor? Really?!)
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in the 201st. Michael ELLIS will be back. Will Numa ST. LOUIS be back after Rep. MARK COHEN WON AGAIN? Ed NEILSON will not have a cakewalk if the presidential race is close in the state. 9TH WARD LEADER John O’Connell sponsored a spaghetti dinner this past Monday at Bacio’s in Chestnut Hill to assist needy kids. It went well…. I cannot wait for the CARPENTERS’ OPEN HOUSE tomorrow at the school in Norcom Road. ED CORYELL really works to get
(Cont. From Page 10) he should duly note and adjust. Angel CRUZ easily trounced Ramos. Forget beating Cruz. And what sort of lawmaker will Brian SIMS turn out to be? A reformer in the short haul only, I hope. James ROEBUCK won, but his opponent had Black
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