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Hearing Will Examine New Rules For Community Groups by Tony West So who’s a community organization? A movement by community organizers in protest of a regulation in the new zoning code has drawn the attention of City Council, which will hold a hearing on the issue on Oct. 29. Under the new zoning code, neighborhood block organizations have no say in zoning any more. That’s reserved for Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) and these must claim a service area of at least five blocks. The revised zoning code, which went into effect on Aug. 22 after years of public debate and study, for the first time spells out what it means to be a community or-

ganization, at least when it comes to having input on development. Under the old system, which had evolved randomly over generations, almost every project of any scope required a zoning variance, and almost anybody could claim to represent the “community’s” interests. Developers complained they were forced to negotiate with chaotic spokespersons with vague authority and oftenconflicting opinions. A major goal of zoning reform was to make community negotiations clearer, simple – and less frequent, since the new code permits more development “by right”, without approval by neighbors. This change isn’t sitting well with some of the neigh-

bors, though. Several activists, prominent among them Lee Tolbert of the West Philadelphia Coalition of Neighborhoods & Businesses, have been circulating a list of grievances with the new code, which requires the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to establish the status of RCOs which can testify on zoning matters. The new requirements are commonplace for 501(c)(3) organizations and grant-receiving associations. An RCO must be incorporated; must have officers, elections and bylaws; must have clearly defined service boundaries and missions; and must establish a continuous existence. This isn’t hard for neighborhoods rich with neighbors

who are lawyers. But bluecollar community groups are often short on formal organization. Grassroots leaders may be widely recognized but their status is informal. Spontaneous groups often rise up ad hoc in response to a particular development project, then dissolve after the case is closed, leaving no permanent structure. Philadelphia is blessed with block organizations, which give character and stability to many a rowhouse street. Yet for the most part they could be better called “block disorganizations”; formed by small groups of people who know each other so well they don’t need articles of incorporation or elected officers. Philadelphia is often called

a “city of neighborhoods”. When it comes to local politics, it is often a city of dueling neighborhood groups. Development proposals that are controversial can split neighbors down the middle, spurring them to form hasty coalitions or action groups on one side or the other of the cause at hand. This process will be harder under the new code. Some argue it is too hard. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell will hold a Rules Committee hearing to address concerns about RCOs on Oct. 29 in Council Chambers, Room 400 at 10 a.m. People wishing to testify should contact Christopher Riddick in the Councilwoman’s office at (215) 686-3418 or at • 215-755-2000

Actual Value Initiative Could Be As Easy As ABC by Brett Mandel With the Actual Value Initiative pushed back until 2013, we can take our time to make real-estate assessments fair and accurate in a careful and considered manner. Happily, we already have an action plan and we can make it work without taxing Philadelphians out of their homes. After years of debate, there should be no question that, right now, real-estate taxation in Philadelphia is unfair and haphazard. Examples of the consequences of this unfairness are striking. Consider two homes sold that sold recently for dramatically different amounts — a house in Southwest Center City sold for $480,000; a house in Northeast Philadelphia sold for $88,500. The home that sold for $88,500 actually faced a $1,494 tax bill while the home that sold for $480,000 only paid $1,311. This situation forces some to pay more than their fair share and shifts development and growth toward neighborhoods where the assessments are lower than they should be, because buyers can afford more house in areas where tax bills are relatively low. So, residents in neighborhoods in Northeast and Northwest

Philadelphia are paying too much to effectively subsidize growth in and around Center City. We have to establish legitimate and correct values for all properties. Anyone who says that we should not assess properties accurately is just plain wrong (or plotting a campaign for Mayor … or both). The only questions are HOW to get property valuation right and HOW to protect taxpayers from unreasonable changes in their tax bills during a transition from the current unfair system to a fair one. In 2003, I served on the City’s Charter-mandated and voter-established Tax Reform Commission where I chaired the Real Estate Tax working group. The Tax Reform Commission drafted a compelling plan to make Philadelphia taxes more fair and less burdensome and that prescription remains the blueprint for fixing what’s wrong with city taxation today. The entire point of the Actual Value Initiative is to produce “actual value,” so before we move forward at all, we must see the values and ensure that they are accurate. Then, we can discuss how to make a transition from a sys-

tem based on today’s inequitable values to a system based on correct values. Any attempt to move forward without seeing and vetting the new assessments contradicts the whole point of the “actual value” in the Actual Value Initiative. Fixing what is wrong with real-estate taxation in Philadelphia is about fairness, not about generating more money for the City. Therefore, the Actual Value Initiative must be revenue neutral when implemented — so that the Real Estate Tax brings in no more or less in tax dollars than it currently generates. Of course, in the future, as values rise and fall, City Council and the Mayor can set tax rates so that the City generates the same amount or more or less from real-estate taxation. If the City tries to use the shift to accurate assessments as a way to raise taxes, it destroys the fundamental argument that the change is about fairness, not revenues. Nobody should have to face a ridiculous tax increase just because the City has failed for decades to fix what is wrong with assessments. Other jurisdictions have gone through similar transitions without serious shocks to the

system and the Tax Reform Commission outlined policies that can protect property owners such as: Using a Real Estate Tax relief program to “buffer” changes in assessed values to eliminate the most dramatic one-year changes in tax burden. Implementing Land-Value Taxation to increase tax rates on land while reducing tax rates on structures to reduce tax burdens for most homeowners, encourage development, and discourage speculation. Advocating for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to enact a state circuit-breaker property-tax relief program to hold down real-estate tax increases for those on fixed incomes; and to expand existing state-funded low-income property-tax relief for truly needy taxpayers. Allowing taxpayers to pay real-estate tax bills in quarterly payments to help families spread costs throughout the year — as a bonus, this measure would save the City and School District millions in avoided borrowing costs. Establishing a Taxpayers’ Advocate to educate about real-estate taxation and help residents get informed and ap-

peal unreasonable assessments. Creating a system of realestate tax deferments to allow homeowners to live in their homes today and pay their tax burden in the future (when they sell and realize the “gain” from increased property value). Philadelphia’s tax problems certainly do not end with the real-estate tax. The Tax Reform Commission and so many others have long advocated for much more to be done to reduce the high tax burden that chases so many firms and families out of Philadelphia. We must get back to the business of slowly but surely reducing the wage tax and job-killing business taxes to make Philadelphia more competitive. We must make sure those who owe back taxes pay, so that the rest of us are not forced to pay higher taxes to support those who don’t pay their share. Of course, we must implement tax reform in a way that does not compromise the City’s ability to deliver and improve the services we count on in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. Fair and accurate real-estate taxation is a critical com(Cont Page 8)

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Among VIPs in attendance were State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and District Attorney Seth Williams. Williams thanked the volunteers working the phones “for their dedication to the reelection of President Obama.” He said they reminded him of himself “when I first followed my dad’s advice to try to make a difference and I worked as you are doing and helped get Mayor Wilson Goode elected.” Kitchen urged the volunteers on, adding, “You are helping us make the difference, ensuring a victory for the President.” Wimbush, whose PAC has been involved in many successful campaigns, especially on a local level, is responsible for the yearly primary and general election Democrat rallies held the Sunday before election at the Oak Lane AMONG ATTENDEES at Working Families Diner. PAC headquarters were Omar Saboor and Sierra Street, who is being pushed to enter judicial primary race enjoying a moment with host Marion Wimbush.


WORKING FAMILIES PAC Director Marion Wimbush shows one story sign outside of his headquarters at 6521 N. Broad Street where volunteers have been working phones steadily for President Barack Obama. Their results show no poll changes among city voters.

STATE SEN. Shirley Kitchen congratulates Marion Wimbush on efforts with retired LDC chief Sam Staten, Sr., to get out vote for President Obama.

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Scores of college students have been polling City voters since the first of the Presidential Debates and are finding “an overwhelming amount of those polled won’t change their commitment to vote for President Barack Obama.” “In fact,” according to Marion Wimbush, of Working Families PAC, from whose headquarters at 6521 N. Broad Street the students are working, “our Obama volunteers are reporting a confirmation that voters have already made up their minds and the president can be assured of the big turnout he needs to deliver Pennsylvania on election night.” Wimbush, together with Sam Staten, Sr., and the Democrats of Oak Lane Team, joined the PAC in hosting a rally and thank you for the volunteers who daily and nightly turn out to man the phone banks.

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DA Seth Williams and Marion Wimbush check out efforts of Democrat volunteers as MCing event was Thera they urge voters to make sure they vote for Martin Milling, local radio celebrity. President Obama election day.

Tasco Parties For People

INTRODUCED at Councilwoman Marian Tasco’s Party For The People were a host of her allies and protégés: from left, Councilman Bill Greenlee, Stephanie Sawyer, 201st Legislative Democrat nominee Stephen Kinsey, 61st Ward Leader Sharon Losier, Municipal Court Judge Fran Shields, 35th Ward Leader Bill Dolbow and Christopher Mallios.

JOINING hundreds of celebrants at huge affair in H&H Hall were, from left, Joseph Russo, hostess Councilwoman Marian Tasco, State Rep. Cherelle Parker and Ward Leader Sharon Losier. Photo by Joe Stivala

EVERYBODY who’s anybody showed up for Councilwoman Marian Tasco’s annual fall fiesta, among them, from left, Congressman Bob Brady’s aide Ducky Birts, Tasco, nightclub entrepreneur Sid Booker and Rev. Joseph Stafford. Photo by Joe Stivala


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by Joe Shaheeli The national AFL-CIO reports its affiliates have successfully registered almost half a million new voters from union households. According to Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO political director, “This is the first time we’ve made this big an effort to increase registration. We’re really proud more union members are going to be engaged. Whoever they vote for, the fact is we’re increasing civic participation.” It is obvious the union effort was to register Democrats. “That’s an amazing number,” said Paul Beck, a political science professor at Ohio State University. “In an era of declining union membership, one wouldn’t think there would be many new targets out there.” The tally includes about 68,000 new voters in Ohio — one of the most-contested battleground states this year — and thousands of other unionfriendly voters in swing states like Colorado and Nevada. Obama defeated Republican John McCain by a little more than 200,000 votes in Ohio in 2008 out of about 5 million votes cast in the state. In 2008, exit polls showed 59% of voters who lived in union households backed

Making Up COMING TOGETHER at non-campaign meeting at William Way Center were State Rep. Babette Josephs, long known as gay rights champion, and gay candidate Brian Sims, who beat her in spring primary to run for State Rep in Center City’s 182nd Dist. next month. Obama, while 39% supported McCain. Union-household voters split similarly in the previous two presidential elections. Voters from union households have traditionally favored Democratic candidates. Podhorzer said the registration plan began in March 2011, when the labor federation began matching lists of unionhousehold members with voter-registration files from every state. It then identified about 2.3 million people living in households of active and retired union members who were not registered to vote. Union leaders hoped to register at least 20% of that number. That would raise the estimated overall union household registration from 70% to 75% of eligible voters. The task was easier in states like Ohio, where union

AFL-CIO Worked Where It Counts maintain their relevance as major political players amid years of steady declines in membership. The voter-registration drive could help labor leaders maximize their impact with the numbers they have. Most of the registration work was done by the federation’s 56 affiliated unions, which represent about 9 million workers with collectivebargaining agreements. Unions expect to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to help Obama and other mostly Democrat candidates for state and federal office win election. The AFL-CIO is devoting most of its attention to six battleground states: Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla welcomes Building Trades President Pat Gillespie, Michelle Rumbaugh, and Tara Chupka to fundraiser sponsored by 1st Ward Leader John density is highest. In PennsylDougherty. vania, for example, Podhorzer said the AFL-CIO registered Pollsters deny the charges. “I think there is an enthu57,000 new voters from union siasm among these voters, a One website, www.unskewed households. But the federation feeling that unions are embat-, claims polls tilt to also made gains in other swing tled these days,” said Beck. Romney. But Scott Rasmussen states, registering 13,500 in “Given what’s happened to of Rasmussen Reports claims, Colorado, 10,000 in Nevada unions since 2010, they may “There is not a pollster in the and 6,700 in Virginia. be more energized than nor- country, not a public pollster, Unions have been trying to mal to vote for a Democratic not a legitimate pollster anywhere, who was deliberately candidate.” Some See Polls skewing the polls.” To Be Tilted Still a survey showed 71% Seven out of 10 Republi- of Republicans, and 84% of cans believe opinion polls are those who identified themskewed to favor President selves as Tea Party followers, Barack Obama over chal- believe polling companies are lenger Mitt Romney according skewing their results to help to another poll about polls. Obama. Just 14% of DemocThe numbers for the elec- rats said the same. torate overall are almost Rendell Blesses evenly split, with 42% of votDunbar In 177th Ed Rendell continues his ers as a whole saying polls are biased for the President, and endorsement spree, this time REPUBLICAN challenger to 13th Dist. Congresswoman 40% saying they are not, ac- backing William Dunbar over Allyson Schwartz took his campaign outside her Frankford cording to the survey for State Rep. John Taylor. & Cottman district office. With him were Republican Ward Daily Kos website. (Cont. page 5) Leaders Calvin R. Tucker and Joe Samuel.

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CONGRESSMAN Jim Gerlach and US Senatorial candidate Tom Smith, among were among those who appeared with Presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he appeared at Valley Forge, are asking him to return. They don't concede PA to Obama. Photo by Bonnie Squires. Even if it had passed, the are wasting time calling for Resolution would have died in debates. the Senate with its 10-vote Highly favored incumbents GOP majority. won’t accept debates for a Whatever, this millstone host of reasons, foremost will grow heavier for Corbett being not to give unnecessary and he needs to address it exposure to the opponent, thoroughly now and free him- who would probably be short self from it in his reelection of cash anyway and not able campaign. to buy the publicity. Debate Challenges Are Least likely to accept chalNo Longer Newsworthy lenges are incumbents in State Many challengers need to House or Senate races, since learn polls and general media it is likely their district voters to have a decent chance at haven’t seen much of the optoppling an incumbent, they ponents except when they

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(Cont. From Page 4) “I’ve been following William’s campaign and know of the determination and fight that he has to be successful so he can bring about the necessary change needed for the progression of this state. Pennsylvania needs a public servant who can bring that same fight and determination to Harrisburg; and the citizens of this great state deserve it,” Rendell said.

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Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and vicinity is comprised of four unions: Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Vincent Primavera, Jr. Business Manager/Co-Chairman L.E.C.E.T. Co-Chairman Local 135, Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., Damian Lavelle Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 413, James Harper, Jr., Fred Chiarlanza Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 57, Walt Higgins Harry Hopkins Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Laborers District Council, Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager.

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Superintendent William Hite has joined those who supported 16-year-old who was ridiculed by a teacher and students because she wore a Romney-Ryan t-shirt to her classes at Carroll HS, labeling the event as a “teachable moment.” In a statement he said, “Community – students, teachers, administrators, parents and neighbors – recently has been pulled into an argument that drove a wedge between families, friends and classmates. This has been disruptive and hurtful for a school whose success is drawn from its diverse and close-knit student body. And it has been particularly distressing to the Pawlucy family, whose daughter was targeted for simply expressing herself by wearing a t-shirt. “Our efforts will not take away from the hard lesson learned when an educator acts thoughtlessly. We all concur there is no room for that type of behavior from adults, especially in a classroom. “Over the next couple of weeks, I will join Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan in working directly with the Carroll HSD community to assist them in moving away from a divisive and damaging discourse towards a conversation that brings together diverse beliefs, inspires understanding, and heals.” On Tuesday morning, service veterans, political leaders and 1st Amendment rights supporters staged a rally before classes at the high school. Rally supporters decried the fact her parents have been met with disrespect, false apologies, threats, and vulgar assaults by students while teachers sat idly by.

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SEPTA Named ‘Outstanding’ Transit System Different Debates Takes SEPTA was honored this week by the American Public Transportation Association with the 2012 “Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award” for efforts to enhance service, efficiencies and overall effectiveness. APTA, which has more than 1,500 member organizations, awards the honor annually to agencies that demonstrate leadership and help advance public transportation. SEPTA was singled out for recognition by APTA in a category that includes dozens of North America’s major transit operators. APTA presented the award to SEPTA General Mgr. Joseph M. Casey and SEPTA Board Vice Chairman Thomas E. Babcock at its annual conference. “It is my honor to announce SEPTA has won the 2012 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award in the category of more than 20 mil-

lion trips annually,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “This means SEPTA is being recognized as the best large public-transportation system in North America. SEPTA’s many accomplishments and achievements are models for the rest of the publictransit industry.” Casey said the award is a testament to the hard work of the Authority’s employees, and the dedication and support of the SEPTA Board, headed by Chairman Pasquale Deon, Sr. “We are thrilled to receive this award, and honored that our peers in the transit agency have singled out SEPTA’s achievements for recognition,” Casey said. “I am so proud of the members of the SEPTA team, who are committed to serving our customers, and fulfilling our mission to improve the environment, facilitate economic growth, and sustain the quality of life in our

region. This recognition is a testament to their dedication, enthusiasm, and innovative spirit.” These efforts are also being recognized by SEPTA customers, who continue to use the system in increasing numbers. In Fiscal Year 2012, which covered the period from Jul. 1Jun. 30, riders took 339.3 million trips on SEPTA buses, trains and trolleys – the highest total since 1989. Fiscal Year 2012 built on the steady ridership growth SEPTA has seen over recent years. Annual trips system-wide are up 32 million since 2007 – indicating success with initiatives to attract and retain new customers. SEPTA has focused these efforts on improving its aging infrastructure to better serve the region, and building a partnership between employees and riders through an effort to enhance customer service. Ridership increases were

In The Court of Common Pleas Dauphin County Civil Action – Law No. 120503559 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Midfirst Bank, Plaintiff vs. Caliph Johnson, Known Heir to the Estate of Annie Low Walker a/k/a Annie Lou Walker, Deceased & Unknown Heirs of Annie Low Walker a/k/a Annie Lou Walker Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: Caliph Johnson, Known Heir to the Estate of Annie Low Walker a/k/a Annie Lou Walker, Deceased & Unknown Heirs of Annie Low Walker a/k/a Annie Lou Walker Deceased, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 5305 Belfield Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Midfirst Bank, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 120503559, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 5305 Belfield Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

recorded across the region and on most of SEPTA’s modes of travel during Fiscal Year 2012. There were nearly 35.4 million trips on Regional Rail, which is just shy of the 2008 ridership record. Suburban Transit Division bus, light- and high-speed rail modes jumped 4.9%. SEPTA also continues to meet its annual budget mandate, despite continued economic challenges and funding cuts. Fiscal Year 2012 marked the thirteenth consecutive year in which SEPTA had a balanced budget. The Authority ended the year with a $491,000 surplus. In addition to taking aggressive action to control costs and increase efficiencies, SEPTA has worked to generate new revenue by expanding its advertising program.

PHILA G.O.P. LOYALISTS like Ward Leader Andrew Gentsch, 2nd from right, and attorney Denise Furey, left, gathered at Cavanaugh’s to watch first presidential debate — and, as evening wore on, to cheer lustily. ROOTING for President Obama were Councilman Bob Henon, Ward Leader John Dougherty and State Rep. Ed Neilson at E.O.M. Rally.

Making AVI An Easy Task (Cont. From Page 2) ponent of the Tax Reform Commission’s plan for tax reform. If we make Philadelphia more a more completive place — especially for employers — commercial real-estate values will rise and generate higher revenues, which will allow us

to maintain the City services we rely on to make Philadelphia a preferred place to live, work and visit. When it comes to the Actual Value Initiative, we must not only worry about making it happen, we must also insist that we do it right. I have been

pleased to work with City leaders in the decade since the Tax Reform Commission and look forward to working with them in the coming year to make the Actual Value Initiative — and tax reform in general — work for Philadelphia and all Philadelphians.

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tion), resulting in the need to change position or posture more than once every two hours. Listing 1.04C. refers to lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing) resulting in pseudoclaudication (pain and discomfort in the lower extremities), established by findings on appropriate medically acceptable imaging, manifested by chronic nonradicular pain and weakness, and resulting in inability to ambulate effectively. This means an extreme limitation of the ability to walk (one that interferes very seriously with the ability to independently initiate, sustain, or complete activities), and includes the inability to: walk without the use of a walker, two crutches or two canes; walk a block at a reasonable pace on rough or uneven surfaces; use standard public transportation; carry out routine activities such as shopping and banking; and climb a few steps at a reasonable pace with the use of a single hand rail. Section 1.00 B.2. b. (1), (2), 20 C.F.R. Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 (introduction to Section 1.00).

by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Are there any federal bankruptcy insurance exemptions? Answer: There are two main federal bankruptcy exemptions for “unmatured” insurance contracts, 11 U.S.C. § 522(d)(7) and (d)(8): (7) Any unmatured life insurance contract owned by the debtor, other than a credit life insurance contract; (8) The debtor’s aggregate interest, not to exceed in value $11,525 less any amount of property of the estate transferred in the manner specified in section 542(d) of this title, in any accrued dividend or interest under, or loan value of, any unmatured life insurance contract owned by the debtor under which the insured is the debtor or an individual of whom the debtor is a dependent. So, what’s the bottom line of these exemptions? First, an unmatured life insurance contract is one in which the insured person hasn’t died yet. These insurance exemptions have at times provoked controversy, but the gist is that subsection 7 protects the basic insurance contract, i.e. the right to receive proceeds on the death of the insured. Consequently, it is a good

idea to claim an exemption in any term-life policy under this subsection so that if the insured dies within a period which would give the bankruptcy estate an interest in the proceeds -- for example, in the 180 days after the filing of the petition -- these proceeds would be exempted without need to resort to the alternative exemption for life insurance proceeds under subsection 11 of Section 522 (which includes a reasonableness cap). Similarly, the basic insurance contract of a whole-life situation should also be exempted with subsection 7, but since a whole-life policy has an additional facet to them, a savings or cash surrender value, this additional value is addressed in subsection 8. Subsection 8 provides an exemption for this cash value but a monetary cap of the amount that can be exempted in bankruptcy. It is important to note that, depending on the other property of the debtor, it may be possible to exempt additional value under the “wildcard” exemption, but the current $11,525 is the only insurance-specific exemption for whole-life cash value. Next Week’s Question: What is the wild-card exemption?

by Tom Flynn and Rocco DeGregorio Question: I own a 2009 Mazda 3. My new tires got worn fairly fast and need to be replaced already. The quote from where I usually get repairs is expensive. Do you have any deals or recommendations so my tires don’t wear out so fast? Answer: Great question! We do have a great deal on tires going on now! I assume you are replacing all four tires. You generally get better deals almost anywhere if you purchase all four at once. Plus, it is best to have the same tread on all tires, so it is a benefit to change all four. With our current special, you have a choice between five

tire brands and get a $60 rebate when you buy four tires! If you use a Ford Service credit card, you can also receive another $60 for a grand total of a $120 rebate! As for recommendations… It really depends how you use your car. Do you drive on the highway most of the time? How many miles do you put on your car a month? Various factors will determine what kind of tires you need. Talk to your service advisor. Tom has been serving customers in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years, as a salesman and then General Manager of Pacifico Auto Group. Rocco is a top automotive consultant.

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. This week, I will focus on what you need to prove to meet Listing 1.04 of the Listing of Impairments. Listing 1.04 refers to disorders of the spine (e.g., herniated nucleus pulposus, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, vertebral fracture), resulting in compromise of a nerve root (including the cauda equina) or the spinal cord. Listing 1.04A. requires evidence of nerve root compression characterized by neuro-anatomic distribution of pain, limitation of motion of the spine, motor loss (atrophy with associated muscle weakness or muscle weakness) accompanied by sensory or reflex loss and, if there is involvement of the lower back, positive straight-leg raising test (sitting and supine). Listing 1.04B. refers to spinal arachnoiditis, confirmed by operative note or pathology report of tissue biopsy, or by appropriate medically acceptable imaging, manifested by severe burning or painful dysesthesia (abnormal sensa-

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Rain Didn’t Dampen 2012 Columbus Day Festivities In So. Philly

PARADE Marshal Mark Rago, SHARING A MOMENT with Congressman Bob Brady, center, were WELCOMING Jerry Blavat and Frankie left, chats with long-time ColumJody DellaBarba, Columbus Day Honorary chairperson Councilman Valli to 2012 Columbus Day Parade and bus Parade marchers Marziale Mark Squilla, Dr. Pasquale Colavito, Brady, Joseph Cascerceri, and festivities were Dedan Egnater and Pete Mizecchi and Anna Ricariello as Roberta and Rhamarie Acchione. Ciarrocchi. they set off to join marchers.

BUSY with details of Parade organization were behindthe-scenes ladies Jody DellaBarba and Marie Berens, of Councilman Squilla’s staff.

FUTURE election campaigns were discussed in interim as Pete Ciarrocchi chatted with possible Republican Controller primary candidate Terry Tracy as John Katrina looks on.

COUNCIL ON PARADE for Columbus Day were Honorary Marshal FORMER City Council President Councilman Mark Squilla and wife PARADE coordinators were 1st Anna Verna gives her Columbus Day “ALL SYSTEMS go” was word given Bridgid, and Councilmen David Oh Ward Democrat Treasurer Steve Lauer and Jodi Della Barba. overseer successor thumbs up for good Councilman Mark Squilla and Congress- and Kenyatta Johnson. Photo by Joe Stivala Photo by Joe Stivala man Bob Brady by Mark Rago. job.

WELCOMING Italian dignitary Marco Siglar, Deputy Mayor of Rome, Italy, right, were Hon. Amato IN PARADE line were Vince Giusini, Esq., Judge Angelo Foglietta, can- Berardi, member of Italian Parliadidate for Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Judge Anthony DeFino and ment, and Mark Rago, Parade direcPhoto by Joe Stivala tor. Judge Annette Rizzo. Photo by Joe Stivala

REAL-ESTATE tax expert Mike Piper, center, demonstrated his musical prowess parading with his Dixieland Combo, as he has for past 17 Photo by Joe Stivala years.

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Fundraising For Hughes Pow Wow With Rep. Vanessa Brown

LABORERS’ leader Sam Staten, Jr. was glad tocon- ENJOYING fundraiser for State Sen. Vincent Hughes, MARKING “Indigenous Day Celebration” at Clara Muhammad Park in W. Phila. was tribute his support to State right, at Leows Hotel were State Sen. Jeff Harbison, 2nd host State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown with this group of various Indian tribes. She is in from left, and members of Hughes’ staff. Photo by Leona Dixon first row, center, next to Matron Pocahontas Turquoise Sunrise. Sen. Vincent Hughes.

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Yo! Here is a great idea that I got from a reader. It is about those solar lights that are used to light paths or driveways. She tells me of a friend who used her solar lights inside at night when her electricity was off during a hurricane. She stuck them in a jar or bottle and said they gave off plenty of “free light.” She put one in each room and would put them back outside in the daytime and bring them in at night as long as the current was off. They are safer than candles and cheaper than batteries. Bring in a solar light one night and test it. Due to a thunderstorm, we lost power for about five hours. We were scrambling around in the darkness, looking for matches, candles, flashlights, etc. We looked outside, and noticed our solar lights shining brightly all around our patio, stairs, dock, etc. They were beautiful. My wife walked outside, and brought several of the solar lights inside. We stuck the solar-light pipes into plastic drinking-bottles and they made the nicest, brightest, safest lighting you could ever imagine. We put one in the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, etc. There was plenty of light. There are all types of solar lights available. We bought ours at Harbor Freight. We put them all around our yard. They look nice and they do not attract flying bugs like the outdoor lights around our doorway. The lights we have fit into the small (20 oz.) water bottles and they also fit into most of the larger liter bottles. If you need a weight in the plastic bottle to keep them from tipping over, you can put a few of the pretty colorful “flat marbles” (Cont. Page 13)

BARBRA STREISAND held a private dress rehearsal at Temple University’s Liacouras Center last Friday. Special invitations went out to friends and family of Temple VIPs and Trustees. Streisand has been rehearsing for her American tour at Temple, but needed the energy of a dress rehearsal. Among the lucky invitees where former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER and his lovely assistant HANNAH MONBLATT, local AFL-CIO PRESIDENT PAT EIDING, former CONGRESSWOMAN MARJORIE MARGOLIES-MEZVINZSKY and government affairs specialist KEN LAWRENCE. PATRICK O’CONNOR, the Chairman of the Temple Board of Trustees, hosted a dinner at the Four Seasons hotel. The occasion was to salute the Board of Trustees as well as some generous Temple University donors. Among those in attendance were LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, REGISTER OF WILLS RON DONATUCCI, Federal JUDGE TED McKEE, former City MANAGING DIR. JIM WHITE, and Republican super-fundraiser MITCH MORGAN. O’Connor has been the Chairman of the Board for four years and has presided over Temple’s growth in size and national stature. O’Connor is also one of the managing partners of the famous law firm, Cozen O’Connor. Speaking of unprecedented growth, Community College of Philadelphia also continues its upward swing. Its PRESIDENT STEVE CURTIS continues to improve and build more facilities. LYNETTE BROWN-SOW, VP for marketing and government relations, is a key player in power circles. She has helped quarterback the growth of CCP. She was a longtime trusted confidante of Hardy Williams, and also serves on the Board of City Trusts. MIKE McALLISTER, president of the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and former head Jury Commissioner, was honored by the Glen Foerd Leadership Foundation. McAllister is another example of scrappy Northeast Philadelphia Democrats who, through hard work and focus, emerge as distinguished business and community leaders. Mike was accompanied by his beautiful wife MAUREEN McALLISTER. Also in attendance were COUNCILMEN BOBBY HENON and BILL GREEN, Polonia Bank PRESIDENT TONY SZUSZCZEWICZ, and former CONGRESSMAN BOB BORSKI and his wife, and Philly Parks power player, KAREN BORSKI. Notable board members attending the event were MIKE DRISCOLL, KATHY RADWANSKI and her husband TONY. Tony served for a number of years as COUNCILWOMAN ANNA VERNA’S spokesperson. • 215-755-2000

If you’re a frequent reader of this column, you know that as far as I’m concerned, the 1st Amendment came down from Mount Sinai on a stone tablet. But one thing I have always recognized about the right to speak guaranteed by the 1st Amendment is that you don’t always have to use it. The latest example of the dichotomy of the 1st Amendment comes to us from Charles Carroll HS in Port Richmond. Last week, sophomore Samantha Pawlucy came into school wearing a t-shirt that showed her support for the Republican Presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Because no one sane schedules geometry first thing in the morning, I’m pretty sure Samantha walked around the halls of Carroll High without anyone else paying much attention to her shirt for a big chunk of the day. I mean, we’re talking sophomores here. I have seniors that I teach who believe the fact that they know absolutely nothing about the world around them is somehow “cool”. But once Samantha walked into Lynnette Gaymon’s geometry class and the teacher saw her shirt, that’s when the fun began. Instead of ignoring the shirt and teaching her class, Gaymon chided the kid, something that led to what can generously be called a cascade of crap. Because Samantha went home and told her parents what the teacher did. Her parents went to the school and demanded that something be done. Instead of the apology her parents wanted, Samantha and her sister got bullied via Facebook and Twitter after that instead. The parents, needless to say, weren’t happy. They got a lawyer and tried to work something out with the school. Meanwhile, a group of activists reached out to the Pawlucy family and scheduled a protest which brought out local media ... and was supposed to end with Gaymon apologizing to Samantha. Thanks to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, that didn’t happen. And the apology Gaymon did give Samantha ended up making the situation worse. Now I mentioned earlier this situation was one of those examples to me of why freedom from speech is sometimes the best course of action. Why? Because Gaymon didn’t have to say anything. She could. She did. And now she’s probably made herself a Fox News cause célèbre. But she didn’t have to say anything. She could have let this student exercise her 1st Amendment rights and maybe fostered a discussion about politics and speech. But she didn’t. And that’s too bad.

I wonder if Obama expected the debate to be a high-level academic discussion. Romney had to be aggressive, and Obama did look annoyed at the thrusts by Romney which were mostly blarney, and some cheap shots. You cannot be a gentleman to that sort of assault. Obama did look presidential – that works up to a point. ROMNEY came close to AL GORE in hyper-movements of the head. Like the smart “A” kid in school, writing notes to score points at the expense of another pupil. STILL, I wonder, did I watch the same debate as newscasters? I watched with a family (plus pizza). I formed my opinions on content and what was said. When the family gave their view, they thought that Obama’s explanations were well-said. I agreed. Then we were aghast to hear MSNBC commentators say Romney had won. A look on social media, and it was like there had been no debate. Positions were hardened earlier. It will be up to turnout and independents – as of now.... ONE FELLOW said news reporting on debates is all a show to beat drums; sensationalism? BACK IN CITY HALL: The Mayor appointed himself and office staff to the Community College Board. Could he be planning his future work? Hmm…. A proposed CITY COUNCIL ordinance on ATVs is needed!! It might be combined, however, with Councilman Mark Squilla’s COMPLETE STREETS BILL. This bill seems to address all the dangers and annoyances of pedestrians and drivers operating a car or truck in the city. Bike riders will have to adhere to the VEHICLE CODE. They will be ticketed $100 if they run a red light, or not heed a stop sign. Needed is a require(Cont. Page 13)

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Tuesday afternoon, US CONGRESSWOMAN DIANE BLACK of Tennessee was at the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s office on S. 4th Street to stump for the Romney/Ryan ticket to a standing room crowd. Earlier that day she had been in Lancaster and Reading. Black spoke of her experience of working with PAUL RYAN in the House of Representatives. Additionally, as a health-care professional she addressed the need to dismantle Obamacare. Last week, a sophomore wore a Romney/Ryan t-shirt to Charles Carroll HS in Port Richmond. Her honors-class geometry teacher apparently did not like her shirt, which was her prerogative. What the teacher was not justified in doing was humiliating and bullying a student for supporting an alternative candidate for US President. This elephant can remember when students were encouraged to become interested in current affairs. It appears this teacher wants students engaged only so long as they are adopting her opinions. The student, SAMANTHA PAWLUCY, was bullied by other students after the teacher was transferred to another class. Some members of the herd believe the staff encouraged the other students’ boorish behavior toward Pawlucy. Whether this was or was not true, I believe competent teachers and principals should have been able to contain the harassment. Tuesday morning, a group of roughly 40 people gathered outside Carroll HS to support Pawlucy as she arrived at school. The crowd included STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR; WARD LEADERS MATT WOLFE, KEVIN KELLY, MARC COLLAZZO State Rep. John Taylor and BILL PETTIGREW; and Republican activists BARBARA COXE, MATT GABOR, GARY FELDMAN and JOE EASTMAN. PAGOP Director of Election Field Operations (Cont. Page 13)

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Our Opinion ... Hope Ever Eternal

The Phillies did it again. Lifted up our hopes, spirits, expectations, got us to buy a record number of tickets – and then dropped us into the abyss with another disappointing season. The Eagles (and we don’t think it is too early in this season to pass judgment) will repeat another dismal season, leaving a sour taste in all the tailgaters and other diehard Eagle fans. So what’s left? The elections, what else? We anticipate the polls to show swings back and forth in the next three weeks over who will take the presidency. In Philadelphia, it is a foregone conclusion. The only worry is over how big the turnout majority for President Barack Obama will be. The reasoning is obvious. If Philly voters give the incumbent at least a 350,000 edge over challenger Mitt Romney, that should keep Pennsylvania in the Democrat column at the end of election night. If not, then there could be a swing by a narrow margin to Romney. Missing this time around – though you wouldn’t have thought so, with all the tempest and furore ignited by the voter photo-ID legislation – is the fact fewer Philadelphians registered for the presidential election than did in 2008. Absentee and alternative balloting should be about the same, as will military ballots. We’ll delineate the figures for you in our next issue.

Oct. 11- Event honoring State Rep. Brendan Boyle, chairman House Democrat Campaign Committee, at 1600 Locust St., 5:30 p.m. Donations on line at, or RSVP for details Mark Fabbi at Oct. 11- Fundraiser for Controller candidate Brett Mandel at S. Phila. Taproom, 1509 Mifflin St., 6-8 p.m. Bulldog $250, Guard Dog $100, Watchdog $50, Puppydog $20. Checks payable to Committee To Elect Brett Mandel. R S V P

mandelforcontroller@gmail.c om or donate online. Oct. 11- Phila. Federation of Young Republicans hosts VP Debate at United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Doors open 8 p.m. Free dinner. No charge. Oct. 12- Fundraiser for State Rep candidate Stephen Kinsey at Café Mills, 6460 Greene St., 5-8 p.m. Voter registration table. Friends $225, Supporters $50, Sponsors $100. For info Marcia Wills (267) 974.8444 or Debbie Seabreeze (267) 974.6203. Oct. 13- S.E. Chapter Americans For Democratic Action hosts fundraiser honoring State Rep. Babette Josephs, Councilwoman Marian Tasco and PCCY Dir. Shelly Yanoff at home of Bruce & Carol Cawell, 1024 W. Upsal St., 4-

6:30 p.m. Tickets $50. Call Bruce Cawell (215) 848-0563. Oct. 13- Southern District Reunion & Retirement Celebration for SEPTA workers at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 7-11 p.m. Buffet dinner. DJ. Tickets $45 (none at door). For info Eddie Everett (302) 5611434 or Beverly Rose (215) 880-5466. Oct. 15- Phila. Tea Party Patriots meet at Prudential Bank Bldg., 1834 W. Oregon Ave., parking and entrance in rear, 7 p.m. Oct. 17- Memorial ceremony and unveiling of portrait of late Judge Thomas Dempsey in Courtrm. 653 City Hall, 4 p.m. Reception will follow in Bonavitacola Lib., Rm. 600 City Hall. Confirm attendance with (Maureen.wooten Oct. 19- State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Community Legal Services offer free seminar to those owing criminal court costs and fines at Phila. Recovery Community Ctr., Unit 6, Lehigh Pavilion, 1701 W. Lehigh Ave., 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. For info (215) 2276161.

Oct. 19- Committee to ReElect State Rep. John Taylor hosts golf outing at Torresdale C.C., Grant & Frankford Aves., shotgun start 12:30 p.m. For info (215) 545-2244 by Oct. 12. Oct. 19- 26th Ward Republican Committee hosts Fall Festival at Waterfall Rm., 2015 S. Water St., 7-10 p.m. Tickets

$50. For info (215) 468-2300. Oct. 20- C o u n c i l w o m a n Cindy Bass hosts Fish Fry at Reflections Café, 17th & Wingohocking Ave., 3-7 p.m. Tickets $10. Oct. 22- State Rep. Pam DeLissio holds Town Mtg. at Simpson Ho., Belmont Ave., 10 a.m. For info (215) 4828726.

Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters Marcellus Mishaps “Material mishaps”? Seriously? (“Marcellus Gas Comes To Town – In More Ways Than One”, Sep. 27.) According to DEP’s own records, more than 85% of all active oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania go uninspected each year: 66,000 wells. Rule violators are rarely punished, even more rarely of late: on

average only 20% of violators have been penalized in 2012, down from 24% in 2011. Worst violators are getting even worse. Effective regulatory enforcement would stop repeat violators. In Pennsylvania, repeat, violations are increasing. And since the industry and their paid politicians (Williams’ wife on the MSC

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Walking Beat (Cont. From Page 11) ment for lights or reflectors (front and back) on a bike, since many approach cars at speed, from a blind spot on the car. The former Councilman, who had a similar bill, backed off when bikers got vocal. The bikers, 2% of the population, are vocal. But SQUILLA should know a SILENT MAJORITY is out there wanting his ordinance. A Council Committee needs to look at City Hall SUBWAY station. Escalators at this leading stop for government and courts are not reliable. Ordinary citizens have to walk more than 50 steps to street level. Walnut Street station is fitted with modern elevators. We need SEPTA to spend REAL MONEY for taxpayers at this top stop in the fourth-largest city!... THERE IS NO REASON for gas prices to be so high. No matter how much natural gas and oil we produce, prices are still set worldwide by investors, and futures. We

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Last Thursday, the Commonwealth Club hosted can event at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Keynote speaker was STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DOMINIC PILEGGI of Delaware Co. Attendees included Chester Co. SHERIFF BUNNY WELCH, former Montgomery Co. COMMISSIONER JIM MATTHEWS, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Manufactures were defended by state funds, asked why no payback of the funds. City and State do defend, and in some matters represent, workers. The unanswered question is really HOW MUCH the federal probers spent prosecuting? Some say $50M was spent to prosecute FUMO for a $4M offense. How prosecutors react to community, police or elected official pressure over a crime which has aroused and upset the public is well put in an article by Chris MONDICS. Prosecutors need not be statistic-driven. The Black Clergy mentioned we risk a city of unemployables by sending folks to jail. When they get out of jail, they OFTEN cannot get a job. At this rate, who will pay taxes and the pensions of prosecutors and judges?... The State Health Commissioner is leaving office. Goodbye. JUSTICE Ron Castille won’t recuse himself in the Terrance Williams matter. He should.... SEN. BOB CASEY, the true “quiet man” (yet productive) faces an opponent with BIG BUCKS – almost a replay of when his dad ran for Governor against cable TV CZAR Milton Shapp. Help CASEY.



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for the contest between CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN and VP JOE BIDEN at the United Republican Club in Port Richmond. State Rep candidate (172nd Dist.) AL TAUBENBERGER is having a fundraiser tonight at Snockey’s in South Philadelphia. ROBERT ADSHEAD and JON FOX are hosting a fundraiser for Joe Rooney at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club also tonight.


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Association FRED ANTON and PAGOP CO-CHAIRWOMAN JOYCE HAAS. MIKE CIBIK, a board member of the Commonwealth Club, sat at the head table with Pileggi. Other Philadelphians in attendance included MAX KIND and MONIKA CZAPLA. The Commonwealth Club is a fundraising group of the PAGOP. The next Commonwealth Club event will be a reception with GOV. TOM CORBETT on Oct. 24. Friday night, JOE ROONEY, candidate for US Congress in the 13th Dist., had a fundraiser in Bryn Athyn at the home of CATHY CIGLIOTTI. The host com-

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(Cont. From Page 11) JOE DeFELICE and Chairman of Philadelphia Young Republicans STEVE BOC were also there. The only prominent Democrat in attendance was District City COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA. For the most part, our Democratic elected officials have dodged

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The Committee on Finance of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 10:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following items:

The Committee on Rules of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at 10:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following items:

The Committee on Public Safety of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 9:30 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following item:

120008 An Ordinance amending Chapter 17-1000 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Employment of Low- and Moderate-Income Persons by City Contracts," to require that a certain percentage of work hours performed under certain public construction and non-professional services contracts be performed by available City resident workers, and that businesses entering into such contracts submit an employment plan and report on workforce compliance; to add further requirements for employment of low and moderate income persons; all under certain terms, conditions and penalties.

Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Finance, 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 Decker Chief Clerk

120781 An Ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Zoning and Planning," by amending Section 14-603, entitled "Use-Specific Standards," by revising requirements relating to family day care, under certain terms and conditions. 120774 An Ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Zoning and Planning," by revising and clarifying certain provisions and making technical changes; and amending various other Titles to make conforming changes; all under certain terms and conditions. Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Rules, 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 Decker Chief Clerk

120263 Resolution authorizing City Council's Committee on Public Safety to conduct hearings on how Youth Courts could reduce juvenile recidivism rates, violence in schools, bullying and in conclusion have an effect on the expenses of incarceration by engaging and empowering previously disconnected youth in a participatory and democratic system. Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Public Safety, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed item. Copies of the foregoing item are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael Decker Chief Clerk

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