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Sheriff Jewell Williams Brings Key Changes To His Office by Sheriff Jewell Williams When I chose to run for the office of Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County, I was asked by several friends and colleagues why I would want to take on a position that was rife with problems ranging from corruption and inefficiency, to outdated filing systems done mostly by hand. My reply was because I believe in the city, and I believe the office is a vital part of its growth and success and I know the good it’s done, and continues to do in spite of the investigations, charges and outright ignorance of the functions of this office. Trying to turn the tide on a culture that has been 20 years in the making is no easy task by any stretch of the imagination, and expecting a complete makeover in just two years is both unrealistic and unreasonable. Still, and despite the challenges and hurdles, we have

Sheriff Jewel Williams never missed a Sheriff’s Sale, and have even expanded those duties with an extra day at the request of the City of Philadelphia. Our Deputy Sheriff Officers have performed a stellar job in protecting the courts and transporting hundreds of prisoners a day between detention facilities and the courts with no escapes and mostly without incident.

This is all been possible mostly because of an overall dedicated staff that works hard to deliver services under stressful conditions, and still manage to be “polite and helpful” as attested to by many who do business with the office in person. As the enforcement arm of the court, the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County exists to protect both the integrity of the judicial system, and the rights of an individual whose home has been ordered sold because of tax liabilities to the city. In the past two years this office has: • Contracted to install a modern computer system for the first time in the history of the department. The contract took approximately a year to fulfill to insure we were getting the best company possible for the job and to make its way through the bidding process.

• Trained staff on how to best access and utilize the system, and are currently inputting over 20 years’ worth of documents and receipts. • Created an interactive, highly efficient website. • Returned over $4 million in excess proceeds owed to citizens of Philadelphia. • Held dozens of seminars on how to buy property at a Sheriff’s Sale, and have sponsored approximately 15 major community workshops on how to stay out of foreclosure and keep your home. • Introduced electronic deed filing to reduce the time a purchaser has to wait for a deed. Where it once took 12 weeks or more to get a deed, it now takes four weeks or less. At the City’s request we have started an additional Tax Sale, which creates more revenue for the City. Each year we sell over 7,500 properties on behalf of the City and lenders. (Sheriff Sales are a

major source of revenue for the City.) In addition to $2 million in writ fees paid to the City, through the sales we turn over to the City an average of $2.5 million monthly of delinquent taxes, water and gas bills for a total of close to $32 million that is provided to the City and its agencies each year. The Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City & County is as complex and vital as any other in this vast metropolis. To successfully continue to safeguard judges, witnesses, juries, and efficiently perform its other duties, we will continue to upgrade our training, technology, and staffing at every opportunity. My goal, our goal, is to be the sort of Sheriff’s Department the citizens deserve, which is always nothing but the best. For more information contact Joseph Blake at (215) 495-4174. • 215-755-2000

City Council Members Unanimously Tell Nutter To End Five-Year Impasse With City’s Unions Every member of City Council has gone on record to press Mayor Michael Nutter to end his “five-year impasse” with the City’s Unions. They expressed he wish he do so in a letter which reads: “Dear Mayor Nutter, “The City Council of Philadelphia joins you in expressing gratitude to the heroes of this historically harsh winter: the hard-working municipal employees braving freezing temperatures and long hours to keep our streets passable and our most vulnerable safe and warm. “We also say, in unison: It is time to have a serious conversation about the five-year impasse between your Administration and the workers who provide vital services our residents expect and deserve. “While severe weather alone is not the justification for our call, it certainly is the impetus. More than two months after the state-operated Philadelphia Parking Authority struck new contracts with workers represented by AFSCME District Council 33, workers represented by that same union under your Administration still suffer the indignity of working without a new contract. “It is simply unfair for thousands of our blue collar workers to remain frozen in a time of recession-induced fear and uncertainty. The City of Philadelphia must reconsider its contract demands, and AFSCME District Council 47 and District Council 33 workers must show

a willingness to negotiate. “The national economic meltdown might have justified austerity measures like forced unpaid leave, or furloughs. But with the economy rebounding, it is difficult today to argue that those who fix our potholes, salt and shovel our streets and process our business licenses deserve less than they currently receive. “Sensible adjustments to workers’ pensions might be in order, as you have said. But we remind you that our pension liability is high in part because the City deferred payments to the fund – with the consent of the unions – during the recession. In that sense, the Administration, Council and employees should take some ownership of the City’s large unfunded pension liability – not the workers alone. The long-term health and sustainability of the pension fund should be a goal we all share. “Our municipal employees acknowledge that work rules are the prerogative of management. But during budget hearings, Administration officials confirmed that furloughs do nothing to alleviate health care costs and pension contributions – two of our greatest fiscal challenges. They also affirmed there was no meaningful difference in savings between layoffs versus furloughs – and that neither layoffs nor furloughs were anticipated in the City’s Five-Year Budget Plan. “Why dig in your heels for something you do not

intend to use? Indeed, the PPA’s new contract with DC 33 workers does not included mandated unpaid leave. “This coming budget season will be the sixth since contracts expired, and the second to last of your tenure. We call on your Administration and our municipal workers to resolve this crisis now. It is time for fairness and for peace”. “Councilman Mark Squilla, 1st Dist.; Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, 2nd Dist.; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, 3rd Dist.; Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., 4th Dist.; Council President Darrell L. Clarke, 5th Dist.; Councilman Bobby Henon, 6th Dist.; Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, 7th Dist.; Councilwoman Cindy Bass, 8th Dist.; Councilwoman Marian Tasco, 9th Dist.; Councilman Brian J. O’Neill, 10th Dist.; Councilman At Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr.; Councilman At Large William K. Greenlee; Councilman At Large Dennis O’Brien; Councilman At Large James Kenney; Councilwoman At Large Blondell Reynolds Brown; and Councilman At Large David Oh.”

In response this week, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and District Council Union 47 signed an eight-year contract. Nutter said, “I’m very pleased to announce that our Administration’s labor team a short time ago came to an agreement with representatives from AFSCME District Council 47 on an eight-year contract that provides critically important reforms in the areas of pensions, health care and work rules, while providing pay raises for thousands of members of this union.”

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feet is crucial to the Port of Philadelphia’s economic viability. Even more important is the necessity to get the dredging done before the delayed opening of the Panama Canal. Due to its reliance on government funding, the dredging program has moved forward in fits and starts, delayed by the politicos of New Jersey and Delaware, who refused to agree how it was to be done. Finally, New Jersey ran out of appeals and Delaware is celebrating the fact the river sand will be rehabilitating its tourist-attracting beaches. This slowed the program, which is now well on its way to completion, thanks to the Governor of Pennsylvania, its two United States Senators, and its cadre of Congressman led by Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.) and its support in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, led by State Reps. Bill Keller (D-S. Phila.) and John Taylor (R-Kensing-

ton) and State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast). The dredging of the Delaware will be completed in 2017, which is now the date for the reopening of the widened Panama Canal. This brings the Port of Philadelphia back on the front burner with the other ports in the eyes of shippers already mapping out their schedules from that year forward. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, which oversees the shipping facilities along the Philadelphia boundary of the Delaware River, is pushing ahead with SouthPort, its new terminal addition, lying directly south of Packard Terminal and expanding into what was formerly naval property. It will easily accommodate any size ship, regardless of height or width or depth, for the foreseeable future. The Port will need more government funding, since the

USS SOMERSET arrived at Penn’s Landing to prepare for her commissioning into US Navy. At conclusion of ceremony an order will be given to “Come Alive.” Ship will suddenly be alive with cacophony of equipment and horn sounds, as sailors march aboard. Capt. Paul Dearborn, Commanding Officer, discussed commissioning procedures with Monica Santoro, Penn’s Landing ship coordinator; and Navy League members Dave Armstrong, Wally Littlewood, David Littlewood, Jim Jones and Joe Stivala (not shown). new ships will also demand billion. with a bid of $14.1 million. super-size cranes, of which Roy E. Denmark, Jr. VP The area covered runs for the Packer Terminal has two and director of the Ports and three miles from southwest of in place. Waterways Division of Urban the Phila. International AirPanamanians voted to ap- Engineers, reports The Corps port to Chester, Pa. It is estiprove the expansion of the of Engineers has opened bids mated. million cubic yards of Canal in 2007. The arrival of for the next contract to deepen material will be removed and the super ships will increase the River to 45 feet. He said placed in the Corps’ Fort revenue for that country from the low bidder was Great Mifflin Confined Disposal fa$1 billion to as much as $4 Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., cility.

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by Joe Shaheeli Who would guess the stalling of the widening of the Panama Canal because of a contract dispute might turn out to be a boon of sorts to the Port of Philadelphia? The decision was made in 2007 to widen the Panama Canal to accommodate the larger cargo ships now plying the high seas in ever-increasing numbers. The bigger the ships, the more you can put into them, with a resultant lowering of cost and big-buck savings for shippers. That decision set off an expansion in the world’s ports, which in turn began dredging the channels to their terminals. Over 200 giant ships — long as four football fields and more than 160 feet high — are now under construction or ordered. They can carry over 13,000 containers, each 20 feet in length. That is why dredging the Delaware River channel to 45

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Solomon Hosts In Northeast

Two Legislative Races May Spring Surprises by Joe Shaheeli Jared Solomon is challenging State Rep. Mark Cohen (DNortheast) for the 202nd Legislative seat, scoring plugs for his stances in the major media. Normally such statements are ignored after a report is made of an initial announcement. But Solomon is scoring voter interest as he issues charges, banging away at the incumbent. For example, if elected, he has announced he “would forgo any taxpayerfunded reimbursements” (known as per-diems) for personal expenses, travel, or food for state business. This pledge stands in stark contrast to his opponent, Cohen, who has used hundreds of thousands of tax

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dollars to build a personal library in his home, to pay the mortgage on his second house, and to fly to and from Harrisburg — as cataloged by CBS 3, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer among others. “Serving as State Representative takes a lot more than voting the right way. It means leading by example,” said Solomon. “In 40 years in office, Rep. Cohen has only led the 253 legislators in one thing — taxpayer-funded personal expenses. When elected, I’ll put the brakes on the gravy train leading to Rep. Cohen’s doorstep, and start diverting it to residents of the Northeast.” For sure he’s making friends, offering two free come-

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WAGE AND businessprofit taxes have been unnaturally strangling Phila.’s job market for decades, argued Center City Dist. President Paul Levy before Republican Breakfast Speaker Series at Racquet Club. Here Levy, right, is congratulated by Ward Leader Mike Cibik.

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JARED SOLOMON hosts constituents at Nick’s Roast Beef, 2212 Cottman Ave, during town-hall meeting in N.E. Phila. Solomon is challenging 40-year incumbent State Rep. Mark Cohen in 202nd Legislative Dist. He stated, “Politics, like and-eat-on-me dinners which were well attended. We finally most human activities, has its heard from Cohen this week, own rituals, and one of these who emailed a lengthy cam- rituals is the announcement of a paign kickoff. He is seeking his candidacy for elective office. I 21st two-year term. am announcing my candidacy

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Are you a senior citizen, a widow or widower age 50 or older or a person age 18 or older with a permanent disability? Is your annual income below $35,000? Do you need help paying your property taxes or rent? If you answered yes to all three questions, please call one of my district offices to learn about the Property Tax and Rent Rebate program and how it can help you. My offices can be reached at 215-281-2539 or 215-695-1020. Parkwood Shopping Center 12361 Academy Road, Phila., PA 19154, 215-281-2539

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for reelection to a 21st two-year term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and a 22nd term overall, counting a sixmonth term to fill a vacancy. My past experience with the people and the challenges facing our communities has convinced me there is a lot more that I can do to benefit my constituents and the people of Pennsylvania. “I am proud to be in this session the Democratic Minority Chair of the House State Government Committee. I am deeply proud to have brought new issues onto the public agenda again and again. In this legislative session I have sponsored nearly 1,600 bills and resolutions so far, more than any other House member.” Cohen acknowledges, “For the first time since the 1960s, the area known as the Lower Northeast or the Near Northeast is largely concentrated in a single legislative district. This represents a tremendous opportunity to focus on our common goals and challenges, an opportunity I fully embrace. I offer hope, not fear. I offer leadership, not posturing. “As a 22-year homeowner in Castor Gardens, I am the only candidate in this race who ever attended any school in Councilman


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Philadelphia: I graduated from Dorothea’s Nursery School, Pennell Elementary, Wagner Junior School, Central High and the University of Pennsylvania.” Two affirmative points, but are they enough to draw the interest of the majority of voters in the district, all new to both Solomon and Cohen? Long-time office-holders often fall into a trap of their own making created by the fact all the good things they’ve done will be remembered by constituents. That’s not the case with legislative races today. Though endorsed by the party, Mark needs to know he must still knock at doors and make waves. Now to the other race, the 182nd in Center City and South Philadelphia, held by State Rep. Brian Sims, who has been running on the fact he is gay, and has heralded loud and long for his first two terms, the need to promote gay rights. He beat 14-term incumbent State Rep. Babette Josephs by just over 200 votes. Now, after letting Sims grow roots into his district unchallenged for four years, Babette says she will challenge him. If she does, we know she will be propelled by a need to get even. Babette, for many of (Cont. Next Page)


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State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-S. Phila.) announced she will run for a third term in the state House of Representatives. “I am proud to represent the 185th in Harrisburg and it is an honor to serve as a voice for Delaware Co. and Philadelphia,” Donatucci said. “I have served this community in official and unofficial capacities for the better part of 30 years, and I am ask-

ENTHUSIASTIC backers from LGBT community packed Stir Lounge off Rittenhouse Square to raise funds for Sherrie Cohen. Cohen, who ran sixth in five-way Democratic primary for City Council at Large in 2011, says longstanding tradition is party should endorse her for next vacancy – which has just opened up with resignation of Bill Green. She has been reaching out to ward leaders. ing for the voters’ support so November of 2010. that I can keep fighting for Donatucci currently serves working families in our area.” as deputy whip, secretary of Donatucci began her serv- the House Gaming Oversight ice in the House after winning Committee. She sits on Labor a special election held in Feb- & Industry, Urban Affairs with ruary of 2011 to fill the seat a subcommittee for Cities of vacated by her late husband, the First Class, Veterans Afthe Hon. Robert Donatucci, fairs & Emergency Preparedwho held the seat from 1980 ness with a subcommittee for until his untimely passing in State Rep.

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Tommy Rumbaugh, 1st Ward Democratic chairman, has been carrying around nominating petitions for Congressman Bob Brady, State Sen. Mike Stack, State Rep. Bill Keller and his own for committeeman. With the kind of weather he and the over 3,700 committee people from both parties have been facing, he

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summed up his role by saying, “They call us committee people. In reality we need to be called is committed people.” Deadline for petitions for all elected offices is Mar. 11. Petitions for committee people must be filed in Room 142 in City Hall by that date and no later than 5 p.m. Nominating petitions for all other offices must be filed in Harrisburg at the Dept. of State, same deadline, same time 5 p.m. All state and federal officials should not take the process for granted. Examples abound of incumbents losing their seats to successful petition challenges.

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) her years in the State House, was a champion of gay rights. She felt betrayed by the gay voters in her district, a sizeable number for a legislative race. They switched their allegiance to vote for Sims, who once had been a Babette campaign staffer. It could be payback time this time around. Babette is owed a lot of chits from members of the gay community. Some have indicated their intention to make it up to Babette for deserting her for Sims. Sims may find he is for a rough campaign.

equal pay for equal work.” Donatucci has three constituent service offices, 2115 Oregon Avenue, 2821 Island Avenue Wellness Center and 713 Sharon Avenue (Office 1B), Sharon Hill. She encourages citizens to continue using her constituent-services offices for help with state-related issues and concerns.

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Emergency Preparedness, and Policy Committee. “My track record speaks for itself,” Donatucci said. “I have always worked for the people, voicing their concerns and promoting their interests in Harrisburg, and I have been equally committed to helping cure some of the social ills plaguing the community at home — such as gun violence and crime.” According to Donatucci, solid leadership is needed in Harrisburg due to major statewide issues that will need to be addressed in the near future. “Education funding, school safety, health insurance, child abuse and anti-bullying are just a few issues involving our youth that will require real leadership,” Donatucci said. “There is also the upcoming minimum-wage battle set to take place, and I am the kind of leader that will advocate for working families and women in Pennsylvania to help secure for them a living wage and

cure projects and jobs. During this Black History Month, LDC salutes a living legend, Samuel Staten, Sr. Staten’s life has been his impressive résumé. The Samuel Staten, Sr. Laborers’ District Council Office Building, standing at 665 N Broad Street, is testimony of the high esteem in which he is held by his fellow laborers. Staten is the perfect ex-


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tion of Black History Month. The Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust of LDC brings the Laborers’ International Union of North America and its signatory contractors together to address issues of importance to both. Foremost in its mission is assisting Laborers Local Unions 57, 135, 332 and 413 and the contractors with whom they work, to se-



LECET, of the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia & Vicinity, will broadcast live on WURD Radio 900 AM from the African American Museum at 7th & Arch Streets tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The broadcast, “A Tribute to the African American Working Class,” is the culmination of the Laborers’ celebration and recogni-


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BEN LOMAX, Joseph Procacci and casino President Joe Canfora spearhead economic boon. to their respective communities. The PGCB’s very-deliberate process has provided a strong vantage point for making informed comparisons, and has created an appropriate environment for weighing the claims of the bidders against critical questions raised by its members and by community members. At PHL Local Gaming, we fully appreciate how important it is that the City’s new

casino be situated in the best and most-readily accessible location, that it not create traffic problems, or other neighborhood-related issues, and that its economic benefits are available, by way of a fairly designed and implemented inclusion plan, to all people in our community, and primarily to Philadelphia residents, regardless of race, gender, or other cultural or class distinctions. No Philadelphia resident, in our opinion, should feel excluded from an opportunity to participate in what will be a project with an impact that will encompass hundreds of millions of dollars. We’re concerned that the neighbors – residential and commercial – at whichever site is finally selected should not be substantially inconvenienced and economically disadvantaged. If that happens, then the City and State will clearly run the risk of protracted, related legal objec-

tions, delaying much-needed job creation and economic impact for the city and the state. For those, and other reasons, we believe our Casino Revolution site, at Front & Pattison, in South Philadelphia, is the best choice. At PHL Local Gaming, we have consistently supported a strong commitment to local and South Philadelphia-specific jobs, for local bid preference on contracts, and to an innovative and transformative Entertainment Center concept that we’re calling LoSo, which would be related to our project. The members of our ownership group including, Joe Canfora, Bennett Lomax and me, have talked in great detail about our “PhiladelphiaFirst” commitment. We also have a project that has provided evidence that it can open at least six months earlier than any other bidder, at which point we would be able to create 600 jobs and $64

million in wages and city and state tax revenues, at least six months before any other casino could even open for business. And following testimony recently given at the Suitability Hearings, we now know Casino Revolution would actually be able to open earlier than either of the other two South Philadelphia bidders, a full 15 months earlier than Market8, and 12 months earlier than the other Center City Proposal, The Provence. Even further, with our 24-acre footprint, Casino Revolution’s bid is the only one, among the five, with enough capacity to expand to the Commonwealth’s 5,000-slot limit, in response to market demand, which would provide the greatest overall jobs, contract and tax revenue benefits to the City and the State. In addition to having the support of our closest neighbors, in the Whitman Com-

munity, the least intrusive and readily accessible location, and 2800 free parking spaces, Casino Revolution has, it is clear, the absolute strongest diversity commitment among any of the bidders. That includes the largest percentage of minority ownership, the greatest minority representation on its board, the best-inthe-process diversity employment and contract goals, and the addition of the H.J. Russell Co., the nation’s 15th-largest African American-owned business, to its construction-management team. Having now had an opportunity to review all of the presentations made recently to the Gaming Board, we are more convinced than ever that our PHL Local Gaming bid, and our Casino Revolution and LoSo projects, would be best for our community, for Philadelphia, and for the Commonwealth.

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by Joseph Procacci, CEO, PHL Local Gaming With the Suitability Hearings of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board now complete, we at PHL Local Gaming have been very much impressed with the due diligence of the Gaming Board members and staff. We’ve taken careful note of the Board’s criteria for reviewing the applicants’ proposals, including their anticipated economic impact, their accessibility, their projected impact on traffic, the financial stability of the principals, the quality of their relationships with the neighboring communities at their sites, and their respective plans for ensuring diversity, throughout their processes, and over the life of their proposed operations. The hearings have offered Philadelphia a valuable opportunity to assess the various proposals, on each of those criteria, and on others specific

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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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Sabatina Greeted By Consul (Cont. From Page 5) has been calling on the services of Mayor Michael Nutter more often. Just last week he was asked to take part in an on-the-record press conference call to discuss the need to enroll African Americans into the Affordable Care Act. Joining him were White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and the Mayors of Sacramento and Memphis.

SALUTING State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr., center, St. Anthony’s Society ceremony was honored by Italian Consul General Andrea Canepari, 5th from right, who joined in honoring Sabatina. ing an Election Board worker Philadelphia for decades.” The Election Tampering for voter fraud by tampering Republicans, he notes, have No Longer Tolerated with voting machines and elec- appointed 300 Minority InThe word is out: The tioneering inside the polls. spectors in divisions with few Philadelphia District Attorney Republican City Committee Republicans as one way to mitmeans business when it comes Executive Director Joe DeFe- igate voter fraud. to enforcing the laws regulating lice stated, “This is not surWagner Bets On tampering with the election prising to us in the least. Such Western Voters process. DA Seth Williams voter fraud and tampering has Auditor General Jack Wagner made it official policy by arrest- been an ongoing problem in feels it’s his time to move up the ladder to Governor as other Democrats of that office have done. He also believes the field is calling to him, which is why he’s entered the race for Governor. As an Auditor he is supposed to know how to add and subtract and divide and multiply. That is what he has done and he feels, as the only candidate from western Pennsylvania, he’ll reap the votes from that part of the state. We wonder if Wagner’s figured into his decision the fact gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf is now leading the challengers with home-run television commercials, which have moved him close to the spotlight and have now made him the chief target for Republican State Committee. He’s now at 40% in polls, with Allyson Schwartz stuck at 14%. Unless he has mended fences, he will lose vote-gatherers controlled by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who beat him in a mayoral contest last year. We offer rapid response to Black Clergy in Philadelphia your request and to your is rumored it will support Rob McCord for governor today. construction needs. By the way, Minister Max Myers has quit the Guv race.

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Jay Paterno Eyes Lt. Governor Bid

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The officialdom of the nonprofit Philadelphia School Partnership made its influence felt with the School Reform Commission. It hired top state • 215-755-2000

Education-Minded Know How To Lobby

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STATE SENS. Christine Tartaglione, seated, and Vincent Hughes, to her left, lead rally requesting Gov. Tom Corbett raise minimum wage above $7.25 an hour, which is now State’s minimum. “Hello, this is local Republobbyist Wodjak & Associates to win support for the confir- lican Ward Leader Xxxxx , mation of Councilman Bill that’s right Republican, you are not alone, although we Green as SRC chairman. (Cont. From Prev. Page) PSP’s executive director know it seems that way someseeking the Democratic nomi- Mark Gleason acknowledged times. I am calling on this day nation for Lieutenant Governor. the fact, which proves there to ask if you would consider He has a website and seems are educators who know how getting involved with fellow to know what he is doing. It to work the political system. Republicans in your area and proclaims, “Paterno spent over Robo-Call Service maybe even working a poll in two decades as an educator and Works For GOP the future. If you would like coach and now serves as an exGOP leader of the 23rd and me to call you and discuss this ecutive director of a start-up 54th Wards Bill Pettigrew has further please hit 1 for yes nonprofit charity. His experi- been using Phonevite, a robo- when this call is complete, you ence includes a commitment to call service to recruit committee can also leave a message. public service on boards of people. The message follows: (Cont. Next Page) charities and a deep involveDEATH NOTICE DEATH NOTICE ment in politics on the local and national level. As a married faTHE ESTATE OF THE ESTATE OF ther of five, Jay has a passion ANNA M. KING ELEANOR M. KROL for the issues that face PennsylThe letters of AdministraThe letters of Testamentary vania’s working families today tion have been granted to have been granted to Stanley and the issues that face the chilJ. Krol, Jr., who requests Ray King, who requests that dren of our Commonwealth in that all persons having all persons having claims to the future. He will bring visionclaims to demands against demands against the Estate ary leadership to Harrisburg to the Estate of the decedent to of the decedent to make represent all the citizens of our make known to the same, known to the same, and all Commonwealth.” and all persons indebted to persons indebted to the He’ll need 1,000 signatures the decedent to make paydecedent to make payments from Pennsylvania voters, inments without delay to the without delay to the Law cluding 100 from five differLaw Offices of Jon Taylor, Offices of Jon Taylor, Esent counties, to appear on the Esquire, PC, at 2720 East ballot for the May 20 primary. quire, PC, at 2720 East AlHe believes there are enough Allegheny Avenue, Second legheny Avenue, Second Penn State alumni residing in Floor, Philadelphia, PA Floor, Philadelphia, PA the state who’ll pull for him, 19134. 19134. and possibly more in the student population anxious to help vindicate his dad’s name. Pennsylvania State University boasts an enrollment of about 100,000 students across its 24 campuses.

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Rallying For Minimum Wage Increase

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) “If you would like me to call you back please call xxxxxx-xxxx and leave your contact info. Thank you, I look forward in meeting you.” Clever idea if it works. The next best way is to knock at doors. That is slower, but surer. Chester Commissioner Heads GOP Black Voter Outreach

Terence Farrell, of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, is Gov. Tom Corbett’s pick to head a committee of African American business and community leaders to support the Governor’s reelection bid by advancing the message the Governor’s policies have proven beneficial to the African American community. A Franklin & Marshall poll shows only 23% of Pennsylvania registered voters think Corbett has performed well enough to deserve a second term. Corbett performs much better amongst registered Republicans: 38% think he is

doing an “excellent” or “good job.” A mere 10% of Democrats think that he deserves reelection, compared to 42% of Republicans who want to give him a second term.

That news engendered a “we told you so” from Republican City Committee Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice.

We Know! Now World Knows How We Suffer

Al Gore sees Katie McGinty as the best choice for environmentalists. He said, “I strongly endorse Katie McGinty for Governor. She shares my belief that we can build a better country and improve the lives of hard-working families. Katie has always viewed environmental challenges as economic opportunities. She knows how to create jobs — while protecting the environment. And she has the intellect, leadership skills, and optimistic, can-do attitude to build a better and more prosperous Pennsylvania. Katie has always believed that we can create jobs and economic growth, while protecting our environment. And she has the record to prove it.”

According to a USA Today article, “Top 10 cities with the highest tax rates”, Philadelphia ranks second for cities with the highest tax burdens citing information from the Office of Revenue Analysis. Most revealing is the fact mentioned in the article, “Philadelphia’s poorer families were subject to a muchhigher tax burden than those in most other large cities.” The Office of Revenue Analysis determined overall local tax burden by identifying four types of taxes: income, property, automobile, and sales. Also a direct correlation exists between higher tax burdens and higher unemployment rates in large cities with Philadelphia’s unemployment rate at 8.6%, tied for third highest among the top 10 cities with the highest tax burdens.

Global Warmer Al Gore Taps McGinty For Guv

Libertarian Krawchuk Runs For Guv Again

Ken Krawchuk plans to be the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania for the third time. Krawchuk, 60, ran in 1998

and 2002, and officially began his efforts to make the ballot in 2014 at the Pennsylvania Libertarian conference last weekend in Bethlehem. He now runs a nonprofit group working to fight malaria in Africa. “I’ve been campaigning around the state since early November when I announced my intent to form an exploratory committee, and the response among Libertarians has been overwhelmingly supportive,” Krawchuk said. “The long-time party members recall my performance in the debates and on the campaign trail in 2002, and would love to see an encore. The newer members are excited by the idea of a Libertarian Governor candidate, which is something most of them have never known.” Getting on the ballot as a third party candidate in Pennsylvania is an uphill battle. Republican and Democratic candidates only need 1,000 or 2,000 signatures to get their candidates on the statewide ballot, Krawchuk’s campaign calculated the Libertarian

gubernatorial ticket will need a minimum of 16,639 signatures. The higher requirement comes from a state law that requires third-party candidates obtain a number of signatures equal to 2% of the total votes received by the most-popular candidate for statewide office in the previous general election. Are We Seeing Election Record?

This may be a record year of gubernatorial candidates, as conservative activist Bob Guzzardi is attempting to get on the Republican ballot against Gov. Tom Corbett and seven Democrats are vying for their nomination: Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Northeast), State Treasurer Rob McCord, former Dept. of Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, former DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger and Lebanon Co. Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz. Minister Max Myers has dropped out. Can they pique voter interest? PA-13: Rep. McCarter Backs Dr. Val Arkoosh

State Rep. Steve McCarter

(D-Montgomery) announced his endorsement of congressional candidate Dr. Val Arkoosh in the competitive PA-13 Democratic primary. “I have known and worked with Dr. Val Arkoosh for almost 10 years. In that time I witnessed her relentless dedication to improving the health and well-being of our communities here in greater Philadelphia and throughout our Commonwealth, and I’m proud to support her run for Congress.” said McCarter. “Val was a fierce advocate in Harrisburg for expanding Medicaid, which we know would create jobs and ensure everyone in Pennsylvania has access to healthcare.” His endorsement followed that from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, as well as the end of an impressive fundraising year for the firsttime candidate in the field of four Democrats. As of the end of the last quarter, Arkoosh remains the fundraising frontrunner with $160,000 more cash on hand than her closest opponent.

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Our Opinion Casino Decision

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Our congratulations to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board which ended its final meeting here yesterday. We are impressed how they managed to wring out every drop of information from each of the five casino applicants. We believe their decision-making will not be tampered with by influence-peddling from indirect sources. We believe they also understand their decision be one based on which casino can grow past its original concept and continue to create more jobs over the years, while helping turn this city into more of an attraction to tourists and visitors. So we wish them well.

Petition Deadline The die will be cast at 5 p.m. on Mar. 11 when every nominating petition must be turned in to the responsible offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and the other County Registrars around the state. What will ensue is a host of civil wars at the most-basic level of the political machinery governing us all. That level is the precinct or division level. The height of that battle takes place Election Day, May 20, and it will be gory in Philadelphia. It is expected at least 10 wards will be involved. Surprising is the fact the bulk of the eligible voters in this city will be oblivious to those committee or precinct-captain fights. When the battlefield decisions are made, next will come arm-twisting to the nth degree as ward-leader contenders will seek to return to their posts or to successfully challenge the incumbents. Depending on those decisions, both political parties could easily stay their present courses or ready themselves for major changes.

person. Sponsor $500, Host $1,000. RSVP Rachel (215) 742-8600. Mail checks payable to Committee to ReElect John Sabatina Jr., 7720 Castor Ave., Phila. PA 19152. Mar. 5- PhillyLabor.Com Meet & Greet Union Leaders features John McNesby, Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge 5 President, at Bridgeman’s Ha., 11601 Norcom Rd., 6-8 p.m. Host Joe Dougherty, Jr. Mar. 6- AFSCME Local 2186 Retirement Celebration of Michael J. Walsh’s 35 years of serving members at Romano’s Catering, 1523 E Wingohocking St., 6-10:30 p.m. Buffet with Cash Bar. Tickets $35. RSVP or Rich Morawski (215) 893-3730. Mar. 7- State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas hosts Step IT Up America Seminar for minority women at Beech Interplex, 1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave., 9 a.m.-12 m. RSVP deadline Mar. 5. To register go to mas. For info Marilyn Kai Jewett (215) 560-3261. Mar. 8- Reorganization Of Democratic Women of Phila. meets at IBEW Union Ha.,

1719 Spring Garden St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For info Gwen Collins (215) 232-8133 or Gbcshorty@Yahoo.Com. Mar. 8- St. Anne’s Social Ha., at Memphis & Tucker Sts., holds Social 4 p.m., Bingo starts 6 p.m. $30 Admittance includes 12 bingo games, coffee, tea, water, soda & cake. BYOB. For tickets Theresa Stahl (215) 425-3219. Mar. 10- Councilman Jim Kenney hosts St. Patrick’s Day Party at Plough & Stars, 123 Chestnut St. (2nd St. entrance), 5:30-7:30 p.m. Food, beverages, dancing, live entertainment. 4 Leaf Clover $2,500, Pot of Gold $12,000, Leprechaun $500, Tickets $50. RSVP Lindsey (267) 275-2120 or Mar. 10- Fundraiser for Register of Wills Ron Donatucci at Ristorante Panorama, 14 N. Front St., 6:30 p.m. Mar. 13- Phila. Public Record honors Public Servant Of The Year for 2014 Wendell Young IV, President UFCW Local 1776. Swan Caterers, 2015 S. Water St., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Buffet and open bar, free parking. Tick-

ets $50. For reservations John David (215) 755-2000 or (267) 259-6654. Mar. 13- Gloria Gilman hosts Fundraiser for Council candidate Sherrie Cohen at 1033 Christian St., 7 p.m. Tickets $50, $100 and $250. For info David Fair (215) 300-7886 or Mar. 14- 57th Ward Democrats host St. Patrick’s Day Beef & Beer at Paddy Whacks Pub, 9241 Roosevelt Blvd., 711 p.m. $35. For info (267) 773-3251. Mar. 15- Birthday Celebration with State Sen. Anthony Williams at Hilton Hotel, 4200 City Ave., 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dinner and cash bar. $100 at door. $75 in advance. For private reception (RSVP) 476-2469. Mar. 17- Judge Jimmy Lynn hosts St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Plough & Stars, 2nd St. above Chestnut St., starting 7:30 a.m. Traditional Irish breakfast; music, dancing, songs, poetry, stories, toasts, jokes – join in! Tickets $25 (checks payable to The Plough & the Stars), students $20. RSVP (215) 686-2614 or • 215-755-2000

Feb. 27- Labor hosts Reception for State Sen. Mike Stack at Finnigan’s Wake, Lincoln Rm., 537 N. 3rd St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Platinum $10,000, Gold $5,000, Silver $2,500, Bronze $1,000, Tickets $50. RSVP Lindsey (267) 275-2120 or Feb. 27- Controller Alan Butkovitz hosts Fundraiser for State Rep. Mark Cohen at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 4010 Robbins Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Producer $2,500, Director $1,000, Star $500, Crew $250. RSVP or (215) 27504307. Feb. 27- Ctr. For Families & Relationships hosts Casino Night honoring Councilman Bobby Henon at Tendenza, 969 N. 2nd St., 6 p.m. Silent auction, extensive buffet, open bar. Tickets $150. For

info (215) 537-5367 or Feb. 27- State Sen. LeAnna Washington hosts Community Forum on Gun Violence Prevention, 7-8:30 p.m. at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd. at Township Line. Feb. 28- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosts Rappin with the Rep at District Office, 5537 Germantown Ave., 9-11:30 a.m. For info (215) 849-6592. Feb. 28- Paul “Earthquake” Moore holds Hands Against Violence Candle Light Vigil at Elmwood Skating Rink, 2406 S. 71st St., 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28- Mar. 1- P e n n a . Progressive Summit runs at Harrisburg Hilton, 1 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, Pa., starting with Gubernatorial Debate at 6 p.m. Fri. Closes 6:15 p.m. Sat. For info www.paprogressive Feb. 28- 25th Silver Anniversary of the US Congressional Black Caucus veterans brain-

trust presents award to Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell at Triumph Baptist Ch., 1648 W. Hunting Park Ave., 6 p.m. For info James Abrams (484) 557-3243. Feb. 28- Custodes Pace Lodge 2085 of Sons & Daughters of Italy holds Scholarship Fundraiser at FOP Ha., 11630 Caroline Rd., starting 7 p.m. Grease Band performing. Buffet, beer and wine. Tickets $60 in advance, $65 at door. For info Joe Mer (215) 275-4595. Mar. 1- NCBW-PA kicks off Women’s History Month with 28th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Awards Luncheon at Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., 12 m. Author Sophia A. Nelson, Esq. is keynote speaker. For info Mar. 3- Phila. Jazz Project sponsors “A Crisis In Black Culture” Community Conversation at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 6:30 p.m. Free. Must RSVP at rsvp@philajazzproject.lrg. Mar. 4- Mardi Gras Fundraiser in honor of State Rep. John Sabatina, at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., 6-8 p.m. $150 per

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Judges’ Conference Mulls Over Judicial Conduct,

JUDGE Charles J. Cunningham III, left, with Judge Robert J. Matthews.

JUDGES, from left, Eizabeth Jackson, Gwendolyn N. Bright, Doris A. Pechkurow, Karen Shreeves-Johns and Angeles Roca.

PRESIDENT Judge Sheila A. Woods-Skipper, left, with Judge Diane R. Thompson.

JUDGE Denis P. Cohen, left, with Judge Glynnis D. Hill.

JUDGE Leon W. Tucker (left) with Judge George W. Over- PUBLIC RECORD CitiLife Editor Ruth R. Russell, left, with Conference Parliamentarian Judge Edward E. Russell. ton.

by Ruth R. Russell Judicial conduct, a growing older population and the civil-case backlog, along with perennial budget woes, were among the concerns Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille shared with those attending the semi-annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Court Judges. Discussing what he called the “hot topics,” he addressed the opening session of the gathering of nearly 300 judges from across the Commonwealth and also a meeting of Pennsylvania’s President Judges.

positions have until Jul. 1, 2015, to resign from those seats,” the Chief added, noting that this is designed to allow judges to place “personal investments into a blind trust rather than relinquish those investments.” A growing problem, according to Castille, is the aging population in this state. “Pennsylvania currently ranks fourth in the nation in percentage of people 65 and older. As of the 2010 census, almost 2 million residents here — 15.4% — were over 65 and that number is projected to continue to increase substantially through 2020.”

Without referring to the judicial scandals in Luzerne Co. or Philadelphia Traffic Court, Justice Castille stressed a new Code of Judicial Conduct will go into effect on Jul. 1 of this year. “The first notable change focuses on nepotism, stating that in making administrative appointments and hiring decisions a judge shall be impartial and base hiring on merit and avoid nepotism, favoritism and unnecessary appointments,” he said. “The second says that service on commercial boards is now prohibited and that all judges who hold such

At present, an Elder Law Task Force, chaired by Justice Debra Todd, is studying problems such as guardianship, elder abuse and neglect, and access to justice. This is causing strain on the resources of the courts and services provided to the elderly, he indicated. There is better news about the civil-case backlog for attorneys waiting for their case to come up. Judges have been notified about reducing their civil case inventories and asked to clear up and correct them. Eventually judges will receive data dashboards with various types of filing infor-

mation, all of this designed to help solve the problem. The Chief is pleased with the continuing efforts to bring together state prothonotaries and clerks to improve efficiency and save money. Work is still being done on right-sizing the courts and reviewing the caseloads judges are expected to handle, which will also save money. Meanwhile, the budget for the Commonwealth’s courts is still a work in progress. “This year the total budget request is $376 million, a 9.4% increase over last year,” he said. “The Governor has

proposed a flat budget for us, as he has for the General Assembly. “About 86% of our budget is made up of constitutionally required personnel costs. Our operating costs are just a little over 4% and county grants are 9.2%. Pension and health-care costs are the major drivers of our budget and much work is being done on this complicated problem.” Castille stressed that in using senior judges and judges “on loan” instead of filling judicial vacancies has saved money, and pro(Cont. Next Page)

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Chief Justice Castille Details Hot Spots

The Public Record • February 27, 2014 JUDGE Edward C. Wright with Judge Nina N. Wright Judge James Murray Lynn, left, with Judge Albert John JUDGE Jacqueline F. Allen, left, with Administrative Judge Snite, Jr. Padilla, left. Kevin M. Dougherty.

Judge Carolyn H. Nichols, left, with Judge Ida K. Chen and Judge Idee C. Fox, right. one of the planners for 21stcentury technology for judges. Course planner for a review of the Post-Conviction Relief Act was Judge Rosalyn K. Robinson. On the faculty was Marla B. Isaacs, PhD, of Philadelphia. Judge Jacqueline F. Allen was the course planner for Civil Law Update. Faculty members were Peter J. Hoffman, Esq., and Timothy R. Lawn, Esq., both of Philadelphia. A session on Orphans Court and Medicaid Eligibility was planned by Judge Fox, with a faculty of Andrew

A. Coates, Esq., Anthony J. Marone, Esq. and Mark J. Newell, Esq., previously or now connected with Philadelphia’s Dept. of Public Welfare. A participant in Secrets of the Grand Jury was Michael J. Engle, Esq., of Philadelphia. Returning to co-plan Church Members in Conflict: Limitations on Civil Court Jurisdiction was Judge Fox. The faculty included Judge Leon W. Tucker, of Court of Common Pleas; Danielle Banks, Esq., and Michael K. Twersky, Esq., all of Philadelphia. Judge Fox also planned a course on

JUDGE Shelley Robins New, left, Judge Paul Panepinto and Judge Holly J. Ford. All Photos By Ruth R. Russell

IPAD/Tablet for Judges. A session on Judicial Ethics was planned by Judge Shelly Robins New and one on Coordinating Multi-Jurisdiction Civil Litigation by Judge Allen, with a faculty including Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (ret.), now executive director of Sheller Center of Social Welfare, Philadelphia. Those contemplating Life After the Bench were welcomed at a session planned by Judge Robinson with a faculty including Judge Kathryn Streeter Lewis (ret.), Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State

Ethics Commission. Local judges at the Conference, not already mentioned, include: John L. Braxton, Gwendolyn N. Bright, Genese E. Brinkley, Joan A. Brown, Ann M. Butchart, Matthew D. Carrafiello, Denis P. Cohen, Mary D. Colins, Anne Marie B. Coyle, Charles N. Cunningham, Pamela Pryor Dembe, Kevin M. Dougherty, Alice B. Dubow, Charles A. Ehrlich, Joseph L. Fernandez, Holly J. Ford, John W. Herron, Glynnis D. Hill, Jonathan Q. Irvine, Elizabeth Jackson, Vincent L. Johnson, Marlene F. Lach-

man, James Murray Lynn, Robert J. Matthews, Barbara A. McDermott, Maria C. McLaughlin, Patricia A. McInerney, Marsha H Neifield, Arnold L. New, Carolyn H. Nichols, George W. Overton, Paul P. Panepinto, Paula A. Patrick, Doris A. Pechkurow, Lisa M. Rau, Robert J. Rebstock, Annette M. Rizzo, Angeles Roca, Edward E. Russell, Karen Shreeves-Johns, Albert John Snite Jr., Sierra Thomas Street, Diane R. Thompson, Donna M. Woelpper, Sheila A. Woods-Skipper, Edward C. Wright, and John Milton Younge. • 215-755-2000

(Cont. From Prev. Page) viding an opportunity to use credit and debit cards to pay assessments and bail brought in $67 million last year. In 2013, the annual collections of $455 million exceeded the branch’s overall budget request. “The judiciary has saved $45.8 million through various means over the last six years,” the Chief declared. “We are part of the fiscal solution for the Commonwealth!” As usual, Philadelphia judges played a prominent role in the educational sessions. Judge Idee C. Fox was

JUDGE Lisa M. Rau, left, with Conference President Margherita Patti-Worthington.

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Last Thursday the Philadelphia Republican Party held its February 2014 edition of its breakfast series. The guest speaker was PAUL LEVY, the CEO of the Center City District. Levy addressed a standing-room-only crowd in the Bell Room at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Most of Levy’s presentation covered research done or supported by the CCD and the Central Philadelphia Development Corp., an advocacy and planning organization supported by the downtown business community of which Levy is also the CEO. The overall theme of his presentation, in my words, is: how the City of Philadelphia became one of the poorest large cities in the US and some things that can be done to correct that phenomenon. According to the CCD, 27% of Philadelphians live below the poverty line. Levy’s organization is a $20 million downtown-management district, which provides security, cleaning, place marketing, promotion, planning and capital improvement services for the central business district of Philadelphia. He noted the Center City is thriving. People, especially young professionals, are moving into the city, as they want an urban lifestyle. He noted 44% of all jobs in Philadelphia are in the CCD. To put this in perspective, there are 203 jobs per acre in CCD and 4.7 per acre in the rest of the city. And it is this lack of jobs in the rest of the city that is a major cause of our high poverty rate. According to a CCD publication “Center City Reports: Pathways to Job Growth”, unemployment in Philadelphia was 10% in October 2013, higher than in the other four other major Northeast cities of Boston, New York, Baltimore and (Cont. Page 18)

On Monday, Mayor Michael Nutter and a high-powered group of African American men gathered in City Hall to address introduce something designed to stop something I often talk about: young Black men shooting each other. The Mayor’s Commission on African American Males unveiled the results of the group’s two-year effort to put together a game plan to improve the lives of this particular segment of the city’s population. Nutter renewed the executive order creating the group in 2011 and co-chairs the Rev. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. and Bilal Qayyum went to work. Goode had created the original commission when he was Mayor, but it hadn’t been active for a while. Because African American men make up such a large part of Philadelphia’s population, addressing the needs of this group is vital to the city’s future, Qayyum said. “There is a strong belief that until the City addresses the needs of this community in general, Philadelphia won’t be a first class city,” Qayyum said. “Black men can no longer be locked out of opportunities.” “You cannot experience life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness if you don’t have a job,” Nutter said. “We cannot move forward as a city if a significant portion of our population doesn’t move with it.” Toward that end, the commission divides its recommendations into three categories: Wellness, Achievement and Access. The group’s recommendations include Health Empowerment Zones designed to help men in high-crime areas impacted (Cont. Page 22)

Yo! Here we go again with this unbelievable, absolutely true story heard on a Wisconsin radio station. It was sent to me by Florence, a loyal reader. A guy buys a new Lincoln Navigator for $42,500 with monthly payments of $560. He and a friend go duck-hunting in upper Wisconsin. It’s midwinter and of course all of the lakes are frozen. These two guys go out on the thick lake ice with their guns, a dog, and of course the new Navigator. They decide they want to make a natural-looking open-water area for the ducks to focus on, something for the decoys to float on. Now, making a hole in the ice large enough to invite a passing duck is going to take a little more power than the average ice-drill auger can produce. So out of the back of the new Navigator comes a stick of dynamite with a short 40-second-fuse. Our two Rocket Scientists, afraid they might slip on the ice while trying to run away after lighting the fuse, decide on the following course of action: They light the 40-second fuse; then, with a mighty thrust, they throw the stick of dynamite as far away as possible. Remember a couple of paragraphs back when I mentioned the Navigator, the guns and the dog? Let’s talk about the dog: a highly trained Black Lab used for retrieving – especially things thrown by the owner. You guessed it. The dog takes off across the ice at a high rate of speed and grabs the stick of dynamite with the burning 40-second fuse, just as it hits the ice. The two men swallow, blink, start waving their arms and, with veins in their necks swelling to resemble stalks of rhubarb, scream and holler at the dog to stop. The dog, now apparently cheered on by his master, keeps coming. One hunter panics, grabs the shotgun and shoots the dog. Even though he missed, the shotgun is loaded with #8 bird shot, hardly big enough to stop a black Lab. The dog stops for a moment, slightly confused, and then continues on. Another shot, and this time the dog, still standing, becomes really confused and of course terrified, thinks these two geniuses have gone insane! The dog takes off to find cover, under the brand-new Navigator. (Cont. Page 22)

MAR. 13 is a BIG DAY in the run-up to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. First the FRIENDLY SONS of St. Patrick lay wreaths on the North side of City Hall to the Irish of the American Revolution. Then to the Mayor’s Reception Room where Mayor McNutter declares St. Patrick’s Month. The Sashing of the Parade GRAND MARSHAL, the philanthropic Jim MURRAY, takes place at 6 p.m. in the Doubletree Hotel, Broad & Locust. The dinner and extras are just $100, and well WORTH IT…. HOW ABOUT the VETO OVERRIDE by a newly invigorated City Council? Thanks to new blood and the dynamic leadership of Council President Darrell CLARKE, and Councilman Jim KENNEY. Kenney, a St. Joe’s Prep student, differed with fellow Prep student Michael Nutter. And how about the Mayor calling on business to support our schools? I would have done that five years ago. Get business to buy hand-crank computers, developed for third-world countries by an Ivy League College. The cost would be $100200 each, and the classroom could be named for the merchant. Gov. Mitt Romney bought one for each kid in his state. And no BIG LOSS, if they are damaged, or lost. Our kids need to think more, and computers help. Room 215 City Hall needs to think on this – or maybe the Winston Churchill quote applies: “Thinkers should be on tap – NOT ON TOP.” I read that a Pew Poll found Philadelphians are concerned that jobs have been slow to materialize. Don’t worry about it, we are busy building bike lanes, and pocket parks where (Cont. Page 18)

It’s petition-signing time and there are a number of races that promise to bring fireworks to the primary election. It appears a bloodbath rematch is on the horizon for portions of Center City and South Philadelphia. STATE REP. BRIAN SIMS, who has garnered much favorable publicity as a member of the Pennsylvania House, may be facing his old nemesis BABETTE JOSEPHS. Former State Rep. Josephs held the seat for many years and Sims defeated her in a close election. Since that election, Sims has received a lot of exposure and positive publicity on LGBT issues. But Josephs was a champion for the same issues and also excellent at constituent service. All politics is local. Constituencies often care less about issues and more about getting help cutting through government red tape. Word on the street is Sims has emphasized getting his name in the media rather than taking care of the fundamentals of his constituents. Politics is often a savage game. And fellow politicians are often like crabs in cage. When one of the crabs tries to get ahead of the others and get out of the cage, the other crabs pull him back. Thus too much media can be a bad thing. Another issue that may haunt Sims is his attack on incumbent STATE REP. MARK COHEN. Sims has called Cohen “mentally unfit for office.” But Cohen has been elected countless times and usually runs unopposed for reelection. Now JARED SOLOMON, an attractive candidate, is mounting a campaign against him. Usually the incumbent is favored and backed by the political community, but Sims is supporting the primary challenger. Many political VIPs showed up for the ribbon cutting at the John C. Anderson apartments at 13th & Spruce. This is the site of the apartment complex designed for older members of the LGBT community. It is one of the first in the country of its kind. Among the politicians who fought to get the funding were STATE SENS. ANTHONY WILLIAMS, MIKE STACK AND LARRY FARNESE. Also their house colleague MICHAEL O’BRIEN was able to secure funds. The amazing MARK SEGAL was the master of ceremonies and the driving force to accomplish the mission. Former GOV. ED RENDELL spoke and called Segal, as only Rendell could or would, “effectively annoying.” MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER gave a laudatory (Cont. Page 22)

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SpArc Hosts Art Exhibit ARTIST Richard Johnston shows one of his paintings to Laura Princiotta, CEO of SpArc Phila. Johnston pursues his artwork at Eleanor Elkin and Richard Elkin Cultural Arts Center at PDDC, part of SpArc Phila. His work will be included in art exhibit hosted by SpArc Mar. 13-27 at Temple Administrative Services Building. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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HOUSE Education Committee Chair Jim Roebuck discussed city’s educational crisis with Cedar Park constituents at People’s Baptist Church.

STATE REP. John Taylor picked up helpful support from businessman Mark Marek, right, and Tim O’Brien of Philly Future Fund in $500/plate funder at Ocean Prime.

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STATE REP. John Taylor hosts campaign reelection party at Romano’s Caterers, 1523 E Wingohocking Street. Joining Taylor are Francis Kelly of SEPTA and George Kenney of Temple University Government Relations.

REPUBLICAN 55th Ward Leader Chris Vogler, Adam Lang and Linwood Holland join State Rep. John Taylor at dinner dance in honor of GOP legislator.

G U I TARIST and Republican 53rd W a r d L e a d e r Gary Grisafi shows off his skills on electric sixstring at John Taylor reelection party.

PHILA. GAY NEWS publisher Mark Segal hails Richard Barnhart, CEO of Pennrose Properties, for developing John C. Anderson Senior Apartments at 13th & Locust Streets, first LGBT-friendly senior project in city.

GOP STALWART Michael Meehan and State Rep. John Taylor join Charles REPUBLICAN CITY Committee ace FORMER Gov. Ed Rendell, left, and Sheriff Jewell Williams Murphy and James Snyder of International Brotherhood of Electrical Work- Carmela Fitzpatrick and Sheryl Perzel enjoy were two of busy stream of dignitaries who turned out for grand opening of Anderson Apartments. party in honor of State Rep. Jon Taylor. ers Local 98.

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Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 14) Washington. In 1970, 43% of the jobs in the greater Philadelphia area were in the City of Philadelphia. In 2011, Philadelphia’s share of area jobs dropped to 23%. Levy believes our tax structure led to the exodus of the employers to the suburbs and to the fact most new companies to the area look to office and industrial space outside of the city. Roughly 36% of Philadelphia residents work outside of the city, and anyone who is on the Schuylkill Expressway at 8:00 a.m. is not surprised by this statistic. Traf-

fic is as heavy going out of the city as approaching town. Levy believes our tax structure was and remains a problem for job expansion in the city. The City’s revenues are more heavily reliant on businesses and employee taxes, and less so on real-estate taxes than other major cities. Levy noted this tax system worked well in the early 1900s when it was more difficult for companies to move their brick-andmortar businesses and when there was not adequate transportation for employees to live far from work. Now, since businesses and people can more easily get up and move,

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Walking The Beat (Cont. From Page 14) the unemployed can sit or ride. And I had to read it in an outof-town newspaper.... The LUXURY Hotel on Logan Square looks like a done deal – but what happened to the idea to CONSOLIDATE Philly’s small, struggling museums into 1801? Oh well, as the OZ said: “Money talks.” The museum concept would benefit the 99% of citizens and tourists. How about the propane shortage, because much of it is EXPORTED to Europe for higher profit? An export short-

ing only 19% of proprietors in Philadelphia have employees (on a par with Detroit). However, 40% of proprietorships in Washington hire workers. Levy also believes that another retardant to job growth is our lack of skilled or trainable workers. Our schools are not producing people who can be easily absorbed into the workforce. Among the five major cities in the Northeast, we have the largest percentage of peo age can drive up local prices, and savages our need to be energy-independent. Are these dealers patriotic?... NO DOUBT, their blue-collar workers are patriots. And some 40 million blue jobs are expected to open up between now and 2014. No bachelor’s degree required. Finish trade school with maybe an associate degree. Finish up later in life. I never seen such a good description of the DISCONNECT the wealthy have in their perception of the middle class, and the poor, as in Crisis magazine. This is the national magazine of the NAACP…. GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT is the malarkey in the press over the Local 401 indictment. One article said charges were detailed – but by whom? Another said authorities were happy over

ple with a high-school diploma or less. He believes the problems with public education cannot be solved by throwing more money at the current flawed system. He also noted briefly the burden placed on Philadelphia’s finances by municipalemployee pension obligations could prevent resources from being directed to actual education and job growth. COUNCILMAN DAVID the indictments – which authorities? There is talk of union officials sending emails. I am not sure they know HOW to use a computer! An OUTPOURING of support and sympathy for Joe DOUGHERTY was seen on Facebook (not addressed to him). I know Joe Dougherty. I see him as gentle and decent, and caring. He allows the union hall to be used to a program that brings business and labor together. I attended three times; it was all management people. The program brings understanding and ability to work together for common good. Thomas Paine wrote of the summer soldiers who will away from Joe while the iron is hot. Let’s watch to see who. Look at the loss of backbone by a candidate and officeholder who gave Local 401’s

OH is familiar with Levy’s research on Philadelphia’s tax problem. He continues to push forward in true elephant fashion. Recently he introduced a bill that will reduce the wage tax from the current 3.92% to 2.09% over 10 years without raising other taxes. He also called for hearings to get a status update of the enhanced taxcollection efforts that the Nutter administration was supposed to put in place a year ago. donation to a charity. Only State Rep. Brendan BOYLE had the guts to stand fast. JACK WAGNER is back in the Governor’s race. The Viet Vet is a decent man who lacks a lot of campaign cash. Of all the candidates only Tom WOLF and he get good reactions as ordinary people. So did Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who dropped out…. Didn’t we have a PATERNO run for state office a decade ago? We have one now - for Lieutenant Governor. HATS OFF to State Rep. Bill KELLER for his bill to regulate the demolition industry. Other than Keller, Harrisburg has been quiet on this issue…. State Reps. BROWN, COHEN and PARKER announced for reelection last Saturday, All have energy and brains for a demanding job.

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of trust now, but might not be able to in a few months; 3. You are expecting a significant raise or you just got a good job; 4. You are anticipating a change in your marital status and want this done beforehand; 5. You just want to get started on being debt-free; or 6. You want to avoid litigation or collection annoyances. File later when: 1. You just got a bonus from work and it significantly affects your income level; 2. You are anticipating some significant medical treatment and aren’t sure if your health insurance will cover all the associated costs. Next Week’s Question: Why “surrender” in bankruptcy doesn’t mean surrender.

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Hearing Notice The Committee on Appropriations of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 1:00 PM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following items: An Ordinance amending Chapter 20-304, of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Compensation for Members of Boards, Commissions, Committees and Councils,” by repealing Bill No. 100212, thereby returning the compensation for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes to the level existing prior to the passage of that bill; all under certain terms and conditions. 140017 An Ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 from the General Fund, certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions, the Water Fund, the Department of Revenue and the Grants Revenue Fund, the Director of Finance - Provision for Other Grants to the General Fund, certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions, the Water Fund, the Department of Revenue and the Grants Revenue Fund, the Department of Parks and Recreation. 140079 Copies of the foregoing items are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall.

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DEAR READERS: How many of you earned $78 million last year? There is a gentleman working in N.Y. City as Chairman/coCEO for Time Warner, Inc., whose reported 1990 income was $78,000,000. He is Mr. Steven J. Ross, a former funeral-home director. According to the June 14, 1991 New York Times, during late May, 1991, Mr. Ross and Madonna "held meetings" to discuss her new multimedia company which would promote and enlarge the rock singer's career. Madonna's relationship with the world's largest media company began in 1983 as a contract artist for Sire/Warner Brothers Records, a subsidiary of Time Warner. Mr. Ross'. relationship with Time, Inc. is more recent because he was the Warner Brothers CEO for many years before the 1990 Time Warner merger. With co-CEO Nicholas J. Nicholas appearing to be the great helmsman at Time Warner upon Mr. Ross' retirement, the question of the Steven J. Ross legacy is undetermined. Will it be as "godfather" or "queen maker" to a rock music purveyor, whose domination of American popular culture had few rivals during the 1980's? Or will the former undertaker (whose prior business was the preparing and burial of humans) be remembered as projecting upon trustful teenagers, music that expressed wildness, and is symptomatic of violence in American culture? (to be continued)

by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Thinking about filing bankruptcy? Now might be the right time! Answer: Filing bankruptcy is all about timing. Sometimes, waiting to file makes good sense and will save the debtor a lot of headaches and some significant debt. Sometimes, however, the time to file is as soon as possible. Let’s look at six reasons to file now; and six reasons to wait. File now when: 1. Your house is appreciating and may exceed the homestead amount if you wait; 2. Your house is appreciating and you can strip a wholly unsecured second deed

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The best thing in this situation is to take it into a shop. You need to have your check-engine light or stored fault codes scanned first before you can know what is wrong. It could be a whole list of things. Possible causes of engine hesitation or stumble: Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning

hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include: Dirty or worn spark plugs, bad plug wires, weak ignition coil, wet plug wires. Hope this helps. Tom has been serving automotive 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. the following areas: communication, self-care, home living, social skills, community use, self-direction, health and safety, functional academics, leisure and work. Mental Retardation: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Support, Luckasson, R., et al. The DSM-5 refers to “deficits that fail “to meet developmental and sociocultural standards for personal independence and social responsibility ... [and] limit functioning in one or more activities of daily life, such as communication, social participation, and independent living, and across multiple environments, such as home, school, work and recreation.” Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed. 2013, p. 37-38. School records are helpful in proving deficits in AF.

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by Tom Flynn and Rocco DeGregorio Question: I have a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Base 6Cyl4.0L. The engine surges, won’t go over 2500 RPM, hesitates, makes grinding noises. I’m not a neglectful owner, I just didn’t know. What could it be? Reader,

the injectors often fixes this); dirty air filter (change filter); dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter); bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor; bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor; low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump); vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve); bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol). Sometimes, what feels like a of 70 or below, one must show the presence of a physical or other mental impairment that imposes additional and significant work-related limitation of function. This is one which significantly limits physical or mental ability to do basic work activities, such as walking, standing, sitting, lifting, reaching, carrying, handling, seeing, hearing, and speaking; and mental functions such as understanding, carrying out, and remembering simple instructions, use of judgment, responding appropriately to supervision, coworkers, and usual work situations, and dealing with changes in a routine work setting. Applicant must also prove these deficits first manifested themselves prior to the age of 22. Limitations regarding AF refer to deficits in two or more of • 215-755-2000

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How Employees Got Chickie’s and Pete’s Chain To Kick Back

by Fabricio Rodriguez, Philly Restaurant Opportunity Center A staggering 1,159 current and former Chickie’s & Pete’s workers will be awarded back wages and damages from a $6.8 million award. The consent judgment, one of the largest awards ever recorded in the region, includes back wages from multiple wage and hour violations. The case stemmed from the passage of the Gratuities Protection law that ROC lead on in 2011. An additional $1.6 million was awarded in a private lawsuit and a whopping $50,000 in damages, less than 1% of total wages stolen, were awarded to the Dept. of Labor. The investigation found

that the employer, Pete Ciarrocchi, was taking 3% of tips when they were charged to a credit card, not paying minimum wage and over-time (1.5 times wages after 40 hours) and even cases where restaurant workers had to pay cash out of their pockets to the owner and into the tip pool just for working their shift. This is an enormous victory, not only for the workers, DOL and the law firms involved, but for all restaurant workers across Philadelphia. This story has been evolving for a while. Chickie’s & Pete’s workers were among some of the first workers to join the Restaurant Opportunities Center in September 2011. Two women

from the airport restaurant attended one of our “Know Your Rights” trainings and had many stories of how they often would not make the minimum wage and how they faced constant sexual harassment on the job. After the training, one of them told me she would bring more of her coworkers in to learn about their rights. At around the same time, Andrea Lemoins and I were working with Councilman James Kenney’s office to pass the Gratuities Protection Bill. This bill would make it illegal for an employer (not only restaurant owners) to take any tips away from workers. Councilman Green tried to justify his vote against it saying that he thought it was a “back-

door tax” that would drive restaurants out of the city. This is, of course, the same claim made about everything from ending child labor, to the smoking ban, to paid sick leave, to not having to even pay the minimum wage (the tipped minimum wage is only $2.83/hour in Pennsylvania). Nonetheless, it passed the Philadelphia City Council, on Nov 15, 2011 with only Councilmen Green and O’Neill standing up for wage theft in its purest form (picture an owner taking a tip off a table and putting it in his pocket). By the second week in December 2011, the two Chickie’s & Pete’s workers confirmed to me that the owner was indeed ignoring the law

and still taking their tips. The first domino fell. Honestly, when the law first passed, we had no idea of its potential impact. Councilman Kenney, I believe, advocated for the bill out of moral repulsion at the thought of his tip not going to his server. We saw it as a strong campaign and a big opportunity (this victory has returned at least $10 million in wages to workers since 2011). Over the next six months, I met with several more workers from various Chickie’s & Pete’s locations who wanted to fight back. Most of them got cold feet, never to be heard from again; but some of them joined the lawsuits that we were starting to hear about and one of them remains a leader at ROC.

Since that time, I know of at least three lawsuits against employers for the illegal practice of taking the 3% of tips to pay for credit-card usage fees. More and more dominos followed, all prompted by the growing knowledge that it is illegal to make servers pay the credit-card usage fees, most growing into other types of wage theft as more details came out. Sadly, this practice is still wide spread. In fact, 2/3 of restaurant workers in our city have suffered some form of wage theft in the last year. Hopefully, with campaigns like Fat Salmon and now Chickie’s & Pete’s setting an example of the consequences employers can face, this will begin to change.

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THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA OFFICE OF CAPITAL PROGRAMS ADVERTISEMENT FOR REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND PROPOSALS (RFQ/P) TO PROVIDE MATERIAL TESTING SERVICES Notice is hereby given that sealed qualifications and proposals will be received by the School District of Philadelphia, Office of Capital Programs, from all firms interested in providing Material Testing Services. The RFQ/P documents and all additional information published as part of the RFQ/P may be obtained at: All questions must be submitted in writing via email to Gerald C. Thompson, Contracts Manager, The Deadline for all questions is 2:00 pm, Friday, March 14, 2014. Proposals must be received no later than 2:00 pm, Friday, March 21, 2014 at location designated in RFP.

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THE 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, March 25th, 2014. 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 All School District Projects require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET B—021 C of 2012/13 Mechanical Mechanical Plant Replacement $2,787,500.00 $300.00 Penn Treaty High School 600 E. Thompson St. Philadelphia, PA 19125 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. BUDGET


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WELL ATTENDED was AFSCME DC 47’s candidates meetand-greet at St. Stephen’s Green in Spring Garden. From left are Jim Jenkins, David Krain, Fred Druding, Sean Stevens, Ward Leader Dan Savage, State Rep. Brendan Boyle and Ethelind Baylor. erty would be covered by city remains and, the possibility of and commonwealth preserva- damage caused by sinkholes, tion laws, last year Brady cave-ins and a 180-year-old wrote to the Philadelphia His- water main contiguous to the toric Commission urging the cemetery. Additionally, the site’s placement on the City’s Coalition has asked for a suRegister of Historic Places. On pervised engineering study to Jun. 14, 2013 the Commission be conducted to determine the voted unanimously to place the cause of sinkholes and other burial ground on the Register. threats to the burial ground. The meeting will also focus on The coalition is being outlining and discussing preserva- formed to ensure the public tion concerns while building a has input and helps to provide support infrastructure related to guidance to the Philadelphia the city-owned historic property. Mayor’s Office, as the public The coalition has called policy for the stabilization, upon the City of Philadelphia, long-term preservation and nawhich owns the property, to tional historic certification of suspend a scheduled play- this publicly owned historic ground renovation because of site is being developed and impotential threats to the interred plemented.

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The public is invited to attend a meeting organized by the Friends of Bethel Burial Ground Coalition on Saturday, Mar. 1, at 10 a.m. at the African American Museum of Philadelphia. The meeting will discuss the historical importance regarding the rediscovery of a 19th-century burial ground located at the site of the Dept. of Parks & Recreation’s Weccacoe Playground at 4th & Catherine Streets. The site contains the interred remains of approximately 5,000 Black Philadelphians. Once owned by Mother Bethel AME Church, the burial ground was abandoned and sold to the City in 1889. Congressman Bob Brady, representing the 1st Congressional Dist. of Pennsylvania, where the Bethel Burial Ground is located, says he is in support of the coalition’s goals. In a recent letter to Mayor Michael Nutter, the Congressman said, “I am asking the City to rethink its current renovation plans, while taking into consideration the national historic importance of the property.” To ensure the prop-

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We Remember Edgar Howard Edgar Allen Howard Jr., 70, a long-time political activist, committeeman, and ward leader in Northwest Philadelphia, and a former City Commissioner, died earlier this month of heart failure at Einstein Medical Center. Howard also served as di-

rector of Philadelphia’s Veterans Advisory Committee, a position to which he was appointed in 2008 and that he held at the time of his death. A longtime resident of the West Oak Lane section, Howard had worked closely with State Rep. Dwight Evans since the 1970s. He

had lived in Mount Airy for about the last 10 years. He helped Evans get elected as a state representative in 1980, and served as office director and manager at Evans’ Champlost Avenue office during the 1990s. In fall of 1961, Howard Howard joined the Boeing

Co., where he worked on building aircraft until 1991. In 1980, he was elected the committee person for the 10th Ward, 26th Division. He was elected ward leader in 1994, a post previously held by Evans. Howard was reelected to his fifth term in 2010 and held the post when he died.

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If I learned nothing else from my two years teaching the kids that I affectionately refer to as The Children of the Corn, I learned that young Black men need help. Lots and lots of help. I’m hoping that one of the first Health Empowerment Zones is placed in Southwest Philadelphia because some of my students had full-on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Something needed to be done yesterday. But what I also picked up as I tried to get people to do their assignments and recognize that their camera phones were useful for more than shooting really bad homemade porn is that while Black men have it tough, Black women could use some of our attention too. The full-on PTSD is something they’re dealing with too. So I asked Nutter when we

are going to talk about and address the needs of young Black women. He used what I call the “rising tide lifts all boats” argument when giving his answer. “Taking on some of the issues that men face will get women’s challenges addressed as well,” Nutter said. “We’re seeking to be as inclusive as possible, but we have to deal with the facts. When 75% of the people being killed are young Black men, and they’re being shot by other young Black men, that has to be addressed.” While that response disappointed me, I wasn’t surprised by it. But I also don’t agree with it. There are issues that are specific to African American women that need, no, demand to be addressed. You can’t just say, “If we fix the

men, the women will follow” and think it’s going to solve the problem. As I said, I’ve seen evidence that we need to do something specific for our young women. If we don’t, the effort we put into our young men won’t matter. Mayor Nutter’s term ends in 2015, meaning the commission’s support in City Hall may, or may not be there. None of the people who are

(Cont. From Page 14) by the violence in their neighborhoods; mentoring programs that help young Black men obtain the education needed to make the most of their lives; and developing partnerships with colleges and universities to get them through school, get certifications and help them find their career niche. A lot of these things appear to be things Mayor Nutter will be creating through executive order, which is okay. But as we’re seeing in Washington with President Barack Obama deciding he’s had enough of an obstructionist Congress and doing things via that method, it’s not necessarily permanent. Plus, the feminist in me has an issue with some of this. Now, don’t get me wrong.

Waffleman (Cont. From Page 14) The men continue to scream as they run. The red-hot exhaust pipe on the truck touches the dog’s rear end. He yelps, drops the dynamite under the truck and takes off after his master. Then Kaboooooooooooom! The truck is blown to bits and sinks to the bottom of the lake, leaving the two idiots standing

With the UNIONS

Joseph J. Dougherty, Jr. this week announced, “In light of the circumstances that occurred last week with Ironworkers Local 401, I wanted to take some time to touch base and update everyone on and our position. I’d like to notify everyone that all platforms, events and program currently being mentioned as mayoral candidates were at the press conference and if history is any guide, this particular commission’s standing is directly connected to the occupant of the Mayor’s Office. Goode, who knows that reality all too well as the body’s original convenor, says the Commission has already taken that into consideration. “We are concerned about there with “I can’t believe this just happened” looks on their faces. The insurance company says sinking a vehicle in a lake by illegal use of explosives is not covered by the policy. The owner still has yet to make the remaining $560 monthly payments. Oh, by the way, the dog is okay, doing fine. Not all Rednecks live in the South.

privileges (including our upcoming radio program “TODAY IN PHILLY LABOR” scheduled to launch on WWDB-AM 860 on Apr. 2) are all full steam ahead. The only change is that, for obvious reasons, we will no longer be hosting our events at Ironworkers’ Local 401 and will be hosting our upcoming two events at District Council 21 Painters & Allied Trades Union Hall.” that,” he said. “But we have a plan to deal with it. If a new Mayor comes in that doesn’t embrace the recommendations, we’re prepared to become an external force. We’re not going to disappear. We’re going to do what we can no matter what. This is a blueprint. We’re going to follow it.”

City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 14) speech. And CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY presented a congressional citation along with his peers ALLYSON SCHWARTZ and CHAKA FATTAH. Also on hand were former Appropriations Chair STATE REP. DWIGHT EVANS; COUNCILMEN MARK SQUILLA, JIM KENNEY and DAVID OH; and COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE.

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