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Carpenters Inform Corbett Of Facts Edward Coryell, executive secretary-treasurer/business manager of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, has written Gov. Tom Corbett a letter to “provide him with the facts” which have made the Pennsylvania Convention Center union employees “scapegoats.” Coryell says his letter sets the record straight. “Over the past few weeks, self-serving entities intent on benefiting from the current ‘lockout’ of our members from the Pennsylvania Convention Center have combined with PCC management to spread inaccurate and false information regarding our union’s signing of the PCC’s ‘Customer Service Agreement’ “To clear the air and provide you with an accurate picture of the situation as it regards our union and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, I would direct your atten-

tion to a Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer article titled, ‘Convention Pay – Union workers see only part of big hourly markups at Convention Center.’ “As I stated during my interview for this article, the unionized workforce at the center is being made the scapegoat for questionable management that ignored exorbitant markups by exhibition middlemen for years at the PCC. “Case in point, I will quote directly from Sunday’s story: ‘Union carpenters no longer work at the center, but when the Homeland Security Conference was being planned, they were still part of the workforce. Exhibitors would have been billed $130.20 per hour per carpenter and $195.30 per hour for work done after 4:30p.m. But what were the carpenters making? $39.90 an hour, $66.64 with benefits rolled in and, very likely, no weekday overtime.

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At Synagogue With Ed Rendell by Hal Rosenthal Sue and I were at the historic “Little Shul” (synagogue) in South Philadelphia Sunday morning where Ed Rendell was scheduled to speak. He did attend, explaining he had been invited to go with his friend Lew Katz to a charity affair in Massachusetts. Because of his promise to speak at the Little Shul, despite what was to be a small audience, he turned down Katz and did not fly with him. He then announced to that shocked audience Katz’s plane had crashed, killing everyone aboard. Someone called out the Yiddish word “Beshercht,” meaning, “It was to be.” In speaking of his long personal friendship with Katz, Ed broke down and cried. This is one of the photos I took. Though I have heard Ed speak on many occasions, and he is a fine speaker, his remarks at the Little Shul were less a speech then personal observations and opinions on many topics from his heart, mind and experiences. It was one of those occasions you wish you had taped to remember all that Ed said about his friend. To learn more about this over 100-year-old, last of the operating rowhouse synagogues, Google Little Shul.

“Back in 2003, our members agreed to forgo weekday overtime to help reduce costs and make the Convention Center more competitive. Little did we expect that our good intentions and unselfishness would be high-jacked by convention middlemen, intent on profiteering by charging exhibitors the very overtime (plus an exorbitant markup) our members sacrificed for the good of the center. “For the record, we raised the issue of exorbitant markups with Mr. Gregory Fox, chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority board, over two years ago — evidently with no success. Unwilling to tackle this problem, he was content with the status quo and continued to perpetuate the myth that the unionized workforce was the cause for high exhibition costs at the Convention Center. “It has always been the intent of our membership to be as efficient and customerfriendly as possible. That’s why we gave up weekday overtime in 2003, and partnered with the Convention Center over three years ago to require all our members to participate in on-going hospitality training. It’s why our members have been extra-vigilant and courteous, and why a review of the minutes from all ‘Show Services Advisory Committee’ meetings for the past two years will find no complaints against any of our members. “With that in mind, it is perplexing why representatives of the Convention Center would negotiate with us for nearly five months on a new Customer Service Agreement; agree with us in principal to a negotiated final draft early Friday morning – May 2; only to turn around some 48 hours later with a totally new draft late Sunday, May 4 with an accompanying 24-hour ultimatum for us to accept or reject it, while we were still under a contract extension until May 10, 2014.

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“It is even more perplexing that when we did sign the CSA and hand-delivered it on Friday, May 9, 2014 to PCC Director John McNichol – we were informed through the media that he refused to accept it – one day before our contract was set to expire on May 10. “In starting this letter with a reference to ‘self-serving entities intent on benefiting from the current ‘lockout’ of our members,’ I would ask you to see through the smokescreen they are trying to create, and realize there are ulterior motives and personal agendas at play here. “In closing, I will quote New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, whose own union (Ironworkers) is a signatory to the CSA: ‘If the goal was to have all six unions sign the CSA, then we have accomplished that goal and it’s time to move forward and end this labor dispute now – before any irreversible harm is done. It’s time for the Board to act quickly and accept the signed agreements ... and end this disharmony which has the potential to undue so much good.’ “We wholeheartedly agree with Sen. Sweeney. “Thank you for all of your time and consideration. It is our hope this letter will shed some light and clarity on a situation where the facts and truth has been high-jacked and spun, to suit the ulterior motives and self-interest of other entities who are benefiting from our current “lockout” status at the PCC.” Gimmicks Will Not Solve Roads And Bridges Fixes

Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement his week regarding the proposal by some House Republicans to patch the Highway Trust Fund: “Gimmicks will not address the dire situation of our roads and bridges. “Congress has several re-

sponsible, viable options before it. The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee has passed a bipartisan Highway Bill that would stabilize the Highway Trust Fund for six years. The US Transportation Dept. has proposed a four-year plan. And Oregon Rep Earl Blumenauer has filed a bill which would stabilize the fund for 10 years through an incremental 15cent gas-tax increase. Each proposal would not only be a step toward making our roads and bridges safer, they would create and protect hundreds of thousands of jobs. “Robbing the Postal Service to provide inadequate transportation investment would not only threaten nearly 100,000 postal jobs – the uncertainty it would create in the construction industry would forego the creation of hundreds of thousands of good construction jobs. “The American people want responsible action. They understand that we must invest in fixing crumbling roads and aging bridges. Opinion survey after opinion survey show the American public will support paying for safe roads and bridges, including through a modest gas-tax increase. Kicking the can down our potholed road is not the answer.” The half-million members of LIUNA are in the forefront of the construction industry. PFT Jerry Jordan Lauds SRC Budget Decision

“By not adopting a budget this evening for the 2014-15 school year, the School Reform Commission acknowledged what the PFT, parents and students have been saying all year: Our children simply cannot withstand any more cuts of teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians, music, art or any other school programs,” PFT President Jerry Jordan commented last week. “Delaying the adoption of another ‘doomsday budget’ is not merely prudent – it is the only moral option.”

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unanimous decision, PPA Exec. Dir. Vince Fenerty said, “The aim of the red-light camera program has always been to reduce red-light running and save lives. As a result of the Court’s decision, we will continue removing all ATS equipment at red-light intersections throughout the city, and replace their equipment with newer, less-expensive and more technologically advanced Xerox equipment.” According to Fenerty, “Not only is the Xerox system less expensive, it utilizes better technology that provides a clearer image and a better radar-detection mode.” ATS is currently operating cameras at those intersections where the newer Xerox equipment has not been installed. The number of intersections with ATS equipment will steadily decline until August, when it is expected Xerox cameras will be fully activated at all 27 red-light camera inter-

sections throughout the city. Mulvihill Intelligent Control Systems (later purchased by ATS) was awarded the first red-light camera contract in 2004. Last fiscal year, ATS received $5.2 million for operating all 27 red-light camera intersections. With the ATS contract set to expire this year, the PPA issued a request for proposals seeking bids. Xerox was awarded the contract in December 2013, which generated the protest by ATS and the eventual decision by Commonwealth Court rejecting that protest. Fenerty credited the PPA’s legal team, headed by Dennis Weldon, PPA’s general counsel, for the victory. He also complimented his staff for “their vigilance and commitment to public safety, and their hard work to ensure a smooth transition for the lifesaving red-light camera program from ATS to Xerox.”

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Over 787,000 drivers have been caught running red lights by the all-seeing eyes of the red-light camera program administered by the Philadelphia Parking Authority since its inception seven years ago. The program has reduced accidents at all of the 27 intersections where red-light cameras have been installed, especially along the Roosevelt Boulevard. Because its growth and the need to insure it run as efficiently as possible, the Philadelphia Parking Authority put the contract out for bid as an earlier contract with American Traffic Solutions was ending. PPA’s decision to award the program to Xerox State & Local Solutions was challenged in court by ATS. A three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court unanimously ruled in favor of PPA’s decision, ending the ATS contract. Responding to the Court’s

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Judge Of Election No Longer Last Word by Joe Shaheeli Sixty-five-year-old Philadelphia Judge of Election Dianah Gregory never thought she would be serving 15 months of probation for a voting-machine violation. But she is doing that now as the result of that sentence given her by Judge Michael Erdos. She was charged with an election-code violation of tampering with a voting machine. She was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, and perform 15 hours of community service. On election day Nov. 5, 2013, Gregory hand-wrote her name as a write-in candidate for Judge of Elections on both voting machines at the polling place for the 28th Ward, 1st Division, located at 3100 Lehigh Avenue. Gregory’s actions caused a delay in voting for over an hour. Voting could not re-

sume until Officials from the County Board of Elections were able to clean the voting machines. After a lengthy investigation by the District Attorney’s Special Investigations Unit, Gregory was arrested on Nov. 20. She entered on open guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge of Tampering with a Voting Machine on May 27, 2014.

Commissioner Singer To Hear Problems City Commissioner Stephanie Singer is today hosting a public hearing in Room 446 in City Hall. It will start at 10 a.m. Her office said, “The purpose of this hearing is to collect as many eyewitness stories as possible from voters, candidates, poll workers and others gathered primary day as a step toward making

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Leonard Tose, Eight Others Honored

45th GOP Chairman Tim Collins Dies GOP 45th Ward Leader Kevin Pasquay has announced the death of Tim Collins, who served as Chairman of the 45th Ward and was a former GOP candidate. Collins was only 36 years old. His Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 this morning at St John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.

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ernor finds the popular, personable candidate being followed by a crowd from Philly who have made reservations to attend his general campaign kickoff in Pittsburgh, the evening of Jun. 12.

Marcia Wilcof Declares Big Win Democratic 30th Ward Leader Marcia Wilcof reports she had “a huge victory on election day.” Several of her 17 divisions had been con-

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tested, but her committee people earned repeat terms. Marcia was elected to serve out the remaining two years of Ward Leader Terri Gillen, who resigned to serve in the administration of Mayor Michael Nutter. She was subsequently elected to her first full term four years ago.

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to seize a computer operated by Deputy Tracey Gordon in her office. That report was seized on as an opportunity by Joe DeFelice, executive director of the Philadelphia Republican Party, to hammer the Democratic majority on City Commission. He had been heavily critical of the Commissioners’ Office under the previous reign of Marge Tartaglione.

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Democrat 4th Senatorial MEMBERS of SpArc Phila. Art Exhibit Honorary CommitCandidate Art Haywood, who tee State Reps. Jim Roebuck and Michelle Brownlee joined (Cont. Next Page) SpArc CEO Laura Princiotta and board members Charmaina Roundtree and Michael Weingram at VIP opening reception at Temple University Administrative Services Building last Thursday. Tony Stephens, a staff member of State Sen. Christine Tartaglione, also was present.

40 A& B GOP Host Children’s Fair

FORTY A&B Ward Leaders Annie Havey, left, and Craig Melidosian, right, flank Steve & Vanessa, owners of bowling alley, behind cotton-candy machine. Kids enjoyed free hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy, water ice. Games and free food were given out to children in attendance.

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Pennsylvania gets more than 40% of its electricity from coal. New, more stringent regulations on fossil-fuel emissions hit hard at coal industry and perhaps the pockets electrical customers. Corbett is reportedly readying a campaign that shows Wolf linked to Obama closely in this area. Corbett has won a plum endorsement from Boilermakers Local 154.

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(Cont. From Page 4) over incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett. That is the results of a Rasmussen Report which shows 51% of likely voters will support Wolf, while 31% said they’d vote for Corbett. Undecided add up to 14%. Wolf’s support shows 83% of Democrats like him, while only 59% of Republicans favor Corbett. Wolf pulls away 25% of Pennsylvania Republicans and holds a 10-point lead

among independents. The Democrat even holds the lead on questions like taxes and government spending. However, one needs to be wary how Corbett maneuvers his campaign. If he emphasizes Pennsylvania’s low unemployment figures and hustles in the coal regions, his unfavorable numbers could switch almost in a week’s time. Reason, according to campaign insiders, is President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda is taking a big hit in Pennsylvania coal and its miners, more of them Democrats than Republicans.

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CONTINGENT of student volunteers from University of Georgia, who are spending their spring break by volunteering at SpArc Phila., helped out at art exhibit.


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Union Labor…Building it right for a better and stronger community And promoting renaissance of North Broad St. Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and vicinity is comprised of four unions:

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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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Irish Mark Festival (Cont. From Prev. Page) capitalized on State Sen. LeAnna Washington’s (DNorthwest) indictment, could be feeling the heat as he now is the target of charges levied at him by Republican nominee Robin Gilchrist. Haywood, according to Gilchrist, has failed to File Statement of financial Interest with the State Ethics Commission as required by law and misses on average, 15% of Township Meetings. Gilchrist is reported as having spoken with Brian D. Jacisin, director of investigations, after confirming the alleged violation with clerical staff. Robin Gilchrist requested to speak with Robert P. Caruso, executive director, who was out of the office. As per state law, a Statement of Financial Interest must be filed with both the State Ethics Commission and a copy submitted with a Candidates Petition to the Board of Elections. Gilchrist made three attempts to contact the Board of Elections

FATHER Edward Brady, of St. Anne’s Church, led Mass to open Penn’s Landing Irish Festival sponsored by Mike Driscoll, State Representative candidate, and Michael Bradley. Helping with Mass’ celebration are Sister James Anne Feerick and Cathy McGee Burns, Irish Memorial chairperson, as well as lovely grandchildren of famous Irish dancer Winnie Bradley. Photo by Joe Stivala but was met with resistance. A meetings. Some of them were adperson who didn’t identify her- dressing important issues of self claimed that statements have flooding, public works and ecoto be verified before accepting a nomic development, Gilchrist petition. So why wasn’t a State- charged. He states,” My work ment filed with the Ethics Com- ethic is to give 110% 100% of the mission? he asks. Gilchrist was time; that’s how things get done.” told the matter will be given Pew Report Declares Pa. their fullest attention. Legislators Paid Well Gilchrist, a registered nurse, A recent Pew Report finds said, “What is Haywood hidKeystone State pays its lawing?” According to Cheltenham Township’s website, Haywood makers the second-highest (Cont. Next Page) has missed on average 15% of


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PHILLYLABOR.COM’S monthly Meet & Greet was held at Local 1199C HQ in honor of ‘eader Henry Nicholas. Joseph Dougherty, Jr., left, Mary Lynn and Chris Woods, executive VP, add their congratulations as well. Photo by Joe Stivala Reducing the size of the makers break for the summer. legislature would require that Even if the two chambers an amendment to the state agree this year, the proposal constitution be approved by would still have to be aplawmakers and then by voters proved by both bodies in the in a public referendum. Any next legislative session and proposed change would have then again by voters. to be advertised 90 days beThis is the second straight fore the Nov. 4 general elec- session the speaker has put tion, meaning lawmakers have forth the idea, though his preuntil early August to act. vious effort dissolved in the There are 18 scheduled ses- State Senate after clearing the sion days in June before law- House.

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) salary in the nation, behind just California and one spot ahead of New York. Legislators draw a base salary of $84,012 and can collect a per diem of $157 on session days. While those salaries might not change anytime soon, there is hope for some savings. State Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) wants to resurrect legislation that would trim the number of state lawmakers. The House late last year passed legislation sponsored by House Speaker Sam Smith (RJefferson) to reduce the General Assembly’s ranks by about 25%, but it fell into hibernation when it reached the Senate. Smucker said it’s time to revive the effort to cut one of the most-expensive legislatures in the country. The Senate State Government Committee, which Smucker chairs, will consider proposals to reduce the number of lawmakers, he said.

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H E R O PLAQUE Program founder Jimmy Binns details to those attending Fortson ceremony history and reasons for this unique program, funded by donors, as Sheriff Jewell Williams and FOP President John McNesby look on.

FAMILY of Roy J. Fortson, Jr., first Deputy Sheriff killed in line of duty, sit in places of honor as they witness plaque commemoration ceremony. They were treated to dinner at FOP Lodge 5 Hall courtesy of President John McNesby and Sheriff Williams.

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Our Opinion The Lesson —Maya Angelou

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I keep on dying again. Veins collapse, opening like the Small fists of sleeping Children. Memory of old tombs, Rotting flesh and worms do Not convince me against The challenge. The years And cold defeat live deep in Lines along my face. They dull my eyes, yet I keep on dying, Because I love to live.

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19 Votes May Be Enough by John Morley I hear people refer to the United States as a democracy, a popular democracy, a democratic republic, a republic. All are incorrect. The United States is a constitutional republic. Although opportunity for amendment was created, the Founding Fathers crafted a blueprint in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that was not to be al-

tered. The Founding Fathers did empower the individual. They limited government but did not intend for every decision to be determined by popular vote. People did not begin voting for US Senators until a misguided, in my opinion, constitutional amendment in 1913, for example. I think the Founding Fathers, men of the Enlighten-

Jun. 6- Committee to Elect State Rep. John Taylor hosts Golf Outing at Torresdale C.C., Grant & Frankford Aves., Registration starts 10:30 a.m. Shot Gun Start 12:30 p.m. For info (215) 637-7500. Jun. 11- Summer Rooftop Reception supports Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown at Packard Grande Bldg., 111 S. 15th St., 5:307:30 p.m. RSVP Dan Perry (732) 670-3299. ment Era, got it right. Sound principles of government are timeless. The Founding Fathers knew that some organizations, including our fledgling country, must be led by a single Chief Executive Officer. They knew that only as tiny number of people rise to lead any organization and therein only a tiny number of people have such leadership experience, hence Article II and the executive branch of government. The Electoral College was created to prevent emotional hysteria in more-populated states, such as Virginia at the

Jun. 12- State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood hosts Victory & Thank You Party at Pegasus Room, 5534 Pulaski Ave., 610 p.m., marking her 11th term as 198th Dist. legislator. For info Sheila Armstrong (267) 972-2484. Jun. 12- Unveiling of portrait of Hon. D. Webster Keogh at City Hall, Courtrm. 653, 4 p.m. Jun. 13- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosts Sr. Health Fair at Ctr. in Pk., 5818 Germantown Ave., entrance on Rittenhouse St. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jun. 13- Comedy Night at United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave. $30 includes time, from ruling the land, by giving smaller states such as Delaware equity in choosing the President. The Constitution states in part, “Each state shall appoint, in such a manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of Electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives … in Congress.” With regards to the Electoral College, it is arguably constitutional for state legislatures to handpick the individual Electors. In Pennsylvania, that would be just 19 people, to vote for President.

buffet, wine, canned beer and great comedians. Call (215) 739-7475. Jun. 14- Flag Day celebration at Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., 9 a.m.; at Constitution Ctr., all day. Jun. 17- Spring Fundraiser is held for Councilman David Oh at Zarwin, Baum P.C., 1818 Market St., 13th fl., 6-8 p.m. Contributions $1,000, $50, $250, $100. Payable to Citizens For David Oh. Jun. 17- PhillyLabor Meet & Greet for AFSCME DC 47 President Fred Wright at Union Hall Offices, 1606 Walnut St., 6-8 p.m. Jun. 18- American Red Cross

Citizen of Year Award Breakfast honors Daniel J. Hilferty, president & CEO Independence Blue Cross at Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., 8-9 a.m. Jun. 20- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Senior Expo at Collegeville Apts., Pavilion Community Rm., 27th & Thompson Sts., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For info (215) 684-3738. Jun. 26- “Fun Raising” for Megan Ruth, Republican candidate, 1st Congressional Dist. at Phila. Cricket Club, 415 Willow Grove Ave., 6-9 p.m., $100-$1,000. For info John H. Morley, Jr. (215) 389-1768. (Cont. Page 13)

LETTERS • LETTERS A Wise Sale The possible sale of PGW by the City to UIL Holdings is, in my opinion, a wonderful opportunity for Philadelphia. For over 20 years, I, along with other elected officials, worked diligently to bring dredging of the Delaware River to our region so that Philadelphia could reap the financial rewards. It is my belief the sale of PGW is similar to the opportunity that dredging brings; the sale of PGW to UIL Holdings would place

Philadelphia on the precipice of becoming an energy hub on par with other existing energy centers, such as Houston, Tex. The decision to sell PGW is more important to our City’s future than many may know. After satisfying all of PGW’s debt and pension obligations, the City will receive another $400-$600 million that is specifically targeted for the city-employee pension fund. Over the long term, that cash infusion will free up more city (Cont. Page 13)

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Lewis Katz was a successful man who rose from humble rowhouse beginnings to build a dynamic business empire. It’s a story that could be told of other men. What was special about Katz, though, was that he did it with heart. Some entrepreneurs find human kindness gets in their way. It never stopped Katz, though. His vision encompassed whole communities. The sports teams he owned were centers of community spirit; he knew that and fostered it. Much of the wealth he raised he spent on countless charitable acts large and small. Schools and children’s clubs flourished. Temple University, his alma mater, he handsomely endowed. His last coup as a businessman was clearly an act of civic spirit. In engineering a complex contested takeover of Interstate General Media, the parent of the Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com, rest assured he was not driven by dreams of controlling a cash cow. Newspapers are a tough industry these days and he knew that. He wanted a newspaper because he wanted his town to have a newspaper. Because he had a vision of the kind of voice his community deserved to have. He went after it and, as was often the case, got what he wanted – for other people. We honor his memory.


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3. You must be able to complete your plan in no more than five years. This last issue is one I’ve been confronted with recently. When a family can afford their mortgage payment but doesn’t have the additional amount needed to live and pay back mortgage arrears over five years, Chapter 13 won’t work because five years is the maximum limit of a Chapter 13 plan. This limitation does not apply in Chapter 11 cases. Although individual Chapter 11 cases are more complex and expensive than Chapter 13 cases, sometimes they are the only way to get the job done. You could, for example, propose a plan that would cure your mortgage arrears over seven years in Chapter 13, leaving you

sufficient funds to live. Although this is possible, the option does carry with it some costs. 1. Chapter 11 is far more expensive. 2. Proposing a plan calling for payment over, say, seven years could be challenged on feasibility grounds. It’s hard to say what will happen seven years in the future, and this can be a negative factor affecting plan confirmation. However, with a stable source of income

and realistic projections, confirmation is possible. 3. Creditors must vote on a Chapter 11 plan. Even if you are attempting what is known as a cram-down plan, you must have at least one consenting class of claims. If the mortgagee controls your secured class and opposes your plan, this can create difficulties. However, most of the time Chapter 11 prompts creditors to act in their economic interest, including preferring a cure over a foreclosure.

by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. According to SSA, it received close to 3 million receipts of disability appeals in FY 2013, which resulted in just over 2.9 million decisions at the initial level. Of these, only 33% were favorable to the applicant. Almost 800,000 people de-

nied requested reconsideration. Of those, SSA granted only 11% of the requests filed. Keep in mind, in Pennsylvania, if you are denied after filing an application for disability and/or SSI benefits, the next step of an appeal is to request a hearing before an ALJ. Almost 825,000 claimants nationally requested a hearing in FY 2013. Of those, 48% resulted in favorable decisions; 35% were denied; and 17% were dismissed. Dismissals generally result from a claimant failing to appear for a hearing without good cause or agreeing to voluntarily dismiss her claim. In FY 2013, over 172,000 claimants requested review by the Appeals Council. It denied 78%, dismissed 4%, remanded 17% for new hearings, and granted allowances in 1% of the cases. Last step for an appeal is filing a civil action in federal district court. Slightly fewer than 19,000 people in FY 2013 took their cases to federal court. That amounts to 13.25% denied or dismissed by the AC. Of the federal-court cases, 46% resulted in denials, with 9% dismissed for lack of prosecution. Only 42% were remanded for new hearings, and just 2% were allowances, where the court ordered SSA to pay the claim.

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Some of my fellows Republicans cringe at hearing the name, MICHAEL BLOOMBERG. Some saw him as RINO (Republican In Name Only) even before he became an independent. Others see him as a turncoat for endorsing PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA in 2012 AND JOE SESTAK over PAT TOOMEY in 2010. However, in his commencement speech at Harvard University last Thursday he knocked it out of the ballpark for myself and other people on the right and left who were intellectually and morally offended by the intolerance exhibited by students and professors at some of our supposedly finest institutions of higher education. Demonstrations lead by small but vocal groups of students caused right-of-center commencement speakers to voluntarily (in the cases of former SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE and IMF head CHRISTINE LAGARDE) or not so voluntarily (in the case of AYAAN HIRSI ALI) to withdraw from speaking at the commencements at Rutgers’s University, Smith College and Brandies University. Bloomberg in his speech took to task the students at these schools who were engaging in “censorship” of views they did not like. He was particularly harsh on teachers who joined in these protests, as he believes that they should understand the importance of academic discourse. Bloomberg pointed out the tenure process when it was first put in place protected progressive academics when universities such as Harvard were controlled by more-conservative parties. I believe this (Cont. Page 14)

In last week’s Out and About, I talked about how H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and Lewis Katz had won the private auction for the sale of Interstate General Media, parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. The two men beat out three other investors including New Jersey powerbroker George Norcross III for the two newspapers and Philly.com, paying $88 million for the company. Because of the sale, there’s been some turnover. Vice President for Digital Alessandra “Lexie” Norcross will be leaving soon. I guess she didn’t want to work for the guys who beat her father out for the company. And an old “friend”, Brian Tierney, is coming back as an adviser to the papers. (Those of us who remember when Tierney used to run the Inquirer and Daily News are probably having some pretty wretched flashbacks.) However, with all of the changes going on at 8th & Market Streets, none were as big as the announcement Katz was killed in a plane crash on Saturday night. Katz was among seven people who were killed on an Atlantic City-bound flight from Bedford, Mass. The group was returning from an event at the Concord, Mass. home of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The 72-year-old businessman and philanthropist (and fellow Temple University alum) was honored with a memorial service at our alma mater on Wednesday that featured former President Bill Clinton, comedian (and fellow member of Temple’s board of trustees) Bill Cosby, Sen. Cory Booker, Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider, Temple University (Cont. Page 13)

Yo! Here we go again with these observations sent to me by Charles L., a reader. Most of them really hit home and we consider as facts; some are just things that may or may not be true and we wonder why. Read each one; think about it and decide for yourself. Save the whales – collect the whole set. A day without sunshine is like – night. On the other hand – you have different fingers. 42.7% of all statistics – are made up on the spot. 99% of lawyers – give the rest a bad name. Remember, half the people you know – are below average. He who laughs last – thinks slowest. Depression is merely anger – without enthusiasm. The early bird may get the worm – but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap. Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments. Do any of you believe in psychokinesis? Raise my hand. OK, so what’s the speed of dark? When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges? Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice? I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name? Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, “What the hell happened?” Just remember: If the world didn’t suck, we would all fall off. Light travels faster than sound. That’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. Life isn’t like a box of chocolates; it’s more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.

State Sen. Anthony Hardy WILLIAMS held a power meeting on City Line Ave. with folks who like the cut of his jib as a mayoral candidate. He mentioned business support? Who are they? Tom Knox was the only one reported present. I feel the next Mayor has to not be a Nutter-type. You and I can rely on District Council 33 to take a hard look at candidates. Also, he should not be a candidate of the oligarchs. The person must have a BROOM to sweep away $100,000+-a-year jobs. And improve the Parking Ticket hearings on Filbert Street. And GUTS – NOT suffering from spinal-column removal surgery. RUCTIONS are behind us on gay marriage. A hero and heroine of the fight are Montgomery Co. Register of Wills D. BRUCE HANES, who was the forerunner in licensing, and State Attorney General Kathleen KANE, who knew it was a waste to prosecute. Her once-DAILY DETRACTORS are now quiet as CHURCH MICE in praise (?). Man up and give credit when and where it is due. Bruce is Judge Advocate in my American Legion Post. Class guy.... The TRAFFIC COURT prosecution to date seems like a good theatre play. A frivolous one, though. Much ado about nothing. Are there no BIG-TIME CROOKS to prosecute? One article had a headline that “witnesses” were asked to play ball. When you turned the page to the article – it was about only ONE (singular not plural) witness. ELIMINATING the head of the VA will not cure the longterm problems there. I met Gen. SHINSEKI in the Army. He was right in his Army concepts, and got sacked for it. He (Cont. Page 14)

A memorial service for LEWIS KATZ at Temple University’s Performing Arts Center drew a number of well-wishers and VIPs, among them were former STATE SEN. VINCE FUMO. The Senator had worked closely with Katz and been a close friend. Was accompanied by his friend and high-powered attorney DENNIS COGAN and Cogan’s lovely wife. Also on hand was JANE SCACCETTI, Fumo’s former wife and a member of the Board of Trustees. She is also a former CEO of the Temple University Health System. Former Pennsylvania GOV. ED RENDELL and MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER also attended. Among the elected officials and Temple trustees who attended the memorial service were Ron Donatucci and former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER. Rovner was a long-time friend and partner of Katzes. The two started off early in their law careers together. In fact, Katz attended Rovner’s 60th birthday party in lieu of the deciding game of the World Series. Katz had recently made a generous donation of $25 million to Temple University. Temple’s CEO PATRICK O’CONNOR called the loss of Katz devastating and heartbreaking. At a separate memorial service in Washington, D.C., RALPH DUNGAN, a former ambassador to Chile and a St. Joe’s professor, was remembered. His ashes were buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Among those in attendance were JUDGE FAYE STACK along with TEESA & JIM DONNELLY. Also on hand was TOM NARDI, a political operative from Philadelphia with a growing reputation. Mayor Nutter is once again visiting with Harrisburg legislators to lobby them to assist Philadelphia schools. He was seeking state approval of tax measures City Council already approved 15 to nothing. The tax increases are always difficult in Harrisburg and the Mayor is depending on having all his ducks in order. Those ducks are the Philadelphia Senators and House Members. And everyone knows that’s like herding cats. On that note, STATE SEN. ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS is assembling many of his supporters and consultants for a very likely mayoral run. Williams is clearly the frontrunner and is bringing in a BARACK OBAMA consultant to help steer his campaign. He also made the announcement of hiring Obama campaign consultants in the presence of COUNCIL MEMBERS (Cont. Page 14)


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(Cont. From Page 9) Jul. 2- Local 22 Firefighters Party at Keenan’s in N. Wildwood, N.J. Insulators Union Party, also at Keenan’s. Jul. 10- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Senior Expo at Francisville Village, Community Rm., 1510 Poplar St., 10

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Aug. 16- Operating Engineers hosts annual summer gala for members at Keenan’s, N. Wildwood, N.J. Aug. 16- George Brooks leads crab and shrimp festival in Baltimore Harbor. $155. Round-trip coach leaves Progress Plaza at 1 p.m. and returns at 11 p.m. Sep.1- AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade & Penn’s Landing Picnic, starting from Delaware & Reed Sts.

ings. The sales agreement already reached came as the result of open competition among 33 bidders. The City negotiated the most-advantageous deal possible in terms and sale price and has assured an outcome that will greatly benefit PGW customers and all the citizens of Philadelphia. As a State Representative fighting for Philadelphia to get its fair share of funding, a PGW sale will be a huge step in showing that the City is doing all it can to get its fiscal house in order.

City Council is awaiting a consultant’s report on the wisdom of the sale. I applaud Council for seeking an objective, expert opinion before voting on this matter, and I sincerely do hope they will schedule a public hearing immediately after receiving the report. It is also my hope this process will go forward without the continuing negative efforts to undermine the sale by the companies not chosen in the bidding process. Bill Keller 184th Dist., S. Phila.

Sunday that Katz’s son Drew would be taking over his father’s spot on the board. He also announced the sale would be going through. Apparently, Lenfest said, the whole idea was to hand the reigns of Interstate General Media over to younger people once the sale was completed and things were set. It was only last week when those of us who watch the media here in Philadelphia

found ourselves asking what the fate of the Inquirer and Daily News would be in light of the change in ownership. Now that Katz is gone, the questions become: “What will his son do differently?” “Will he make good on the promise of expanding the newspapers?” “What does the return of Brian Tierney mean for the papers?” And I’m still not all that confident about the future of the Daily News.…

LETTERS (Cont. From Page 9) money for other priorities, such as our public schools. Perhaps even more important, UIL will be able to replace our City’s underground gas mains more expeditiously than PGW, should they continue to operate. I was dismayed to learn recently there are efforts underway to attempt to undermine the City’s sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Hold-

Out & About (Cont. From Page 12) President Neil Theobald, Gov. Tom Corbett and former Gov. Ed Rendell. (Editor’s note: Gov. Rendell had been invited to accompany Katz to the event in Concord.) Media types and media watchers around the region have been saying “wow” a lot. But Lenfest announced on

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ELEPHANT (Cont. From Page 12) system is now being abused by liberals to shut conservative voices out of academia. Bloomberg believes the attempts to stifle conservative voices on campuses is “just a modern-day form of McCarthyism.” While I do believe in right of the students to voice their opinions, I believe, as does Bloomberg, it is the responsibility of school administrators to step in “to prevent the mob from silencing speech….” Vietnam War veterans are demonstrating, as they have a right to do, in opposition of the scheduling of actress JANE FONDA to be the commencement speaker at UCLA’s School of Theater. I understand the veterans’ outrage as they believe Fonda was a traitor for visiting and verbally supporting North Vietnam during the war. While I found her behavior reprehensible, she was never tried or convicted for treason. She apologized for her actions. She was asked to speak at UCLA based on her experience as an actor. She is an Academy Award winner. The administration of UCLA will probably move forward with her as a speaker, but perhaps for the wrong reasons. A liberal actress is acceptable, but a right-of-center academic such as Rice did not warrant the appropriate support of Rutgers University’s administrators? That adminis-

CITY HALL (Cont. From Page 12) KENYATTA JOHNSON and JANNIE BLACKWELL, STATE SEN. SHIRLEY KITCHEN and DA SETH WILLIAMS. So he is already bringing in heavy hitter elected officials as well. Nonetheless, ALAN BUTKOVITZ, the City’s fiscal watchdog, released a poll this week that indicated he had roughly 18% to 3% for Tony

he knew of problems, and was the best choice by the President. His resignation was that of an honorable, caring tration willingly accepted Rice’s request not to appear at the graduation in order not to disrupt the graduation ceremony, which should be a joyous event for the students and their families. It is a shame Rutgers’ administrators did not show the same class and character as Rice. Last Wednesday the Committee to Re-Elect John Taylor held a fundraiser at the Quaker City Yacht Club. The event was very well attended despite the overcast and somewhat colder than seasonal weather. Ward Leader and Quaker City member BILL PETTIGREW was instrumental in organizing the event. STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR, Chairman of Republican City Committee, is the only Republican representing the city of Philadelphia in Harrisburg. He was unopposed in the Republican primary last month. Taylor will be having another fundraiser at La Veranda Restaurant on June 19. Yesterday, TIM COLLINS, the Chairman of the 45th Republican Ward Committee, was laid to rest. Tim, at 36 years old, left us too soon. Our condolences to his family and friends. City COUNCILMAN AT LARGE DAVID OH and other members of City Council are presenting a resolution today to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation recognizing the 10th anniversary of National Lemonade Days, which take place this weekend from Jun. 6 through Jun. 8. Williams. But Williams has countered that Butkovitz has held citywide office for numerous terms and should be well known. In fact Williams has remarked that 18% is woefully low for such a figure as Butkovitz. But that’s the way politicians spin polling numbers. Speaking of pulling numbers, the post of election numbers for Now have TOM WOLF with 51% to TOM CORBETT’S 31%. How can it get any worse for Corbett?

man.... Critics are critical of Obama’s foreign-policy moves. But they are not in the seat of power, and do not have the most information for a judgement. Obama knows we are a weary country and need a break. Let’s spend money rebuilding AMERICA. Some of the worst critics are those who know NOTHING of the ramifications of war, or are (and know it) that they are too unfit to go to battle themselves. Send the critics over with full FIELD PACK. The release of SGT. Bowe BERGDAHL was a situation with only a brief period to act in. Would those that complain care more about NOTICE than a soldier’s life? Is NOT ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER worth MORE than a pack of Taliban? If you seek VA care or benefits, it is best for success that you do not do it alone. Service Officers are able to help you with the application through all steps and levels. Call Glenn KING of The American Legion. Glenn hails from Glenolden, Pa. (215) 381.3032. Get help!... The Public Record and Commis-

sioner Stephanie SINGER have a lot in common – appreciation of the rights given us by the Founding Fathers. To those of thin skin: President Harry TRUMAN said, “If you can’t stand the heat – get OUT of the kitchen.” BIRTHDAY greetings to 21st Ward Leader Lou AGRE who gets the Justice Award tomorrow! And Mike BRADLEY, St. Patrick’s professional Parade Director. And Vince BATTISTELLI, Philly’s leading appraiser. Also lovely state official Donna DeROSE! KUDOS to the Ian KEMMER, catcher (16) and Anthony ROSARIO, Pitcher (15) of the FRANKFORD CHARGERS who promise a top season under coach Joe GeGo RODRIGUEZ in the Recreation Dept. League.... 1,350 CITY TOILETS are being replaced with water-conserving ones and are touted to save the city money. Always left out is: HOW MUCH do they cost? Who is doing the work? And HOW MANY YEARS will it take to recoup the cost before any savings?

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Promotions to start a series of professional boxing shows at the 2300 Arena. Located at Swanson & Ritner Streets in South Philly, the 2300 Arena is the old Viking Hall. This building recently got a makeover and looks great. Even more renovations on the building are planned to be completed by summer’s end, just in time for Peltz’s September show which will be loaded with local talent. The show will also feature the highly anticipated professional boxing debut of female boxer Kelly Ryan. Ryan, of Port Richmond, has won a Middle Atlantic Association Championship and also captured a Silver Medal at the Ringside World Boxing Championships.

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Distributed to the public on Friday, April 25, 1997 at the one and only “FIRST PRESIDENT’S SUMMIT” (nothing before and since), and yards near our Liberty Bell, were five patriotic poems. This one, titled: “U.S. CONSTITUTION TRANQUILIZED” (in 2 parts) was newspaper published on March 28, 1997. The collection of poems may have directly (or indirectly) inspired the ANNENBERG GROUP to begin building two magnificent structures. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts broke ground on November 12, 1998, and the National Constitution Center broke ground on September 17, 2000. The last time two entities of this magnitude sprang up in a small time frame in our historic city may have been prior to World War II. Constitution Presidents impeached Early 80’s Of the States For corrupt acts. Record biz in funk. For Presidents WE THE PEOPLE Oboe System joined Titanic weights. Big media distracts. Trade runs slam dunk. Preserve, protect And defend. Precious words Authors penned. Oath of Office Every four years. Founding Fathers Brave engineers. WE THE PEOPLE Insure Tranquility. Sounder Union Less hostility. Sonic hoax Ferments the land. Chief of State Greatness in quick sand.

When Reagan won Donkey whipped silly. State Republican heads Met near South Philly. Day leaders hailed Victory’s bliss Undersigned applauded By Drew Lewis. Twenty-three governors Heard Ronald’s voice. Academy of Music GOP rejoiced. President Reagan Conservatives revere. Behind-the-scenes Pestilent premiere.

Tuning his reed Nicola unwound First MTV boss Caught oboe sound. Ron trusts Lewis Pennsylvania friend. Pol brews iII wind Sowing family trend. As Warner/AMEX Clamored on scene Music Television Farmed tons of green, MTV’s “LIVE AID” In Abscam arena. Erotic twisters Mick and Tina. (Nick Argentina) 03/28/1997

“You’ve Got a Friend In Pennsylvania” —Nicola Argentina (c) 2014


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Heard on the Hill / in City Hall

Budgeteers Face Dwindling Returns; Lawmakers Foresee A Hard Slog State and City revenue collections have been less than anticipated this year. Reviewing each line in the budget, House budgeteers are looking at expenditures which can be reduced and changes to tax credits which may no longer be affordable, as well as considering responsible revenue sources, such as fully privatizing the adult beverage industry. The same holds true for City Council members which see a major gap in public-school funding. Both bodies are exploring ways to raise income, wary of a negative response in November from tax payers. Look for additional fees and renewals to be one sure bet. Sen. Washington Outlines Priorities, Expectations

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As the state legislature prepares to vote this month on the FY 2014-2015 budget, State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington (D-Northwest) said she expects an unusually long and complicated budget process made even more difficult by a billion-plus-dollar revenue deficit. She expressed hope such a severe shortfall would bring additional revenue options to the negotiation table. “In my 20 years in the legislature, I have seen some difficult budgets,” Washington

said. “This Governor seems eager to ensure this year’s process will be among the worst. However, I remain committed to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to fully fund our public-education system, foster job creation, support our social resources, and find responsible and fair revenue streams.” Councilman Oh Amendment May Release $74 Million

City Councilman at Large David Oh is proposing an amendment to the City’s operating budget of $74,160,136. For the second year in a row, Councilman Oh has analyzed the Mayor’s proposed budget to find patterns where money was allocated in excess of the needs of various departments. “Last year, my staff and I found $48 million that I proposed could be used to offset the millage rate of real-estate taxes,” said Councilman Oh. “This year we were able to go through a similar analysis to find $74 million that could be used for other things such infusing the school district with much needed funding.” The amendment to the operating budget will be offered during the Committee of the Whole as Council deliberates the passage of next year’s budget.

Goode Living Wage Bill Should Pass

City Councilman at Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr., as part of a supermajority of City Council, has introduced a New Living Wage Standard Bill permanently raising the city’s minimum-wage standard. The employers that shall comply with the minimum compensation standards established by the proposed ordinance are: (1) The City of Philadelphia, including all its agencies, departments and offices; (2) Forprofit Service Contractors, which receive or are subcontractors at any tier on contract(s) for $10,000 or more from the City in a 12-month period, with annual gross receipts of more than $1,000,000; (3) Non-profit Service Contractors which receive or are subcontractors at any tier on contract(s) from the City of more than $100,000 in a 12-month period; (4) Recipients of City leases, concessions, or franchises, or subcontractors or subrecipients thereof at any tier; (5) City financial-aid recipients. Compliance shall be required for a period of five years following receipt of aid; and (6) Public agencies which receive contract(s) for $10,000 or more from the City in a 12month period.

At P.R. Veterans Monument

PAYING homage at Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Memorial Day Service Puerto Rico Monument at American Legion Latin-American Post 840 & Unit 840 Medal of Honor Grove were Rev. Luis Cortes, Commander Jose M. Melendez, State Sen. Michael J. Stack and Rev. Dr. Emilio Marrero.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter has already signed an Executive Order initiating requirements for city contracts that mandates that city contractors provide a minimum wage of $12/hour beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The Executive Order also requires that contractors meet that same minimum wage standard for their first-tier subcontractors for the first time in city history. Councilman Goode’s bill would codify the executive order into law, but it would more broadly apply the standard to subcontractors and subrecipients at any tier. Sen. Williams Plans Marijuana Forum

With the Pennsylvania General Assembly moving forward on legislation to legalize medical cannabis, State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (DW. Phila.) will hold a forum next month, in partnership with the University of Penn-

sylvania School of Law, to discuss the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana in the Commonwealth. The forum will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jun. 14, in the Fitts Auditorium, 3501 Sansom Street, on Penn Law’s campus. Williams said the wideranging discussion that is expected during the forum will include dialogue about how potential revenue from a tax on legal marijuana would help Pennsylvania increase its investments in education and impact the state’s pension problem, plus other potential uses of that new revenue. “My forum promises to be an interesting, informative and inspirational inaugural step into a controversial subject,” the Senator said. “I know there is more than one side to this story, which is why this conversation will be all-en-

compassing and include voices of opposition, messages of support, and questions of possibility. Sen. Farnese Suggests You Get 511PA App

State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) is urging constitutes to get a free 511PA App, available for Apple and Android users, that is hands and eyes free! It covers 40,000 miles of state roads and some of New Jersey and West Virginia. The app announces traffic jams and other travel notifications so you can keep your eyes on the road. Many of the state roads and bridges will be under construction because of the transportation funding bill passed last year. This app will help you plan your trips ahead of time. You can also get weather updates, traffic speeds and there is a link to other travel resources.

Spat Over Camera Roils Commission Meeting Long-simmering disputes on Philadelphia City Commission boiled over when Commission Chair Anthony Clark and Vice Chair Al Schmidt voted a camerawoman, purportedly brought to their meeting by the third Commissioner, Stephanie Singer, should not be allowed to videotape testimony by witnesses at a public hearing. Singer has pushed to videotape these meetings as part of her drive for greater transparency in proceedings of City Commission, which administers voting in Philadelphia. However, several witnesses who were there to testify regarding voting challenges and other irregularities as a result of the May 20 primary election objected to being videotaped. Both Schmidt and Clark then passed

the resolution to accommodate them by not allowing videotaping. Singer refused, however. When Acting Voter Registration Administrator Greg Irving began to approach the videographer who had the camera, Schmidt said, “We have no right to remove it.” The camera was not touched or turned off or obstructed, Schmidt reported. Singer called for police protection. Police did arrive but left after surveying the situation and the camerawoman remained at the hearing. Portions of the video are posted on her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/p a g e s / S t e p h a n i e Singer/170204729690127). Singer argued afterward there were no grounds to forbid the taping. “Video record-

ing is permitted if done unobtrusively and in a manner that is not disruptive,” she wrote. “While the Commissioners may specify the location from which the videotape is taken, it is illegal for the Commissioners to bar video recording.” Singer has sharply criticized earlier online coverage by the Public Record of the hearing. The camera was never in her control, she asserted. But it was noted in testimony the camerawoman was a friend of Singer. Several other persons at the hearing called to keep the camera rolling, Singer pointed out. Observers note Singer has cultivated a following in the city’s progressive community who are inclined to follow her lead.


idea, there are other good ideas out there.” Then We Hear From Bukovitz

City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who has a lock on his seat, is not about to jeopardize his position by announcing this early his decision to run for Mayor. But that doesn’t stop his friends from selling him on it. An interesting poll shows the mayoral race is wide open and the Controller is in a good position to win, should he declare and enter the race. Public Policy Polling, directed by Tom Jensen, reports: “A PPPP survey of the 2015 Philadelphia mayoral race finds it’s wide open, but that Alan Butkovitz starts out well liked by voters in the city and is well positioned to grow his support as voters learn more about him. “Only three potential can-

Cibik Hosts Republican Gathering

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PART OF State Sen. Anthony Williams’ campaign team gathered at Hilton Phila. City Avenue. From left, standing, 270 Strategies consultant Jeremy Bird, Williams and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson; seated, Dawn Chavous, Carol Ann Weisenfeld and Hon. Maria Cabrera. by Tony West colleague Shirley Kitchen (DAn important step toward N. Phila.) along with three the Mayor’s office was taken Council Members: the 2nd last week when State Sen. An- Dist.’s Kenyatta Johnson, the thony Williams (D-W. Phila.) 3rd Dist.’s Jannie Blackwell convened a cross-section of and the 4th Dist.’s Curtis city leaders from different Jones. Some arrived already walks of life to consider unit- enthusiastically on board a ing behind an agenda – as well Williams mayoral run; others as a standard-bearer. were likely just kicking the The meeting, held at the tires at this point. City Line Hilton in WynWilliams showed particular nefield, also introduced the strength in rallying his West Senator’s new high-powered Philadelphia base at the meetconsultant Jeremy Bird of 270 ing. Although he has run cityStrategies. Bird, a young vet- wide before (actually eran of Obama online and statewide, for Governor in ground operations in several 2010), he has not had regular states in 2008 and 2012, exposure in a citywide job as would be overkill for some other mayoral prospects Williams’ only announced have. campaign right now: reelecBut Williams holds one adtion to the State Senate this fall vantage over many of his pos(he is unopposed). sible rivals: As a state Although the meeting was employee, he does not have to closed to the press, Williams quit his current job to run for and several participants talked city office. with reporters afterwards. Nevertheless the meeting Among the attendees were raises the bar for other mayformer mayoral candidates oral hopefuls – Alan ButTom Knox and George Bur- kovitz, Jim Kenney, Lynne rell, Laborers’ District Coun- Abraham, Darrell Clarke, cil Business Mgr. Ryan Terri Gillen, Nelson Diaz and Boyer, business mogul Kenny Ken Trujillo among them. Gamble, insider attorney and With the Democrats’ mayoral former Rizzo loyalist Marty primary now less than one Weinberg, District Attorney year away, any of them who Seth Williams and senatorial wants a shot must start assem-

bling potential teams of their own to keep up with Williams. A campaign needs a vision for the administration it seeks to put in place. It needs both a policy thrust and a personal skill set. Williams argued the most-pressing issue before Philadelphia is its high poverty rate. He would like to develop a platform with poverty at its bulls-eye. Weinberg, who counts himself committed, said the meeting went well. “We introduced supporters to his campaign experts and were very well received,” he said. The meeting was itself a demonstration of the management style Williams would seek to bring to City Hall. “You need someone who can build coalitions. That’s the point of this room,” Williams noted. Williams said his leadership style is based on an understanding that “even though you may have an excellent

the legislature, Butkovitz took the lead with 19% to 12% for Clarke, with no one else polling in double digits. “Butkovitz starts out popular among voters with an opinion about him. 36% rate him favorably to only 13% who have an unfavorable opinion. “Williams has an overall net favorable rating of 28% favorable with 15% viewing him unfavorably. However, Williams has image problems among key groups of voters. While Williams is well liked among Hispanic voters (49 favorable 16 unfavorable) he fails to convert them at the ballot box, placing last in the 7-way among Hispanic voters, and in 2-way race Butkovitz crushes Williams among Hispanic voters 24% to 3%. “Overall this initial poll found a wide-open race, but one where Butkovitz will clearly be a top contender and has a lot more room to grow....” Jensen concluded. PPP surveyed 916 likely voters on May 27-28 on behalf of Friends of Alan Butkovitz. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.2%.

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Who’s Doing What In Mayor Race

didates have double-digit support for Mayor right now: Darrell Clarke at 14%, Alan Butkovitz at 12%, Frank Rizzo Jr. at 10%. “Candidates tested included James Kenney at 7%, Milton Street at 4%. Other possible candidates show Tony Williams at 2%, and Ken Trujillo at 1%. Forty-one percent of voters are undecided. “Butkovitz leads the field among white voters (with 18% to 12% for Rizzo and James Kenney), with Hispanic voters (with 18% to 11% for Milton Street), and with the crucial voting bloc of seniors 65+ (with 15% to 14% for Clarke.) “In a 2-way hypothetical match-up between Alan Butkovitz and Tony Williams, Butkovitz demonstrates twice the early support of Williams, 22% to 11%. “Once voters learn more about Alan Butkovitz, he is likely to see a further increase in his support. After respondents were informed about some of the things Butkovitz has done in his work as City Controller and before that in

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Williams’ Campaign Team Delivers Message; A Butkovitz Poll Suggests Another Scenario

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