Wednesday, December 18, 2013

City Commissioner Hearing on Voter Obstruction Today

Today, December 18th, the City Commissioners will be hearing testimony from subpoenaed election workers of the 29th Ward, 1st Division.

They are being subpoenaed because of a complaint (attached) filed by Republican Ward Leader Adam Lang.

Adam Lang claims the election board workers refused him his legal right to inspect the poll book and then when he came back later in the evening, found the machines were closed down, all paperwork packed up and all but one worker gone before the end of the voting period.

The hearing is at 11am in the Voter Registration Office at 520 North Delaware Ave, 6th Floor.  Meeting details here

Thursday, December 12, 2013

“Land Bank” Needs To Be More Open

“Land Bank” Needs To Be More Open
Republican City Committee Recommends reforming Vacant Property Review Committee
Philadelphia, PA, December 12, 2013:  With passage of a flawed “Land Bank” bill in Philadelphia that doesn’t achieve the streamlining that has been promised, it is important that Philadelphians push for better reform of how the City handles selling land.
“Including the VPRC in the decision making process is a fatal flaw of the Land Bank,” says Adam Lang, Chairman of the RCC Policy Committee.  “The City was looking at a Land Bank because of how dysfunctional the existing three property departments are.  The VPRC is run by the Council President and the heads of those same entities.”
“We’ve gone from three dysfunctional agencies to four agencies controlled by the original three.”
The VPRC should be removed and Council involvement limited to oversight as opposed to its current micromanagement.
In the interim, the VPRC itself needs significant reforms if it is to currently remain.
“The VPRC has a board spot for an agency (PCDC) that doesn’t exist anymore, has no minority party representation and filled by the current broken agencies that are supposed to ‘go away’,” Lang added. “City Council already needs to ‘reform the reform’.”

Republican City Committee will continue to work with Philadelphians to properly fix the significant blighted land problem in Philadelphia.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Again and Again, The Same Mistakes

BY JOSEPH DeFELICE/“There you go again.”
Council President Darrell Clarke just came out advocating for trying to solve the School District funding problem by raising taxes, again, and performing accounting tricks, again. Not surprisingly, he essentially presented the same failed playbook that Democrats have used for generations and that made Philadelphia the poorest big city in America. Read More Here.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mayor Nutter Doesn’t Care About the Residents of Northeast Philly

Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)

Mayor Nutter Doesn’t Care About the Residents of Northeast Philly
Philadelphia, PA, December 5 2013:    Philadelphia Republican City Committee issued the following statement in regard to Mayor Nutter’s veto of Councilman O’Neill’s proposed legislation dealing with medical facilities receiving neighborhood support before opening: 
Today, Mayor Michael Nutter vetoed legislation that was unanimously supported by City Council. The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Brian O'Neill, a longtime champion of the Northeast, would require medical offices to seek out support on neighborhood residents in the 6th and 10th Councilmanic Districts before opening; it would also include any potential methadone clinics that would attempt to open. 
The Northeast, home to roughly 400,000 residents above Frankford Creek and larger than the City of Pittsburgh, is already home to two Methadone clinics with two more proposed. In the last several years, residents of several Northeast neighborhoods have risen up and have fought, with no support of the Mayor, against these clinics, first in Bustleton and now in Mayfair and Holmesburg. 
State Representative John Taylor, Chairman of the Republican City Committee, whose district stretches into Mayfair and who has stood side by side with these neighbors in their fight, believes that "the Mayor really dropped the ball on this one.  I am disappointed that the Mayor has not listened to voices of all City Council and the residents of Northeast Philadelphia who have rejected methadone clinics in residential areas.  The proposed Healing Way methadone clinic sits directly across the street from a school, a church and a daycare and there are hundreds of homes within a block of this proposed location."  Joe DeFelice, Executive Director of the Party and a Community Leader in Mayfair, has also been the opposition leader against the Healing Way clinic since residents first realized the intention of the owners, believes that “Mayor Nutter has aspirations for higher political office and his liberal bonafides would be severely diminished should he sign this legislation.  It is unfortunate that the Mayor has, once again, turned his back on the residents of the Northeast."
Thankfully, City Council realized that the neighbors in this section of the have spoken as to what their desires are and overrode this veto by a count of 16 -1.