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    Quote Originally Posted by thoth View Post
    Can you actually provide evidence that any state legislators in Philadelphia are actually vulnerable?

    Of course- Northeast Philly is up for grabs.
    Dennis O'Brien's district is back,

    Brady said that Wednesday night, within hours of the court's ruling,
    he received calls from three would-be candidates seeking his support to run in the Northeast district that was to have disappeared from the city.
    Three (at least) contenders for 1 seat - so, 2 disgruntled candidates, no matter what you do.

    Coming on the heels of a federal civil rights lawsuit from a disgruntled Dem candidate.
    Ouch.



    Quote Originally Posted by thoth View Post
    Do you really think that someone like Brady who's survived for decades in council is going to get brought down because the casino's aren't generating enough money for the PSD?
    Of course not.

    Except, he's currently a named defendent in what is basically a primary-election-election fixing lawsuit.


    Class Ation Law Suit Filed on behalf of unseated philly democratic committeeperson and constitutents


    Escalating their illegal campaign to bar Gordon, a perceived adversary of her ward leader Anna Brown,
    the Party had Gordon physically evicted by two Philadelphia police officers from the first Ward Committee meeting that occurred after the election.
    ...
    The relief requested would invalidate the section of the Philadelphia Democratic Party bylaws
    But, back to Bob. Poor Bob.
    Now, he gets to mediate among the various possible Dem City Committee candidates for State Representative.
    Each looser is a potential turncoat plaintiff against Bob and the City Committee.

    Plus no matter what happens, Bob and the Committee are going to be subpoenaed by the ACLU to turn over all election documents in the pending lawsuit.
    http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/Gordoncomplaint.pdf


    Welcome to "Sophie's Choice" -

    Do you use the Philly Dem. Committee organization to unsure that no Republican / Steppenwolf Democrats get elected,
    or,
    Do nothing, because the ACLU of Pa is going to take down every note, tweet and email if you try to squelch the 2 unhappy Dem candidates?


    Difficult call.


    Question-

    The other named defendant in the lawsuit against the City Committee is Mrs. Brown.

    Anna Brown.
    Anybody know what the relationship between Anna Brown, (ward leader); Blondell Reynolds Brown, (City Council and Vanessa Lowery Brown (State Rep.) is?

    (Seems ripe for juicy details, (comparable to the Ories: Joan, Jane Jannine...)


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    Last edited by Hal; 01-30-2012 at 05:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooke View Post
    I understand those residents of OC that oppose it but I don't understand how you guys can't get used to the noise? I lived in Union Square in NYC during College and it took me two weeks to get used to the cabs honking 24/7, dumpsters being emptied at 3am, concerts in the park on weekend mornings, an open air market outside my door--I used to sleep with my windows OPEN all year round because in the Winter, we had radiator heat in the building and it got to be like 80 in our rooms. Even with the windows OPEN I slept.

    Can't any of this be solved with a white noise machine?
    I think a lot of us are used to the 'normal' noise; like trash pickup, cars occasionally honking, the hum of regular crowds, etc. And I've lived in apartments and condos for most of my adult life, so I expect to hear my neighbors moving around, talking, dogs yapping...I get creeped out when visiting family living in the 'burbs, and it's so quiet. But even a white noise machine can't block out bass thumping from certain clubs and cars for hours, or way over-served drunks fighting and screaming at the top of their lungs. And those are issues that with proper enforcement, wouldn't be as much of a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thoth View Post
    Who in the city dem committee is worried about this? Almost all the city pols were just safely reelected, and I can't think of any particularly vulnerable incumbent.

    Anyway, more to the point, who gives a ****?

    There is no reason we can't .... collect back RE taxes.
    Not in an election year...

    You're not going to see the City going after unpaid real estate taxes


    Going back to the old Hallwatch.Org analysis...


    Quote Originally Posted by How to Send a Drug House to Sheriff's Sale

    http://www.philadelphiaspeaks.com/fo...html#post30832

    Q. Can't I Just Wait for the City to Do Its Job?

    A. The City may never, I repeat, may never collect this tax unless someone steps forward with an escrow deposit.
    I have seen properties that owe over $30,000.00 in property tax to the City.
    This represents decades of nonpayment in areas where the taxes are or were low.

    There are whole blocks that owe over $100,000 to $250,000 in unpaid property tax.
    Yet there are properties that go up for auction for overdue taxes of three or four thousand. How can this be?

    Long overdue deadbeats seem to be individuals or organizations capable of either making contributions or delivering blocks of votes.

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    Feb 6, 2009 4:12 pm
    So, interesting analysis
    the school funding shortage is a result of uncollected taxes,
    the uncollected taxes are a way of rewarding voting blocks.



    Put more succinctly

    Quote Originally Posted by Special report: The delinquency crisis
    http://planphilly.com/special-report-delinquency-crisis

    The city's typical tax delinquent is 6.5 years behind and owes $4,249 in taxes, penalties, and interest.

    Cumulatively, the delinquent properties are 720,000 years behind in taxes.

    The Foxwoods casino site owes the city $6.1 million, though that bill is being contested. (Clem Murray / Inquirer)
    http://planphilly.com/series/philade...ency-conundrum

    How about just collecting some of the delinquent taxes?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal View Post
    Anybody know what the relationship between Anna Brown, (ward leader); Blondell Reynolds Brown, (City Council and Vanessa Lowery Brown (State Rep.) is?

    (Seems ripe for juicy details, (comparable to the Ories: Joan, Jane Jannine...)
    None of them are related at all. Funny thing about the legacy of slavery, "Brown" is an even more common African-American surname than "Smith" or "Papadopoulos" with Greeks. Vanessa Lowery Brown I know pretty well. I volunteered a little for her when she first displaced Tommie Blackwell against steep odds. She's the daughter of a retired Phila PD officer, a popular community organizer, single mom. She covers a district in the Northern part of West Philly and parts of Allegheney West in North. Anna Brown is I believe in SW Philly way outside her area. So this barking way up the wrong tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal View Post
    Of course- Northeast Philly is up for grabs.

    Dennis O'Brien's district is back,

    Hal
    Bump -

    North East Philly politics get another challenger..

    Kevin Boyle's district has Taubenberger running

    http://www.philadelphiaspeaks.com/fo...race-172d.html

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    where are we at with this?

    this issue is very important if we want philly to be a world class city

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    I predict it reemerges in the 11th hour of budget planning as part of an alternative to Nutter's property tax "revenue increase".

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    anyone interested in rallying at city hall for this?

    i'm down to help organize something if enough are interested. once philadelphians realize this is a real possibility it will pass.

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    Default bow hunting is the answer

    I support killing and eating your city councilperson.

 

 

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