Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

  • Good morning, everyone.

  • (Good morning.)

  • Man, that was pretty sorry.

    Good morning, everyone.

  • (Good morning.)

  • That's right. We're happy to be here.

    We have established a quorum. I'd ask all members and guests to please retire behind the rail, Councilmembers take their seat. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

    To give our invocation this morning, the Chair recognizes Father Richard Smith of St. Monica's. He is here today as the guest of Councilman Mark Squilla.

    I would ask all guests and visitors and members to please rise.

  • (Members and guests rise.)

  • In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray.

    Bless are you, Lord God of mercy, who through your son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another.

    Send down your blessings on these, your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. When they are called on in times of need, let them faithfully serve you and their neighbor. Grant them the wisdom to govern with justice and protect the needs of all.

    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

    Amen.

  • In the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    Amen.

  • Thank you so much for those inspiring words.

    Council shall be at ease.

  • (Council at ease.)

  • Thank you again, Father.

    Thank you. The next order of business is the approval of the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, October 31st, 2013.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, October 31st, 2013 be approved.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It has been moved and properly seconded that the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, October 31st, 2013 stand approved.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and the Journal is approved.

    The next order of business is requests for leaves of absence, and the Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. On behalf of the democrats, there is a request for leave of absence from Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Thank you, Councilman. Leave shall be granted.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. On behalf of the republicans, a leave of absence is requested for Councilmember Brian O'Neill.

  • Thank you. Thank you, Councilman. Leave shall be granted.

    At this time, I would like to dispense with the regular order of business and I would like to thank and welcome all visitors here today. We really appreciate the fact that you've taken time out of your day to come down and witness your government in action. We hope that your experience today is a pleasurable one, so much so that you come back. So, again, thank you so much.

    Before we start, I would like to ask if there's anyone who has an electronic device, be it cell phone, smart phone, whatever kind of phone that makes any kind of noise, I would ask that you please turn it off or turn it on silent. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Sanchez, who will present a resolution recognizing and honoring the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment. Would Commander Jose Melendez and those accompanying him please join the Councilwoman at the podium.

  • (Applause.)

  • And joining Councilwoman Sanchez is Councilman Oh, and I would like to recognize a good friend and a colleague of ours, State Senator Tartaglione.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you, Mr. President. This Council has been steadfast and consistent in its support of our men and women who have served this country that allow us to have the freedoms that we have today.

    A couple of weeks ago in a delegation led by Senator Stack and Senator Tina Tartaglione, who joins us this morning, there was a delegation both at the federal, state, and city level calling on the United States Congress to bestow on the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, and when we finish the resolution presentation, members will speak to that campaign who join us this morning.

    So I want to ask all of you in joining me in recognizing and honoring the tremendous bravery, contributions, and sacrifices of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment and calling on the United States Congress to award the Regiment the Congressional Gold Medal.

  • Whereas, the 65th Infantry Regiment hailed from Puerto Rico and its members were known as the Borinqueneers; and

    Whereas, the unit was founded in 1899 and remained a vital part of the United States Armed Forces until 1956, when the Regiment was inactivated; and

    Whereas, this distinctive military unit served in multiple conflicts and members were known for their fierce fighting spirit; and

    Whereas, during World War I and in 1943 the Borinqueneers were sent to guard the Panama Canal and in 1944 were deployed in North Africa, Italy, Corsica, France and the Maritime Alps, where they engaged in their first combat and suffered 47 casualties; and

    Whereas, in Korea the Regiment saw its finest and gravest hour when facing off against Chinese soldiers in order to hold open the retreat route for the Chosin Reservoir; and

    Whereas, on February 2nd, 1951, two battalions of Borinqueneers took part in the last battalion bayonet charge in the United States military history, routing Chinese forces from 2 strategic hilltops south of Seoul; and

    Whereas, Puerto Rican soldiers also defended a recuperating United States Army Division from infiltrating North Korean soldiers; and

    Whereas, by the time the Regiment was inactivated, more than 750 Borinqueneers had died and 2,400 had been wounded in the Korean War alone; and

  • Whereas, in 1959, the Regiment was allotted to the Puerto Rican Army National Guard, where the 1st battalion, the 65th Infantry still serves; and

    Whereas, while defending the United States, the brave soldiers earned 628 Bronze Stars, 258 Silver Stars, 10 Distinguished Service Crosses, and more than 2,700 Purple Hearts; and

    Whereas, their commitment and courage are indeed deserving of praise and gratitude of all Americans; and

    Whereas, in recognition of their tremendous sacrifices and accomplishments, it is fitting that the United States Congress award the 65th Infantry Regiment the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor; therefore, be it

    Resolved, by the Council of the City of Philadelphia, recognizes and honors the 65th Infantry Regiment on the tremendous sacrifices that they have made in defense of the United States of America. Their courage is truly an inspiration, and worthy of the recognition from the City of Philadelphia.

    Further resolved, that the Council of the City of Philadelphia calls on the United States Congress to honor the service of the 65th Infantry Regiment by awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.

    Further resolved, that an engrossed copy will be delivered to the 65th Infantry today presented to the Latino American Legion and the Philadelphia Congressional delegation as a sincere expression of our gratitude and support for their Congressional Gold Medal campaign.

  • (Applause.)

  • The Chair recognizes Commander and Veterans Advisor Commissioner Melendez.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Councilwoman Maria Quinones, my Senator, Christine Tartaglione, and a big shout to Curtis Jones. He knows why. Ladies and gentlemen, there's so many dignitaries here, there's so many here that I'm afraid to mention names. I'm going to stop there.

    I just want to say thank you on behalf of the Latin American Legion Post 840 of the American Legion. This is something that we've been working on very diligently for a very long time, and it's uphill. Some of you probably never heard of the 65th Infantry Regiment before, but if I were to mention the Tuskegee Airmen, everybody in this room has. Well, that's what we want to accomplish for the 65th Infantry, and the Congressional Gold Medal will do that. However, in the Latin American Region Post, we're very similar to City Council of Philadelphia. We assign committees to do the work and then we all take the credit for it.

    I am very blessed. I have two committee members who have done the bulk of the work for me, and I get the credit. I get to speak in front of my favorite people.

    I have George Perez from Congressman Brady's office and Juvencio Gonzalez. He's our Chair of the Public Relations Committee for our post. And we know our time is very limited, but I would like them to share with you some of our success so far and how you can best help us.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you, Mr. President, members of City Council, one of my senators, Tartaglione. My name is George Perez. I also work for Congressman Brady's office.

    We have a long, long fight ahead. We still have some Congressmen from Philadelphia that have not signed on on this bill in Congress. We urge you to contact those Congressmen from Pennsylvania to sign on to this Senate and House bill that we have in Washington.

    In addition to that, we still have 93 soldiers missing in action that the United States has not accounted for. The bodies are laying half a mile from the DMZ zone in Korea and we have not been able to cross that line to get their remains.

    So thank you very much. I appreciate all City Council, especially Maria for bringing this up and Councilman Oh for assisting us in this.

    Thank you very much.

  • (Applause.)

  • Good morning. Thank you, Mr. President, Maria Quinones, Councilman David Oh, my Senator, Tina Tartaglione, and of course I can't stop not saying Henon, Councilman Henon. I was with him last night, so I get to be on your program.

    Basically I want you to remember, everyone in this room, remember HR 1726. Google it. It's a very impressive report of the 65th Infantry, the Congressional Gold Medal. So descriptive. I kind of broke down this morning just reading it, because it talks about the prejudism, the discrimination, the things that -- when they were activated, they had two wars, the Korean War and they had the war within. And it has taken 60 years to get here, 60 years for them to get the Congressional Gold Medal.

    But let me just say, as of today we have achieved 157 sponsors in Congress, and we have 22 senators. In the State of Pennsylvania we still have 11 members of Congress that we want to go after and to come on board. This is very impressive. Let me say that when they came in and when they -- when they considered the Congressional Gold Medal, I want to say that in 237 years, only one Latino has received the award, the Congressional award, and that has been Roberto Clemente. It's our turn as the 65th Infantry. The other groups, Tuskegee, Navajo Code Talkers, the Japanese Nisei, and the Montford Point Marines. We want to be number fifth.

    Let me say that the story of the 65th Infantry during the Korean War has been described as one of pride, courage, heartbreak, and redemption. And so basically every general that commanded the 65th Infantry, they did nothing but praise.

    Thank you for this Congressional Gold Medal support.

  • (Applause.)

  • (Council at ease.)

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you so much again for your service.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Brown, who will present a resolution commending the United States Green Building Council on selecting Philadelphia as the host city for the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Would Ms. Janet Milkman and those accompanying her please join the Councilwoman at the podium.

    And joining Councilwoman Brown, we have Councilman Kenney, Councilman Jones, Councilman Johnson, and Councilwoman Bass.

  • So, Mr. President, we are excited that next week for the first time 30,000 attendees from 90 countries will be coming to Philadelphia as we are more and more recognized as a city that cares about the future, particularly when it comes to the environment and sustainability. And I would be remiss again, I have no problem acknowledging that it was Councilman James Kenney who four, five years ago made it clear that our city needed to look at this, the future, issue now in a more deliberative way.

    Commending the United States Green Building Council on selecting Philadelphia as the host city for the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 20th through the 22nd, 2013.

  • And whereas, the green building movement is a global movement, and housing the conference in Philadelphia will bring myriad resources to the City for future prosperity of the region and the global community, not to mention an awful lot of hotel rooms, which we like to fill as much as we possibly can;

    Whereas, the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo offers invaluable resources to visiting attendees and City residents alike for networking, continuing education, and exchange of ideas and products for the improvement of sustainability practices, all crucial to global environmental health;

  • Whereas, the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo provides resources for attendees to be at the forefront of knowledge for creating better buildings, giving people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work, and play; and

  • Whereas, a job fair will be held at this year's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, linking qualified applicants with employers who share values and creating opportunities for job seekers in the region; and

    Whereas, the United States Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, with 77 local chapters, nearly 13,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 180,000 LEED Professional Credential Holders, and is projected to contribute 554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009 to 2013; and

  • Whereas, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, a local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, works to significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on their occupants and on our environment, a crucial goal for the sustainability and health of the region; therefore, be it

    Resolved, by the Council of the City of Philadelphia, commending the United States Green Building Council on selecting Philadelphia as the host city for the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 20th through 22nd, 2013.

  • Further resolved, that an engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to the leadership and membership of the United States Green Building Council as evidence of the sincere sentiments of this legislative body.

    Introduced by myself and sponsored proudly by all the members of Philadelphia City Council. Let me underscore that this will be the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, again, bringing over 30,000 attendees from 90 countries. Congratulations to our local chapter.

  • (Applause.)

  • The Chair recognizes Ms. Milkman for remarks.

  • Thank you so much. My name is Janet Milkman. I'm the Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. We're the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and on behalf of both organizations, I want to thank the City Council, Council President Clarke, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, and all of you here today for this wonderful recognition.

    This conference is coming to Philadelphia for the first time ever. We want it to come back. It's going to bring over $32 million in revenue to our city and will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase all of the amazing sustainability work that's happening in our region. There will be 35 green building tours of affordable housing, of commercial office buildings, of cultural institutions like the Curtis Institute and the Barnes Foundation and the Franklin Institute. It will be an incredible opportunity to show everyone how great Philadelphia and our region is and what a leader we are in sustainability.

    So thank you again. We hope to see all of you at the Convention Center next week.

  • (Applause.)

  • (Council at ease.)

  • Thank you so much.

    The next order of business is communications. The Chair requests that the Sergeant-of-Arms delivers the messages from the Mayor to the Chief Clerk.

    Mr. Decker, would you please read those messages.

  • To the President and members of the Council of the City of Philadelphia, I am pleased to advise you that on November 13, 2013, I signed the following bills that were passed by Council at its session on October 24, 2013: Bill No. 130531-A and Bill No. 130635-A; and I am transmitting for the consideration of your honorable body a resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the Southwest Germantown Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 250 West Berkley Street; and

    Also an ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property and the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation to enter into a lease agreement with the Philadelphia Housing Authority for use by the City of the property located in the area bounded by Aspen Street, Markoe Street, Fairmount Avenue, and 47th Street, all under certain terms and conditions.

  • Mr. Decker, do you have any other communications?

  • I have none, Mr. President.

  • Thank you so much.

    The next order of business is the introduction of bills and resolutions.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer one bill. I also offer one resolution, which I would like to be heard today, co-sponsored by Councilman Squilla, Bass, Blondell Reynolds Brown, and yourself. Thank you.

  • An ordinance amending Title 4 of "The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code," by amending Subcode "A" (The Philadelphia Administrative Code), Subcode "F" (The Philadelphia Fire Code), and Subcode "PM" (The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code) of The Philadelphia Code, by further amending construction and demolition practices.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And a privileged resolution recognizing November 17th through the 23rd, 2013 as Transgender Awareness Week.

  • That resolution will be on today's Final Passage Calendar.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Today I introduce one bill.

  • An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property and the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation to enter into a lease agreement with the Philadelphia Housing Authority for use by the City of the property located in the area bounded by Aspen Street, Markoe Street, Fairmount Avenue, and 47th Street.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. On your behalf, I offer one bill and one resolution.

  • An ordinance repealing an ordinance (Bill No. 130449), entitled "An ordinance authorizing Atul Amin, owner and operator of the newsstand located on the southeast corner of 17th and JFK Boulevard, to construct, use and maintain conduits in, under and across the southeast corner of 17th and JFK Boulevard."

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And a non-privileged resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, without consideration, deeds conveying conditional fee simple title to certain City-owned lots or pieces of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate in the Thirty-Seventh Ward of the City of Philadelphia.

  • That resolution will be on next week's Final Passage Calendar.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Henon.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have no bills or resolutions.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Johnson.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have one bill.

  • An ordinance establishing a one-way regulation on Shunk Street, from Twenty-Second Street to Twenty-Third Street, westbound.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Green.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have one resolution.

  • A privileged resolution proclaiming that the City of Philadelphia recognizes the life of Carl Goldenberg, the third-generation of operators of the Goldenberg Candy Company, the originator of Goldenberg's Peanut Chews.

  • That resolution will be on today's Final Passage Calendar.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Brien.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have two bills, one privileged resolution, one non-privileged resolution to be referred to committee.

  • An ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of the proposal set forth in a Resolution approved by Council proposing an amendment of The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide that Council approval is required for certain contracts for one year or less for the purpose of providing legal representation and related services for indigent persons.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance amending Title 17 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Contracts and Procurement," by establishing reporting and auditing requirements for certain contracts for conflict counsel for indigent individuals.

  • Thank you. That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And a privileged resolution recognizing November 2013 as Epilepsy Awareness Month in honor of individuals living with Epilepsy, their families and those working to improve their quality of life.

  • That resolution will be on today's Final Passage Calendar.

  • And a non-privileged resolution proposing an amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide that Council approval is required for certain contracts for one year or less for the purpose of providing legal representation and related services for indigent persons.

  • That resolution will be referred to committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Goode.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer one bill.

  • An ordinance amending Chapter 19-2600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Business Income and Receipts Taxes," by revising the number of businesses that may obtain a credit against business income and receipts taxes upon contributing to certain non-profit intermediaries engaged in neighborhood economic development activities within the City.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Brown.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer one resolution co-sponsored by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Chair of the Education Committee, and Councilwoman Cindy Bass.

  • A privileged resolution recognizing and congratulating Linda Cliatt-Wayman for her dedication to and success within the School District of Philadelphia.

  • That resolution will be on today's Final Passage Calendar.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have a bill on your behalf and I have one privileged and two non-privileged resolutions co-sponsored by Councilwoman Reynolds Brown and Councilman Oh.

  • An ordinance amending Chapter 19-3900 of The Philadelphia Code to extend the deadline to apply for tax exemptions as longtime owner-occupants of certain properties in the City of Philadelphia.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And a privileged resolution recognizing the American Red Cross and Filipino-American Association of Philadelphia for their efforts to alleviate the suffering of victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and other contributions made to improve the general welfare of man and improve the cultural relations of the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America.

  • That resolution will be on today's Final Passage Calendar.

  • And a non-privileged resolution calling on energy producers currently engaged in hydrocarbon recovery operations in the Marcellus Shale to discount natural gas molecules to the City of Philadelphia due to the downstream environmental risks in order to facilitate economic growth and to create a mutually beneficial relationship between Philadelphia and the energy industry.

  • That resolution will be on next week's Final Passage Calendar.

  • And a non-privileged resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, without consideration, deeds conveying conditional fee simple title to certain City-owned lots or pieces of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate in the Thirty-Eighth Ward of the City of Philadelphia.

  • And that resolution will also be on next week's Final Passage Calendar.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Squilla.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer two bills today.

  • An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Zoning and Planning," by revising certain use regulations relating to vehicle and vehicular equipment sales and service uses in certain commercial districts.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Zoning and Planning," by providing for and regulating accessory Digital News Ticker Signs in the Market Street East Advertising District.

  • The bill will be referred to committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Bass.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have two non-privileged resolutions.

  • A non-privileged resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, without consideration, deeds conveying conditional fee simple title to certain City-owned lots or pieces of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate in the Thirteenth Ward of the City of Philadelphia.

  • That resolution will be on next week's Final Passage Calendar.

  • And a non-privileged resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the Southwest Germantown Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 250 West Berkley Street.

  • That resolution will also be on next week's Final Passage Calendar.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer one privileged resolution co-sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. Thank you.

  • A privileged resolution recognizing and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia for its important contributions to strengthening the Japanese American community and enriching the overall quality of life for all citizens of Philadelphia.

  • That resolution will be on today's Final Passage Calendar.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have no bills or resolutions.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    That concludes our introduction of bills and resolutions, and the next order of business is reports from committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones for a report from the Committee of the Whole.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have six resolutions with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    Mr. Decker, would you please read that report.

  • To the President and members of the Council of the City of Philadelphia, the Committee of the Whole, to which was referred Resolution No. 130751, entitled "A resolution reappointing Michael Woodward to the Board of Directors of the City Avenue Special Services District of Philadelphia and Lower Merion"; and

    Resolution No. 130752, entitled "A resolution reappointing Gary Brandeis to the Board of Directors of the City Avenue Special Services District of Philadelphia and Lower Merion"; and

    Resolution No. 130824, entitled "A resolution confirming the reappointment of Sanjuanita Gonzalez as a member of the Board of Ethics, to serve in the term ending November 16, 2018"; and

    Resolution No. 130827, entitled "A resolution appointing Dr. Francine Fulton to the Board of Directors of the Germantown Special Services District of Philadelphia"; and

    Resolution No. 130828, entitled "A resolution appointing Ingrid R. Shephard to the Board of Directors of the Germantown Special Services District of Philadelphia"; and

    Resolution No. 130829, entitled "A resolution appointing Cornelia Swinson to the Board of Directors of the Germantown Special Services District of Philadelphia," respectfully reports it has considered the same and returns the attached resolutions to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you. Those resolutions will be placed on our Final Passage Calendar at our next session of Council.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Greenlee for a report from the Committee on Rules.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Rules reports out six bills with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Rules, to which was referred Bill No. 130590, entitled "An ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Frankford Creek, Aramingo Avenue, Wheatsheaf Lane, Sepviva Street, Butler Street, Frankford Avenue, Valetta Street, Coral Street, Vici Street and Frankford Avenue"; and

    Bill No. 130656, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Zoning and Planning,' by further providing for revised sign controls and making technical changes, all under certain terms and conditions; and amending Chapter 19-600, entitled 'Service and Other Businesses,' by adjusting the licensing fees for commercial outdoor advertising signs and information required in the annual inventory of signs"; and

    Bill No. 130692, entitled "An ordinance approving the forty-first amendment of the redevelopment proposal for the Models Cities Urban Renewal Area, being the area beginning at the northwest corner of Front Street and Spring Garden Street, including the thirty-third amendment to the urban renewal plan and the twenty-eighth amendment to the relocation plan, which provides for the additional land acquisition of approximately one property for residential, institutional and related uses"; and

    Bill No. 130699, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Zoning and Planning,' by revising parking requirements for driveways located in residential front yards"; and

    Bill No. 130725, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Zoning and Planning,' by clarifying the criteria for granting a variance"; and

    Bill No. 130770, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitle 'Zoning and Planning,' by revising use regulations relating to medical, dental and health practitioners in certain areas of the City," respectfully reports it has considered the same and returns the attached bills to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bill Nos. 130590, 130692, 130699, 130725, and 130770.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bills No. 130590, 130692, 130699, 130725, and 130770.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and these bills will be placed on our First Reading Calendar for today. Bill No. 130656 will be placed on the First Reading Calendar for our next session of Council.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Green for a report from the Committee on Finance.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Finance reports three bills with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Finance, to which was referred Bill No. 130686, entitled "An ordinance creating the Headquarter Hotel Tax Increment Financing District, being the area generally bounded by South Penn Square on the north, Broad Street on the east, 15th Street on the west, and Chestnut Street on the south and approving the project plan of the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development for the redevelopment of the Headquarter Hotel Tax Increment Financing District and making certain findings and declarations, all in accordance with the Tax Increment Financing Act"; and

    Bill No. 130766, entitled "An ordinance authorizing, generally, the continued issuance and sale by the City of Philadelphia of Gas Works Revenue Notes of the City, prescribing the forms of notes and providing for their execution and payment, pledging certain revenues of the Gas Works as security, adopting a rate covenant and directing the imposition and collection of rates and charges sufficient to comply therewith"; and

    Bill No. 130767, entitled "An ordinance constituting the Twelfth Supplemental Ordinance to the General Gas Works Revenue Bond Ordinance of 1998; authorizing the City of Philadelphia to sell, either at public or private sale, Gas Works Revenue Capital Project Commercial Paper Notes to pay the costs of certain capital projects and other Project Costs," respectfully reports it has considered and amended the same and returns the attached bills to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Green.

  • I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of the bills just read.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bills No. 130686, 130766, and 130767.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and those bills will also be placed on our First Reading Calendar for today.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Goode for a report from the Committee on Appropriations.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Appropriations reports two bills with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred Bill No. 130814, entitled "An ordinance amending an ordinance approved June 25, 2013 (Bill No. 130180), adopting the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2014, by making certain additional appropriations needed to meet the costs of the formerly appealed 2009 arbitration award for Local 22 of the International Association of Firefighters for health and legal services that were not included in the adopted Fiscal Year 2014 operating budget"; and

    Bill No. 130815, entitled "An ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 from the General Fund, the Civil Service Commission and the Aviation Fund, the Director of Finance - Fringe Benefits to the General Fund, the Fire Department and the Aviation Fund, the Fire Department," respectfully reports it has considered the same and returns the attached bills to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Goode.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bills No. 130814 and 130815.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bills No. 130814 and 130815.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and these bills will be placed on our First Reading Calendar for today.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Goode for a report from the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Commerce and Economic Development reports one bill with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, to which was referred Bill No. 130769, entitled "An ordinance amending The Philadelphia Code by replacing the term 'ex-offender' with the term 'Returning Citizen,' and by making conforming changes, under certain terms and conditions," respectfully reports it has considered and amended the same and returns the attached bill to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Goode.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bill No. 130769.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended this day so as to permit first reading of Bill No. 130769.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that bill will be placed on our First Reading Calendar today.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Jones for a report from the Committee of Public Safety.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Public Safety reports one bill with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Public Safety, to which was referred Bill No. 130584, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 10 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Regulation of Individual Conduct and Activity,' by adding a new Chapter 10-2000, prohibiting the use of a three-dimensional printer in order to manufacture a firearm," respectfully reports it has considered the same and returns the attached bill to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thanks again, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading of this Bill No. 130584 at our next session of Council.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bill No. 130584.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that bill will be placed on our First Reading Calendar today.

    This concludes our reports from committee. The next order of business is the consideration of the Calendar. I note that the bills just reported from committee with suspension of the rules have been deemed to have had a first reading. These bills will be placed on our Second Reading and Final Passage Calendar for the next session of Council.

    Mr. Decker, would you please read any other bills on the First Reading Calendar.

  • Bill No. 130156, entitled "An ordinance repealing Chapter 16-500 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Councilmanic District Development Program,' and replacing it with a new Chapter 16-500, entitled 'Philadelphia Land Bank,' that authorizes the creation of a land bank and provides for its appointment, powers, and duties"; and

    Bill No. 130693, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions,' by prohibiting the use of automated purchasing machines for the purchase of personal property; providing for the seizure and forfeiture of the machines used in violation; and establishing certain exceptions; and imposing fines and penalties; all under certain terms and conditions."

  • Thank you. And the Chair agrees. These bills will be placed on the Second Reading and Final Passage Calendar for our next session of Council.

    The Chair now recognizes

    Councilman Jones for a motion concerning

    the bills and resolutions on the Second

    and Final Passage Calendar.

  • Thank you,

    Mr. President. I move that the rules of

    Council be suspended to permit the use of

    a Consent Agenda to consider the

    following bills on Second Reading and

    Final Passage Calendar: Nos. 130629,

    130632, 130633, 130634, 130655, 130695,

    130745, 130384, and 130700.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and

    properly seconded that the rules of

    Council be suspended to permit the use of

    a Consent Agenda to consider the bills

    just read by Councilman Jones.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The

    ayes have it and the motion carries, and

    we will consider the Consent Agenda

    shortly.

    The Chair again recognizes

    Councilman Jones for the purpose of

    pulling up bills and resolutions on the

    regular Second Reading and Final Passage Calendar.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. In addition to the bills being considered on the Consent Agenda, the following resolutions and bills are being called up for Second Reading and Final Passage Calendars today: Nos. 130820, 130821, 130822, 130825, and 130826. All other bills and resolutions are being held.

  • Thank you.

    Before considering the resolutions and bills on the Final Passage Calendar today, we will have a public comment session. The guidelines associated with the public comment are as follows:

    If you are interested today in testifying on a bill or resolution on the Final Passage Calendar, you must sign up at the table to my left. When your name is called, you will go to the podium in the middle of the Council Chambers. There is a device on that podium. When the light on that device turns green, it is your time to speak. When it turns yellow, you have 30 seconds to conclude your remarks. When it turns red, we ask that you please conclude your remarks. You will be given three minutes, and we want to thank you in advance for concurring with those particular rules and guidelines. Thank you very much.

    Mr. Decker, would you please call the name of the first individual.

  • Jenny Drumgoole, commenting on 130825.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good morning. My name is Soxx. Most people call me Soxx. And I'm here today to speak about Resolution No. 130825 that urges Pennsylvania to increase funding to low income residents to weatherize their homes. I think this is a great idea, because no one likes to be cold in their homes in the winter.

    It was really cold yesterday, but you know who was out in the cold and working all day? The trash collectors. The trash collectors have been working when it's raining and when it's snowing and even when it's really hot outside.

    The last time I was here, I invited everyone to my next Happy Trash Day celebration, which was on Thursday, October 24th. I know you probably couldn't come because your meetings are on Thursdays, but I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time, and I want to invite you to the next Happy Trash Day, which will be on Wednesday, November 27th, and it's really close to City Hall this time.

    For those of you who don't know, Happy Trash Day is when my friends and I say thank you to the trash collectors for all the hard work they do. During the last Happy Trash Day, we were able to say thank you to seven trash crews, and that was pretty great. We even had representatives from the Streets Department and union representatives from the City come. Some news people even came and wrote stories about Happy Trash Day, which will be kind of perfect for my scrapbook. I was able to make lots more friends. And you know what my new trash collector friends told me, they said that no one has ever given them a party or even said thank you like this for all their hard work. They said that they only hear when something is wrong. They also told me that they haven't had a raise in many years, which really makes me sad, but it was nice to make them feel happy on Happy Trash Day.

    Lots of people posted pictures on the Internet, and here's what some of the people wrote about the pictures: I love this. I really wish I could have been a part of this. It was really nice.

    Here's another one, and I think this is from a trash collector, because he says, Where was that at? We never get that type of treatment on our route. And then we got, That was really nice of them. That's serious love. And then one of my favorites was, Throw some wild rice in there. And that's a trash collector insider joke, because they have to pick up lots of trash that's filled with bugs that look like rice.

    So anyway, our trash collectors do a really hard job, and that's why I think the City of Philadelphia should have an annual Happy Trash Day Week, and then we could all give them one big party at the end.

    A lot of people in the City don't know the right way to throw out their trash. Happy Trash Day, we could also help people learn what to do about that, like what to do with their old paint and batteries and light bulbs, because people aren't supposed to put that in the regular trash, and they do, and that's not good.

    So the next Happy Trash Day will be the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27th, on the 100 block of Mole Street, and that's only a few blocks away from here, and what better time to say thank you than at Thanksgiving time. I know I'm very thankful for all of their hard work.

    So I also have some Happy Trash Day buttons that I've passed out before. They all went on Happy Trash Day, over 200. So if anyone would like some, you can have them here.

  • It's just glitter and bottle caps that people throw out and beans in many colors.

    So thank you very much.

  • (Applause.)

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good morning. My name is Sheila Colson. I am a 56-year-old trans woman. I would like to say that I'm here today because of the resolution and I was invited by some friends of mine.

    This is an historical day for me, because I would have never thought that -- well, I would hope, but I never thought that I would see the day that Philadelphia even considers trans people. So I have to applaud you for that. Unfortunately, though, the work has just begun, and it certainly has to go a lot further.

    I'm on the Mayor's task force for the homeless, and we have been able to get trans women who identify as -- trans people who identify as women into female shelters, and when they get into the shelters, they are welcomed, but when the person that takes them to the shelter leaves, then they say, You're not a woman, you got to get out of here, you know.

    The employment, I believe something was just passed as far as employment, but it's great that you guys are passing these laws and all the laws and the resolutions and all that stuff is being passed, but unfortunately, we need someone to watch the watchers, you know, because people bring their own agenda to work sometimes. People bring their own agenda into and everybody -- every right that's afforded to anyone in this room should be afforded to me. Every right that's afforded to anyone in this room should be afforded to me.

    So I don't understand why when a girl goes into a shelter and it's three degrees outside and when the person takes them there, she's all right to be there, but after the case manager leaves, Oh, you got to go. They want to send you to a male shelter. And we do have the Morris Home, and it's a great place and it's for trans people, but you need -- the Morris Home only has eight beds. There's like 50 homeless trans people in the City of Philadelphia.

    I see I'm running out of time. But, like I said, this is a historical day on one part, but then again, it's not really that much. I mean -- but thank you so much.

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • (Applause.)

  • Jordan Davis, commenting on Transgender Week resolution.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good morning. My name is Jordan Gwendolyn Davis, and I would like to thank Councilmember Kenney for introducing this resolution declaring November 17th through the 23rd as Transgender Awareness Week in Philadelphia. This is a relatively new concept devised by GLAAD last year to supplement the Transgender Day of Remembrance. While this should not detract from the somberness of TDOR, Trans Awareness Week should also stand for hope, empowerment, and education.

    Mara Keisling said it best at the NCTE's 10th anniversary celebration this week. This is our moment, and indeed 2013 has been a historic year for Philadelphia's transgender community. On July 1st, SEPTA finally implemented the elimination of gender stickers from passes as they promised in spring 2012. This was made possible by years of organizing by Riders Against Gender Exclusion, or RAGE, as well as the resolution unanimously passed by this body shortly before their decision.

    I was proud to have worked on this resolution. I thank Councilmember Reynolds Brown's office for moving on this and all members of City Council for voting yes.

    This year also marked the passage of Bill 130224, an omnibus bill that overhauled the City code to provide further protections for the LGB and especially T community here in Philadelphia from transition-related health benefits, the bathrooms and more. Kathy Padilla and myself worked long hours to make sure that this bill was trans inclusive.

    In addition to the many stakeholders, I would like to thank Councilmember Kenney as well as Councilmember Squilla, Johnson, Blackwell, Jones, Clarke, Henon, Sanchez, Bass, Tasco, Greenlee, Reynolds Brown, Goode, and O'Brien for voting yes on this bill and moving Philadelphia light years ahead in terms of LGB and especially T rights, and I'd like to thank Mayor Nutter for putting his signature on it as well.

    It has not been all roses for Philadelphia for the transgender community this year. Diamond Williams, a transgender woman of color, was found brutally murdered this July, marking at least the fifth known anti-trans hate murder in the last 15 years. In addition, the criminal justice system, from the cops to the DA to the City jail, is still a hype of trans phobia, and despite attempts at administrative remedies, the shelter system in Philadelphia can still be mercurial towards the rights of transgender clients.

    In addition, as I testified before the Law and Public Safety Committee last week, street harassment is still a problem affecting members of our community. Let us use these promises and problems, these challenges and tragedies to take action and to make sure that come whatever may, we work to make respect for gender identity and authentic lives a preemptory and norm in the City.

    Thank you very much.

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • (Applause.)

  • Robert Taylor, commenting on 130384.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good morning, Mr. President. Good morning, members of Council, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Robert Taylor, citizen of South Philadelphia, President of Transport Workers Local 700 and a member of the PA Council and commentator on WPEB 88.1 FM, the Jasper Jones Show.

    I'm commenting on Bill No. 130384. Normally I speak about the various parking regulations and how they expand. Today, however, I want to thank Councilman Johnson for introducing this measure that will terminate such a regulation. I want to thank the Councilman for restoring at liberty at least one bit at a time, reducing the difficulties for people parking in their own community and, therefore, reducing the chance of anyone running afoul of the law in that small way.

    I look forward to more such measures being put forward, and obviously I support this bill and I urge its passage.

    Integrity leads to freedom, Cato.

    And I thank you for your time. God bless Philadelphia.

  • (Applause.)

  • Clarc King, commenting on 120118.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good morning, Mr. President. Thank you. Thank you, Councilmembers. I'm here to address the Resolution 120118. That is the feasibility study authorizing the sale and/or operation of Philadelphia Gas Works to a private entity.

    Philadelphia political leadership must be informed that the private-sector finance system that supports the proposed sale of PGW is dependent on the Federal Reserve's unlimited bailout system. It is only through expanding the City's capacity to increase energy flux density per capita per square mile that economy growth can occur.

    PGW is vital to the City's economy formation, an economy platform that can bring the City into the hydrogen economy and on into the fusion economy. There is no such thing as limits to growth. There is only limitless growth.

    However, through the logic of private-sector finance, contraction is demanded in every sector of the population's economy. Labor, the basis of capital formation, is purged. Schools and hospitals are to be closed, police, fire, teachers, and medical professionals are all threatened. We suffer a constant degradation of our standard of living.

    Philadelphia must seek its independence from the private-sector finance. Philadelphia is in control of about $6.5 billion in assets. The City has its own redevelopment corporation. Philadelphia Gas Works can be improved and expanded through the facilitation of its own agencies. The Pennsylvania Energy Fund, a $650 million fund, may serve as a resource for PGW.

    Philadelphia has many agencies, and so an intercity agency for financing and funding a corporation through a public bank could be formed. I ask the City in this collapsing economy to go back to old-school government, invest through a public bank in education, health, and science-driven infrastructure projects that facilitate economy platforms creating the higher order of existence humanity demands.

    Thank you so much.

  • (Applause.)

  • Cye Sheppard, commenting on 120118.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, Mr. President. Good afternoon, City Council. Good afternoon, citizens. I'm commenting on 120118, and it's still -- I concur with the brother just before me that we should not even consider selling Philadelphia Gas Works or consider selling the Liquor Control Board or consider selling the Turnpike or consider selling our schools, you know, or consider a lot of things.

    Everything is about privatization now. It's capitalization. And it's a shame, because these are funding sources for Philadelphia, but if somebody makes a significant contribution to your campaign and back-door deals, then it's incentivized to make these deals happen, because our rates will go up and there's deregulation. So we got to think smart and look out for our future.

    Another thing, I have three minutes up here, whereas City Council and their staff have all day, all week. So I'm going to make a motion to extend public comments to ten minutes.

    I second that motion.

    You've heard the question. Are you prepared to vote?

    Yes.

    All in favor?

    Aye.

    The motion carries.

    So now I got an extra six minutes. Just kidding.

    So this thing about a 33 million tax break for billionaires, who is going to make up the difference? The poor people. We always do. No input on selling these schools. They're our schools. They're not the SRC's schools. They're not the Board of Education's schools. They're not City Council's schools. They're not Nutter schools. They're not Corbett schools. They're our schools. But have me or anybody else here been invited to a public hearing to say what should we do with Germantown High, what should we have done with West Philly High? No. So it's the tail wagging the dog.

    It used to be things like statesmen and people service the people, like David Richardson. Now it's like it's not representative. It's like y'all make decisions based on what you want to do, and it's unfair.

    So I'm going to close by saying we don't need Dilworth Skating Rink, because what did it do? It displaced a lot of homeless. I asked Al Sharpton yesterday, I said, What happens to a politician who gets in office and then in two years he sells his soul to the devil? He makes money and stack as much as he can to see how long he can stay in office. You know what he did? He deferred to somebody else.

    My closing statement will be, there's one person here I know that's worth their soul, Jannie Blackwell. There's other people I'm watching, brother Kenyatta Johnson, you know, brother Wilson Goode.

    There's no $33 million tax break.

    And, lastly, you know, that Henon guy, Councilman Henon, he's going to be tough to deal with. He going to make the Tea Party look like he captain.

  • I'm Cye Harold Sheppard --

  • (Microphone was cut off.)

  • All right, sir. Your time is up. Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • There are no other speakers on the public comment list, Mr. President.

  • Thank you so much. Thank you very much.

    We will now consider today's Consent Agenda. I will ask Mr. Decker to please read the titles of all the bills on the Consent Agenda. After each title is read, any member may object to the inclusion of the bill on the Consent Agenda. Upon such an objection and without debate, the bill will be immediately removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on our regular Final Passage Calendar.

    Mr. Decker will now read the title of the bills on the Consent Agenda.

  • Bill No. 130629, entitled "An ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Aramingo Avenue, Wheatsheaf Lane, Belgrade Street and Butler Street"; and

    Bill No. 130632, entitled "An ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Hermitage Street, Henry Avenue, Dupont Street, Ridge Avenue, Monastery Avenue, Dexter Street, Lyceum Avenue, Manayunk Avenue, Leverington Avenue, and Ridge Avenue"; and

    Bill No. 130633, entitled "An ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded generally by Station Road, Edison Avenue, Trevose Road, and Maple Avenue and including the south side of Maple Avenue"; and

    Bill No. 130634, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Zoning and Planning,' by revising use regulations, pertaining to vehicle and vehicular equipment sales and services in certain areas of the City"; and

    Bill No. 130655, entitled "An ordinance amending Chapter 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Zoning and Planning,' by adding special provisions regulating temporary real estate and wall signs in certain districts"; and

    Bill No. 130695, entitled "An ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by 54th Street, Lebanon Avenue, Georges Lane, and Arlington Street"; and

    Bill No. 130745, entitled "An ordinance amending an ordinance approved June 25, 2013 (Bill No. 130180) adopting the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2014, by making certain additional appropriations needed to meet the unanticipated emergency created by the availability of a state grant to help with the fiscal crisis of the School District of Philadelphia"; and

    Bill No. 130384, entitled "An ordinance authorizing the termination of parking regulations on Buist Avenue, from 69th Street to 68th Street, south side"; and

    Bill No. 130700, entitled "An ordinance amending Section 9-201 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Curb Markets,' to provide for one or more master license agreements for curb markets on South 9th Street, and making other changes applicable to all curb markets, all under certain terms and conditions."

  • Thank you, Mr. Decker.

    These bills have been read on two different days. The question for each bill now is shall the bill pass finally. Mr. Decker shall call the roll, and upon being called, each Councilmember shall vote aye on each of the bills, nay on each of the bills or indicate those bills for which the member is voting aye and those bills for which the member is voting nay.

    Mr. Decker, please call the roll.

  • Aye on the Consent Agenda.

  • Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Councilman Greenlee.

  • Councilman Johnson.

  • Councilman O'Brien.

  • Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Councilman Squilla.

  • Council President Clarke.

  • Aye on all bills.

    A majority of all members having voted in the affirmative for each of the bills, the bills on the Consent Agenda are passed.

    We will now consider the resolutions and bills on the regular Second Reading and Final Passage Calendar.

    Mr. Decker, would you please read the title of 130820.

  • A resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the Point Breeze Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 1154 South Fifteenth Street.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Johnson.

  • I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it. Resolution No. 130820 is approved.

    Mr. Decker, 130821.

  • A resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the Kingsessing Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 2018 South Salford Street.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Johnson again.

  • I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it. 130821 is adopted.

    Mr. Decker, 130822.

  • A resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, without consideration, deeds conveying conditional fee simple title to certain City-owned lots or pieces of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate in the Thirty-Sixth Ward of the City of Philadelphia.

  • The Chair again recognizes Councilman Johnson.

  • Council President, I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it and Resolution 130822 is approved.

    Mr. Decker, 130825.

  • A resolution urging the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to increase funding allotted for the Weatherization Assistance Program to the City of Philadelphia in order to increase the quality of life for low income residents by improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it and Resolution 130825 is adopted.

    Mr. Decker, 130826.

  • A resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the New Kensington-Fishtown Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 2412 through 14 Amber Street.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Squilla.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it. 130826 is adopted.

    I believe there are no bills on the regular Final Passage Calendar left, so we will now ask Mr. Decker if you have any additional resolutions.

  • A resolution recognizing November 17th through 23rd 2013 as Transgender Awareness Week, introduced by Councilman Kenney.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • I move the adoption of the resolution. I'd like to speak briefly.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    Before we take the vote, the Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I thank all the members in advance for the support of this bill. I think it's really important that we recognize all human beings as exactly that, as human beings. Life is very hard for everyone. It's harder for some than others, and any time we can get government to help move obstacles out of the way of people's happiness and validity and dignity, I think it's incumbent upon us to do so. We can only obviously do that at a local level because of our jurisdiction, but I think setting an example in this state especially and in other parts of the country that we include everyone in our family here in Philadelphia. And over the years, we've had fights about people being discriminated against because of the color of their skin and because of their gender or because of their ethnic background. We all are born who we are, and I think we need to continue to recognize that and stand up for people's rights.

    So I thank all of my colleagues and I thank you in advance for your support.

  • Thank you.

    It has been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it. The resolution is approved.

  • And a resolution proclaiming that the City of Philadelphia recognizes the life of Carl Goldenberg, the third-generation of operators of the Goldenberg Candy Company, the originator of Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, introduced by Councilman Green.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Green.

  • I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that resolution is adopted.

  • And a resolution recognizing November 2013 as Epilepsy Awareness Month in honor of individuals living with Epilepsy, their families and those working to improve their quality of life, introduced by Councilman O'Brien.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Brien.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that resolution is adopted.

  • And a resolution recognizing and congratulating Linda Cliatt-Wayman for her dedication to and success within the School District of Philadelphia, introduced by Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that resolution is adopted.

  • And a resolution recognizing the American Red Cross and Filipino-American Association of Philadelphia for their efforts to alleviate the suffering of victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and other contributions made to improve the general welfare of man and improve the cultural relations of the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America, introduced by Councilman Jones.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • May I speak briefly on this resolution?

  • Thank you. This was co-sponsored by all members at large, but particularly Councilman Oh.

    You may argue global warming. You may argue the science behind it, but what we cannot argue is that was the largest storm we've seen in quite a while, arguably one of the largest in the history of the world.

    One would ask why are we recognizing the Red Cross. Because they stood up, along with other community organizations, to respond to the thousands of lives that are lost in the Philippines.

    One thing we cannot argue is, we have one planet and we have nowhere else to go, and either we treat it correctly, either we recognize that the earth is trying to heal itself or it will remind us.

    So we want to recognize those who are relieving suffering of the Filipinos that lost their lives and those who survived that tragic storm. And I'd like it to be recognized in a standing vote by members.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded, and we have a standing vote, please, for those victims of the storm.

  • (All members standing.)

  • And a resolution recognizing and celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia for its important contribution to strengthening the Japanese American community and enriching the overall qualify of life for all citizens of Philadelphia, introduced by Councilman Oh.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that resolution is adopted.

  • There are no other resolutions on the Final Passage Calendar, Mr. President.

  • Thank you very much.

    And are there any speeches on the part of the minority?

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Brien.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. In early October, the Law and Government Committee held an investigatory hearing regarding the Mayor's request for proposal seeking a private entity to provide legal representation to indigent clients where the Defenders Association is prohibited from providing representation due to a conflict of interest.

    The Administration initially proposed a $10 million one-year deal, designed to purposefully avoid City Council input. I called for this hearing after many unsuccessful attempts to persuade the Administration to scrap their plan and start anew.

    At the hearing, not one of the ten local, state, and national expert witnesses endorsed the Administration's for-profit model. Additionally, the well-regarded experts illuminated countless fundamental flaws that compromise justice, leave the City ripe for litigation and more unforeseen expenses. There was only one witness at the hearing and only one voice in the entire conversation that believed this for-profit model was a good idea, the Administration.

    Subsequent to our hearing, I met with Mayor Nutter on October 18th, 2013 to discuss this defective for-profit model in the hopes that he would change his course. In that conversation, I stated I was not going away on this issue. I respectfully told the Mayor that I am digging in with my staff, because proper legal representation is a constitutional right, and this is an inherently flawed model.

    Today, I honor those words by introducing legislation co-sponsored by Councilman Greenlee to address some of those concerns. One measure seeks to establish reporting and auditing requirements for certain contracts for conflict counsel for indigent individuals. This bill will require the Mayor to submit to Council a comprehensive performance and financial audit report. This audit will be performed by a seasoned third party from the indigent defense world and will hold the work of the contracted firm in plain sight for our examination.

    The second measure proposes an amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter which will require City Council approval for certain contracts for one year or less for the purpose of providing legal representation and related services for indigent persons.

    I understand that a Charter change is a heavy consideration for this body and our citizens, but we are talking about preserving the constitutional rights of those most vulnerable among us. Therefore, I am very comfortable taking this course of action.

    This isn't about being against something. This is about being for something. I am for transparency, inclusiveness and, most importantly, justice.

    I have respectfully asked the Administration to scrap the plan and start over numerous times, but to no avail. Metaphorically speaking, there are hills you die on. This is what I tell my staff when we are confronted with issues that present a conflict to our values, personal constitutions, and what is ultimately just and fair.

    With my staff in tow, I am now charging up one of those hills. This is a hill you die on. This is the hill I'm dying on.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you so much, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. First I have an announcement and then remarks.

    In keeping with the work we started this past spring regarding the status of women and girls in Philadelphia, this afternoon as a part of our monthly Brown Bag series for women and all enlightened men, I invite staff and colleagues to hear a conversation with Dr. Heidi Hartmann. She serves as President of the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research. She is an international feminist economist and is here in Philadelphia as a 2013 Scholar-in-Residence at the Greater Philadelphia Women's Study Consortium. So she'll be joining us immediately following City Council as part of our monthly Brown Bag series.

    Today, I also wish to shine a light on House Bill No. 1047 in Harrisburg. 1047 -- utility companies were granted -- well, forgive me. In 2004, utility companies were granted broad authority regarding shut-offs, reconnections, payment agreements, medical certifications, and LIHEAP, also known as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This bill is about to go off into the sunset, and I believe that is where it should stay.

    Some in Harrisburg want to reauthorize the bill. To be clear, House Bill 1047 does the following: It restricts low-income customers in the Utilities Customer Assistance Program from arranging a reasonable payment plan. House Bill 1047 allows utilities to terminate service without personally contacting customers three days prior to and on the day of termination. House Bill 1047 allows utilities to terminate service in the winter, from December 1 through March 31st. House Bill 1047 allows utilities to direct LIHEAP and Crisis payments using these dollars for their own general fund rather than to restore them or prevent termination of service.

    My colleagues and I certainly understand that a lot of pain is caused across the City, because shortly we'll be getting lots of calls for help from citizens, most notably seniors, children suffering with health issues due to the cold, and parents given payment plans that they cannot afford. I wish to add my voice to the growing list of leaders calling for an end to this policy.

    Representative Curtis Thomas, Sam Staten of Laborers International Local 332, Pete Matthews of AFSCME District Council 33, and others understand that people are suffering. They understand that if you cannot pay your utility bill, it does not make you a bad person. It makes you a person in a bad situation.

    To quote our city's consumer advocate, I think the issue is the failure of the PUC to mandate affordable low-income plans, affordable terms to avoid termination, and the failure of the PUC to see the issue of poverty as an issue that should not be solved by forcing people to suffer the cold without heat. He goes on further to say that the republican-controlled SRC allows its lack of caring and decision to put its ideology ahead of reason by not seeing that students who lack heat, students who lack hot water, students who don't have cooking stoves suffer academically. There's a lot of research to prove that so.

    Thus, I am encouraging everyone to call your State Reps, ask them to support House Bill 939 with the sunset provision or go to pahouse.com/thomas and sign an online petition asking that this measure be.

    Thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate speaking on behalf of those who most benefit from the LIHEAP programs. Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • And the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I certainly associate myself and agree with all those comments just made.

    As a reminder, tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in the Caucus Room, Ms. Wendella Fox, Director of the Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, will brief Council on the responsibilities and duties of her office, which include the processing of complaints filed by students or their parents from kindergarten through doctoral programs if the complaint is based on race, natural origin, ethnicity, English not being their first language, gender, physical and mental disability, and/or age. We hope that you will make time to be present.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I was not going to do a speech of the majority. I know you were anxiously anticipating the light going on, but I was not going to do it until my colleague Councilwoman Reynolds Brown rose to shed the light on House Bill 1047.

    I have held the bill requiring a 20 percent increase in the payment to the City of Philadelphia to be dedicated for energy conservation and programs like this since last session. I want to announce that I'm not going to hold it again, not another week, because the temperature outside is below 32 degrees today and that those gas bills are going to hit the mail for November, and more people will be homeless due to utility shut-offs than ever because of mortgage foreclosures.

    There are -- I know every one of my colleagues in this Chamber gets a call at least once a week this time of year about utility shut-offs and things like that.

    They have come up with a new term for poor, a super poor. I mean, not super person, not super abilities, but below the category of poor, so poor that some of the traditional programs like CAP and LIHEAP don't even apply. There is a category of poor today that because of the circumstances of the house, because of energy leaks through the roof, because of cracks in the window, they won't even bother to weatherize it because it's just beyond help.

    We have the ability -- everything has going up in the last 20 years, except what the City gets from PGW. Gas has gone up. Rent has gone up. Food has gone up. Definitely our constituents' taxes have gone up, but the only thing that remains the same is the PGW amount to the City of Philadelphia.

    We will consider this bill, and in the proud tradition of my colleague Councilwoman Blackwell that doesn't mind going down 16 to 1 on a vote or Wilson Goode who rarely checks a poll before he does something, we're going to call this vote, because too many of my constituents asked me at AVI workshops, Councilman, it's nice what you do for the super poor, but what are you going to do for the maintenance of the middle class? And next week we're going to answer that question, at least incrementally, 10 percent, that we're going to do something to weatherize, reduce their utility expenditures and help them out.

    Everybody else gets bailed out, Wall Street to Main Street, except our streets, and we're going to vote next week.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • (Applause.)

  • That concludes our speeches on the minority and majority. So with that, I would ask Councilwoman Brown to give us a motion to adjourn this session.

  • Certainly, Mr. President. I move that Council stand adjourned until Thursday, November the 21st, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It has been moved and properly seconded that Council stand adjourned until November 21st, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • Council is adjourned.

    Thank you all very much.

  • (Stated Meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.)