Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

  • Good morning, everyone.

  • (Good morning.)

  • Let me apologize for the late start this morning. We had business that we had to discuss prior to the caucus, so I want to apologize for that. So we'll try to move the session as expeditiously as possible so we can get you out of here on time.

    At this time, I'd like to ask all the members to take their seats and any guests or visitors please retire behind the rail. I want to thank you so much for your cooperation.

    To give our invocation this morning, the Chair recognizes Pastor Joseph Genito of St. Rita's Parish. He is here today as the guest of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. And I saw our good friend Ron Donatucci here also that made sure that the Pastor was here.

    I'd ask all guests and visitors to please rise. Thank you.

  • (Members and guests rise.)

  • Let us pray.

    God almighty and all powerful source of love and everything in creation, we ask your blessing upon those gathered here today in City Council. May your spirit enlighten the hearts of all those engaged in the discussions affecting the people of Philadelphia so that they may further the common good. Guide them by your wisdom to work for justice for all the people they have been elected to serve. Give them courage to champion the rights of their constituents, especially those most vulnerable, the poor and the powerless. Pour out on your servants a spirit of truth, understanding, and integrity that they may know with all their hearts what is good and pleasing to you.

    Good and gracious God, in whose hand lies every human heart, look with favor on these public servants who have been chosen to govern, recognizing that their authority derives from doing what is right and just on behalf of the people in their care. May the trust of those same people in their public servants prove to be well founded.

    Commending to you these elected officials called to serve with humble hearts and a strong resolve to do what is right and just, we offer our prayers that you may continue to inspire their hearts and minds and strengthen their character, always to consider first the common good of all.

    In your good and gracious name, we offer these prayers, you who live and reign forever and ever.

  • Thank you, Pastor, for those inspiring words.

  • (Council at ease.)

  • Thank you so much.

    The next order of business is the approval of the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, November 14th, 2013.

    Before I call on Councilman Greenlee, I'd ask anyone who has a device, an electronic device that makes any noise, be it cell phone or whatever other type of device you may have, I'd ask that you please turn it off or turn it on silent. Thank you for your cooperation.

    And the Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, November 14th, 2013 be approved.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It has been moved and properly seconded that the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, November 14th, 2013 stand approved.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

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

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

  • Thank you, Mr. President. On behalf of the democrats, there are no requests for leaves of absence today.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Neill.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. On behalf of the republicans, there are no requests for leave of absence.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    At this time, I'd like to dispense with the regular order of business and I want to again apologize for our late start, but I really would like to thank you for coming down today to witness your government in action. We really appreciate you taking time out of your day to come down and enjoy the day with us. We hope that your stay today is a pleasurable one, so much so that you come back again. Again, thank you so much.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez, who will present a resolution recognizing and honoring the life of Roberto Clemente, my personal hero, and his family on the occasion of the publishing of "Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero." Would Mr. Roberto Clemente, Jr. and those accompanying him please join the Councilwoman at the podium.

    And we have Councilman Greenlee also joining.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. When I asked Councilman Greenlee to join me, it was based on the notion that he was the biggest Clemente fan, Council President, so...

    I also want to recognize Clemente, Jr., who is here. He is joined by his daughter and Mr. Trujillo, who is the owner of Supremo Markets -- Council President, there's one in your district -- Supremo Supermarkets, who introduced me to the family and is helping with this launch and bringing attention to this very important book that documents the experience -- and Roberto, Jr. will speak to that -- the experience of a very unique family and of a very unique human being. We should all aspire to be Roberto Clemente and to have the type of legacy that he has.

    He was not only an amazing baseball player, but he was an amazing human being, and all of us who work in public service want to have a legacy. His is one that through this book and through this process his family has memorialized forever for generations to come.

    I am one of the first graduating members of Roberto Clemente School. We renamed our school -- at that time it was Pennsylvania Advancement Middle School, and so I was one of the 8th graders who petitioned the School District to change its name. That school is now in my district and I'm a proud graduate of that.

    So with that, I ask Councilman Greenlee to join me in recognizing and honoring the life of Roberto Clemente and his family on the occasion of the publishing of "Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero."

  • Whereas, Roberto Clemente was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico and at the age of seventeen began his career in professional baseball with the -- oh, boy -- Cangrejeros de Santurce in 1952, followed by his time with the Montreal Royals, the Triple A team of the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he played until he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 1955 season; and

    Whereas, from 1955 until 1972, Roberto Clemente played for the Pittsburgh Pirates as a right fielder, and over that eighteen season career he was a National League Most Valuable Player, a twelve time Major League Baseball All-Star, four time National League Batting Champion, a winner of the Babe Ruth Award, a twelve time Gold Glove Award honoree, a two time World Series champion, and in 1971 the World Series Most Valuable Player; and

    Through his success, Roberto Clemente paved the way for future Latino Major League Baseball players, being the first Latino to win a World Series as a starter, to win an MVP award, and to be named the World Series MVP; and

    Whereas, in 1973, Roberto Clemente was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, being the first Latino American to receive that honor and one of two players, along with Lou Gehrig, for whom the mandatory five-year waiting period for entrance into the Hall of Fame was waived; and

    Whereas, not only was Robert Clemente a successful professional athlete, he also was dedicated to serving others, and his charity work took him to both Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America, and in 1971 when while traveling to Managua, Nicaragua to provide relief to earthquake victims, Roberto Clemente tragically died when the plane he was traveling in crashed into the ocean off the coast of Puerto Rico; and

  • Whereas, the legacy of Roberto Clemente is recognized and lives on here in Philadelphia through the Roberto Clemente Park and Playground at 18th and Mount Vernon, the Roberto Clemente Promise Academy, and the statue of Mr. Clemente located at the school whose inscription memorializes his powerful words: Quiero que me recuerden como uno que dio todo lo que tenia para dar. I want to be remembered as someone who gave all that he had to give; and

    Whereas, to honor his life, "Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero" was written by Vera, Roberto, Jr., Ricky Clemente, along with CBS sports writer Mike Freeman, who work to preserve the memory of their husband and father in the hope that his life can inspire the hope and charity that Roberto Clemente embodied; and

    Whereas, the Clemente family, like their husband and father, are also dedicated to service, and to continue that tradition founded the Roberto Clemente Foundation to serve as a bridge for youth to become responsible members of their communities through sports, education, and community service; therefore be it

    Resolved, that the Council of the City of Philadelphia hereby recognizes and honors the life of Roberto Clemente for his illustrious career which broke down barriers for Puerto Ricans and Latinos in baseball, and for his dedication to public service and critical volunteer work. We also honor the Clemente family for carrying on in his footsteps of their husband and father by continuing his dedication to charity and his work to provide strong Latino role models through their book "Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero." We thank the entire Clemente family for their service, and we look forward to their continued dedication to sports, youth, and the Latino community for years to come.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • The Chair recognizes Mr. Clemente for remarks.

  • Thank you. On behalf of the Clemente family, we want to thank all of you. And one of the things that my father lived by was if you have an opportunity to make a difference and you don't, you're wasting your time on earth. And I believe that the way that he passed solidified him as a true human being, and after 40 years of his death, we still are very proud of the true fingerprint that he left on the game of baseball but, most importantly, in our society.

    Thank you very much.

  • (Applause.)

  • (Council at ease.)

  • Thank you.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell, who will present a resolution recognizing the tireless dedicated efforts of The Workshop School. Would Simon Hauger and those accompanying him please join the Councilwoman at the podium.

    And joining Councilwoman Blackwell, we also have Councilman Kenney and Councilman Jones and Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Resolution recognizing the tireless dedicated efforts of The Workshop School in celebrating its official opening as a four-year School District of Philadelphia public high school.

    Whereas, original founders of the program Michael Clapper, C. Aiden Downey, Simon Hauger, and Matthew Riggan were teachers and colleagues at West Philadelphia High School where they became friends and formulated the ideas for the program; and

  • Whereas, years later, after a successful two-year pilot program at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, The Workshop School officially opened its doors as a full four-year School District of Philadelphia public school on September 9th, 2013; and

    Whereas, The Workshop School is now located in the heart of the 3rd Councilmanic District - 221 South Hanson Street; and

    Whereas, while the current enrollment at the school is in the double digits, at its peak, The Workshop School plans to eventually enroll 500 students in its high-caliber program;

  • Whereas, of the 28 students that graduated from the school this past year, 96 percent were accepted to college and 74 percent matriculated. The curriculum trusts students to make decisions, wanting students to explain, justify as many of those decisions as possible, which reinforces the notion that there may not be one right answer and to make the most out of failure - failure being a necessary part of innovation and problem-solving; and

  • Whereas, co-founder and current principal of The Workshop School, Mr. Simon Hauger, while stressing the importance of content, recognizes the broader goal of education. When you think about the skills you use every day, I doubt that you call on Algebra 2 skills very often. Why can't school be more about figuring out what you're interested in and passionate about and developing that skill set? You need to read, write, and do math and know something about thinking as scientists and as social scientists. But how do you translate that into a meaningful experience for kids; and

    Whereas, the opening of a high-performing high school in West Philadelphia is a significant step forward to bettering the overall educational outcomes of the City of Philadelphia entirely; now therefore, be it

  • Resolved, that the Philadelphia City Council recognizes the tireless dedicated efforts of The Workshop School and celebrates its official opening as a School District of Philadelphia public high school. And we are proud this was certainly agreed to and signed by the President and all members of City Council.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • The Chair recognizes Mr. Hauger for remarks.

  • Thank you very much, Councilwoman Blackwell. We really appreciate the continued support that we've gotten from the City Council and the leadership in Philadelphia to help bring this dream into reality.

    As most of us know, people learn differently, and so often schools are designed as one size fits all, and we're so excited to have the opportunity to bring this approach to education to the public school students in Philadelphia.

    So thank you for recognizing us for that. Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • (Council at ease.)

  • Thank you so much.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you very much, Mr. President. I'd like to introduce to you and my colleagues and everyone here a special guest today joining us is Alex Lipton, Director of Governmental Affairs and Press for the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic region, which is located here in Philadelphia.

    Thank you for joining us.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you very much, Mr. President.

  • Thank you so much, Councilman.

    And the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Hold on, Councilwoman.

    Folks, can I ask you all to keep your voices down a little bit, please. Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. It gives me great pleasure this morning to first commend and say thank you to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, as they heard the appeal made by the Forum for Executive Women, the Urban League of Philadelphia, and read the Women on Boards bill and that they have now not only considered and recruited but hired a credentialed, seasoned professional to serve as their new executive there in the executive suite. This woman comes serving as senior advisor for a private equity firm. She was a high-ranking executive at an international energy company and earlier in her career served as Vice President for Duke Energy Corporation. She's Harvard Business School, Yale University trained. So there's no question about her credentials.

    Now in her new position as an executive with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, she will oversee all of the Chamber's advocacy activities at the federal, state, regional, and city level. So it's my wonderful pleasure to present to some and introduce to others Lisa Crutchfield, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's new hired executive.

  • (Applause.)

  • Welcome, Ms. Crutchfield.

    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 I have signed the following bill which was passed by Council at its session today, November 14, 2013: Bill No. 130745; and I am submitting herewith for the consideration of your honorable body an ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 from the Grants Revenue Fund, the Director of Finance - Provision for Other Grants and from the Acute Care Hospital Fund, the Department of Public Health to the Acute Care Hospital Fund, the Department of Public Health - State Payment; and

    An ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 within the Aviation Fund from certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions to the Director of Finance - Fringe Benefits; and

    An ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 within the General Fund from certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions to certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions; and

    An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and enter into a declaration of rights, easements, covenants, and restrictions to govern the relationship among that certain parcel of land, together with the improvements thereon, commonly known as JFK Plaza located at 15th and Arch Streets; that certain parcel of land, together with the improvements located thereon, commonly known as Love Park Parking Garage located generally beneath JFK Plaza at 15th and Arch Streets; and certain parcels of land around and beneath Love Park Parking Garage; and

    An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property, on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, to execute and deliver a deed conveying fee simple title to a certain parcel of land, together with the improvements located thereon, commonly known as Love Park Parking Garage located generally between JFK Plaza at 15th and Arch Streets; and

    An ordinance amending Chapter 9-200 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Commercial Activities on Streets," by amending Section 9-211, entitled "Boxes for the Distribution of News and Printed Material," to add new subsections providing for additional penalties and procedures or violations of the Section, all under certain terms and conditions.

  • Thank you. Those messages will be printed in today's Journal.

    Mr. Decker, do you have any additional communications?

  • Mr. President, we have received through the Mayor's Office letters from the City Planning Commission to the Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia, setting forth the Commission's recommendations with respect to Bill Nos. 130725, 130726, and 130770.

  • Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Decker.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer two privileged resolutions which I'd like to be heard today.

  • A privileged resolution authorizing the Committee on Public Safety to hold public hearings to examine the working relationship between the City of Philadelphia, its agencies including the Police Department, and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and to determine the impact on Philadelphia's immigrant community and whether this information-sharing relationship should be terminated.

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

  • And a privileged resolution authorizing the Committee on Labor and Civil Service to hold public hearings to examine the negotiations between Corizon Health and District 1199C to ensure Corizon is in compliance with all the provisions of their latest contract with the City of Philadelphia.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Today I introduce one privileged resolution.

  • Co-sponsored by all members of Council.

  • A privileged resolution honoring and recognizing the Honorable William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. for his trailblazing efforts in the area of civil rights, equality, and the law.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

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

  • 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 Forty-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 Councilwoman Tasco.

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

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Johnson.

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

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have one bill co-sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney and Councilman Jones.

  • An ordinance amending Title 21, entitled "Miscellaneous," by adding a new Chapter 21-2600, entitled "Municipal Identification Cards," that authorizes the issuance of municipal identification cards, all under certain terms and conditions.

  • That bill will be referred to the appropriate committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Green.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Nothing today.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Brien.

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

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Goode.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer five bills on behalf of the Administration.

  • An ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 from the Community Development Fund, the Director of Finance - Community Development Block Grant to the Community Development Fund, the Mayor - Office of Housing and Community Development.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 from the Grants Revenue Fund, the Director of Finance - Provision for Other Grants to the Grants Revenue Fund, certain or all City departments, boards, agencies and commissions.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 within the General Fund from certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions to certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 within the Aviation Fund from certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions to the Director of Finance - Fringe Benefits.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 from the Grants Revenue Fund, the Director of Finance - Provision for Other Grants and from the Acute Care Hospital Fund, the Department of Public Health to the Acute Care Hospital Fund, the Department of Public Health - State Payment.

  • That bill will also be referred to committee.

    And the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I'm pleased to offer one bill co-sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney and two resolutions co-sponsored by members Kenney and Jones.

  • An ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of an amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter establishing and defining the responsibilities of the Office of Sustainability; fixing the date of a special election for such purpose; prescribing the form of ballot questions to be voted on; and authorizing the appropriate officers to publish notice and to make arrangements for the special election.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And a non-privileged resolution proposing an amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide for the creation of an Office of Sustainability, to provide for the powers and duties of such Office, and to otherwise provide for incorporation of the Office into the City government.

  • And that resolution will also be referred to committee.

  • And a privileged resolution authorizing the Joint Committees on Education and Public Safety to hold hearings to discuss the use of state funding to construct two new state prisons - SCI Phoenix I and II - while funding has been drastically cut for basic education.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Point of information, Mr. President. Point of information. I failed to acknowledge Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who chairs the Education Committee, co-sponsored the last resolution on education. Thank you.

  • It will be reflected in the record. Thank you, Councilwoman.

    Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have one bill and one non-privileged resolution today.

  • Co-sponsored by Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Thank you. That will also be reflected.

  • An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Zoning and Planning," by revising certain provisions relating to the City Avenue Overlay District as it pertains to signage.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And a privileged resolution calling for joint hearings by the Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Public Health and Human Services to explore alternative healthcare methods, such as, telemedicine, mobile health care clinics, online therapy, and non-traditional nursing homes for low-income families, disabled, and elderly Philadelphia residents.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Neill.

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

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Squilla.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. No bills or resolutions today.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Bass.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have three privileged resolutions, one co-sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, one co-sponsored by Councilwoman Marian Tasco, and one co-sponsored by Councilwomen Tasco, Blackwell, Brown, and Maria Quinones-Sanchez.

  • A privileged resolution honoring and congratulating the Women's Law Project on its 40th Anniversary.

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

  • And a privileged resolution recognizing and honoring the achievements of the 2013 Martin Luther King High School football team.

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

  • And a privileged resolution recognizing and honoring the Alumnae Association of the Philadelphia High School for Girls on its 125th Anniversary.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you very much, Mr. President. I offer one non-privileged resolution. This resolution is co-sponsored by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, and Councilman Mark Squilla and signed by all members of Council.

  • A non-privileged resolution respectfully requesting the Prime Minister of Israel, the Honorable Benjamin Netanyahu, to maintain and support the Foreign Ministry of Israel's diplomatic mission in the United States by retaining the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic region in Philadelphia.

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

    Thank you all very much. That concludes the 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. The Committee of the Whole reports four bills and five resolutions with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    And, 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 Bill No. 130685, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code,' amending Subcode A, entitled 'The Philadelphia Administrative Code,' by adding a new Chapter on site safety; amending Title 6 'Health Code,' by increasing penalties and requiring notices for asbestos projects; and amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions,' by adding conditions for site safety monitor licensing"; and

    Bill No. 130688, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions,' by adding new rules and obligations pertaining to construction licenses and renewals of those licenses; creating demolition licenses and increasing fines for expediters that falsify information"; and

    Bill No. 130691, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'The Building Construction and Occupancy Code,' by amending Subcode 'A' (The Philadelphia Administrative Code) and Subcode 'B' (The Philadelphia Building Code), and Title 20 entitled 'Officers and Employees,' by adding certain provisions related to construction and demolition, special inspections, contractors, stop work orders, fees, fines, ethical violations and penalties"; and

    Bill No. 130698, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 'The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code' of The Philadelphia Code by amending Subcode 'A' (The Philadelphia Administrative Code) by adding new definitions, enforcement powers, a separate permit for demolitions, and training requirements for Licenses and Inspections code officials"; and

    Resolution No. 130709, entitled "A resolution calling on the School District of Philadelphia, the Community College of Philadelphia and all regional school districts to provide Occupational Safety and Health Administration training and certification to students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs"; and

    Resolution No. 130710, entitled "A resolution urging the Commonwealth Review and Advisory Committee, the State Legislature and the Governor to support, review and alter the codes adoption process to ensure the safety of all Pennsylvania residents"; and

    Resolution No. 130711, entitled "A resolution authorizing the formation of a Hazardous Material Policy Group to consider and make recommendations on the abatement of additional hazardous substances at demolition sites prior to demolition"; and

    Resolution No. 130712, entitled "A resolution calling on the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections to strengthen oversight and enforcement of the construction and demolition industry through effective use of technology"; and

    Resolution No. 130713, entitled "A resolution calling on Mayor Michael A. Nutter to immediately issue an Executive Order to require enforcement functions at the Department of Licenses and Inspections to report to the Department of Public Safety, as recommended by the Special Investigating Committee on Demolition Practices in Philadelphia," respectfully reports it has considered the same and returns the attached bills and resolutions to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bills No. 130685, 130688, 130691, and 130698.

  • (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. 130685, 130688, 130691, 130698.

    All those in favor please say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and these bills will be placed on our First Reading Calendar for today. Resolutions No. 130709, 130710, 130711, 130712, and 130713 will be placed on the Final Passage Calendar for our next session of Council.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman O'Brien for a report from the Committee of the Disabled and Special Needs.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on the Disabled and Special Needs reports one bill with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, would you please read that report.

  • The Committee on the Disabled and Special Needs, to which was referred Bill No. 130723, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 6, entitled 'Health Code,' Title 17, 'Contracts and Procurement,' and Title 20 'Officers and Employees' all of The Philadelphia Code, by replacing references to 'mental retardation' with references to 'intellectual disability,' all 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 O'Brien.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bill No. 130723.

  • (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. 130723.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

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

    That concludes our committee report, and 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 at our next session of Council.

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

  • 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 9-600, 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 amending Chapter 19-3400,

    entitled 'Excise Tax on Outdoor

    Advertising Transactions,' by adjusting

    the excise tax on outdoor advertising

    signs, all under certain terms and

    conditions."

  • Thank you. The Chair agrees, and these

    bills will be placed on the Second

    Reading and Final Passage Calendar for

    our next session of Council.

    At this time, I'd like to

    recognize Councilman Jones for a motion

    concerning the resolutions and bills on

    the Final Passage Calendar.

  • Thank you

    again, Mr. President. I move that the

    rules of Council be suspended to permit

    the use of a Consent Agenda to consider

    the following resolutions on the Final

    Passage Calendar today: Resolutions No.

    130858, 130864, 130865, 130866, 130867,

    130751, 130752, 130824, 130827, 130828,

    and 130829.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and

    properly seconded that the rules of

    Council be suspended so as to permit the

    use of a Consent Agenda to consider the

    resolutions 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 Resolution Consent

    Agenda shortly.

    The Chair now recognizes

    Councilman Jones for a motion concerning

    the bills on the Second Reading and Final

    Passage Calendars.

  • Thank you again, 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 today: Nos. 130579, 130719, 130720, 130726, 130590, 130692, 130725, 130766, 130767, 130814, 130815, and 130769.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and seconded that the rules of Council be suspended to permit the use of a Consent Agenda to consider these bills just read by Councilman Jones.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and we'll consider that Consent Agenda shortly.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Jones for the purpose of calling up bills and resolutions on the regular Second and Final Passage.

  • Thanks again, Mr. President. In addition to the bills and resolutions being considered on the Consent Agenda, the following resolutions and bills are being called up from the Second Reading and Final Passage Calendar today: Nos. 130697, 130770, and 130584. All other bills and resolutions are being held.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Before considering these bills and resolutions on the Final Passage Calendar and the Consent Agenda, we will have public comment. The public comment will go as follows:

    If you are interested in testifying on a bill or resolution that is on the Final Passage Calendar -- that also includes the Consent Agenda bills and resolutions -- you must sign up to your left, if you have not already done so.

    When your name is called, there is a podium in the middle of the Council. There's a device on that podium. There's a light. When that light turns green, it is your time to speak. When it turns yellow, you have 30 seconds to conclude your remarks, and when it turns red, we ask you to please conclude your remarks. You will be given three minutes for your testimony.

    Mr. Decker, would you please call the first name on the list.

  • Judith Robinson, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • I'm assuming you're waiting until we have a distribution?

  • Everything in decency and in order. I'm here today as Judith Robinson testifying on Bill No. 130156.

    I have watched this inception, this campaign to create a land bank, the meetings, the $200,000 foundation funding, the lack of African Americans involved in any leadership position as we embark on a land grab.

    Most of the vacant land is located in the areas where African Americans were sold raggedy properties, also where white flight happened overnight in some cases, where families were redlined, and where government policies, NTI, added to the vacant land bank from 40, 50 years before.

    There are several areas of concern: white supremacy, institutional racism, ignorance, and greed. This land bank will be another layer of bureaucracy deciding who gets to develop, who gets vacant land. If this process so far is any indication of the future, we have major problems.

    African Americans lose in the implementation of these policies. This land banking alone, with the RCO fiasco, land will move without input from homeowners and residents. As public documents will prove, land banking has been ongoing for decades. This is something different. If PHA is not brought to the table, being the gentrification agency with many unmaintained parcels, we will continue this illusion of eliminating blight.

    The Sheriff Department -- and I'm going to readdress this in the future -- is selling tax lien properties without proper notification. They tape the notification on the stakeholder's door.

    We must work to abate the ills that cause people to abandon properties. Little focus is on that area as we grab land in neighborhoods where social ills are out of control.

    We must have inclusion of homeowners in this process who reside in these communities and who are vested for the long haul. Having institutional knowledge to avoid some of the nonsense that has been ongoing would also be of value.

    You deposit land in the bank, but I ask the question, who can make a withdrawal? That is the big question. Over a decade or more I have been observing this process, and as the documents that I put before you today will prove, African Americans lose. There's a gentleman, a very worldwide artist, who is being asked to move out of his property and make way for some development.

    Whenever African Americans are involved in this process, it appears that there's no way they can be included in the development or that their input is accepted. I'm sure we'll be talking about these things as time comes, but I appreciate your time and attention.

    Thank you very much.

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • And I will put this in a public record.

  • Okay. We'll make sure it's included.

  • Mark Austerberry, commenting on 130770.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good morning. My name is Mark Austerberry and I'm the Executive Director of the Philadelphia County Medical Society, better known as PCMS. PCMS is a professional membership organization of physicians who live or work in Philadelphia and represent about the interest of 4,500 physicians and their patients. Bill No. 130770 would create additional zoning barriers for new and expanding medical practices in Northeast Philadelphia, because as we understand it, there is a feeling that the situation would create new medical establishments that might cause hardships in some neighborhoods.

    The proposed legislation would make it more difficult and expensive for small medical practices to be built or expand in Northeast Philadelphia, but Northeast Philadelphia needs more doctors, not less. Health Center 10, the only City health clinic in Northeast Philadelphia, is by far the busiest in the City, while waiting lists of about eight months. Two of every five Northeast Philadelphia residents either lack health insurance or are enrolled in Medicare and about 72,000 have chronic illnesses. Many would call this situation a public health crisis.

    Equitable access to healthcare is a critical issue for the City, but this legislation could convince physicians such as small and solo practitioners from locating in the Northeast and instead choose Philadelphia neighborhoods or outside the City altogether.

    Certain areas of Philadelphia have a difficult time attracting and retaining physicians, especially primary care physicians, because of the City's high liability insurance, high taxes, high number of Medicaid and Medicare patients. We appreciate City Council's desire to ensure that certain medical facilities do not disrupt the neighborhood, but as many pediatricians would say, please do not throw the baby out with the bath water.

    We have never heard of anyone who didn't want a family physician nearby. There must be another way to ensure that Northeast Philadelphia can get the access to medical care that they need while addressing your concerns about certain facilities. The members of the Philadelphia County Medical Society ask that the support please be considered -- consider amending or holding Bill No. 130770 to address our concerns, and we thank you for your consideration.

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • Robert Taylor, commenting on 130584.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon. Good afternoon, Mr. President and members of Council, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Robert Taylor, President of Transport Workers Union Local 700, a member of the PA Council, and executive Board member of TWU, also a co-host at WPEB 88.1 FM, the Jasper Jones Show.

    I'm commenting today on Ordinance 130584, regulation of individual conduct. I oppose this ordinance. Liberty should be the main goal. This ordinance brings into question invasions of privacy as to how it's going to be enforced. Also, the PA Constitution, Section 21, the right to keep and bear arms, is supreme law.

    There are already too many laws and regulations for most people to keep up with. Quote, Cody Wilson, the inventor of the 3D printable gun, called his invention "The Liberator" after the World War II clan to drop single-shot pistols by that name over Occupy Europe. The idea back then was to make sure that the Germans feared anyone that they were lording over might be armed, Reason Magazine.

    Well, tyrants should fear the people. We should live in rightful liberty. Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within the limits drawn around us by equal rights of others, Thomas Jefferson.

    More guns, less crime.

    God save Philadelphia, and thank you very much.

  • Thank you so much for your testimony.

  • (No response.)

  • (No response.)

  • Jihad Ali, commenting on 130686 and 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good morning, Mr. President and distinguished members of this Council. I'm here to talk about Bill 130686 first.

    I'm really here just to say thank you to this Council for -- especially to the Finance Committee, Mr. Green, who chaired that committee that day, Blondell, Councilman Goode, Councilman Jones, Councilwoman Blackwell, Councilwoman Tasco, and Councilman Greenlee. You all did a fantastic job that day, because you listened to me, a citizen.

    This policy that you put in place gives citizens the right to come down to the public hearings to make our points. And I came to a public hearing. I'm not restricted by time, and I made my point. My point I made first to Councilman Goode, who opposed that bill, and my point was simply the removal of some words, five words, which was "upon the request of OEO," because the game that was being played on minorities in this city was if we didn't have the reports, we couldn't really see what was going on.

    Councilman Jones often says if you can track something, you can correct it. Well, the game was, they would hold the reports until the request of OEO. So through Councilman Goode's, one of his other committees, we got -- he got Ms. Burton to admit, well, there's no transparency, because they're not comfortable with citizens such as myself to come down and request information. So because you listened, we removed that. Because you are our elected officials. We're citizens on this side of this bar. We put our trust in you and the decisions you make.

    But the thing that you always say is about transparency. It's transparency for you, our elected officials, and it should be transparency for us as citizens to be able to see things. Well, the game they played was, it's transparency by their definition. So I thank you for changing that language to make transparency real.

    In regards to 130156, we should learn from what just happened on the other OEO legislation, and, that is, that Council, our elected officials, have to have a say in everything, because on this side, there's people that's not elected by anybody. On your side, you're elected by the people to do the people's business. The people on this side, whether it's the land bank, developers, period, they want to take your power from you. We need you to have your power, because we need to make sure that we all rise up. I don't want nobody be down. I don't want the Jews, I don't want the Hispanics, nobody. I want us all to rise together, and we need leadership to make that happen. So I thank you for that, and thank you for everything you've done for us.

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • Rick Sauer, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, Council President Clarke and other members of City Council. My name is Rick Sauer and I'm with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, which is also a member of the Philadelphia Land Bank Alliance.

    We are encouraged by the strong support of City Council and the Nutter Administration for the creation of a land bank to reform our city's broken vacant property system. Members of the Land Bank Alliance, which includes a number of both non-profit and for-profit organizations, are strongly behind passage of an effective land bank ordinance that is transparent, accountable, predictable, efficient, equitable, and has strong community involvement, with appropriate amendments, which we have proposed to Councilmembers.

    We believe that it's essential to pass this bill before Council's winter recess. So we hope to move forward -- to be able to move forward with addressing this urgent challenge and ensure that the land bank is adequately funded as part of the City's FY15 budget.

    This is an opportunity for the City Council and the Administration to create a smart, effective land bank and Council approval process for the disposition of properties, and we look forward to working with you to amend Bill No. 130156 and make sure that's finalized by your next session on December 5th so that we can get final approval on December 12th.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • Amy Laura Cahn, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon. Thank you to the Council President. Thank you, members of Council, for this opportunity to speak with you. I'm speaking today on Bill 130156. My name is Amy Laura Cahn and I'm a staff attorney with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. PILCOP, or the Law Center, is a member of both the Citywide Land Bank Alliance and the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land. We have been very proud to work with such broad-based efforts that represent such a diverse constituency of Philadelphians.

    We believe in this land bank. We've been saying over and over these words: equitable, transparent, predictable, accountable, efficient, and they start to feel like they don't have meaning any longer, but they do. This land bank has the potential to move us forward in the areas of community economic development, environmental justice, food justice, disability rights, access to affordable visitability housing, accessible housing, but we need to get it done. It will require work by all of us, and we are all committed throughout Philadelphia, but we need the bill passed. We ask that you pass this bill before winter recess so that we can start getting this work done.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to speak.

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • Clarc King, commenting on 120118.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, Mr. President and members of the City Council. Thank you. I am here to address the Resolution 120118. I ask are we past the feasibility study stage?

    Philadelphia Gas Works is the source of Philadelphia's strength and should not be sold. Its management conducts for the best interest of the population. PGW is a great economic platform whose true and real potential has not been realized. PGW can bring the City into the hydrogen economy and on into the effusion economy.

    The private-sector offensive of demanding privatization of City properties must stop. How can political leadership consider selling PGW to the private sector, the source of so much tragedy and a national economy collapse indicted for rigging energy prices? The private-sector system of debt through rigged machinations, interest rates, and credit swaps is driving the proposed sale of PGW.

    Philadelphia has a great future, about to take the step to become a super city. PGW is crucial to that great endeavor. The formation of credit financing and funding for PGW's modernization and expansion can be done within the City's organization. Philadelphia has its own redevelopment corporation and can organize the public bank. The Pennsylvania Energy Fund, a $650 million fund, may serve as a resource.

    We are on the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We all remember the Cuban missile crisis where the President's excellent state craft saved the nation and humanity from thermonuclear annihilation. We should know that NASA is the core, the origin, of the United States strength. We forget or we don't know that Kennedy traveled the nation promoting the redevelopment of North America as proposed in a NAWAPA plan. We don't know that President Kennedy constantly battled with Wall Street, the monetary financial system of usury and speculation. President Kennedy attempted a new relationship between the executive and the Federal Reserve system.

    Political leadership never confronted the fascist forces behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and many other political persons.

    The debt system of coercion and assassination must be terminated. Everyone in the political system, no matter their position, must work for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall standard in U.S. banking. We must all work for the redevelopment of Philadelphia and the redevelopment of the United States through the American national system of political economy. I believe we all have the ability to do that.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • Henry Nicholas, commenting on Councilman Kenney's resolution authorizing the Committee on Labor and Civil Service to hold public hearings to examine the negotiations between Corizon Health, Inc., and District 1199C.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Thank you so very much and thank you, my President, President Council No. 5, what I consider as the capital district.

    I rise to take a special privilege because I believe that justice was not done. For the last eight weeks, I've tried to get a copy of the Corizon prison's contract, and my members -- I represent the healthcare professionals who work at the prison, all of them. And after eight weeks begging, I'm pained that I was told to get that information by seeking it from the special information from the government.

    The prisons -- everybody here voted on the contract. Couldn't find the yeas and nays because they voted yea and nay. There was not a roll call vote. But everybody here is responsible for the contract, and we, the taxpayers, believe that we were entitled to a copy of that contract. Not receiving one, you left us no alternative other than to take the action that we will boldly take, and our members, the healthcare professionals, are voting as we speak, and for the first time in history, there will be a strike at the Philadelphia Prison by the healthcare workers who work there, and no injunction will prevent us from doing what you have forced us to do.

    I want to thank 1199's secret weapon, the introducer of this change, brother from the electric workers. They thought he was the only labor leader in Council, but we've always had a secret weapon working on behalf of workers and have always been there, and I want to thank him for bringing this to the Council.

    But I'm here to say that somebody here should act before we do, because there will be a strike at the prison by the healthcare professionals. Yesterday, 176 have already voted, and I'm predicting that by the close of the day on Saturday, they will all be finished and they will have authorized the strike unanimously, and we will carry it out at all costs. But those of you who are responsible for this contract must take responsibility for it. If not, we will have to.

    Thank you so very much for permitting us to tell you to help us to avoid this catastrophe.

  • Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Nicholas.

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

  • Thank you so much, Mr. Decker. And that concludes the public comment. We will now move forward with our Calendar.

    So first we're going to move forward on the Resolution Consent Agenda. I'm going to ask Mr. Decker to read the titles of all the resolutions on the Consent Agenda. After each title is read, any member may object to the inclusion of the resolution on the Resolution Consent Agenda. Upon such an objection, without debate, the resolution will immediately be removed from the Resolution Consent Agenda and placed on today's regular Final Passage Calendar.

    Mr. Decker, would you please now read the titles of the resolutions on the Consent Agenda.

  • Resolution No. 130858, entitled "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-Seventh Ward of the City of Philadelphia"; and

    Resolution No. 130864, entitled "A resolution calling on energy producers currently engaged in hydrocarbon recovery operations in 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

    Resolution No. 130865, entitled "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-Eighth Ward of the City of Philadelphia"; and

    Resolution No. 130866, entitled "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 Thirteenth Ward of the City of Philadelphia"; and

    Resolution No. 130867, entitled "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

    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."

  • Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones for a motion to adopt each of the resolutions on the Consent Agenda.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption of each of the resolutions on the Resolution Consent Agenda.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that each of the resolutions on the Consent Agenda be adopted.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and all of the resolutions on the Consent Agenda have been adopted.

    We will now consider today's Bill Consent Agenda. I would ask Mr. Decker to please read the titles of all the bills on the Consent Agenda. After each title is read, any member who objects to a bill being included on the Consent Agenda shall voice their objections, and without debate, that bill will immediately be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on our regular Final Passage Calendar.

    Mr. Decker, please read the titles of the bills on the Consent Agenda.

  • Bill No. 130579, entitled "An ordinance authorizing Pradeep Kuthiala, owner and operator of the newsstand located on 6000 North Broad Street, to construct, use, and maintain conduits in, under, and across 6000 North Broad Street"; and

    Bill No. 130719, entitled "An ordinance establishing a no truck parking regulation on Champlost Avenue, from Front Street to Hammond Avenue, both sides"; and

    Bill No. 130720, entitled "An ordinance authorizing and directing the changing of the name of Shelborne Street, from Lardner Street to Cottman Avenue, to Shelbourne Street"; and

    Bill No. 130726, entitled "An ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan Nos. 71 and 238 by striking from the City Plan and vacating Swanson Street from Catharine Street to its terminus northwardly therefrom and striking from the City Plan and vacating Fitzwater Street from Christopher Columbus Boulevard to its terminus westwardly therefrom"; and

    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. 130692, entitled "An ordinance approving the forty-first amendment of the redevelopment proposal for the Model 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. 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. 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"; and

    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 2013 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"; and

    Bill No. 130769, entitled "An ordinance amending The Philadelphia Code by replacing the term "ex-offender" with the term "Returning Citizen."

  • 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 these bills, nay on each of the bills or indicate those bills for which the member is voting aye or nay.

    Mr. Decker, please call the roll.

  • Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Aye on all bills, except I recuse myself on -- I abstain on Bills 130766 and 130767 for the reasons stated in a memo given to the Chief Clerk at the Finance Committee hearing where these bills were heard.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Councilman Greenlee.

  • Councilman Johnson.

  • (No response.)

  • Councilman O'Brien.

  • Councilman O'Neill.

  • Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Councilman Squilla.

  • Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Council President Clarke.

  • Aye on all bills.

    A majority of all members having voted in the affirmative, each of these bills pass. I would like to for the record note that Councilman Green abstained on 130766 and 130767.

    Thank you all very much. That concludes our Consent Agenda. We will now move towards our regular agenda, and I would ask Mr. Decker to please read Bill No. 130770.

  • An ordinance amended Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Zoning and Planning," by revising use regulations relating to medical, dental and health practitioners in certain areas of the City.

  • This bill has been read on two separate days. The question is shall the bill pass finally.

    Mr. Decker, call the roll.

  • Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Councilman Greenlee.

  • Councilman Johnson.

  • Councilman O'Brien.

  • Councilman O'Neill.

  • Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Councilman Squilla.

  • Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Council President Clarke.

  • Aye.

    The ayes are 17; the nays are zero. A majority of members present voting in the affirmative, the bill passes.

    Mr. Decker, would you please read the title of 130584.

  • 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.

  • Thank you, Mr. Decker. Mr. Decker, where did we leave off? Did you read the title of the bill?

  • The title of 130584, Mr. President.

  • Yes, Mr. President.

  • Thank you.

    This bill has been read on two separate days, the question is shall the bill pass finally.

    Mr. Decker, please call the roll.

  • Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Councilman Greenlee.

  • Councilman Johnson.

  • Councilman O'Brien.

  • Councilman O'Neill.

  • Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Councilman Squilla.

  • Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Council President Clarke.

  • Aye.

    The ayes are 17; the nays are zero. A majority of members present voting in the affirmative, the bill passes.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I make a motion to withdraw Bill No. 130697.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded that -- what's that bill number again? I'm getting a lot of distractions.

  • You're withdrawing. All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and the bill is withdrawn. Thank you very much.

    Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to be recorded as voting aye on all bills on the Consent Agenda in my absence for the vote.

  • The record shall reflect that.

  • And that vote is 17; zero on those bills, with the exceptions of the two that Councilman Green had to abstain, so it was 16; zero on those particular votes.

    Mr. Decker, do you have any additional resolutions?

  • A resolution authorizing the Committee on Public Safety to hold public hearings to examine the working relationship between the City of Philadelphia, its agencies including the Police Department, and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and to determine the impact on Philadelphia's immigrant community, introduced by Councilman Kenney.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move the adoption of the resolution and would just like to speak briefly.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded. Before you take the vote, the Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. We have considered this issue in the past, but I think it's important that every now and then we revisit it, because the abuses and the problems are still going on. It is not something that I think the City of Philadelphia should be engaged in in doing immigration work and deporting people en masse. Cities like Chicago and others have ended their relationship with ICE. I don't want to see situations where a young immigrant person who happens to have maybe drank a little too much alcohol or was in some kind of argument winds up at a police station and an ICE agent is waiting for him or her when they arrive with our police. So there's a lot of intermingling going on with our police officers and ICE agents, which I think is just deplorable.

    Deportations, mass detainees, there's been over 800,000 people deported in the last year alone, and I think we need to really examine whether we should be involved in this kind of activity, and I appreciate the members' support on this resolution.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Yes. I certainly would like to thank my colleague Councilman Kenney for his work on this ICE issue. It's very important to our immigrant community, and certainly we support him and urge all our colleagues to do the same.

  • Thank you very much, Councilwoman.

    It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

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

  • (Applause.)

  • And a resolution authorizing the Committee on Labor and Civil Service to hold public hearings to examine the negotiations between Corizon Health and District 1199C to ensure Corizon is in compliance with all the provisions of their latest contract with the City of Philadelphia, introduced by Councilman Kenney.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move 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 also adopted.

  • And a resolution honoring and recognizing the Honorable William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. for his trailblazing efforts in the areas of civil rights, equality, and the law, introduced by Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • 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 authorizing the Joint Committees on Education and Public Safety to hold hearings to discuss the use of state funding to construct two new state prisons - SCI Phoenix I and II - while funding has been drastically cut for basic education, 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 calling for joint hearings by the Committee on Public Safety and Committee on Public Health and Human Services to explore alternative health care methods, such as, telemedicine, mobile healthcare clinics, online therapy, and non-traditional nursing homes for low-income families, disabled, and elderly Philadelphia residents, introduced by Councilman Jones.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • 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 honoring and congratulating the Women's Law Project on its 40th Anniversary, introduced by Councilwoman Bass.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Bass.

  • 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 honoring the achievements of the 2013 Martin Luther King High School football team, introduced by Councilwoman Bass.

  • The Chair again recognizes Councilwoman Bass.

  • 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 honoring the Alumnae Association of the Philadelphia High School for Girls on its 125th Anniversary, introduced by Councilwoman Bass.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Bass again.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I, along with Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, a graduate, 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 for consideration, Mr. President.

  • Thank you very much.

    Are there any speeches on the part of the minority?

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I just wanted to announce that my office will host the 2nd Annual Youth Non-Profit Symposium, which is really focused on non-profit organizations getting funding particularly from non-traditional sources such as corporate funders, and this year it will be held on Wednesday, December the 11th at 12:00 p.m. at Peirce College and it includes Commissioner Annie Ambrose and representatives from Coca-Cola, the Phillies, Wells Fargo, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, State Farm, Comcast Corporation, and the Non-Profit Center at LaSalle. And these days it's so difficult for many non-profits to fund their programs with so much funding being cut because of the economy, we encourage everyone to come out. They will meet the funders. They'll have a chance to network with them, and hope they will be able to get some money to support their causes.

    Thank you very much.

  • Thank you very much, Councilman.

    And on behalf of the majority, the Chair recognizes Councilman Johnson.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. This past summer I was on my way to Canada with my family and I was talking to my nephew in the car and he talked about how there were instructions for creating a gun with a 3D printer that he learned about online. And so in the midst of our conversation, at first I really didn't take him seriously, and so when I went home after our vacation, I went online on YouTube and saw several different disturbing video clips that showed how individuals can create a gun using a 3D printer, and the first thing came to my mind is, one, acts of terrorism and, two, just growing up in South Philadelphia knowing about the gang culture in the '70s, using this type of technology to create guns such as a zip gun. And some people know what zip guns are depending on what generation you're from. So I want to thank my colleagues and specifically also -- thank all of my colleagues for voting today to pass my 3D printer bill and also specifically Councilman Curtis Jones' staff for helping me put together an outstanding hearing on this issue.

    The bill will put Philadelphia on the forefront in addressing the threat posed by firearms manufactured by 3D printers. This bill will prohibit the manufacture of firearms using 3D dimensional printers. Recently, individuals have released via the Internet instructions regarding how to manufacture a working firearm using a three-dimensional printer. Currently, federal and state laws do not prohibit making a gun for personal use, so a person could make one of these guns without violating any laws. This legislation will prohibit individuals, other than licensed gun manufacturers, from manufacturing firearms using three-dimensional parts.

    I don't know of any cases in Philadelphia where an individual has manufactured a gun using a 3D printer, but there have been several cases throughout the country. I want to be proactive on this issue and make sure that Philadelphia is on the forefront of preventing all forms of gun violence.

    I don't believe there is a state preemption to this issue. The state preemption provision only regulates ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of guns and ammunition. This bill really goes to the manufacture of firearms, which is not ownership, possession, transfer or transportation.

    As technology progresses, 3D printers will become more advanced, less expensive, and more commonplace. As more people own these printers and instructions for the manufacture of guns are readily available, we are looking at a recipe for disaster. In fact, just this month it was reported that a firearm was able to make a metal gun with a 3D printer. And during our hearing, there was an interview which an individual expressed that with the 3D gun that was actually manufactured, an individual was able to get off 22 shots using this type of technology.

    So my goal was not to restrict the use of 3D printers. I believe that a vast majority of people will use these 3D printers for worthy causes, whether it's for technology, science or art, but we must act now to address this particular use of a 3D printer, which is to prevent the use of creating a firearm that can be used in an act of crime.

    I want to again thank all my colleagues for voting yes on this bill.

    Thank you very much.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Last budget session Councilman Green said that budgeting was choosing between competing ideas for good with limited resources. Today I'd like to thank you for your leadership in showing me that sometimes when there's conflict, there's an opportunity for great compromise.

    I want to particularly point out in this process one of the most stalwart advocates for consumers that use natural gas, my colleague, the Chairwoman of the Gas Commission, Councilwoman Tasco. And I want to also acknowledge the Ambassador of the Year, Councilwoman Sanchez, who helped make your prediction true.

    I want to cite a couple of facts. According to the Energy Conservation Association, 60,000 Philadelphians will be shut off from one or more utilities sometime this year, 60,000 Philadelphians. On average, Philadelphians pay $3,200 annually in utility bills. For people of low and moderate-income, particularly low income, that represents one-third of their entire budget.

    With food stamps being cut, when increasing AVI for many, with healthcare going up, with gas going up, with car fare going up, with the cost of living going up, tuitions for schools going up, having bailed out many industries, we feel as though it is time to help the middle class, poorer classes, needier folk in the City of Philadelphia. Any relief, any relief that we can offer them is a hand up.

    CDBG allocations this year is expected to be $50 million, $50 million. That's down from 1995 when we got $79 million. Don't talk about inflation. But that massive a cut for low and moderate-income people.

    When we look outside at worthwhile projects, right outside our door we're putting 60 million into a plaza. Across the street we've considered $33 million, Councilman Goode, in a TIF for a hotel. Our entire budget for low and moderate-income people is $50 million.

    So out of this conflict over the Gas Works has come great compromise and a commitment from Councilwoman Tasco and Councilwoman Sanchez to finally review the budget coming up in this spring to find every possible avenue to assist people, citizens of Philadelphia, that have yet to be bailed out. We're going to do that in an earnest way, starting early during the summer, and I am truly pleased to call them my colleagues today because of that commitment to the neediest of us.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Henon.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I'd like to take a moment to officially inform this body and recognize the passing of the wide-ranging and much-needed transportation funding bill that was officially passed out of the House for concurrence today from the state, this Commonwealth, $23 billion of transportation funding over ten years to our roads and bridges and mass transit, approximately 5 billion for public transportation, which is the artery vein so people can move around our city and region safely, 69 percent of which that $5 billion over ten years is directly to SEPTA.

    So it has been much needed, and creating 60,000 jobs, Council President, and saving approximately 20,000 jobs, as per the Commonwealth, PennDOT.

    I have had the fortunate invite to have been a part of some of these Commonwealth negotiations on behalf of labor, spearheaded by John Dougherty, Pat Gillespie, and Ryan Boyer making progressive, bold moves for the labor movement to set aside some philosophical differences and sanctities of the way we do business in the Commonwealth to moving forward a discussion, which was not being taken place in the Commonwealth, which was used as political statesmanship and maneuvering for politics, has come to fruition for the State of Pennsylvania.

    So I get the chance in my other hat to be part of some of these conversations, and I want to acknowledge their outstanding leadership, because that's what we needed to have this transportation bill passed in the Commonwealth. We needed leaders, and it started right here in the City of Philadelphia with the Philadelphia building trades and to bring a discussion further to the Speaker of the House. Speaker of the House was eventually engaged in this conversation and has shown his outstanding leadership as well in his delegation, which is kind of sensitive. And most important around here is our Philadelphia delegation, and I'm proud of each and every member of our Philadelphia delegation. None of these votes that have been taken over the last two dates have been easy. They are tough, tough votes that shows true, true leadership from the Speaker of the House, from the labor community, which represents the entire State of Pennsylvania, and our Philadelphia delegation. Everybody voted for -- made a tough vote in the Philadelphia delegation for the common good of the public interest and safety of not just Philadelphia but the Commonwealth, except one member of our Philadelphia delegation that did not vote for it. But everybody did an outstanding job.

    Council President, our relationship, your relationship with our Philly delegation and the Commonwealth has been not only new but from what I've heard and from our conversation has been inviting and has really made a difference in this transportation.

    So I want to thank you and encourage as we move forward with that kind of funding to Philadelphia and its region. Maybe now we can expand our subways to the Navy Yard and fix some of its mass transit.

  • Well, the Northeast, you know, it's halfway there now anyway, you know, but extending the subway to the Navy Yard. That is going to have direct impact and fiscal impact on jobs and creating jobs and expanding our tax base. It also sends a message to businesses. We can move people around. As you come to the City of Philadelphia, you can move people around safely and not have to worry about our roads and bridges and our infrastructure.

    Our Majority Leader points it out often, almost every other session. He talks about Pennsylvania being number one in deficiencies on our roads and our bridges here in the State of Pennsylvania. So being able to take care of our home here in Philadelphia, in our region, I encourage and hope we continue to have our relationship with our Philly delegation and the state.

    This is truly a bipartisan -- and I'm telling you, I threw out republican names and Speaker of the House again I commend, our labor community I commend. It wouldn't have happened if we didn't take these bold steps, and I encourage you as Council President to continue the relationships with our state delegation and our Speaker of the House and, listen, I got to throw our Governor a bone. The Governor got involved here, and it was -- people made decisions, putting politics aside, going into an election year. But we have $23 billion over ten years to help keep the Commonwealth safe and revitalize some of our economy here in the City of Philadelphia and our region.

    So thank you, Mr. President.

  • Yeah, Councilman. I want to say good job on that, and the continued relationship that has been established by all of us with the Philly delegation is really paying dividends, and I want to thank you for your continued efforts as it relates to that delegation.

    And Councilman Jones, Tasco, and Quinones-Sanchez, I want to thank you all for working together to come up with what will be a much better product coming down the line, which we can export some of that down to Washington to show people how we can actually work together and get some really good things done.

    We're not finished, by the way. I know I usually wait until the end, but the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Brown.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I echo the admiration shown to Jones, Tasco, and Quinones-Sanchez and the collegial manner which they approached this very, very important issue.

    I rise to remind members that the winter season is generally a very difficult time to collect blood, and though it's late, I'm hopeful that we can steal 30 minutes out of our day before 4 o'clock to give blood, as every two seconds in the United States someone needs blood; most importantly, children.

    So with that, I remind my colleagues and all members of guests, anyone who has 30 minutes out of the rest of their life until 4 o'clock to give blood and report to Room 246 any time between now and 4 o'clock this afternoon.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Yes. I'd just like to say thank you, Councilman Jones, for those comments and just reinforce the fact that there's always a way to compromise, and you can agree to disagree and then you can find a way to compromise. And I think it's going to work out fine.

    But I didn't put my light on for that. I want you to recognize Councilwoman Sanchez's birthday is today.

  • All right. Happy birthday, Councilwoman.

  • (Applause.)

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Yes. Very quickly. I got so excited in the platitudes that I forgot to make the announcement. I want to especially thank the Administration and Mayor Michael Nutter. The compromise resulted in fruit. The fruit is that PHDC and the Basic Systems Repair Program this fiscal year will receive an additional $1 million for basic system repair. In addition, 250,000 will go to Energy Sense program, which will do things like winterize and allow many needy people to get new heaters.

    So this is a step in the right direction. Our commitment over the summer is to figure out how this can be sustainable, and it is just -- it's encouraging, and you're right, Washington needs to take a page out of our book on how to conflict resolve and produce good work.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you, Councilman. And, again, good job.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Brown. Am I recognizing you for a motion to adjourn or did you have --

  • If that is the hour, Mr. President.

  • I'm sorry. My light went off.

  • I'm sorry. The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Sanchez.

  • Thank you. It is not as fun anymore because there's some younger members in Council here. I used to be the youngest one. So I don't want to remember those days.

    I would be remiss to recognize also Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown in helping me work with the Administration on the agreement that led to more people receiving the resources that we all know we desperately need. So I want to thank both Councilman Jones and Councilwoman Tasco for letting me get in the middle of a good discussion.

    Councilwoman Tasco said something that was very important, which is how do we agree to disagree and then find a compromise, and I appreciate those words.

    And I would be remiss to not mention that President Clarke and I will continue to work on what is going to be historic legislation on this land bank, Councilman Henon for his leadership in the committee, and the Council President's continuing commitment to get this done by the end of the year. And I will use those wise words of we have to agree to disagree and then find a compromise, and look forward to working with all of you to get there.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    And that concludes the speeches on behalf of the minority and majority, and with that, I recognize Councilwoman Brown for a motion to adjourn.

  • Councilwoman, hold on one second. Before I say that, we do have a Committee of the Whole scheduled for 12 o'clock. We obviously have missed that deadline. So I would ask that at least nine members not necessarily stay around -- Councilman Jones, do we have -- I mean, can we just kind of like hang around and knock this right out?

  • Not a lot of people testifying and all that?

  • We can adjourn and then we can just go right into the Committee of the Whole?

  • Yes, Mr. President. Efficient use of time.

  • All right. Thank you.

    Councilwoman Brown, could you just give us a motion to adjourn.

  • Sure. I move that Council stand adjourned until Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded that Council stand adjourned.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it.

    Thank you all very much. And those of us that can hang around, we'd like to conclude the Committee of the Whole.

  • (Stated Meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m.)