Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

  • Good morning, everyone.

    I sound like I'm talking to myself.

    Good morning, everyone.

  • (Good morning.)

  • There you go. Thank you. Thank you. It's time to start.

    We have established a quorum. I ask for all guests and visitors to please retire behind the rail. The members have taken their seat. So Council shall come to order.

    To give our invocation this morning, the Chair recognizes Pastor Ethel Carpenter, Triumph Life Outreach Ministry, also the mother of our good friend Michael Carpenter. She is here today as the guest of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.

    I would ask all members and guests to please rise.

  • (Members and guests rise.)

  • Dear Lord, we thank you for this day, a day that we have never seen before.

    We thank you for the mercy and grace. We thank you for how you have extended our life throughout this year.

    Lord, we ask, God, that you will just look out on this Council and that you will bless it in a special manner. God, we ask you, Lord God, to look on each home that is represented here and, Lord, that you will just bless each and every one under the sound of my voice.

    Lord, we ask, God, that you will undertake in the name of Jesus that you will impart to them your wisdom and also, God, you will impart to them your decision-making.

    We thank you for this opportunity. We ask that you'll continue to bless throughout this service.

    These and all other blessings we ask in your name.

    Amen.

  • (Council at ease.)

  • Thank you so much.

    The next order of business is the approval of the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, November 21st.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, November 21st, 2013 be approved.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It has been moved and properly seconded that the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, November 21st stand approved.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it.

    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 are no requests for leaves of absence today.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman O'Neill.

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

  • Thank you so much, Councilman.

    At this time, I will dispense with the regular order of business to welcome and thank everyone who has come today to witness their government in action. We hope that your experience today is a pleasurable one, so much so that you come back again. So, again, we really appreciate you coming down here today. Thank you.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilman Bobby Henon, who will present a resolution honoring Philadelphia Police Officers John Callahan and John Pasquarello for their heroic acts. Would TJ Ramos, his parents and brother, Police Officers Callahan and Pasquarello and those accompanying them please join the Councilman at the podium.

    And joining Councilman Henon, we have Councilman O'Neill and Councilwoman Bass and Councilman Squilla.

  • Good morning, everybody.

  • (Good morning.)

  • Today is pretty special. I have a little personal connection to why we are honoring two police officers and their heroic acts that was a little different than their daily job description. So here to recognize two officers with nearly 40 years of combined distinguished service of the City of Philadelphia with our city's Police Department who acted quickly, smartly during a terrifying, and I mean a terrifying, ordeal.

    On September 12th, TJ Ramos, nine-year-old catcher of Torresdale Boys Club baseball team, fell into cardiac arrest. With precise time and quickness and time ticking away, Officers Callahan and Pasquarello leaped into action, stabilizing TJ and accompanied him to the hospital. So instead of passing off to our great paramedics, they accompanied him to the hospital.

    I join my colleagues in City Council in extending my deepest thanks to them and their bravery acts, which is standard procedure, and honor our first responders.

    I'd also like to thank their families, superiors, and the Ramos family and everyone from Parks and Rec and the Parks and Recreation and the Torresdale Boys Club who were able to join us here today. Their actions signify the best definition of a police officer, to protect and serve. By using their extensive medical and law enforcement training, they were able to stabilize TJ after he collapsed.

    Their acts didn't end there. Their instincts told them to stay again, as I said, with TJ and his parents while they were at the hospital, at the local area hospital, and waited for the news of TJ's condition. And even though they knew each before them, Officer Pasquarello's comments struck me. He said later, Before TJ was just another child on my son's team. Now he's going to be my buddy for the rest of my life.

    I am deeply grateful that TJ and Philadelphia were able to count on them both. I hope their acts that they served here today is an example not only to the Northeast but to Philadelphians around this great city.

    So I want to thank you in honoring Philadelphia Police Officers John Callahan and John Pasquarello for their heroic acts in saving the life of nine-year-old Tommy Ramos, TJ.

    Tommy was a nine-year-old playing catcher for Torresdale Boys Club baseball team whose catching style emulates his hero -- his hero is Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz. Chooch -- and suddenly collapsed while at baseball practice September 12th, 2013 at Torresdale Playground; and

    Whereas, TJ's baseball coach and Torresdale's Philadelphia Police Officers -- Torresdale's own Philadelphia Police Officer John Callahan, 20-year veteran of the force, who has been assigned to the K-9 unit for the past 11 years; and

  • Whereas, also on the baseball team is the son of John Pasquarello, an officer of the Philadelphia Police Department for 18 years, who happened to be at the Torresdale watching his son's baseball practice. Both officers sprang into action, calling on their extensive medical training and law enforcement experience to immediately assist TJ's condition; and

  • Whereas, the officers quickly realized that TJ had stopped breathing. Officer Callahan began to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, with Officer Pasquarello doing chest compressions until an ambulance arrived; and

    Whereas, Officers Callahan and Pasquarello accompanied TJ and his parents, Carlos and Micki, to Aria Health Torresdale where it was determined that TJ should be transferred to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for further evaluation. TJ was eventually diagnosed with a genetic heart condition. He had surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, with the hope that one day he will be able to resume his baseball career; and

  • Whereas, TJ's recovery has been aided by a loving support group consisting of aunts, uncles, his grandmother, Connie McCourt, his fellow students at Saint Jerome's Catholic Elementary School, members of Torresdale Boys Club, and Tommy's biggest champion of all, his 11-year-old brother Aiden, who took to Twitter to ask for prayers for his little brother as he was being treated and who has been by Tommy's side throughout this ordeal; and

    Whereas, Officer Callahan resides in Torresdale with his wife Kristen and his two children, Kaitlin and Brian. Officer Pasquarello and his wife Lisa also live in Torresdale with their two boys, John and Brian.

    I guess that's why I got called up, two Brians.

    Their act of heroism undoubtedly saved this young boy's life; now, therefore

  • Resolved, by the City Council of Philadelphia, that we hereby honor and recognize Philadelphia Police Officers John Callahan and John Pasquarello for their heroic acts in saving the life of nine-year-old Tommy "TJ" Ramos.

    Resolved further, that an engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to Officers Callahan and Pasquarello as further evidence of the sincere respect and admiration of this legislative body.

    And before I turn it over, I want to recognize -- and I'm a member of Torresdale Boys Club. My kids play ball with TJ and Aiden. I want to recognize the Board of Directors of Torresdale, who happens to be a Sheriff of the City of Philadelphia, Jim Lee, and Department of Rec's great service that they do in all our rec centers, Jason Budd, who is here representing the Department of Rec. And for the record, Torresdale's Board of Directors and some coaches are trained in a little bit of first responding emergencies with an active AED certification and further conversations with our Chairwoman of Department of Parks and Rec, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, and I are having conversations, with the intent in making sure that we can look at future, I guess, placements of these AEDs in our Department of Recs for that one emergency that we have.

    So thank you very much, and congratulations, Officers.

  • (Applause.)

  • The Chair recognizes Police Officers Callahan and Pasquarello for remarks, please.

  • I didn't know this was coming. This experience, it's been a lot. I just hope it's an eye-opener for everyone and possibly they could also take CPR classes. You never know, this incident may happen in front of you and you have to respond and possibly save someone's life some day.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • I just want to say thank you. This is very much appreciated. We have some of our bosses in the back. They took the time to come and see this. We appreciate it. I want to say thank you to everybody here.

  • (Applause.)

  • Good evening. Thanks. I want to say thanks to Bobby Henon for having us here. I'm TJ's dad. You guys kind of heard the story, but if you read the Daily News or the Inquirer, TJ is nine years old, like we all heard. He had a heart attack, cardiac arrest. And thank God, because to this day, for everyone, John Callahan and John Pasquarello will be our family members. Without them, I can tell you this, that TJ would not be here today.

    We're nine weeks into -- he's been out of the hospital, and all I can do is just thank the family, our family, the Callahan family, the Pasquarello family, everybody that came out. And same thing with City Hall, thank you for having us.

    And AEDs, I will talk to Bobby about it and the Councilman. We want to try to get AEDs placed in any rec centers. If you guys know about it, it's a defibrillator that will save lives, and TJ actually has one installed in his body that he will carry for the rest of his life. So God forbid, it should happen again, it will act up and hopefully it will save his life in case John and John are not around because -- I got them on speed dial.

    So I thank everybody. Thank you for coming out today. And, once again, thanks for the police officers of the City of Philadelphia.

  • (Applause.)

  • (Council at ease.)

  • Thank you. Thank you so much.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilman David Oh, who will present a resolution congratulating History Making Productions and commemorating the work of Founder and Executive Producer Sam Katz. Would Mr. Katz and those accompanying him please join the Councilman at the podium.

    And joining Councilman Oh, we have Councilwoman Bass and Councilwoman Brown.

  • I think Councilman Blondell Reynolds Brown and I both would like to do a little introduction. I'd like to say that as Chair of the Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Committee of Council, I'm especially very happy to make this presentation.

    If you haven't seen Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, it's a fantastic series all about Philadelphia and about Philadelphia as a city of ideas, Philadelphia as a city of innovation. But from my perspective, I'd also like to say our city needs to get behind this documentary series. It is one of the best ways that we can explain to the world who we are, how we can brand ourselves. I tell you, in China, in South Korea, in countries across the world, they would love a series like this and they would love to then visit and invest in our city, the City of Philadelphia.

  • I will underscore all that Councilman Oh has said and add that it's a wonderful, unique opportunity to get behind a very creative and intellectual effort done by one of Philadelphia's own. I had the choice to view it early on and along the way with different milestones, and I'm always excited to lift up anyone who has some creative energy and uses it to celebrate our city. So for me, Sam Katz, this is a real honor.

  • Well, why not, since everybody else had something to say. And also this is beyond being a brilliant film. I do want to acknowledge that Sam is a resident of the 8th District, which makes me particularly proud. But I have seen the film. It's wonderful, and I really encourage everybody to take a moment, take a look at it. I think that you'll really, really enjoy it and learn something about our city. It's very, very important.

  • Resolution congratulating History Making Productions and commemorating the work of Founder and Executive Producer Sam Katz for his multi-format historical documentary television film and Internet project Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.

    Whereas, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment was developed to showcase America's first city from its pre-history and then across nearly four centuries, as the nation's laboratory of ideas, a place of continuous innovation, exploration, and inquiry. A primary goal of the project is to give the viewer a better understanding of the origins and development of American ideas and ideals and the American character, through the lens of the Great Experiment. The story of democracy, the Constitution, civil rights, religious freedom, and of pluralism originates in Philadelphia. By using Philadelphia as an outstanding example of the urban crucible, viewers will not only understand Philadelphia better, by attaching the ideas of democracy, freedom, and tolerance to the specific location of Philadelphia, the project intends to engage viewers with four centuries of history, finding new ways to understand the challenges facing America and its cities today; and

  • Whereas, Sam Katz believing that Philadelphia has been on the forefront of progressive social movements, technological innovation, and the arts decided to showcase the City's founding and history by researching, co-writing, and co-producing the documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment; and

    Whereas, the series' first four episodes entitled "The Floodgates Open," "Fever: 1793," "Promise for a Better City," and "The Fight" aired on 6ABC; and

    Whereas, Sam Katz used creative ways to engage the public and raise funds including over $50,000 using Kickstarter to go towards post-production costs for the next set of episodes, webisodes, and a longer movie put together with the footage already shot for the series; and

  • Whereas, Sam Katz's History Making Productions received three, three 2013 Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter for Best Documentary and Best Musical Composition Arrangement for the episode Fever: 1793 and Best Historic/Cultural Program/Special for the episode The Capital City; and

    Whereas, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment serves as a showcase for our city that can be shown around the world, documenting our prominent role in the formation of America and the future role that we will continue to play as one of our nation's largest and forward-thinking cities; now therefore be it

  • Resolved, by the Council of the City of Philadelphia, that it hereby congratulates History Making Productions and commemorates the work of Founder and Executive Producer Sam Katz for his multi-format historical documentary television film and Internet project Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.

    Further resolved, that an engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to Sam Katz and History Making Productions further evidencing the sincere admiration and respect of this legislative body.

  • (Applause.)

  • The Chair recognize Mr. Katz for remarks.

  • Well, this is really a great honor not only for our company but for all the people of the City of Philadelphia, the last great city of America to have a documentary film series done about it. And I just want to say as now an observer of history, I waited a long time to stand here. I think this is going to have to do.

  • (Applause.)

  • I only wish you were giving a budget message, sir, but...

  • Yes, sir. I have news for you.

    Anyway, I also want to make note of the fact that a little bit of history, that this is the first time in history that many of the members of this Council have ever voted for anything with my name on it, and I am honored and I thank you for that.

    This is a story about a great place, not always with great moments in its experience, but great people. And I just want to make an observation, that we are really exploring with all candor and honesty what it is that transpired over the 350 years beginning with Lenape and ending sometime in the mid 1990s, and what we see is that history repeats itself. And I'm sure you've all heard that in your classrooms, but if you don't study history and observe history, the chances are you will be doomed to make the same mistakes of it. There's a lot to be learned for the future of this community, and I hope those of you who are inclined to will visit us at historyofphilly.com, which is where all of the films are available at no cost, and on January 16th at 7:30 p.m. on 6ABC, the next episode of 1978 to 1994 will be broadcast, and I hope you'll watch.

    I'm deeply honored by this, but most importantly, I'm deeply honored to be a citizen of this city, and I thank you all very much.

  • (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, pursuant to Sections 4-604 and 2-307 of the Home Rule Charter, I am today transmitting to the Council the recommendation of the City Planning Commission on the following bills: Bill Nos. 130636, 130656, 130694, 130699, 130727, 130764, 130763, 130765, 130768, 130771, 130772, 130773, 130774, 130804, 130806, 130807, 130811, 130812, 130813, 130817, and 130818; and

    I am pleased to advise you that on December 4, 2013, I signed the remaining bills that were passed by Council at its session on November 14, 2013; and

    I am pleased to advise you that on December 4, 2013, I signed all of the bills that were passed by Council at its session on November 21, 2013, except Bill No. 130770, which I am returning disapproved; 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 Point Breeze Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 1618 Ellsworth Street; and

    A resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the Mantua Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 3856 Haverford Avenue; and

    A resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the West Parkside Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 5100 through 5122 Merion Avenue; and

    A resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the American Street Industrial Corridor Urban Renewal Area, identified by house numbers and street addresses as 1505 through 13 Cadwallader Street and 250 through 66 West Oxford Street; and

    An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to convey to the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development a parcel of land bounded by North Delaware Avenue to the east, Spring Garden Street to the south, North Beach Street to the west, and Fairmount Avenue to the north, for further conveyance; and

    An ordinance authorizing and directing the changing of the name of Wishart Street, from 17th Street westwardly and northwestwardly to Allegheny Avenue, to Lippincott Street; and

    An ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan No. 258 by relocating the southeasterly house line of Tacony Street from a point approximately one thousand seven hundred fifty seven feet northeast of Bridge Street to a point approximately six hundred seventy four feet further northeastwardly therefrom a variable distance southeastwardly, all under certain terms and conditions.

  • Thank you, Mr. Decker. Do you have any other messages?

  • I have none, Mr. President.

  • Thank you very much.

    At this time, the next order of business is the introduction of bills and resolutions.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

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

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell.

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

  • A resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the Mantua Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 3856 Haverford Avenue.

  • That resolution will referred to today's Final Passage Calendar -- I'm sorry. That's 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 Third, Fifty-First and Sixtieth Wards of the City of Philadelphia.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

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

  • An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property, on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, 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.

  • That bill will be referred to the appropriate committee.

  • 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.

  • That bill will also 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 Sixteenth, Twenty-Ninth and Thirty-Second Wards 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 offer one bill.

  • An ordinance repealing Bill No. 110649 (approved November 14, 2011), entitled "An ordinance establishing a no truck parking regulation on Bath Street, between Hedley Street and Orthodox Street, both sides," and establishing a no truck parking regulation on Bath Street, between Bristol Street and Orthodox Street, both sides.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Mr. President, I offer two bills.

  • An ordinance establishing a no truck parking regulation on Gilbert Street, from East Sedgwick Street to East Mount Pleasant Avenue, both sides.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance establishing a one-way regulation on East Duval Street, from Mansfield Avenue to Stenton Avenue, westbound.

  • That bill will also be referred to committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Johnson.

  • Mr. President, I have four resolutions, one privileged and three non-privileged.

  • A privileged resolution honoring, recognizing and commending the American Society of Civil Engineers for its extraordinary service and dedication to the innovation of vital City infrastructure.

  • That resolution will be on today'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-Sixth Ward of the City of Philadelphia.

  • 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-Sixth and Fortieth Wards 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 Point Breeze Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 1618 Ellsworth Street.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

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

  • A non-privileged resolution approving the redevelopment contract of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for the redevelopment and urban renewal of a portion of the American Street Industrial Corridor Urban Renewal Area, identified by house numbers and street addresses as 1505 through 13 Cadwallader Street and 250 through 66 West Oxford Street.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Green.

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

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Brien.

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

  • A privileged resolution authorizing the Committee on Public Safety to hold hearings to investigate Notario Fraud and other forms of immigration consultant fraud in the City of Philadelphia.

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

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Goode.

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

  • 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 General Fund, the District Attorney.

  • That bill will be referred to the appropriate committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. No bills or resolutions this morning.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. One privileged, one non-privileged resolution co-sponsored by Tasco, Sanchez, Green, and Goode.

  • A privileged resolution authorizing the Committee on Finance to conduct public hearings to examine the City Budget for non-traditional funding sources to assist low and middle income households with home repair and maintenance service to address household energy needs.

  • That resolution will be on today'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 West Parkside Urban Renewal Area, identified by house number and street address as 5100 through 22 Merion Avenue.

  • That resolution will be on next week'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. I have 15 bills.

  • An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to convey to the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development, a parcel of land bounded by North Delaware Avenue to the east, Spring Garden Street to the south, North Beach Street to the west, and Fairmount Avenue to the north; and

    An ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Spruce Street, Juniper Street, Cypress Street, Watts Street, Pine Street and Broad Street; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Kater Street, south side, 7th Street to 6th Street; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Winton Street, north side, 11th Street to 10th Street; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Kimball Street, south side, 7th Street to 6th Street; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Federal Street, both sides, 11th Street to 12th Street; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Cross Street, south side, Dickinson Street to Passyunk Avenue; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Passyunk Avenue, south side, Wharton Street to 9th Street; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Wharton Street, north side, Passyunk Avenue to 9th Street; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on 9th Street, west side, Wharton Street to Passyunk Avenue; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Wharton Street, both sides, 7th Street to 6th Street; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Bainbridge Street, south side, Juniper Street to 13th Street; and

    An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Manton Street, south side, 7th Street to Dead End; and

    An ordinance amending 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; and

    An ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan No. 308 by striking from the City Plan and vacating Cypress Street from Broad Street to a point approximately ninety feet southeastwardly therefrom.

  • Thank you, Mr. Decker.

    The 15 bills just read by the Chief Clerk will be referred to the appropriate committees.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Bass.

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

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer one privileged resolution co-sponsored by Councilmembers Jones, Tasco, Reynolds Brown, and Sanchez and one bill co-sponsored by Councilmembers Bill Green, Cindy Bass, and Maria Quinones-Sanchez. And if I may, Council President, be heard on the bill.

  • You want to be heard now, Councilman?

  • Let's read the bill and then you can be heard.

  • An ordinance amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions," to clarify that it is discrimination based on sex and therefore an unlawful business practice for any employer to fail to accommodate an individual's reasonable need to lactate or express breast milk.

  • Okay. That will be referred to committee, but, Councilman, I'm interested to hear what you have to say. Let's do that now, sir.

  • All right, Council President. The reason I wanted to make comment is because probably everybody in this room thinks that you cannot be fired for pumping milk on the job, so long as you're during your break, but in fact people have been fired, and as recently as February 2012, the lower court in Texas ruled that lactation is not pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition and, therefore, firing someone because of lactation or breast pumping is not sex discrimination. And so the lower court there ruled that firing a woman because of lactation or expressing milk was not protected under Title 7 of the Civil Right Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

    Now, I would say that I know this because I once had a client come to me who was a police officer and she complained that she was being harassed at work because during the ten-minute or 15-minute break that she had in the morning and the 15-minute break in the afternoon, that she specifically was told that she was not allowed to pump milk, that she could do anything else on her break but pump milk, and, therefore, she lost her job.

    I referred that case to a friend of mine because I was busy and was surprised once the federal judge in Philadelphia dismissed the case saying there was no gender discrimination. But this year in Texas in May of 2013, the Fifth Circuit held unanimously that firing a woman simply because she is lactating or expressing milk is unlawful sex discrimination under Title 7. But that is not necessarily the law in Pennsylvania or Philadelphia or anywhere else in the Third Circuit. It's not clear.

    So by specifically amending our code, I believe we are expressing today that in Philadelphia, an employer must give a woman a reasonable accommodation to pump milk and that she cannot be fired simply because she wants to express milk because she's lactating or because she wants to pump milk for her child. And I think it is important that we do this, as it is a clear example of gender discrimination, in my opinion.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • And, again, that will be referred to the appropriate committee.

  • And a privileged resolution proclaiming January 13, 2014 as Korean American Day in the City of Philadelphia to celebrate and commemorate the proud heritage of Korean Americans and their invaluable contributions to enhancing the City's culture, economy, and the founding ideals of independence and democracy.

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

    That concludes the introduction of bills and resolutions.

    The next order of business is reports from committee, and at this time, the Chair recognizes Councilman Jones for a report from the Committee of the Whole.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee of the Whole reports one bill 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. 130847, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code -- '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, including but not limited to the following: adding new enforcement and inspection powers for the Fire Department at construction and demolition sites, requiring sharing of information amongst the City's departments to ensure compliance with all aspects of the code, establishing worksite public safety requirements, requiring evidence of training compliance by construction and demolition workers and new signage requirements," 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 Jones.

  • Mr. President, I move that the rules of Council be suspended as to permit first reading of this Bill No. 130847.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended so as to allow first reading this day of Bill No. 130847.

    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 Greenlee for a report from the Committee on Rules.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Rules reports 11 bills with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Rules, to which was referred Bill No. 130589, 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 Sepviva Street, Butler Street, Aramingo Avenue, Castor Avenue, Gaul Street, Westmoreland Street, Tulip Street, and Castor Avenue"; and

    Bill No. 130636, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Zoning and Planning,' by amending Section 14-503 to change the geographic boundaries of the North Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Commercial Area Overlay District and by amending Section 14-802 to repeal the special parking controls for the Delaware River Waterfront"; and

    Bill No. 130694, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Zoning and Planning,' by adding provisions permitting and regulating the erection of non-accessory advertising on School District of Philadelphia property"; and

    Bill No. 130727, 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 Laurel Street, Front Street, Delaware Avenue, Water Street, the Delaware River, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, and Oregon Avenue"; and

    Bill No. 130763, entitled "An ordinance amending Section 14-506 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'North Central Philadelphia Overlay District,' by specifically amending Section 14-506(2)(c), entitled 'Sunset Provision,' to extend the stated expiration date until December 31, 2016"; and

    Bill No. 130764, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Zoning and Planning,' by making technical and clarifying changes"; and

    Bill No. 130775, entitled "An ordinance approving a new plan, estimated costs and proposed method of assessment of the Old City Special Services District for and concerning business improvements and administrative services to the Old City area of the City of Philadelphia"; and

    Bill No. 130804, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code by revising certain provisions, including provisions relating to definitions, civic design review, the Center City Overlay District, the East Falls Neighborhood Commercial Overlay District, use categories and regulations, certain residential district dimensional standards, and parking and loading regulations for certain residential and commercial districts"; and

    Bill No. 130812, entitled "An ordinance to amend the Institutional (Special Purpose) District Master Plan of the Philadelphia Presbytery Homes and Services for the Aging for the construction of an addition to house the Witherspoon Senior Apartments"; and

    Bill No. 130855, entitled "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"; and

    Bill No. 130856, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code by providing for and regulating accessory Digital News Ticker Signs in the Market Street East Advertising District and adding definitions, all under certain terms and conditions," 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 the 11 bills that were just read into the record.

  • (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. 130589, 130636, 130694, 130727, 130763, 130764, 130775, 130804, 130812, 130855, and 130856.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

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

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

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

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Finance, to which was referred Bill No. 130805, entitled "An ordinance amending Section 10-1001 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Fees of Commissioner of Records,' to raise the fee for recording documents"; and

    Bill No. 130854, entitled "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," 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 Green.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bill Nos. 130805 and 130854.

  • (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. 130805 and 130854.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and those bills will be 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 five bills with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred Bill No. 130873, entitled "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"; and

    Bill No. 130874, entitled "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 offices, departments, boards and commissions"; and

    Bill No. 130875, entitled "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

    Bill No. 130876, entitled "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

    Bill No. 130877, entitled "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," 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 that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bills No. 130873, 874, 875, 876, and 877.

  • (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 Bills No. 130873, 130874, 130875, 130876, and 130877.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

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

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Greenlee for a report from the Committee on Law and Government.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Law and Government reports two bills and one resolution with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, sir.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Law and Government, to which was referred Bill No. 130687, entitled "An ordinance amending Chapter 9-1100 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Fair Practices Ordinance: Protections Against Unlawful Discrimination,' by requiring reasonable workplace accommodations for employees who have needs related to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition"; and

    Bill No. 130701, entitled "An ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of an amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to permit City elected officials to become candidates for nomination or election to public office without first resigning from their City office"; and

    Resolution No. 130715, entitled "A resolution proposing an amendment to the 'resign to run' provision of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter so that City elected officials may become candidates for nomination or election to public office without first resigning from their City office," respectfully reports it has considered and amended the same and returns the attached bills and resolution 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. 130687 and 130701.

  • (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. 130687 and 130701.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and those bills will be on the Final Passage Calendar for the next session of Council.

    The Chair now recognizes -- let me go back. Resolution 130715 will be on the Final Passage Calendar for the next session and Bill 130687 and 130701 will be on our First Reading Calendar today. I just want to make sure we clarify that.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Henon for a report from the Committee on Public Property and Public Works.

  • Thank you, Mr. Chair, Mr. President. The Committee on Public Property and Public Works reports four bills with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, hold on one second.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Council President. I would like to move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit an amendment to be offered to Bill No. 130701 at this time.

  • Thank you very much.

  • Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Public Property and Public Works, to which was referred Bill No. 130630, entitled "An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to lease to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority certain land and improvements known as City Owned Transit Properties"; and

    Bill No. 130658, entitled "An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to convey to the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development a parcel with an address of 4732 through 34 Griscom Street, for further conveyance"; and

    Bill No. 130803, entitled "An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to enter into an amendment to the sublease agreement with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development for use by the City of an additional portion of the premises located at 111 North 49th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130811, entitled "An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to enter into ground lease and sublease agreements with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development for certain land and improvements located on a parcel of land bounded by South Broad Street to the east, Castle Avenue to the south, 15th Street to the west, and Morris Street to the north," 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 Henon.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended as to permit first reading this day of Bill Nos. 130658, 130803, and 130811.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • 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. 130658, 130803, and 130811.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and those bills will be placed on our First Reading Calendar today. Bill No. 130630 will be placed on the First Reading Calendar for our next session of Council.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Squilla for a report from the Streets Committee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee of Streets and Services reports nine bills with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Thank you, Mr. Decker. Please read the report.

  • The Committee on Streets and Services, to which was referred Bill No. 130578, entitled "An ordinance amending Section 2 of an ordinance, (Bill No. 090120), entitled 'An ordinance authorizing the revision of lines and grades on a portion of City Plan Nos. 107 and 130 by striking from City Plan and vacating the legally open portions of Forty-Seventh Street from Fairmount Avenue to Brown Street,' by extending the period for compliance with the terms and conditions stated therein"; and

    Bill No. 130765, entitled "An ordinance authorizing Chestlen Development, owner and developer of 1441 Chestnut Street, to construct, own and maintain various encroachments to be installed in conjunction with a mixed-use development"; and

    Bill No. 130771, entitled "An ordinance authorizing Green Eggs Cafe to construct, own and maintain an open-air sidewalk cafe at 1306 Dickinson Street"; and

    Bill No. 130772, entitled "An ordinance authorizing Green Eggs Cafe to construct, own and maintain an open-air sidewalk cafe at 719 North 2nd Street"; and

    Bill No. 130773, entitled "An ordinance authorizing Global Crepes and Local Shakes to construct, own and maintain an open-air sidewalk cafe at 1309 South 9th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130774, entitled "An ordinance authorizing Likmos, Incorporated trading as Dmitri's to construct, own and maintain an open-air sidewalk cafe at 944 North 2nd Street"; and

    Bill No. 130806, entitled "An ordinance authorizing TELA Partners doing business as Fairmount Coffee Company to construct, own and maintain an open-air sidewalk cafe at 888 North 26th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130807, entitled "An ordinance authorizing Lloyd's Whiskey Bar to construct, own and maintain an open-air sidewalk cafe at 529 East Girard Avenue"; and

    Bill No. 130816, entitled "An ordinance authorizing the installation of all-way stop signs at the intersection of Bleigh Avenue and Claridge Street," 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 Squilla.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended as to permit the first reading this day of the nine bills that were just read into the record.

  • (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 the nine bills that were just reported from Committee of Streets and Services.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

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

    The Chair now recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez for a report from the Committee of License and Inspection.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Licenses and Inspection reports three bills out with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Licenses and Inspections, to which was referred Bill No. 120647, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code,' by repealing Subcode PM entitled 'The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code,' and adopting and incorporating, with certain additions, deletions and amendments, the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code as the Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code"; and

    Bill No. 130721, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code,' by amending Subcode 'A' (The Philadelphia Administrative Code), by authorizing the code official to gain access to enclosed and secured vacant lots for the purpose of abating violations"; and

    Bill No. 130808, entitled "An ordinance amending Subcode 'PM' (The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code) of The Philadelphia Code, by revising provisions relating to graffiti removal, penalties and enforcement, all under certain terms and conditions," 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 Councilwoman Sanchez.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended as to permit first reading this day of Bills No. 120647, 130721, and 130808.

  • (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. 120647, 130721, and 130808.

    All those in favor please say aye.

  • (No response.)

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

    The Chair now recognizes Councilwoman Bass for a report from the Committee on Parks and Cultural Affairs.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs reports three bills with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    Thank you, Mr. Decker. Please read that report.

  • The Committee on Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, to which was referred Bill No. 130008, entitled "An ordinance naming and designating the Department of Parks and Recreation owned playground on the 2300 block of North 5th Street as 'Rainbow De Colores Playground'"; and

    Bill No. 130660, entitled "An ordinance authorizing the Parks and Recreation Commissioner on behalf of the City of Philadelphia to execute a Maintenance Agreement with the Township of Lower Merion under which the City will assist the Township in maintaining certain elements of the recreational trail crossing Manayunk Bridge"; and

    Bill No. 130848, entitled "An ordinance authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property and the Commissioner of Packs 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," respectfully reports it has considered the same and returns the attached bills to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilwoman Bass.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bills No. 130008, 130660, and 130848.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • 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. 130008 and 130660 and 130848.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

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

    Mr. Decker, hold on three minutes.

  • Thank you. Thank you for your indulgence. We will now proceed under a special order of business, a motion that Council reconsider the vote on which Bill No. 130770 was passed. The bill was passed by the Council at its November 21st, 2013 session and was returned disapproved by the Mayor at today's Council.

    Mr. Decker, will you read the title of the bill.

  • Bill No. 130770, entitled "An ordinance amending 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."

  • Thank you.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilman O'Neill.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Council reconsider Bill No. 130770 which was approved by City Council on November 21st, 2013.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • All those in favor let it be known by saying aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The motion carries. Bill No. 130770 will be reconsidered at the end of today's Calendar.

    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 the Second Reading and Final Passage Calendar for the next session of Council.

    As there are no additional bills on the First Reading Calendar, the Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney at this time for a motion on Bill No. 130847.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit an amendment to be offered to Bill No. 130847 at this time.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • All those in favor on the motion will signify by saying aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and again the Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to offer an amendment to Bill No. 130847. A copy of the amendment has been circulated to all members of Council. I move for the adoption of that amendment.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor of that motion signify by saying aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and Bill No. 130847 has been amended.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Kenney for a motion on Bill No. 130847, as amended.

  • Thank you again, Mr. President. I move the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit the removal of Bill No. 130847 from the Calendar and its re-referral to the Committee of the Whole.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended to permit the removal of Bill No. 130847 from the Calendar and its referral to the Committee of the Whole.

    All those in favor please signify by saying aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it and the motion carries. Bill No. 130847, as amended, will be re-referred to the Committee of the Whole.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilman Oh for a motion on Bill No. 130701.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit an amendment to be offered to Bill No. 130701 at this time.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • All those in favor of the motion will please signify by saying aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and again the Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to offer an amendment to Bill No. 130701. A copy of the amendment has been circulated to all members of Council. I move for the adoption of the amendment.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor of the motion will signify by saying aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and Bill No. 130701 has been amended. Bill No. 130701 will be placed on the Final Passage Calendar at the next session of Council.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Jones for the purpose of calling up resolutions and bills on the Second Reading and Final Passage Calendars.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The following resolutions and bills are being called up from the Second Reading and Final Passage Calendar today: Nos. 130883, 130890, 130709, 130710, 130711, 130712, 130713, 130419, 130251, 130156, 130685, 130688, 130691, 130698, and 130723. All other resolutions and bills are being held.

  • Thank you so much, Councilman.

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

    If you have signed up or if you want to speak today, if you're interested in speaking and have not signed up, there is a table to my left, and please sign up. If you are signed up, your name will be called. You will go to the podium in the middle of the Council. There's 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 to ensure that we have full participation of the Council.

    You will be given three minutes for each person who wishes to testify for public comment today. So, again, I want to thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Mr. Decker, please read the first person.

  • Clarc King, commenting 120118.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Thank you, President of the City Council. Thank you, Councilmembers. I'm here to address Resolution 120118, examining the feasibility of transferring ownership of operations of Philadelphia Gas Works to a private entity.

    The purpose -- the proposed sale of PGW in the economy platform whose potential has not been realized will not serve the interest of the City. Private-sector finance is driving this proposal. I think the cause or the case can easily be made as the private-sector finance and the funding of government was never intentioned to serve government or protect the population.

    Loan contracts with rigged interest rates, credit default swaps, and other machinations were simply the precursor event that triggers the irrational demand to sell off City assets, property, schools, and utilities, the general confiscation of the tax base. I ask the City Council to look at the crisis in Detroit.

    The private-sector financial power is dependent on the Federal Reserve's unlimited bailout system. Yet they demand a bankruptcy proceeding that is out to liquidate accounts. Pensions, wages, workers themselves are all put on the chopping block. The credit default swap is not. It is the design and purpose of private-sector finance. The Fed should not be silent in this crisis.

    If Philadelphia public banking solution has the potential to save 20 to 40 percent of the tax base and increase employment and production, the City Council should put this solution to resolution.

    The high rate of taxation in the City is not sustainable in an economy that is actually in contraction. A Wall Street sales tax should be enacted by now. City Council should work with the Philadelphia Stock Exchange to enact a transaction tax. In addition, Philadelphia should push for a City window at the local Federal Reserve facility.

    We have a situation, the ongoing financial warfare offensive conducted against every state and city in need of finance and funding of its operations and services. Only the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall standard in U.S. banking can bring this warfare to a halt. The Fed itself for its silence and collaboration in the orchestration of debt traps, unrelenting unemployment, unlimited bailout system must be reorganized into a national bank credit system that can fund the states, fund the redevelopment of North America, and support full employment policy as a national security priority.

    The sale of PGW, its implications, was not realized or considered. The City's problems correlate with the national security crisis and accelerating collapse of the national economy caused by the international monetary finance debt base system. Political leadership must work for its termination and the re-creation of the American national system of political economy.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • Cye Harold Sheppard, commenting on 130123.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, Council President Clarke and also Councilman Jones, City Council, citizens. First I'd like to thank LEVAS Communication, the Lomax family, and WURD Radio for broadcasting live on 900 AM and also streaming 900amwurdradio.com.

    I'm going to be commenting also on 120118 just like Mr. King.

    I went to a hearing and a meeting that was facilitated by Sharmain Matlock-Turner with the Marcellus Shale representatives. I need to tell you that there was some sharp people there, like myself, who they didn't have an impact study for 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 or 500 years down the road on depleting our resources and digging in the ground and putting all kinds of unknown chemicals in the process known as fracking. Again, I say, get the frack out of here.

    The Fukushima fallout, y'all have heard about that. They're melting down, they're polluting the water, and Queen Lane Reservoir in Germantown, Philadelphia Water Department last year found traces of radioactivity from Fukushima. We're so close, a couple of hundred miles away, downstream from the Marcellus Shale. Then do you want your water to be set on fire? Do you want your children, grandchildren bathing, swimming in these pools? You want to eat fish from there? I mean, it's obscene. Rates will go up. Deregulation will come. And I need to know what's the process for City Council to have people like me and Mr. King come in hearings where we don't have to comprise everything into three minutes and let our feelings known. What's the process? We're knowledgeable and willing to serve.

    Lastly, I'd like to talk about Bill No. 130723. It's an ordinance by referring to mental retardation with intellectual disabilities. I talk to a lot of homeless people and a couple of weeks ago talked to a gentleman paying his fines for vagrancy and loitering. What happened, the same police officers were writing him up all these tickets in the thousands of dollars. It's like the Fugitive Slave Act. He has to pay these fines so he won't go to jail, you know.

    So we built a skating rink. We got the Christmas Village. Now they can't be on the Parkway because of tourists.

    We need to build shelters, train. These people will be willing to pay taxes. Some of them just need medication, like this disability bill talks about.

    So let's start thinking about the sleep number that you sleep on, Councilpeople, and the sleep number of a park bench, grass or cardboard box.

    Lastly -- my time is up -- I want to address City Council. I'm a City employee with no contract for six years. I want to call out Pete Matthews, Cathy Scott, and Fred Wright. You need to negotiate fairly. Stop making back-door deals. I need a contract. I want my pension safe.

    Thank you. I remain, Cye Harold Sheppard, Nubian Warrior King.

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • (Applause.)

  • Mr. Decker, who is next?

  • Mary Tracy. Mary Tracy, commenting on 130656.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, City Council members. I'm here to comment on 130656. I wanted to just thank Councilman Henon, who has really been working really hard on this bill for over six months, and just now the larger community is working with his staff on some of the issues. So I think we'll get there, but we're not there yet.

    But one of the things that really shocked all of us is that another billboard bill has come sailing down which totally dismantles what we're promised in 656. And I think one of the reasons that we're looking at expanding the amount of outdoor advertising is because we think there's a lot of money.

    So I just wanted to pass this out to City Council. There's some facts and figures -- we'll just talk numbers here -- that you can please take a look at. But just so that you know, we compared the amusement tax, parking tax, hotel tax, liquor tax with the billboard tax. It pales. It's a fraction of those taxes, bringing in less than $2.5 million a year. And we're also thinking, well, if 2,000 billboards only bring in $35 million for 2,000, how are we going to expect to get much more money by putting up more billboards?

    So as we look to this industry as the financial wizard that solve our problems, I would really ask Councilmembers to look at the numbers. And one of the most startling numbers is the few billboards who have been cited by License and Inspections as being illegal, if they had actually been -- the fines and penalties have been collected, we'd be up to about 36,571,000. Now, of course, it's just because they haven't been collected over the number of years, but at $150 a day, an illegal billboard that they refuse to remove, some point, if the Law Department was doing their job, we could bring in some real money. They're doing that in New York City, and they're finding the fines are being paid and the unsightly illegal billboards are being removed.

    So I would strongly urge a full examination of the full financial picture, and look at what the benefit will be in long term in bringing down property values by $31,000 for every billboard that's near residential properties and others.

    So that's all I really wanted to say, and we'll be back to talk about the other bills, but I'm really looking forward to talking to other sponsors of billboard bills so that we can make sure we get the best deal for our city.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • Penelope Giles, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Yes. Good morning, and thank you for this opportunity to speak on behalf of the Legislative Response Team. We are a newly formed group at the 11th hour, of course, with some concerns in reference to this bill that we now understand some of these concerns have been addressed through compromises, but there are still some issues that we want to get on the record that we need further discussion.

    So, first, if I may, I would like to read my statement and amend certain portions of it.

    My name is Penelope Giles. I am the Founder and Executive Director of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation. As Council is well aware, Francisville is one of the neighborhoods in the North Philadelphia section of the City that still has a large collection of City-owned land and will, therefore, be significantly affected by this bill.

    It has been brought to our attention that there are several sections of the bill that did raise cause for serious concern. The sections addressed key issues that would have ultimately changed the way our elected Councilperson interfaces with the community with regards to who and for what purpose publicly held land in our community is disposed.

    It is our position that Councilmembers are elected by the people to work in government on behalf of the people. It is, therefore, the responsibility of our Councilperson to engage the community with regard to the disposition and ultimate use of public property within our boundaries.

    We strongly object to any language in this bill that would ultimately remove Councilmembers from this process. And, again, we do understand that compromises have been made and we are -- we would like to further discuss those, what those compromises are and the impact, but we are not opposing the passage of this bill at this time. We are supporting it.

    The use of public land plays a key role in the process of achieving and sustaining economic diversity. Since there is not enough time to have full discussion in this forum regarding sustainable economic diversity, we are asking that there be some time to discuss these matters and how we use our land and vacant land and public land to bring about a balance and sustainable economic diversity in our communities.

    I would also mention that having attended several PACDC meetings facilitated earlier this year, I felt and expressed in the meetings that there was not adequate representation from the communities which would be most affected by this legislation. We are not here to point fingers or cry conspiracy. We are simply asking that this be acknowledged and rectified.

    In conclusion, I reiterate that we are working to achieve sustainable economic diversity in our respective communities. The operative word in that sentence is "sustainable." Also I'd like to -- for other members of my committee that will not be allowed to speak, we were just looking at an article that -- is my time up?

  • Yes, your time is up. Thank you. If you want us to have that distributed, we'll make sure it gets distributed. Thank you. Thank you, Ms. Giles.

  • Rick Sauer, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, Councilmembers.

  • As mentioned, my name is Rick Sauer. I'm with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, and we're one of 15 citywide organizations that make up the Philly Land Bank Alliance that also includes the following additional organizations representing hundreds of local organizations and thousands of Philadelphia voters: the Building Industry Association, the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, the Citywide NAC Alliance, the Community Design Collaborative, the Design Advocacy Group, Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors, LISC Philadelphia, Next Great City, Penn Future, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Regional Housing Legal Services, the Sustainable Business Network, and The Food Trust.

    We'd like to thank you, Council President Clarke and Councilwoman Sanchez, for reaching agreement on a set of amendments to the land bank ordinance before Council today, and the Alliance supports these amendments and urges Council to approve them today and to approve the full bill when it meets next week.

    Thank you very much.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you for your testimony.

  • Jihad Ali, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, Council President Clarke, Majority Leader Councilman Jones, Majority Whip Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Minority Leader Councilman O'Neill, Minority Whip Councilman Oh, and all the other Honorable Councilpeople here this morning and my fellow citizens. I'm here today to give testimony on Bill 130156-A, the establishment of the land bank.

    I think all the leadership of this Council and its members have done a fine job in looking out for the people's business. As Councilwoman Blackwell often says, this is the people's house, and the thing that separates you from us is this bar. You're our elected officials. You are the elected officials duly elected by thousands of Philadelphia citizens whom selected you to make decisions on behalf of the people. You stood on the stage in January of 2012. You took an oath to discharge your duties with fidelity. The key word was you were going to discharge your duties, not give them away.

    I'd like to thank you, Council President Clarke, and all the people who stood up to make sure that you were not giving away your elected power. With the oversight that you put in this bill, you will be saving a lot of people -- giving a lot of people opportunity. You will also, by the oversight you put in this bill, you will not be giving your power to a few unselected, unaccountable groups of people to do what they want to do.

    It's been often said that in this society, it is through the ownership of land and business that makes people independent. And one thing when Mr. Sauer talked, he mentioned his coalition. You know, when you look from the coalition that represents the City's diversity, look around this room. You see blacks, you see whites, you see Latinos, you see Asians, you see everybody. But in that coalition, I don't see black males. I see two black women, but I don't see black males. It's hard for me to trust somebody who comes to me, but they don't see me. They don't see me as a black male to be worthy enough to be included in that position. Not me personally, but a black male or black males. Not just one black male, but males.

    So they ask me to trust them, trust them to give them 40,000 pieces of property to let them do what they want to do. That's too much trust. I can't look at nobody's heart, but it's through the memorialization of legislation that we can put checks and balances.

    You're our elected officials. We gave you the right to put those checks and balances in there. I thank you for everything you do.

    Councilman Jones, you're my Councilperson. You've never let me down, and you know I've always been about transparency.

    So I think the issues that you put in this bill about transparency, they're important, because that bill, like the Vacant Property Review, the things that you put in there giving us the ability to see what's going on with the agenda, I thank you. That's all we need is oversight; oversight and leadership.

    Thank you for your leadership, Councilman.

  • (Applause.)

  • John Meyerson, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Thank you, Mr. President, members of Council --

  • -- fellow citizens. I rise today to speak in favor of 130156, as amended. I am speaking in favor of it on behalf of Wendell Young, Don McGrogan, and the 7,300 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers and our allies in the Take Back Vacant Land Coalition. We are happy to see -- and I will tell you this. I am no stranger to this room, but my business has required me to spend an awful lot of time up in Harrisburg, and I only wish that that body in Harrisburg would be as diligent as this body in coming together, dealing with issues, important issues, and coming to compromises that are going to move this bill and this city forward. So I would like to congratulate you on your foresight, your courage, and your tenacity to get this done.

    We think this bill is important, because we -- at 7,300 members in this city, they work in a number of different places, the Acmes, the Shop Rites, the Super Freshes, Rite Aids, Pennsylvania Wine and Spirit Shops, and they want to continue to be a part of this city, and the passage of this bill will allow for responsible development of affordable housing and also businesses. Particularly with the master plan, the strategic plan requirement will allow us to look at the City, determine what businesses belong where, what housing belongs where, and this will be a great advantage to everybody in this city.

    So, again, in closing, I would like to thank Council President Clarke, Chairman Henon, the sponsor, Councilwoman Sanchez, and all the members of Council for coming together to get this done, and we look forward to its final passage.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you, sir, for your testimony.

  • Lewis Nash, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • -- President Darrell Clarke and Councilmembers and to the public in which we serve. My name is Reverend Lewis Nash. I am a representative of MAP Holistic Community Development, also of the 47th Ward in the lower North Philadelphia area.

    My concern to this bill -- I'm so glad to read about 3:30 this morning that they came to a consensus and agreement, that both sides has reached an agreement. And as I was reading how they came to an agreement, I thank God that that happened. And so we came here today in somewhat of an opposition, because we didn't have an opportunity to learn exactly what each line particularly meant for me as a citizen and also as a community activist.

    So we thank God that when we read this, we understood that it came to a consensus. So we're proud that Councilwoman Sanchez and President Clarke and all the Councilpeople have came to an agreement, but the only thing that we're concerned is the little person, the older lady, the older men that was cleaning the lot next to them. We just want to make sure that there's some transparency. And if a developer happens to want to purchase the land in that area, that they would not take away the opportunity for a single individual who has desired to have that vacant lot next to their house or their garden because of a special interest, that they will be allowed to just suck it right up. So we would hope that they would have the financial wherewithal by the land not becoming an astronomical price as it is purchased by our land bank.

    I am a member of PACDC and I am not against this bill. I've been a supporter of this bill since the land bank was introduced, but I would like to make sure that the single individual that been maintaining those lands around them or the farm people that was farming those lands and taking over lots, that they're not priced out.

    So we need to be -- we, elected officials or community activists, have to be mindful that the poor will always be with us, and we must be mindful of that. Those who eat up the land and purchase it, you must reinvest in the people, that we will have sustainability, economic sustainability, for those that are less fortunate as well as those that are fortunate, and we thank you for this opportunity.

  • (Applause.)

  • Take Back Vacant Land - Michael Head, Nora Lichtash, Jonny Pashid.

  • (Witnesses approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, sir. Please proceed. Go ahead.

  • Good afternoon. My name is Michael Head and I'm here today to speak on Bill 130156-A, the land bank bill. I am here today as a volunteer for the Women's Community Revitalization Project, a member of the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land. We are a coalition of more than 45 faith, labor, and community groups throughout the City of Philadelphia who have been committed to establish a land bank we can trust since 2010.

    It's been three long years of going door to door, gathering signatures of support for this bill that will finally address the blight in our city, and attending numerous community meetings that has gotten me to this podium today.

    For me, this experience has been the most genuine example of democracy in my life. We, the people, have been clear that what is most important is that the land bank will be fair, and so we are proud that the members requiring strategic planning goals have been introduced by Councilwoman Sanchez to ensure that there will be room for more affordable housing, job creation, and community facilities and green spaces in our neighborhoods.

    I urge Council to approve these amendments today so that we can make history by passing the land bank bill in 2013.

    I purchased my first house, first and only house in Philadelphia, through the dollar program about 35 years ago, but I lost when I had a kidney and heart transplant. I couldn't pay my bills. I couldn't pay my bills. For the past seven years, I have been what I like to define as an urban nomad. I've been constantly searching and moving to find affordable housing around the City as the market continues to die, the price of rent sky high.

    I have worked hard all my life, paid all of my taxes. I have -- I shouldn't feel like I'm doing something wrong where I don't even belong in my own city.

    I'm tired. I'm tired of having to pick up states. I'm tired of feeling displaced.

    With Councilwoman Sanchez's amendments establishing required strategic planning goals, a fair land bank, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. A fair land bank will help ensure that there will be a permanent and affordable place for me and the thousands of urban nomads around the City we call home.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • Hold on one second, please.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I apologize. I have to leave the Chamber. If I'm gone when there are any resolutions, amendments or bills, I would like to be recorded as voting aye on all, and I'd also like to be recorded aye on the veto override.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Good afternoon.

  • Good afternoon. My name is Nora Lichtash and I'm here today to speak about the land bank bill, and I want to support what Michael Head just said. I'm the Director at WCRP. Michael Head is on my Board and one of my bosses. It's a grassroots group that builds leadership and builds buildings. We have a broad constituency. We focus on women and our community.

    Over the time we've existed, we've built 250 affordable townhomes and built community leadership by advocating for strong public policy, and we feel that the land bank bill is really strong public policy, and we really appreciate the work that's been done on it.

    We're a proud member of Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land and we're also part of the Land Bank Alliance.

    I want to speak in support of the land bank bill as a whole, but especially the amended language that's been offered that requires goal-setting for uses like affordable housing, jobs, and food.

    The neighborhood where WCRP does our work has been increasing in value, and in areas like ours, the reuse of vacant land that comes through the land bank must include development that's affordable to existing residents, not just new residents.

    There are a lot of us here in yellow T-shirts from the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land and it's people giving their time away from work, away from their families, because we're sick and tired of the blight. And I know that that's a feeling that all of us have. It just plagues too many neighborhoods. We want revitalization of those vacant lots and abandoned buildings to improve our lives for our benefit, not at our expense.

    The strengthened goal-setting and strategic plan language means long-term residents will benefit. I urge you to vote yes on these amendments so we can pass this bill next week and make history.

  • (Applause.)

  • Mr. Decker, did you call the name?

  • Jonny Rashid actually. I'm Jonny Rashid. I'm here to speak about Bill 130156, the land bank bill. I'm a pastor for Circle of Hope and I've lived in North Philadelphia for about ten years. I currently live in North Central Philadelphia, and along with 40 other organizations, I'm part of the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land.

    I came to this city to study education at Temple and I haven't left since then. I've been a public school teacher, and I've observed Philadelphia at its most -- among its most vulnerable. The social workers and teachers and counselors who make up much of Circle of Hope have exposed me further to the vulnerability of so many in Philadelphia.

    I want to stress the importance of this strategic planning language that's already included in the bill and the amended language that will be offered today to require goal-setting for how land can be used to create affordable housing, economic development, open space, and food production. This will ensure that the land bank can live up to its mission to help assist in the creation of socially and economically diverse neighborhoods.

    Circle of Hope is a diverse church, as diverse as the kingdom of God, and our people are so committed they end up moving into neighborhoods. We care so much about the poor around us that we're actively and fervently committed to affordable housing. When we learned about the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, we had to be a part of it. We have 650 active members who care about the issue. We want to do our part, and we've been doing work in vacant land for about seven years.

    Simply put, Jesus taught us to care for the least of these and to love our neighbors. Vacant land, empty buildings, dangerous lots, hunger, the lack of affordable housing, and the lack of good development plagues my neighbors. Slumlords and opportunistic developers prey on real estate in North Philly, and my neighbors have substandard housing that isn't up to code, and all around my neighborhood is cheaply built real estate that's abandoned and falling apart.

    In my mind, our land bank bill is a great and significant way to simply help the people in Philadelphia who are in need and it's an antidote to the aforementioned problems. It offers my neighbors opportunities for affordable housing, good businesses that provides amenities that my neighborhood needs, and safe places for children to play.

    It's crucial for the land bank bill to provide an easy and streamlined way to purchase and develop land. Along with that priority, it's important for the process to be transparent and, above all, equitable. The land simply can't go to the highest bidder. We need to use our wisdom and discernment to get the land in the hands of the people who will benefit our city most. That's why I'm excited that the bill has the language representing and reflecting our priorities.

    In Circle of Hope, we think we're each responsible for the other, and I want our city's legislation to reflect that burden, and I believe we need to pass this bill right now. It can't wait any longer. I'm excited to take action on the land bank bill today so that we can pass this bill next week and make history in 2013.

  • (Applause.)

  • Speaking for the Brewerytown-Sharswood Civic Association, Talmadge Belo, Jr., Sheila Belo, Darnetta Arce, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witnesses approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, President Clarke, Councilmembers. My name is Talmadge Belo, Jr. I'm the Vice President of the Brewerytown-Sharswood Community Civic Association, a non-profit established and founded by us 13 years ago in the Brewerytown-Sharswood area, which is north of the Girard College.

    The reason I'm here today is to comment on Bill 130156. Along with a newly formed coalition, we had some reservations after discussion about this bill on just where it was going. My personal issues here is what I would comment on today, because I do believe that the land bank bill does in fact have merit. However, remembering that an organization such as mine, which is dedicated to bringing clear information to the residents of North Philadelphia, has problems when all of the sudden we get this information at short notice.

    So my specific problems with the bill -- and I understand that that might have been remedied -- would be the absence of inclusion by the Brewerytown-Sharswood Community Civic Association, who represents the area that I have talked about, specifically the 29th Ward and all adjoining wards.

    The other issue that I had a problem with was the clarity on the structure of the eventual Board. It didn't seem to have included in that structure representatives from my area, and that, I want to make very clear, is a problem that needs to be adjusted.

    In essence, the remedy that we're seeking is just further inclusion in this bill, further inclusion I guess is the word I leave you with, but essentially that's the area that I would leave you with today.

    I thank you for your attention.

  • Thank you, sir, for your testimony.

  • (Applause.)

  • Good afternoon. My name is Darnetta Arce and I'm a member of the Brewerytown-Sharswood Community Civic Association, and as Mr. Talmadge has stated, we're not opposing the bill. We just want to have some things amended as far as how the Board is set up, how qualifications to be a member of the Board, how much the community input is taken into consideration.

    So we're not opposing it. We want the blight to be removed from our area as well. We want better housing. We want the vacant lots to be more beautified. So we just wanted more understanding about the bill and the opportunity to table it so we can have some things delineated about what the conditions are in this bill. That's my problem.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you for your testimony. Thank you for coming down.

  • (Applause.)

  • Tiffany Green, commenting on 130156.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

  • Good afternoon, everyone.

  • I want to comment on this bill, because we have concerns and we're asking that the bill be tabled. Because what this vacant land bill is doing is actually setting up an online store for many developers to come and purchase City-owned properties. I understand that many of our colleagues believe in terms of community benefit of this bill, but let's look at the bigger picture here, that many developers have stated to us that they want to have opportunities to buy cheap land so they can flip for high end.

    We must also remember that this bill -- when the vacant land becomes available, that you still have what we call the by-right zoning, which allows many developers to build houses in your community that will be ranking from five to six hundred thousand dollars. So when this bill goes through, many of your communities may turn into Point Breeze. So be careful with this.

    We're saying that we were not notified -- many RCOs were not notified, and although many minority groups became RCOs in June, many did not get notification about this. We're looking at this particular Philly Land Bank Alliance where you have Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors, you have Preservation Alliance, you have Philadelphia Association of Preservation Alliance, and I'm saying these groups, although they may have good intentions, many of them are interested in getting cheap land to possibly sell.

    I have a problem with the Board, the appointment of the Board, because we feel that this Board should be elected. It should not be appointed where you be in debt or gracious to someone. It should be appointed. Why? Let me give you reasons why. Because when you go down to the Planning Commission, you have majority -- the Planning Commission is majority all white, I hate to say, and one token African American. When you look at the Zoning Commission, it was very few African Americans or minority people on those Boards. When you look at the CDR, we went down to the CDR last week. Majority -- only one African American sitting on that Board.

    We have a problem with that, and this particular Board needs to have diversity.

  • (Applause.)

  • It cannot be one particular ethnic group that is sitting up there. And then what you have in here, the kicker is this, qualifications. Members shall include individuals with expertise in relevant areas, including, but not limited to, planning, real estate development, open space, and architect. So when you go down there, you're saying that none of us have any experience in terms of architect and real estate.

    Why are these commissions and these Boards -- once again, the Planning Commission, the Zoning -- ZBA, the CDR -- all have one token African American, and then the rest of us come down there and we feel like we're actually strangers. We're not represented on these Boards. This needs to be changed to an elected Board that people can run for two years and then that's it, you move on. You're not appointed, so that, therefore, it's not who you know.

    Thank you very much.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you for your testimony.

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

  • Thank you very much, and thank you all for your public comment today.

  • (Audience members speaking.)

  • Hold on. Hold on. Hold on. You were on the list? Go ahead. You said, Please, Darrell. You got me with that one.

  • (Witness approached podium.)

    MS. McCORMICK: Thank you. Thank you, Councilman, for letting me speak today, and City Council. The reason why I want to speak today is on Bill 130156-A.

  • Say your name.

    MS. McCORMICK: My name is Theresa McCormick and I'm from Concerned Citizens and I live in Point Breeze.

    My concern about this bill is that it doesn't represent the community and residents enough, and the reason why, I'm going to give you my experience.

    City Councilman Clarke, I have took my son and I went through the process to try to purchase land in the Point Breeze area. When we went down to the Sheriff's Sale, five developers, including one, who I'm going to name named Ori, tried to beat -- not physically beat up on us, but tried to keep us from purchasing land within the area.

    The reason why we wanted to purchase the land, because, as you know, my son who graduated from college in May wants to stay here in Philadelphia and wants to build a home here, but the developers will keep you from buying, developers and realtors. So what we did was, we had to try to outbid them, which we did, which we did.

  • (Applause.)

    MS. McCORMICK: But everyone doesn't have that opportunity. That land we have took care of for 30 years. We wanted that land so that he can stay in the community and invest in Philadelphia, but this bill does not go far enough to support the local resident who might want to invest in Philadelphia.

    We ask you to please reconsider and strengthen that part of it and not give more opportunity to the developer or the realtor, because that's what's going to happen when you put this information out on the Internet, because they will bid for it first. So please do some tweaking and fix this bill.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you so much.

    That concludes our public comment for today.

  • (Audience member speaking.)

  • (Audience member speaking.)

  • Oh, it's a different issue?

  • (Audience member speaking.)

  • Hold on, ma'am. Ma'am, hold on one second. Hold on one second. Are you to speak about another issue? Because we --

  • (Audience member speaking.)

  • No. We came to a consensus of the people here and we put together the list, because there were like a gazillion people on the list. We get your point.

  • (Audience member speaking.)

  • (Audience member speaking.)

  • Ma'am, we're probably going to do what you want us to do today.

  • (Audience member speaking.)

  • Ma'am, we have to proceed. Thank you.

  • (Audience member speaking.)

  • Okay. Thank you for your testimony, ma'am. Thank you. Thank you.

    We will now go over our Calendar for today. Mr. Decker, would you please read the title of 130883.

  • 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 Forty-Seventh Ward of the City of Philadelphia.

  • Folks, could I ask you to please keep your voices down so we can conduct business. We have a long Calendar to go through. Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee for a motion on 130883.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move the adoption of Resolution 130883.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it. 130883 is adopted.

    Mr. Decker, please read the title of 130890.

  • A 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.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Hold on one second.

    Folks, can you please hold the conversation down, because it's difficult to conduct business, please. Thank you very much.

    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. Resolution 130890 is adopted.

    Mr. Decker, 130709.

  • 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 (OSHA) training and certification to students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs and to further offer such training to Philadelphia residents.

  • 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 130709 is adopted.

    Mr. Decker, 130710.

  • 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 well-being, health and safety of all Pennsylvania residents.

  • The Chair again recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you again, Mr. President. I move for its adoption.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it. 130710 is adopted.

    Mr. Decker, 130711.

  • 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.

  • The Chair again recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thanks again, 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.

    Mr. Decker, 130712.

  • 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.

  • The Chair again 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. Resolution 130712 is adopted.

    And, Mr. Decker, 130713.

  • 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.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Mr. President, I move for the resolution's adoption.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and Resolution 130713 is adopted.

    Mr. Decker, please read the title of 130419.

  • An ordinance authorizing an amendment of the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation Agreement to increase the annual payment by the Philadelphia Gas Works to the City.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. With great pleasure, I move that this Bill No. 130419 be placed on the Suspension Calendar.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded that Bill No. 130419 be placed on the Suspension Calendar.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it and the motion carries. Thank you.

    Mr. Decker, please read the title of 130251.

  • An ordinance amending Chapter 13-100 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Water Rates," and amending Chapter 13-200 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Sewer Rates," by providing for an independent rate-making body and processes and procedures for fixing and regulating rates and charges.

  • The Chair again recognizes Councilmember Jones.

  • Give me a second, Mr. President.

    I make a motion to amend the bill. The amendment has been circulated to all members.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and the motion on the amendment to Bill No. 130251 is approved. 130251 will be placed on the Final Passage Calendar at our next session of Council.

    Mr. Decker, please read the title of 130156.

  • 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.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption of the amendment. The amendment has been circulated.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor on the amendment?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it. Bill No. 130 --

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you. 130156 has been amended and will be placed on the Second and Final Passage Calendar at our next session of Council.

    Mr. Decker, please read the title of 130685.

  • 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.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell for a motion.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that Bill No. 130685 be removed from the Calendar and re-referred to the Committee of the Whole.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded that Bill No. 130685 be removed from the Calendar and re-referred to the Committee of the Whole.

    All those in favor of the motion signify by saying aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, the motion carries, and Bill No. 130685 will be re-referred to the Committee of the Whole.

    Mr. Decker, please read the title of 130688.

  • 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.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Henon for a motion.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I'd like to offer an amendment to Bill No. 130688. A copy of the amendment has been circulated to all members of Council and I move for the adoption of the amendment.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • There's been a proposed amendment to 130688. All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, the amendment is approved, and 130688, as amended, will be placed on -- sorry, Councilman. It has been moved and properly seconded that the amendment to Bill No. 130688 be adopted.

    We took the vote on the adoption. The Chair again recognizes Councilman Henon for the re-referral motion.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended to permit the removal of Bill 130688 from the Calendar and its re-referral to the Committee of the Whole.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended to permit the removal of the Bill No. 130688 from the Calendar and its re-referral to the Committee of the Whole.

    All in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and Bill No. 130688, as amended, will be re-referred to the Committee of the Whole.

    Mr. Decker, please read 130691.

  • An ordinance amending Title 4 "The Philadelphia 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" of The Philadelphia Code, by adding certain provisions related to construction and demolition, special inspections, contractors, stop work orders, fees, fines, ethical violations and penalties.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer an amendment to Bill 130691. A copy of the amendment has been circulated to all members of Council and I move for its adoption.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the amendment to Bill No. 130691 be adopted.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and the bill has been amended.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended to permit the removal of Bill 130691 from the Calendar and its re-referral to the Committee of the Whole.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and seconded that the rules of Council be suspended to permit the removal of the Bill 130691 from the Calendar and its re-referral to the Committee of the Whole.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it and the motion carries. Bill No. 130691, as amended, will be re-referred to the Committee of the Whole.

    Mr. Decker, please read the title of 130698.

  • 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 requirements for Licenses and Inspections code officials.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Mr. President, I would like to offer an amendment to Bill No. 130698. A copy of the amendments have been circulated to all members of Council, and I move for the adoption of the amendments.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded that the amendment of 130698 be approved.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Jones for a motion on Bill No. 130698, as amended.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended to permit the removal of Bill No. 130698 from the Calendar and its re-referral to the Committee of the Whole.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended to permit the removal of Bill No. 130698 from the Calendar and its re-referral to the Committee of the Whole.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, the motion carries, and Bill No. 130698, as amended, will be re-referred to the Committee of the Whole.

    Mr. Decker, please read the title of 130723.

  • An ordinance amending Title 6 (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."

  • Thank you.

    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 Kenney is voting aye.

    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, do you have any additional resolutions.

  • A resolution honoring, recognizing and commending the American Society of Civil Engineers for its extraordinary service and dedication to the innovation of vital City infrastructure, introduced by Councilman Johnson.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Johnson.

  • 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.

  • A resolution authorizing the Committee on Public Safety to hold hearings to investigate Notario Fraud and other forms of immigration consultant fraud in the City of Philadelphia, 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 authorizing the Committee on Finance to conduct public hearings to examine the City Budget for non-traditional funding sources to assist low and middle income households with home repair and maintenance service to address household energy needs, introduced by Councilman Jones.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for its 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 proclaiming January 13, 2014 as Korean American Day in the City of Philadelphia to celebrate and commemorate the proud heritage of Korean Americans and their invaluable contributions to enhancing the City's culture, economy, and the founding ideals of independence and democracy, 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 for consideration on the Final Passage Calendar, Mr. President.

  • Thank you very much.

    We will go back to special business. Council will now reconsider the vote by which Bill No. 130770 was passed.

    Mr. Decker, read the title of the bill.

  • Bill No. 130770, entitled "An ordinance amending 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."

  • Thank you.

    This bill having been read on two different days was duly approved by City Council on November 21st, 2013 and was returned to Council by the Mayor as disapproved at today's session of Council. The question is shall Bill No. 130770 pass notwithstanding the Mayor's disapproval.

    Please note that a vote of aye is a vote to override the Mayor's veto and a vote of nay is a vote to sustain the Mayor's veto.

    Mr. Decker, would you please call the roll.

  • Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • I'd like to vote nay, Mr. President, but I'd like to explain my vote.

    Thank you. I'm going to vote nay on this, not because I object to the rationale of the bill, but because I believe that if we want to have a policy affecting medical offices, methadone clinics, et cetera, we should deal with it in the code on a citywide basis and not for a portion of the City. So I would vote no for that reason.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Councilman Greenlee.

  • Councilman Johnson.

  • Councilman Kenney is voting aye.

    Councilman O'Brien.

  • Councilman O'Neill.

  • Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Councilman Squilla.

  • Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Council President Clarke.

  • Aye.

    The ayes are 16; the nays are one. Two-thirds majority of members of Council having voted in the affirmative, the Mayor's veto is overridden.

    That completes our Calendar for today. Are there any speeches on the part of the minority?

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Brien.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Today I introduced a resolution with co-sponsor Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez calling on the Committee on Public Safety to hold hearings to examine Notario Fraud and other forms of immigration consultant fraud in the City of Philadelphia.

    Notario Fraud occurs when an individual provides immigration and other legal services that he or she is not qualified to perform. This fraud is committed by people who capitalize on an immigrant's vulnerability and ignorance of the United States legal system to offer substandard, false or non-existent immigration services. Often using false advertising and fraudulent contracts, Natarios hold themselves out as qualified to help immigrants obtain lawful status. Many trusting and unsuspecting immigrants often pay tens of thousands of dollars for what they believe are legitimate services of a licensed attorney, only to fall victim of Notario Fraud.

    This crime doesn't just affect the undocumented population. Many people who go to Notarios are legally in this country either through a Green Card or a Visa. Such individuals have an actual or real pathway to citizenship and go to Notarios to complete that journey. If these Notarios do not file the paperwork, the legal permanent residents and Visa holders lose their window of time to apply for citizenship.

    Our immigrations law do not have a fraud exemption. If you miss the deadline, you miss the deadline. This is perhaps one of the most troubling parts of this issue.

    We need to look at immigration scams and the unauthorized practice of immigration law. I look forward to examining the impact of Notario Fraud on Philadelphia's immigrant community and the response from appropriate agencies to enforce current laws and reduce future fraud.

    The goal is to bring stakeholders into this room and have a meaningful public discussion about victims who suffer and remain silent. Councilwoman Sanchez and I hope to give voice to this important issue.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you so much, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Very briefly, Mr. President. I want to offer an opportunity to meet the new President of District Council 47, Mr. Frederick Wright. He is in the Caucus Room and is seeing government up close and personal in its best form today. But this is a non-consequential addition. We will be providing lunch, which is provided by Chef Ken of the 8th Councilmanic District.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Green.

  • Thank you very much, Mr. President. In the last year it's become a practice of mine as I get up in the morning to try to spend 15 or 30 minutes in prayer and reflection or meditation, whatever you want to call it, on what's going to come in the day ahead to try to prepare myself for what I expect and to try to prepare an appropriate response for the things that I don't expect and to keep me even during the day. And last Sunday I picked up in church sort of six-minute reflections for Advent, and one of -- the reflection for today notes that it is the last day of Hanukkah, and so it's our last opportunity to say as a City Council, Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate that. But it also tells the story of Hanukkah, which probably not all Philadelphians and all people present know.

    Basically in 70 AD, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the pagan king of Syria, and it became a tradition after that not to duplicate outside the temple anything that was done inside the temple. Hanukkah is a celebration of 164 AD when the temple was rebuilt. And the reason we have a menorah with nine candles today, because the original menorah was seven candles to celebrate the seven days of creation of the earth and the world, is because they don't duplicate the tradition of what happened in the past, but they honor and respect it. And I think there are some important lessons to be learned on the reflection of Hanukkah for those of us in government.

    Judaism did not change because the temple was destroyed. The past was honored upon construction of the new temple, but it was not copied. In our government here or the School District, people are afraid of change. Mayor Street called these people the "be here's." They're the people in the bureaucracy that kind of prevent new things from happening. I'll be here when you get here, and I'll be here when you're gone, is how he described it to me.

    Change or destruction of the past, voluntary or involuntary, is scary. Government, despite great change, won't change its purpose. It is of, by, and for the people. We can be about the same thing and do it with new methods while respecting our past and our purpose.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you. Thank you so much, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Johnson.

  • Hear, hear.

    Thank you, Mr. President. I want to, first and foremost, thank my colleagues for voting and supporting my pop the lock bill, which will allow the Philadelphia CLIP program the ability to pop the locks of what I call slum landowners, lots that serve as a blight in our neighborhoods, but it will give the CLIP program the ability to go in and abate that property, clean it up, and then bill the actual landowner. So I do want to thank all my colleagues for voting in the affirmative.

    And also the next issue, we will be with members of the LAX Airport discussing the issue of labor harmony and how labor harmony works at the Los Angeles Airport contract with their concession program at 2 o'clock inside the Caucus Room, and all are invited to come and listen to the presentation.

    So thank you very much. And that's in partnership with Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

  • Thank you, Councilman. I thought you were going to suggest that we all go out to LAX and talk to them out there, but I guess we'll have to settle with their visit here.

  • Taxpayers' time, Council President.

  • Pretty good this time of year.

    Thank you so much.

    This concludes the speeches on behalf of the minority and majority. So at this time, the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Brown for a motion to adjourn.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that Council stand adjourned until Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded that Council stand adjourned until Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it.

    Thank you all very much.

  • (Stated Meeting concluded at 1:25 p.m.)