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Solomon vows to tackle violent crime

Jared So­lomon, who is chal­len­ging state Rep. Mark Co­hen in the May 20 Demo­crat­ic primary, offered some short- and long-term fixes to re­duce vi­ol­ent crime and blight fol­low­ing the triple murder in Lawndale last week.

So­lomon, a law­yer and pres­id­ent of the Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­ation, called for in­creased edu­ca­tion fund­ing and ini­ti­at­ives to cre­ate good-pay­ing jobs as long-term solu­tions.

In the short term, he wants more com­munity poli­cing in the 2nd and 15th po­lice dis­tricts, along with the best equip­ment for of­ficers. He be­lieves cam­er­as, sensors and gun­shot loc­at­ors can com­bat armed rob­ber­ies and oth­er crimes.

So­lomon said he is run­ning to con­tin­ue what he is do­ing with the civic as­so­ci­ation, track­ing down ab­sent­ee land­lords to main­tain prop­er­ties, keep out un­ruly ten­ants and make sure snow is shoveled on side­walks.

The can­did­ate also ar­gued for great­er reg­u­la­tions on drug and al­co­hol halfway houses, con­tend­ing that such fa­cil­it­ies have hurt Frank­ford.

“Right now, leg­ally set­ting up a halfway house is as easy as set­ting up a lem­on­ade stand, but there is little leg­al over­sight that the city and state can take to reg­u­late these halfway houses,” he said. “If elec­ted, I will sup­port HB 1298 to pro­tect the health and safety of halfway house cli­ents, work­ers, and our com­munity.”

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Jason Dawkins, who is chal­len­ging state Rep. James Clay (D-179th dist.) in the primary, sug­ges­ted that Gov. Tom Corbett an­nounced a pro­posed in­crease in edu­ca­tion fund­ing in his budget ad­dress be­cause he is seek­ing re-elec­tion.

Dawkins also called on Corbett to en­act a sev­er­ance tax on nat­ur­al gas drilling, like oth­er en­ergy-pro­du­cing states do. He es­tim­ated it would gen­er­ate $2 bil­lion per year for the next 50 years.

“The gov­ernor chooses to leave Pennsylvania’s money on the table, money that can be used to in­vest in busi­nesses that cre­ate jobs for res­id­ents all across the com­mon­wealth, in­clud­ing Phil­adelphia,” said Dawkins, a Frank­ford res­id­ent and former aide to City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez.

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Dr. Valer­ie Arkoosh, who is seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, will give an over­view of the Af­ford­able Care Act on Tues­day, March 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ry­dal Park con­tinu­ing care re­tire­ment com­munity, at 1515 The Fair­way in Jen­k­in­town.

The pub­lic is in­vited.

Arkoosh, the former pres­id­ent of the Na­tion­al Phys­i­cians Al­li­ance, will fo­cus her re­marks on the law’s ef­fects on seni­or cit­izens and Medi­care.

To re­gister, call 215-376-6292.

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The Phil­adelphia law firm Strad­ley Ro­non re­cently hos­ted a break­fast fun­draiser for former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies, who also is run­ning for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion in the 13th dis­trict.

Among the guests were former Pennsylvania Gov. and Phil­adelphia May­or Ed Rendell, U.S. House Minor­ity Whip Steny Hoy­er of Mary­land and Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­er Josh Sha­piro, coun­sel at Strad­ley Ro­non.

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Tom Wolf, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, re­leased what he calls a “Fresh Start Plan” to drive eco­nom­ic growth for Pennsylvania’s middle class.

“We need to make in­vest­ments in our fu­ture, and I will use my ex­per­i­ence in busi­ness and gov­ern­ment to cre­ate jobs, in­vest in edu­ca­tion and build a stronger Pennsylvania,” he said. “We have an abund­ance of nat­ur­al re­sources, vi­brant in­dus­tries, world-class uni­versit­ies and col­leges, and we are in an ideal geo­graph­ic loc­a­tion to be the trans­port­a­tion hub between the East Coast, Mid­w­est and glob­al mar­kets.”

Wolf is a York County busi­ness­man and former sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue un­der Gov. Ed Rendell.

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The Pennsylvania State Edu­ca­tion As­so­ci­ation’s Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee for Edu­ca­tion of­fi­cially re­com­men­ded State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord in the Demo­crat­ic primary for gov­ernor.

The uni­on em­phas­ized Mc­Cord’s com­mit­ment to pub­lic edu­ca­tion in its an­nounce­ment.

“PSEA-PACE is pleased to re­com­mend Rob Mc­Cord to be Pennsylvania’s next gov­ernor. Rob has a ster­ling re­cord on pub­lic edu­ca­tion is­sues, will make Pennsylvania’s stu­dents a top pri­or­ity, and will fight to re­verse the school fund­ing crisis that Tom Corbett has cre­ated,” said Mike Cros­sey, pres­id­ent of the PSEA.

An af­fil­i­ate of the Na­tion­al Edu­ca­tion As­so­ci­ation, PSEA rep­res­ents about 180,000 teach­ers, school em­ploy­ees and health care work­ers in Pennsylvania.

Mc­Cord also was en­dorsed by the Laborers’ Dis­trict Coun­cil of the Met­ro­pol­it­an Area of Phil­adelphia and Vi­cin­ity.

The uni­on has about 5,000 mem­bers in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Mont­gomery and Phil­adelphia counties.

“We need a cham­pi­on like State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord as gov­ernor in Har­ris­burg be­cause he un­der­stands work­ing fam­il­ies in Pennsylvania and the sac­ri­fices it takes them to make ends meet,” said Den­nis L. Mar­tire, vice pres­id­ent and re­gion­al man­ager of the Laborers’ In­ter­na­tion­al Uni­on of North Amer­ica. “Rob has walked in the shoes of work­ing people and un­der­stands how reg­u­lar people struggle. He will do all that he can to im­prove their lives with good pub­lic policy be­cause he has cre­ated thou­sands of jobs in the private sec­tor, which gives him a unique per­spect­ive. We en­dorse him with en­thu­si­asm as he con­tin­ues to travel the state and ap­peal to middle-class fam­il­ies.” 

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Katie Mc­Ginty, who also is seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nod for gov­ernor, re­leased a video call­ing on Gov. Tom Corbett and the le­gis­lature to in­crease the min­im­um wage. The video was filmed on the Phil­adelphia wa­ter­front, with Cam­den in the back­ground to high­light the fact that New Jer­sey on Jan. 1 raised its hourly min­im­um wage from $7.25 to $8.25.

Mc­Ginty, a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive and St. Hubert High School gradu­ate, sup­ports rais­ing Pennsylvania’s min­im­um wage to $10.10 an hour, along with a cost-of-liv­ing ad­just­ment tied to the Con­sumer Price In­dex to en­sure work­ers’ wages keep pace with in­fla­tion.

“Eco­nom­ists are very clear we won’t see the eco­nomy pick up un­less we pay people a de­cent wage,” she says in the video. ••

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