Bellevue Bulletin 03/15/2019: Upcoming Elections, Meek Mill, and Roosevelt Boulevard
Happy Friday! Here’s your update for this week:
Voting for the municipal primary is coming up on May 21st, so make sure you register if you’re planning to cast a ballot! This election will cover judges, county commissioners, district attorneys, mayors, school board members, and other local figures. In addition to local seats, there are two special elections for two state Senate seats and one U.S. congressional seat, also on May 21st. Check out this great list by WHYY to see all the due dates you need to know!
The news about Philadelphia (just some of it), is that Roosevelt Boulevard, one of Philly’s deadliest roads, might finally see speed enforcement. This week, City Council took the first steps towards installing the first nine cameras along the boulevard. The 12-lane North Philly road is 12 lanes of danger, with 8 percent of fatal and severe crashes in the city between 2013 and 2017 occurring along the 12-mile stretch. Governor Tom Wolf signed the legislation at the end of 2018 for the installation of cameras, but municipal legislation has finally allowed the bill to pass. Hopefully, within the next few months, residents will see the throughway get a little safer.
If you’ve been following our work with Meek Mill (we hope you have), you know that it’s been a year since the rapper was last in a Chester prison, but is now being honored by City Council. Meek was served with a congratulatory resolution for his criminal justice activism, and Council declared March 15-17 as Meek Mill Weekend. Council thanked him for his investment in his neighborhood and Mill thanked Philadelphia for its support, going on to say that, “We’ve got a lot of violence we’ve got to fix here, where a lot of people who look like me die on a daily basis. If you watch the news, a lot of young men die from gun violence,” Mill added. “I still try to stick as close as I can and give my influence and bring what I can bring to the city of Philadelphia, and make things a better place.”
In Philadelphia Council this week, Councilmember Cindy Bass sent forth a resolution “providing for a temporary tax amnesty program under which delinquent taxpayers may satisfy their past due tax obligations with forgiveness of all or a portion of accrued interest and penalties.” Councilmember Gym had a resolution calling on the Governor to make appointments to the PA Charter Appeal Board and calling for a moratorium on its proceedings until all board members are duly appointed and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate. Councilmember Gym also put forth a resolution declaring the week of March 17 to March 23, 2019 as “National Safe Place Week” in the City of Philadephia. Finally, Councilmember Sanchez had a resolution, which was announced at an earlier press conference with the other women of Philadelphia’s City Council, to hold hearings on labor standards for domestic workers in the City of Philly.
That’s all for this week – be sure to follow us on Twitter @PhillyAdvocates, as always! See you next time!