Bellevue Bulletin: 09/13/2019
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The biggest news across the state this week is something that seems a long time coming: seventeen people across the state of Pennsylvania are believed to have “lung diseases associated with vaping,” according to the PA Department of Health. Another 20 cases are currently being investigated, that doctors believe may have ties to the electronic tobacco system. Patients are being hospitalized with serious lung injuries, and according to Health Secretary Doctor Rachel Levine, most patients are males in their low-to-mid 20s. Levine was sure to point out that none of the current cases seem to have anything to do with the medical marijuana program that Pennsylvania has rolled out, but it’s to be determined by the CDC if there are any certain conclusions to be made. Nationwide, the CDC reports six deaths—none in Pennsylvania—and more than 450 possible cases in at least 33 states.
In Philadelphia, City Council is back in session and full of bills, yeas, and passes. Councilmember Cherelle Parker introduced a bill to allocate $10 million to establish a cleaning program that would bring 300 part-time cleaners to commercial corridors across the city. Councilmember Curtis Jones announced plans to introduce a bill that would give city law enforcement the authority to temporarily confiscate firearms from people who are deemed a threat to others. The forced gun removal would begin with a petition from a concerned individual, and end with a judge’s sign-off, according to Billy Penn. In the final spring session of Council, President Clarke introduced a series of proposals aimed at the development of the city and publicly owned land, including elimination of the controversial Vacant Property Review Committee. Clarke’s other efforts include a bill to require projects of a certain size to establish community benefits agreements with local neighborhood groups.
As far as resolutions this week in Council, Councilmember Parker had a resolution celebrating the life and legacy of Toni Morrison and her contributions to American literature and culture. Councilmember Sanchez had a resolution declaring 9/15 through 10/15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Councilmember Curtis Jones had a few resolutions, most notably one supporting the National Minority Business Development Agency and recognizing October 7, 2019, through October 11, 2019, as “Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. His other resolutions included declaring the week of September 16, 2019, through September 22, 2019, as the fourth annual “Philadelphia Legacy Week,” commemorating esteemed Philadelphians who have made major contributions to our City. Finally, Councilmember Curtis Jones had a resolution honoring Golden Globe Award-winning actor Idris Elba and filmmaker Ricky Staub, for highlighting Philadelphia’s rich history of African-American cowboys and urban horsemanship in the upcoming film: Concrete Cowboy.
That’s all for this week! Tune in on Twitter @PhillyAdvocates for more!