Bellevue Bulletin 08/23/2019

Bellevue Bulletin 08/23/2019

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for your weekly update from Bellevue Strategies!

First up in Philadelphia news is Mayor Kenney’s new city office, aimed at coordinating service for formerly incarcerated people who are returning to their communities. The office plans to consolidate a number of previously existing, but separate, programs to develop and implement comprehensive strategies for assisting those returning from prison, according to KYW Newsradio. The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition recently released a report that found that Philadelphia has a good base of services, but they’re unconnected and fragmented, leaving gaps in places such as rent assistance and medical transport, which the new city office plans to remedy.

The next piece of news comes from over in West Chester, where the borough council has passed a ban on single-use plastic bags will take effect at the end of the state’s moratorium. The idea for the ban was brought to the council by an impassioned group of fifth-grade students from the West Chester Friends School. Many of the students attended the hearing to give examples of the harm plastics can do to wildlife and the environment. According to State Impact PA, several other Philly suburbs are working on ordinances regulating plastics, like New Hope, Doylestown, and Solebury. In Philadelphia, City Councilman Mark Squilla says he “plans to amend his proposed plastic bag ban to begin after the state’s moratorium, just like West Chester did”, and he hopes to have City Council to vote on the bill in the fall.

If you’re from Philly or live here, you’ve definitely become used to the yellowish glow of the city’s some 100,000 sodium-powered light bulbs that line the streets. These bulbs cost somewhere around $15 million to light each year, so the city is looking to finally replace all of those street lights, along with another 18,000 alleyway lights. The current streetlights are the largest offender of the city’s energy bill, so looking to cut down on the cost comes with the added bonus of energy consumption as a whole, as well. The LED streetlights that Philly plans to retrofit the city with use 55 percent less energy than the current sodium bulbs, to produce the same amount of light. The city also estimates that new bulbs will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 13,000 metric tons – which equates to somewhere around 13.5 million miles of car travel. Cleaner energy and brighter lights? We’ll take it.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @PhillyAdvocates for more!

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