Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Vacant Spring City Borough Council Seat...

Four reasons I should be appointed to the recently vacant council seat:

1.  There were 196 people who voted for me in 2013. 
2. Representation is far from equal with a Council that has only male, Republican members.
3. I have already contributed good ideas as a concerned resident. See my Letter to the Editor of the Phoenix  newspaper regarding  a Rental Ordinance that was published last year.  I will be able to do more as a member of Council to make good ideas like that into reality. 
4.  I'm not an attorney, but I am a paralegal and have great research skills. My almost 10 years experience working in the legal field would be an asset to Council.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

My latest scribbling on DailyKos...

Found out a few interesting things about PA-06 Congressional Candidate, Ryan Costello (R) over the weekend...

Aside from what I wrote in the above-referenced post, I noticed that Commissioner Costello has not personally contributed (at least per FEC records) any significant amounts of money to his own campaign. For someone who claims to be "independent" he sure seems ok with accepting other people's money...

On the other hand, I did notice that Dr. Manan Trivedi, the Democratic candidate, has put $33,000+ of his own money into his own campaign, which shows he's willing to dig deep into his own pockets before accepting thousands from notorious polluters of the environment (like Exxon), infamous purveyors of obesity (like McDonald's) and illogical gun nuts who perceive ANY regulation (i.e. common sense background checks) to be an assault on his/her 2nd Amendment rights regardless of how many people are killed (like the NRA). 

Monday, October 6, 2014

GPhilly Article!

YAY! Now, in addition to the article by Frank Otto in the Pottstown Mercury, Josh Middleton of Philadelphia Magazine posted an article this afternoon about the proposed non-discrimination ordinance in Spring City!!! 

Many thanks to to Frank Otto and Josh Middleton for covering this issue! Also, thanks to Chris Cachuela of Chaplin's Music Cafe and Chris Weiherer (my husband) for the moral support at the July Council Meeting.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

oh the irony...and the cowardice

So this is the response? Separation of Church and State? If anything, Separation of Church and State would be the reason you WOULD vote on a non-discrimination ordinance. Clearly, the Finance and Ordinance Committee members and Councilmen are grasping at straws in order to avoid having a real discussion. PS, the wording can be changed. This is a thinly masked backwards, reverse psychological tactic to make it seem like the proposed ordinance would unnecessarily impose religious beliefs upon people who live in Spring City Borough, when in reality, it is the CONSERVATIVE, RELIGIOUS beliefs of our local legislators that are being imposed upon us, because they happen to object to the idea of  an ordinance that would protect LGBT people who work or reside in Spring City Borough from being legally discriminated against.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spring City Borough Council Minutes - June 2014

I didn't attend the June 2014 Spring City Borough Council Meeting but I did get a copy of the minutes, which can be viewed & downloaded here .

I find it interesting that the Borough is considering the Rental Ordinance idea that I wrote a Letter to the Editor about, especially since there had not been any serious discussions about it prior to my drawing attention to the issue...

 Supposedly, at the July Finance & Ordinance meeting the topic of the Non-Discrimination Ordinance that I wrote to Council about was to be discussed. It's not clear to me if it had been discussed, and I suppose I won't find out until the August 2014 minutes are available which won't be until after the September meeting...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

July 2014 Council Minutes and comments

Thanks to another public records request, here are the July 2014 Spring City Borough Council Minutes

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Finance and Ordinance meeting in July and the August Borough Council meeting, so I have no idea what the current status is of the proposed non-discrimination ordinance. When I asked for the Minutes from the Finance and Ordinance Committee meeting, the Borough Manager had this to say:

"There are no formal meeting minutes for the committee meetings.  The activity and discussion of the committee meetings are presented to all council members at the next regularly scheduled council meeting during the committee reports portion of that meeting by the chairman of that committee."

I guess I will have to wait until after the September meeting to find out what (if anything) happened regarding the proposed ordinance. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Spring City Borough Council Meeting - July 7, 2014

Notice: I was at the meeting for less than 15 minutes. Here's the audio recording. I apologize for the sounds of rustling papers, breathing noise and poor sound quality. 

I admit, I haven't been to a Spring City Borough Council meeting since last year. I attended part of the meeting this evening because I had intended to discuss a non-discrimination ordinance that I had e-mailed to the Councilmen and Borough Manager on June 17, 2014. 

The text of the aforementioned email is as follows:

 To the Spring City Borough Councilmen and Manager Rittenhouse,

Attached please find, for your consideration, a copy of Downingtown's Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Adoption of an Ordinance like the attached would be a meaningful measure to protect the civil rights of any LGBT people who either work or live in Spring City Borough. If you have any questions about implementation, please contact Ted Martin of Equality Pennsylvania who is cc-ed on this email.  Mr. Martin and Equality PA have worked with many municipalities on training and taking the necessary steps toward successfully implementing similar laws. Thank you.

So, between June 17th and before 7:30 pm today, I did not receive a reply or an acknowledgement that my e-mail was received, so I had no way of knowing whether or not Council would even discuss the ordinance that I proposed. And usually, the agenda is posted on the official website ahead of time, but it wasn't this evening, so I didn't see it until I picked up a copy at the meeting. Here's a .pdf of the agenda

I invite you to listen to the terrible recording especially the last few minutes where Councilman Shaner was unnecessarily rude to me. 

Special thanks to Chris Cachuela, General Manager of Chaplin's and Chris Weiherer (my husband) for attending the meeting.