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plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

A recent poll had all four candidates for 1st District Council tied. How did Squilla run away with the nomination? Is the machine that strong in this town?

And despite all the talk of change, all five City Council At-Large incumbents on the Democratic side won re-nomination.

I was encouraged to see Stephanie Singer win nomination as City Commissioner. She has the skills set and the vision to do great things there.

Yet, in general, the French proverb holds true in Philly politics as evidenced by the primary results..."plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose" ("The more things change, the more they stay the same").

I canvassed some of the most under-represented neighborhoods in the city. I wanted to sell them on hope...that their neighborhoods were at a crossroads, but not in decline.

I also saw some great neighborhood associations, business owners, and everyday citizens working to facilitate improvements in their neighborhoods.

Vern Anastasio is an exemplary reformer, and the best choice for the First

Vern Anastasio, is, far and away, the best choice to represent the First District in Philadelphia City Council.

The First District is diverse in its needs – and Vern has the unique blend of community organizing and professional experience to offer viable solutions.

Vern has made the most palpable commitment to represent the entire first district. The neighborhoods north of Girard Avenue -- Port Richmond, Frankford, Fishtown, and Kensington – have been ignored by City Hall for too long. While other candidates have talked about representing these neighborhoods, Vern has made a tangible move to open a campaign office on Allegheny Avenue, which will remain open as the constituent office if Vern wins.

Vern Anastasio, Democratic candidate for the 1st City Council District, to Open Port Richmond Satellite Office

***Media Advisory***

(Philadelphia, PA)- This Friday, May 6, Vern Anastasio, Democratic candidate for the 1st City Council District, will be joined by local activists and members of the community for the grand opening of his Port Richmond office.

The neighborhoods of Port Richmond, Fishtown, and Kensington have not had proper representation in City Council for many years. Anastasio has pledged to open several satellite offices throughout the district if elected to City Council.

As Philadelphia’s next 1st City Council District Councilman, Vern Anastasio will ensure that every neighborhood is represented and every resident has a voice in City Hall.

Who: Vern Anastasio, Democratic Candidate for the 1st City Council District
What: Grand Opening of Port Richmond Office
When: Friday, May 6th
11:00am
Where: 2700 E. Allegheny Ave, Philadelphia, PA
(Allegheny Ave & Edgemont St)

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2011
Contact: Chris Shores, (267) 793-0557

Anastasio Announces Environmental Sustainability Action Plan

Anastasio Announces Environmental Sustainability Action Plan

Anastasio's plan works towards a cleaner and greener City which is an essential component of growing the economy, crating jobs, and improving the quality of life for Philadelphia residents.

(Philadelphia, PA) – Today, Vern Anastasio, Democratic candidate for the 1st City Council District released his Environmental Sustainability Action Plan for the City of Philadelphia. The plan focuses on responsible development along the Delaware River, establishing a sustainable green economy, and increasing the amount of green spaces throughout the First District.

For decades, the waterfront has been a squandered opportunity. As a member of Council, Vern Anastasio will work tirelessly to enact the PennPraxis vision, forging partnerships to integrate the communities with the Delaware River and transform the waterfront into the crown jewel of our City.

Philadelphia 1st District Council Candidate forum

ONE OF YOUR LAST CHANCES TO SEE THE CANDIDATES.....
1st District City Council Candidate Forum
Chinese Christian Church and Center
11th and Vine Streets
Monday, May 2, at 7pm

Vote by Mail and Early Vote in Pennsylvania

In the midst of all of this voter ID bill nonsense in Harrisburg, I hope that there is a drive in the state legislature to propose and implement early voting, vote by mail, and other reforms that will increase voter participation.

It's time to advocate for a 21st Century voting system in PA, as they have implemented in other states with a favorable result. What's more...it would draw a sharp contrast between those who want to increase voter participation, and voter ID law proponents who want to place restrictions on the democratic process.

Anastasio Announces Government Reform Plan

Anastasio's plan to change the culture of corruption and entitlement in City Hall
will ensure a more transparent and responsive government

(Philadelphia, PA) – Today, Vern Anastasio, Democratic candidate for the 1st City Council District rolled out his Government Reform Plan for the City of Philadelphia. The plan focuses on rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in City Hall while making City government more transparent, accessible and responsive.

“I’m tired of career politicians lining their own pockets at the expense of Philadelphia families. The only way to change business as usual is to clean up City Hall. The first thing I want to do is eliminate the wasteful DROP program. It has already cost Philadelphia taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, without providing any concrete benefits.”

Vern Anastasio Announces Education Reform Plan

Anastasio's plan to transform our schools into safe places of learning will ensure that our students have the resources they need to reach their full potential

(Philadelphia, PA) – Today, Vern Anastasio, Democratic candidate for the 1st City Council District rolled out his Education Reform Plan for the City of Philadelphia. The plan focuses on working towards academic excellence while ensuring the safety of all children throughout the City. By providing students with the resources they need to reach their full potential in a safe and secure environment, Anastasio’s plan outlines a number of key objectives that he will work to implement as a member of City Council.

Anastasio Announces Economic Development plan

Anastasio's plan grows our local economy, creates new local jobs, and revitalize our neighborhoods.

(Philadelphia, PA) – Today, Vern Anastasio, Democratic candidate for the 1st City Council District, rolled out his Economic Development Plan for the City of Philadelphia. The plan focuses on creating new local jobs, expanding the tax base, and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the city. The cornerstone of Anastasio’s plan is to transform the thousands of vacant and abandoned lots into a source of sustainable economic growth.

“It’s wasteful that the City of Philadelphia currently sits on thousands of undeveloped and untaxed properties worth hundreds of millions of dollars. These properties are bad for the economy and are hotspots for crime. If elected, I will work to sell these idle properties to responsible developers who will build new homes and small businesses.”

"Vern Anastasio Makes It Official -- He'll Seek 1st Council District Seat"

From Anastasio for Philadelphia...

"Vern Anastasio Makes It Official -- He'll Seek 1st Council District Seat

'Mr. DiCicco, the public trust is too important, follow Council President Verna’s example and do the right thing. Your gaming of DROP will jeopardize your legacy as a city councilperson, and further undermine the people's already fragile trust in local government.' -- Vern Anastasio, Democrat for First District Council

South Philadelphia attorney Vern Anastasio released the following statement today:

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