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Frankly I would just paste Chris Brennan's whole Clout post about this so go here.
Mario Cattabiani wrote today about Perzel's rise and fall. Money...
When Clifford Hritz contacted the city to request a trash can for his block, he was told the request had to go through his block captain. Except he doesn't have one.
City Howl: Sean Dukes isn't happy with the owners of the abandoned rowhomes with roofs caved in and boarded up facades. They're owned by the redevelopment authority.
GOOD NEWS! Remember Juanita Hatton, from last week's Help Desk, who had a sewage problem she couldn't afford to fix? Mike Ditty, a plumber from the Northeast who had read about her problem, came by on Friday to fix it. He even carted away the human waste from her backyard - all for free.
THE PROBLEM. Betty Purvis has a vacant lot next door to her home.
The lot is usually overgrown with weeds, and there's a small red pickup truck sitting in it, filled with trash bags. Purvis calls it a "health hazard."
THE PROBLEM: The alley behind Leslie Blackwood's house in Grays Ferry is a mess.
Construction debris, paint cans, bricks and at least one old stove are piled behind her rowhouse, blocking the back gate. The pile appears to be on several properties.
The Streets Department issued Darrell Ross a notice for litter it said was in front of his house. But the address doesn't exist, and Ross lives a block away.
There's a semi-famous quote attributed to journalist Michael Kinsley: Nevermind the illegal stuff; "The real scandal is what's legal."
It's Our Money: If John Perzel and the other defendants are found guilty, will taxpayers be able to get that money - our money - back?
Here's the conversation this morning from around Pennsylvania.
John Baer says this Perzel thing reminds him of a recent situation with another lawmaker...