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Will Ya Vote For Me? I am Running for Sheriff of Philadelphia County
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nuke 
So, y'all know me as an online blowhard--some of you might also follow the stuff I write about the City on my site. After having met with some political ops, I have decided to put my Stetson in the ring and run for Sheriff of Philadelphia County.

I am burning my Democratic registration card in a few weeks from now and will be registering as a Republican.


It's no joke. The exploratory part is started and now I have to go pump fists with a lot of folks across town. The interest for you guys is that I will take up the issue about returning the gun permit office work to the Sheriff's office, at least the Gun Permit Appeals portion of the work which right now is handled by faceless bureaucrats who operate in secret and don't explain their decisions. The folks who do that currently are not in any law enforcement or court position of any kind. So they have no direct experience with the justice system at all. That's not fair to those who are wrongfully denied and even those who are denied with good cause.

But that's secondary to the main functions of the Sheriff in this county. The primary one is to dispose of real estate and that they fail miserably at it. They also don't provide badly-needed open records and don't even hook up with the aid groups out there to help people stymie their foreclosures and find options. Community Legal Services is literally ON THE SAME BLOCK the Sheriff's Office is and they don't communicate at all. How hard is it really to just set aside two cubicles in the Real Estate Unit for CLS lawyers to sit there and sift through the foreclosures moving through the office looking for ones where homeowners are still living in the property, then go pay personal visits to those people to talk to them, and give them access to the records? It costs taxpayers nothing except a nickel for the electricity to charge their laptops.

The public records system? A solitary, always broken 486 computer that you can't get any information about anything on. Every piece of paper that comes and goes out of that office including every check written and every one cashed should be scanned and immediately visible to public inspection.

The group of auction bidders who broker their bids and then secretly hold their bids after closure so they basically don't have to put any real cash on the line to get a property, then they can sit on their decision for a month after the auction is over before settlement [and the papers don't even report that this happens]... that has got to end.

You cannot get clear title on any TAX SALE. That's right... tax sales are supposed to be given "free and clear of all liens and encumbrances". Well, not when the fucking Sheriff's Department won't tell Revenue that the settlement happened so the City starts going after the new property owner for taxes he doesn't even owe because Sheriff's employees have stolen the money.

FBI investigations under Sheriff Green and current Sheriff Williams.

Even the website of the Sheriff's Office was built by a political hack, who got a nice contract from the Sheriff. And the Philadelphia Gay News keeps its lights on thanks to Sheriff's largesse by running Sale ads that the Sheriff is not legally required to run, paying top dollar.

The editor of PGN just got a nice roofdeck installed on his house thanks to that money. He might have been at the Stonewall Riots, but he sold his soul out a long time ago.



Enough of this nonsense. This bullshit has got to stop.


Will you vote for me for Sheriff?
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#2
No. But thanks for asking Wink
Dave, proudly annoying members of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#3
Dave;153184 Wrote:No. But thanks for asking Wink

Dude its Philadelphia... vote early and vote often. Who cares if you live in Bucks County. Look at Milton Street... ran for Mayor while living in New Jersey LOL :-)
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#4
I'd pull the lever for you but I'm not a resident, just a serf. I ought to get a vote considering how much of my wages the city confiscates. Once upon a time folks would go to war over taxation without representation.
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#5
Absolutely!

And I won't even ask for a patronage job.




Of course if you offered....
Glock32, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Oct 2012.
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#6
And the hands already come out. Big Grin


There are a ZILLION things the Sheriff doesn't do, fucks up or just plain ignores the rules of Ethics that basically makes property transactions more difficult, keeps vacant land vacant and keeps development and growth away... plus it also ruins the lives of people already in financial distress.

That mostly impacts minorities more than any other group, but this last recession it impacted a lot of working class white folks in the Northeast AND the black middle class who earn more. Both these groups were sucked into bad lending practices. A lot of the help that was offered early-on in 07 / 08 is now gone and the Sheriff merely placates people with links to websites and brochure shit.

The non profits dealing with homeowners should have liasons sitting inside the Sheriff's RE Unit directly fielding the paperwork flying around to spot homeowners in distress who have been hiding in fear/shame/procrastination and show them in person what their options are. If they don't want to use the options that exist, fine... property moves, and we'll give them a date/time when they need to pack up and go before it gets ugly.

If the property doesn't have a homeowner in it or it's a slumlord special, that should go into the 10 Items or Less express lane for eBay style dutch auctions and the regular live auction. If it doesn't flip, Sheriff should get City Council to get blanket authorization to drop the ask price down below the debt level to get the thing to move OR ask the Land Bank if they want it, write to the judge or petition the court and request the Sheriff make a unitary action to cancel the auction and turn the property over to the Land Bank for them to have a crack at it.

Developers big and small, people who want a shot at winning a side yard, etc... everyone gets a fair shot at getting property. People who fall down on their luck need the counseling, where to get a bankruptcy started to kill the sale, how to get into the rental system without being screwed, or how to forestall the sheriff sale and sell the property yourself before it gets to that point... you can totally sell your property these days before the bank starts foreclosure, then use part of the money to declare a Chapter 7 and then tell the bank to fuck off and die.


These should be no brainer things in a big complicated urban city with problems. Jewell Williams left Harrisburg to walk into a sleeper of a job he doesn't even do; he leaves it up to the ex City Controller who is 2nd in command who really runs the show there---a LONG time old school pol---and he gets to parade around Democratic City Committee events for his friends and show up at formal occasions in his Burlington Coat Factory get-up.

Fuck that. I'll walk around in a cheap polo with SHERIFF on it, drive a used truck with a SHERIFF placard slapped on the doors, and wear desert camo and open carry all day and that's about as far as I'll go with displaying "LOL enforcement", since the Philadelphia Sheriff has no real law enforcement functions short of bussing prisoners back and forth from CFCF to their court dates.
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ArcticSplash;153192 Wrote:And the hands already come out. Big Grin


There are a ZILLION things the Sheriff doesn't do, fucks up or just plain ignores the rules of Ethics that basically makes property transactions more difficult, keeps vacant land vacant and keeps development and growth away... plus it also ruins the lives of people already in financial distress.

That mostly impacts minorities more than any other group, but this last recession it impacted a lot of working class white folks in the Northeast AND the black middle class who earn more. Both these groups were sucked into bad lending practices. A lot of the help that was offered early-on in 07 / 08 is now gone and the Sheriff merely placates people with links to websites and brochure shit.

The non profits dealing with homeowners should have liasons sitting inside the Sheriff's RE Unit directly fielding the paperwork flying around to spot homeowners in distress who have been hiding in fear/shame/procrastination and show them in person what their options are. If they don't want to use the options that exist, fine... property moves, and we'll give them a date/time when they need to pack up and go before it gets ugly.

If the property doesn't have a homeowner in it or it's a slumlord special, that should go into the 10 Items or Less express lane for eBay style dutch auctions and the regular live auction. If it doesn't flip, Sheriff should get City Council to get blanket authorization to drop the ask price down below the debt level to get the thing to move OR ask the Land Bank if they want it, write to the judge or petition the court and request the Sheriff make a unitary action to cancel the auction and turn the property over to the Land Bank for them to have a crack at it.

Developers big and small, people who want a shot at winning a side yard, etc... everyone gets a fair shot at getting property. People who fall down on their luck need the counseling, where to get a bankruptcy started to kill the sale, how to get into the rental system without being screwed, or how to forestall the sheriff sale and sell the property yourself before it gets to that point... you can totally sell your property these days before the bank starts foreclosure, then use part of the money to declare a Chapter 7 and then tell the bank to fuck off and die.


These should be no brainer things in a big complicated urban city with problems. Jewell Williams left Harrisburg to walk into a sleeper of a job he doesn't even do; he leaves it up to the ex City Controller who is 2nd in command who really runs the show there---a LONG time old school pol---and he gets to parade around Democratic City Committee events for his friends and show up at formal occasions in his Burlington Coat Factory get-up.

Fuck that. I'll walk around in a cheap polo with SHERIFF on it, drive a used truck with a SHERIFF placard slapped on the doors, and wear desert camo and open carry all day and that's about as far as I'll go with displaying "LOL enforcement", since the Philadelphia Sheriff has no real law enforcement functions short of bussing prisoners back and forth from CFCF to their court dates.

This was one of the first orders of business when Sheriff Williams too over. http://articles.philly.com/2012-02-24/ne...aign-funds

Nice to see he has his priorities straight...
Glock32, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Oct 2012.
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#8
I just want to clarify that I never "knew you as a blowhard". Confused
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#9
I live in Allegheny, but I'll send a couple ballots in.

Justin
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#10
Sure, why not? Just make sure you get mcnesby's support.
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