Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bodack speaks... (Part 2)

Here is the second of three parts of what Len Bodack, candidate for the state house seat in the 21st district, has to say about his record as a former Pittsburgh City Council member.

From Len Bodack:

Legislatively, I have always given quality of life issues the highest priority. I have sponsored, co-sponsored and passed a number of bills that protect residents from nuisance properties, require the registration of rental units and hold landlords accountable for their tenants.

I sponsored and passed legislation to stop aggressive panhandling on city streets. I also sponsored and passed a bill to eliminate methadone clinics in residential zoned areas and further restrict this use from within 500 feet of a church, school or library, and also protect local business districts from this type of activity.

I have secured funding and grants to place video cameras in high crime areas throughout my district. You may be aware of the arson suspect that was caught in the Polish Hill neighborhood by video from cameras that I placed at the community’s request. I have also funded cameras for Lawrenceville, Bloomfield and Morningside as well which have been a major factor in reducing crime.

They have also helped identify and apprehend 3 suspects involved in a stabbing, catch an assault suspect, solve a vehicular crime and accident in my neighborhoods.

In partnership with local community based organizations I funded and started a local “Weed and Seed” program in Lawrenceville to address the problems of drugs and drug related crime. In 2005, my program won national acclaim and I traveled to Los Angeles to discuss and share our locally developed program with groups from across the country. Our success landed us a federal site designation in October of 2006 receiving a $2.2 million grant to continue operations for the next 5 years.

I’ve worked with federal and local law enforcement on securing additional police, busting drugs, padlocking nuisance bars and closing drug houses. I’ve worked on local community development, on the reconstruction of Penn Avenue and getting state and local funds to tear down hopelessly dilapidated housing and reduce neighborhood blight.

I also established a private-public partnership that fundraised and reopened the swimming pool in the Polish Hill neighborhood which had been closed due to the city’s financial constraints in 2004.

I assembled a first-rate staff and kept an active district office. I’m very proud of the work my staff did on a daily basis. They got traffic lights and stop signs repaired or installed, refuse collected, taxes straightened out, abandoned cars removed, crack houses identified and they arranged for senior citizens and others in need to get important services provided by other levels of government. We treated everyone in the district as a member of our own family.

This is yet another chance for registered Democrats and residents to learn about Bodack. Expect the last piece of this segment in the near future.

Working to keep you posted...


Paul said...

While I'm all for catching criminals, strong law enforcement and using things cameras and other technology to achieve law and order ... all the things listed by mister Bodack kinda begs the question; why are these thing necessary in the first place?

Perhaps a more thorough examination of the policies he's supported that turned these once middle class working class communities into pockets of desperate poverty, dependency, broken families and crime in the first place is in order?

Policies that routinely place the interests of labor unions, politically connected developers and political family members ahead of those of taxpayers and the community at large. Like Putative tax and regulatory policies in the city that have driven out businesses and jobs and allowed a system of graft, bribery and corruption to run rampant on Grant Street: like the little scam that has city building inspectors and code enforcers handing out business cards for retired city employees who have to be contacted and paid (in cash of course by potential small business owners) a "consulting fee" before any work is approved or permits issued. Just to name one of the shakedown schemes I'm familiar with.

Mister Bodack illustrates the folly of voting for Democrats in the first place and those so entangled in one party city machine politics in the second: In order to run around patting themselves on the back for the excellent way they manage and respond to the crisis they first have to create the conditions for the crisis to exist by bankrupting small business owners, misusing authorities like the URA to steal private property that ends up in hands of family and friends and flooding communities with section eight and public housing and all the undesirable

To the Ross residents of the 21st district I can only say if you want to see your community change from one of growth & prosperity, equal access to public services and relative calm and safety to one that requires security cameras on street corners, regular stabbings & shootings, small business being run out of business and welfare queens as your neighbors ... a government where only a select few elites have the ear of government keep voting Democrat and make sure you put one of the city's machine hacks in office. You're neighborhoods will look just like Lawrenceville, Bloomfield and Morningside in no time.

Anonymous said...

You obviously have not recently visited some of the places you speak of in your rant. Chances are that you could not move into Lawrenceville at this point even if you wanted to. There are no vacancies in the high-end loft style apartments that now house urban professionals at a rate of $900.00 a month and more. As the nation under Republican leadership sees housing values go straight down the drain, housing values in Lawrenceville have risen at an annual rate of 8% over the past three years.

People in the North Hills moved away from the city for various reasons, now that their children are grown and that do not require the space they once did they now see transforming city neighborhoods as places to interact with their neighbors, become a part of something bigger than themselves, and share a coffee with friends at the local Crazy Mocha. When Bodack came to be Councilman Lawrenceville was in pretty bad shape, during his time in office he listened to his constituency and acted on their wishes, no wonder he was so successful, he listened.

He also had the b&*ls to stand up to the media and not allow them to control his politics, this ultimately may have caused him the election because of their constant barrage of anti-Bodack pro-Dowd nonsense, but he stood firm and refused to even interview for the papers endorsement. I know this because I called and asked the paper why they thought they had the right to choose my candidate.

As for you scare tactics regarding Section 8 and public housing, you know very well that the federal government controls those issues and fair housing laws handcuff local politicians. As long as your property values are high Section 8 makes no sense to a slum landlord. Public Housing is a strategy of the past and the feds are cutting housing programs every year.

Crime happens everywhere and when a politician has enough sense to look outside the box and remains open to those ideas that have worked elsewhere they should be appplauded. Cameras placed in areas that lend to an atmosphere of safety should be welcomed. You will notice that crime in those neighborhoods where the cameras are located is down significantly.

People are smart enough to know scare tactics when they see them. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but it is very hard to fool educated people like those that live here in the North Hills.

Anonymous said...

He still represents the party machine. Most any experienced politician can demonstrate a good record, especially if they "forget" to talk about failed policies. However, and most importantly, I take issue with the following statement: "When Bodack came to be Councilman Lawrenceville was in pretty bad shape, during his time in office he listened to his constituency and acted on their wishes, no wonder he was so successful, he listened."

He does not listen, and therein is the problem. While we need experienced leadership, we do not need the type of leadership he represents. Voting for Bodack is the next worse thing than voting for Bennington.

Anonymous said...

Call him and tell him that, he left his phone number on the post. See if he listens or not

Anonymous said...

Listening now as a candidate is different than listening as an elected official. Why should I call now?