McClinton and Blackwell Host Town Hall in Cobbs Creek

PHILADELPHIA, March 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, co-hosted a community town hall meeting on Thursday, March 10 at Add B. Anderson School in Philadelphia.

Approximately 100 neighbors in Cobbs Creek and West Philadelphia communities attended the public meeting.

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams also participated.

"This was my first town hall meeting and I look forward to many more across the 191st Legislative District," McClinton said. "The question-and-answer session allows me to see what is on the minds of our local residents and to share ideas and solutions instantly.

"The lack of a state budget, now nine months late, continues to bother me as well as local residents. Our schools, service agencies and more continue to struggle, and Pennsylvania's dysfunction continues to make the commonwealth a laughingstock among other states.

"The recent rounds of violent crime in Philadelphia were on everyone's mind. I encouraged everyone who attended to consider creating their own neighborhood town watch groups."

McClinton added: "I’d like to thank Councilwoman Blackwell for her leadership in getting city agencies involved, as well. She was able to answer questions about city issues on the spot."

State agencies that participated included the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Human Services and the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement.

18th Police District Captain Robin Wimberly discussed a number of community issues the police deal with on a regular basis, including personal safety and street violence.

A number of other city agencies were represented, including the Philadelphia Water Department. Parks and Recreation and the Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office.

McClinton's staff was also available to answer constituents' questions regarding state programs and PennDOT and other state agency issues.

A representative from PECO was also available to answer questions on energy programs and resources available for local families.