McClinton and Kenyatta Johnson Host Town Hall in S.W. Philly

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson co-hosted a community town hall meeting on Thursday, March 31 at the Southwest Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.

About 90 neighbors in the Paschallville community attended the public meeting and shared their concerns and needs.

"I am continuing a series of these community town hall meetings throughout the district," McClinton said. "The question-and-answer session allows me to see what is on the minds of our local residents and to discuss the issues among the council members and city agency staff to share ideas and solutions instantly.

"The town hall provided an opportunity to discuss the state budget situation, both looking at the weaknesses of the just-enacted budget and the hopes and realities of the 2016-17 budget which is due at the end of June. Our schools, service agencies and more continue to struggle, credit rating agencies continue to downgrade our state and Pennsylvania's dysfunction continues to make the commonwealth a laughingstock among other states.

"Crime and community blight remain top issues in the area. I encouraged everyone who attended to consider creating their own neighborhood town watch groups."

McClinton added: "I’d like to thank Councilman Johnson and the other council members for participating and encouraging city agencies to attend."

City Council members Derek Green, Helen Gym and Al Taubenberger also participated.

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

12th Police District Sgt. Ronald Davis 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 office of the District Attorney, Philadelphia Water Department,  Licenses and Inspections, the Streets Department SWEEP program, Philadelphia More Beautiful and the Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP).

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

McClinton said she will be hosting similar town hall meetings throughout the district.