Friday, February 15, 2013

Jennings Speaks For Those With No Voice

Nobody knows better than Alan Jennings how much I've opposed his involvement in Allentown's NIZ because I've told him that repeatedly. But I am pleased to see that he is finally willing to speak for those who have no voice and insist that the NIZ developers start raising some money for programs that actually help people who make less than $1,000,000,000,000,000 per year.

Maybe they'll throw him a bone.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Tobaccoist's were told we had to stay because of the "Tax" revenue. Where did it go?

michael molovinsky said...

bernie, i understand matt assad's omission, but not yours! what was not mentioned, by either of you, is that jenning's organization would administer the suggested funds. this is not to say that he has anything but good intentions, but that fact should be part of the story.

Mark Baker said...

MM has it right. Put more bluntly, although the guy does good things it seems he does those things that benefit him also. I have a hard tome getting over his sleeze factor.

Anonymous said...

How is benefitting his agency benefitting him?

Anonymous said...




Bernie,

What about the TAX that CORBETT and the Republican Legislators are proposing on the Price of Gasoline!

Anonymous said...

Wat to keep 'em honest MM. Jennings ALWAYS has an ulterior motive.

Anonymous said...

BERNIE, WOULD IT BE A VIOLATION OF STATE ETHICS CODE IF HE VOTES FOR THE FEE HE US TRYING TO RAISE TO BENIFIT HIS ORGANIZATION YHAT WOULD THEN USE THE MONIES TO PAY HIS SALARY AND EXPENSES

Anonymous said...

This man has been a actor of the local politicaly corrupt acting under the cover of color of law with many legal facets of human service organizations in collution to take advantage of the disadvantaged for more than the money his organization allocates to the public.

monkey momma said...

It doesn't matter what Jenning's motivations are here. The fact of the matter is, his demands for more money prove that the NIZ isn't living up to its promise already. If Browne, Mann and the rest of the fools who composed this legislation thought that a "development fee" was necessary to lift all the boats in this pond, then they would have written this development fee into the law itself. When the public was sold this NIZ law, we were told that development, in and of itself, would help the surrounding neighbors of the NIZ area. Now we see quite plainly that many on the "inside" believe this is not true.

Apparently, ANIZDA can make up the rules as they go along. Just having this debate lets all developers know that the "rules" of today may or may not be the rules for tomorrow. It is clear that Jennings is many things, but not a business person who knows what motivates development and what deters development. Let me tell you something: a new "development fee" that is launched out of nowhere will DETER development. I guarantee it.

What's funny is that the people Jennings says he represents are the same people the NIZ was designed to remove from Center City.

monkey momma said...

Now that I think more about the development fee, I wonder if maybe bringing this up so late in the game wasn't part of some grand plan. Perhaps, in an effort to protect the major developers (JB Reilly & Butz), those projects were allowed to proceed without this fee, but everyone on the 2nd tier and lower of the NIZ priority list does have to pay. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute----- this is a joke post. Right?
I get confused, was it just April Fools Day? Have I missed something?
This is a joke, right?

Anonymous said...

A source of supposed "free" money has been uncovered with the introduction of the NIZ. Lots of "concerned" people are coming out of the woodwork to benefit from that.

It's no longer acceptable to wait for ANTICIPATED spin-off benefits, as those benefits might never have existed in the first place. What's desired now is some sort of REQUIRED donation for the common good. A better guarantee of the value of the NIZ.

Either way, the FREE money is not exactly free, is it? Those who provide it simply find a way to pass the obligation down the food chain. Like Corbett's proposed increase in revenues from gas suppliers. Guess who will end up paying for that?

Who knows, hockey fans? An additional dollar added to your ticket price might end up being the Phantom's contribution to the neighborhood good. Generous of the Phantoms, no?

Anonymous said...

The fact that CACLV (and only CACLV) would be the recipient of this extortion is a telling omission of the article and this blog post.

Jennings is addicted to empire building and influence and that requires constant expansion. Need more control, more employees, more control of funds.

This isn't about the low income folks in the neighborhood, and I doubt it has been for 20 years.

Surcharging developers to build in Allentown of all places is a ridiculous idea.

Anonymous said...

Building out bureaucracies is what liberals do. Haven't we seen enough of this on the national level?

Anonymous said...

sounds like jennings is looking for his HUSH money

Bernie O'Hare said...

MM, You are correct. I should have pointed that out.

Bernie O'Hare said...

6:52, Try commenting without all caps. I would like to see a ruling on your point. He is definitely advocating for funds to benefit his organization. It does pay his salary.

Bernie O'Hare said...

How is benefitting his agency benefitting him?"

The argument would be it benefits him bc it pays his salary.

Anonymous said...

"NOTHING SHAKIN' ON SHAKEDOWN STREET"

Bernie O'Hare said...

Why would I support this? The NIZ is here to stay. I would rather see something to help the disadvantaged than nothing. So far, it's nothing. No rising tide.

Anonymous said...

There's a problem with the headline- "Jennings Speaks For Those With No Voice". Jennings is a teriffic guy and a great champion, but he needs to be giving those with no voice a voice, not speaking for them. Those voices are out there, they are just hard to hear over Alan's attempts to speak for them.

Anonymous said...

The concept that a non-elected implementation board in a legislatively defined jurisdiction can mandate fees for use outside of that jurisdiction without specific authorization to do so in the enabling legislation is unacceptable. I generally support Mr. Jennings and his goals. In this case a voluntary contribution by NIZ developers to benefit surrounding neighborhoods makes much sense in many ways. A mandatory fee on the other hand sets a dangerous precedent. Well intentioned ends do not justify using such means.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a Trikle-Down Vodoo Economical Ponzi scheme. No? Reagan-Style politics for the 21 Century.

Anonymous said...

It all sounds like the "Neighborhood Protection Assoc.)....from the Soprano's

Anonymous said...

Isn't it sad, these issues will only be "sliced and diced" here and on other blogs, because the Morning Call is no longer willing?

monkey momma said...

But I thought the disadvantaged were going to be helped by the development itself?! Guess not...but then again, the NIZ was never designed to help the disadvantaged.

Many people believe that Allentown has so many disadvantaged people choosing to live here because of all the incentives this town offers them. And now Jennings is demanding more. It's never ending and completely counterproductive. And as anon 11:02 points out, unacceptable.

Anonymous said...

What about traffic impact fees? Will the NIZ support improvements to access routes to the NiZ?

Anonymous said...

For Allentown, the arena is all reward, no risk as the $234 million financing shows that Pennsylvania is assuming the liability for Allentown's gain.

Was this money used in the Swaption contracts?

Anonymous said...

With the Latin Kings, MS-13 factions across county lines & Interstate Trans. infusing illegals incognito'....Demographically Speaking.....you know not whom you are dealing with. Constituently speaking....you don't know who your constituent's are?

Anonymous said...

We know who will own the new office buildings, hotel, and renovated, privately-owned structures who receive our tax contributions, but, who, exactly, will own the arena building?

Seriously, should the building become a money pit, a useless building that can ONLY be an arena, or a gigantic storage facility, who is stuck with this "benefit" ?

Anonymous said...

The new arena will offer dozens of part-time, no-benefits, ticket-taker, popcorn-maker, and janitorial jobs. Workers will flock to Allentown and begin to secure housing with their big compensation packages. Trickle down works. This is widely known. Peter Jennings is a genius.

Bernie O'Hare said...

His name is Alan.

ALFONSO TODD said...

BH,

This is WHY I have been preaching self sufficiency and empowerment. The builders, contractors, and planners don't owe us anything and they KNOW this and we have to stop thinking that they do. As long as we have the attitude of obtaining a "hand out" instead of a "hand up" then this will be the response we will often get: more bureaucracy while those still in need languish. I say have them tell us what the projects will NEED as far as employee and service-wise so we can start teaching/training the surrounding residents how to obtain some of the benefits/opportunities. I applaud Mr. Jennings for his work and assistance, but some of us would rather get the info so we can go in and speak and do for ourselves...

Alfonso Todd

www.votealfonsotodd.com

484.619.6541

Anonymous said...

Alfonso,

"Doing for oneself" is not where our country is being led.

(of course, you know that)

Anonymous said...

His salary isn't huge and it is already covered. He doesn't get bonuses for bringing more money in.

Anonymous said...

This might be your first article where the number of comments exceeds the number of words in the article.

Just sayin'

Don't make fun of me. This post is at least as relevant as about half of the other comments in here.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I won't. My shorter posts tend to draw more comments than the longer ones for some reason.

Anonymous said...

@ Alfonso Todd, Dear Sir,
what is to ratio of needed services of the Wynedote Projects relative to ethnicity specific/social-worker interpreters?People can't be helped if they are unable to fill out the Form's correctly. Language barriers & all that.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Palace of Sport was only supposed to cost $ 80.0 million dollars ...

The Morning Call
Christopher Baxter
March, 2011

... can't delete histories or memeories, as much as one wishes to get along to go along now that the Palace of Sport is a done deal.

Anonymous said...

Jennings loves nothing do much as a microphone.

Mr. Todd,dial back the slick PR speak if you want to be taken seriously....and good luck.

Anonymous said...

Palace of Sport, If Caligula could see us now....What of Artemis' cut?!