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Issue Position: Quality of Life

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In addition to public safety, quality of life is more than vibrant communities and good schools, it is a healthy nightlife, it is good parks and neighborhood recreation; it is access to quality health care, protection of the environment and preservation of individual liberties. So, I've worked for the following:

* Secured funding to save the 2009 Mummers parade and Chinatown New Year's festivities

* Forced PennDOT to complete the installation of I-95 sound barriers in Pennsport

* Obtained funding for community parks and neighborhood athletic associations

* Created a new task force to address the growing nightlife around Rittenhouse Square in addition to helping the Center City Residents Association establish its new liquor committee

* To protect our neighborhoods, my office monitors liquor license transfers and is dedicated to stopping nuisance bars. We also serve on
Liquor Nuisance Task Forces in Old City and Northern Liberties to help community leaders and local officials protect their neighborhoods

* As a member of the Hunger Caucus, I'm promoting neighborhood farmers markets, distributing Philabundance emergency food supplies at my District Office and have partnered with the Brown's Family Market to supply holiday turkeys to the elderly and needy;

* My office and I have provided soccer balls and phone cards for military families, collected used blankets for area dog shelters, held several senior expos a year and donated bikes to children for the holidays

* I support a woman's right to choose by speaking out against Republican efforts to use the Dr. Gosnell tragedy as a way to restrict access to lawful abortions statewide (SB 732 of 2011)

* I've sponsored legislation to prohibit discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation, and I'm proud to be a founding member of the Bipartisan General Assembly's LGBT Caucus

* I have supported increased funding for early childhood education and sponsored legislation to promote financial literacy in schools; and finally

* When it comes to the environment, I support a tax on Marcellus Shale drilling to fund enforcement and environmental impacts, sponsored legislation with Sen. Mike Stack to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the fracking process and am proud to be named a Sierra Club and Clean Water Action "Environmental Hero" with a 115 percent rating.

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