During Bobby's campaign, he promised to open a District Office, a first for the 6th District, if elected. His goal was to be accessible and responsive to the needs of his constituents. The District Office, located on Torresdale Avenue, officially opened in August 2012.
Throughout his first term, Bobby has championed a wide range of issues with a particular focus on quality of life issues.
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Highlights of Bobby’s first term include:
- The creation of the Bad Neighbor Initiative to hold the ‘worst of the worst’ property owners accountable. Through education campaigns, legislation and efforts like the Problem Properties Advisory Committee, Bobby’s office has taken direct action on vacant properties in the 6th.
- Passing legislation to strengthen regulations on bandit signs, to streamline the zoning notification process, to tighten demolition and construction licensing and to allow residents to set trash out early. He also worked on the first re-write of the property maintenance code in decades.
- Launching Philly Play, an initiative aimed at reducing childhood obesity across Philadelphia by increasing access to safe, healthy play opportunities for kids. In 2014, Philly Play reached more than 3,400 kids with plans to expand in 2015.
- Serving as co-chair of the Manufacturing Task Force, along with business, civic and educational leaders from across the region, and helping to secure an expansion of Dietz and Watson in Tacony, adding hundreds of jobs to the District.
- Leading a coalition of community groups to secure an unprecedented 30 new police for the 15th Police District.
- Supporting city-wide efforts to make the property tax reassessment system fair and equitable and to provide property tax relief to all Philadelphians. As a result of these efforts, including the Homestead Exemption, approximately 90% of 6th District households saw a decrease in their property taxes.
- Working closely with the Office of Innovation and Technology and Comcast to negotiate the Cable Franchise Renewal Agreement in his role as the Chair of the Committee on Public Property and Public Works. The agreement will expand internet access and adoption opportunities for low-income Philadelphians and seniors, increase resources for public access channels and provide for the creation of a high-speed network that will connect hundreds of City entities, improving the way the City provides service to and for its citizens.