Mayor C. Kim Bracey Forces Permit Fees On Charity Event
“The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable.” • Bastiat
For the second time in as many years, the City of York stands as a barrier between a charitable organization and the people it works to serve.
York mayor Kim Bracey has ordered 2011 City of York Humanitarian Award recipient Bobby Brunner to pay a $35 permit fee (along with all other applicable fees) in order to be able to pass out food and donated items to the needy during a planned Sept. 6th giveaway.
Bureaucratic Process Causes Uncertainty, “Gut-wrenching Fear” for Entrepreneur
Meet Darren Borodin, owner of DKMI Best Hot Dogs.
Some of you may know the mild-mannered, soft-spoken hot dog vendor that has tended to the appetites of city-slickers, county residents and workers for the past three and a half years. In the very near future, Mr. Borodin’s business may no longer be in operation.
Due to the City of York’s arbitrary and unnecessarily complicated street vendor licensing schemes, DKMI Best Hot Dogs does not know its future. Through no fault of his own, and by no action or condition of the marketplace, Mr. Borodin’s business venture may come to an abrupt end – by the simple stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen.
Solicitor to provide opinion on right to record proceedings
The trend to stifle discussion concerning the City of York’s protectionist mobile food vendor regulations continues. Sonia Huntzsinger, Downtown Inc. Director and mobile food vendor committee chairperson mulled suspending tonight’s committee session in response to Public Works Director Jim Gross’ objection to my video camera.
Camera is still running, bureaucrats be damned. This session falls under sunshine act provisions; transparency trumps government discomfort
Redevelopment Authority Uses Anonymous Funds to Partner with Private Developer
It’s definitely election season. With municipal offices up for grabs, local bureaucrats are once again practicing the art of ‘being seen’ while touting various city projects as successes. It’s the political iteration of smoke and mirrors; the use of unproven, newly-minted initiatives to obfuscate and deflect criticism from years of failed, negligent policies.
Chik-Fil-A COO Dan Cathy has made headlines, again. He’s pretty well-known for his strong opinions and socially conservative belief system. This time, some governments are holding his opinions against him, in the name of equality. Ridiculous, I know.
If Chik-Fil-A business suffers or grows as a consequence of Cathy’s comments, it should be at the hands of the consumers. Let the people decide whether or not they wish to patronize the restaurant. You never know which set of beliefs the government may seize on next. It could be yours. Needless to say, it would be dangerous to allow the government to engage in such paternalistic oversight.