Prison stands in the way of progress
Courier Post Editorial, February 23, 2009
County and state officials are right to stand firm on planned prison shutdown.
Riverfront State Prison was a mistake from its inception. Hard as it may be for the corrections officers who work there to accept, this mistake can and should be corrected. The prison should be closed and torn down.
And if anyone thinks that dangerous criminals who aren't eligible for parole will suddenly just be let out of prison; it's not true.
Moreover, though, the prison is a roadblock to the progression of development along the valuable riverfront in Camden. South of the Ben Franklin Bridge, where once there were empty industrial buildings, there is now an aquarium, baseball stadium, concert venue, battleship museum and luxury apartments. But on the north side of those towering stone bridge footings? There's a prison and a depressed neighborhood.
Camco to merge functions, save cash
By ADAM SMELTZ
February 18, 2009
They have trimmed hundreds of positions and tried to slim the perks for the several thousand county workers who remain.
But as the economy and revenues sour even more, Camden County freeholders will announce this morning a fresh approach to revamping government.
County executives said they will strive to consolidate some functions among departments and county-related agencies.
Projected county revenue losses over the next couple years are expected to reach $12 million.
Meanwhile, unavoidable expenses are projected to grow by more than $20 million, the county said.
A press conference about the government transformation is scheduled for this morning at Camden County College in Blackwood. The effort meshes with a two-year-old campaign by Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who has pushed government agencies to streamline and share administrative functions.
Higher fine may end repeat false alarms
February 13, 2009
Courier Post Editorial
Cherry Hill wise to up the penalty for repeat alarms that waste the police department's time.
Every time police cars are dispatched to businesses and homes where security alarms ring, it costs about $500. When those alarms turn out to be false, those taxpayer dollars are wasted.
The Cherry Hill township council had good reason to significantly increase the fine for false alarms. False alarms have been a problem for township emergency responders, particularly police, and some businesses and homes have been repeat offenders. That needs to stop, and maybe a $1,250 fine will make those business owners or homeowners who haven't gotten around to fixing their malfunctioning alarms to do so.
By Matt Katz
Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted on Sun, Feb. 8, 2009
With New Jersey Democratic heavyweights framing her as Camden's Barack Obama, State Sen. Dana Redd announced her candidacy for mayor yesterday.
"Thank you for accepting my invitation to believe," Redd, who is also vice president of City Council, told 200 people under a tent on the street in the Centerville section where her mother grew up.
Running under the motto "United for Change" with a logo reminiscent of the Obama O, the 40-year-old Redd said she would bring jobs, safety and racial harmony to one of the poorest and deadliest cities in America.
Redd, who is vice chairwoman of the state Democratic Committee, also announced her slate of Council candidates: newcomer Marilyn Torres and incumbents Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Curtis Jenkins.