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.
The Struggle to Be Heard
There’s been a lot of coverage concerning the mishandling of public comment at York City School Board meetings. I’ve been there, I know the feeling; it doesn’t feel good to be shut down on technicalities and the board’s mechanical adherence to stifling public comment policies.
But, it was different for me. Maybe it was because the York LP has already proven we’re staunch defenders of the first amendment and don’t shy away from public struggle, or maybe they were just in a good mood. When I brought forth my beef with the school district’s public comment policy at a town hall meeting just a short six months ago, I was personally invited back to a meeting to air my concerns before the board by YCSD Supt. Dr. Holmes, himself.
Why Is Everyone Mad at Me?
City council recently introduced ten pages of regulatory barriers and restraints on mobile food vendors. As I’ve always advocated for people to have the freedom to exchange goods and services in York City, I thought I’d attend the proceedings and offer my input on York’s mobile food vendor ordinance.