|Dan Poresky announces referendum|
The petitions were collected by more than 80 volunteers beginning in earnest at Allentown polling stations on Election Day. Burke said 10 or 15 of the volunteers still have not turned in their petition forms, so the actual number of signatures collected might be even greater than the 2,700 names turned over to City Clerk Michael C. Hanlon.While Burke and the neighborhood groups were organizing to put the issue directly to the voters, property managers were also organizing against the licensing law, and conducted a large meeting, with over 150 landlords.
Among those who received an invitation and attended the meeting was Edward Pawlowski, executive director of the Alliance for Building Communities, a nonprofit organization that works to return apartment buildings to single-family, owner-occupied homes. "The thing that impressed me most was how many people turned out," said Pawlowski. "It was a packed house."In 1998, Tom Burke said that he wasn't heading a special interest group with money, and that they had to speak directly to the voters. Likewise, in 2012, Dan Poresky is facing the well financed private water industry, and wants the homeowners to decide the fate of their water system.
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This blogger was part of the landlord group opposed to the rental inspection law in 1998