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Councilmember Jamie Gauthier stood on the corner of North 51st Street and Haverford Avenue, not far from where a 1-year-old boy was shot inside a grocery store less than a week ago, and rattled off a list of Philadelphia's latest gun violence victims. 

With more than 1,300 people shot and the city nearing 320 homicides less than seven full months into 2021, the West Philly representative said she was done debating Mayor Jim Kenney over whether the violence constitutes a state of emergency declaration.

"All this week, we've been hearing about how the mayor doesn't want to declare gun violence an emergency," said Gauthier, who last year authored a resolution calling on Kenney to do just that. "Fine. Fine. Call it whatever you want. All I care is that you do more."

Gauthier and City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart on Thursday sent the mayor a letter outlining eight action steps they want his administration to take to curb gun violence in the zip codes most plagued by shootings. The letter also demands Kenney provide an update on his Roadmap to Safer Communities anti-violence strategy and a timeline for the city to spend the $155 million allocated for violence prevention in this year's budget.

"Considering the tragic toll that this epidemic has taken on my district, and what the day-to-day reality has become for my constituents over the last year, in my eyes, there is no hope for equity in this city if we don't tackle our gun violence crisis head on," Gauthier said.

Kenney has remained skeptical that an emergency declaration would "demonstrably change conditions" in Philadelphia. During a bi-weekly gun violence briefing Wednesday, Kenney said "there is no greater priority" for his administration than stopping the shootings.

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has refused to declare a state of emergency over gun violence in the city. In a letter to Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, the mayor said such a declaration 'is not a solution that will demonstrably change conditions in Philadelphia.'

"We know residents are afraid; afraid to attend cookouts or go to basketball courts, afraid to let their kids play outside," Kenney said. "... It truly breaks my heart."

But Kenney has refused to make an emergency declaration. He said it would not unlock additional funds for violence prevention and that his administration "has been working to address violence in a coordinated fashion for several years."

"The reality is that the gun violence epidemic is impacting cities across the country, and Philadelphia is participating in every opportunity to learn and share with our peers," Kenney wrote in a letter to Gautier earlier this week.

That response was met with frustration from Gauthier, Rhynhart and many of the speakers at Thursday's news conference in West Philly.

"The Kennedy administration all but said they think they are doing all that they can. They think they're doing all that they can to stop this violence," Rhynhart said. "I cannot accept that. The people of our city cannot accept that."

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City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart, middle, speaks during a news conference Thursday, July 22, 2021, in West Philadelphia. Rhynhart and Councilmember Jamie Gauthier drafted an action plan sent to Mayor Jim Kenney outlining steps to address gun violence.

"If everything is being done, then we wouldn't be seeing five people shot on average every day," Councilmember Kathy Gilmore Richardson added. "... The longer this crisis continues unchecked, the more harm we are inflicting on ourselves and our communities in the future."

In their letter, Gauthier and Rhynhart gave Kenney until July 30 to respond with a "detailed plan and timeline" for implementing each of their action steps. 

In a statement to the Inquirer, Kenney spokesperson Deana Gamble said the mayor "looks forward to continuing to work with colleagues on City Council to continue to respond to this crisis."

"The Mayor is glad to hear the Councilmember is not focused on semantics, and that the recommendations she's presented are closely aligned to the work the administration is already undertaking to continue our response to the national public health emergency that gun violence presents," Gamble told the newspaper. 

Gauthier said she has not sat down with Kenney to discuss gun violence in Philadelphia since last fall. When asked about Kenney reminding the public that he declared gun violence a public health crisis in 2018, Gauthier was dismissive.

"I think everyone can tell we're not doing enough," she said. "It's not enough to point to a plan that was developed several years ago and say, 'Look, this is our answer.' I think everyone standing here today can say that … what we're doing right now in this moment needs to be ramped up."

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Councilmember Jamie Gauthier opposes 48th and Chester ‘poop building’

Gauthier explained that she agrees that Philadelphians should keep pushing developers to build developments that are “100%” affordable.

“But we also must consider the alternatives: building nothing at all, or building only what the zoning code will allow, which in this case is 28 duplexes with no affordability restrictions on them,” she wrote. “To me, these do not feel like viable solutions to the challenges our district faces regarding housing affordability.”

The project would replace a private dog park that closed in 2019 and has been the topic of conversation and negotiations with neighbors for months.

“We’re disappointed and confused with her conclusion [because] her statement is one of the most well-reasoned explanations of why this should be approved,” Brett Feldman, a zoning and land use lawyer representing Gelley said.

After talking to immediate neighbors, the developer agreed to reduce the proposed height of the project and to set aside 15 units at subsidized rents for low-wage workers. Under city law, there is no affordability requirement. Gelley also agreed to increase parking.

Cedar Park Neighbors, one of the registered community organizations, supported the project. Early Wednesday morning, another local civic group, the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, released a statement pushing back on Gauthier’s decision.

“The Councilmember is setting a dangerous precedent by opposing this project, taking a stance against the registered community organization (RCO) who negotiated this deal and recommended supporting the project,” Jabari Jones, president of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative wrote. “It sends a chilling message to real-estate developers that reasonable agreements with strong community support could still be meaningless.”

Jones goes on to explain that the Councilmember’s decision sets an unreachable bar that will stop developers from engaging in conversation with civic groups.

Gauthier noted that a lot of the criticism of the project centers on its proposed rents, which reflect market trends.

“It is true that the proposed rents for this project’s market-rate units are higher than most rents currently available on the immediate surrounding blocks,” she wrote. “But the reality is that this section of our district is already experiencing intense housing demand, so it’s likely that rents will continue to rise even if nothing gets built on this site.”

Cindy Lou, an organizer and housing activist with Protect Squirrel Hill, said she is pleased that “the councilwoman finally chose to listen to her constituents.”

Protect Squirrel Hill has been vocal about its opposition to the project because they believe it will accelerate gentrification in the neighborhood.

Lou said their petition against the project is approaching 600 signatures.

“We look forward to continuing to support our Black, brown, and elderly residents in our community,” Lou said.

Lou said this is not over and is reluctant to celebrate until next month’s zoning board meeting on June 2.

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Jamie Gauthier had a busy first year in City Hall.

Three months after she was sworn into Philadelphia City Council, the coronavirus pandemic forced lawmakers to begin meeting virtually. Two months later, law enforcement inundated and deployed tear gas in parts of her West Philadelphia district during the spring and summer’scivil unrest, and she helped defuse one standoff between police and protesters by getting Mayor Jim Kenney on the phone with a young activist. She negotiated with leaders of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway homeless encampment; pushed for police reforms after the killing of Walter Wallace Jr., one of her constituents; and feuded with Kenney over the city’s gun-violence crisis, which has sharply increased shootings in her district.

Gauthier, who won a shocking 2019 upset against Jannie Blackwell for a seat that had been held by Blackwell or her husband for four decades,said she isn’t surprised that the tumultuous events of her first year disproportionately affected communities she represents.

“I represent Black neighborhoods that have been historically disinvested, so it’s not a coincidence that the same neighborhoods that have suffered [disproportionately] from coronavirus are suffering from gun violence, are suffering from police brutality, are suffering from an affordable-housing crisis,” shesaid during a series of interviews over the last month. “It’s been hard on all my constituents, but it’s also been a topsy-turvy year for meas a first-term councilperson.”

Last year ushered in a new dynamic on Council, with Gauthier and fellow freshman Kendra Brooks joining Helen Gym to form a reliably progressive bloc on what was long a more center-left body. The three of them — Philadelphia’s version of “The Squad” of progressive Democrats in Congress — are looking to push city policy to the left on issues such as housing and policing. But Gauthier, a former nonprofit executive, took a different path to City Hall than her allies, who both emerged from the activist movement. And she faces a different challenge as the only member of the trio who represents a geographic district.

From dealing with constituent services to managing land-use decisions, Council’s district members have very different jobs than their colleagues who hold citywide at-large seats. The 10 district representatives usually focus on nuts-and-bolts government, while the seven at-large members often tackle special causes or take more ideological approaches.

Gauthier, 42, is trying to do both. Her roleoffers the city’s rising progressive movement an opportunity to test policies in West Philadelphia that a majority of Council won’t support. But it also poses challenges as Gauthier balances the needs of her constituents with her ideological aims.

Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, who has piloted innovative zoning and housing programs in her Kensington-based district, said she’s advised Gauthier on this tightrope.

“You could be a show horse or a workhorse,” Quiñones-Sánchez said. “I said to Jamie, ‘You don’t have the luxury of being both.’ If she wants to be the workhorse, she’s going to be able to demonstrate that progressive policies can work in her complicated district.”

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Gauthier’s district covers the heart of West Philadelphia, from the bustling corridors of University City to long-underserved Black neighborhoods like Cobbs Creek. It includes major institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, but also had a poverty rate of 35% before the pandemic, 10 points higher than the city as a whole.

The district is ground zero for the gentrification debate because it’s seeing the largest amount of “naturally occurring” affordable housing replaced by new development, said Leo Addimando, president of the Building Industry Association, a trade group.

“A number of those buildings have been very publicly emptied and renovated,” he said. “The optics have not been good.”

The younger, wealthier, and whiter newcomers represent a paradox for Gauthier: While her primary focus is preventing the displacement of longtime residents, she also benefits politically from the newer arrivals, who have formed some of the city’s most reliably progressive pockets.

A single mother of two boys who are often seen walking through the background of her screen in meetings, Gauthier is friendly but unafraid to speak bluntly.

While she is well-liked in City Hall, some members see her as naive about Council’s machinations, preferring public debate to Council’s practice of hashing out deals behind closed doors and rarely forcing colleagues to take difficult votes.

As chair of the housing committee, Gauthier in June called for a vote on a bill to temporarily institute rent control even though it did not have enough support to pass. The move angered lawmakers because it forced them take a position that could vex activists.

Four months later, committee members struck back during a hearing on a bill to extend an eviction moratorium. When it came up for a vote, the other members left the virtual hearing, denying Gauthier a quorum.

She described it as a learning experience.

“It’s not the first time that I have been labeled as naive, but I see that more as I’m an idealist,” Gauthier said. “I’m always pushing toward my highest goals, and I think we should be pushing for the best.”

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Addimando said that while developers sometimesdisagree with Gauthier’s approach to housing policy, they value her frankness.

“It’s been a breath of fresh air to have a person ... who is transparent and super up-front about what her priorities are,” Addimando said. “Everyone who is looking for some kind of zoning relief in her district knows what the conversation is going to be.”

Addimando said he expects clashes with Gauthier over issues such as calculating what rental prices constitute affordable housing.

“If you push too hard on affordability, you could break the equation” of whether a developer can afford a project, Addimando said. “How far she pushes it remains to be seen.”

Two decades ago, acrusading attorney namedLeon A. Williams waged two long-shot campaignsagainst legendary Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham with a message that presaged today’s debate over racism in criminal justice.

Williams lost. But his renegade approach to politics rubbed off on his daughter, Jamie Gauthier, who also ran without the political establishment’s approval. Gauthier, however, won on her first try.

“My dad has always, always been someone who has bucked the system,” Gauthier said. “I learned from watching him that you should question things.”

Gauthier grew up in Kingsessing and Wynnefield,graduated from Central High, and earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Temple and a master’s in urban planning from Penn before pursuing a career in nonprofits.

She led a group that advocates for environmentally conscious businesses, and later the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Along the way, she established Mommy Grads, a group for single mothers working their way through graduate school.

”I saw some of the confidence being built,” said Randy Belin, who worked with Gauthier when she founded Mommy Grads. “She had a full-time job, she was a young mom, and I’m like, ‘Wow, now you’re doing a program on the side.’”

Gauthier had long eyed Blackwell’s seat and increasingly felt that tackling affordable housing would require a leadership change.

“I had been working in the nonprofit sector to address those issues, but that’s not where the biggest levers were. ... The biggest levers were in government,” she said. “There was just something really compelling about running against Blackwell and doing that in a head-to-head race and making a very stark contrast.”

Gauthier hoped for support from progressive groups like Reclaim Philadelphia, which was founded by veterans of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. But many activists were skeptical because she had significant support from Philadelphia 3.0, an enigmatic outside spending group that was seen by the left as representing corporate interests.

Gauthier’s primary victory was seismic, unseating the type of old-school politician-for-life who wasn’t supposed to lose. She has since won over liberal activists. If 3.0 is still a supporter, it’s not saying so: It didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Gauthier campaigned against the uniquely Philadelphian tradition known as “councilmanic prerogative,” in which members have absolute authority over land-use decisions in their districts.

The practice has been criticized for effectively dividing Philadelphia into 10 fiefdoms with separate developmentphilosophies — and for opening the door to corruption. Blackwell wielded the power aggressively, micromanaging zoning and holding up sales of city-owned land.

Prerogative is an unwritten rule, sustained by other members’ support for whichever colleague represents the area in question. Gauthier has shown a willingness to buck tradition. She voted to uphold Kenney’s veto of a preservation district in Councilmember Mark Squilla’s district.

“District Council members should absolutely expect and welcome scrutiny regarding that tactic and the way that they are using prerogative, and I strongly believe that land use or property disposition should not be about these backroom deals or involve political favors,” Gauthier said. “All of that has to go.”

But Gauthier has also made ample use of prerogative herself, recognizing it could allow her to quickly carry out her priorities in West Philadelphia.

She and Quiñones-Sánchez, for instance, are experimenting in their districts with mandatory inclusionary zoning, in which developers are required to include affordable units in new housing projects. Developers oppose the policy, and a citywide proposal is unlikely to pass anytime soon. But Gauthier and Quiñones-Sánchez hope to pass legislation for their districtsthis year.

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“Councilmanic prerogative is used for good when we as district Council members are able to amplify the voices of people who are routinely pushed out of housing policy,” Gauthier said.

It also gives her leverage over higher-education and medical institutions that often need zoning changes or city approval for new development.

A Penn alumna, Gauthier has nevertheless taken a harder line with her district’s mega-institutions, demanding commitments likeincreased affordable housing when they need something. The relationship, she said, is “complicated” and “can get tense.”

“The institutions were built on top of Black communities, and people were displaced because of that,” she said. “People lost their wealth because of that, and it was never compensated.”

Leigh Whitaker, a Penn lobbyist, said Gauthier has been “very responsive and very receptive.”

“I get the sense that she appreciates the things that Penn does, but certainly wants us to be mindful of how we interact with the community,” Whitaker said.

Kevin Brown, who works for the nonprofit People’s Emergency Center, deals with folks who need help fast. Whether their electricity has been shut off or their house is being put up for sheriff’s sale, his clients need someone who can quickly cut through red tape.

Jannie Blackwell was a perfect ally.

“People would get a run-around about something, and they could go to Jannie, and Jannie would make the phone call,” Brown said. “Jannie did it really old-school, and I think the people of West Philly took that for granted, so I feel like that part’s missing. Where do people go in a crisis?”

Brown said he understands Gauthier can’t be expected to pull strings like Blackwell yet, but he’s watching to see if she will make constituent services as much of a priority.

Gauthier said that it’s a top priority and that she and her staff take about 100 calls every day from residents, on issues ranging from trash collection to relocating gun-violence victims.

Helping constituents navigate bureaucracy isalso good politics for the member, who stands to gain a loyal voter with each pothole filled or property tax exemption secured. From Council to Congress, some lawmakers do little else.

Gauthier is aiming for more. She wants to helptransform city government. But she can’t afford to overlook what her constituents need now.

Being the only member of Council’s progressive wing to hold a district seat is “an opportunity for me to work on the things that will really benefit people in this district, in particular people who have always always been left behind,” she said.

“I don’t want to tinker around the edges.”


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Jamie Gauthier (Democratic Party) is a member of the Philadelphia City Council in Pennsylvania, representing District 3. Gauthier assumed office on January 6, 2020. Gauthier's current term ends on January 1, 2024.

Gauthier (Democratic Party) ran for election to the Philadelphia City Council to represent District 3 in Pennsylvania. Gauthier won in the general election on November 5, 2019.



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    Philadelphia City Council, District 3
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    Jamie Gauthier

    American politician

    Jamie Gauthier is an American Democratic politician and member of the Philadelphia City Council. In 2019, she was elected to represent the Third District, which covers much of West Philadelphia and Southwest Philadelphia.

    Early life and career[edit]

    Gauthier was born in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Philadelphia.[1] Her father, Leon Williams, ran for District Attorney of Philadelphia twice as an independent candidate.[2] She received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from Temple University and her Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.[3]

    Gauthier founded Mommy Grads, an organization dedicated to helping single mothers raise children while attending college.[4] She worked as a program officer with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation before serving as executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia from 2013 to 2017.[5] In 2017, she became executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy.[6]

    Philadelphia City Council[edit]

    In January 2019, Gauthier announced she would challenge longtime incumbent Jannie Blackwell in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia City Council in the Third District, which covers much of West Philadelphia and Southwest Philadelphia.[7] Blackwell had represented the district since 1992, when she succeeded her husband Lucien Blackwell, who previously held the seat for 17 years. Gauthier defeated Blackwell by 56%-44% in the May 2019 primary, in what was called "a huge upset over one of the biggest political dynasties in Philly politics."[8] Gauthier faced no opposition in the general election.

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    1. ^Terruso, Julia (March 28, 2019). "Jannie Blackwell has represented West Philly for 27 years. Jamie Gauthier thinks her time's up". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
    2. ^Platt, Larry (March 22, 2019). "NEW BLOOD: JAMIE GAUTHIER". The Philadelphia Citizen. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
    3. ^Padner, Emma (February 19, 2019). "Temple alumna runs for West Philly City Council seat". The Temple News. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
    4. ^Hale, Rebecca (October 6, 2009). "Mommy Grads helps student-moms". The Temple News. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
    5. ^Thompson, Nigel (October 15, 2019). "Jamie Gauthier: District 3's first new face on City Council in almost 30 years". Al Día. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
    6. ^Zeglen, Julie (June 30, 2017). "Fairmount Park Conservancy has a new head as of July 1: Jamie Gauthier". Generocity. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
    7. ^Briggs, Ryan (January 30, 2019). "Fairmount Park Conservancy leader to challenge Blackwell for Council seat". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
    8. ^Winberg, Michaela (May 21, 2019). "District Council primary: West Philly stunner, Kensington nailbiter, South Philly slam". Billy Penn. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
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