All 45 minutes of an Acklin/Reichbaum interview filmed on Sept. 10th are now on YouTube in five parts:
PART I: The legal challenge of the Dok Harris petition signatures. Later, growing up in a "machine Democratic" family and seeing "the bad part". A bit about having been a Republican in favor of civil rights.
PART II: Raised by "a single mother, on welfare for a number of years." The present mayor is "playing falsely with the hopes and dreams" of neighborhoods. Then his own pension plan, which involves reorienting the URA. Mayor "used the Act 47 process" to "take things off the table" with unions.
PART III: Answers criticism from Rob STEPHany (not Rob StePHANy, sorry) of the URA; remarks of its associated benefits to neighborhoods, "It's not happening". Criticizes a lack of sunshine and how decisions get made. Will restore "basic democratic values".
PART IV: Would grant the Council more formal say in appointing and in removing board members, department heads; would not commit to amending the Charter. Believes "we're in a bad place" if we're discussing ethics issues frequently. Also: public safety and the PIRC.
PART V: More on the PIRC. Forgotten areas like the West End. "I don't know why you'd want to be Mayor, if you're not going to be out there in the neighborhoods." Some campaign strategy. He's lost 25 pounds. Feels he "brings a lot of authenticity".
For the latest on the mayor's race, see the Slag Heap's Chris Potter. See also our two-part narrative about the Dok Harris interview of two months ago: Link and Link.