Soccer star Marco Fabián came to the Philadelphia Union to help the team reach new heights on the field. But the organization also hopes he revitalizes a segment of the fan base. But his presence alone might not be enough for the team to win back the hearts of Latino soccer fans. Clearly not everyone is a fan of Philly’s soda tax. While it’s viewed as Mayor Jim Kenney’s signature achievement, voters could determine its fate in the City Council elections. And while most of us aren’t fans of robocallers, we decided to call back one of Philly’s most notorious.
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One of the newest members of the Philadelphia Union hopes to revitalize a segment of the team’s fanbase. Marco Fabián is a Mexican-born player who last played professionally in Europe. Now, some Latino Union fans are flocking to the team’s games to see him play — a result Union executives were hoping for.
However, others are still skeptical. Some people believe the team’s outreach efforts toward the Latino community have been inconsistent over the years, leaving many to wonder if Fabián’s presence is enough.
Some say the Union have not shown enough cariño, or care and affection, to the Latinos in the area. Meanwhile, the team has touted a number of initiatives aimed at creating a connection.
The tax, which funds pre-K and other educational initiatives, is widely viewed as Mayor Kenney’s signature first-term achievement, but is used by opponents to attack him. However, the real battle over the tax is being waged in the council races.
Council has the power to vote to repeal or change the 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax. Of the 36 Democratic council candidates who responded to an Inquirer survey, half said they support the tax and half said they don’t. Republican candidates were unified in their opposition.
For months Will has been badgering Philadelphians with prerecorded messages, offering to buy properties in the city and New Jersey. It’s all an effort to find cheap property in hot neighborhoods by preying on vulnerable homeowners.
Not to mention, the calls are illegal under federal law. And they seem to be ramping up.
So, my colleagues Christian Hetrick and Julia Terruso decided to give Will a call back. He never picked up, but Hetrick and Terruso were led to evasive “investors” and a large robocall operation that touched major cities across the country.
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