April 16, 2016 |
A Pennsylvania nonprofit, nonpartisan, entrepreneur-driven advocacy group is expected to launch July 1 with the outgoing president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, Matthew J. Brouillette, at its helm. Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs will consist of entrepreneurs and philanthropists "working in partnership to advance better public policies in Pennsylvania," according to an announcement issued Thursday. Brouillette's term at the Commonwealth Foundation, a think tank in Harrisburg that advocates fiscally conservative and libertarian public policies, will end June 30. The new agency he will lead, also to be based in Harrisburg, will work to advance public policies in Pennsylvania, educate the public regarding laws and policies, and advocate for legislation to improve economic and educational opportunities for every resident of the state, according to the statement.
January 29, 2016 |
Developers and potential customers of small modular reactors (SMR) have formed an advocacy group called SMR Start to promote public policy to accelerate the adoption of advanced nuclear reactors. The founding members of the consortium include PSEG Nuclear, which operates large a three-reactor complex in Salem County, and Holtec International, the Marlton energy company that is building a research center in Camden to support the development of its small modular reactor, the SMR-160.
October 30, 2015 |
Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. Bethel, one of the highest-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department, will retire in January to join an advocacy group that focuses on youth violence prevention. Bethel, a 29-year member of the force, runs patrol operations and is known as a strong proponent of community-oriented policing tactics. His name was among those floated as a possible replacement for Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is retiring in January. Ramsey said working with Bethel was a "joy," and called his work for the department "immeasurable.
October 15, 2015 |
A LOCAL GROUP of education advocates has sent Gov. Wolf a letter asking for the removal of Farah Jimenez from the School Reform Commission because of her husband's association with charter schools. The Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools says it is also concerned about Jimenez's oversight of the school district's Charter School Office, which she details on her LinkedIn page. The group alleges in an Oct. 8 letter obtained by the Daily News that Jimenez, who was appointed to the SRC in February 2014 by former Gov. Tom Corbett, "has taken actions which raise additional problems with her continuing as a Commissioner.
September 18, 2015 |
After a civil liberties group issued a formal complaint about the City of Cape May's sponsoring a simulcast at Cape May Convention Hall on Sept. 27 of Pope Francis' public Mass in Philadelphia, a local ecumenical group has taken over the promotion of the event. The live stream of the Mass at the beachfront convention center is one of a number of events being held at the Jersey Shore during the "pope weekend" at the end of the month, including a showing of the film Sister Act in the same building Friday, Sept.
September 11, 2015 |
Uber's billboards promised opportunities to earn $25 to $30 an hour, so Takele Gobena quit his $9-an-hour job at the Seattle airport, borrowed money to buy a car, and began working as a driver for Uber and Lyft. "We're not earning a living wage," Gobena said. After expenses, he said, he wound up earning $2.64 an hour, not enough to cover car payments or support his infant daughter. Gobena served as Exhibit A on Wednesday as advocates for low-wage workers released a report about problems and possible solutions for a growing class of workers such as Gobena in what is known as the on-demand economy.
August 26, 2015 |
WHEN BARBARA Galarza was told by a high school psychologist last year that her teen daughter had "intellectual disabilities," she began to "cry, cry, cry. " She still had another surprise coming. The non-bilingual psychologist told her, "Don't worry, it's better this way. She'll get a lot of benefits," Galarza recalled yesterday in an interview conducted in Spanish. "She was heartless. " "Nobody would want news like that. It's not logical," she said. "For me that's not normal, [to]
April 28, 2015 |
A school-choice advocacy group in Philadelphia will roll out on Monday the first of a planned series of television advertisements to promote its cause as voters consider whom to support in the mayor's race. Mike Wang, executive director of Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners, said his organization intended to spend more than $1 million on television ads in the coming months, much of it after the May 19 primary. "This is about getting every child access to a great school," Wang said, adding that the group would spend "whatever it will take to do that.
February 24, 2015 |
City and county officials on Monday are expected to announce a long-term strategy for addressing Camden's homeless population. Details will be offered at an afternoon news conference in Camden. The state's poorest city, Camden has historically had a large homeless population. A study by the group NJ Counts found the state's homeless population increased last year, with Camden County up 2 percent. A survey by an advocacy group counted about 650 homeless individuals in Camden County last year.
November 7, 2014 |
THE EDUCATION advocacy group Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools has taken legal steps to challenge the School Reform Commission's decision last month to cancel the teachers' contract. Retired teacher Lisa Haver, a member of the alliance, alleges the SRC was "in clear violation" of the state's Sunshine Law when it called the Oct. 6 meeting to impose conditions on the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The action would have forced PFT members to begin paying for health-care benefits next month, but subsequent filings by the district and the PFT has stayed the decision.