February 3, 2016 |
Judging by the plummeting value of taxi ownership and robust demand for transportation alternatives, Philadelphians want ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to be in business here as they are in much of the state and nation. So why is the city's traveling public financing an expensive campaign to keep the companies illegal? The Philadelphia Parking Authority has spent more than half a million dollars on a firm that has been lobbying legislators to keep Uber, Lyft, and the like out of Philadelphia, the Daily News' William Bender reported last week - effectively using parking fines and other revenue collected from those who live, work, and travel in the city to limit the same public's transportation options.
January 31, 2016 |
Emails between the Philadelphia Parking Authority and taxi owners about legislation to limit ride-sharing services in the city are evidence of the PPA actively fighting against cab competitors, rather than just regulating, Uber representatives said Friday. "The PPA is unelected, unaccountable, and now we know untrustworthy as well," Jon Feldman, Uber's Pennsylvania general manager, said at a news conference Friday afternoon. The parking authority has authority over taxis in Philadelphia, and receives money from the industry in the form of medallion sales and licensing fees.
January 29, 2016
ANN RICHARDS, former governor of Texas, became famous for one quip about George H.W. Bush by saying, "He was born with a silver foot in his mouth. " You have to admit it was amusing. OK, you don't have to, but a lot of people enjoyed the viper-like humor. Ann's daughter Cecile, president of Planned Parenthood, has carried on the tradition of joking about body parts. Well, not Cecile herself, but some of the people who work for her. There is no one with a pulse who hasn't seen or heard of the undercover videos filmed by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, in which Planned Parenthood employees are seen munching on salad and chuckling about how they could perform abortions in such a way as to preserve the choicest organs.
January 29, 2016 |
PHILADELPHIA Parking Authority officials have publicly portrayed themselves as unbiased enforcers in the war between the flailing taxi industry and insurgent ride-sharing companies like UberX and Lyft. You might have heard their standard line: PPA is simply enforcing state law by cracking down on transportation network services, which use mobile apps to connect drivers and riders but are not licensed to operate within city limits. But emails obtained by the Daily News show that the parking authority has teamed with the taxi industry that it regulates in an effort to ensure that ride-sharing services remain illegal in Philadelphia.
January 29, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has received a $121,742 rebate from Peco Energy Co. for installing 1,400 energy-efficient LED lights on the terminal arrivals roadway at Philadelphia International Airport between Terminals A to F. The new lights, which replaced high-wattage conventional lighting, are estimated to save the Parking Authority $120,000 a year in energy costs. The parking authority owns and operates the Philadelphia airport parking garages. The rebate is part of Peco's "smart equipment incentives" program that gives small businesses, commercial and industrial customers, and government institutions financial rebates for energy-efficiency upgrades, said Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong.
January 27, 2016 |
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to manage demand response, the market for compensating electricity customers who reduce their power consumption during peak demand hours. Big electricity generators, who compete with demand response in power markets, had challenged FERC's authority. They argued that the federal agency may only regulate wholesale sales of electricity, and that demand response intrudes on the retail market, which is the sole province of state regulators.
January 21, 2016 |
The groups that would like to develop the eastern end of the Navy Yard known as Southport include a real estate group funded by the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), a local Philadelphia refinery, and the politically connected but unsuccessful bidder for Philadelphia Gas Works, Liberty Energy Trust. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, which owns the land and plans to lease it, on Tuesday eliminated one of the seven original proposals. Six groups will now be asked to submit financial and development plans.
January 19, 2016 |
Peggy Anderson, 77, a longtime Philadelphia writer who penned a national best-seller about the life of a big-city hospital nurse, died Sunday, Jan. 17. Ms. Anderson, a former Inquirer writer and copy editor, was in Penn Medicine's hospice unit in Center City. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer nearly seven years ago. It went into remission, but returned last year and spread, said Mary Walton, a longtime friend. In 1978, Ms. Anderson achieved great success with her book Nurse . Ms. Anderson, whose mother was a nurse, spent two months trying to find someone who would best serve as the focus of her book.
January 8, 2016
Lev Golinkin: "A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka" 3 p.m. Sunday at Gratz College, 7605 Old York Rd., Melrose Park. Admission: Free. Information: 215-635-7399 or http://onebook.jewishlearningventure.org
January 8, 2016 |
Everyone knows the Soviet Union was an ugly, intolerant place for its Jewish citizens. It's common knowledge that prejudice and discrimination had been entrenched in the region since the time of the tsars. We all know it, but it's an entirely different thing to read about it from someone who lived through it, as did Lev Golinkin, author of A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka , his acclaimed memoir about escaping life in the USSR. It's this year's selection for Philadelphia's One Book One Jewish Community, a citywide literary outreach program from the Jewish Learning Venture.