September 27, 2014 |
Following on the recommendations of a task force created to examine the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Mayor Nutter on Thursday moved the department under the public-safety umbrella and away from commerce. To add to the message that L&I's main priority and focus should be public safety, Nutter created a new position, chief safety officer. The mayor, however, did not address the panel's foremost recommendation: to split the agency in two, an act that would require changing the City Charter.
September 19, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Speaking publicly for the first time since they lost their daughter, Anne, in the Market Street building collapse in June, city Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband, John Bryan, called Tuesday for the city to convene a panel of nationally recognized experts to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the Department of Licenses and Inspections. "We believe an independent blue-ribbon panel of national safety experts . . . should look at what happened and fully evaluate what system should be in place . . . so that in the future, citizens of the city of Philadelphia can feel confident, when they walk the streets and enter buildings, that they will be safe," Winkler told reporters.
December 12, 2010
The "blue-ribbon panel" appointed by Cardinal Justin Rigali might better be described as a "blue-haired panel" ("Archdiocese picks panel to study Catholic schools," Wednesday). The 17-member committee is composed of a retired executive of DuPont Co., several business leaders, including the chairman emeritus of Cigna Corp., a vice dean at the Wharton School, and a former vice chair of the management consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The panel also includes "four priests and four nuns.
October 9, 2010
As a sponsor of the Safe Schools Advocate Act and chairman of a bipartisan investigation into violence in Philadelphia schools, I share hopes that the school district's latest effort to address school violence, "Focus 46," doesn't become just another empty promise. Sadly though, while the district and state make big pronouncements, they continue to ignore laws enacted to protect victims. After establishing the Office of the Safe Schools Advocate in 2001 to give victims a voice and protection from assailants, as well as keeping the school district's feet to the fire on mandatory reporting requirements and the expulsion of violent students, the state Department of Education violated the law and closed the office in the summer of 2009.
March 23, 2010 |
Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has moved to expand and diversify the blue-ribbon panel set up to oversee reform in the Philadelphia courts. Following complaints that the original nine-member committee was all male and too prosecution-oriented, Castille has added a top female attorney for the Pennsylvania State Police, a female judge who sits on the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court bench, and a veteran criminal defense lawyer who practices in local courts.
March 15, 2010
THERE IS no justice in Philadelphia as long as the court system remains dysfunctional. A November Inquirer series detailing low conviction rates, at-large fugitives who thumb their noses at bail, and witness intimidation offered disheartening testimony to yet another broken instititution. It also served as a wake-up call that the state Supreme Court has heeded. Last week, Chief Justice Ronald Castille appointed Justice Seamus McCaffery to oversee a blue-ribbon panel of criminial-justice experts to review the courts and recommend fixes.
January 25, 2008 |
The Department of Human Services has made significant headway in rethinking how it protects children in Philadelphia but has far to go before its reforms find their way to the streets, a panel of experts reported yesterday in the first independent review of the agency since a shake-up in 2006. The agency achieved 14 of 30 changes recommended last May by a blue-ribbon panel appointed to address failings that led to the deaths of 25 children, said Carol Spigner, who chaired both groups.
August 30, 2005 |
As part of a major reorganization to be rolled out this year, Camden police will divide the city into four districts and assign a captain to be personally accountable for each area. The changes are designed to transform a department battered by criticism and best known for shuttling between 911 calls into a model for policing a medium-size city, officials said yesterday in interviews. They follow the recommendations of a panel created during a disastrous year for Camden that included a sharp spike in homicides, a serial rapist in the downtown business district, and a research firm designating the city as the "most dangerous" in America.
November 25, 2003 |
New Jersey's gasoline tax should increase by 12.5 cents - effectively raising it above Pennsylvania's - to pay for new road and transit projects, a state commission recommended yesterday. Gov. McGreevey's blue-ribbon commission also recommended raising the tax and NJ Transit fares regularly to reflect inflation. Although McGreevey did not immediately endorse the increases, he said in a statement that "it is clear that we need to act quickly to replenish transportation funding.
January 7, 2003 |
Patricia Moran Baldwin, 79, former Chester County commissioner and Democratic Party activist, died of leukemia Saturday at her family's Hurricane Hill Farm in West Brandywine Township. A lifelong resident of Chester County, Mrs. Baldwin was the first woman to be elected Chester County commissioner. She served from 1984 to 1991. "Politics was her birthright," her cousin Rachel Mullin said. Mrs. Baldwin's grandparents were active in politics, and her mother, Mary Corcoran Moran, marched with the suffragists in Washington and was later a state Democratic committeewoman.