May 1, 2015 |
Sean Brown, a former Camden school board member and a longtime critic of the district's leadership, this week began a grassroots campaign aimed at making the board an elected body, rather than a panel appointed by the mayor. Mayor Dana L. Redd has had the power to appoint all members of the board since 2010, when the state takeover of the city ended and Camden became a Type 1 school district dependent on its municipal government. Before that, the board was made up of a combination of members appointed by the governor and the mayor, as well as several who were elected.
May 1, 2015 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Board of Ethics yesterday fined Deborah Watson-Stokes, who's running for judge, $300 for sending out a fundraising flier and planning her retirement party as a fundraiser before she'd officially quit working for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Watson-Stokes worked for the D.A.'s office from September 1990 until Feb. 6, according to the ethics board. In January, she told her colleagues there that she planned to resign and run for judge in Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court - and that her retirement party would be a fundraiser, according to the ethics board.
April 28, 2015
Min S. Suh , partner, has been appointed chair of the Philadelphia law firm Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel L.L.P.'s diversity committee. The committee focuses on recruiting and retaining diverse lawyers and staff, as well as other diversity initiatives within the firm. Suh practices immigration law. The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation , a nonprofit that supports the Phoenixville Area School District, has named the following trustees: Jena Dietrich , managing director and marketing practice leader at Custom Institutional Fund Solutions; John Grasso , institutional sales support at SEI Investments; artist and volunteer Michelle Schamis ; and Neydary Zambrano , president of the Magic Memories Child Development Center.
April 20, 2015 |
PENNSYLVANIA Labor Relations Board examiner Jack E. Marino, reversed his decision to throw out complaints made by union carpenters, paving the way for their return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where they had been banned from working last May. "The Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters is pleased that the PLRB has reversed its earlier dismissal of the union's charges and has agreed to hold hearings on the lockout of carpenters from...
April 19, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter on Friday named a diverse group of 24 people to oversee the implementation of the 91 recommendations made last month in a U.S. Department of Justice report that found that Philadelphia police used lethal force too often. The newly created Police Community Oversight Board will also work on implementing the broader recommendations made in President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, which made similar suggestions. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey chaired the task force.
April 17, 2015 |
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday approved a Public Service Electric & Gas plan to spend an additional $95 million on energy efficiency programs for health care facilities, multi-family housing and small urban businesses, government agencies and non-profits. PSE&G has already invested $227 million on energy efficiency efforts for those sectors through the end of 2014, subsidizing hundreds of hospitals, schools, city halls, firehouses, community service organizations and apartment buildings to save energy and money.
April 10, 2015 |
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams accepted six campaign donations that exceeded the city's tough limits and wrongly made $62,927 from his Senate campaign account available for his Philadelphia mayoral run, the city Board of Ethics says. The board said Williams' actions violated city campaign law. They were described in a settlement announced Wednesday between the board and Williams, who agreed to pay an $8,000 penalty. The West Philadelphia Democrat also agreed to freeze the $62,927 in question and reimburse the city for $10,000 it paid an accountant to investigate the matter.