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June 20, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
A BILL THAT barely moved out of a City Council committee yesterday calls for the abolition of the School Reform Commission, but its passage teetered on the brink because of its purely symbolic nature. Council's Committee on Law and Government moved the bill - with "no recommendation" for passage. If adopted by the full Council, the bill would allow a question on the November ballot asking voters whether the SRC should be eliminated through an amendment to the city charter. Although the state has ultimate authority over the School District of Philadelphia, Council wants to turn up the pressure on state lawmakers to return local control of Philly schools.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2014
Pennsylvania Ballet has elected the following members to its board of trustees: David W. Brown , managing director of the Marketing Collaborative; Amy Coes, a consultant at the American furniture department at Sotheby's; Stephen P. Mullin , president and principal at Econsult Solutions; DanThu Thi Phan , vice president and chief counsel, corporate law, Cigna Corp.; Kathryn L. Putnam , finance, fund-raising, and strategic-planning professional;...
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers voted Thursday to amend Senate President Stephen Sweeney's proposal to expand Rutgers University's board of governors, a day after the Legislature's counsel warned that it might not withstand a court challenge. The board's chairman, Gerald C. Harvey, said that he initially viewed the amendments "as proactive" but that they continue to address a nonexistent problem. In the latest twist in Sweeney's continuing battle to reshape Rutgers' leadership, the senator told reporters that it was Harvey who recommended the changes.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Memorial Day weekend of 2013, and Michael Bowman, president and chief executive of Valley Forge Casino Resort, was frustrated by recent episodes of less-than-stellar customer service at the King of Prussia casino. In a bout of now obviously overzealous customer service, Bowman helped two young women who were hotel guests and banquet attendees gain access to the casino floor, even waving them through when a security guard held them up to check if they were old enough. Then Bowman left to take a few days off. Bad moves.
NEWS
June 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
The two-month-old joint board of Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden has quickly become a quasi-government entity that hopes to steer development toward Camden. Forgoing a formal search, the board has hired a $275,000-a-year chief executive to guide expansion of an "eds and meds" corridor in Camden, using eminent domain, if needed. It's also leasing office space in the city. Calling new CEO Kris Kolluri, a former political aide and state transportation commissioner, "very qualified," board member Robert Mortensen added, "the process . . . did not, in my opinion, include the proper preliminary work," including establishing a job description and conducting a search.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
In North Camden, five men made their way down State Street on Wednesday morning, taking the city's problem of abandoned properties into their own hands, one building at a time. Broken windows and doors were replaced with sturdy boards decorated with painted foliage. Red flowers were planted along the sidewalk. Those in the group, all but one of whom live within a few blocks of where they were working, had jobs to keep them occupied and help pay the bills. "I feel like I'm cleaning up the city, giving it a better name," said Jose Porrata Jr., who lives around the corner.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE FINANCIAL fracas between local NAACP leader J. Whyatt Mondesire, who was ousted from that post last month, and a trio of former friends started with a $500 check written for the group's 2013 fundraising "gala. " Sid Booker, a board member of the NAACP and Next Generation Community Development Corp., a nonprofit Mondesire runs, wrote that check for the gala. Booker later noticed the check was not listed in the NAACP's gala records and, according to filings in a lawsuit filed in Common Pleas Court, he could not get an explanation from Mondesire.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON - The ongoing fight between Rutgers University and New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney flared again Monday as a legislative panel backed his controversial proposal to expand the school's board of governors. The bill would increase from 15 members to 19. Twelve would be political appointees - 10 by the governor, one by the Senate president, and one by the Assembly speaker. The 59-member board of trustees would continue to appoint the seven remaining members of the board of governors.
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