May 21, 2015 |
CITY VOTERS approved abolishing the School Reform Commission and answered "yes" to each of three other questions on the ballot in yesterday's election. The vote to abolish the SRC won't elicit any immediate action, said City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who sponsored the ballot question - and also won the Democratic primary for re-election to her Council seat. "This gives us a chance to talk about it with the governor," Blackwell said of the SRC question in a phone interview before the results were known.
May 20, 2015 |
YOU CAN SKIP the recommendations that follow, which wrap up our endorsements for the candidates and questions in this race . . . as long as you do one thing: Show up at the polls today. It matters. In fact, given the attempts to erode voting rights in the past few years, exercising your right to vote matters more than ever. You'd think that the threats against voting rights would encourage people to get out to the polls, but the sad truth is that here in Philadelphia, it's the opposite: Voter turnout continues to decline.
May 15, 2015
REPUBLICAN at-large Council members could be pitied for holding some of the loneliest jobs in City Hall. That said, the two slots for Republicans on Council can be important, not just to carve out issues that might otherwise be ignored, but as loyal opposition to follow-the-leader members of the majority party. The current incumbents, David Oh and Dennis O'Brien, alas haven't provided that role when it was most needed: calling for public hearings on the proposed PGW sale to UIL. They fell in with their colleagues in letting the deal die without explanation or full airing of the issues.
April 16, 2015 |
Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow was a bit more politic than his boss, but his message on Tuesday was the same: the plans offered by the Democratic mayoral candidates to fund city schools just don't add up. "It is not like these are all horrible ideas," Dubow told a room of reporters. "It is they just don't get the district what it needs. " That was a more measured assessment than one offered last week by Mayor Nutter, who called the candidates' solutions to the school funding crisis "bogus.
April 9, 2015 |
IN KENSINGTON, one man's trash is another man's treasure. But only if the other man pines for used hypodermic needles, slimy mattresses, dumped construction debris and maggoty Hefty bags filled with rotting food and putrid Pampers. Jamie Moffett is not such a person. And he doesn't believe any of his Kensington neighbors are such people, either. So why, he asks, must they wade through the streams of trash that meander through Kensington like tributaries to a river? If Kensington had more trash cans, Moffett believes - especially the BigBelly, solar-powered compactors that hold five times the trash that wire baskets do - the flow would slow.
January 9, 2015
ISSUE | END-OF-LIFE CARE Being there, praying for their journey It was 40-some years ago that I carried my 5-year-old son into Sacred Heart Home ("Divine Care in Hunting Park," Dec. 29). It was the light at the end of a four-year tunnel, and he had been discharged from two hospitals as terminally ill. But I cannot describe the loving care he was given at Sacred Heaert, and the support our family received until his death. And never a penny from us or friends or relatives: Can you imagine what that meant to us, with my being a stay-at-home mother of three other children?
December 19, 2014 |
THE CITY IS now in a partnership with a San Francisco firm to help improve city-to-resident and neighbor-to-neighbor communications in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. Whether the need is finding a local handyman, a baby-sitter, a lost pet, or even a cup of sugar from your neighbor, Project Nextdoor is now live on the Web. The Nutter administration yesterday announced the official launch of the free, private social network designed to connect neighbors with one another and with city services.
December 16, 2014 |
It was a quiet victory on a rainy Saturday, the results announced not to a cheering crowd but to a dozen people huddled under a sidewalk awning in North Philadelphia. Rodney Muhammad had been elected the new president of the Philadelphia NAACP, a victory that in past years might have guaranteed public adulation but that now promises mostly hard work. Muhammad, 62, takes over the leadership of a venerable organization torn by internal dissent, assuming local command amid national protest over the police killings of unarmed black men in New York City and Ferguson, Mo. "He's got a big job," said A. Bruce Crawley, a public relations executive who has known Muhammad for more than 20 years.
December 11, 2014 |
NANCY WINKLER, whose daughter was among the six people killed in the June 5, 2013, Market Street building collapse, yesterday warned a City Council committee against giving initial approval to a proposal that would change how the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections operates. The bill, championed by Council President Darrell Clarke, would create a new Department of Planning and Development, under which the functions of the dissolved L&I would be placed, along with the functions of a handful of other building-related offices.