March 22, 1999 |
The event had all the trappings of a classic political convention: balloons, a drum corps, politicians, a platform, and legions of voters who cheered and clapped when their delegations were introduced. But the people calling the shots last night inside the Grand Ballroom of the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel were not politicians or party leaders. They were homeowners, churchgoers and parents - 1,200 in all from North Philadelphia neighborhoods - with a common goal: Get the six major mayoral candidates to take a stand on problems eroding everyday life in Philadelphia.
April 7, 1991 |
In West Philadelphia, Initial USA closed its commercial laundry last month because demand for its tablecloth and uniform service had plummeted. Gone: 146 jobs. In Center City, LTK Consulting Services Inc. packed up its engineering- design offices earlier this year and became the first tenant in a new office complex in Blue Bell. Gone: 35 jobs. In South Philadelphia, the Pac-Tec division of LaFrance Corp. will shut down its plastics manufacturing operation in the next 60 days, sell its building and relocate to Sarasota, Fla. Gone: 75 jobs.
October 29, 2008 |
Thirty-one Camden City positions would be eliminated, and residents would see reductions in a range of services, from garbage removal to demolition of abandoned houses, under a budget proposed to City Council last night. All City Hall departments will face 20 percent funding and workforce cuts, and the Police and Fire Departments will make 20 percent reductions in overtime under the $172.4 million budget for the fiscal year, which began in July. Last year's budget was $178 million.
January 24, 1996 |
The message was twofold: Philadelphians should feel good about the city's financial recovery, but they should also brace for a wave of misery from federal spending cuts. In his annual budget message yesterday, Mayor Rendell pledged to keep city services at current levels, to cut wage and business taxes slightly, to avoid layoffs among city workers, and to put more money into child-welfare services. At the same time, he warned that federal cuts could cause hardships for thousands of needy Philadelphians - and leave the city powerless to help them.
September 21, 2008 |
Even in the best of times, there is little wiggle room in Philadelphia's lean and unforgiving municipal budget. And these are not the best of times. Two weeks ago, the administration estimated that the sluggish economy had already put a $450 million hole in Mayor Nutter's five-year financial plan, and that was before the federal government felt it had to rescue some of the nation's biggest financial institutions. Experts say it is hard to predict how big an effect the market meltdown and faltering economy will have on City Hall's revenue, but most expect it will be more than enough to require substantial service cuts and possibly a rollback on planned tax reductions.
February 3, 2012 |
WHEN HE WAS 13, Rich Negrin saw his Cuban-activist father gunned down by anti-Castro terrorists. He held him as he died, kneeling in the street covered with his father's blood. After he became a father himself, Negrin watched his 5-year-old daughter die in 2006 after a lifelong battle with an incurable neuromuscular disease that devastated her ability to breathe. Every day, the memory of his father and his daughter inspires the city's powerful managing director to reach out to its least powerful residents, and try to help.
January 19, 2013 |
Happy Craven Fernandez, 74, former Philadelphia city councilwoman, community activist and college president, died Saturday of complications from a stroke at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Dr. Fernandez underwent successful lung surgery Jan. 10, but suffered the stroke moments before being released from a hospital on Jan. 13. Her family reported Saturday that she died peacefully. "We are all so sad, but can smile when we think of the great days together and the great contributions she made over the years," her family emailed friends.Born Gladys Vivian Craven in 1939, the Omaha, Neb., native combined a folksy Midwestern nickname with her married surname to create the unforgettable moniker, Happy Fernandez.
June 30, 2010 |
City Howl (thecityhowl.com ) is a Web site that allows citizens to post their raves or rants about city services. Every Wednesday, we publish highlights of our investigations into some of these problems. The problem: Clifford Hritz wants another trash can for his block. Hritz moved to a new home in Point Breeze a few months ago. Shocked by the amount of trash on the street, he's taken it on himself to sweep it every other day. Though the block already has a garbage can, he'd like one on the other end of the block to cut down on how far he has to walk to throw trash away.
February 11, 2013 |
After Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie made an obscure service famous when he urged people in need of social services to call the 211 hotline. In Philadelphia, that gubernatorial endorsement only drove home the absence of a similar service across the river from New Jersey. But on Monday, officials with the United Way here announced the launch of a 211 hotline for the five-county Philadelphia area. Jill Michael, president and chief executive of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, said the current economic climate and recent nearby crises such as Sandy prompted the Pennsylvania United Way to finally fund the service.
August 30, 2016
IT IS NOT CHEAP to put one ambulance on the street (Stu Bykofksy, Aug. 23), but to have many on the street is a very high cost. There is the maintenance cost, fuel cost, staffing cost, not to mention the cost of equipment, which goes up every year. A heart monitor alone costs $30,000 to $50,000. Then you have the maintenance cost to keep it going. Now, into the picture, you throw the insurance companies, who run the health-care business. Medicare has a base figure it will pay out to certain things used during a call - equipment, medications and so forth.