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.
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 14, 2012 |
Louis Applebaum, 75, of Langhorne, a business owner who was procurement commissioner for the City of Philadelphia for 10 years, died of lymphoma Friday, Jan. 13, at home. In 1991, newly elected Mayor Ed Rendell asked Mr. Applebaum for a one-year commitment to public service as procurement commissioner. Mr. Applebaum, who had recently retired as head of a furniture and office-supply company, agreed to take the job. The one-year commitment turned into 10 years, covering Rendell's eight years in office and two years of John F. Street's administration.
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.
March 20, 2012 |
MAYOR NUTTER wants residents and businesses to fork over an additional $90 million in property taxes in the fiscal year that begins July 1. But many well-known institutions on valuable land have nothing to worry about - like the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Drexel. They're nonprofits, so they don't pay property taxes. There was a time when they would have chipped in anyway. In the 1990s, then-Mayor Ed Rendell coaxed many nonprofits into "payments in lieu of taxes," or PILOTs.
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.
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.