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.
December 4, 2015
EXCUSE US for being surprised by the news this week that the city will be picking up $8 million of the cost of the World Meeting of Families and the visit by Pope Francis in September. According to the city, the total bill for city services during that event was $17 million. The World Meeting of families has already paid $5.2 million and has said it will send the city another $3.4 million. The city will pick up the tab for the rest. During the run-up to the conference, the parties involved - including Mayor Nutter - said that all costs would be covered by the World Meeting organization.
January 23, 2013 |
After organizers announced that they were canceling the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship until 2014, politicians and boosters began scrambling Monday to salvage this year's edition of the famed bike race. U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.), who often acts as the city's mediator-in-chief, said he had set a meeting for Friday involving city and race officials and representatives from Manayunk, the quirky, hilly corner of Philadelphia that has come to be partly defined by the event.
September 27, 2013 |
The University of Pennsylvania, with its Ivy League pedigree and large health system, is one of the nation's most prestigious colleges and is Philadelphia's largest private employer. With a $6 billion-plus budget, a $7.7 billion endowment, and a recently completed $4.3 billion fund-raising campaign, it's also arguably wealthy. But Penn, like other nonprofits in the city, is largely exempt from paying property taxes on its West Philadelphia campus. The Philadelphia School District's financial crisis has yielded a renewed cry from some corners for Penn, Drexel and La Salle Universities, and other colleges and nonprofits to make payments to the city - known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOTs - as they did when Ed Rendell was mayor and the city needed every penny.
March 2, 1993 |
Barry Manns tries to coax a passer-by near City Hall to sign a petition by an organization of labor unions and community groups that is seeking a rejection of the mayor's proposed budget on grounds that it would unnecessarily cut city services.