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.
March 13, 1986
Whenever the appropriateness of subjecting suburban commuters to the Philadelphia wage tax is questioned, the city's representatives argue that it is only fair that suburban commuters should shoulder a portion of this tax burden, since they benefit from city services paid for by this tax revenue. A very substantial portion of wage tax revenues is collected from suburban commuters. Now Roger Tauss, president of Transport Workers Union Local 234, is saying in effect that it is inappropriate for some of this tax revenue to be spent on commuter rail transportation, which is the single most important of these city services to suburban commuters.
March 13, 1991 |
Sen. Frank A. Salvatore has introduced a bill he acknowledges won't pass, doesn't have a prayer, is dead in the water. But he has a good reason for introducing it - he doesn't want anyone to steal it from him. The legislation isn't anything new. It would allow Northeast Philadelphia to secede from the city and become its own county. Salvatore has in previous years suggested the name Liberty County. The bill has been introduced in the past, and it has died in the past. And, Salvatore and others agree, it will keep on dying.
April 10, 2009
OUR city has drug dealers on just about every corner. Police are being killed on a regular basis. City services are just about null and void, and we have no budget to speak of. So what's our City Council (all paid more than $100,000) doing? Making sure our menus are labeled. Now that I know how many calories are in a Big Mac, I really feel safe and secure. George Madden, Philadelphia
January 25, 2013
Just as dozens of nearly winded cyclists make one last push up Manayunk's steep hill nicknamed The Wall during the annual Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, city leaders must try harder to revive professional bike racing in the city by next year. There's no doubt that cycling enthusiasts, merchants along the racers' route, and officials in the city's visitor industry will miss the June 2 race, now cancelled by event organizers after the loss of the title sponsor that had provided the lion's share of funding.
May 22, 2014 |
How do you comfort a family that's suffered an unspeakable loss? Gloria Guard wondered that as she stood outside Families Forward, the West Philadelphia shelter that was home the 7-year-old boy who died Wednesday after falling ill at Jackson Elementary. "We are devastated," said Guard, the shelter's director. "We are trying our best to support this family, any way that we can. We are working with other families at the shelter to try to get them through this, one teeny step at a time.
September 3, 2014 |
The furniture has been rearranged, and new decorations adorn the walls and bookshelves of Room 312 in City Hall. Former State Rep. Ed Neilson is officially moved into his new Philadelphia City Council office and is preparing for the start of the Council session next month. He is making use of the quiet time this week to prepare his new office, get up to speed on issues, and tour various city neighborhoods. Neilson, a Democrat and former political director of Electricians Local 98, was sworn in this month to finish Bill Green's at-large City Council term.
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.
January 21, 2013 |
Happy Craven Fernandez, 74, former Philadelphia city councilwoman, community activist, and college president, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 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 last Sunday. 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 wrote in an e-mail to friends.
August 26, 2007 |
Dear Aaron and Laura, This is a great issue that you've raised. We need to change the relationship between public officials and the people they serve. Philadelphians make an investment in their city through tax dollars, and they expect a return on that investment in the form of high-quality city services. City government must be in the business of providing superior customer service to the people of Philadelphia. If I am elected mayor, we will develop a customer-service training program for all public employees, making public satisfaction with city services a priority.