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August 22, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
A winter snowstorm hammered Philadelphia on Feb. 23, 1987. I'm not normally a horoscope person, but for some reason I saved my Pisces directive that day: "You'll have reason to celebrate. . . . The boss recognizes your value. " I'd like to think that was true. It was my first day working for Frank L. Rizzo. Due to the weather, I was the only staffer who made it to work. For me it was easy. I lived in a small studio on Rittenhouse Square and needed only to walk three blocks to 1528 Walnut St. Either Anthony or Joe who managed the building let me into Suite 2020, where I sat in the outer area reserved for visitors to the former mayor.
NEWS
March 2, 1993 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 13, 1991 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 26, 2007 | Michael Nutter
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.
NEWS
June 2, 2010
WHY IS IT that every time the mayors or Council members write a letter or talk to the media, they all talk about cutting city services, having to raise taxes, having taxpayers tighten our belts, but no one mentions cutting their huge budgets? I hope voters remember when they come up for re-election. Here's a ballot question: "Shall the City of Philadelphia abolish half the Council seats and all their perks in order to save the taxpayer's money to help reduce our property-tax increase and keep police and fire on the streets?"
NEWS
February 17, 2009
I READ where Mayor Nutter had a 71 percent approval job rating. Is that true? Could it have been just 71 people total? With all the cutbacks in the fire department, libraries and other city services, and doubling the parking-meter rates, how many people would give him a positive approval rating? All he has done is give employers of ex-cons city tax credits and get ex-cons jobs at Goodwill. Could the ex-cons make up 71 percent of the people? Mayer Krain, Philadelphia
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