January 22, 2015 |
Ethics in government, a potent point in Michael Nutter's 2007 bid for mayor, emerged Tuesday as an issue for the candidates seeking to replace him. Terry Gillen, a longtime Nutter aide and briefly a candidate for the Democratic nomination for mayor, sparked the issue with an essay published in The Inquirer saying the next mayor and City Council should affirm the ethics reforms Nutter has put into place. And one of the candidates promptly heeded her call. Gillen pointed to the chief integrity officer, a post Nutter created, and the Office of Inspector General, which enjoyed significantly increased powers and resources after he took office in January 2008.
January 13, 2015 |
Michael Nutter is not given to sentimentality. Ask Philadelphia's mayor to dwell a bit on his waning time in office, and there is no wistful Barbara Walters moment. Just a steely "We have work to do. " "I'm quite aware of the calender," he says, brushing aside any hope of reflection, "but we serve until the last day. " The last day is still a ways off, a year to be exact, but the distance is deceptive. His influence, real or perceived, is dissipating rapidly as others anticipate his replacement from among a gathering field of mayoral candidates.
December 1, 2014 |
After nearly a decade of haranguing Philadelphia government officials on issues of ethics and transparency, the policy director and interim president of the watchdog group Committee of Seventy is stepping down. But not without speaking her mind. Ellen Mattleman Kaplan, 60, a Philadelphia-area native who lives in Chestnut Hill, has no plans yet for what she will do next, other than visit her former boss, Zack Stalberg, who recently moved to New Mexico after stepping down as president of the committee.
November 24, 2014 |
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke knows the time to make a decision is nigh. Some have suggested that he could wait as long as February. He shakes his head vigorously when told that. "No, that would not be fair," he said. "That would be a little selfish. You have to tell people something. " Now, perhaps? He shakes his head again. "I have to say one way or another for a lot of reasons, and that point is coming soon," he said. "Real soon. " Some day in the near future, then, Clarke will end the speculation and announce whether he intends to run for mayor of Philadelphia.
September 8, 2014 |
TERRY GILLEN, a former top aide to mayors Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell, will formally announce her candidacy for mayor of Philadelphia in her Southwest Center City neighborhood today. That makes her the first candidate to hold a ceremony marking an entrance to the race. "I think my experience working with Mayor Nutter and Mayor Rendell is a positive," Gillen said yesterday. "I think what people are looking for is someone who knows how to run a city, to be an executive and has experience in urban policy.
July 25, 2014 |
BON VOYAGE, Monsieur Nutter! The mayor and his wife, Lisa Nutter, yesterday arrived in France for an official six-day trip to promote international business interests in Philadelphia. In his second term, Nutter has traveled extensively in his official capacity, making previous trips to Beijing and Tianjin, China; Florence, Italy; the United Kingdom and Israel; Panama and Rome. Nutter's travel expenses will be paid for by the city, while his wife's, including their hotel room, will be covered by Advanced Sports International.
January 23, 2014 |
Bill Green is a smart but difficult man. He does not play well with others, and the difficulty often arises when he shows them how smart he is. Then again, Green's a member of City Council, where there's not much competition for summa cum laude and Penn Law graduates, and veteran members view themselves as royalty and expect reverence. Green managed to annoy most of them in no time flat, for which I am eternally grateful. But Green might have achieved more with less arrogance.
December 9, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke is an accomplished old-school pol, a disciple of John Street. He is a master of prerogatives, mostly for the self-important body he governs. Council believes it is in the business of fixing all things in a city where so much is perpetually busted and broken, when that is actually the job of the executive branch. Council is supposed to legislate - except when it isn't about to enjoy a six-week holiday break because January seems too bleak to work.