November 29, 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.
November 17, 2013 |
Ten days after inviting supporters to the start of his 2015 Philadelphia mayoral race, Tom Knox announced Friday that he had decided not to run after all. "Leading this great city as mayor has been a lifelong ambition, but it's simply not to be," he said in a statement distributed to reporters. "I put my family through one arduous mayoral campaign. I can't put them through another. " He said he decided after "much soul-searching and many difficult conversations with my wife, children and trusted advisers.
November 13, 2013 |
FLORENCE, BEIJING, Tianjin, London, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Birmingham, Grand Rapids, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C. No, that's not the list of stops on Miley Cyrus' Twerk Tour 2013. It's a list of places the mayor of Philadelphia has traveled to - in the past year. Since taking office in 2008, Mayor Nutter's travels outside Pennsylvania have cost Philly taxpayers $243,000, according to records obtained through a Right to Know request. Included in that total are expenses for Nutter's entourage, which usually includes a couple of top administration officials, an assistant and a handful of Philadelphia police officers for security.