November 21, 2014 |
Mayor Nutter has nominated JoAnne A. Epps, dean of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, to serve on the city's Board of Ethics. If, as expected, Epps is confirmed Thursday by City Council, the five-member board would officially be composed of lawyers. Epps would replace the Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, whose five-year term ends this month. Her nomination was a complete surprise, she said Wednesday. She would join the board at a busy time, as it is likely to have some oversight of and opinions about next year's elections, including the races for mayor, City Council, and city commissioner.
November 20, 2014 |
DOUG OLIVER, former press secretary for Mayor Nutter and currently an executive at Philadelphia Gas Works, is considering a run for mayor. From a fourth-floor office at the Bellevue yesterday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee that will work to gauge his chances of succeeding Nutter in 2015. The "DO2015" exploratory committee is what Oliver describes as a "grass-roots, crowd-initiated and crowd-funded effort to re-engage the Philadelphia voter. " Oliver took some heat when, in 2012, he changed his voter registration to Republican.
November 7, 2014 |
GEARED TOWARD promoting cycling, Mayor Nutter yesterday signed an executive order that officially created the Philadelphia Bicycling Advocacy Board. Some of the board's top priorities will be to advise the mayor on policies concerning cycling, work on volunteer efforts and promote national and international competitions in the city, Nutter said during a press conference. "Cycling is not just about being on a bicycle for exercise or transportation, it's also about youth development, sustainability, healthy living and the economic impact of the sport in our city," he said.
November 4, 2014 |
It is not meant to be a cotillion. So we are reminded by David Thornburgh, the soon-to-be head of the Committee of Seventy, asked to consider the awkward dance between Philadelphia's mayor and City Council. It was always designed, he pointed out, to be a difficult two-step with tension over who will lead or call the tune. Last week, however, the discord reached an unrecognizable level when City Council President Darrell L. Clarke refused to even allow the band to strike a note.
October 31, 2014 |
MICHAEL NUTTER, the mayor of Philadelphia, was playing stickball once again, feet apart, slightly crouched, wrists cocked. "I'm a black kid, growing up in West Philly," he recalled. "We're playing stickball, halfball, and every so often we'd get a 'roofie.' All the kids, we're copying Dick Allen's stance, Dick Allen's swing. I'm 7, he's 21, and he's a role model. " Nutter took a swing yesterday at City Hall, as the mayor, as a fan, urging people to get behind the drive to put Dick Allen in baseball's Hall of Fame.
October 30, 2014 |
At a meeting Tuesday of gambling regulators from around the world, Mayor Nutter urged the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to finally vote on the second casino license in Philadelphia. "The record's been closed for some time," said Nutter, referring to public suitability hearings, where applicants made their cases before the board members - which took place eight months ago at the Convention Center. Speaking generally of deliberative bodies, Nutter said, "Taking action is very important.
October 29, 2014 |
IN THE WIDENING war over the future of high-tech ride-sharing in Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter is leaning toward the hipsters against the bureaucrats. After a tumultuous weekend in which the UberX ride-sharing app launched in the city and immediately five drivers' cars were impounded in an undercover sting by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Nutter told reporters at City Hall that he backs the new service as an option for getting around town - with some qualifiers. "I am supportive of Uber and Lyft being in Philadelphia, being here legally, operating within the requirements of the law," Nutter said yesterday.
October 21, 2014 |
SEVERAL FRIENDS of Gloria Casarez gathered in a house in her South Philadelphia neighborhood yesterday, and couldn't hold back the tears. Gloria, Mayor Nutter's liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and a woman who fought for the rights and dignity of everyone who she felt had been marginalized by society, died yesterday after a battle with breast cancer. She was 42. "We loved her so much," sobbed Franny Price, executive director of Philly Pride Presents, which sponsors the annual Pride Day Parade.
October 19, 2014 |
A DAY after City Council held a four-hour hearing on Ebola, Mayor Nutter and his top safety officials briefed members of the press yesterday on the city's preparedness, in the unlikely event that cases of Ebola appear in Philadelphia. Nutter said the city is prepared to handle infectious diseases, just as it has been in the past when there were concerns over Anthrax, H1N1 and SARS. He said that although the risk of contracting Ebola is still very low, using an abundance of caution is a matter of good faith.