December 9, 2014 |
Reaction to two grand juries' declining to indict white police officers in the deaths of two black men in Missouri and New York have kicked off "two of the worst weeks in American history in recent times," Mayor Nutter said Sunday on Meet the Press . Appearing on the NBC morning news program with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Nutter referenced civil unrest nationwide since the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.,...
December 8, 2014 |
One of the oddest and most frustrating episodes of Philadelphia's long-running governmental soap opera faded to a close Thursday. It did so absent any heroes, with a baffling plot, and its two stars shouting over one another's lines even as the curtain fell. Regardless of who ultimately is deemed at fault, the sorry debacle of the aborted sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works seems a drama fully deserving its scathing reviews and one that has done nothing to enhance the stature either of its lead actors - Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke - or the city.
December 5, 2014 |
The Nutter administration has invoked a provision of the controversial DROP retirement program to delay the departures of a dozen city managers and top officials who had planned on retiring next year. The administration cited the September 2015 World Meeting of Families, which includes a visit by Pope Francis, as a reason to extend the retirement dates for five managers, including the deputy commissioner for parks and recreation, Susan Slawson, and her chief of staff, Cynthia D. Douglas.
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 |
Mayor Nutter's former spokesman Doug Oliver is running for mayor himself - maybe. Or so it seemed Tuesday with the announcement that Oliver, who now directs communications for the Philadelphia Gas Works, has formed a committee as part of what he called a "grassroots exploratory process" for the 2015 mayor's race. The committee, named DO2015, will first and foremost try to determine what voters want from their next mayor, Oliver said, and what it will take to increase voter turnout.
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.