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August 30, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration on Wednesday announced a detailed, multifaceted plan to sell or find new uses for 31 of the School District of Philadelphia's closed school buildings. The mayor promised a "more streamlined, flexible, and predictable" process that includes a comprehensive assessment of each site. The city and the district also said they would create a website and host public meetings on the overall plan and the fate of specific locations. But the announcement, in the form of a news release, neglected to mention one thing: that Nutter and City Council remain locked in an epic face-off over how to handle the mothballed schools.
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September 10, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration and City Councilman James Kenney have reached a compromise on a bill that will reduce penalties for possession of marijuana in Philadelphia. The compromise calls for a separate offense - and penalty - for public use of the drug. Those who are caught using marijuana in public would be charged with a noncriminal summary offense, and would face a $100 fine or up to nine hours of community service, according to Kenney. People caught possessing fewer than 30 grams of marijuana, or just over an ounce, would be issued a citation and fined $25. In neither case - possession of fewer than 30 grams, or public use - would an offender face a criminal charge or arrest.
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May 22, 1991 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ann J. Land, 58, was locked in a close race early today with investment broker Michael A. Nutter, 33, in her effort to retain the Fourth District Council seat she has held since 1981. The results in the race were straggling in, and showed the race neck-and- neck early this morning with about 40 percent of the votes counted. But Nutter said shortly after 1:30 a.m. today that Land's campaign manager had called him and conceded the outcome. Four years ago, Land had retained her seat by holding off a challenge by Nutter.
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April 17, 2007 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Michael Nutter's mayoral campaign doesn't work out, maybe he has a future in retail. Buried in the former councilman's detailed budget policy paper - which will be formally released today - is an interesting notion: a "Philly Gear" apparel line, to be sold online and at city-operated gift stores. Modeled on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's ambitious New York City Store, Nutter's plan predicts that Philly-branded products could earn the cash-strapped city up to $1 million in annual revenue.
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September 26, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday shifted oversight for the Department of Licenses and Inspections to the deputy mayor for public safety on the recommendation of a task force created to examine L&I in the aftermath of last year's Market Street building collapse. Nutter also created a new position of chief safety officer who will report to Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison, and enforce L&I's safety standards and regulations for construction and demolition of city buildings. However, he did not act on a task-force recommendation that L&I be split, saying that he needed more time to consider the implications of the proposal.
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November 9, 2008 | By Patrick Kerkstra and Marcia Gelbart, Inquirer Staff Writers
When Mayor Nutter took office in January, the expectations for his administration could not have been higher. Ten months and a $1 billion budget crisis later, should Philadelphians temper their hopes? Yes and no, Nutter said in a Friday interview. "I think yesterday was part of the expectation-adjustment process," Nutter said, referring to his Thursday announcement of painful spending cuts and a freeze on planned tax reductions. But Nutter did not back off his most ambitious goals, such as halving the high school dropout rate within seven years, and doubling the city's four-year college-degree attainment rate within 10 years.
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March 24, 2004 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Though he's still working on last-minute Council business and has yet to pack his bags, City Councilman Michael A. Nutter is leaving for Cape Town in South Africa tomorrow for a fellowship program on leadership and public-service values. Called the Emerging Leaders Program, the fellowship is administered by the United States/Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values, a partnership between Duke University and the University of Cape Town. Nutter said yesterday he was nominated as a fellow in the fall by a friend who had completed the program.
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April 17, 2006 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Union leader John J. Dougherty has an ultimatum for City Councilman Michael A. Nutter, a potential rival in the race for mayor of Philadelphia: Resign, or take yourself out of next year's Democratic primary. According to Dougherty, Nutter effectively declared himself a mayoral candidate last week by filing a lawsuit demanding that four other potential candidates return money raised in violation of the city's new campaign-contribution limits. Under the City Charter, officeholders explicitly running for a job other than the one they have must resign their current post.
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September 6, 2012 | BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Daily News Staff Writer
WOULD Mayor Nutter like to trade in his office at City Hall for one at the White House? Political circles have been buzzing for months with speculation that Nutter might cut short his second term for a job in Washington if President Obama is re-elected. And Nutter's speaking appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night will only fan those flames. Just how seriously should this chatter be taken? Insiders say that if Nutter wants a job, he would likely be a strong contender.
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April 17, 2011 | By Marcia Gelbart, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Mayor Nutter, opponent T. Milton Street Sr. may be an itch that won't go away - but he is still by any measure the very distant second in next month's Democratic primary for mayor. That has freed Nutter to concentrate on how to make the most of a second term, and at the moment that means getting some allies elected to City Council, where for three-plus years he has lacked a reliable majority of votes. An official "Nutter slate" of candidates may not coalesce, but the mayor does intend to actively back Council aspirants in some competitive races for open seats.
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October 21, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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October 19, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
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.
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October 19, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben and Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Urging calm and appealing to the public to use common sense, Mayor Nutter said Friday that it is highly unlikely that Ebola will pose a threat in Philadelphia, but that the city has prepared well for such an emergency. "The disease is not airborne, it is not easy to catch, and you can only contract it from someone who is symptomatic," Nutter said during an afternoon news conference with other city officials. "A lot of people are anxious about this," he said, "but we need to focus on the facts.
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October 14, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his time in office growing shorter, Mayor Nutter on Monday will make his case that his administration's seven-year focus on urban planning has left Philadelphia a more vibrant, first-tier city that has yet to peak. Touting the rewritten zoning code, a new comprehensive development plan, and the Planning Commission's return to primacy in development matters, Nutter will argue that the framework is set for the city's continued growth as a model urban center. He will do so in a speech to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, which invited the mayor to offer his assessment of the last seven years.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Philadelphia School Reform Commission moved - with little notice, in a fast, early-morning meeting attended by few members of the public - to unilaterally cancel the teachers' contract, they had the support of Mayor Nutter. But the mayor, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, made it clear he was not turning cartwheels over the action. A negotiated settlement, he said, is always his preference. "Look, it's not the proudest moment in the city's history," Nutter said of the SRC's Monday move.
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October 3, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
MAYOR Nutter yesterday, during a news conference in City Hall, signed a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana in Philadelphia. Starting Oct. 20, nonviolent offenders caught with 30 grams or less of pot will receive a citation and a $25 fine. Those caught smoking pot in public will be cited and given a $100 fine or up to nine hours of community service. "It is our hope that by decriminalizing marijuana in the City of Philadelphia, we can begin to eliminate this great penalty to many who are otherwise law-abiding citizens trying to lead good, healthy lives," Nutter said.
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September 27, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following on the recommendations of a task force created to examine the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Mayor Nutter on Thursday moved the department under the public-safety umbrella and away from commerce. To add to the message that L&I's main priority and focus should be public safety, Nutter created a new position, chief safety officer. The mayor, however, did not address the panel's foremost recommendation: to split the agency in two, an act that would require changing the City Charter.
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September 26, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday shifted oversight for the Department of Licenses and Inspections to the deputy mayor for public safety on the recommendation of a task force created to examine L&I in the aftermath of last year's Market Street building collapse. Nutter also created a new position of chief safety officer who will report to Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison, and enforce L&I's safety standards and regulations for construction and demolition of city buildings. However, he did not act on a task-force recommendation that L&I be split, saying that he needed more time to consider the implications of the proposal.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was hardly a lovefest, but Mayor Nutter and City Councilman James Kenney made public peace Wednesday over the fractious run-up to their compromise this week on decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot. "I want to apologize," Kenney said at a news conference with the mayor, whom he had unmercifully hectored during the summer for his delay in signing the councilman's marijuana bill. "I sometimes get a little impatient when I feel strongly about something. I can get a little angry, a little red in the face.
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September 10, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
MAYOR NUTTER and Councilman Jim Kenney have struck a deal on the councilman's bill to end mandatory arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Kenney's bill, which would decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, was passed by Council, but the mayor has refused to sign it. The compromise reached yesterday would amend the bill to include a $100 civil fine for smoking pot in public, which alternately can be paid off by nine or 10 hours of community service.
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