November 27, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter, hoping to forestall the spread of random assaults and the so-called knockout game in Philadelphia, urged youths and parents Monday to consider the consequences of such attacks. "First and foremost, this is disgusting and inexcusable behavior," Nutter said at an evening news conference at City Hall. "And it's not a game. You can seriously injure, possibly even kill, someone with this kind of activity. " He vowed that anyone caught participating in "this current rash of stupidity" would be caught and prosecuted.
November 24, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A company has offered the City of Philadelphia $29.6 million for the parking garage under John F. Kennedy Plaza in a deal that includes a major upgrade to LOVE Park. But the project appears to be snagged in yet another dispute between Mayor Nutter and City Council. The mayor sent a bill to Council on Thursday to approve the deal, but no member would introduce it. "We are concerned that the bill has not been introduced," said his spokesman, Mark McDonald. "This winning bidder and the proposal we have is a very good one for the city's bottom line and the future of an iconic park.
November 22, 2013 |
THE PEEP show must go on. After losing in front of a board of its own appointees, Mayor Nutter's administration is taking its case for the so-called lap-dance tax to Common Pleas Court. Earlier this year, the city audited and levied retroactive taxes on three Philly strip clubs for not charging the amusement tax - 5 percent on the price of admission - to the cost of lap dances. The clubs appealed to the Tax Review Board, which in October ruled unanimously against the city.
November 19, 2013
AS DIRECTOR of Government Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, I was delighted to be an active participant in Mayor Nutter's trade mission to Israel. It was my honor to work with the Commerce Department, the Philadelphia Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Consulate of Israel to develop and implement this very productive and important visit. In just five days on the ground, valuable contacts were made, innovative ideas were shared and promising business opportunities were realized - culminating in the signing of an agreement between Drexel University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Hebrew University for a research consortium focused on pediatric research.
November 18, 2013 |
Iron Mike. The appellation, hard earned, is fairly Mayor Nutter's, following his marathon trade mission to London and a swath of Israel to drum up economic support for Philadelphia. Over the 10-day stretch across seven time zones, Nutter proved an indefatigable campaigner, starting each day early, ending each night late, pitching anyone who would listen - cabbies and doormen, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, researchers and start-up specialists, diplomats, mayors, prime ministers, past and present.
November 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Mayor Nutter is not letting his passport collect any dust. Less than a week after returning from a 10-day trade mission to England and Israel, Nutter will be joining Vice President Biden, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and mayors from Baltimore and Atlanta on a two-day trip to Houston and the Panama Canal. Nutter received Biden's invitation by phone Wednesday, the day after his return from Israel. The mayor said he didn't hesitate. "The city will be more than fine on Monday and Tuesday," Nutter said, adding that he would stay in constant contact with staff here.
November 14, 2013 |
BACK IN CITY HALL after a 10-day trade mission to the United Kingdom and Israel, Mayor Nutter yesterday said the trip was a "brilliant success" that strengthened ties between businesses in those countries and the Philadelphia region. "Unfortunately, the city of Philadelphia is not as well-known as we would like it to be, and I think that as a result of this particular business exchange, many more people in both the U.K. and Israel, London and Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, know a great deal more about the city of Philadelphia, what we have to offer," Nutter told reporters.
November 14, 2013
THE ONLY problem with Mayor Nutter using taxpayer money to take repeated trips is that he keeps coming back. He should have been sent packing by the voters. By the way, Mr. Mayor, while you were away, Kraft/Nabisco announced that they will be closing their Northeast Philadelphia plant and moving operations to Mexico, resulting in more job loss here. Timothy T. Gass Philadelphia In the photo album accompanying the story, I didn't see any photos of the mayor with union officials.
November 13, 2013 |
TEL AVIV - Mayor Nutter's whirlwind 10-day trade trip to London and this city came to an end Monday with an announced collaboration among Drexel University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the possibility of a similar mission to Philadelphia by Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The partnership of Drexel, Children's, and Hebrew University had been set in motion prior to Nutter's trip, but the discussed visit to Philadelphia by Israeli entities arose serendipitously during a meeting Sunday of the Philadelphia delegation and Israeli start-ups organized by Pitango Venture Capital group in Herzliya, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
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.