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October 29, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writers bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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