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April 13, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
You likely know lots of reasons why it's wise to avoid mixing business with pleasure, but here's a simple one: It's tough to smile warmly at friends while holding out coolly for your own interests. So credit Mayor Nutter for the public stance he took last week with Comcast, Philadelphia's First Corporate Citizen - a company whose history, fortune, and personalities sometimes seem woven into the city's very fabric. I was among the skeptics who worried when Nutter seemed to be sitting on an embarrassing survey of 800 randomly selected Comcast customers and nonsubscribers, done in 2013 to help prepare city officials for franchise-renewal negotiations.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter has allowed controversial 3-D animated billboards to come to Center City, after negotiating for modifications to how the displays will be regulated. The five-story installations, dubbed "urban experiential displays" (UEDs), are limited to a portion of Center City. One is to be built outside the Convention Center, another outside the Reading Terminal Market, pending approval from the Art Commission. Councilman Mark Squilla introduced the legislation, which met with resistance from the Center City Residents Association and Scenic Philadelphia, a group advocating for green spaces.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke launched his first official strike against Mayor Nutter's proposed 9.3 percent property tax increase by introducing his own plan for a new school-funding stream. Clarke introduced a bill Thursday that would authorize the city to sell liens on commercial properties and use the revenue for schools. The Council president was vague in how much money his proposal was expected to bring. A news release sent by his staff said that "millions of dollars in new revenue from selling commercial liens could be sent to the School District of Philadelphia annually.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter took shots Thursday at the people hoping to become his successor, suggesting the candidates' plans to fund the Philadelphia School District were "bogus. " "You cannot run around this school, shake hands with students, take pictures, read to second graders, talk to middle schoolers, inspire high school students, and then when you're back at your office comfortably not put forward the money that they need to educate their students," Nutter said at an event at Kensington Health Sciences Academy with Gov. Wolf.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a quarter of Comcast cable subscribers in Philadelphia are dissatisfied with their service, according to a long-awaited report released by the city as it prepares to negotiate a multiyear franchise agreement with the telecommunications giant. Mayor Nutter said the city will press Comcast Corp. to improve those numbers, and will seek a dramatic increase in broadband access across the city. Specifically, he called for Comcast to provide free broadband in underserved neighborhoods and high-speed broadband capacity at libraries and other key locations.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday allowed a controversial bill to bring nearly six-story, 3-D digital advertising as large as 3,500 square feet to Center City to become law without his signature. But he returned the bills to City Council asking that the law be significantly changed. "I understand the concerns of those who have objected to UEDs [Urban Experiential Displays], but also recognize that in certain locations, well-designed displays, compatible with their surroundings, may in fact add to the landscape," Nutter said in a letter to Council President Darrell Clarke and other Council members.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
  On Tuesday, Philadelphia City Council will begin listening to weeks of testimony from administration officials and department heads on the mayor's proposed $4 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. It is Mayor Nutter's eighth and final budget, and here's a heads-up for any homeowners who missed the announcement: It contains the T-word. The most controversial issue in the budget process is bound to be Nutter's proposed 9.34-percent property tax increase, which is expected to pump $105 million in new money to the struggling school district.
NEWS
March 29, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day after City Council called on Mayor Nutter to ask tax-exempt nonprofit organizations to make voluntary payments to help fund city schools, Nutter expressed ambivalence toward the proposal. "I think we all know I can't order the nonprofits to give us money for anything," Nutter said. "I don't think a PILOT program here or, demonstrated in any other city, is the kind of sustainable, long-term, serious funding that our school system needs. " Nevertheless, Nutter said he would review the resolution, which passed on a 16-1 vote.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FOLLOWING a Justice Department report on the use of lethal force by Philadelphia police, Mayor Nutter yesterday signed an executive order creating an independent oversight committee to implement the report's recommendations. "It is clear that changes need to be made with regard to the use of force in the Philadelphia Police Department and all across the city," Nutter said. The mayor said the 15-member committee would assess and implement the 91 recommendations in the report. JoAnne A. Epps, dean of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, will chair the committee, he said.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday signed an ordinance authorizing a ballot question concerning the creation of a Commission for Women in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter. "Women continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in this nation," said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the ordinance. "Despite representing 52.8 percent of the city population, women occupy only 11 percent of corporate board seats in Philadelphia, and women of color represent less than 1 percent.
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