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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.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
MAYOR NUTTER will visit one of the city's new public high schools Monday to mark the start of classes for the district's roughly 135,000 students. Nutter and Superintendent William Hite will meet students, parents and teachers at Learning in New Context, or LINC, on Erie Avenue near 2nd Street in North Philadelphia, one of three new schools opening to all students. It is part of a week-long series of events to mark schools' opening. The new schools are one of the few bright spots in the beleaguered district, which has suffered numerous cuts due to a funding crisis.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
TERRY GILLEN, a former top aide to mayors Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell, will formally announce her candidacy for mayor of Philadelphia in her Southwest Center City neighborhood today. That makes her the first candidate to hold a ceremony marking an entrance to the race. "I think my experience working with Mayor Nutter and Mayor Rendell is a positive," Gillen said yesterday. "I think what people are looking for is someone who knows how to run a city, to be an executive and has experience in urban policy.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite the well-established health benefits of breast-feeding for children, Philadelphia remains a laggard in its practice. Only 29 percent of the city's mothers are still breast-feeding six months after childbirth, according to Esther Chung, professor of pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College. That is the lowest rate among the nation's 10 largest cities, and 11 percentage points below the national average. Wednesday, the city government took a small step to rectify those figures by mandating that employers provide breast-feeding employees a private, sanitary space and the necessary time to express breast milk.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter has organized a diverse national group of 51 mayors who support Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., saying the deal would lead to significant economic benefits in the communities, including jobs. The letter was sent to the Federal Communications Commission, and Nutter released a statement on it through his press office Thursday afternoon. Support from its hometown mayor could be a political boost in Washington for Comcast's efforts to acquire Time Warner Cable.
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