September 21, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter, if given the chance, plans to speak with Pope Francis during the papal visit to Philadelphia about barriers faced by the LGBT community in the United States and to ask the pope to "end judgment" of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics. In a statement Friday, Nutter's office summarized the message he hopes to deliver to the pope. The comments, addressed to "Your Holiness," touch on a range of concerns in the LGBT community including alienation from the church, discrimination in housing and employment, and isolation of youth leading to depression and suicide.
September 20, 2015 |
In a pointed op-ed, Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney has called on Mayor Nutter to facilitate a meeting between LGBT Catholics and Pope Francis when he visits the city next week. Kenney, in an essay published by the Philadelphia Gay News , said the momentous event has been "stained by discrimination" after a group of LGBT advocates were barred from gathering at a local parish. He said the city's principles shouldn't be "sacrificed for the limelight. " "Being a good host doesn't require being a doormat and, more importantly, being a good elected official means fighting for the rights of everyone you represent," Kenney wrote.
September 17, 2015 |
The Nutter administration reached its goal of providing 10,000 jobs to young Philadelphians this past summer, the mayor announced Tuesday afternoon. Teenagers who got those jobs worked at cash registers, cooked burgers, served up smoothies, or even translated English into Mandarin for bank customers in Chinatown. "This is very, very important that young people have the opportunity to work and to learn and to grow and experience the world of work, even in their teenage years," Mayor Nutter said at a news conference in City Hall attended by some of the teenagers who got jobs.
September 10, 2015 |
THE MADE IN America music festival was a smash success in terms of attendance, but the economic benefit to the city is still not known, Mayor Nutter said yesterday. More than 130,000 paying concertgoers attended the festival last weekend on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - 65,637 on Saturday and 64,820 on Sunday - setting the attendance record for the four-year history of the festival, Nutter said at an afternoon news conference. "Philadelphia is truly on the global stage and we just keep growing - which we will, of course, keep doing later on this month," he said, noting Pope Francis' visit and the fact that the concert was streamed live in 45 countries.
July 18, 2015 |
The city's fiscal overseer, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, approved Mayor Nutter's final five-year spending plan Thursday, despite concerns raised by the city controller that Philadelphia's government could be facing significant deficits by 2017. The five-member PICA board followed the guidance of the agency's executive staff, which issued a 110-page report explaining why the plan should be approved. Among its points: Previous budgets have shown that the city's revenue projections are "realistic," and tax collection rates have been higher than expected.
July 17, 2015 |
THE MULTITIERED granite steps from the concourse of the Municipal Services Building provide more than just an egress from SEPTA's underground rail line to the Center City streets above. The steps, or rather the cavernous space beneath them, offer refuge from the rain for Philadelphia's homeless. "This is the only dry place we can go in Center City," George Creamer said yesterday after yet another soaker left puddles near his cardboard sleeping mat. "Trust me, I'd rather sleep out underneath the stars, but on nights like tonight, when it's going to rain, there is going to be 20 people down here.
July 16, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter was set to depart Tuesday night for a six-day trade mission to Germany and Israel, to encourage companies there to do business in Philadelphia and local firms to expand into those foreign markets. He was scheduled to fly first to Frankfurt and sign a sister-city agreement. "I think there's a synergy between and among our cities. There's a very strong German American community here in Philadelphia, one of the first that was settled in the United States," Nutter said in brief remarks at City Hall before departing.
July 14, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter plans to travel to Germany on Tuesday to sign a "sister city" agreement with the mayor of Frankfurt, the first such pact Philadelphia has entered since 1992. From there he is scheduled to head to Tel Aviv, which signed its own sister-city agreement with Philadelphia in 1967. The six-day trip is part of an ongoing effort to draw international business interest to Philadelphia and, in Israel, to court companies that could base their U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia. "We've made it a priority to have Philadelphia become a more international global city," said Luke Butler, chief of staff to Nutter's deputy mayor for economic development, and a member of the delegation leaving Tuesday.
July 11, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter confirmed Thursday that parts of Philadelphia will be fenced in for security during the visit by Pope Francis in September, but dismissed speculation that the whole of Center City will be behind chain links. "Whoever is saying that somehow all of Center City is going to be shut down has no idea what they're talking about," Nutter said at a news briefing at City Hall following a trip to Mexico. "There's never been any discussion with me where the idea of all of Center City being enclosed, encapsulated, shut down, has ever been discussed," he said.