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June 1, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia will fight to keep the 76ers practice facility on its side of the Delaware River. After reports that the team was near a deal with Camden to build a practice facility and team headquarters on the waterfront, Mayor Nutter contacted The Inquirer with an adamant message Friday afternoon: the facility belongs in Philadelphia. "This is the best sports town in the U.S.A., the fourth-largest media market in the country, this is the Philadelphia 76ers we're talking about - Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Allen Iverson," Nutter said.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
CITY CHIEF ASSESSMENT officer Richie McKeithen, who oversaw the Actual Value Initiative, is leaving the administration, Mayor Nutter announced today. McKeithen said that he was proud of AVI, in which the city reassessed all 579,000 properties in Philadelphia, and that he is leaving the city to be closer to his family. After he steps down in June, McKeithen will become chief assessor for Petersburg, Va. He has family in Richmond. He will be replaced by his No. 2, deputy chief assessment officer Michael Piper.
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
After being vacant since Oct. 1, the city's chief culture officer position has been filled. Helen Haynes will head the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday. She replaces Gary Steuer, who a year ago informed the mayor of his decision to take a job heading a foundation in Denver. Nutter didn't look far to find Haynes. She is a veteran of the region's arts scene, most recently as director of cultural affairs for Montgomery County Community College.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter signed an executive order Tuesday requiring city contractors and the companies they subcontract with to pay a minimum wage of $10.88 per hour for city work for the rest of the year. Starting in January, the order said, that minimum will rise to $12 an hour and will be adjusted for inflation going forward. Nutter cited the State of the Union message in which President Obama urged mayors and governors not to wait for Congress to act on the minimum wage. "Today, I will in fact answer the president's call," Nutter said.
NEWS
May 7, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER will sign an executive order today raising the city's minimum-wage requirements for contractors working on public projects and extending them to subcontractors, according to an administration memo obtained by the Daily News . "The Executive Order will raise the minimum wage required in City contracts and subcontracts, and implement annual adjustments for inflation," the memo said. "The Executive Order will also direct contracting departments and other agencies to implement the requirements as to subcontractors, consistent with recent legislative actions.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter spent Wednesday morning speaking with students, teachers, and administrators at George Washington High School in the Far Northeast as part of his "listening tour. " "This is not a theory, this is real," Nutter said afterward. "What we've lost here is the personal aspect of it. " Although most of the complaints - not enough counselors or adults in general in the building, teachers paying out of their own pockets for supplies - were familiar, Nutter said hearing the anecdotes will "help carry the message that more funding is in fact needed.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Just in time for spring picnics and outdoor recreational sports leagues, Mayor Nutter signed an executive order Tuesday immediately banning smoking of tobacco in city parks. The order, which does not carry any penalties or fines, is an extension of the city's Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Act, which prohibits smoking in workplaces, restaurants, and bars. It is similar to a 2011 executive order that made recreation centers, pools, and playgrounds smoke-free. Those policies, Nutter said, have helped reduce the number of smokers in the city by 42,000 since 2010.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday signed an executive order that drastically limits the city's cooperation with requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to hold people accused of minor crimes for possible deportation proceedings. The city will now require ICE to provide a judicial warrant - signed by a judge or magistrate and stating that the person is suspected of a first- or second-degree felony - when requesting that local authorities detain someone longer than they otherwise would, a practice known as "ICE holds.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
A WHOLE LOTTA fuss over nothing - that's what Mayor Nutter is calling reaction to a memo sent by City Council President Darrell Clarke to all Council members Wednesday, which prompted Council to stall a bill advancing the sale of PGW. Nutter wants to get the ball rolling, but Clarke's memo raised questions about whether the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's review process of the proposed sale of PGW to UIL Holdings Corp. would give Council enough time to have its say. Nutter said that even a favorable decision from the commission would be meaningless without Council's approval of the sale ordinance.
NEWS
April 12, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration sent legislation to City Council on Thursday to approve the $1.9 billion sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works to a Connecticut energy company. No Council member introduced the legislation. Although Council President Darrell L. Clarke and other members have expressed misgivings about the sale, administration officials said they were not concerned that the lack of a Council sponsor was an attempt to impede the sale of the 176-year-old utility. The deal faces a long approval process before Council and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
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