January 19, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett on Friday remade the School Reform Commission - and possibly the Philadelphia School District - in announcing two new choices for the panel. Corbett will nominate City Councilman Bill Green, a Democrat, and social-services advocate Farah Jimenez, a Republican, to the SRC. If approved by the state Senate, Green would have to resign his Council seat and would become SRC chair. But even as the governor praised the nominees, Mayor Nutter stepped into the fray. He lauded Jimenez, but called Green's selection "quite frankly, perplexing.
January 17, 2014 |
THE NUTTER administration is balking over what a spokesman calls needless fuss over an allegation about so-called double-dipping among the mayor's highest-ranking aides. When the city inspector general came down on 13 part-time Parks & Recreation staffers for holding two public-sector jobs at the same time, they were fired and held out as examples. But questions raised by a GOP ward leader and candidate for City Council spurred the city controller to ask both the solicitor and the inspector general whether the same thing is happening at the Cabinet level.
January 16, 2014 |
If 13 part-time city recreation employees were double-dipping by working for other government agencies, what about the deputy mayors with extra titles? That is the question Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz wants the Nutter administration and its chief watchdog to examine. On the heels of Inspector General Amy Kurland's finding of double-dipping and a Republican ward leader's published contention that top Nutter aides are in effect doing the same thing, Butkovitz said Tuesday he was launching his own inquiry.
January 15, 2014 |
Mayor Nutter signed the Philadelphia Land Bank into law Monday and predicted that it could start selling the city's vast inventory of vacant and tax-delinquent properties by year's end. "Making it easier to find productive new uses for these properties is a critical step in revitalizing communities, attracting new residents and businesses, building household wealth, and certainly strengthening the city's finances," Nutter said. Though the mood was celebratory, even between City Council President Darrell L. Clarke and the bill's chief sponsor, Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sánchez, who often clashed over the bill's language, all parties said much work lay ahead.
January 13, 2014 |
TERRY GILLEN, a top aide to Mayor Nutter who is rumored to be mulling a run for his job, is leaving the administration, she announced yesterday. Gillen, the city's first director of federal affairs, will leave in about two weeks. She said her new job will be to work on "economic-development policy" for two nonprofits. She declined to name them - the details of her position are still being worked out - but she said one is in Philadelphia and one is not. "It was just a good offer, and it gave me a chance to work on job-creation issues," Gillen said.
January 9, 2014 |
CAMDEN Flanked by Mayor Nutter and South Jersey Democratic figures past and present, Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd took the oath of office for a second term Tuesday, hearing praise for her work over the last four years and promising continued momentum for the struggling city. "We all know and understand that we have a long road to travel until we wave the victory flag, but together we will prevail," she said. "We will confront our challenges head-on together. We will remain committed to the cause that is moving Camden forward - restoring the pride.
January 8, 2014
LAST WEEK, Mayor Nutter, in his unremarkable tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia, once again performed the Shakespearean task of committing an act "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," firing 13 part-time assistant recreation leaders who even his administration admits weren't "no-shows" and were guilty of no more than what Inspector General Amy Kurland terms "double dipping. " He fired 10 schoolteachers whose pensions come from the Pennsylvania State Employee Retirement Systems (PSERS)
January 6, 2014 |
OVER THE YEARS, mayors in Chicago, Denver and Seattle have lost re-election bids after poorly handled snowstorms made their approval ratings look like this week's low temperatures. But Mayor Nutter yesterday let it be known that he welcomes the winter weather - at least when it can help the Eagles win a playoff game. "There are no fans like Eagles fans, in the greatest sports town in America, the city of Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love, sisterly affection, snow, ice, rain - it doesn't matter!"
December 26, 2013 |
Let the debate over the future of LOVE Park begin. For Mike DiBerardinis, the head of Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation, rehabilitating John F. Kennedy Plaza would be the finishing touch to transforming the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from "City Hall to Lloyd Hall," at the foot of Boathouse Row. He imagines the plaza, more commonly known as LOVE Park, without the forbidding granite surfaces and access-limiting terraces and walls....
December 21, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter has agreed to advance $2.5 million to the depleted health-care fund of AFSCME District Council 47, while noting that talks to end a long struggle with the city's white-collar workers' union have been heating up. Nutter agreed to front the money after recent face-to-face meeting with the newly elected president of the district council, Frederick Wright, who unseated Cathy Scott in a close election in September. The results of that vote were contested, and the AFSCME governing body has ordered a rerun of the election Jan. 7. Nutter on Thursday called Wright a "serious and sincere guy" who has fostered a more productive environment at the bargaining table.