December 4, 2015
IN "THE GODFATHER Part II," Michael Corleone offered what we've always considered to be sage advice: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. " Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, however, does not subscribe to the Corleone brand of politics. We've heard that Mayor Nutter has been trying to secure a place for his Director of Communications and Strategy Desiree Peterkin-Bell in the Kenney administration. Which is nothing short of hilarious to us. Kenney and Peterkin-Bell ain't exactly BFFs.
December 2, 2015 |
Today is being marketed as a global day of giving. Coffee drinkers and donors to a local nonprofit can enter to win a bike ride or a lunch with the mayor and his wife. Here's how it works: Gearing Up is a local nonprofit that provides bikes for women in transition from addiction, abuse and incarceration, and it's announced a partnership with Square One Coffee (249 S. 13th St.), in Midtown Village, for what's being designated as #GivingTuesday. According to a news release, the coffee shop will give 5 percent of all sales earned today to Gearing Up, and for one day only, every donation made at Square One Coffee or through the Gearing Up website will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.
December 1, 2015 |
With just six weeks left on the job, Mayor Nutter seems hardly a lame duck. His daily public schedule is consistently packed as he runs from ribbon-cuttings to bill signings to speaking engagements. But ask anyone in his inner circle if that's surprising and they will recite the same refrain. "He always points to the certificate above his desk," said Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger from his Arch Street office. "And he says, 'I took an oath to be mayor,' " said Finance Director Rob Dubow, in a conference room at the Municipal Services Building.
November 29, 2015 |
The man soon to become Philadelphia's 99th mayor is not on board with one of the last initiatives of the 98th. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has asked the Nutter administration to delay plans to combine the city's 911 emergency dispatch systems and the 311 nonemergency call center under one roof in South Philadelphia. The request comes as the administration is trying to finalize a 10-year lease agreement on space for a combined operation, dubbed the Unified Call Center, at 20th and Oregon Streets.
November 26, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced another round of administrative appointments Tuesday, including some of his former City Council staffers and a reshuffling of top Nutter administration aides. Jim Engler, a Kenney campaign official and former Council staffer, will serve as deputy mayor for policy and legislation. Richard Lazer, also a Kenney campaign and Council staffer, will serve as deputy mayor for labor. Clarena Tolson, the current revenue commissioner, will serve as the deputy managing director for infrastructure and transportation.
November 20, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER recently did some semantic gymnastics with the word "terrorism. " In an Associated Press interview Monday following a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, he said gun violence in American cities was a form of "domestic terrorism" and comparable to international terrorism. While all gun deaths are unacceptable, it is a serious stretch to equate everyday criminal violence in America with vast international terrorism conspiracies such as ISIS. He is correct that both have the effect of making citizens feel afraid and insecure.
November 19, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter said Tuesday that enhanced security measures would be in place for the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, but none that should come as a surprise to runners and spectators who have attended past races. Addressing security concerns in light of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, Nutter said that he spoke with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday and that there "is no known threat in the city of Philadelphia. " "At the same time," Nutter said, "we're always cautious.
November 18, 2015 |
A coalition of advocacy groups gathered outside City Hall on Monday to decry an anticipated city policy change that would renew cooperation among Philadelphia police, local jails, and federal immigration agents. The reversal, less than 18 months after Mayor Nutter banned such cooperation, is expected to be announced in the waning days of his administration, which ends Jan. 4. "We won't allow Michael Nutter to throw our communities under the bus in the eleventh hour," said Erika Almiron, executive director of the Latino rights group Juntos.
November 14, 2015 |
Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison indicated Thursday that the city was ready to roll back a 2014 executive order that has barred city police and prison officials from cooperating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Immigrant-rights groups, which learned of the proposed changes during a private meeting at City Hall led by Gillison, lambasted the decision and immediately took their concerns to the office of Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. Afterward, Kenney's spokeswoman said Kenney agreed with their concerns.
November 13, 2015 |
In recognition of the substantial trade between their two regions, Mayor Nutter and Frankfurt, Germany, Mayor Peter Feldmann on Wednesday formally announced a "sister city" relationship. The ceremony took place at the Center City offices of Morgan Lewis L.L.P., which itself has an office in Frankfurt, Europe's preeminent banking and finance center. Philadelphia is a significant U.S. entry point for German companies seeking to do business in the American market. "It's the perfect match," Nutter said in a short address at a reception for German and U.S. dignitaries and business leaders at the law firm's Market Street location.