December 20, 2014 |
Nextdoor.com, a for-profit social-networking site, and the Nutter administration announced a partnership Thursday that will enable the city to communicate directly with Nextdoor's 17,000 local users. It will allow the city to more narrowly focus its online interactions with residents who belong to the online network. The Streets Department, for example, will be able to send a notification of a street closing to residents in the affected neighborhoods. "This offers us a cost-effective method to communicate with residents in a targeted way," Managing Director Rich Negrin said.
December 14, 2014 |
Philadelphia police officers arriving for their shifts this week have been watching a video message from Mayor Nutter about policing in the wake of widespread protests over grand jury decisions in the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white officers in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. In the video, a transcript of which was provided to The Inquirer, Nutter told officers he wanted to speak about "demonstrations, comments, public commentary, and resulting violence in the aftermath" of the grand jury decisions.
December 9, 2014 |
Reaction to two grand juries' declining to indict white police officers in the deaths of two black men in Missouri and New York have kicked off "two of the worst weeks in American history in recent times," Mayor Nutter said Sunday on Meet the Press . Appearing on the NBC morning news program with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Nutter referenced civil unrest nationwide since the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.,...
December 8, 2014 |
One of the oddest and most frustrating episodes of Philadelphia's long-running governmental soap opera faded to a close Thursday. It did so absent any heroes, with a baffling plot, and its two stars shouting over one another's lines even as the curtain fell. Regardless of who ultimately is deemed at fault, the sorry debacle of the aborted sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works seems a drama fully deserving its scathing reviews and one that has done nothing to enhance the stature either of its lead actors - Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke - or the city.
December 5, 2014 |
The Nutter administration has invoked a provision of the controversial DROP retirement program to delay the departures of a dozen city managers and top officials who had planned on retiring next year. The administration cited the September 2015 World Meeting of Families, which includes a visit by Pope Francis, as a reason to extend the retirement dates for five managers, including the deputy commissioner for parks and recreation, Susan Slawson, and her chief of staff, Cynthia D. Douglas.
November 21, 2014 |
Mayor Nutter has nominated JoAnne A. Epps, dean of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, to serve on the city's Board of Ethics. If, as expected, Epps is confirmed Thursday by City Council, the five-member board would officially be composed of lawyers. Epps would replace the Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, whose five-year term ends this month. Her nomination was a complete surprise, she said Wednesday. She would join the board at a busy time, as it is likely to have some oversight of and opinions about next year's elections, including the races for mayor, City Council, and city commissioner.
November 20, 2014 |
DOUG OLIVER, former press secretary for Mayor Nutter and currently an executive at Philadelphia Gas Works, is considering a run for mayor. From a fourth-floor office at the Bellevue yesterday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee that will work to gauge his chances of succeeding Nutter in 2015. The "DO2015" exploratory committee is what Oliver describes as a "grass-roots, crowd-initiated and crowd-funded effort to re-engage the Philadelphia voter. " Oliver took some heat when, in 2012, he changed his voter registration to Republican.
November 7, 2014 |
GEARED TOWARD promoting cycling, Mayor Nutter yesterday signed an executive order that officially created the Philadelphia Bicycling Advocacy Board. Some of the board's top priorities will be to advise the mayor on policies concerning cycling, work on volunteer efforts and promote national and international competitions in the city, Nutter said during a press conference. "Cycling is not just about being on a bicycle for exercise or transportation, it's also about youth development, sustainability, healthy living and the economic impact of the sport in our city," he said.
November 4, 2014 |
It is not meant to be a cotillion. So we are reminded by David Thornburgh, the soon-to-be head of the Committee of Seventy, asked to consider the awkward dance between Philadelphia's mayor and City Council. It was always designed, he pointed out, to be a difficult two-step with tension over who will lead or call the tune. Last week, however, the discord reached an unrecognizable level when City Council President Darrell L. Clarke refused to even allow the band to strike a note.