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June 14, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter reversed course Thursday on his policy regarding paid sick days. Citing the city's improving economic climate and his personal beliefs, Nutter said Thursday that businesses in the city should give their workers paid sick days. He created a task force to look into how the new policy should be rolled out. The 15-member task force - led by Natalie Levkovich, executive director of the Health Federation of Philadelphia, and Lisa Crutchfield, a senior vice president at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce - is expected to produce a detailed report by Dec. 1. The task force members are volunteering their time.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER has twice vetoed legislation that would guarantee paid sick-leave benefits for many private-sector workers in Philadelphia, saying it would hurt the city's business environment. But there's hope yet for proponents of the cause, as Nutter yesterday established the Mayor's Task Force on Paid Sick Leave to examine the issue and make policy recommendations. The 15-person group will be co-chaired by Lisa Crutchfield, an executive at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and Natalie Levkovich, executive director of the Health Federation of Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
OVERBURDENED teachers leave their jobs midyear and are replaced by come-nd-go substitutes. The soccer team plays every game on the road because the home field is inadequate. Kids smoke weed in the bathrooms, fight in the hallways and disrupt classes they're not supposed to be in. John Bartram High School, in Southwest Philly, has made headlines for brawls and skull-bashings in its hallways, but violence is just one of many issues its shrinking staff is up against. Mayor Nutter heard those stories and many more yesterdaay, when he went to Bartram as part of his "listening tour" on the impact of the School District of Philadelphia's ongoing budget crisis.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
CITY COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney won a small victory yesterday with initial passage of a bill that makes carrying less than an ounce of marijuana a civil penalty and not necessarily a criminal one. The Committee on Law and Government gave the OK to Kenney's bill, which he says will save the city countless work hours and police overtime. If approved by Council, Kenney said, the new procedure would make getting caught with a few joints punishable with a ticket payable by mail and a $25 fine.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter has chosen a 29-year veteran of the Fire Department to succeed Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, who will retire next week. Derrick Sawyer, deputy fire commissioner for operations, will take the lead in the 2,300-member department on June 14, Nutter announced Wednesday. Nutter also announced promotions Wednesday that amounted to a new look for the department's top brass - possibly its most diverse look ever, the mayor noted. It includes the first female deputy commissioner and the first Latino executive chief.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday announced that Derrick Sawyer will replace retiring Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Sawyer, a 29-year Fire Department veteran and Northeast Philly resident, is deputy commissioner of operations. He has degrees from the Community College of Philadelphia and Holy Family University, and is pursuing a graduate degree in homeland security at the Naval Postgraduate School. After 22 years in the Air Force Reserve, Sawyer retired in 2000 as a master sergeant. The mayor yesterday also unveiled a series of historic appointments in the second tier of the department brass, including Diane Schweizer as the first female deputy commissioner and two new executive directors: Peter Crespo and Yolanda Stallings, who will be the first Latino and female African-American to hold those positions, respectively.
NEWS
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.
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