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November 2, 2003
The candidates are the same, but the 2003 Philadephia mayoral campaign has been as bizarre and chaotic as the one four years ago was earnest and satisfying. For The Inquirer, though, the better choice for Philadelphia is the same as in 1999: Republican challenger SAM KATZ. The newspaper endorsed Katz over the incumbent mayor, Democrat John Street, last Sunday. It is customary for us to recapitulate the mayoral endorsement on the Sunday before Election Day. The preference for the wonkish businessman from West Mount Airy over the competent but uninspiring incumbent has little to do with the FBI probe of City Hall.
NEWS
November 1, 1991 | By Doreen Carvajal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Katz is wading through the Republicans at Edward O'Malley Boys Club, gripping hands like life preservers, when suddenly the unmistakable voice of South Philly rises to stage whisper. "Sam," cries Madge, a denizen of 10th and Passyunk. "Sam in four years! He'll get it. He'll get it. " Around Madge's table the women smile in silent agreement. None of them needs a pollster or a pontificator to tell them that Katz may have lost the Republican primary but still has the look, feel, handshake and speaking schedule of a man who wants to be mayor someday.
NEWS
January 20, 2003
SAM KATZ is a political poser. The partisan actions of his Republican pals in Harrisburg to seize control of the Convention Center are now as transparent as glass. It is crystal clear that John Perzel's midnight raid on the Convention Center was not about fixing the center's problems, but about grabbing power and giving a non-entity like Sam Katz a hastily assembled platform to demonstrate his "leadership" skills as he prepares to embark on another futile campaign for political office.
NEWS
September 22, 2003
RE THE Sept. 15 letter from Kendall Wood: At what point did Sam Katz become a racist? Did his campaign throw an un-lit Molotov cocktail through one of Mayor Street's campaign offices? At what point did "Mayor Katz" say, "the white people are runnin' the city"? At what point did Sam Katz have city employees working on his campaign? The answer to every one of these questions is "never. " The reason the recent covers of the Daily News regarding Mayor Street are consistently negative is because of the facts, not the color of his skin.
NEWS
October 30, 2003 | By Sam Katz
In this week's Commentary Pages, Mayor John Street and his challenger Sam Katz will answer a series of questions about issues in the mayoral race. The question for today is: The Neighborhood Transformation Initiative is still a work in progress. Mayor Street, what is your standard of success for NTI over the next four years, and what needs to be done to meet it? Sam Katz, would you continue NTI? If not, why not? If yes, how would you change it, if at all? In the 1990s, Mayor Ed Rendell concentrated on improving Center City, and because of his vision and leadership, Center City is thriving and continues to improve.
NEWS
March 2, 2011 | By BOB WARNER, warnerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5885
SAM KATZ, a three-time mayoral candidate who considered a run against Mayor Nutter this year, will be taking a seat on the state panel that oversees city finances, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA). Gov. Corbett announced Katz's appointment yesterday, praising him in a news release as "a proven civic leader whose well-established financial expertise will clearly benefit the authority and the city. " Katz, 61, who is traveling in Israel, could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
October 2, 2003 | By PETE SMITH
I AM WRITING not as a Republican leader, which I am, but as a neighbor and fellow Philadelphian. We are now considering which candidate for mayor is the most qualified to rejuvenate Philadelphia. Our city has so much to offer, yet we fail to utilize our greatest assets - ourselves. Over the last 50 years our population has decreased by more than 1 million people. As other major cities continue to grow and become stronger, ours declines and becomes weaker. The fifth largest city in the United States is in danger of being surpassed by Phoenix.
NEWS
May 4, 2011 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Katz, the recently appointed chairman of the city's financial oversight board, sent a pointed letter to the City Council president Tuesday, ripping Council over its failure to abolish or trim the city's expensive deferred-retirement program known as DROP. "To allow the perpetuation of DROP despite the clear evidence of its ineffectiveness and its cost sends a powerfully negative message to citizens, taxpayers, the credit markets, and to PICA," Katz said, referring to his organization, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.
NEWS
September 26, 1999 | By Tom Infield and Larry Fish, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Sam Katz may not be the businessman you think he is. In his campaigns for mayor, governor, and now mayor again, the Philadelphia Republican has crafted a picture of himself as a buttoned-down corporate type, a manager primarily. It is true that he built a business, created jobs, and balanced a budget. Public Financial Management Inc., the government-consulting firm he helped lead for 18 years, grew during his tenure to include 178 employees, $27 million in annual revenue, and branch offices in 16 cities.
NEWS
December 8, 1998 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the past half-century, Philadelphia Republicans have produced a long list of losers in mayoral elections: Joe Rocks, Joe Egan, Frank Rizzo, John Egan, David Marston, Tom Foglietta . . . On and on it goes. Only Rizzo, in 1987, got close to winning. But then, he was a former two-term Democratic mayor. Now comes Sam Katz, heir apparent to the Republican mantle. Katz, 48, was to formally announce today that he will be a candidate next year to succeed Mayor Rendell, who cannot seek a third term.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nineteenth-century Philadelphia is often characterized as a center of abolitionist thought and a haven for Southern slaves seeking freedom. But that is a simplification, as we learn from the latest installment of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment , an ongoing half-hour documentary series produced by Philadelphia entrepreneur Sam Katz's History Making Productions. It will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on 6ABC. Titled "Disorder: 1820-1854," the sixth installment of the 13-part series explores the racist sentiment widespread among working-class whites who felt displaced by the city's growing number of free blacks.
NEWS
January 11, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Jim Kenney began his first week as mayor dancing with Philadelphia sports mascots on a stage celebrating his inauguration. He visited classrooms. He dissed misbehaving Mummers and the recently fired Eagles coach. By the waning hours of Day Four, he was rushing to the hospital bed of a wounded police officer and coming face-to-face with the most somber realities of the job. One week is hardly time enough to assess the man elected to lead Philadelphia for 1,453 more days. It's barely the honeymoon phase.
NEWS
December 12, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Katz is turning his lens away from Philadelphia's history to Pennsylvania's present. The three-time mayoral candidate announced Thursday that his next documentary will focus on the saga of embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Katz, who is seeking funding for the project, plans to call it The Kane Mutiny . Unlike his previous regionally focused documentaries with his History Making Productions - such as Philadelphia: The Great Experiment - Katz sees The Kane Mutiny as a story with national appeal because of its uniqueness, and because Kane is "such an unusual character.
NEWS
November 16, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James W. Baumbach, 72, a lawyer and longtime political strategist in Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after becoming ill at his home in Lewes, Del. Mr. Baumbach was a political aficionado and shrewd adviser to numerous Philadelphia candidates for elective office, including Sam Katz and the late Mayor Frank L. Rizzo. He was a top adviser to the election campaign of Robert P. Casey Sr. when Casey ran successfully for governor in 1986.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2015 | By Michael D. Schaffer, For The Inquirer
Catholic Philadelphia is a city within a city. It has its own school system, its own colleges, its own social service institutions, its own hospitals. At its zenith in the 1930s, it was ruled by a formidable and fearsome cardinal powerful enough to make the movie industry (and his own subordinates) shudder. In recent decades, though, the walls of the city within a city have been crumbling, eroded by a changing culture, changing attitudes toward religion, and changing demographics.
NEWS
September 23, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
Just in time for the arrival of Pope Francis , local filmmaker and historian Sam Katz has put out a new movie - and the subject couldn't be more appropriate. The 75-minute documentary, "Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia," explores the history of Catholic immigrants who came to Philadelphia seeking religious freedom and a better life. Katz said he and his team first discussed the idea for a film some years ago, but after the pope's visit was announced last year, they decided to get it made.
NEWS
September 21, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Philadelphia prepares to welcome Pope Francis this week, its museums and cultural institutions are offering visitors opportunities to engage with religion - and, sometimes, not just one. On view, not surprisingly, are historical documents of the Catholic Church and treasures from the Vatican. But Dead Sea Scroll fragments, an ancient illuminated Quran, a Sumerian tablet, and George Washington's assurances to the Jews of Rhode Island also are out there. And should you choose to get smarter at home, there's the latest of Sam Katz's city-centric documentaries, Urban Trinity : The Story of Catholic Philadelphia, to be broadcast over the course of the week on 6ABC .   In three parts, Katz's History Making Productions 78-minute film describes the suspicion and sometimes violent prejudice that early Catholic immigrants faced in a Protestant-dominated Philadelphia, the phenomenal growth of church membership and influence from the mid-19th to mid-20th century, and the changes and challenges of the post-war era. Says Katz, "We planned this production schedule to deliver an iconic story about American Catholicism in one of the nation's most Catholic cities to be seen at a moment when the world's eyes would be on Pope Francis and Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 28, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
Let's talk today about City Council politics and Philadelphia's Nov. 3 general election in terms of - What if?   What if two well-known local politicians formed their own political party? What if they ran as a team for two of the seven Council at-large seats set aside in the City Charter for a minority political party? What if intramural feuds in the Republican Party, which has held those two set-aside seats for decades, left the current GOP at-large Council members politically vulnerable?
NEWS
July 15, 2015
ISSUE | PUBLIC ART Casino project should be community-based It is an interesting idea that SugarHouse Casino would seek permission from the Art Commission to use the filmmaking talents of Sam Katz to satisfy the casino's public art requirement ("SugarHouse seeking a new spin on public art," July 2). Certainly the accomplishments of Katz's company in making documentaries connected to our region makes it a great choice if this endeavor moves forward. However, maybe a daily film on the property crime in Fishtown and Northern Liberties would have more societal benefits.
NEWS
July 10, 2015
WHILE CHASING down one tip, we stumbled upon another. Both involve former Councilman Bill Green . Because it's summer and Bill Green is probably up to something. Something Clout-worthy, not just walking his dog around Pastorius Park. The original tip: We heard that Green, a member of the School Reform Commission, might be teaming up with documentarian and three-time mayoral candidate Sam Katz as part of an independent ticket in the November election. Maybe Green for mayor and Katz for Council?
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