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February 28, 2001 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In his Jan. 23 budget address, Mayor Street promised to give City Council legislation necessary to finance his $250 million blight-elimination plan by the end of February. It now appears he will not make good on that promise. Late yesterday, Council members received a memo from the head of Street's blight-elimination program saying the administration hoped to introduce the financing plan before March 30. Pat Smith, who heads the program, known as the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, said the administration would brief Council and provide the bills after members wrap up budget hearings, which are expected to conclude at the end of March.
NEWS
May 21, 1999 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
If John Street thought he was uniting the party on election night when he invited his defeated rivals to lunch the next day, he might have better considered the old Lennon-McCartney wisdom: Let it be. And when he told reporters the next day he'd like an apology from opponent Marty Weinberg, he might have remembered that silence is sometimes golden. It's Weinberg's voters - conservative and moderate white Democrats - that Republican Sam Katz will hope to win over in November, and Weinberg said yesterday Street isn't making it easier for Weinberg and his supporters to join forces with the Democratic nominee.
NEWS
November 4, 1999 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sam Katz was sending a message yesterday when he walked into the dining room at the Palm, the most prominent feeding spot for political animals of all kinds in Philadelphia. "I'm not going to go away. " Scarcely 11 hours earlier, in the ballroom of a Center City hotel, Katz had conceded a razor-close mayor's race to John F. Street. He had gone home to West Mount Airy to get some sleep at 3 a.m. But two hours later, he was up. After more than a year of hard campaigning, his body could not rest.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania, they sleep behind Dumpsters, in baseball dugouts, huddled in dark tunnels and abandoned houses. They have been kicked out or walked out by choice, but the result is the same. They have no place to live. Shane Burroughs, 39, spends his days patrolling the streets and looking for them. He is a one-man street team for Bucks County's Synergy Project, an initiative to help young people, 21 and under, who are homeless. "I was kicked out and going from friend's house to friend's house.
NEWS
May 4, 2000 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
The Street administration is considering a multimillion-dollar bailout of the cash-strapped Philadelphia Gas Works. The proposal, which administration and company officials say is only one of several "contingencies," was broached in a recent meeting with some City Council members and other officials. Thomas Knudsen, who was brought in by the Street administration in mid-March as the interim chief financial officer, said he had been asked how much money the company might need.
NEWS
March 10, 1992 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
In the past two months, Council President John Street has been quietly building something on the fourth floor of City Hall. Some call it a shadow government aimed at tracking the Rendell administration's every move. Others see a formidable political machine. The truth is probably that it's a little of each. Street has been busily recruiting technocrats and politicos - suggesting that he has a two-pronged view of power. Economists and lawyers are joining the Council payroll to cope with the city's fiscal crisis and a raft of legislation expected from the Rendell administration.
NEWS
July 4, 2007
By camping out for an iPhone, Mayor Street put Philadelphia on the world's radar screen last week - even as he was pilloried in his own town. At one point in Street's 15-hour wait for an Apple phone, a passer-by asked how the mayor could lust after a gadget while the bodies of the city's murder victims piled up. Democratic nominee Michael Nutter even joined in, unwisely, saying, "There are a few things that are critically important to being mayor...
NEWS
June 19, 2001 | By MARK ALAN HUGHES
HOPING TO relive the glory of their abandoned-car crusade, Mayor Street's team is now marching through the city with a one-time cleaning of 31,000 vacant lots. I like it. The key to policy impact is simplicity - because that makes it possible to stay on message, which makes it possible to mobilize people and resources, to persist in the face of distraction and setbacks, and to achieve progress at a scale large enough to matter. The car-removal effort was simple. Cars are abandoned on our streets each year.
NEWS
April 30, 1999 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
David L. Cohen has never held elective office. He's not a ward leader, and won't have a street force on Election Day. But apart from Mayor Rendell himself, he's the Democrat whose endorsement Philadelphia's mayoral candidates would probably most like to have. But Cohen, Rendell's legendary former chief of staff and now chairman of the Ballard Spahr law firm, has done his best to keep a low profile in the hotly-contested Democratic primary. Cohen is torn by loyalty to Rendell, who is firmly behind John Street, and his friendship with State Sen. Vince Fumo, who is Marty Weinberg's most fanatical backer.
NEWS
May 8, 1995 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
In three years on City Council, Jannie Blackwell has done more than shed pounds and upgrade her wardrobe. She's evolved from a loyal soldier of Council President John Street into a highly unpredictable legislator jousting with bureaucrats and colleagues alike. Just ask Philadelphia Housing Authority officials, whom she's banged around, School District employees, who've jumped at her wishes, or the Rendell administration, which has heeded her warnings about the treatment of the homeless.
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February 18, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania, they sleep behind Dumpsters, in baseball dugouts, huddled in dark tunnels and abandoned houses. They have been kicked out or walked out by choice, but the result is the same. They have no place to live. Shane Burroughs, 39, spends his days patrolling the streets and looking for them. He is a one-man street team for Bucks County's Synergy Project, an initiative to help young people, 21 and under, who are homeless. "I was kicked out and going from friend's house to friend's house.
NEWS
July 5, 2011 | By Alia Conley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tiffany Spraggins had a mission: In 30 minutes, canvass two blocks of Walnut Hill residents and tell them about a new recycling service. But she ended up staying nearly the entire time at one woman's home. "This woman is taking my blood pressure and pulling out the food pyramid. She's teaching me," Spraggins, 26, said. "I felt like it was a very reciprocal relationship. " Moments like this often happen for members of the Walnut Hill Street Team, 10 residents who walk the neighborhood three times a week for four hours each day. With each house, the goal is the same - inform residents about community events - but the conversations are as unique as each person.
NEWS
July 4, 2007
By camping out for an iPhone, Mayor Street put Philadelphia on the world's radar screen last week - even as he was pilloried in his own town. At one point in Street's 15-hour wait for an Apple phone, a passer-by asked how the mayor could lust after a gadget while the bodies of the city's murder victims piled up. Democratic nominee Michael Nutter even joined in, unwisely, saying, "There are a few things that are critically important to being mayor...
NEWS
March 1, 2003 | By Leonard N. Fleming INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Using such words as weak and woeful, mayoral candidate Sam Katz ripped the Street administration yesterday for failing to fix potholes and pick up garbage across the city more than a week after the heavy snowstorm. Speaking in front of his own portable wooden podium, Katz, a Republican, stood next to a massive, caved-in part of Christian and Orianna Streets in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia. Residents said that the cave-in had been there about a month, since the first significant snowfall.
NEWS
June 19, 2001 | By MARK ALAN HUGHES
HOPING TO relive the glory of their abandoned-car crusade, Mayor Street's team is now marching through the city with a one-time cleaning of 31,000 vacant lots. I like it. The key to policy impact is simplicity - because that makes it possible to stay on message, which makes it possible to mobilize people and resources, to persist in the face of distraction and setbacks, and to achieve progress at a scale large enough to matter. The car-removal effort was simple. Cars are abandoned on our streets each year.
NEWS
June 15, 2001
ON THE SAME DAY this week that city schoolchildren got their report cards, Philadelphia got its own report card on how the city is serving its youth. The results were not the kind of grades a kid would be eager to take home to Mom and Dad. The Coalition for Kids, an advocacy group working with city government, reports there were some improvements in health, and schools were a bit of a bright spot, with higher scores on standardized tests and increased graduation rates. But the city gave itself the lowest possible grade on keeping children safe: Reported assaults in schools went up, as did the number of kids arrested for drug offenses.
NEWS
February 28, 2001 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In his Jan. 23 budget address, Mayor Street promised to give City Council legislation necessary to finance his $250 million blight-elimination plan by the end of February. It now appears he will not make good on that promise. Late yesterday, Council members received a memo from the head of Street's blight-elimination program saying the administration hoped to introduce the financing plan before March 30. Pat Smith, who heads the program, known as the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, said the administration would brief Council and provide the bills after members wrap up budget hearings, which are expected to conclude at the end of March.
NEWS
November 17, 2000 | by Dave Davies and Erin Einhorn Daily News Staff Writers
It won't be long before they start looking for the warts. And maybe the day comes when we wonder if this lady was worth bringing to the altar. But for the moment, the deal closed by Mayor Street and our sports teams late yesterday for two South Philadelphia stadiums has the dizzying thrill of new love. After all these years, we might actually do it! The fact that the seemingly endless stadium drama had spawned a workable agreement yesterday made even Street's toughest Council critic sound positive.
NEWS
June 15, 2000 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mayor Street met yesterday with representatives of the Phillies and the Eagles and laid out the city's proposal for financing new stadiums, a plan that would rely in part on charging fans for construction costs, according to people familiar with the talks. Representatives of the teams and Street declined to discuss what had taken place during the meetings. But sources said the mayor's plan envisions that sports fans would end up shouldering a big piece of the cost by paying surcharges on everything from tickets to concessions.
NEWS
May 10, 2000 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
It might be nice to bargain with friends, but Mayor Street won't have that luxury when he tries to hammer out a deal with the city's blue-collar union this summer. AFSCME District Council 33 President Pete Matthews has won re-election handily over a slate whose leaders served on Street's transition team. Matthews won decisively over union rival Ronald "Reds" Mauldin in a mail-in ballot, building a 2-to-1 margin with more than 5,000 votes cast. Matthews will lead the city's largest municipal union in talks to forge a new agreement before the June 30 expiration.
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