January 8, 2014 |
City Council wants to hire a consultant to explore whether there is a "higher and better use" for the Philadelphia Gas Works than privatizing it. Council last week issued a request for proposals from experts to analyze potential uses for PGW in light of new discoveries of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation. The deadline for the proposals is Jan. 29. The consultant specifically would look at whether the city could get more use out of its liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) plant in Port Richmond, where gas is stored in liquid form for use on peak winter days.
June 19, 1987 |
As the Marvelettes' song goes, "Don't mess with Bill. " The biggest election bankroller during the May 19 primary was Congressman William H. Gray 3rd, whose election committee provided at least $71,000 - mostly in loans - to at least five successful candidates. The Democractic mayoral campaign cost more than $3.6 million, with Mayor Goode slightly ahead of challenger Edward G. Rendell in raising and spending the loot. The cost of the Republican race for mayor totaled a bit over $1 million, with Frank L. Rizzo raising nearly a third more money than losing rival John J. Egan Jr. And at least one Democratic City Council nomination cost its successful candidate, former City Commissioner Marian B. Tasco, more than $120,000, according to campaign spending reports.
June 19, 1987 |
As the Marvelettes' song goes, "Don't mess with Bill. " The biggest election bankroller during the May 19 primary was U.S. Rep. William H. Gray 3rd, whose election committee provided at least $71,000 - mostly in loans - to at least five successful candidates. The Democractic mayoral campaign cost more than $3.6 million, with Mayor Goode slightly ahead of challenger Edward G. Rendell in raising and spending the loot. The cost of the Republican race for mayor totaled a bit over $1 million, with Frank L. Rizzo raising nearly a third more money than losing rival John J. Egan Jr. And at least one Democratic City Council nomination cost its successful candidate, former City Commissioner Marian B. Tasco, more than $120,000, according to campaign spending reports.
February 10, 2011
SMART GENERALS avoid battles they can't win. In the second Punic War, when Roman Consul Lucius Aemilius Paullus took on Hannibal in 216 B.C., almost 80 percent of the entire Roman army left the field in shrouds or in chains. When the Spanish sent their Armada against the English in 1588, more than half the ships and troops went to the bottom. Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812, and Hitler's re-creation of the folly in 1941, ended in disaster. A smart general doesn't pick fights he can't win, and I don't believe City Council Majority Leader Marian Tasco can be defeated in November when she runs for her Lucky Seventh term on Council.
June 13, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would cap the 10-year tax abatement on new residential construction at $500,000 of value. The cap would go into effect in July 2015. The committee took a rare roll-call vote on the divisive issue, and the bill passed by 9-7, with Marian B. Tasco absent. The bill, sponsored by W. Wilson Goode Jr., could receive final approval on June 20. During testimony on the bill, Goode and Symphony House developer Carl Dranoff had several testy exchanges on the merits of the current tax abatement, which does not have a cap. The abatement has been credited with sparking a building boom - mostly in Center City and surrounding neighborhoods - but has been derided as an unnecessary tax credit to rich homeowners.
January 20, 2015
ISSUE | SCORECARD Too few prosper in Nutter's Phila. The Inquirer's review of Mayor Nutter's performance left out one important fact - that Philadelphia has become the poorest among large American cities ("Nutter counts down, adds up," Jan. 12). In other words, a sizeable portion of this city has a lower standard of living than in other large cities. In light of that, consider the following Nutter policies: hundreds of millions in tax abatements; money set aside for the Convention Center; and millions spent on interest payments on municipal bonds.
February 28, 2011
There's an unseemly rush by the city Board of Ethics - with ample prodding from City Council - to get new rules in place that would free city workers from the decades-old ban on political activity. No matter what the timing, it's a bad idea that risks even more politics in the day-to-day operations of City Hall. With his passion for ridding the city of its pay-to-play political culture, Mayor Nutter should be in the forefront opposing such a backward step. With no credible opposition to his own reelection, it's even more troubling that the mayor is just going along.
May 22, 1991 |
Two City Council members apparently have been dumped, a third was barely hanging on and another got a scare last night in the Democratic primary. Councilman-at-large Francis Rafferty was running eighth and apparently out of the picture for five nominations. Councilman David Cohen led for the final nomination by a little more than 500 votes with 90 percent of the vote counted. In the 4th Council District, newcomer Michael Nutter, who was backed by U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, appeared to have knocked off incumbent Councilwoman Ann Land.
January 16, 1996
IN COPING WITH OUR SNOW-CLOGGED STREETS, WE WANT TO MAKE THINGS PERFECTLY CLEAR I sympathize with what Councilwoman [Marian] Tasco says, but most of those side streets you can't get down with our plows. Those plows are huge . . . Should we go out for a snowstorm of this dimension and buy all new [smaller] plows so we can do all these streets when we get a storm like this once a century? I think not. - Mayor Rendell, Jan 9, 1996 [Tasco] says we need a plan. Well, our plan is volunteerism: Shovel streets out to the extent you can. If you've got senior citizens, maybe people on the next block can do it. We will work, as we always do, as hard as we can, as fast as we can, to clear as many streets of snow as efficiently as we can. But we cannot do the impossible.