July 9, 2013 |
Eulogies for William H. Gray III, the minister and former congressman who died last Monday, will pay tribute to his fight against apartheid, his rise to majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, his service as head of the United Negro College Fund. But in the Philadelphia political world, Gray may be best memorialized as the pillar of a group of independent black activists who emerged from outside the Democratic Party structure to gain unprecedented power and spawned a generation of political and civic leaders.
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.
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.
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.
May 28, 2014
Suffer the children As the parent of a kindergartner in the Philadelphia schools, my message to elected leaders is straightforward: You cannot continue to do nothing about the situation ("Inexplicable behavior," May 25). At my son's school, McCall Elementary, a nurse was rehired after money was raised by parents, and politicking, and who knows what else. But she also serves as: late-desk check-in, lunch aide, recess aide, guidance counselor, and volunteer coordinator. In April, they took away the security guard, so the nurse has to do all that he did, too: fire drills, emergencies, visitor security.
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.
March 20, 2015 |
As their names were called, the candidates approached the lectern, reached into an old coffee can, and pulled out a bingo ball with a number on it. In the crowded City Hall courtroom, rival candidates and campaign managers watched eagerly, some marking down the results of a different kind of March Madness. In Philadelphia, regardless of how many signatures candidates get or what their qualifications may be, the bingo balls in the Horn & Hardart coffee tin dictate where their names appear on election day. It can be a boost or a blow.
May 10, 2004
CITY COUNCIL is scheduled to hold hearings today on the budget and a raft of sweeping tax reform bills. How ready is Council? The Daily News asked all 17 members the following question: 1Have you read the 500-page Tax Reform Commission report, which explains the need for each tax reform bill now before City Council? (The report was released in November.) 2Will you support all or some of the 13 tax reform bills put forth by the Tax Reform Commission? 1No. 2Undecided on all.
March 28, 2001 |
City Councilwoman Marian Tasco has amended her predatory lending bill to exempt banks from penalties, while still cracking down on subprime lenders. The amended bill includes a number of other changes, including the elimination of jail time for violators. Tasco also worked with the city solicitor's office to address concerns that the bill could withstand legal challenges. The amended bill still maintains the basic teeth as first proposed. That rankles some lenders who argue the bill will reduce access to credit for consumers with less-than-perfect credit.
February 25, 1987 |
Mayor Goode has appointed a temporary city commissioner to fill the vacancy created last week when Marian B. Tasco resigned as one of the three commissioners to run for City Council. Karen Warrington, the mayor's press secretary, said yesterday that Goode had appointed Charles Finney, formerly Tasco's deputy, as acting commissioner. She said Finney would serve until Goode's appointment of Lana Felton-Ghee as a longer-term replacement for Tasco is approved by City Council. Felton-Ghee's appointment may face difficulty in Council.