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November 14, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eight months after UIL Holdings Corp. signed an agreement to buy Philadelphia Gas Works for $1.86 billion, it finally got a hearing Thursday night before City Council. It lasted about 10 minutes. At the end of nearly six hours of testimony about future options for PGW since City Council has blocked consideration of a sale, Alex V. DeBoissiere, UIL senior vice president, was granted an opportunity to speak. It was the first time a UIL official has had a chance to speak at a Council hearing since Mayor Nutter chose the Connecticut company to buy PGW. Council members told DeBoissiere they believed that the sale agreement could not be amended _ that the Nutter administration had given them a take-it-or-leave-it deal.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold a one-day session on Nov. 14 at Drexel University to explore plans for Philadelphia Gas Works in the aftermath of a collapsed deal to sell the city utility. The session will not be aimed at dissecting the collapse of the $1.86 billion agreement to sell PGW to UIL Holdings Corp., but will address how PGW plans to address its high rates, aging infrastructure and low-income programs in the absence of a sale, said Jennifer Kocher, the PUC's spokeswoman.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council may have taken the summer off, but its tit-for-tat continues with the Nutter administration over the sale of the city's gas utility. Council is spending $20,000 to run radio ads explaining why it has not taken action on the proposed sale of Philadelphia Gas Works, which Nutter announced more than four months ago. Under the nearly $2 billion sale agreement proposed in March, Connecticut-based UIL Holdings Corp. has the option to back out of the deal after July 15 if City Council has not taken action.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A critic of Mayor Nutter's proposed sale of Philadelphia Gas Works for $1.86 billion to UIL Holdings Corp. on Thursday urged City Council not to rush into a decision. Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco's call for restraint came after the Committee of Seventy on Monday pressured Council to schedule a public hearing on the issue and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority on Tuesday endorsed the sale. Council is currently awaiting a consultant's report on the proposed sale.
NEWS
March 22, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas and Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
PHILADELPHIA City Council passed an ordinance Thursday that bars city officers and employees from receiving cash from anyone seeking business or official action, while allowing receipt of non-monetary gifts worth up to $99 per donor per year. The vote was unanimous. The bill amends the existing gifts ordinance with language that is easier to enforce, and some say stricter, than is on the books now. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign the bill into law. The city code now prohibits gifts of "substantial economic value," but leaves the term undefined.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Memo to bidders competing to buy Philadelphia Gas Works: Put a lid on it. City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco complained Tuesday that lobbyists purporting to represent bidders for the city's gas utility have reached out to her and other Council members, apparently in violation of confidentiality agreements to keep the sale process secret. "I have a problem with being contacted by individuals," Tasco said at a meeting of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, the city's oversight board that she chairs.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal to add 10 percent or $1.8 million to the annual fee Philadelphia Gas Works pays to the city has been put off until the fall, according to city officials. The measure, proposed last month by Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. as a means to generate additional revenue for the cash-strapped city, was approved by the Public Property and Public Works Committee on June 6. But the bill was greeted skeptically by Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, the chairwoman of the Philadelphia Gas Commission.
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