March 14, 2011 |
Political rivals of six-term Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco submitted paperwork Monday to force her off May's primary ballot because of her participation in the city's DROP pension program. The lawsuit is similar to a legal challenge filed Friday against Republican at-large Councilman Frank Rizzo, who besides Tasco is the only other Council member set to receive a DROP payment and also seek reelection this year. Both suits make essentially the same argument: Tasco and Rizzo are ineligible to run again since each promised to retire by the end of their current terms by enrolling in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.
March 8, 2011 |
And then there were two. City Councilman Frank DiCicco's announcement yesterday that he would not seek re-election means that the number of Council members looking to take DROP payments and serve another term is down to just two - Frank Rizzo and Marian Tasco. On top of another term, Tasco is also seeking to serve as the next Council president. If she can pull it off, should her nickname be Teflon Tasco? "It depends on who the new people are, that could have an impact," said DiCicco of Tasco's presidential chances in a Council that will have at least five new members.
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.
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.
December 14, 2010
RE COUNCILWOMAN Marian Tasco's op-ed, "Dwight Evans' 'Friends & Cronies' are Really Just Us," a touching tale about her visit to the Fresh Grocer in Germantown: I don't make any excuses about why I voted against Evans, I was up front about it, and I'll state it again: I voted against Evans because he cut funding in my district. As to Tasco's assertion that Evans got $1 million for the Maria Santos Medical Office, you've been sadly misinformed. Gov. Rendell was the one who helped me secure the $1 million for my district.
October 22, 2010 |
City Council yesterday urged city workers not to enroll in DROP in haste. Since Mayor Nutter has called for the elimination of the controversial retirement perk, more than 1,200 workers have applied to the program. Council yesterday passed a resolution promising city workers that even if the Deferred Retirement Option Plan is eliminated, there will be a window for eligible workers to enroll. "What we want to say is don't rush," said Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who introduced the resolution, noting that she was concerned about the impact of mass retirements on the pension fund.
July 24, 2010
Fighting predators Among the guests invited to watch President Obama sign the historic financial regulation bill into law Wednesday was Philadelphia City Council Majority Leader Marian B. Tasco. The new law includes safeguards against the types of predatory lending practices that Tasco has fought against for years. Obama was first briefed on the subject by Tasco in 2004, when he was an Illinois state senator running for the U.S. Senate. As far back as 1994, Tasco had worked with community organizations to educate city residents about the dangers of easy money offered by loan sharks.
May 13, 2010 |
Mayor Nutter and City Council could reach a deal on the city's budget Thursday that would close a deficit as big as $150 million, sources on both sides of the negotiations said Wednesday. Although the outlines of the deal were still fluid late Wednesday, the package seems certain to include a property-tax increase - possibly as high as 9.9 percent - as well as a new tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco, and increased fees for trash collection for small businesses. The big sticking point, as it has been for weeks, is Nutter's proposed tax on sugary drinks.
December 23, 2009 |
A city councilwoman is demanding to know why a Philadelphia police officer was allowed to retire the day before he was charged with sexually assaulting a girl over an eight-year period. Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco also wants to know why the arrest of Officer Tyrone Wiggins, who taught karate at the Olney Recreation Center, wasn't disclosed publicly. Tasco, whose district includes the recreation center, said she was troubled that Wiggins continued teaching there during a two-year investigation and even after he was arrested last month.
June 5, 2009 |
City Council's smoldering distaste for the Board of Ethics it created three years ago erupted yesterday as Council Majority Leader Marian B. Tasco called for the ouster of its executive director. Tasco demanded the removal of J. Shane Creamer Jr., the only person to hold the post, based on his admitted violation of the board's confidentiality code last month when he discussed an investigation of Democratic district attorney candidate R. Seth Williams with a Philadelphia Daily News reporter.