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(Dr. Donald Schwarz, Philadelphia's health commissioner.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Two Respected Commissioners Departing Nutter Administration

Dr. Donald Schwarz (photo) served as health commissioner and Anne Marie Ambrose was the commissioner of human services.

06/27/2014

(South Philadelphia resident Marla Rosenberg testifies.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Two Years After Water Main Break, South Philadelphia Residents Fuming Over Losses

“Peco management should be ashamed,” said resident Marla Rosenberg. Peco filed a loss claim for $750,000. The city’s total liability is capped at $500,000.

06/07/2014

(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

City of Phila. Partners With OSHA To Improve Workplace Safety

Since the deadly demolition site building collapse in center city one year ago, the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been working more closely with federal workplace safety officials.

06/05/2014

(File photo: Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his office at Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Opts Out of Hosting 2024 Summer Olympics

The primary reason for the decision, the mayor said, is cost.

05/28/2014

City Controller Alan Butkovitz at a press conference inside his office at the Municipal Services Building. (credit: CBS3)

Controller’s Building Collapse Report Raises Questions About Promises Of Reform

Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams in a 39-page written response, included in the Controller’s Report, refuted the findings raising “objections to the incomplete, inaccurate and misleading interpretations of Department data that underlie the Report’s recommendations.”

05/22/2014

(Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Mock Trials Give Philadelphia Youngsters a Taste of Jury Duty

At Philadelphia City Hall, the elementary school students got a taste of what it’s like to be in a real courtroom when they served as jurors in mock trials.

05/02/2014

(The George Nugent Senior Apartments, in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

With Fanfare, Historic Apartment Building in Mt. Airy Opens To Seniors

The City of Philadelphia has cut the ribbon on an historic building in Mount Airy, once a neighborhood eyesore, that has been fully renovated to its 19th-Century glory.

04/30/2014

(Amy Laura Cahn of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Moves Toward Posting Its Regulations Online

The city charter requires that departmental regulations and notices of meetings be published in local newspapers. That charter dates from the early 1950s, so of course there’s no mention of the Internet.

04/28/2014

(Attendees at the ninth annual ETE Conference listen to an address by Brian Goetz, Java language architect at Oracle Inc.    Photo by John McDevitt)

Software Developers Gather in Philadelphia For Two-Day Confab

The ninth annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise (“ETE”) Conference is drawing 500 global tech leaders to Philadelphia.

04/22/2014

Mayor Nutter held a press conference to announce the temporary closing of the One Parkway tower. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Burst Water Pipe Closes One Parkway Tower For Second Day in a Row

A Center City office tower, which houses nearly two-thousand city workers, will be closed for a second day in a row Thursday.

04/16/2014

Mayor Nutter held a press conference to announce the temporary closing of the One Parkway tower. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Burst Water Pipe Closes One Parkway Tower

Nearly 2,000 city workers got an unexpected day off today after a burst water pipe forced the closure of their Center City office tower.

04/16/2014

(Mayor Nutter welcomes Millenials who took part in a competition to revamp city policies to attract more of that demographic group.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Winners of Competition to Make Philadelphia More Millennial-Friendly Announced

Mayor Michael Nutter was on hand to congratulate more than a dozen participants of the city’s first public policy case study competition.

04/04/2014

(June 6th, 2013: Kim Sizemore brings flowers to the site where her friend, Kim Finnegan, died the previous day.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Nutter Administration Plans Memorial at Site of 2013 Fatal Building Collapse

Mayor Nutter says the Salvation Army has offered to donate the site of last year’s collapse, at 22nd and Market Streets, for a memorial to the six people killed.

03/20/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter delivers his 2014-2015 budget address to City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter’s Next Budget Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Nutter boasted that his $4+ billion spending plan includes no tax increases, but he warned that something must be done to meet the school district’s latest request for an additional $75 million in city funding.

03/06/2014

(Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Officials Readying For Next Month’s Citywide Volunteer Cleanup Day

“This year’s cleanup is on April 5th,” said mayor Michael Nutter.

03/05/2014

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