City of Philadelphia
The Nutter administration earlier this year had sent tax bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to three gentlemen’s clubs, with city officials contending that the amusement tax applies to lap dances performed in back rooms.
The five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.
US Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) met privately with Nutter at City Hall for about one hour, making the case to have this city bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Dozens of school advocates interrupted the conclusion of Thursday’s City Council meeting with jeers for the mayor and Council because of the school funding stalemate.
At a City Hall news conference, the mayor said increased tax revenues now give the city a greater ability to afford the contract award, so his administration has dropped its appeal in Commonwealth Court.
The new court, which cost about $80,000, comes courtesy of Beyond Sport, an organization that looks at sports in the context of social change.
A group calling itself “Phila911″ proposes a memorial in Franklin Square featuring 9-foot, 11-inch replicas of the twin towers, with a replica of the Liberty Bell suspended between the two.
The protesters say the information can be fodder for finding undocumented immigrants, subjecting them to arrest and deportation.
A judge has ordered the City of Philadelphia to pay more money into the health and welfare fund for Firefighters’ Local 22. The union had sought the emergency arbitration hearing, saying the fund was running out of money.
Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety, says the spike in homicides, combined with the raw emotional impact of the Trayvon Martin case, pushed the Nutter administration to verbalize its tactics.
The Nutter Administration has reversed course and on Friday, released hundreds of pages of documents related to last month’s fatal building collapse on Market Street.
Mayor Michael Nutter is promising answers to why the company clearing debris at the site of the collapse has reportedly brought in an asbestos removal firm even after the original demolition company certified there was no asbestos.
Abandoned bicycles locked to bike poles are being tagged with a notice that on July 11th, the locks will be broken and they will become city property.
The city was expecting about 1,000 people to show up, but about three times that number were standing in a line that wrapped around the Municipal Services Building, across from City Hall.