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Everett Gillison

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City Officials Undecided Where Pope Francis Would Appear If He Visits Philadelphia

If the pontiff does come, an appearance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is not a certainty.

07/28/2014

(Mayor Nutter meets with Pope Francis during a March 2014 trip to Rome with Gov. Corbett and Archbishop Chaput. Credit: CBS3)

Philadelphia Officials Keeping Cool About Pope’s Likely 2015 Visit

And they say Archbishop Chaput’s comments of optimism don’t affect their planning for the event.

07/25/2014

(The concert stage is set up in front of the art museum for Friday's "Welcome America" festivities on the Ben Franklin Parkway.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Philadelphia Urging ‘Welcome America’ Attendees To Keep Cool, Keep Calm

City officials tell concertgoers to dress appropriately for the heat, carry items in a clear bag if possible, and leave the coolers at home.

07/03/2014

(PHL airport workers protest outside the City Hall office of Mayor Michael Nutter.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

PHL Airport Contract Workers Demand Prompt ‘Living Wage’ Adjustment

The airport workers were unhappy because the mayor’s executive order raising their wages does not apply to contracts currently in force, and that means the raises won’t come until the contracts are amended or renewed.

06/10/2014

(Credit: CBS-3)

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Center City Fire Escape Collapse

Police say a several people were hanging outside on the fire escape when it gave way and sent them plummeting about 40 feet to the ground.

01/12/2014

(Philadelphia attorney Jeffrey Lindy testifies before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Single-Vendor Contract Will Hurt Legal Service To Philadelphia’s Needy, Opponents Say

Jeffrey Lindy, who served on a Philadelphia Bar Association committee studying the plan, says the contract might go to a for-profit law firm that would inevitably cut corners.

10/07/2013

(Firefighters' Local 22 president Joe Schulle speaks to reporters outside Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Firefighters’ Union Official Irate Over Rescinded Promotions

At issue is whether the fire commissioner is required to fill budgeted vacancies with firefighters who pass the promotion exam, as the union contends, or whether he can pick and choose.

09/24/2013

(Deputy mayor Everett Gillison, at lectern, is flanked by other city officials on Thursday in the mayor's reception room.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Officials Pursuing Multifaceted Approach To Lowering Crime In Worst Areas

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.

07/25/2013

(L&I commissioner Carlton Williams testifies before a Philadelphia City Council committee investigating the deadly center city building collapse on June 5th.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Probe Into Deadly Building Collapse Highlights Two Levels of Care By City

L&I commissioner Carlton Williams acknowledged that the safety standards for the city’s own demolitions — demolitions of city-owned properties — are stricter than what is demanded for private property.

06/19/2013

(Thousands of hopeful job applicants showed up at a May 17th job fair for ex-offenders.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Center City Job Fair For Ex-Offenders Is Canceled After 3,000 Show Up

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.

05/17/2013

(credit: City of Phila. TV)

Tasco Grills Nutter’s Chief Of Staff Over Rec Center Renovation Delay

A city councilwoman’s anger over delays in renovations to a rec center in her district boiled over Tuesday at a budget hearing.

04/03/2013

(Graphs from ACLU report.  Graphic by Ed Fischer)

ACLU Says Philadelphia Cops Still Misusing ‘Stop and Frisk’ Procedure

A federal judge continues to oversee an agreement between the ACLU and the Nutter administration in which the police department agreed to better train officers on the use of “stop and frisk.”

03/19/2013

(File photo.  Credit: Tony Hanson)

Disagreements Over Nutter’s New Plans For How Courts Appoint Attorneys For Poor Defendants

A prominent criminal defense attorney is considering taking the Nutter Administration to court over its plans to revamp how attorneys are appointed to handle cases in which the defendant has no money.

01/06/2013

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters in his City Hall reception room after announcing pay raises for 5,500 nonunion city workers.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Perhaps Signaling Unions, Philadelphia Gives Some Nonunion Workers 2.5% Hikes

The mayor’s aides deny the move is meant to ratchet up pressure on the two municipal unions that have been without a contract since 2009.

09/26/2012

(Philadelphia inspector general Amy Kurland, announcing the settlement agreement with Corizon Health Inc.   Credit: Mike Dunn)

Company Will Pay Philadelphia $1.85M For Finagling ‘Women-Owned’ Mandate

Amy Kurland, Philadelphia’s inspector general, says the company formerly known as Prison Health Services (now called Corizon Health Inc.) had certified to the city that it used a women-owned business as a subcontractor.

07/25/2012

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