Mike Dunn

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Fumes Over Handling of Ferguson, Mo. Police Shooting Probe

He says the prosecutor’s explanation of the findings left a lot of unanswered questions. And he called the decision to announce the grand jury results in the evening “one of the dumbest official decisions that’s been made in recent times.”

11/25/2014

Philadelphia Skyline (Credit:  Bruce Bennett/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Still on Democrats’ Short List For 2016 Convention

DNC officials say the list of potential host cities for the 2016 nominating convention is now down to just Philadelphia, New York, and Columbus, Ohio.

11/24/2014

Task force hearing in Conversation Hall at City Hall. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Task Force Final Report Due Soon on Mandatory Paid Sick Leave In Philadelphia

A task force studying the controversial idea of mandatory paid sick leave in Philadelphia is due to send its recommendations to Mayor Nutter by December 1st.

11/24/2014

(MIchael Cooper testifies before a City Council committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Tackles Thorny Issue of City’s Reindustrialization

Commerce Department officials said it’s tough to reclaim industrial jobs in Philadelphia which have fled to other parts of the country — or other countries.

11/21/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Amid City Council Inaction, PGW Bidder Declines To Extend Deal

Today was City Council’s final chance to introduce the required legislation before the PGW sale agreement expires at yearend.

11/20/2014

Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham (R) (credit: TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images) and State Senator Anthony Williams (L) (credit: Mike DeNardo)

New Developments In The Race For Philadelphia Mayor

Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham and State Senator Anthony Williams are both expected to formally announce today they’re running for mayor of Philadelphia.

11/19/2014

(Misha Williams testifies before City Council's Commerce and Economic Development Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

As Strike Threat Looms, Phila. Lawmakers Press For Better Treatment of Workers at PHL Airport

One former employee of an airport contractor, a wheelchair attendant, tearfully recounted being fired because of her activity in support of a fair wage.

11/19/2014

(Doug Oliver announces the formation of an committee exploring his possible run for mayor in 2015.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Doug Oliver Says If He Runs For Phila. Mayor, It’ll Be as a Democrat

Doug Oliver was spokesman for Mayor Nutter during Nutter’s first term and is now a marketing vice president at PGW.

11/18/2014

(A horse-drawn carriage at 7th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Confirmation of Pope Francis’ Visit Sends Philadelphia Hospitality Industry Into Overdrive

The hotels and historic sites have ten months to get ready. Most visitors will be encouraged to stay with host families.

11/18/2014

(Robert Ciaruffoli and Donna Farrell, president and executive director of the World Meeting of Families, respectively, listen as Mayor Nutter speaks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art about the pope's upcoming visit to Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Delighted With Vatican Announcement, Say They’ll Be Ready

It is expected that Pope Francis will take part in events on the Ben Franklin Parkway both Saturday, Sept. 26th, and Sunday, Sept. 27th.

11/17/2014

(City of Phila. revenue commissioner Clarena Tolson testifies before City Council's finance committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Is City Doing A Good Job Against Tax Deadbeats? Nutter, City Council Opinions Differ

The Nutter Administration says it’s doing a better job, but City Council members are wondering if more can be done.

11/17/2014

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

Phila. City Council Pressing To Expand Property Tax Relief Program

LOOP, the Longtime Owner Occupants Program, is aimed at owners who’ve been in one home for ten or more years and whose assessments more than tripled after the citywide reassessment.

11/16/2014

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

City Council Looks At Whether Philadelphia Should Have Citywide Food Composting

Calling the hearing was 8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, a composting proponent. She says,
“Food waste doesn’t belong in the trash. It belongs in the compost bin.”

11/16/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter, back to camera, testifies before the Pennsylvania PUC about the proposed sale of PGW to a private company.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Pa. PUC Builds Its Own Road Map For Future of Philadelphia Gas Works

Mayor Nutter testified that the sale of PGW is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity, with no comparable alternatives.”

11/14/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco, at City Council's hearing on the future of PGW.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sale Sidelined, Phila. City Council Opens Wider Hearing on Future of PGW

Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who also chairs the city’s Gas Commission, scolded the mayor for, in her view, excluding City Council from the bidding process.

11/13/2014

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