Nutter Administration

(US education secretary Arne Duncan, at left in shirtsleeves, Mayor Nutter, center, and schools superintendent William Hite listen as a student describes her summer job experience.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

US Education Secretary Visits Philadelphia, Touting Summer Jobs For Youth

The adults turned the microphone over to the young folks for a while, to hear first-person accounts of the positive impact that summer jobs can have.

21 hours ago

Pango App

Phila. Parking Authority OKs Pay-By-Smartphone App

The board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority has given a thumbs-up to a system called Pango, a free smartphone app that allows you to feed the meter (or kiosk) with your cell phone.

05/21/2015

(Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney, left, and Mayor Nutter speak with reporters after their post-primary meeting at City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter, Kenney Mend Fences As Mayoral Campaign Heads Toward General Election

Nutter formally endorsed Kenney, despite Kenney’s frequent criticisms of Nutter’s administration.

05/21/2015

(Nutter chief of staff Everett Gillison testifies about the administration's plan to consolidate the city's 911 and 311 call centers.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmaker Nixes Vote on Consolidation of 311 and 911 Call Centers

The mayor’s chief of staff, Everett Gillison, was testifying at a hearing to consider the administration’s plan to consolidate the 911 and 311 centers at the old Quartermaster Depot, at 20th and Oregon.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/11/2015

(The Airbnb.com web site, showing rentals avaialable in Philadelphia.)

Philadelphia Proposing 8½-Percent Tax on Airbnb-Style Room Rentals

The Nutter administration has authored a measure that for the first time applies the city’s existing hotel tax to Airbnb-type rentals.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/07/2015

(Voting machines at a warehouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City Council President Delays Purchase of New Voting Machines

Darrell Clarke says the money is better spent on aging police and fire stations.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/06/2015

A parking kiosk in Center City. (Credit: John McDevitt)

Nutter Administration Hopes To Delay Pay-By-Smartphone Parking App

PPA officials want to move ahead with an app that allows you to pay for parking with your smartphone, but the mayor fears it will adversely affect school district funding.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/04/2015

(Chris Bartlett, exec. dir. of the William Way LGBT Center, testifies before City Council's Law and Government Committee on April 30, 2015.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. LGBT Leaders Urge Charter Change To Make City’s LGBT Office Permanent

The Office of LGBT Affairs was created by Mayor Nutter, but LGBT leaders fear that a future mayor might decide to kill it. So they’re backing a plan to change the city charter and make the office permanent.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/03/2015

(Monnett Sudler plays guitar during the inaugural Wednesday jazz concert at the office of Creative Philadelphia.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

City of Philadelphia Kicks Off Weekly Lunchtime Jazz Series in City Hall

Room 116 of City Hall was standing-room-only for the launch of the new series.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

(A billboard structure at Second and Race Streets, in Old City, adjacent to I-95 and the Ben Franklin Bridge.  File photo by John McDevitt)

PennDOT Imposing Oversight for Billboards Near Philadelphia’s Interstate Highways

Since the 1970s, Penndot has allowed Philadelphia’s mayor and City Council to regulate billboards along state highways, but Penndot officials now fear that federal highway dollars are at risk without their direct oversight.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

(Alan Butkovitz testifies at a City Council budget hearing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Controller Disputes Effectiveness of City’s Crime Cameras

City controller Alan Butkovitz says the Philadelphia Police Department’s surveillance camera system is fraught with problems, including scores of broken-down cameras.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/21/2015

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Urges Swift Implementation of White House Immigration Reform Plan

Immigration advocates in Philadelphia joined Mayor Nutter on Friday in support of the president’s plan.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/17/2015

(Police oommissioner Charles Ramsey testifies at a budget hearing before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

In Current Climate, Fewer Minorities Want Careers as Cops, Phila. Police Commissioner Says

Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey says national incidents of police violence has made recruiting minorities for the Philadelphia police force much tougher.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(Mayor Nutter's chief education officer, Lori Shorr, listens as finance director Rob Dubow responds to a reporter's question about school funding.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Nutter Administration Dismisses School Funding Alternatives Being Floated

Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, says raising property taxes by nine percent is the only way the city can raise the additional $103 million the school district needs next year.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/14/2015

(US Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson, in file photo by Alex Wong/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Welcoming Homeland Security Chief With Pitch For 2016 DNC Security Funding

In past years, the feds have given cities that host political conventions upwards of $50 million for security.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/14/2015

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