Voters in Philadelphia today will find two questions on their election ballot that deal with restructuring the city’s government.
The latest battle between Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke involves the Mayor’s new policy toward city workers who smoke.
“Hang in there, because we’re going to come up with a better plan,” councilwoman Marian Tasco told her colleagues.
The Nutter administration has created a new pharmacy network for about 5,400 non-unionized city workers that uses pharmacies (and pharmacy chains) that don’t sell tobacco products.
Mum’s the word from the president of Philadelphia City Council as to whether today’s regular Council meeting will bring any word on when lawmakers will debate the plan to sell PGW.
“We’re going to miss her,” said Mayor Nutter, who created the Office of LGBT Affairs in 2008 and appointed Casarez to head up the office.
The controversy came as the mayor backed off slightly on plans to cut the city wage tax.
Has peace broken out at Philadelphia City Hall? Seven months after City Council announced an ambitious plan to boost affordable housing in Philadelphia, the effort is finally moving forward with the cooperation of the Nutter Administration.
“It enhances protections for whisteblowers by strengthening confidentiality provisions, to prevent retaliation, and to ensure that employees feel comfortable reporting misconduct,” Nutter said.
While the report contains about three dozen recommendations for the city to consider going forward, the largest is splitting up L&I’s functions and placing more emphasis on safety and accountability.
“The most egregious problem … is the approximately $160,000 overtime in 311 for the period studied,” he said, adding, “They’re working in a secret VIP call center that doesn’t comply with what the job description says.”
It took more than two years and the intervention of a judge for residents affected by the 2012 water main break to receive damages from the city. But because the city’s liability is capped at $500,000 under state law, the homeowners ended up being compensated for only about two thirds of their damages.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Nutter Administration are partnering to build a multipurpose facility in South Philadelphia.
By contrast, the 311 for the rest of us operates only 12 hours a day, and only Mondays through Fridays.
District Council 33 — representing nearly 10,000 current and former blue-collar city workers — has overwhelmingly ratified its new contract with the city — a contract that took five contentious years to negotiate.