Nutter Administration

(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

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

City Council Holds PGW Hearing, Lawmakers Refuse To Vote On Nutter’s Plan To Sell

This afternoon brings the start of a two-day hearing in which council members will examine what they call the “highest and best use” of the city-owned utility.

11/13/2014

(credit: Phran Novelli)

Philadelphia Streets Department Begins Annual Fall Leaf Collection Program

‘Tis the season….to be raking leaves. And in Philadelphia, the Streets Department has brought back curbside, mechanical leaf collection in certain neighborhoods.

11/12/2014

(As members of the new Philadelphia Bicycle Advocacy Board look on, Mayor Nutter signs the order giving the group official status.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Mayor Nutter Creates Bicycle Advocacy Board To Promote Cycling Here

One of its first tasks will be to increase the profile of women in the cycling race held here in early June of each year.

11/05/2014

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

Philadelphia Voters To Decide 3 Ballot Questions Today

Voters in Philadelphia today will find two questions on their election ballot that deal with restructuring the city’s government.

11/04/2014

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Council Not Happy With Nutter’s Attempt To Coax City Workers To Give Up Cigarettes

The latest battle between Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke involves the Mayor’s new policy toward city workers who smoke.

11/03/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco speaks to her colleagues about the PGW privatization deal, now dead.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilmembers Say Cancellation of PGW Deal Was Right Thing To Do

“Hang in there, because we’re going to come up with a better plan,” councilwoman Marian Tasco told her colleagues.

10/30/2014

(File photo.  Credit: CBS3)

Nutter Administration Pushing City Workers Toward No-Tobacco Pharmacies

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.

10/24/2014

(Mayor Nutter, announcing his intention to sell PGW.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Clock Still Ticking On Mayor Nutter’s Plan To Sell PGW

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.

10/23/2014

(Gloria Casarez stands in front of the Rainbow Flag outside Philadelphia City Hall in October 2010.  Photo by Mitchell Leff, provided by City of Phila.)

Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia’s Head of LGBT Affairs, Dead at 42

“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.

10/20/2014

(The PICA board meets.  Chairman Lawrence Tabas is at far left, back to camera.  City finance director Rob Dubow is at far end of table, center.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia’s Revised 5-Year Budget Gets OK Despite Wage Tax Dustup

The controversy came as the mayor backed off slightly on plans to cut the city wage tax.

10/14/2014

City Hall (File photo - credit: Tim McLaughlin)

Cooperation At City Hall Over Plan For More Affordable Housing

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.

10/13/2014

(Amy Kurland, Wilson Goode, and Ed Rendell watch as Mayor Nutter signs the executive order.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter’s Executive Order Bolsters City’s Anti-Corruption Office

“It enhances protections for whisteblowers by strengthening confidentiality provisions, to prevent retaliation, and to ensure that employees feel comfortable reporting misconduct,” Nutter said.

10/07/2014

(Mayor Nutter discusses some of the recommendations of his blue ribbon panel report on the future of the Department of Licenses and Inspections in the wake of the fatal collapse of a building onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd and Market Streets in July 2013.  Members of the panel stand with the mayor.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Panel’s Findings on Fatal Market Street Building Collapse Released

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.

09/25/2014

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz speaks with reporters about his audit of overtime charges in city departments.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Controller Stands By 311 Call Center Accusations

“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.”

09/24/2014

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