The Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.
City councilman Wilson Goode Jr. is accusing the Nutter administration of ignoring the needs of the school district by opposing his plan to scale back the city’s ten-year property tax abatement.
Mayor Nutter announced that he has chosen Helen Haynes, director of cultural affairs at Montgomery County Community College, to be the city’s new “chief cultural officer.”
This week brings a deadline for advertising agencies to submit their ideas to the Nutter Administration on how to put ads on city properties and vehicles.
Lori Shorr, the mayor’s chief education officer, admits the city hasn’t quite reached the mayor’s graduation rate goal.
Mayor Nutter cautioned people — particularly parents — not to let their guard down.
Under the order, smoking is prohibited in more than 125 Philadelphia neighborhood parks, including dozens in the sprawling Fairmount Park system, totalling 11,000 acres of public space.
Mike Resnick, the mayor’s public safety director, says overtime savings in other areas within the fire department may allow them to either reduce brownouts or end them outright.
Rina Cutler, deputy mayor for transportation, unveiled the names of the vendors during an event at the foot of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She said implementation has been postponed until next spring.
BRT executive director Carla Pagan confirmed that the measure approved last month by Council to give board members a pay raise had its intended effect: the BRT has now greatly increased the number of appeals it is hearing.
A Kensington chocolate factory is open for business today and tomorrow after coming to terms with the city over a tax dispute that prompted a forced closure on Wednesday.
Mayor Michael Nutter was on hand to congratulate more than a dozen participants of the city’s first public policy case study competition.
Ignoring the pleas of e-cigarette users, City Council has unanimously approved a measure that bans the devices from public spaces in Philadelphia.
Mayor Nutter says the Salvation Army has offered to donate the site of last year’s collapse, at 22nd and Market Streets, for a memorial to the six people killed.
City Council president Darrell Clarke and six other district councilmembers are proposing that the city government borrow $100 million to finance construction of 1,500 new, affordable properties over the next three or four years, mainly in gentrifying neighborhoods.