Nutter Administration

(Marjorie Neff, left, recently appointed to head the School Reform Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf, and her predecessor, Bill Green, who will remain a member of the SRC.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Phila. SRC Chair and His Replacement Say They’ll Move Schools Forward Together

New SRC chair Marjorie Neff says the fact that Bill Green is not going to court to try to keep the chairmanship removes a potential distraction.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/10/2015

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter’s Next City Budget Will Include 9% Property Tax Hike

KYW Newsradio has learned that Mayor Nutter will propose a hefty increase in city property taxes in order to give the cash-starved Philadelphia School District an extra $100 million.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/04/2015

File Photo of a church in Philadelphia (credit: CBS 3)

Local Churches, Organizations Up In Arms Over Requirement They Prove Their Non-Profit Status

City Council is at odds with the Nutter Administration over a law that forces non-profits in the city to prove they’re truly not for profit.

02/26/2015

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with youth violence-prevention specialists at a meeting at Temple University.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Mayor Nutter Calls For Long-Range Strategy To Combat Youth Violence in City

Mayor Nutter today told stakeholders involved in youth violence prevention that they should commit to a long-term effort and not go for short-term fixes.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

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

City Council President Downplaying Political Risk of Hiring Separate Harrisburg Lobbyist

In addition to keeping City Council up to speed, Clarke says, the firm will lobby on positions in which Council and the mayor disagree.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler testifies against widening smoking ban exemptions.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sources: Phila. City Council and Mayor May End Future Smoking Ban Exemptions

Sources tell KYW Newsradio that City Council and the mayor want to change Philadelphia’s smoking law so that no additional exemptions to the ban could be granted in the future.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

Mayor Michael Nutter and the firefighters union announce a new arbitration contract award for the firefighters. (credit: Mike Dunn)

New Deal, New Cooperation For Nutter Administration And Firefighters Union

It was a remarkable scene Friday at City Hall, as Mayor Nutter and the firefighters union — who have battled in court and in the press for years — stood together in announcing a new arbitration contract award for the firefighters.

01/09/2015

(credit: Mike Dunn)

City Councilman Aims To Ban Parking On Apron Of City Hall

Councilman Kenney is fed up with public officials being allowed to park their personal cars all day on the apron of City Hall.

12/13/2014

Photo Credit: fairmountpark.org

Philadelphia Official Acknowledges Huge Backlog in Care For City’s Trees

City officials seem stumped, so to speak, over how to keep up with the growing number of city-owned trees that need to be pruned or removed.

12/08/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Tony Romeo)

Philadelphia To Push Back Retirements Of Some City Managers Due To Pope’s Visit

A number of city officials and key employees will be pushing back planned retirements next year because of all that’s needed for the Pope’s visit.

12/04/2014

Councilman Ed Neilson (Image from City of Philadelphia TV)

Council Members Vent Anger Over Nutter’s New Prescription Plan For Some City Workers

City Council members are furious about Mayor Michael Nutter’s new plan to encourage city workers to stop smoking, and they gave his aides an earful at a hearing Wednesday.

12/04/2014

Andrew Stober, chief of staff in the Mayor's Office of Transportation.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Moves Forward on Controversial 20-Year Deal For Bus Shelters, Advertising

Andrew Stober, chief of staff in the Mayor’s Office of Transportation, says Titan Advertising will build 300 more bus shelters and share ad revenue with the City of Philadelphia.

12/01/2014

(Philadelphia revenue commissioner Clarena Tolson, left, and councilman David Oh, during a committee hearing about tax delinquency in the city.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Council Balks at Oh’s Plan For More Aggressive Approach to Tax Collections

Councilman David Oh (right photo) wants any tax payment more than a year overdue to be automatically be turned over to a collection agency.

12/01/2014

(The police car operated by Officer Mark Kimsey burst into flames shortly after he was extracted from the vehicle by passersby.)

Philadelphia Replacing Older Police Cars as Accident Probe Continues

Administration spokesman Mark McDonald says the decision was made to recall nearly 300 Chevrolet Impalas after a car fire on November 8th nearly cost an officer his life.

11/19/2014

(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

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