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(Terry Gillen.  Photo provided)

Longtime City Official Says She’s Ready To Run For Philadelphia Mayor

Terry Gillen was a deputy commerce director under former mayor Ed Rendell and was head of the Redevelopment Authority under Mayor Nutter.

09/05/2014

(City of Philadelphia sanitation workers collect trash. File photo)

Nutter Settles Long Contract Standoff with City’s Blue-Collar Workers

The Nutter administration has struck a new, seven-year deal with the city’s largest municipal workers’ union, District Council 33, in a contract dispute that has dragged on since 2009.

08/22/2014

(The interior of Philadelphia club Delilah's, without the dancers.  Photo provided)

Nutter Administration Throws In Towel On Effort To Slap Tax On Lap Dances

One of the most unusual tax battles in Philadelphia history has come to an end.

08/21/2014

(Mayor Nutter poses with invited schoolkids at ceremonies marking the opening of the city's "Innovation Lab."  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Marks Opening of Philadelphia’s Governmental ‘Innovation Lab’

Flanking him on the 16th floor of the Municipal Services Building were local schoolkids who will be participants in the lab.

08/01/2014

(The new FOP labor contract with the City of Philadelphia is announced by, from left, police commissioner Charles Ramsey, mayor Michael Nutter, deputy mayor for public safety Everett Gillison, and FOP Lodge 5 president John McNesby.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

New Union Contract Gives Police Commissioner Right To Reassign Narco Cops

Commissioner Ramsey has long wanted the ability to rotate officers out of the department’s narcotics and Internal Affairs units, but such moves had been prohibited by the city’s contract with the police union.

07/31/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Jets to France For Economic Development Talks

Mayor Nutter is in France for the next six days for a trip that officials say is aimed at promoting French investment in Philadelphia.

07/25/2014

(City councilman James Kenney, left, in file image from City of Phila. TV.  Mayor Michael Nutter, right, in file photo. (credit: Mike Dunn)

Tussle Over Credit For New Regulations After Center City Building Collapse

Tragedy can lead to legislative change. And that, in turn, can lead to politicians tripping over one another in the rush to claim credit.

07/20/2014

(District Council 33 president Pete Matthews, second from right, confers with other union officials following this morning's hearing in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City of Philadelphia Asks To Impose Contract Terms in Stalled Blue-Collar Talks

“This is another attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining process by the mayor,” says District Council 33 president Pete Matthews. “It’s not up to the courts to resolve a collective bargaining agreement. It’s up to the mayor to sit down and work this out fairly.”

07/18/2014

(The interior of Philadelphia club Delilah's, without the dancers.  Photo provided)

Judge Nixes Nutter Administration Attempt To Tax Lap Dances at Strip Clubs

The Nutter administration has lost in its legal battle to tax lap dances performed in the back rooms of strip clubs.

07/16/2014

(Dr. Donald Schwarz, Philadelphia's health commissioner.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Two Respected Commissioners Departing Nutter Administration

Dr. Donald Schwarz (photo) served as health commissioner and Anne Marie Ambrose was the commissioner of human services.

06/27/2014

(Councilmen Wilson Goode, left, and Bill Greenlee confer as City Council receives a briefing in the Council caucus room from the consulting firm it hired to evaluate the PGW sale.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Council Set For Summer Recess With PGW Deal On Hold

Much to Mayor Nutter’s chagrin, his controversial plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works will not be introduced before City Council adjourns for the summer season.

06/19/2014

(PHL airport workers protest outside the City Hall office of Mayor Michael Nutter.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

PHL Airport Contract Workers Demand Prompt ‘Living Wage’ Adjustment

The airport workers were unhappy because the mayor’s executive order raising their wages does not apply to contracts currently in force, and that means the raises won’t come until the contracts are amended or renewed.

06/10/2014

(Councilman Jim Kenney.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman’s Bill Decriminalizing Small Marijuana Amounts Moves Forward

The bill, authored by Councilman Jim Kenney, would make possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana — about an ounce — a simple “code violation,” punishable only by a $25 fine.

06/09/2014

(Philadelphia school district CFO Matthew Stanski, left,  and superintendent William Hite, testifying before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

$120M Relief For Philadelphia’s Schools Moves Forward in City Council

Even so, the proposed legislation does not fully meet the district’s needs for the coming year.

06/04/2014

(Weccacoe Playground, in 2013.  File photo by Cherri Gregg)

Arbitrator Reinstates Workers Who Took 2nd Job With Phila. Rec Department

The workers’ attorney says the Recreation Department had hired them with full knowledge of those jobs, and in fact because of their experience — mostly with the school district.

06/03/2014

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