Philadelphia City Council
City Council members are accusing Mayor Nutter of foot-dragging on putting advertising on city properties in order to generate some much-needed cash.
Robin Jones, 50, avoided jail time following her guilty plea in the wake of a car crash last September in which she rammed a city-owned car into a building at 13th and Hamilton Streets.
The Sheriff of Philadelphia has gone hat in hand to City Council, asking for a whopping 30-percent increase in his budget to hire 100 extra deputies.
“We have a long, long, long, long way before you will see the tactile material disappear,” Free Library president Siobhan Reardon told a Philadelphia City Council hearing.
City Council members say their own analysis of new property assessments points to the great need for relief measures for those hit hardest by rising property values.
“I’m very disappointed,” said city councilman Bill Greenlee, who tried but failed to get the 12 votes needed to override Mayor Nutter’s veto.
Council’s attempt to override the veto will not come until next week, if at all.
City Council president Darrell Clarke and others on Council questioned the mayor’s finance director, Rob Dubow, over whether the mayor himself will present a plan to raise an extra $60 million for the school district, or whether that political hot potato will fall in the lap of Council.
The mayor’s proposed budget contains no extra money for the school district. But members of the School Reform Commission said last week they need $60 million more from the city.
Philadelphia’s Chief Assessment Officer, Ritchie McKeithen, was on the hot seat Tuesday during the second day of budget hearings in City Council chambers.
Philadelphia City Council today gets a chance to grill the Office of Property Assessment, which compiled the numbers behind the new assessments going out that have generated a lot of anxiety in the neighborhoods.
Chris examines excerpts from a documentary featuring Jerry Sandusky, the collapse of the Today Show, New Jersey’s decision to take over the Camden School District, and Jim Carrey’s video mocking gun rights advocates. He talks to Author Zev Chafets about his book on Fox News President Roger Ailes and to Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick about his work to reinstate veterans tuition benefits cut by sequestration.
Philadelphia City Council members have opened their annual budget hearings, listening to Mayor Michael Nutter’s top budget people describe the city’s ‘five year financial and strategic plan.’
Chief Inspector Cynthia Dorsey, in her written testimony, said the investigation by the Office of School Safety reveals “serious security breaches at the (girl’s) school.”
Even the sponsor acknowledges the measure is likely to be challenged in court.
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