Councilman Allan Domb introduced legislation in September to eliminate the controversial pension perk known as DROP for new non-unionized employees. But with elections coming up for all 17 council members, Domb has been unable to garner support for his bill or even get a public hearing on the bill.
Corporal Holsey Gillis Sr. was one of the original Montford Point Marines who started the Philadelphia Chapter in 1965 and was a mainstay figure at the club and with the Montford Point Marine community. He served in the battle for Okinawa, Japan.
A $21 million city accounting discrepancy was resolved earlier this month as financial auditors worked to reconcile the $33.3 million that was reported earlier this year. The reconciliation team says most city accounts are settled, with $2.1 million left to resolve.
A day after former City Representative Desiree Peterkin Bell was accused of stealing and misusing public funds through a city-run nonprofit, her name had already been scrubbed from organizations where she has been involved.
Chrissy Houlahan, a Chester County Democrat running for Congress, has joined some of the other women running for congress in the Philadelphia suburbs who have launched television campaign ads. Houlahan's first commercial aired Wednesday morning.
Philadelphia finished the most recent fiscal year with nearly $1 billion cash balance, the highest balance in at least a decade, according to a City Controller report. Most of the cash balance is from the city's main operating budget and raises the question as to whether the city should put away some of it's extra cash in a rainy day fund that thus far remains empty.
The U.S. Department of Justice is questioning Philadelphia's use of nearly $15 million during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and what it considers overall bad bookkeeping of federal grant money. In an audit, the department's Inspector General's Office cited millions of dollars in what it called "unallowable and unsupported" expenses, including overtime to firefighters for security, meals, and lodging for law enforcement agencies, and payments to vendors for items ranging from a secure bus system to credentialing for the three-day event.
Claudia Vargas is a reporter covering City Hall.