Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross is going to various newsrooms in the city to discuss safety measures in the wake of the fatal shooting attack at the Capital and Maryland Gazette newsroom in Annapolis. There will also be increased police presence near the various media outlets in town.
As of June of last year, Philadelphia had not reconciled seven accounts where millions in taxpayers dollars are transferred each year for several years, resulting in the now infamous missing $33 million, plus $924 million in accounting errors. The city also does not have enough auditors and lacks adequate technology to keep track of monies. And the Department of Revenue has lax rules on allowing employees to change individual tax accounts for up to $1 million.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, the Republican freshman congressman from Bucks County, will face off in November with millionaire Scott Wallace, who won the Democratic primary Tuesday night. The first congressional district race is expected to be one of the most closely watched as Democrats try to flip the U.S. House of Representatives from red to blue.
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick won the Republican primary for the First Congressional District. Fitzpatrick will face off with Scott Wallace, who won the Democratic primary Tuesday night. It will be one of the most closely watched races come this fall as Democrats try to flip the U.S. House of Representatives from red to blue.
Leaks in the ceiling, holes in the wall, a family of raccoons. This is what Antoine and LaVerna Moseley endured when they lived for more than a year in the second floor apartment of a house owned by Sheriff Jewell Williams. Their story raises questions about whether Williams was a shoddy landlord to struggling residents - and if he was misleading when he said only one tenant lived at the property, following the violations he received for operating an illegal triplex.
Marcel S. Pratt, 33, was confirmed last month as the new city solicitor. He is a West Philadelphia native who excelled in school and made it to University of Pennsylvania on an academic scholarship. From there, he went to law school at Temple University and landed at one of the most prestigious law firms in the city. He was wooed away in 2016 to take the lead on lawsuits the city filed on behalf of residents. Now Pratt will lead the entire law department.
City officials are trying to figure out how $33.3 million went missing from the city's main bank account. The discrepancy in how much the city lists as having in its records versus what the bank statements show was first flagged in the city's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) released in February. But it wasn't until the current series of budget hearings that Councilman Allan Domb has peppered every city financial official about the unaccounted-for funds.
City Council members are so skeptical about the new property assessments that they have requested that a real estate appraising firm be hired to audit the city's office of property assessment. A request for proposal was issued Thursday at Council's request to find a vendor to assess the process used in determining the 2019 property values, which resulted in property values skyrocketing as high as 47 percent in some neighborhoods.
Claudia Vargas is a reporter covering City Hall.