Archive: April, 2010
Bob Warner of the Daily News lays out how the newspaper, along with the Inquirer and Philly.com, was auctioned in a grinding two-day process that concluded yesterday. Here's a look at the new owners. And here's how the auction was received by union leaders in Philadelphia.
Foxwoods faces an impatient state Gaming Control Board today, three weeks after being jilted by casino developer Steve Wynn. Does it seem like we've been talking about this forever? Here's a time-line.
A group of North Philly residents angered about a land deal in their neighborhood get together to build some political clout.
A health group visited Council today with details from a poll on Mayor Nutter's propsed soda tax -- which they say shows local support for the levy.
According to a poll of 401 likely voters, commissioned by the Campaign for Healthy Kids, 44 percent of voters support a sugar sweetened beverage tax to help fix the city's budget gap. A soda tax had more support than increases to the taxes on businesses, sales, property or a trash fee.
Council has shown little interest in the proposed 2 cent per ounce soda tax, which would be charged to retailers as part of their city business tax.
Budget confusion reigned in City Council this morning as members scuffled over a proposed property tax hike.
Councilman Frank DiCicco, who several weeks ago introduced legislation to hike the property tax by 12 percent, said he would withdraw the legislation, citing a lack of Council support.
“No one wants to step forward and do the hike I think is necessary to maintain basic city services,” DiCicco said.
An Ethics Board member whose re-appointment was stalled by City Council last month got a second chance today.
Kenya Mann Faulkner, a partner at Ballard Spahr, was confirmed for a second term through a charter provision which approves board nominations after 90 days if Council has not acted, said Ethics Board Executive Director Shane Creamer.
Anthony Radwanski, a spokesman for Council President Anna Verna, affirmed that Mann Faulkner's nomination was approved through inaction.
Mayor Nutter reacted to news that the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer had been sold to a group of senior lenders by saying he was "deeply concerned about the great folks who work there."
Nutter said he hoped both papers would continue to flourish.
"Both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News are award winning publications. Literally about a week ago, the Daily News received a Pulitzer prize for great investigative work by two of their reporters," Nutter said. "I've certainly had a long personal history with both papers, read both as a kid. It is very important. I think it is one of the fundamental tenants of what the United States is all about. Freedom of the press and having good accurate reporting in this day and time is critical to a well-functioning Democracy."
As City Council and the mayor continue to negotiate next year's budget, the Committee of Seventy has posted a helpful guide to the process on their website.
You can check it out here.
The family who filed the original "spycam" charges against the Lower Merion School District say they aren't motivated by money.
The battle to own the Daily News and Inquirer got off to a slow start yesterday.
Pro-gun lawmakers rally at the state capitol.
Mayor Nutter is in Chicago today, for the second day in a row, where he'll be appearing in the 2010 Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum.
The event, named for the late Chicago mayor and father of current Mayor Richard M. Daley, will feature a variety of municpal leaders and experts, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Here's a list of some of the participants:
- Motorola co-CEO and CEO of Motorola Solutions Greg Brown
- Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
- Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë
- Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard
- Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. President and Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Christopher Kennedy
- Amman Mayor Omar Maani
- Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo
- Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
- Washington Post Writer’s Group Columnist Neal Peirce
- The Boeing Company Vice President of Global Corporate Citizenship Anne Eleanor Roosevelt
- World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Katherine Sierra
- Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas
- PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff
UPDATE: Check out this Chicago Sun-Times story about the event, in which Nutter talks about shrinking government.