Archive: December, 2009
City Councilwoman Marian Tasco wants answers from the Philadelphia Police Department about why a cop being investigated for repeatedly raping a girl was allowed to retire right before being arrested and continued teaching classes at a city recreation center. Like a lot of people, Tasco first learned about all this from Tuesday's Daily News.
Legislation to approve table games at casinos in Pennsylvania is stalled in the General Assembly and a battle is brewing about who gets to control the tax money from those gambling attractions in Philadelphia if the bill ever becomes law.
The Daily News Editorial Board weighs in on the table games tax money fight.
Councilwoman Marion Tasco sent the following letter to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, after today's Daily News story about a retired police officer quietly arrested on the charge that he sexually assualted a young girl for eight years.
Mr. Charles H. Ramsey
Philadelphia Police Department
A small group of local state legislators just wrapped up a City Hall news conference, where they defended pending legislation that would put the state and not the city in charge of a "local share" of taxes on table games at two casinos in Philadelphia. State Rep. Mike O'Brien, whose district includes the SugarHouse casino being built in Fishtown, disputed claims he has heard that this amounts to a "grab" of the tax money by legislators.
Mayor Nutter wants the local share of table games taxes to flow directly into the city's general fund. PhillyClout hears Nutter has been calling legislators, lobbying against the section of the legislation that would put DCED in charge of the city's local share.
The pending legislation says half the money would go to government agencies and non-profits city-wide for "education, child welfare services, crime prevention, health care clinics, workforce development and the arts." The other half would be used for "community improvement projects, heath and safety projects and public interest projects" for businesses and non-profits within 1.5 miles of the two casinos.
A retired police officer is accused of raping a girl for eight years. Did the department keep his arrest hush hush?
A former assistant district attorney gets probation for drug arrest.
School is back on today, with some delays.
We just got a call from Pete Matthews, president of AFSCME District Council 33, which represents the city’s blue collar workers. He wants to make clear that he would not accept the terms of the police contract – announced Friday – for his members.
Matthews on Friday said he thought the arbitration award, which provides police with raises, but some changes to benefits, looked pretty good. But now that he’s read through the entire thing, Matthews said, no way.
“They say the devil's in the details,” Matthews said. “This would not apply to our members."
Here's the release:
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PUBLISHES FOURTH LIST
OF TOP BUSINESS TAX DELINQUENTS
In the fourth installment of the delinquent publication list, the City of Philadelphia added 69 new businesses and 70 associated officers. This adds approximately $5.7 million in newly published judgments to the outstanding $47 million dollars in judgments on the previously published list. The top 5 newly added businesses and officers include: Delilah Winder ($1,577,478.03); Delilah’s At Market ($1,418,334.80); Sharon Jort ($324,932.56); Stuart N. Harting and Lance S. Silver, officers of Katmandu Corporation ($252,120.21); and Benjamin Kenney, officer of Die Cut Specialty Company Inc. ($123,057.78).
Region recovers from massive snowfall on Saturday.
The Eagles clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Daily News reporters test city agencies to see how they handle right-to-know requests.
Here again, because we like them, is a Muppet Christmas clip. This is the "Marley and Marley" number from "A Muppet Christmas Carol."