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POSTED: Monday, June 18, 2012, 3:21 PM

Michael P. Kelly sure moves quickly.  Kelly stepped down Friday as executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, citing "personal family reasons" that he did not elaborate on.  Now he has been nominated to head the Washington, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued an announcement today that he tapped Kelly for the job.  You can read Gray's news release after the jump.  Kelly has worked in housing agencies in San Francisco, New Orleans, DC and New York City.  His wife still lives in DC.

Mayor Gray Nominates Michael Kelly to Serve as Director of Department of Housing and Community Development

POSTED: Monday, June 18, 2012, 3:18 PM

It looks like tax reform advocate Brett Mandel is going to run again for City Controller. Mandel, who launched an unsuccessful bid for the job in 2009, is holding an ice cream social fundraiser Wednesday night as he makes a play for the post in 2013

Mandel would face off next spring in the Democratic primary with Controller Alan Butkovitz, who was first elected in 2005. In 2009, Butkovitz easily beat out Mandel and former Common Pleas Judge John Braxton in the Primary Election, before going on to win the General Election.

Mandel said the city needs a tougher watchdog in the Controller's office.

POSTED: Monday, June 18, 2012, 9:24 AM

A homicide detective acused of overtime abuse is fired by Police Commissioner Ramsey.

Chillin Wit' checks in on union leader Johnny Doc.

A 2-year-old girl was shot outside a house party in Logan on Saturday night.

POSTED: Friday, June 15, 2012, 12:29 PM

Michael Kelly stepped down today from his post as chief of the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

Kelly took over the embattled agency more than a year ago following the Carl Greene scandal, but two weeks ago he said he gave notice of his resignation.

Kelly told Philly Clout that he’s leaving for “personal family reasons.”

POSTED: Friday, June 15, 2012, 11:01 AM

Mayor Nutter’s controversial property-tax proposal also known as the Actual Value Initiative  (AVI)will happen, just not this year.

Here’s your weekly dose of Clout.

An ex-cop heads back to jail.

POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 6:37 PM
Philadelphia City Council was in session Thursday, June 14th, and continued to tackle budget woes while listening to the concerns of citizens worried about increases in their taxes. Here, Council President Darrell Clarke, left talks with fellow councilman before the start of this mornings session. Left to right Darrell Clarke, William Greenlee, Curtis Jones (partially hidden, and James Kenney. ( Ed Hille / Staff Photographer )

City Council appears set to approve a plan to delay the mayor's proposed property tax overhaul by a year and provide $40 million in funding to the school district.

"I think what we've reached is a great compromise which protects taxpayers from unanticipated increases," said Councilman Bill Green.

Mayor Nutter had proposed to move the city to a property tax system based on market values, known as the Actual Value Initiative (AVI), and wanted to raise $94 million for schools in the process. But over the past week, Council members grew increasingly nervous about the plan, raising questions about the fact that assessments are not yet complete and state enabling legislation has not yet passed.

POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 6:05 PM

State Sen. Anthony Williams just emerged from Mayor Nutter’s office where he said they were meeting on the city budget.

Williams said he had come to town to give Nutter an update on the status of state-enabling legislation the city would need to move forward with Nutter’s plan to shift to a property tax system based on market values, known as the Actual Value Initiative. Williams said he was optomistic the bills would be approved.

As the future of AVI looks uncertain, Williams described Nutter as “pensive and concerned.”

POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 3:10 PM

A grim-faced collection of City Council leaders just left the mayor’s conference room where they had been holding a closed-door budget conversation with Mayor Nutter.

Council President Darrell Clarke said the negotiations continue with Nutter and the administration.

“Nothing is dead and nothing is in place until we pass,” Clarke said. “We continue to talk.”

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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to
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