Archive: February, 2010
Here's the press release:
City Deactivates Emergency Operations Center
Plowing Operations Will Continue
Code Blue Remains in Effect
PHILADELPHIA, PA –With the winter storm winding down, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia Managing Director Camille Cates Barnett, PhD and Streets Department Commissioner Clarena I. W. Tolson have announced that the Snow Emergency declared for Philadelphia will be officially over at noon today, and the City’s Emergency Operations Center has been deactivated.
Heck, it's going to be snowing like crazy tonight. So put on your PJs, warm up some nice hot chocolate and tune in to the Pennsylvania Cable Network tonight at 8 pm to watch the Journalists Roundtable show.
Moderator Bill Bova discusses the Tea Party movement, the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll and the races for governor and the U.S. Senate with Dennis Roddy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jim Panyard of the Pennsylvania Independent and PhillyClout's own Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Daily News.
U.S. Sen. John McCain has a new campaign video up on the web that uses a local attorney to attack J.D. Hayworth, the Congressman turned radio talk show host who is challenging McCain in the Arizona Republican primary election. McCain's ad compares Hayworth to Philip Berg, a Montgomery County attorney who unsuccessfully sued in federal court to challenge President Obama's election, based on the debunked theory that he was not born a United States citizen.
The state of Hawaii's Department of Health has verified Obama's birth certificate and the Republican governor of that state has vouched for its veracity. Check out Factcheck.org's take on the issue here.
McCain's ad uses clips of Hayworth pushing the subject. He also compares Hayworth to Orly Taitz, a dentist and attorney who has gone to court several times to challenge Obama's citizenship. Here's the money shot McCain lays on Hayworth, Berg and Taitz -- "The only difference between these people? Only one is running for the U.S. Senate."
Looks like another Boyle is taking a shot at the state House of Represenatives.
Kevin Boyle, younger brother of state Rep. Brendan Boyle, is leaving his job in City Council to make a Democratic run for the 172nd District in Northeast Philadelphia, a seat currently held by Republican John Perzel.
“The people of the northeast deserve a state Representative who’s not on his way to jail,” Boyle said. Today is his last day working in Council and he plans to formally declare his plans to run for the seat over the weekend.
A Lower Merion school official pushes back against accusations of spying on students via webcams.
More gruesome details of a West Philadelphia doctor under investigation for abortions that turned deadly.
Police say the arsonist at Gamble and Huff headquarters was drunk.
Councilman Bill Green will tomorrow introduce legislation on the controversial issue of elected officials in the Deferred Retirement Option Program.
But this bill may move a little more smoothly than previous attempts to reform DROP. Green plans to introduce an ordinance that would bar future elected officials from DROP. The legislation would formalize locally what is already in state law.
DROP lets city workers set a retirement date up to four years in advance. At that point, their pension benefit is frozen and they start accruing pension payments in an interest-bearing account. Workers then receive those payments in a lump sum when they retire. Elected officials have also entered the program -- six council members are currently enrolled -- and a loophole allows them to run for re-election and resign for a day to get their payout and then return to office.
A blizzard-weary group of city officials today said they were ready for another storm, expected to blast through Philadelphia tomorrow, leaving up to a foot of snow.
“We want the citizens of Philadelphia to know that the city is prepared to take on the latest challenge,” said Mayor Nutter’s Chief of Staff Clay Armbrister at a news conference this afternoon.
A snow emergency will go into effect at 9 a.m. tomorrow and trash collection will be cancelled today and tomorrow so that streets department workers and equipment can be used for plowing. Residents with Thursday or Friday trash collection will have to wait until their regular day next week.