Archive: September, 2012
The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) owes the city a lot of money and the agency has agreed to soon pay up.
PHA failed to pay the city for demolitions, repairs and maintenance of some of its scattered site properties for the last decade. Payment for those services coupled with a host of back taxes brought PHA’s bill to $10 million.
An agreement that allows PHA to pay the city $6,225,303 for service related work and delinquent taxes was approved by the PHA Board today.
While a Commonwealth Court Judge said he was considering an injunction that would address a portion of the state’s controversial Voter ID law, more than a 150 people registered to vote at a “Be the Vote” block party Thursday at Shepard Recreation Center, in West Philly where residents received information about the proper ID needed to vote and were able to verify their registration status.
“This is not an R thing or a D thing. It’s about doing the right thing which is voting,” said City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. Jones along with Republican Councilman David Oh joined with other city offices to put the event together. “Voter suppression in this country isn’t anything new. You should vote and you should have the right to vote in this democracy.”
Jones’ office said 20 percent of those who registered also received rides to local PennDOT centers provided by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to get the proper ID needed to vote.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney just wrapped up a private fund-raiser at the Union League -- his campaign declined to allow the Daily News to attend -- and is headed now to Valley Forge Military Academy & College for a public rally.
Protesters from Philly for Change and other organizations rallied outside the Union League, where Romney contributors chipped in between $25,000 and $2,500 per person. The Romney campaign hopes to raise $3.5 million to $4 million in Philly.
Former Gov. Ed Rendell held a news conference concurrent with the fund-raiser, saying the former Massachusetts governor's comments about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income tax -- secretly recorded at a Florida fund-raiser earlier this year -- provide a "chance to look deep into "Gov. Romney's soul."
A group of teen girls beat a mentally challenged woman in Chester and posted footage on Facebook.
A woman who says she lost a pregnancy after being tasered multiple times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.
Three weeks after Mayor Nutter vetoed a bill that would have tacked a $4 surcharge onto parking tickets to generate additional dollars for the maintenance of parks and recreation facilities and for a division of the Philadelphia Parking Authority –the sponsor City Councilman Mark Squilla proposed legislation today that would give council a say over how 10 percent of the operating budget is spent.
“We’re not going to take over the whole budget process,” Squilla said. “It’s a strong mayoral form of government and [the Mayor] has the ability to dictate most of where the money goes, but this just gives us a small percentage of the money that we could be moving.”
Mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald said the administration would provide comment at a hearing on the bill.
Democrats are licking their chops over Gov. Corbett's ever-dwindling poll numbers as they look to the 2014 election. (http://bit.ly/VNmAZA)
The city's nonunion workers get a new contract that comes with raises -- and givebacks. (http://bit.ly/S1OYIU)
Morgan Zalot takes a look at the early success of the city's GunStat initiative. (http://bit.ly/S1PoyZ)
Updated: To include response from union leaders
In a move that is sure to heat up negotiations with the city’s unionized workforce, the Nutter administration announced today that new labor terms go into effect Monday for nonunion civil-service workers and other exempt employees.
The changes include a 2.5 percent wage increase, significant increases to employee contributions toward pension and health-care costs and the possibility of furloughs.
President Obama holds an 11-point lead over Mitt Romney among registered voters in Pennsylvania.
Getting a Voter ID from PennDOT should be easier now.