Thursday, September 18, 2014
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City Downsizes from Six Core Goals to Four

So in Mayor Nutter's first budget, he listed six core service areas that he pledged would be the focus of his administration. They were: 1) public safety, 2) education, 3) jobs and economic development, 4) healthy and sustainable community, 5) ethics and customer service and 6) a high performing government. The six goals were listed on the handouts distributed at PhillyStat data tracking sessions and even printed on cards. Cut to today's PhillyStat meeting on the budget crisis. In the handouts passed around by the city, there were just four goals: 1) sound finances, 2) safe city, 3) smart population and 4) excellent service. We asked Managing Director Camille Barnett about the switch and she said the goals were just condensed "to make it more memorable." And what about the cards? "They'll have to be reprinted," Barnett said.

City Downsizes from Six Core Goals to Four

So in Mayor Nutter's first budget, he listed six core service areas that he pledged would be the focus of his administration. They were: 1) public safety, 2) education, 3) jobs and economic development, 4) healthy and sustainable community, 5) ethics and customer service and 6) a high performing government. The six goals were listed on the handouts distributed at PhillyStat data tracking sessions and even printed on cards.

Cut to today's PhillyStat meeting on the budget crisis. In the handouts passed around by the city, there were just four goals: 1) sound finances, 2) safe city, 3) smart population and 4) excellent service. We asked Managing Director Camille Barnett about the switch and she said the goals were just condensed "to make it more memorable."

And what about the cards? "They'll have to be reprinted," Barnett said.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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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 dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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