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Philly Mag's Best-Of More Like Worst-Of For City Pols

Philadelphia magazine's "Best of Philly 2010" edition is about to land on newsstands and in mailboxes and we here at PhillyClout find the "People + Power" section to me more like a "Worst Of" for the city's political class. Consider some of the entries:

Philly Mag's Best-Of More Like Worst-Of For City Pols

Philadelphia magazine's "Best of Philly 2010" edition is about to land on newsstands and in mailboxes and we here at PhillyClout find the "People + Power" section to me more like a "Worst Of" for the city's political class.  Consider some of the entries:

  • Hypocrites: City Council, for raising property taxes this year after nixing Mayor Nutter's budget last year in large part because it...raised property taxes. Head-spinning, guys.
  • Reason to stop paying city taxes:  Camille Barnett, When in June, the former city managing director retired after just two years during the worst budget crisis in recent history, she used a buy-in loop-hole in the publicly funded city pension program to snag herself $50,000. Every year. For the rest of her life.
  • Reason to keep paying city taxes...for now: Mayor Michael Nutter, he's given back $38,000 of his salary since the economy went down the tubes in 2008.  True, that doesn't even cover one year of Camille Barnett's lifelong cashtravaganza, but at least we don't feel like the only ones sacrificing for the sake of our city.  Now about that pension-program reform...

It wasn't all bad news.  The magazine named political media consultant Neil Oxman "Adman" of the year with this entry: "'Re-e-lected.' That is all."

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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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