Archive: January, 2008
It's like a tomb -- a freezing tomb -- over here in City Hall today, since city workers have the day off.
Yesterday Nutter appointed two new people to the Convention Center Board. Yes, we know that board appointments aren't exactly thrilling, but apparently that's what new mayors have to do?
Following on the heels of his new Zoning Board of Adjustment, Mayor Nutter just announced his appointees to the Zoning Code Commission. This group is charged with the unenviable task of reforming the city's unwieldy zoning code.
As expected, Mayor Street's last minute appointes to the Commission, including his son Sharif Street, are out. The new appointees are: Judith Eden, Natalia Olson de Savyckyj, Guillermo Salas, Sam Staten Jr. and Daniela Voith.
Nutter also announced six appointees to the City Planning Commission: Patrick Eiding (current member), Alan Greenberger, Bernard Lee, Natalia Olson de Savyckyj, Nilda Ruiz, and Joe Syrnick.
End of the week, but there's still lots in the Daily News.
We have a followup to our Wednesday story about the federal investigation into Councilman Jack Kelly. In this installment, the ex-wife of Kelly's chief of staff dishes about what she has told the feds.
Is Nutter playing by the rules with his hefty salaries for top employees? Dave Davies reports that Nutter has dodged the charter-dictated salaries for Police Commissioner Chuck Ramsey and Managing Director Camille Barnett by giving them extra salaries.
Nutter has appointed a new gang to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The release is below:
Today, Mayor Nutter announced his five new appointees to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Mayor Nutter appoints: Susan Jaffe, Anthony Lewis, Jr., Joseph Manko, Lynette Brown-Sow and Carol Tinari. Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, John Elfrey, serves as an Ex-officio member of the Board. Mayor Nutter has recommended that Susan Jaffe serve as Chair of the Board.
“I would like to thank the four current members for their great service to the city,” said Mayor Nutter.
There's a good story in the City Paper about Nutter retaining Clarena Tolson as Streets Commissioner. Bruce Schimmel reports that many green activists believe she is not committed to improving the city's recycling program.
Nutter responds that he did conduct a national search for the job and that Tolson was the best candidate. He also says that a commissioner needs support from the top office to do the best job.
Still, it appears recycling activists will have their eye on Nutter for a while, to see if he makes good on his promises to make Philadelphia a greener city.
Mayor Nutter is paying his top employees substantial salaries. The Inky has a full rundown today. Maybe that's why ne needs those budget cuts?
Over at the school district, the budget deficit is growing, but they're pledging to bring it down to zilch, according to Mensah Dean.
And a battle is shaping up at District 33. Seems like a lot of fighting for a really terrible job.
City Councilman Jim Kenney said he has no interest in running in the Democratic primary for the state’s first senatorial district, a seat now held by state Sen. Vince Fumo.
Kenney also said he had no involvement in a recent telephone poll that asked residents of the district if they would support him in such a run. And who could blame him? Why would Kenney give up a nice position in City Council for what would promise to be a bruising campaign?
Opponents of Fumo, who is under indictment, would likely paint Kenney as a stand-in for his one-time political mentor. Kenney said he likes his current position, with a “friendly mayor and a friendly City Council president” and a new sense of enthusiasm about city government.