Archive: January, 2011
As reported in today's Daily News, Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller will not be seeking re-election. A source tells PhillyClout that the Councilwoman just went on AM radio station WURD and officially made the announcement.
For our story today, click here.
Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley has announced that she has hired an accounting firm to review financial accounts. Here's the release:
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2011
Mayor Nutter's adminstration says no final call has been made on allowing the Ride The Ducks tourist operation to move from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River but that didn't stop the company from touting the new route in advertising. And the company faces scrutiny for its operations near Independence Hall.
The Philadelphia Housing Authority wants a group of employees who were given $796 luxury bags to return them or pay for them.
And former City Housing Director John Kromer makes it official: He is running for sheriff on a platform of doing away with that office.
Check this out from former City Housing Director John Kromer:
JOHN KROMER ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR PHILADELPHIA SHERIFF ON A PLATFORM OF ABOLISHING THE OFFICE
John Kromer, former housing chief under Ed Rendell, wants to be “The Last Sheriff” pledging to dismantle a bloated bureaucracy and then resign.
A look at the complex issues facing the overburdened Philadelphia Immigration Court.
A senator wants answers about Philadelphia Housing Authority legal fees.
John Baer says lawmakers need to show common sense over salaries and perks.
We just got this release from Sen. Chuck Grassley's office:
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Is something actually going to happen soon on DROP?
Mayor Nutter today sounded optimistic that he might soon see City Council action on his proposal to end the controversial retirement perk known as the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. Over four months have gone by since Nutter sent DROP-killing legislation to Council, after an administration-commissioned study from Boston College said the program had cost $258 million since 1999.
The issue quickly bogged down when Council sought its own review of the study from Bolton Partners, an actuarial consulting firm based in Baltimore. And now the chief actuary for Bolton says they are waiting on Boston researchers to answer some questions before they can produce a finished product.
Two construction industry union leaders today got behind the effort of local investors who are asking the state Gaming Control Board to reconsider the Dec. 16 decision to revoke the casino license granted more than four years ago for a plot on Columbus Boulevard at Reed Street in South Philly.
Pat Gillespie, Business Manager of The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, and Ed Coryell, head of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, put out statements today asking the board to reverse the decision now that the local investors say they have closed a deal with Caesars Entertainment to take over the project.
The Gaming Control Board this week acknowledged receiving the petition to reconsider the license revocation from Philadelphia Entertainment Development Partners, which originally planned to open the casino under the Foxwoods brand. A board spokesman said the petition will be studied to determine whether a hearing should be held to consider it.