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Archive: October, 2011

POSTED: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6:24 PM

Bit of a strange story for you, dear PhillyClout readers.

City Councilman Frank Rizzo said he was driving on Paper Mill Road near Route 73 in Springfield Township earlier this week when he spotted a stretch of construction work that was being done on a sidewalk.

This is notable for one reason: the construction area was blocked off with barricades that belonged to the Philadelphia Streets Department. Rizzo knew as much because the words, "Phila Streets Hwys," were clearly stamped on the white-and-orange barricades.

POSTED: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 2:38 PM

Philadelphia was rated the top city in the nation for culture by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Check out the press release below:


POSTED: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 2:24 PM

Updated: To provide accurate vote on curfew bill

City Council passed a stricter curfew bill today that would impose a $75 fine for a violation.

The bill, introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown on behalf of the Nutter administration passed 15-1 with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell voting against it. Councilwoman Joan Krawjewski was absent and did not cast a vote.

POSTED: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7:58 AM

Linda Ann Weston's son describes the horrifying abuse that he suffered at the hands of his mother.

Surprise: the School District's money woes continue.

Meanwhile, the state Senate passed a bill that would establish a voucher system for kids who live near failing schools.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 5:26 PM
Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez backs GOP's David Oh for City Council

As the general election nears the endorsements are going out.

Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez and community leaders have endorsed David Oh for City Council --the top Republican vote getter in the primary who reportedly embellished his military record.

Oh has since lost an endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police for misrepresenting himself.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 11:15 AM

Update: In the interest of clarity, the City Controller's report makes clear that the book-keeping problems occurred before the current L&I administration -- including Commissioner Fran Burns -- were in power. 

PHILADELPHIA – City Controller Alan Butkovitz today released the FY07-09 audit of the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) that found $11 million of demolition costs that were not reported on the City’s books.  As a result, the City Controller’s Office was unable to determine whether these costs were ever billed and/or collected.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 10:25 AM

The city vs. raccoons –the battle continues.

It’s not a lack of programs that keep residents away from McPherson Square Library. It’s the open-air drug dealing, used hypodermic needles and junkies that shoot-up in the park.

Slumlords beware the city’s Licenses and Inspections Department is coming.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 2:16 PM

The lyrics of the Beatles' "Drive My Car" predictably came to mind earlier today when the topic of City Council members using city-paid vehicles came up once again.

Joe McColgan, a Republican running for Council-at-Large, announced in a news release that he wouldn't accept a city car (or a city pension) if he's elected.

“After the DROP fiasco, it is no wonder why Philadelphians have little trust in their government and elected officials,” McColgan said, according to the release.  

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