Archive: December, 2008
Attorney Irv Ackelsberg plans to file a class-action lawsuit today on behalf of a group of Philadelphians to try to stop Mayor Nutter from closing 11 libraries.
Ackelsberg last week announced that he would file the suit unless Nutter pledged to keep the libraries open. The suit, which he will file in the Court of Common Pleas, argues that Nutter is violating a city ordinance which states that city-owned facilities cannot be closed without approval from City Council. Seven residents are listed as plaintiffs, as well as local labor union District Council 47.
City Solicitor Shelley Smith has said the administration holds that ordinance is invalid.
At a ceremony memorializing a slain police officer, Mayor Nutter vows to make the city safer.
The Black Clergy of Philadelphia declares opposition to library closings.
Check out this moving Christmas story by Dan Geringer about a 7-year-old who lost his mother to cancer and his dad to gunfire, but is surviving with support from his grandmother and school.
Check out this interview Broadcasting and Cable did with NBC New boss Steve Capus. (Hat tip to TVNewser where we first saw this.)
Capus says he doesn't think Hardball host Chris Matthews is running for office. Matthews is rumored to be considering a bid for Arlen Specter's senate seat in 2010. Here's the key part of the Capus interview:
Q: Right, (shoe tossing Iraqi journalist) Mr. Zaidi could take over for Chris when Chris goes off to run for office.
Capus: [Chris Matthews] is not running for office.
Community activist Marc Stier has hooked up with government watchdog website Hallwatch to launch a new effort to save the 11 libraries slated for closure.
Hallwatch has set up a fax bank on the site for library supporters to send letters to their city councilpeople. The site asks people to push their representatives to join a lawsuit against the closings.
So far there have 151 letters sent, according to a ticker on the website.
John Baer offers holiday gift ideas and advice for politicians.
Bill Bender looks at the jail privitization debate in Delaware County.
The DN opinion board questions whether the mayor's town hall meetings will change the planned budget cuts.
Councilman Bill Green has sent Mayor Nutter a letter asking him to get City Council approval before closing 11 library branches. In the letter, Green references an ordinance in the Philadelphia Code which states that city facilities will not be closed, abandoned or allowed to go into disuse without approval from Council.
A group of Philadelphians are threatening to sue Nutter to keep the libraries open, based on that same section of the code. Green is not part of that lawsuit. City Solicitor Shelley Smith said yesterday that the administration holds that the ordinance is invalid.
To read Green's letter click here.