Archive: December, 2009
From our intrepid colleague Dave Davies:
Representatives for the city and it’s largest employee union, AFSCME District Council 33 met for a little over an hour today at the Sheraton Hotel in center city.
It was the first bargaining session since July, but it appears little was accomplished.
Here's the release:
MAYOR NUTTER, DEPUTY MAYOR CUTLER TO OPEN NEW CELL PHONE WAITING LOT AT AIRPORT
If you head over to the website for the Fraternal Order of Police, you'll see this message:
Rumors are running rampant. The truth is the rumors are not correct. We are still in Executive Sessions and there is no contract as of yet. You'll know when we know. Please don’t believe the rumors. (Hat Tip to It's Our Money, where we were first alerted to this.)
A decision on the award -- which could set the tone for the city's three other municipal unions -- was expected last month. But so far nothing.
Catherine Lucey and St. John Barned-Smith
Dad Vail President Jim Hanna said that the 2010 Dad Vail regatta will be held in Philadelphia after all. Hanna met this morning with Mayor Nutter, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and other city officials.
Mayor Nutter said he was thrilled by the turn-around. "It's always been our goal to continuously have the regatta in Philadelphia without interruption."
City Council just approved legislation to abolish the troubled Board of Revision of Taxes. The vote was 15-2, with Council members Janie Blackwell and Curtis Jones Jr. the only dissenting voices.
After predictions of drama, the bill passed without even a peep of discussion.
If approved by voters, the legislation will create an assessment body under the mayor’s supervision and an independent assessment appeals board effective Sept. 30. The reform effort comes after a series of stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer that detailed inaccurate assessments and mismanagement at the agency.
Check out this KYW radio report about one of City Council's final actions of 2009. They're spending $100,000 on a public relations consultant.
Do you think this is a good use of public cash during a budget crisis?
Dave Davies has a good story about one reason that may be holding up municipal contracts for non-uniform workers.
District Attorney nails nine city workers for "acting like band of brigands."
No sympathy for Dad Vail from Ronnie Polaneczky.
U.S. Rep Bob Brady just spoke to reporters before heading to a morning meeting with Mayor Nutter and Dad Vail organizers. The congressman said he was confident that the longstanding regatta would be held in Philly in 2010 after all.
“I’m confident that in another hour there’s going to be a press conference to say Dad Vail is back,” Brady said.