Archive: February, 2008
A man who shot a Philadelphia cop 41 years ago now faces a murder trial after the paralyzed officer died last year.
The Philadelphia School District considers spending more money on students with greater needs.
Ronnie Polaneczky further explores the trouble in late payments at the city's Water Revenue Bureau, as reported by City Controller Alan Butkovitz this week.
Robert Zuritsky, president of Parkway Corp. and head of the Philadelphia Parking Association, told City Council this afternoon that a proposal from Mayor Nutter to increase the parking tax from 15 percent to 20 percent would be a "terrible burden" on parking lot operators.
He didn't exactly have a sympathetic audience, especially when he asked for a separate budget hearing just on the issue.
"This is the hearing," Council President Anna Verna said. "I think anyone that was interested certainly should have been here today."
A chart introduced during a City Council budget hearing this afternoon prompted some pride -- and for a moment, some consternation -- for two councilmen.
Councilman Goode interrupted testimony to ask about the chart, which tracked city unemployment rates from 1970 to 2007. He seemed especially interesting in a period in the 1980s when the unemployment rate declined at a rapid pace. That period coincided with the mayoral administration of his father, the Rev. W. Wilson Goode Sr.
"Point of information" Councilman Bill Green called out. Green's father preceded Goode's father in the Mayor's Office.
City Council, while discussing a proposal from Mayor Nutter to boost the city's parking lot tax from 15 percent to 20 percent, took some time this morning to air a longtime gripe -- on-street valet parking operations outside Center City restaurants.
Councilman Jim Kenney said those valet operations don't provide customers with receipts, as required by law. The valet operators are supposed to take cars to parking lots but just as often park them in illegal on-street spots, Kenney added.
Council President Anna Verna called that practice "infuriating."
As we reported yesterday, a lot of City Council members are concerned about Mayor Nutter's plan to kill the Low Income Tax Credit, which was championed by late Councilman David Cohen.
Nutter today repeated the administration position -- that there are other tax cuts in place that will help the working poor. But he also said he looks forward to discussing this with Council.
"I understand the concern," Nutter said. "As I said some time ago, we're continuing the wage tax cuts that affect everyone."
Mayor Nutter has a new ride. And it's friendly to the environment.
Nutter is now being chauffeured around in a Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. He got the brand new hybrid SUV last Thursday.
Nutter said he heard about this vehicle last fall and contacted Chevrolet. He said he wanted to drive a hybrid -- which use more than one fuel source and save on gasoline -- to set an example.
More on plans for a city 311 call line.
The water department is having some trouble collecting bills.
John Baer thinks Clinton failed to deliver in the final Democratic presidential debate.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz, in a report released today, said an investigation by his office last year shows that the city has $161 million in uncollected revenue bills.
One Day At A Time, a non-profit that works with the homeless and people with addictions, had $276,011 in unpaid bills wiped off the city's books last July by order of then City Solicitor Romulo Diaz. The Water Revenue Bureau has no explanation on file for why that happened.