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POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2009, 12:47 PM tonight. So head to West Philly if you want to participate in the civic budget process. Details here.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2009, 11:13 AM

This just dropped in our in-box:

Butkovitz To Announce Re-Election
Will Cite $600 Million in Savings & Revenues from Audits

(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz will hold a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday - February 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM in the Mayor's Reception Room - City Hall, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2009, 10:13 AM

Dave Davies attends a community budget workshop. He says that the meetings are a great form of civic engagement, but that there's no way the city can focus-group its way out of this problem.

John Baer asks why the state Supreme Court hasn't gotten involved in the judcial mess in Luzerne County where judges are charge with jailing kids for minor infractions in exchange for kickbacks.

Ten new charter schools are planned for Philly by 2010.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:39 AM

The federal trial of Chris Wright, City Councilman Jack Kelly's former chief of staff, and three political allies was predicted to run two weeks when it started last month.  Given the uncertainties of jurisprudence at work, it seemed safe to assume delays and debate could stretch that to three weeks.  So there is some surprise in the courtroom to find the trial entering its fifth week today.  The reason?  A jury diligently deliberating through an apparent disagreement on the 38 criminal counts faced by Wright, attorney Andy Teitelman and developers Hardeep and Ravinder Chawla.

The jury of six men and six women told U.S. District Justice Eduardo Robreno on Thursday that they had reached verdicts on more than half of those charges but were deadlocked on the remaining counts.  The juror foreman said they were not giving up.  So here we are again.

Wright is accused of accepting bribes of $1,000, a rent-free apartment and free legal services from Teitelman, Kelly's one-time campaign treasurer, and the Chawla brothers, the most generous donors for the councilman's campaigns.

POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2009, 3:30 PM

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POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2009, 2:41 PM

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Friday, February 20, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:24 PM

The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -- which oversees the city budget -- just sent a formal letter to the mayor, saying that the city's projected budget deficit for this fiscal year is large enough that the city must explain how they plan to remedy it.

Last month, city officials said they were projecting a $47 million gap this year.

Here's the release on the PICA letter. We'll update later:

POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:49 AM

President Obama yesterday signed an executive order creating a White House Office of Urban Affairs and appointed Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr as director. Carrion will report to Obama and coordinate all federal urban programs.

Obama, who started his career as a community organizer in Chicago, has repeatedly pledged to better support America's cities. During a rally in Philadelphia last October, he told the crowd: "If we can rebuild Baghdad, we can certainly rebuild Philadelphia."

According to the Washington Post, details like staff and budget for the new office are still being worked out. Here's more from the Post story:

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