Archive: February, 2012
The Quarterly City Manager’s Report, released Wednesday shows the city may wind up spending more for unemployment compensation and in overtime costs for crime-fighting projects like Operation Pressure Point.
According to the report, the city projects it will spend $22 million more than the Target Budget and $4 million more than the budget adopted by City Council.
Landlords are fuming over PGW lien policy.
And in this week’s Clout, the Streets are at odds and we bid farewell to Council’s longtime spokesman Tony Radwanski: a class act.
Prayers are answered for 10 Catholic Schools.
This morning City Council honored Philly’s first African-American mayor, a medical practitioner, a high school basketball coach, an educator, a state representative, an ordained minister, president of the Philadelphia Tribune, a former talk show host, a community leader and Philly’s first Poet Laureate for Black History Month.
“In Philadelphia we have so many people who add to the quality of life of Philadelphians,” said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. who sponsored the resolution to honor those he described as “living legends.”
The honorees included Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. Walter P. Lomax, Bill Ellerbee, Dr. Walter Palmer, state Rep. Louise Williams, Dr. Audrey Bronson, Robert Bogle, Sonia Sanchez, Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, Mary Mason, Sonny Hill, and Gamble & Huff.
Hello, 21st Century: Two city councilmen plan to introduce bills that would make it much easier for folks to contest parking tickets and code violations including those from the Streets Department.
Chris Brennan says there's some tension in the new-look City Commissioners Office.
Neighbors say an accused murderer has always been a threat to his Tacony neighbors.
At the annual Christopher J. Perry/ Carter G. Woodson Black History Awards Luncheon today three distinguished leaders were honored at the Union League of Philadelphia in Center City.
Catherine Hughes, Founder of Radio One; Rev. Dr. Thomas W.S. Logan Jr., a revered canon and civil rights activist and Acel Moore, a Pulitzer Prize Winning retired Newspaper Columnist received the History Makers Awards for their outstanding achievements.
“Each one is a trailblazer. Each has played a key role in the history of our city,” said Mayor Nutter, who spoke at the event before throngs of community leaders, activists and city officials.
Poll shows Mayor Nutter is doing pretty well, but residents have concerns about crime, education and the economy.
Union yesterday protested against the meddling owners of the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer.
City Commissioner Anthony Clark, the only veteran on the three-member board, clashed with new commissioners Stephanie Singer and Al Schmidt in a meeting this morning about when issues can be discussed.
Singer, who became chairwoman after defeating longtime Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione's bid for a 10th tern last year, and Schmidt want all topics to be discussed at Wednesday meetings to be submitted for an agenda by 9 a.m. on Monday mornings.
Clark and Singer repeatedly interrupted each other, with Clark saying, "Hold on, hold on." while Singer cut off his comments.
A poll released this morning by Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative, shows that the approval rating for the job Mayor Nutter is doing is on the rise, even as city residents express growing concerns about crime and the overall direction of Philadelphia. Some key findings:
- 60 percent say they approve of Nutter's performance while 30 percent disapprove. His approval rating is up from 52 percent last year, 53 percent in 2010 and 47 percent in 2009. A key factor: Nutter's approval rating jumped 10 percent among African-American city residents in the last year, reaching 52 percent in this poll.
- Violent crime is a major concern, with 85 percent saying that should be the top priority for Nutter's second term.
- Education and the economy are also on the minds of city residents, ranking in a virtual tie at 79 percent and 78 percent as the second and third priorities for Nutter's second term.
- A curfew for teenagers enacted last year is very popular but some residents are not sure if it is helping. Eighty-eight percent favor the curfew while 41 percent said it makes some difference in public safety, 27 percent said it makes a great deal of difference and 17 percent said it doesn't make much of a difference.
- Twenty-three percent say Philadelphia is better off than it was five years ago and 35 percent saying things have gotten worse. Last year, 28 percent said the city was better off and 33 percent felt that way in 2009. Looking forward, 39 percent say the city is headed in the right direction while 42 percent say it is headed in the wrong direction.