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Archive: March, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, March 12, 2009, 7:20 AM

So a few months ago, we got to wondering if Mayor Nutter needs special permission to drop his daughter off at school each morning using the mayor-mobile?

Back in November, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown petitioned the city for a special waiver to drive her daughter to and from school using her city-issued vehicle. She needed the waiver because city elected officials and employees are prohibited from using city owned cars to transport family members and non-city workers

At the time, we asked if Nutter needed a similar dispensation, since he famously drops off his teenage daughter Olivia at school.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 4:34 PM

For the second day in a row, Mayor Nutter tomorrow will talk about ways he's trying to ease the city's budget pain. Today it was cracking down on tax deadbeats, tomorrow the ever-loathed city cars. Guess he's trying to warm up the crowd before he announces a grim budget proposal...

Here's the release:


POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 3:16 PM

A press conference put on by Mayor Nutter in Center City this afternoon to single out three business tax delinquents turned dramatic when one of the delinquents confronted Nutter on the sidewalk.

Nutter appeared outside an office building at Broad and Chestnut streets to announce that the city plans to go after three lawyers who owed back business taxes by seizing their business assets and selling them at a sheriff's sale. Unless the trio -- who owe a collective $350,000 -- pay up by April 2, the city will sell their stuff to get the money, Nutter said.

After the announcment, one of the lawyers in question -- Robert Gamburg -- came outside.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 2:02 PM

At a press conference Monday with Mayor Nutter on the city receiving $13.5 million in federal grant money to pay for law enforcement costs.

"I know it might be impractical, but is there any way there could be bought a bullet-proof head device? Because a lot of these fools that are trying to aim at the police officers aim at their heads. I don’t know if it’s possible but if there’s some kind of head gear...?"

The Mayor of Girard Avenue Wants To Know – an occasional PhillyClout feature quoting verbatim the questions asked at Mayor Nutter’s press conferences by Toby Rich of The Scoop. Rich, the self-described mayor of Girard Avenue, often shouts out the first question.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 1:41 PM

Here's the release:


Program expected to support the creation or retention of up to 50 construction jobs and 250 permanent jobs -- part of larger strategy to stimulate neighborhood development amid economic downturn

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 10:23 AM

Today in the DN: we've got up to date information on the the proposed budget Mayor Nutter is circulating among City Council members.

John Baer dissects political spin from Sen. Arlen Specter and Gov. Ed Rendell.

SEPTA and the transit workers union were hard at work negotiating a new contract yesterday before the current one expires at midnight Sunday.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 4:08 PM

We just got this from the press office:


Philadelphia, March 10 – Tomorrow Deputy Mayor Andrew Altman and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Executive Director Mark Edwards will announce a new $5 million partnership to help spur investment in neighborhood commercial corridors. The funds will go to neighborhood-based non-profits to help them acquire blighted property for commercial and mixed use development, and represent part of an aggressive strategy to ensure that neighborhood development continues in spite of the current economic downturn.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 2:48 PM

Fixing a city budget deficit involves a limited number of options:  Raise taxes, cut services or do both.  Doing nothing is not an option.  So the City Council Committee on Finance hearing going on right now has been an interesting warm-up to the budget battle coming when Mayor Nutter introduces his fiscal year 2010 budget next week.

As PhillyClout told you yesterday, Councilman Frank DiCicco is amending his proposed legislation that would eliminate a 25 percent discount on city water and sewer bills for non-profits and charities and a 5 percent discount for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.  DiCicco's amendment says the discounts would not be cut until July 2010 and would be phased across four years.  That would save the city's Water Revenue Fund between $8 million and $9 million per year.

PHA and its residents along with church leaders and non-profit operators are testifying against the legislation, urged on by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who said it "poses extreme hardships" on those groups.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to
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