Archive: March, 2011
Malcolm Lazin, a Republican candidate for City Council at-large, didn't have to wait long today for a response from Councilman Frank Rizzo about the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, the controversial program known in City Hall as DROP.
Lazin invited reporters to watch him drop off a letter this morning at Rizzo's City Hall office, demanding that the councilman release publicly his application for DROP. Rizzo was in Council's chambers at the time for a budget hearing. Lazin once again criticized Rizzo for participating in DROP while the city faces a budget deficit and the city's pension plan is underfunded.
Lazin also cited what he called "two major indicators" of Rizzo's trouble in his bid for a fifth term: The Republican City Committee and the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police have denied him their endorsements for the first time.
It's a big day for birthdays here in City Council. Both Councilmen Bill Green (46) and Bill Greenlee (58) are celebrating turning another year older. And they can celebrate in budget hearings, the lucky guys.
A best wishes to both from PhillyClout!
Oweing over $1 million in taxes doesn't stop T. Milton Street from criticizing the city's budget moves.
State lawmakers push for the School District to reinstate the safe schools advocate.
Ronnie Polaneczky on why the School District needs such an advocate.
The New York Times had an interesting story today about one local attempt to fight childhood obesity, which is a huge problem facing the city. Says the report:
Earlier this year, when Michelle Obama, as part of her campaign against childhood obesity, announced that Wal-Mart would reduce salt and sugar in its packaged foods, she said, “We’re beginning to see the ripple effects on the choices folks are making about how they feed their kids.”
But this effort is up against an array of powerful forces, from economics to biology, all of which are playing out in Philadelphia, where the obesity rate is among the nation’s highest. At the intersection of North 28th and West Oxford Streets, the Oxford Food Shop and the William D. Kelley School are in a tug of war over the cravings of kids.
John Baer dissects the documentary "Waiting for Superman."
Former Philly radio host gunned down in New York.
Could more charges be pending against West Philly abortion doctor Kermitt Gosnell?
Check out It's Our Money's video recap of this week's city budget hearings:
The Clout column reports that Councilman Frank Rizzo is still very popular with voters, based on a new poll.
The DN looks at for-profit colleges and how they take a toll on middle class students.
District Attorney Seth Williams begins reviewing bad breathalyzer cases.