Archive: April, 2010
Here's the release:
City’s Census Participation Trails Large Cities, Majority of State
Controller’s economic report includes census participation rates
& a review of March’s low sales tax collections
PHILADELPHIA – City Controller Alan Butkovitz today released his monthly economic report for March that found Philadelphia’s current census participation rate of 63 percent ranks eighth among the top 10 populated cities.
John Baer notes that in elections, Pennsylvania voters tend to go for old school favorites, not new upstarts.
Crime victims find that getting restitution is harder than it sounds.
Three women were hurt in an early morning fire in Mayfair yesterday.
The Committee of Seventy put out a press relase today urging voters to vote to abolish the BRT during the primary election. Here's their recommendation and some information on the other ballot questions:
SEVENTY URGES “YES” VOTE TO
ABOLISH THE BOARD OF REVISION OF TAXES
BRT Elimination Highlights Four Questions on May 18, 2010 Ballot
The City Paper has a really interesting story this week on the city's controversial DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) retirement perk. The program, which provides retirees who lock in a departure date with a lump sum exit payment, has been the subject of intense debate. A key issue is whether the program costs or saves the city money.
According to the City Paper report -- entitled "The Billion Dollar Boondoggle -- DROP costs. They asked an acturary to review the program. Here's an excerpt:
To gauge the financial impact of DROP, City Paper asked Joe Boyle, a Philadelphia-area actuary — a financial expert who specializes in pension plans and risk management — to do an independent analysis of DROP. The program was originally billed as "cost-neutral" when it was unanimously passed by City Council and signed into law that same day, June 28, 1999, by former Mayor Ed Rendell. This newspaper made the request because the city's actuarial consultants have either avoided the issue of the cost of DROP, or given contradictory data in their reports.
Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, who is hoping for an election rematch against U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in November, just issued a letter where he asks: "Is there no low to which you will not stoop in an attempt to win an election?" Toomey is picking up on ads Specter started running on television this week, attacking his primary election opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, as a poor leader during his service in the U.S. Navy.
Toomey notes that Specter came after him last year, before he declared his intention to run again. Specter, while still a Republican, narrowly defeated Toomey in the 2004 primary. Factcheck.org took a look at Specter's attack on Toomey last year and cited some "scorched-Earth slip-ups."
We speculated in today's column about Specter's strategy for going negative. We'll leave it to PhillyClout readers to decide if Toomey is simply defending the honor of a man who served his country or piling on with Sestak, who has declared that he's going to go toe-to-toe with Specter in this fight. Or both? You can read Toomey's letter after the jump.
Here's another story from the vault. April 23, 1980 was the day after the primary election. Check out this story about how Ted Kennedy's presidential bid got a boost in Philly, thanks to the support of Mayor Bill Green:
Wednesday, Apr 23, 1980 Page: 3
KENNEDY THANKS GREEN FOR WIN
BY KAREN SCANLON
Cracking a broad smile, Ted Kennedy threw his arm around Mayor Green last night and noted that the two were becoming something of a regular feature. The "Bill and Ted Show," he called it.
"I'm very pleased," Green said afterwards. "I think Kennedy finally got the basic message of his campaign to the voters."
Did Councilmen Bill Green and Curtis Jones Jr. cost the taxpayers extra money by requesting that the ceilings in their offices be restored?
Democratic gubanatorial candidates Joe Hoeffel and state Sen. Anthony Williams spar over school vouchers.
The DN takes a look at former police commissioner John Timoney's new book.