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POSTED: Friday, July 30, 2010, 3:16 PM

The Inky reported this morning that mayoral spokesman Doug Oliver is expected to leave the administration for a job at Philadelphia Gas Works. And PhillyClout wonders if another senior Nutter official may also be out of here soon.

Trica Enright, executive director of the city's 2010 Census campaign Philly Counts, is no longer on the city payroll. Enright said she is being paid by the Philly Counts non-profit and expects to stay there for the next few months. Beyond that, she said she didn't know what her plans were.

Enright, who has a long resume of government and political jobs, managed Mayor Nutter's general election campaign and served as a deputy chief of staff before heading up the Census effort. 

POSTED: Friday, July 30, 2010, 1:49 PM

Check out the release:


July 30, 2010 - Democratic candidate for state representative in the 172nd District Kevin Boyle is challenging indicted Republican incumbent state Representative John Perzel to debate. Boyle is open regarding the frequency and style of debates between he and Perzel.

POSTED: Friday, July 30, 2010, 10:48 AM

Records Department cashier made big bucks selling documents.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says only one Philly cop was up to no good at Pat's Cafe in the lower Northeast.

Early learning centers will be closed to due to budget constraints at the school district.

POSTED: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 6:55 PM

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak announced this afternoon that he will donate $12,000 in campaign donations from U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel to charity now that the Democrat from New York City has been charged with 13 counts of rules violations by a House ethics panel.  Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have been hammering away at Sestak about the Rangel "dirty money" in recent days.

"He always said he would take action when appropriate and given the reports today, he decided it was the right thing to do," Sestak spokesman Jonathan Dworkin said.  The $12,000 will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for pediatric cancer.

Sestak's campaign has also noted that he took the Rangel money before his colleague was accused of wrong-doing.  Toomey, who left the U.S. House in 2004 in his first bid for the U.S. Senate, took more than $22,000 from then-U.S. Rep. Tom Delay of Texas, who went on to be the GOP Majority Leader and then resigned and was indicted for money laundering.

POSTED: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 2:42 PM

Gov. Rendell just released a letter to John Estey, his former chief of staff and now chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority, calling for 16 changes in how the bi-state agency does business after two solid weeks of controversy sparked by complaints from John Dougherty, a local labor leader appointed by Rendell to the DRPA board.  Rendell wrote that the "continuing controversy surrounding the issuance of free rides and other 'perks' demand that additional steps must be taken to restore public confidence in the administration of the DRPA."

Rendell, who worked with DRPA leaders to come up with the proposed changes, suggests:

  • Having the Pennsylvania Auditor General and New Jersey Comptroller audit the agency.
  • Requiring the DRPA to follow the open meetings and public records laws for both states.
  • Eliminate the "caucus system," where board members from Pennsylvania and New Jersey meet in private before public sessions.
  • Require public votes on all contracts signed by the DRPA.
  • Limit the DRPA to hire only one family member of a board member.
  • Prohibit top employees from having outside jobs.
  • Eliminate free E-ZPass transponders and car allowances for employees.

Rendell's letter notes that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has cast a suspicious eye over the agency, may also have some suggestions.  Rendell and Christie are expected to appear tomorrow at an unrelated news conference, where the DRPA is sure to come up.  You can read Rendell's letter here.

POSTED: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 10:47 AM

Here's the press release:


PHILADELPHIA - Kelly Kaufmann Layre, Tina Meyrick, Paul Kling and Brian Daly were charged today by information1 with bribery relating to a corrupt scheme to sell and obtain traffic accident reports, police incident reports, and fire reports depriving the City of Philadelphia of hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

POSTED: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 10:24 AM

Councilman Jim Kenney wants to suspend city's tow truck rotation.

Shake up at the school district as Superintendent Arlene Ackerman closes regional offices and adds staff.

Phil Goldsmith questions administrative pay at the school district.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 4:54 PM

Philadelphia magazine's "Best of Philly 2010" edition is about to land on newsstands and in mailboxes and we here at PhillyClout find the "People + Power" section to me more like a "Worst Of" for the city's political class.  Consider some of the entries:

  • Hypocrites: City Council, for raising property taxes this year after nixing Mayor Nutter's budget last year in large part because it...raised property taxes. Head-spinning, guys.
  • Reason to stop paying city taxes:  Camille Barnett, When in June, the former city managing director retired after just two years during the worst budget crisis in recent history, she used a buy-in loop-hole in the publicly funded city pension program to snag herself $50,000. Every year. For the rest of her life.
  • Reason to keep paying city taxes...for now: Mayor Michael Nutter, he's given back $38,000 of his salary since the economy went down the tubes in 2008.  True, that doesn't even cover one year of Camille Barnett's lifelong cashtravaganza, but at least we don't feel like the only ones sacrificing for the sake of our city.  Now about that pension-program reform...

It wasn't all bad news.  The magazine named political media consultant Neil Oxman "Adman" of the year with this entry: "'Re-e-lected.' That is all."

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