Archive: July, 2012
Catherine Lucey and Chris Brennan
Note: This post has been updated.*
Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt says non-citizens are voting in Philadelphia elections – and it’s happened at least seven times in the past decade.
Schmidt today put out a report on an investigation his office conducted into voter fraud. A staff review of about a dozen polling places found examples in recent years of non-registered voters casting ballots, voters pulling the lever more than once, voter impersonation and non-citizens getting in the booth.
First Lady Michelle Obama says cities like Philadelphia can't afford not to fight childhood obesity.
"Local leaders know the critical impact these issues have on their communities," said Obama, who appeared in Hunting Park today with Mayor Nutter, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and other mayors from around the country. "You all see it in your budgets in the tens if millions of dollars in healthcare costs. You see it in your workforce because when kids aren't healthy they miss more days at school and that can mean higher absenteeism as parents have to stay at home and care for these kids."
Obama's Let's Move campaign geared at fighting childhood obesity kicked off in 2010. Today she unveiled a new effort in collaboration with the National League of Cities to help local officials improve child health. Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NLC's Institute for Health, Education and Families will provide local mayors with tools and technical assistance to improve nutrition and physical activity among youth.
Check out our video of First Lady Michelle Obama, who is in Philly today talking about reducing obesity:
A City Council aide is arrested for stealing social security checks from elderly woman.
Philly cop dragged through the street after car stop.
We're calling it poopgate! Cab company still hasn't cleaned up after driver who pooped in street.
The Philadelphia Firefighter’s Union Local 22 filed a lawsuit this morning to compel the city to implement its new contract which includes raises and protections from furlough days.
“For the past four years, firefighters and paramedics have worked without a raise, risking our lives every day to protect the citizens of Philadelphia and their property,” union president Bill Gault said in a statement. “In return, all we ask is for a fair shake. We’re still waiting.”
The union filed the suit with the Court of Common Pleas. A three-person arbitration panel issued the contract earlier this month and the city has 30 days to review the award.
Phillies part-owners John and Leigh Middleton will invest more than $16.2 million over the next four years toward educational, workforce training and professional development programming, Mayor Nutter announced in City Hall today.
The Middelton family picked eight educational efforts to support. Grants will be distributed to the Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia Academies Inc., Philadelphia Youth Network and Drexel University through the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
“Many Philadelphians lack the education and skills to acquire higher paying jobs,” Nutter said. “This is about investing in the future. We hope that this announcement today will inspire others who have the interest first, and maybe the means to join us in a new quest to turn this city around.”
We just got this:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Finance Director Rob Dubow today told the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority that the city expects to submit the five-year financial plan to the fiscal watchdog on Friday.
PICA then has 30 days to approve or reject the plan. One key question is how the city will deal with the costs associated with a recent arbitration award for the city's firefighters, which includes retroactive raises.
Dubow would not say if the city planned to appeal the award, simply noting that discussions were still underway over how to proceed.