Archive: November, 2012
City Council has been tweaking the new zoning code since it went into effect in August. One change proposed by Council president Darrell Clarke that would have required developers to provide parking in some residential and mixed-use areas did not sit well with developers and some Council members.
Clarke said that parking is a major concern for longtime residents in the area surrounding Temple University and after some of his Council colleagues raised concerns, he amended the bill Thursday so that it applies only to the area bounded by 9th street, Girard Avenue, 20th street and Lehigh Avenue.
However, critics have said that Council should wait a year before proposing major changes to the new zoning code.
It's no secret that former Gov. Ed Rendell disagrees with now Gov. Tom Corbett on how to tax natural gas drillers in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. But people at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's fifth anniversary fund-raiser Friday afternoon were surprised to see just how far Rendell would go to make that point.
Rendell, sporting what can only be called a "Moe" wig in the style of the one-time Three Stooges actor, explained that PBPC Director Sharon Ward did a presentation in December 2008 on state revenue. It included pictures of six governors from different states. Rendell was one of them. The presentation asked "What do these governors have that Ed Rendell doesn't."
The answer was what Ward calls "robust taxes on natural gas." But Ward added what Rendell called "a gratuitous shot" in the presentation, that the answer could also be hair. The governors, who included then West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, did indeed all have hair. Rendell? Not so much.
Someone at the City Controller's Office is harassing another employee. But the problem has proved difficult to fix. Spending $7,700 on a private investigator and another $17,000 on sensitivity training didn't solve the case and may have created a backlash against the victim.
City Council approves a controversial plan to seize 17 privately owned properties in Point Breeze, a move critics call a "land grab."
Mayor Nutter submits the names of nine nominees to serve on the board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, as the city moves closer to taking control again of that troubled agency.
City Council approved a bill to transfer more cash to city departments including Parks and Recreation.
City Council approved a controversial plan that will allow the Redevelopment Authority to acquire more than a dozen properties by eminent domain to build affordable housing in Point Breeze.
Chris Brennan and Jan Ransom
Former Philadelphia City Councilman Ed Schwartz passed away Thursday morning at the age of 69. Schwartz had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2010 but had been feeling better and was frequently spotted attending City Council sessions on Thursday. He last attended two weeks ago, before the Thanksgiving Day break.
Jane Shull, Schwartz's wife, suspects that he died from a heart attack. The cause of death has not been determined.
"He had a pretty serious heart condition that could not be addressed anymore," Shull said. "He'd been living with that."
Philly school cops are "smokin' mad" that they didn't get promised raises, but 25 higher-paid, nonunion workers did.
Raghunandan Yandamuri explains in a taped confession how he killed baby Saanvi and her grandmother.
Jeremy Nowak, the outspoken head of the William Penn Foundation, is out.
City Councilman Jim Kenney says he wants to help make Philadelphia an attractive place for all to live regardless of marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.