Friday, January 30, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 4:57 PM
Former state Sen. T. Milton Street Sr., who spent time in federal prison, wants Philadelphia voters to know he is no felon.

T. Milton Street Sr., the former state Senator who ran for mayor in 2011 while on supervised release after serving time in federal prison, wants Philadelphia voters to know he is no felon.

Street, a Democrat now mulling another run for mayor, is incensed that Nia Meeks, a regular panelist on 6ABC’s Inside Story, referred to him during Sunday’s broadcast as a "former felon."

Street served 26 months in a federal prison and a halfway house after being convicted on three misdemeanor charges of not paying taxes on $3 million in income.

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 11:21 AM
Kenyatta Johnson (Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer )

Update: An earlier version of this blog post stated Johnson had not launched a campaign site. He has, at

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson officially kicked off his reelection campaign Saturday. But supporters won't find information on his bid at


POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:54 PM
Placards promoting Philadelphia as the host city of the Democratic National Convention in 2016, while the Democratic National Committee was touring the city in August. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016, the national committee announced Friday.

Philadelphia is one of the three finalists in the running to host the convention. The other two are New York City and Columbus.

The exact dates and length of the convention depends on the host city, officials said. The winning city is expected to be announced in mid-February.

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 3:30 PM

Francis Bielli, executive director of the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement, will be serving as the board's interim chief investment officer, while the board conducts a search for a new CIO.

The board asked Bielli to put on a second hat, following Sumit Handa's recent resignation. Handa, who was hired in 2011 to manage the investments of the underfunded $5 billion Philadelphia city workers' retirement plan, is going back to the private sector, said Rob Dubow, pension board chairman and city finance director.

Bielli's salary will get a $35,000 bump, totaling $204,000, to fill in the second job, the board announced at its meeting Thursday. A national search will be conducted to find a replacement for Handa. (More on Handa’s departure from my colleague Joe DiStefano, HERE.)

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:42 PM

With the race to replace Mayor Nutter heating up, the city’s Board of Ethics is trying to correct a state Supreme Court ruling that, in part, says litigation fund committees may accept unlimited contributions.

The ethics board said Wednesday that is not accurate. Litigation fund committees, used by candidates for legal defense in election law matters such as petition challenges, must abide by regular campaign contribution limits, the board’s executive director Shane Creamer said.

The ethics board filed an application with the state Supreme Court on Dec. 26 asking the court to amend its December opinion regarding political candidates’ legal expenses and how it related to campaign finance laws, Creamer announced at Wednesday’s board meeting.

POSTED: Monday, January 12, 2015, 4:13 PM

If you're an AmeriCorps or Peace Corps alumnus, the City of Philadelphia is looking to hire you.

Starting this month, the city will award up to five points on its civil service exam for alumni of national service programs.

Nutter made the announcement along with Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency which oversees AmeriCorps.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 12:06 PM
Point Breeze real estate developer Ori Feibush. Credit: Jeff Fusco

The 2nd District City Council race just got pricier.

Ori Feibush, a real estate developer challenging Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, contributed more than $250,000 of personal resources to his campaign, meaning contribution limits will now double.

Under the city’s campaign finance law if a candidate contributes $250,000 or more, then contribution limits for all candidates for that office double.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 8:42 AM

After 10 years of operating without a contract, employees of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority agreed Monday to ratify a collective bargaining agreement.

The authority’s 30 employees who are represented by AFSME Local 1971 would see a $5,000 ratification bonus, 4 percent increase in their paychecks when the contract is ratified and another 3 percent increase July 1. The agreement is good through June 30, 2016.

Part of the agreement also allows two of the authority’s employees to officially be transferred to work for the new Philadelphia Land Bank. The authority's board will decide whether to approve the contract at its Jan. 14 meeting. 

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