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POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 5:35 PM

Action United, a citywide community activist organization, announced the candidates it will endorse in the City Council at-large race.

The group, which advocates for the interests of low and moderate-income families in Philadelphia, will endorse incumbents Wilson Goode Jr., William K. Greenlee, and challengers, attorney Sherrie Cohen, associate charter school dean, Isaiah Thomas and education activist, Helen Gym.

In a news release Action United said they selected the mix of new and old candidates based on answers to questionnaires about public education, poverty, jobs and police accountability. The release said the candidates supported a police citizens review board, community policing, a higher minimum wage, and local control of the school board, among other issues.

POSTED: Friday, March 6, 2015, 6:57 PM
Mayor Michael Nutter delivers his budget address to city council at City Hall on March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / AP Photo)

Following the 2013 Center City building collapse that killed six people and injured 13, a series of committees were assembled by City Council and the Nutter administration that looked into how to reform the Department of Licenses & Inspections. Various recommendations were made but the main point made by almost all who looked at L&I was: it is underfunded.

Mayor Nutter on Thursday called for $10.8 million investment to L&I, spread over three years and bringing up the department's budget to $33.5 million by fiscal year 2018.

The department currently has a $28.8 million budget for 353 positions plus equipment and contracted services. As of today, 333 of those positions were filled.

POSTED: Friday, March 6, 2015, 3:32 PM

A new candidate is entering the race to represent City Council's Ninth District. Maurice T. Leach, who said in a press release he was raised in East Oak Lane, will announce his campaign Friday.

On LinkedIn, 26-year-old Leach describes himself as a genius and says that when he sets his mind to something, “stopping him is impossible.”

“Maurice moves to the beat of his own drum,” he wrote on the social networking site. “He’s [sic] aura alone influences others to follow him. He breathes inspiration and passion into everything he does. His innate intellectual creativity classifies him as a genius. Maurice’s mastery is limitless. He strives to be the best at everything and stopping him is impossible.”

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 1:22 PM
File photo: Mayor Nutter's three-page budget overview was presented to City Council members this morning. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

Mayor Nutter’s last budget will have several new spending measures, including pumping more money into the Department of License & Inspections and expanding the city’s Summer Jobs program.

Nutter will also ask for a 9.34 percent increase in property taxes to provide more money for the Philadelphia School District. The district requested an additional $103 million last month. 

The mayor’s three-page budget overview presented to City Council members this morning, only states that there will be a “moderate tax base growth.” Nutter's annual budget address is scheduled for Thursday morning.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 10:55 AM
A screen grab from philadelphia3-0.org.

Term limits and taxes, pension reform and development projects, school funding and "low-wage workers" -- these are the issues of interest to a new political nonprofit that hopes to shape City Council in this year's election and for years to come.

The group wants answers from Council candidates.  Just don't ask where the nonprofit's money is coming from.

Philadelphia 3.0 went live Wednesday with a web site featuring a questionnaire for candidates seeking support.

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 2:44 PM
Frank Rizzo, Jr. ( (Steven M. Falk)

Frank Rizzo Jr. on Monday became the first candidate in the crowded field vying for a seat on City Council to file his nominating petitions.

Rizzo, a former member of City Council running for an at-large seat, filed 2,399 signatures -- more than double the 1,000 threshold. Rizzo said he has an additional 150 signatures gathered over the weekend and plans to amass several hundred more before the March 10 filing deadline.

"It sends a message that I’m working very hard and I'm organized,” Rizzo said. “That’s one of the things about me. I’m a detailed, organized guy. I came out ... ready to roll.”

POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2015, 1:23 PM
The 2015 Dilworth award recipients, holding plaques from left to right: Det. Joe Murray, Barbara McCabe and Ann Hornbach

Mayor Nutter recognized three employees today for work that has kept city parks clean, brought more children’s programming to a neighborhood library and changed the way the police department connects with residents on social media.

The Fourth Annual Richardson Dilworth awards were announced at a Friday morning ceremony in City Hall. Nutter, who started the award in 2011, to honor excellent employees in memory of the late-Mayor Dilworth, added two new categories this year.

Barbara McCabe, Director of Stewardship for the Parks and Recreation Department won the top prize for Distinguished Public Service. The recognition comes with a $5,000 check sponsored by Dilworth-Paxson and Independence Blue Cross.

POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2015, 11:06 AM
City Council candidate Ori Feibush is celebrated in a rap song, courtesy of South Philly rapper and Feibush supporter Zaa Geez. (Photos from Facebook.com and Sarah Glover / Staff Photographer, File)

First, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. took the stage at his re-election kickoff party to a song with this catchy hook: "Curtis. Jones. Junior, junior, junior."

Now, City Council candidate Ori Feibush has his own rap song.

Is this sign of a trend? We can only hope.


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