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POSTED: Sunday, March 23, 2014, 12:11 PM
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Jan. 13, 2014, at City Hall in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined a panel of political commentators on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning to discuss the crisis with Russia and the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

The show’s host David Gregory asked Nutter if he worried that President Obama’s focus on Russia would take away from his domestic agenda.

“President Obama can do many more things than one thing at a time,” Nutter said. “The world is starting to come together around this particular issue. China is with us. Russia is going to be increasingly isolated in this situation.”

POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014, 6:44 PM

City sanitation workers (and other employees under the administration): No, you may not take candy or anything of value as a gift for doing your job.

The Nutter administration fears that this message might have been lost when City Council passed its ordinance Thursday that limits non-monetary gifts at $99 per donor per year.

In 2011, the mayor signed an executive order that prohibits any city employee in the executive and administrative branch (translation: all city employees not working for city council or the row offices) from soliciting or accepting any gift —- anything of value, including gratuity, favor, entertainment, food, drink or loan —-from anyone who does business with the city, whose activities are regulated by the city, is seeking legislative action or whose interests may be affected by the employee’s official duties.

POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014, 11:40 AM

A 29-year-old Missouri man was charged Friday with trying to shut down the city of Philadelphia’s website, www.phila.gov, with a series of computer commands in September, 2012.

The U. S. Attorney’s office announced the charges against Michael Crockett, of Kansas City, without any explanation of his motives.

The charges were included in an information filed with the court ­– typically a sign that the individual intends to plead guilty to the charges.  The information alleged that from September 24 to 26, 2012, “Crockett knowingly caused the transmissions of programs, information, codes and commands and . . . intentionally attempted to cause damage to the computer hosting the website www.phila.gov....”

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:24 AM
Workers take down what remains of the Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets on June 6, 2013. Six people were killed after the structure collapsed. The Salvation Army has agreed to give up the property so that it can be turned into a memorial site, the city announces today. (File photo)

The Salvation Army has agreed to donate its property at 22nd and Market streets for use as a memorial park, to honor the victims of the building collapse that killed six people last June.

The agreement was announced Thursday by Mayor Nutter, who praised the charity for its generosity in giving up the property. The transfer still needs approval from several authorities in New York State, where the Salvation Army is headquartered.

Major Robert W. Dixon, the Salvation Army's regional director of operations, attended Nutter's news conference but by prior arrangement, did not speak. The non-profit is a defendant in most of the civil cases filed in the wake of the disaster last June. 



POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:14 PM

City Council President Darrell L. Clarke wants to spur the development of 1,500 affordable housing units by taking advantage of a mixture of federal tax credits and municipal borrowing, as well as the stock of vacant city-owned land.

He said he particularly wants to target affordable housing in neighborhoods like Francisville and Point Breeze, which have been developing for years, as Center City’s housing boom pushes out from the core neighborhoods.

“If there’s not some action by the city of Philadelphia to ensure continued affordability, there will not be a balanced approach … to development,” he said.

POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:04 AM
Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer Lauren Fadeley and Ballet Master Jeffrey Gribler in Coppélia. Gribler's role, for the record, is not that of the mayor. (Alexander Iziliaev)

Mayor Nutter is scheduled to perform Sunday afternoon with the Pennsylvania Ballet ­– a walk-on role, no dancing.

The ballet company announced Friday that Nutter would spend about 35 minutes onstage as “The Mayor” in "Coppelia", the story of a toymaker in a 19th century village who makes a doll and dreams that she will one day come to life.

The performance  begins at 2 p.m. in the Academy of Music, at Broad and Locust streets. The ballet company said that Nutter would appear during Act 1, greeting villagers in the town square and announcing a festival.

POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:43 PM
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter accompanied by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey during a news conference at City Hall. Both Nutter and top police say they are “open” to ending custodial arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana. (AP)

Top police and Nutter administration officials testified Monday before City Council that they were “open” to ending custodial arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana, another step toward softening the city’s stance against pot.

Francis Healy, a special advisor to police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, said the department “supports the basic premise” that “custodial arrests should not be required” for pot possession. He said existing rules could be changed, but only with the police, the courts and the District Attorney being in agreement.

“It’s probably a good idea that we all sit down,” said Michael Resnick, the city’s Director of Public Safety. “We can discuss how to achieve these results.”



POSTED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 11:57 AM

The May primary just got a little more interesting.

Council President Darrell L. Clarke announced Tuesday that he would call for a special election in May to fill the at-large Council seat vacated by Bill Green, now the chair of the School Reform Commission.

The Democratic and Republican parties must nominate their candidates to appear on the ballot by April 8. (Independent parties or candidates need to circulate petitions and gather at least 1,785 signatures by then to run in the special election).

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