Heard in the Hall Archive: December, 2008

Controller says city can shave deficit by $400 million

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City Controller Alan Butkovitz said this morning that the city's $1-plus billion five-year budget deficit could be cut by 41 percent if the Nutter... Read more

Library victory: Score one for Mom

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Over two days of sometimes droning testimony in a City Hall courtroom about Mayor Nutter's legal right to unilaterally close 11 city libraries... Read more

311 to put an end to city's VIP help line

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The Nutter administration's ballyhooed 311 call center promises to offer all residents near-immediate around-the-clock access to city operators... Read more

Nutter's new plan to save the libraries: let non-profits and the private sector run them

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The city hopes to transfer management of 11 library branches scheduled to be closed in less than three days to private foundations, wealthy individuals... Read more

No private lawyers needed in latest Council lawsuit

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It's hardly atypical for City Council to turn to the private legal world when it wants to hire legal help. More than $1 million worth of contract... Read more

Three council members go to court over library closings

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Council members Bill Green, Jannie Blackwell and Jack Kelly have just filed an emergency petition seeking to prevent Mayor Nutter from closing... Read more

Read the library lawsuit

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The class-action lawsuit seeking to keep the city's libraries open will be filed against Mayor Nutter this afternoon. You can read the complaint... Read more

Is it Ethics season yet?

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Mayor Nutter made a big splash on ethics when he took office by appointing three former federal prosecutors to important positions -- inspector... Read more