Sunday, March 29, 2015

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 3:25 PM
Jim Kenney speaks at the Better Mobility 2015 Mayoral Forum at Friends Center in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 19, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / The Next Mayor )

Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney said if elected he’d keep and improve upon the good-government policies implemented by Mayor Nutter.

Kenney released the first in a series of policy papers, Monday, titled “An ethical, accessible and transparent government for the 21st Century."

He briefed the media on some of the platforms along with members of his policy committee, including former city Human Services Commissioner, Alba Martinez and former Committee of Seventy Policy Director, Ellen Mattleman Kaplan.

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 11:20 AM
Archye Leacock: First to enter race for 9th District Council seat. (FILE PHOTO)

The race to fill Councilwoman Marian Tasco’s 9th District seat is down one candidate.

Archye Leacock, founder of a North Philadelphia nonprofit, Institute for the Development of African American youth, lost a petition challenge and withdrew from the race Monday.

Leacock came up 35 signatures short after challenges. He bowed out gracefully Monday, even crediting the diligence of state Rep. Cherelle Parker – who is running and seems predestined to fill the seat of Tasco – her former mentor.

POSTED: Friday, March 20, 2015, 1:26 PM
City Council candidate Manny Morales, facing charges of racist Facebook posts - a claim he denies, said Friday he is staying in the 7th Councilmanic District race. (Claudia Vargas / Staff)

Manny Morales is in for the fight.

The City Council candidates accused of posting racist, antigay and anti-poor messages on his Facebook page, said at a Friday news conference that he is staying in the 7th Councilmanic District race.

“We will continue doing like we did with our petitions,” Morales said. “Knocking on doors and visiting every single person in the district.”

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 2:05 PM
Anthony Hardy Williams, left, speaks while a moderator looks on during the mayoral forum at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

The Carpenters PAC of Phila & Vicinity, a major supporter of state Sen. Anthony H. Williams, agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for donating $21,500 to the mayoral candidate in one calendar year.

The city’s Board of Ethics announced the settlement agreement Thursday.

The Carpenter’s PAC gave $10,000 to the candidate committee of state Sen. Anthony H. Williams in January 2014. The PAC later gave $11,500 to the Williams for Mayor campaign. The city limits PACs from donating more than $11,500 to one candidate in one year.

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:45 AM
The Germantown YWCA serves as a border for Vernon Park and as a backdrop to the Pastorius Memorial. (RACHEL WISNIEWSKI / Staff Photographer)

Turns out the Germantown YWCA is not about to crumble down. Not “imminently” at least.

The historic building, which has suffered various fires, severe vandalism and sat vacant for years deteriorating away, was deemed to be “unsafe” and not the most severe of the building stability categories, “imminently dangerous,” Councilwoman Cindy Bass said Thursday.

The building had been deemed imminently dangerous in 2012. Last year, the Redevelopment Authority issued a Request for Proposals for redevelopment of the building. The only proposal submitted was for low-income senior housing, which Bass rejected.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 3:49 PM

The Board of Ethics is trying to keep its turf before the next mayor comes into office.

At its Wednesday meeting, executive director Shane Creamer asked the ethics board send a letter to Mayor Nutter requesting the amendment of an executive order he signed in October.

Nutter’s executive order expanded the powers of the city Office of the Inspector General, which has been in operation since a 1984 Executive Order by then-mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:43 PM
Anthony Williams speaks at the Mayoral Candidate Pitch Party at the Field House in Philadelphia on Tuesday, February 23, 2015. (STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer)

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ name will be listed first on the ballot in the mayoral primary May 19. He’ll be followed by T. Milton Street, James Kenney, Doug Oliver, Nelson Diaz and Lynne Abraham – assuming everyone stays in the race.

Candidates for mayor, city commissioner, city council and sheriff all drew ballot positions this morning. One by one they came up to a podium to pull a little blue or red ball out of a tin coffee can in an ornate sixth floor courtroom.

Today’s lottery will likely have the biggest impact in the Democratic Council at-large race in which 21 Democrats are vying for five seats.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 1:49 PM
Seventh District Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez (left) is accusing her party-endorsed rival, Emanuel "Manny" Morales, of posting dozens of ultra-conservative, racist and anti-immigrant messages on Facebook. ((left) Staff file (right) Facebook)

A Democratic party-backed city council candidate, accused of posting racist, anti-gay, anti-poor messages on Facebook, said his page had been hacked.

Manny Morales denied ownership of all of the 60+ posts, published on a website by his opponent – incumbent Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez.

“Anything that you find from my Facebook that has to do with any type of derogatory comments, have never been from me,” Morales said in a phone interview.

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