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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:42 PM
Philly City Councilman David Oh (INQ SUWA)

Those mini Liberty Bells might not be so embarrassing after all.

City Councilman David Oh, who has previously questioned the purpose of Mayor Nutter’s international travels and criticized the little Liberty Bells given to foreign dignitaries, is embarking Wednesday on a week-long trade mission to Korea.

There, the Republican at-large Councilman will present mayors, heads of states and other dignitaries with...

POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:06 PM

A citywide tax relief program has been extended to allow more people to apply.

The Homestead Exemption program had an initial deadline of Sep. 13. But Mayor Nutter announced Friday that the Office of Property Assessment would push the deadline through Dec. 1.

The homestead exemption, which was created in 2013 to provide some relief in the post Actual Value Initiative era, deducts $30,000 from the assessment of an owner-occupied home before the tax rate is applied. A home worth $100,000 would be taxed on only $70,000 of its value. AVI was the massive overhaul of the way Philadelphia assesses properties for tax purposes completed in 2013. 

POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 11:23 AM

As I reported in today’s City Council story, the question of whether voters want the School Reform Commission to be dissolved will not be on the November ballot.

Thursday was essentially the last day to pass any ballot question bills for the upcoming election. The City Commissioners’ office said Monday is drop dead date but that was giving a couple extra days for Mayor Nutter to sign any of the ballot question bills. 

So, what will questions will voters have to answer come November? 

POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:16 PM
At left is President of AFSCME District Council 33 being greeted by supporter outside Philadelphia City Hall. Unionized workers with the city of Philadelphia protest outside City Hall on the morning Mayor Michael Nutter will give is state of the budget address inside city council chambers. Photograph from Thursday, March 6, 2014. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)

Philadelphia’s largest municipal union has agreed to a new contract that will give its 9,000 members immediate raises yet force them to pay a pinch more toward the city’s underfunded pension system.

AFSCME District Council 33 ballot count Tuesday reflected an overwhelming support to ratify the union’s contract, which expired in 2009 and making it the last of the four major unions to settle a contract with Mayor Nutter. The vote was done by mail-in ballots and reflected a 4492 to 213 vote, union spokesman Bob Wolper said.

As part of the contract agreement, the Nutter administration agreed to drop a lawsuit in which it sought to impose new contract conditions on DC 33.

POSTED: Friday, September 5, 2014, 12:36 PM
File photo: Terry Gillen, then director of the city's Office of Federal Affairs, in July 2010. (JONATHAN YU / Staff Photographer/File)

Let the race begin.

Terry Gillen, who served under mayors Ed Rendell and Michael Nutter, is announcing her candidacy for mayor on Saturday, making her the first official candidate in what is expected to be a crowded 2015 mayoral race.

The announcement is scheduled to be held in Gillen's Graduate Hospital neighborhood where she has been politically active for decades.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:56 AM

Of course there were mummers and cheesesteaks as a committee to select the city to host the Democrats 2016 presidential convention started a two-day tour of Philadelphia in Philly style.

The mummers strummed as the bus carrying the Democratic National Committee delegation pulled up to a crowd waiting the Warwick Hotel that included reenactors dressed in colonial period garb and the Eagles mascot.

Also in the crowd to greet the visitors were former Gov. Ed Rendell and Mayor Nutter, who posed with a donkey mascot, and and Rep. Robert Brady.

Live Blog Democratic National Convention representatives tour Philly
POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 3:20 PM

As the 2016 Democratic National Convention site selection committee tours New York City today and tomorrow, Philadelphia operatives are putting final touches to their plan to woo the committee later this week.

The 18 Democratic National Committee representatives will have their own Sixers, Eagles, Phillies and Union jerseys with each of their last names printed on the back, according to Kevin Washo, lead strategist for host committee. The Sixers jerseys will have the number 16 on the back for 2016.

Also included in the swag bags will be custom-made Duke & Winston t-shirts with the DNC PHL logo on them.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11:25 AM

(NOTE: Previous post had an inaccurate headline. Not everyone needs to hire an attorney to get any sheriff's sale monies they are owed.) 

Former Philadelphia property owners who lost their homes to a sheriff’s sale must claim sale proceeds, if any, individually, Commonwealth Court ruled last week, dismissing a class action suit appeal.

Joseph O’Hara and his company Finn Land Corp., the representatives in the class in the 2011 lawsuit, sued the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office for failure to distribute millions of dollars to former property owners who were owed proceeds. The lawsuit was based on a City Controller’s audit of the sheriff’s office that questioned the use of $53 million in custodial funds. A later forensic audit concluded that the “primary source” of $5.2 million in unclaimed bank balances between 2006 and 2010 were undistributed excess sale proceeds.

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