Tuesday, April 21, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:44 PM
The Comcast Center, which is Comcast Corporate headquarters, is seen in Philadelphia. (William Thomas Cain / Getty Images)

The city will host six public forums next week seeking feedback from Comcast subscribers.

The city released a 571-page report April 9th with community feedback on needs and a review of the franchise. It found more than one in four subscribers “unsatisfied” with their service.

The meetings are intended to get more input for Nutter's administration as it negotiates a deal with the company for the next 15 years.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 4:57 PM
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (left) and Mayor Nutter. (Julia Terruso/Inquirer Staff)

The nation’s top security official met with Mayor Nutter, Wednesday to discuss the pope’s visit in September, next summer’s Democratic National Convention… and a little old-time baseball.

Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, met with Nutter for about an hour in City Hall on his way to a speaking engagement in Delaware, as Secret Service closed down the second floor hallway.

“I’m confident I will be coming back to Philadelphia before the National Convention to inspect security as I will be in Cleveland for the Republican Convention," Johnson said following the meeting, "We’re here to talk about a variety of matters of mutual concern.”

POSTED: Friday, April 10, 2015, 11:01 AM
Isaiah Thomas, 2, pulls a numbered ball out of a coffee can for his dad for position on the ballot for council at-large Wednesday March 18, 2015. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)

Former Mayor John Street, who has been largely quiet this election season, endorsed non-incumbent, Isaiah Thomas for council at-large today.

Thomas, a public charter school dean and adjunct professor at Lincoln University, ran in 2011 as a relative unknown. This time around, he has the support of Street, two sitting council members, labor unions and the big bucks independent expenditure, Philly 3.0.

Street said in a statement Thomas shared his views on how to improve police relations with the community and improve schools. He also touted Thomas’ youth.

POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:33 PM
Hybrid form of interactive electronic LED advertising platform, known as Urban Experiential Displays, or UEDs.

Mayor Nutter allowed controversial 3-D animated billboards to come to Center City, Thursday, after negotiating for amendments on how the displays will be regulated.

The five-story screens, dubbed “urban experiential displays” are limited to a portion of Center City, with one slated for construction outside of the Convention Center and another for outside of Reading Terminal Market, pending approval from the Art Commission.

Councilman Mark Squilla introduced the legislation which was met with great resistance from the Center City Residents Association and Scenic Philadelphia, a group advocating for city green spaces.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 2:53 PM

Philadelphia artists and art advocates staged a creative, performance-based protest of cuts to arts funding outside City Hall Tuesday.

A violinist performed in a second floor stairwell, a barbershop quartet roamed the building and a women’s choir sang in the courtyard. 

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, a non-profit grant-giving organization, last year received a $1.26 million boost, for a total of $3.1 million, from the city to distribute to arts organizations around the region. The additional funds – which the mayor’s office said were meant to be one-time-only – are not in Nutter’s budget proposal for next year. The city has planned to give $1.84 million to the non-profit, the same amount allocated for the 2014 fiscal year.

POSTED: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 8:02 AM
South Philadelphia real estate broker Barbara Capozzi has withdrawn from the Democratic primary for City Council at-large.

Barbara Capozzi, the South Philadelphia real estate broker who came very close to winning a seat on City Council four years ago, sent supporters an email Wednesday night announcing that she is dropping her second bid for a Council seat this year.

Capozzi said she was conflicted about her decision but cited three reasons creating "insurmountable" odds for victory -- a crowded Democratic field in the May 19 primary for five at-large seats, poor ballot position in that race and a lack of endorsement from the Democratic City Committee.

"To all my supporters and friends, I am sorry to let you down and leave our issues unrepresented on Council," Capozzi wrote. "We must stay involved, and stay motivated to help Philadelphia change for the better DESPITE the efforts of too many to stay firmly rooted in the past."

POSTED: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 1:59 PM

Members of City Council on Wednesday decried the condition of the city’s police and fire stations and accused the Nutter administration of failing to make fixing the problems a priority. In the second day of budget hearings, Council President Darrell L. Clarke specifically pressed officials about the 22nd District station at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue, the house where officer Robert Wilson III was stationed when he was killed last month at a nearby video game store.

Clarke called it “a dump.” And when city officials said there is no immediate plan to replace the station, Clarke accused them of ignoring requests he said he has made for several years that problems there be addressed.

“We’re not blowing you off. I'm sorry you’re taking it that way,” Rebecca Rynhart, the city’s budget director, said.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 2:37 PM
Former Gov. Ed Rendell's Center for Civics & Civic Engagement will host a mayoral forum on education with questions drawn up by fourth and fifth graders.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday announced an education-focused forum for Democratic candidates for mayor, with questions drawn up by fourth and fifth graders from the Philadelphia School District.

Could Rendell, who also served as mayor, eventually endorse one of those candidates?  

"Not likely," was Rendell's reply, despite an encouraging tweet he sent Doug Oliver's way on Friday.

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