Monday, February 8, 2016

POSTED: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 9:41 PM
Sharif Street announces his campaign to replace the retiring State Sen. Shirley Kitchen. (Street campaign)

The worst kept secret in the state’s Third District was made official Thursday.

State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, a North Philadelphia Democrat, will be retiring at the end of the year, ending her 20-year stint in Harrisburg, she said.

Her announcement Thursday also served as an endorsement and campaign launch for Sharif Street, former Mayor John Street’s son, who will run to replace Kitchen in the state senate.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 12:32 PM
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks about the attempted killing of officer Jesse Hartnett by suspect Edward Archer during a press conference at Police Headquarters on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)

Mayor Kenney couldn't care less, it seems, if his national profile has been nicked by the national heat he received for saying the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Harnett has nothing to do with Islam.

“I’m 57 years old. If God blesses me with two terms, I’ll be 65 [when I leave office],” Kenney said Tuesday morning in an interview on WURD radio. “I’m not running for president. I’m not running for U.S. Senate. I don’t need a national profile.”

“I mean, look who’s criticizing me,” he added. “Marco Rubio and Rush Limbaugh. I’ll take that any day of the week. I really don’t care.

POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2016, 11:25 AM

Campaign finance limits for city candidates were increased for 2016 and through the next four years, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics announced Monday.

Candidates for city office may now accept up to $3,000 from an individual contributor per calendar year, up from the previous $2,900 limit. They may also accept up to $11,900 from groups or businesses, up from the prior $11,500 limit.

Campaign finance limits are increased every four years, based on the Consumer Price Index, the ethics board said in its news release.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 10:18 AM

Mayor Kenney, nearing the last of his administrative appointments, on Wednesday announced his picks for revenue commissioner, director of supportive housing and executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

For revenue commissioner, Kenney tapped Frank Breslin, who was formerly the city’s deputy revenue commissioner. In that post, he was responsible for directing the department's accounting, compliance and taxpayer services operations.

“With over 30 years of tax compliance experience, I can’t think of another individual more qualified to serve as Revenue Commissioner than Frank Breslin,” Kenney said in a news release.

POSTED: Monday, January 4, 2016, 5:31 PM

Now-former Mayor Michael Nutter’s last speech as mayor was delivered Monday morning in front of hundreds of high school boys at his alma mater.

Nutter encouraged the young men at St. Joseph's Preparatory School, a Jesuit-run school on Girard Avenue, to use their talents and to live a life of service.

“I wanted my last public speech as mayor of this great city to be with this Prep community,” said Nutter, a 1975 Prep graduate. Some of his ’75 classmates sat along the stage looking on as he spoke.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 3:13 PM
Mayor Michael Nutter addresses media about the 2016 DNC Convention inside the new DNC Committee Headquarters joined by Councilman Mark Squilla and Rev. Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, at Minutemen Press in South Philadelphia, October 15, 2015. (MEREDITH EDLOW/For the Inquirer)

The Democratic National Convention released a list of where each state’s delegates will stay during the convention in July.

Area hotels will house about 6,000 delegates over the course of the convention July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Fifty-seven state delegations were assigned to 26 hotels in Philadelphia and Valley Forge. 

POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 12:59 PM
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. (YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has made clear that he hates the idea of being judged on his first 100 days in office.

So a coalition of progressive organizations on Wednesday set a new deadline for the 99th mayor of Philadelphia -- 99 days -- and outlined eight policies they want him to enact in that time.

Some -- like ending stop-and-frisk and rolling back the changes Mayor Nutter made last week to the city’s sanctuary city policy -- Kenney has already committed to. The group said they’re thankful but want to hold his feet to the fire.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 12:15 PM
An overhead shot of the building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

A memorial park to honor those killed and injured in the 2013 building collapse is slated to break ground this Spring.

Six people were killed on June 5, 2013 when a building under demolition fell on the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd and Market Streets.

The city signed a “License and Donation” agreement Tuesday which allows the volunteer committee fundraising for the park to set a groundbreaking date. The hope is the park will be completed by the third anniversary of the tragedy, June 5, 2016.

About this blog

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Chris Hepp, Tricia Nadolny, Julia Terruso, and Claudia Vargas take you inside Philadelphia's City Hall.

Inquirer City Hall Staff
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter