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POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 2:50 PM

JoAnne A. Epps, Temple University’s Beasley School of Law Dean, was nominated by Mayor Nutter to serve on the city’s Board of Ethics.

If confirmed by City Council Thursday, Epps would replace Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, whose five-year term ends this month. Gillespie is president at St. Joseph’s University but will be stepping down in June.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Ethics Board Chairman Michael Reed thanked Gillespie for his “valuable and dedicated service as a board member.”

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:37 PM
Mayor Nutter (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images, file )

Mayor Nutter was named one of Governing magazine’s 2014 Public Officials of the Year for his work in making Philadelphia cleaner, safer, and more fiscally sound.

The award, which was given to eight other officials from around the country, recognizes leaders in state and local government.

Zach Patton, Executive Editor for Governing said this year’s award recipients are examples of the “tremendous achievement” in state and local government right now.

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:07 PM

City Councilman Dennis O’Brien’s attempt at regulating immigration services in Philadelphia took a step back Monday when a vote on his bill was put on hold.

Since March, O’Brien has been working to get consensus on a bill that would create licensing standards for businesses and people providing immigration services. It would also prohibit anyone who is not a licensed lawyer, or previously certified by the federal Board of Immigration Appeals, from giving legal advice on immigration matters.

The idea is to protect immigrants from fraudulent services.

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 5:11 PM
Ellen Mattleman Kaplan

The spirited policy director for the government watchdog group Committee of Seventy is stepping down.

Ellen Mattleman Kaplan, who has been with the committee for nearly 10 years, is leaving Seventy. 

“I’m exhausted, after doing Zack’s job and my job for the last few months,” Kaplan said Friday.

POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:02 PM

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams will be announcing he is running for mayor Wednesday.

In an email to supporters, Williams says he wants to "fill you in on my vision to make Philadelphia a better place to live and work for everyone." His announcement is scheduled to be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Liberty Ballroom of the Independence Visitors Bureau. 

Wednesday is also the day former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham is scheduled to announce that she too will run for mayor. 

POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4:31 PM
Kenyatta Johnson (Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer )

Homeowners crushed by spiking tax bills in gentrified neighborhoods — but ineligible for the tax break created to help — may soon find relief.

Philadelphia’s City Council Wednesday moved forward an amendment to make those who already received an abatement on their homes eligible for the city’s Longtime Owner Occupants Program.

The tax break, known as LOOP, caps the tax increase for longtime homeowners whose property values skyrocketed in the citywide reassessment completed last year. Those who took part in the city’s 10-year tax abatement are not currently eligible but would be under the amendment unanimously passed by the council’s finance committee Wednesday.

POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:50 PM

A City Council bill that would prohibit small family-run day cares in certain neighborhoods is expected to be watered down when it comes up before council next week.

The bill, in its current form, would prohibit “group day cares,” which are usually based in a house and capped at 12 children, from existing in most residential zones throughout the city. 

Following a somewhat contentious Council Rules Committee hearing Thursday, Councilman Brian O’Neill, the bill’s sponsor, agreed to amend the bill so that a small percentage of zoning designations would be affected. The bill was voted favorably out of committee and will be amended during first reading next week.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 4:54 PM
The scene that was the Market Street building collapse. (Michael Bryant/Staff) (MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

It’s been six weeks since Mayor Nutter announced the creation of a new administrative positive: Chief Safety Officer.

At that same news conference on Sep. 25, Nutter said he would create an implementation committee to look into a special report on the city’s Department of Licensing and Inspections. That committee is supposed to file its results to the mayor by Dec. 31.

However, no one has yet been named to the committee and the administration hasn’t even said how it will go about hiring the new chief safety officer.

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