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Archive: September, 2011

POSTED: Friday, September 30, 2011, 5:53 PM

Sometimes, walking like a Philadelphian means dodging cars, turning an ankle in a surprise divot in the sidewalk or hoofing it in the street to get around a sidewalk construction project.

Such problems are especially challenging for older city residents, so the AARP and the Mayor's Commission on Aging sent about 10 volunteers to five different locations Thursday to survey the streets and report problems the city might fix.

Of the 10 largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has the largest proportion of people 60 years and older, the AARP says.

POSTED: Friday, September 30, 2011, 5:39 PM

Budweiser for microbrews? C'mon, can't Mayor Nutter cut a better deal for his bet with the mayor of St. Louis in anticipation of the upcoming ball games between the two hometowns?

I mean, it's not even PBR.

But Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald says we miss the deeper meaning behind Nutter's decision to bet a selection of Philadelphia microbrews should the Phillies lose to the Cardinals. If the Phillies win, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay will send some Bud Nutter's way. Anheuser-Busch InBev, maker of the King of Beers, has North American headquarters in St. Louis.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 5:09 PM

Philadelphia's NBC affiliate announced this afternoon it's offering airtime to the Republican mayoral candidate, Karen Brown, but Brown is proceeding with a protest against an hour-long telecast this evening featuring Mayor Nutter.

"They're trying to stall us so we won't protest," Brown told the Inquirer. "We'll take the time if they offer it but they won't put anything in writing. They're just trying to keep me from going up there and ruining their show."

Nutter is scheduled to appear live at 7 p.m. in a half-hour telecast called "Ask the Mayor," taking questions from an invited studio audience, Twitter, Facebook and email.

POSTED: Monday, September 26, 2011, 3:55 PM

Another city GOP candidate is using humor to try to help his chances on election day. Michael Untermeyer, a candidate for a Republican council at-large spot in November's election, just put out this video that depicts Council as sleeping instead of fixing Philadelphia's violence-plagued schools or restructuring its burdensome tax code.

Untermeyer is running for Council, so it's a little surprising to find a reference to Mayor Michael Nutter tacked on to the end of the video. The bit with the blonde woman that closes this video appears to refer to news reports detailing a dinner between the mayor and Heather Steinmiller, an attorney and 2007 Nutter campaign adviser who was appointed by the mayor to the Pennsylvania Convention Center board.

A Nutter spokesman has complained that the focus on this dinner is unfair, inaccurate and racist.

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 11:45 AM

As expected, Council this morning passed the redistricting map proposed by Council members Frank DiCicco and James F. Kenney, passing over a competing plan drawn up by a five-member ad hoc committee that included most of Council leadership.

The vote was 15-2, with the two "no" votes coming from Councilman Brian O'Neill - the biggest loser in the reshuffling of the Councilmanic boundaries - and his fellow Republican, at-large member Jack Kelly. 

Under the new plan, O'Neill, the only Republican representing a district, will have to absorb the entire 56th Ward, a staunchly Democratic area of Northeast Philadelphia. The ad hoc committee map that he preferred would have carved up the ward between O'Neill's Tenth District and the adjacent Sixth District.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 5:18 PM

A West Philadelphia facility that helps women recover from drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence says it faces eviction Friday because the city of Philadelphia failed to pay it on time.

“We haven’t received a check from them at all since May,” said Traci Lawton, founder and executive director of House of Hugs at 60th and Catherine streets.

But two Philadelphia officials said Wednesday that the city would pay House of Hugs $22,700 Thursday.<NO1>9/22/11<NO>

POSTED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 3:59 PM

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is planning to introduce a new curfew bill during the Council meeting Thursday on behalf of the administration.

Mayor Nutter promised a new law this summer, after he unilaterally lowered the curfew in response to a series of "flash mob" attacks, in which roving gangs of kids attacked and beat random strangers.

The new law would have three structural changes:

POSTED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 1:27 PM

Although he cautioned that the process was still "fluid," Councilman Frank DiCicco said his colleagues are likely to pass the redistricting map, co-sponsored with Councilman James Kenney, on Thursday, disregarding a competing plan drawn up by an ad hoc committee that included Council President Anna C. Verna.

The biggest difference between the two maps is how they handle Northeast Philadelphia's 56th Ward. Councilman Brian O'Neill had been trying to limit how much of the ward he had to absorb into his Tenth District. As the only Republican representing a district, O'Neill wanted to avoid taking on too many of the ward's stringent Democratic voters.

The Verna map carves up the 56th Ward with the Sixth District, while the DiCicco map puts the entire ward in O'Neill's district. O'Neill also sat on the five-member committee that drew up the map dividing the 56th Ward. He was supported in his efforts by Majority Leader Marian Tasco.

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