Saturday, February 13, 2016

City

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Philadelphia could soon become the next city to ban pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs and cats, a move that prioritizes adoption of rescue animals and is aimed at stopping the growth of so-called animal mills.
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Mayor Kenney on Friday visited a high school for juvenile males charged with felonies, many of whom were African American.
Municipal Court Judge Joseph J. O'Neill soon will be charged in a federal criminal case, a state judicial court said in a filing Friday.
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City Council President Darrell L. Clarke on Monday will announce a “comprehensive energy plan” he said will yield 10,000 jobs over 10 years.
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A member of City Council on Thursday proposed an amnesty program for parking ticket scofflaws, while another said the city should raise the penalties for business owners whose properties attract loitering, drug use and other nuisances.
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The Philadelphia Fire Department will no longer use "brownouts" or forced staff rotations - two controversial policies implemented by former Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor Kenney announced Thursday.
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When Mayor Kenney was campaigning for the city’s chief executive job, he often spoke about his plan to do zero-based budgeting and the savings that could come from it. Now that he is in office, however, zero-based budgeting has been replaced with “program-based budgeting,” a similar but different method for planning how to spend taxpayers’ money.
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Mayor Kenney will announce on Thursday the end of two Fire Department policies he vowed to get rid of as mayor - rotating firefighters through stations and the temporary closure of firehouses.
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A coalition of officials, parents, and activists asked Mayor Kenney on Wednesday to direct an investigation into an eleventh-hour School Reform Commission vote to hand Wister Elementary School over to a charter organization.
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The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) looked at the largest 21 agencies within the administration to determine whether the departments had clear goals and objectives and whether they had a way to measure their performance. Here are its findings.
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Mayor Kenney has some tickets for the Boss, if you are interested. That's right - for Bruce Springsteen's sold-out concert at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. The city, at Kenney's impetus, donated the 18 seats in the mayor's box to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia to sell.
4
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Joseph A. Russo was fired from the Board of Revision of Taxes in 2009 for allegedly manipulating a property assessment at the behest of his political patron, then-State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo.
4
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Previously, people could simply sign up to receive more information on volunteering. Today a revamped volunteer registration portal allows them - and wheover else is interested - to sign up for specific jobs at and around the convention.
2/5
Last month's blizzard blew through the city's entire annual $5.2 million snow budget - and a few million more, according to city estimates.
2/5
Jim Kenney held his first Twitter chat as mayor Friday afternoon to answer questions ranging from absurd to important with everything you can imagine in between.
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Philadelphia spent $1.7 million last year to keep Forbes' "Under 30 Summit" in the city, according to WHYY, or upward of $1,000 for each of the callow go-getters who attended the October gathering of young entrepreneurs. Was it worth it? Former Mayor Michael Nutter, who tirelessly pursued buzzy events to burnish the city's image, obviously thought so. Mayor Kenney, on the other hand, has expressed mild reservations.
2/5
In the tense hours after a young black man in her city was killed in an encounter with police, Minneapolis City Councilwoman Lisa Bender needed guidance. So she wrote to a city councilwoman in St. Louis, asking what she had learned in the riots and protests after the death of Michael Brown.
2/5
The rest are not quite ready to kill golden goose.
2/5
Here’s a look back at two decades of inside politics you never got elsewhere.
2/4
Mayor Kenney on Thursday endorsed State Rep. Dwight Evans in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in the Democratic primary election.
2/4
Edward Coryell Sr., longtime leader of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, had an unexpected visitor Wednesday morning.
2/4
Sozi Tulante, Mayor Kenney's pick for city solicitor, was unanimously approved Thursday by a committee of City Council, but not without being badgered a bit by Council President Darrell L. Clarke.
2/5
About this time two years ago, Philadelphia Gas Works chief executive Craig White was in the middle of negotiations to sell PGW to a utility company in Connecticut.
2/4
Members of Philadelphia City Council set their focus on public safety Thursday, approving appointees to a new committee on criminal justice reform and proposing the creation of a commission to address one part of that puzzle - youth gun violence.
2/3
What a surprise — the man arguably most responsible for marijuana decriminalization in Philadelphia is a big fan of Bob Marley.
2/3
The head of the city's public defenders association, an advocate for prisoner rights, and a former deputy police commissioner will be among those named Thursday to a City Council committee tasked with studying criminal justice reform.
2/3
City Commissioner Lisa Deeley's second attempt at establishing more accountability at the City Commissioners office was again snubbed by her two fellow board members.
2/19
This map shows how the the city's Actual Value Initiative (AVI) is affecting the average residential market value and tax bill for the Geographic Market Areas with 10 or more properties.
2/3
Education activist Susan Gobreski will lead the city's charge in setting up community schools throughout Philadelphia, Mayor Kenney announced Wednesday.
2/2
Former Mayor Michael Nutter made his debut as a CNN commentator Monday night, stumping for Secretary Hillary Clinton amid the Iowa caucuses just hours after the network announced his new role.
2/2
If you have belatedly received a bill, court order, or notice of a parking violation from the City of Philadelphia, City Controller Alan Butkovitz wants to hear from you.
2/1
A controversial City Council bill to regulate music venues in Philadelphia has reached its coda. Councilman Mark Squilla, who has been under siege for a week by the local music community and First Amendment advocates, says he is withdrawing his proposed legislation and starting over.
2/1
Former Mayor Michael Nutter is no stranger to cable news networks, but typically he was the focus of the headlines.
2/1
The pediatrician who led New York City's health department through major campaigns against tobacco and sugary soda was named by Mayor Kenney on Monday to head Philadelphia's Department of Public Health.
2/1
History has shown us that chaos follows the fall of a strongman. A power vacuum sparks competition among the ambitious, who often lack the juice to adequately replace the deposed despot.
2/1
Let's say you count on earning $360,000 a year to take care of your many dependents, pay the bills, and stay afloat.
1/30
When Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon talks about past campaigns - a second-floor headquarters, maps lit up in highlighters, knocking on door after door - you get a sense that the lulls between elections must be torturous for him.
1/29
Philadelphia's City Council is remains among the highest paid of the country's largest cities with an average salary of $132,789, according to a Pew report released this week.
1/29
The Democratic National Convention Committee announced four new executives to join their team, including one who is related to Rev. Leah Daughtry, the committee’s CEO.
1/29
State lawmakers want to hold hearings on the physical condition of Pennsylvania's schools, State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes announced Friday at Locke Elementary, which lost heat last week, sending students home for the day.
1/29
Hours before he was convicted on federal bank and tax fraud charges last year, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. vowed there wasn't going to be any apologizing.
1/29
Tens of thousands of Philadelphia's poorest citizens leave millions of dollars in federal tax credits on the table each tax season. This year, the city is making a new effort to see that money claimed.
1/28
With six months left until Democrats meet here to nominate their pick for president, the head of the Democratic National Convention Committee said planning was "on time, on task, and on budget."
1/28
Mary McDaniel, a city staff attorney for three years, will be chief ethics officer to City Council. Council approved the appointment in a resolution passed Thursday.
1/27
City Commissioner Lisa Deeley's push to have all three Philadelphia election commissioners keep daily work logs - and have their pay docked if they do not - was stalled Wednesday morning for lack of support from the two other commissioners, Al Schmidt and the board's chairman, Anthony Clark.
1/28
After outrage from First Amendment advocates, the music community, and what seemed like half of Twitter users, Councilman Mark Squilla said he would dial back a bill to revamp the city's music venue licensing rules.
1/28
City launches innovative landscaping jobs program for ex-offenders
1/27
Jim Kenney's first major test as mayor came in the form of 22.5 inches of frozen ice crystals. For Kenney, barely three weeks in office, the snowstorm was an inaugural bout with Mother Nature that set records as the fourth-largest snowfall in Philadelphia history.
1/27
A proposed City Council bill that apparently would give police the power to approve or deny licenses for certain musical venues generated a swift backlash from musicians and fans Wednesday.
1/27
It might sound like a cushy gig: former Mayor Michael Nutter, out of office just three weeks, signed on Wednesday as a professor at Columbia University.
1/27
For the first time, two African American women will serve as the top judges in the Philadelphia court system, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday.
1/27
When former Mayor Michael Nutter ordered an about-face on Philadelphia's immigration enforcement policy days before he left office, immigrant-rights groups cried foul, suspecting a quid pro quo.
1/22
It’s a benefit the city doesn’t need and can’t afford
1/27
From the outside, the unremarkable building at 2637 N. Fifth St. - Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic's headquarters - looks no different from dozens of other drab structures that line the roads in the city's poverty-stricken Fairhill neighborhood.
1/27
Continuing its work monitoring dangerous buildings in Philadelphia, the City Controller's Office has launched a drone to provide sky-high views of damaged properties.
1/27
Nutter will join Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs as a professor of professional practice and urban policy, Dean Merit E. Janow announced in a press release today.
1/26
One of the three city commissioners who run Philadelphia elections is proposing new rules that would make her and her two colleagues publicly account for their working hours - and lose pay if they don't.
1/25
As Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt tells it, he walked into the commissioners' Jan. 6 reorganization meeting with two proposals written out in his leather-bound notebook.
1/26
A look at the city's response to the storm this weekend: 1,800 miles of city streets plowed. 10,000 tons of salt used.
1/26
Mayor Kenney is asking residents whose narrow city streets are still choked in snow to be patient - the plows, he says, are coming.
1/25
Four of Philadelphia City Council's five freshman members have decided to take one of the job's most-questioned perks: a city-owned car.
1/25
Tiny Cantrell Street can't catch a break. The South Philadelphia route rarely got plowed when future Mayor Jim Kenney was growing up there, longtime residents said, and now that he's taken office, it still hasn't gotten plowed.
1/25
Robbin and Ernesto Pineda had opened their Pottstown home to many a foster child over 15 years. Last year, though, the requests from Montgomery County seemed to slow, and the house started feeling empty.
1/22
A day after the Committee of Seventy called for replacing Philadelphia's elections board and bashed its chairman for not voting, the board's sole Republican hit back, saying the watchdog group's leaders don't practice what they preach.
1/21
Saying the city election board's problems are "larger" than Chairman Anthony Clark's controversial ways, Philadelphia's oldest civic watchdog group is calling for the board to be abolished.
1/22
Hooking up with interns or the boss is prohibited under a new office policy.
1/15
In the weeks before Mayor Michael Nutter left office, he asked his successor, Jim Kenney, for a favor: Keep Nutter's director of communications on the payroll so she could collect her pension.
1/22
"As it's been revealed over the last few years, and even the last few weeks, City Commissioner Anthony Clark's behavior is embarrassing and insulting to the voters and taxpayers of Philadelphia. His conduct also has serious and damaging consequences
1/21
As Philadelphia City Council returned Thursday for its first meeting of the new term, bills were offered that would add teeth to minority hiring, look hard at how schools have been hurt by years of budget cuts, and shed light on the businesses that receive big tax subsidies.
1/21
Let the record show that Wednesday's public meeting of the Philadelphia City Commissioners came and went without a word spoken about the work habits, voting record, renewed chairmanship, and half-million-dollar pension expectations of the man running the meeting, Commissioner Anthony Clark.
1/20
Let the record show that Wednesday's public meeting of the Philadelphia City Commissioners came and went without a word spoken about the work habits, voting record, renewed chairmanship, and half-million-dollar pension expectations of the man running the meeting, Commissioner Anthony Clark.
1/19
Guess who was in his office most of today? City Commissioner Anthony Clark. That’s right, the city commissioner chairman who received some heat the last couple weeks for his lax work attendance, spent most of the day inside his City Hall office.
1/19
Hoverboards were among the most in-demand gifts this past holiday season. But the motorized skateboards also have been cause for alarm. For one thing, they're known to burst into flames.
1/19
If you thought public office would make Philadelphia’s new boss less Jimmy and more Mayor, think again. Kenney, the former longtime City Councilman...
1/19
First, Mayor Kenney handled the important business: reading a picture book called My Friends to a group of spellbound 4-year-olds.
1/19
Gov. Wolf is one of a dozen new governors now finishing their first year in office. Here's how his year-one compares to the rest.
1/19
Reaction to Philadelphia City Commissioner Anthony Clark's work habits ranged Monday from "This is a public embarrassment" to "There must be a way to remove him."
1/17
Consider the deal Anthony Clark has with his employer. He is paid $138,612 a year. He just got his contract renewed for another four years.
1/16
As Mayor Kenney's official black SUV rolled up, high-pitched cheers erupted from the steps to Southwest Philadelphia's Penrose School and the rat-tat-tat of the drum line started inside the building.
1/2
A fee on shopping bags. Security cameras outside every bar. A ban on cigarette sales at city pharmacies. All were proposed by Philadelphia City Council members last year, but none saw a Council vote. Two were shelved without a hearing.
1/15
Local control of large urban school systems is no magic bullet to improve academic performance, research released Thursday indicates. Then again, neither is state control of such districts.
1/15
Allan Domb takes a spill; debunking rumors about Carpenters Union; KYW’s Mike Dunn lands Kenney admin job.
1/15
A codefendant charged in a fraud conspiracy with former Philadelphia Sheriff John D. Green pleaded not guilty Thursday during his arraignment before a federal magistrate judge.
1/14
The 3 pleaded to misdemeanor charges in exchange for felony charges being dropped, and were sentenced to probation.
1/12
Mayor Kenney could 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.
1/8
Losing his reelection bid last year has worked out rather well for former Philadelphia City Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr.
1/7
Hours after he was reelected chairman of the board that runs Philadelphia's elections, City Commissioner Anthony Clark took steps Wednesday to cash in big.
1/6
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.
1/6
City Commissioner Anthony Clark, who faced criticism over failing to vote for three years, will again head the three-member board that oversees Philadelphia elections.
1/5
Jim Kenney's first full day as mayor took him from a schoolhouse abuzz with Philadelphia's future to a hall that exhibits its storied past.
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Commissioners to vote on leader The three city commissioners who oversee Philadelphia's elections will select a new chairperson Wednesday during their reorganization meeting.
1/4
Philadelphia City Council welcomed five new members Monday and opted for a slight shift in leadership, retaining Darrell L. Clarke as president while replacing the majority leader.
1/4
Advance text of the speech Darrell L. Clarke, Philadelphia City Council president, delivered Monday morning: Good morning, everyone. I would like to thank you for taking the time to be here today to watch your democracy in action. I hope it is a memorable, enlightening, and enjoyable experience. Thank you.
1/22
It's snowing in Philly. Check it out. Video courtesy of NBC10
12/10
At its final meeting of the year, Philadelphia City Council passed a pile of small bills and a few big ones Thursday while bidding farewell to three members and hosting an unexpected visit from Mayor Nutter.
1/1
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney released another round of appointments Friday morning, keeping three commissioners in their posts and tapping two new department heads.
12/31
Mayor Nutter took the lectern for a final news conference Thursday, and in a tone that was kind of sad, kind of tired, got the business out of the way first.
12/30
Pennsylvania's delegation at the Democratic National Convention will stay at the Double Tree Hilton downtown this summer, while New Jersey's bunks at the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport.
12/30
A coalition of progressive organizations on Wednesday outlined nine policies they want mayor-elect Jim Kenney to institute in his first 99 days in office.
12/30
Philadelphia signed an agreement for construction of a memorial park at the site of the June 2013 building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets.
12/30
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced three additional appointments Wednesday for positions in the Office Immigrant Affairs and Services and the Office of Arts and Culture.
12/29
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, who as a Philadelphia city councilman was known for his off-the-cuff and at times controversial comments, on Tuesday announced two appointments to the team charged with managing his communications.
12/29
During her bid for reelection, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown's campaign opened an illegal savings account and deposited more than $25,000 in contributions, which it did not disclose on finance reports, according to a settlement with the city Board of Ethics announced Tuesday.
12/29
It is critical to continue the substantial progress already made — Philadelphia should never have to experience another 22d and Market Street tragedy.
12/29
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney named three more administrative appointments Tuesday including digital director, which is a newly created position, and communications director.
12/28
Guaranteeing the fair and impartial administration of justice for all is a massive and complicated undertaking for a jurisdiction as large as the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.
12/28
Anne Fadullon is currently the Director of Development for the DALE Corporation, a construction management and consulting firm. She previously worked as Director of Development for the Redevelopment Authority under former Mayor Ed Rendell.
12/28
Mayor Nutter on Monday launched a campaign on Twitter in an effort to get Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin named the NFL’s Man of the Year. “Let's...
12/25
Michael Nutter’s best day in office: Greeting Pope Francis on the tarmac of Philadelphia International Airport. His worst: May 3, 2008, when Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski was killed, and each of the 12 other days when city employees died on the job.
12/25
Talan Brooks and his mother were unsure what Christmas would bring this year. Their fitful efforts to get into the city's crowded homeless shelters had come up short. They were living on a friend's couch.
12/23
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney is conducting a national search for candidates to head three major departments - prisons, fire, and human services.
12/23
In the meantime administrators within the Departments agreed to serve as acting commissioners.
12/22
Neil Theobald described recent talks with Jim Kenney as productive.
12/22
HARRISBURG - In a dramatic twist, the Pennsylvania House reversed course Tuesday and positioned itself to vote on the $30.8 billion state spending plan backed by Gov. Wolf and Senate Republicans, setting up a possible sprint to end the months-long budget impasse by Christmas.
12/22
Mayor Nutter on Tuesday changed the rules about what information the city shares with the federal government about some immigrants, a policy shift that will last less than two weeks.
12/22
After eight months of negotiations, Mayor Nutter on Tuesday signed off on a new 15-year franchise between the city and Comcast.
12/18
Sixteen-year-old Craig Terry was one of the young men to whom Mayor-elect Jim Kenney apologized Friday at the My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia Summit, when he said too many young men of color in Philadelphia are stopped and frisked for no reason.
12/17
Mayor Nutter on Thursday touted the achievements of the city's inspector general, whose office has saved or recovered more than $70 million during his time in office.
12/17
When it came to his employment, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was a revolving door for Philadelphia Democratic ward leader Dan Savage, a steady paycheck between political campaigns.
12/17
City and federal officials said Thursday that Philadelphia had "effectively ended" homelessness among military veterans, meaning every veteran in the city who wants housing has it.
12/16
The Philadelphia city controller and the Nutter administration tangled over Fire Department response times Wednesday. City Controller Alan Butkovitz contended that the Fire Department has been slower in responding to emergencies under Mayor Nutter.
12/16
Quietly and without fanfare, “Ban the Box 2.0” was signed into law yesterday. The original legislation, which banned Philly-based employers from inquiring about criminal convictions on job applications or during initial interviews, has been amended and places significantly more restrictions on employers.
12/15
Mayor Nutter on Tuesday signed off on an expansion of a Philadelphia law that outlines when employers can ask potential hires about their criminal backgrounds. He also strengthened the city's rules on hiring former offenders.
12/15
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced Tuesday the leadership team at Philadelphia International Airport that will work with new airport CEO Chellie Cameron, whom Kenney last week appointed to the top job, effective after he officially becomes the city's leader on Jan. 4.
12/14
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney on Monday appointed Sozi P. Tulante, a Harvard Law grad and current assistant U.S. attorney, who came to Philadelphia has a young refugee, as city solicitor.
12/11
Ten immigrant-rights activists who attempted to block two public entrances at City Hall scuffled fiercely with police Friday before being dragged outside and left to sit among about 100 supporters.
12/11
Saying he felt "embarrassed and humiliated," former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. was sentenced to three years' probation Friday on conflict-of-interest charges for using his judicial chamber and staff to run his personal real estate business.
12/11
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced three more appointments to his administration Friday. Samantha Phillips will continue to serve as director of the Office of Emergency Management; Christine Knapp, currently a deputy chief of staff at the Water Department, will serve as director of the Office of Sustainability; and Eva Gladstein, currently director of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, will serve as deputy managing director for children and families.
12/10
Sozi P. Tulante, a Harvard Law grad and current assistant U.S. attorney, has been making the rounds of City Council offices, introducing himself as Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's pick for city solicitor.
12/8
A day after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would ban all Muslims from the country, Mayor Nutter said he wants to ban Trump from Philadelphia.
12/9
Nearly two years after its creation, the Philadelphia Land Bank is ready to do business. Mayor Nutter on Wednesday announced the transfer of 150 property deeds owned by the government nonprofit Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. to the Land Bank, a deposit that made the bank able to carry out its mission: assemble vacant properties for development.
12/9
Jim Kenney wants Temple to seek a better deal to use the Eagles' home.
12/9
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney on Wednesday announced his appointments for city treasurer, budget director and first deputy finance director. Rasheia Johnson, a senior vice president at Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC, a banking and financial services company, will serve as city treasurer. In a prepared statement, Kenney said Johnon's "technical and analytical expertise will aid her as she maintains the fiscal stability of our city."
12/9
Richard Negrin, Philadelphia's managing director and deputy mayor for administration and coordination, is leaving the administration for a job with a city law firm, Mayor Nutter announced Wednesday.
12/8
Former Gov. Ed Rendell waited for years - and a big audience - to spill his secret about City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco.
12/9
Shoulder to shoulder they stood: imams in kufis, ministers in robes, rabbis in skullcaps, elected officials and community leaders in business suits.
12/8
Temple University has postponed the timetable for its football stadium plan.
11/5
Rep. Dwight Evans will chair the committee along with Alba Martinez, former city human services commissioner and Jessie Bradley, who worked on Nutter's transition.
12/8
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney said Tuesday that top priorities in his administration will be expanding prekindergarten, adding jobs, and cutting the wage tax.
12/7
It’s time to reject Donald Trump’s xenophobic fascism.
12/7
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will be taking part in the Harvard Institute of Politics’ Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors from Wednesday through Friday. The three-day conference is held every two years for mayor-elects from cities with populations over 75,000 and focuses on urban policy issues such as public safety, municipal finance and crisis management.
12/4
Clout: Desiree Peterkin-Bell gets shown the door; Chuck Ramsey Chi-Town rumors; and Ben Waxman is flush with cash
12/3
Racist emails open a window into minds of prosecutors.
12/3
After eight months of negotiations, Comcast Corp. and the City of Philadelphia agreed Thursday to the terms of a new 15-year franchise agreement.
12/3
When a car hits another car, a person or a bike, don't call it an accident. That was the refrain at a conference Thursday about making Philadelphia's streets safer.
12/3
Frank Fina and other prosecutors at the center of the Porngate email scandal have been transferred out of their units in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
12/3
Nearly 500 members of the national media from 125 news outlets came to Philadelphia, Thursday to tour the Wells Fargo Center and in some cases try their first cheesesteak.
12/3
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney on Thursday named Rochelle L. Cameron as chief executive officer of Philadelphia International Airport and Kathryn Ott Lovell as commissioner of parks and recreation.
12/4
Following repeated calls for their resignations, three top city prosecutors entangled in the pornographic email scandal have been reassigned to lower-profile positions in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
12/3
THE $450 MILLION South Philadelphia casino project which has been battered by allegations that one of its developers discriminates against African-Americans, has run into another roadblock: labor pains.
12/2
Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he is not changing his mind about retiring from police work later this month, despite the sudden opening of what he once described as his "dream job."
12/2
A bill that would have banned college students from renting apartments on luxurious Rittenhouse Square - and a huge swath of its surrounding neighborhood - was amended Wednesday and now will only apply to a single block.
12/1
Eight months of negotiations over Comcast's next franchise with the city will stretch a few days longer after a committee of Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday again declined to vote on an agreement, saying it still needs work.
11/27
The man soon to become Philadelphia's 99th mayor is not on board with one of the last initiatives of the 98th.
11/27
Jim Kenney spotted on Broad Street line with snazzy Eagles jacket; McGinty gets ahead of herself; Joe Certaine clears the record.
11/25
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney said Wednesday that Streets Commissioner David Perri will head the Department of Licenses and Inspections in his administration.
11/25
Here's a look at the old guard, and the new faces who will be sworn in Jan. 4.
11/24
The two Republican at-large Council seats were officially decided after a certified tally released Monday evening: Incumbent David Oh won a second term...
11/24
Lawyers for state Reps. Louise Williams Bishop and Vanessa Lowery Brown are gearing up for a fight.
11/23
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams did little to assuage his critics Monday when he announced that three prosecutors ensnared in a pornographic email chain had finally received sensitivity training.
11/23
Three city prosecutors under fire for sharing sexist, racist and homophobic emails completed sensitivity training Friday, according to a release from the District Attorney's Office.
11/23
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's latest wave of announcements mean that his administration's top people on money matters will bring plenty of experience with Philadelphia's finances, in good times and bad.
11/19
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney is hitting the road to learn more about one of the key tenets of his education platform: expanding community schools.
1/29
The average tenure on Council has dropped substantially in the past five years -- now at 8.2 years -- due to two elections in a row of high turnover, according to a new Pew study released this week. In 2010, the last time Pew studied the makeup of Council, the average tenure was 15.5 years.
1/21
Philadelphia City Council on Thursday called on the city and the school district to officially recognize two Muslim holidays, which would give students and employees those days off.
12/23
HARRISBURG - For two whirlwind days, lawmakers tried a flurry of last-ditch maneuvers to end the historic budget gridlock and enact some version of a state spending plan.
12/14
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will formally announce the appointment of Sozi Pedro Tulante as Philadelphia's next City Solicitor.
12/10
City Council approved a new 15-year franchise agreement between the city and Comcast on Thursday, giving the telecommunications giant the legal right to operate in the city while securing a package of perks for Philadelphians including an expanded discount program for low income seniors.
12/9
His campaign manager and political adviser, Dawn Chavous, runs a scholarship nonprofit that received large donations from the SIG partners.
11/19
The Philadelphia Water Department will launch a discount program for low-income residents under legislation passed Thursday by City Council. The bill, which Mayor Nutter's office has said he will sign, lays the foundation for income-based billing and debt-forgiveness options. The program could be operational by summer 2017.
11/17
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will announce three cabinet-level appointments Wednesday, including one to a newly created position that focuses on diversity.
11/18
The Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women launched an online petition this week calling on Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to fire three prosecutors who shared sexist and racist emails while they were employed at the state Attorney General's Office.
11/17
City Council’s Committee on Rules voted on Monday to approve a bill that would allow developers to build extra apartment units in certain zoning...
11/16
East Falls lawyer Sean Stevens has filed paperwork with Harrisburg to run for state representative in Pennsylvania’s 194thdistrict, saying that...
11/16
A coalition of advocacy groups gathered outside City Hall on Monday to decry an anticipated city policy change that would renew cooperation among Philadelphia police, local jails, and federal immigration agents.
11/16
A mix of old and new will fill the uppermost ranks of the Kenney administration. It's a mix, too, of races and genders.
11/13
Unofficial results show that O’Brien lost his Council seat by 389 votes.
11/13
The pact between city and Comcast would last 15 years.
11/13
Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia's parks and recreation czar and a longtime cabinet appointee to two mayors, is Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's choice to be his managing director.
11/13
Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison indicated Thursday that the city was ready to roll back a 2014 executive order that has barred city police and prison officials from cooperating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
11/12
A technical negotiation of Comcast's franchise with the city Thursday turned into a broad, boisterous referendum on the company's role as a corporate citizen when the proposed agreement was probed by a committee of City Council.
11/13
City departments spent nearly $17 million on the papal visit, according to Philadelphia's budget director. That's $5 million more than the Nutter administration had projected it would seek in reimbursements.
11/12
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney vowed Thursday to continue the ethical standards that Mayor Nutter brought to city government. Kenney, speaking at the Committee of Seventy's annual luncheon, also said he would keep Amy Kurland as inspector general, a position he has long sought to make permanent.
11/12
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will be holding four town hall meetings in the North, South, Northeast and Strawberry Mansion sections of the city during the first week of December.
11/12
Philadelphia's five city councilwomen are calling for the dismissal of three city prosecutors caught up in the so-called porngate scandal.
11/11
The women of City Council plan to “denounce the demeaning, misogynistic and racist emails sent on state-owned computers by prosecutors currently employed” by the District Attorney’s office, according to a statement from NOW
11/12
When the city last month shared the terms of its tentative franchise deal with Comcast Corp., officials said the cable company planned to open a new center to handle Philadelphia calls, expand its low-income discount program, and pay penalties if customer service goals weren't met.
11/11
A coalition of African American leaders gathered outside City Hall on Wednesday to urge City Council members to consider allegations of racial discrimination made against the developer chosen to construct a casino in South Philadelphia.
11/11
Cordish Companies, which wants to build a South Philly casino, is accused of racial discrimination
11/11
Call it Ramsey 2.0: The Philadelphia Police Department will have new but familiar leadership come January. First Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross, whom Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced Wednesday as his choice to lead the department of more than 6,600 officers, said he planned to keep doing what retiring Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has done - "and then some."
11/10
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney hates the idea of being evaluated on his first 100 days in office. But during a radio interview Tuesday, Kenney said the first tangible thing Philadelphians can expect to see in his administration is improved police and community relations.
11/9
Marisa Piccarreto, a 37-year-old Democratic Center City small business owner, is running for the 182nd State House seat currently held by Brian Sims...
11/9
The race is over. Jim Kenney will be sworn in as Philadelphia's 99th mayor in eight weeks, the 10th Democrat in a row elected to that office since 1951.
11/7
How they spend money with no campaign.
11/7
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney reaffirmed Friday that universal pre-K, a port expansion, and prisoner-reentry programs would be priorities as he transitions into his chief executive role.
11/5
They are lawyers, veteran police commanders, advocates for children and charity; a high school principal and a former human-services commissioner. One ran for office before; one is running now.
11/5
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was scheduled to raise money for his Republican presidential campaign in Philadelphia Thursday evening at the Comcast Center.
11/5
This is the last time I will be writing about Michael Nutter. Promise. And that’s not easy. Here at U-Turn, Mayor Nutter has given us plenty...
11/5
Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia, on Wednesday blamed Tuesday's light voter turnout in part on Anthony Clark, chairman of the three-member board of City Commissioners that oversees elections. Michael Nutter, Democratic leader of the 52nd Ward, circulated a bullet ballot for the May 19 primary election that encouraged voters to support Clark's bid for a third term.