$lowdown endangers city budget

May 2, 2008

The Daily News reports, “Mayor Nutter, who ran for office on a promise of making City Hall business more transparent, yesterday tried to have reporters removed from a budget briefing that he held for City Council.”

Source: $lowdown endangers city budget

Changing Skyline: Three little words hint of a heartening change

May 2, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “Who would have thought that yanking Philadelphia’s city planners out of their 16-year-long politically induced coma would have been so easy? But it took just three choice words to set them on the road to recovery: ‘plan of development.'”

Source: Changing Skyline: Three little words hint of a heartening change

Slowed economy likely puts crimp in Nutter’s budget

May 2, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The crowd-pleasing $4 billion budget that Mayor Nutter proposed in February – packed with tax cuts and spending initiatives – will likely have to be scaled back, Nutter told City Council at a budget briefing yesterday.”

Source: Slowed economy likely puts crimp in Nutter’s budget

Editorial: Affordable Homes

April 30, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “The nation’s sputtering real estate market hasn’t been the good news one might expect for low-income Philadelphians looking for affordable housing.”

Source: Editorial: Affordable Homes

Phila., SEPTA seek better relationship

April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The city and SEPTA, long trapped in a loveless marriage, are embarking on a second honeymoon.”

Source: Phila., SEPTA seek better relationship

Editorial: Safe and Sound

April 29, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “Neither the city’s at-risk children nor its taxpayers should miss Philadelphia Safe and Sound when the agency closes its doors.”

Source: Editorial: Safe and Sound

Candidates must stop ignoring cities

April 29, 2008

An Inquirer commentary reads, “We are mayors. And, although we supported different Democratic candidates in the Pennsylvania primary, we are firmly united in our commitment to ensure that all the presidential candidates address a topic critical to the future of our state and our country: America’s cities.”

Source: Candidates must stop ignoring cities

Child-welfare report rankles Pa. officials

April 29, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Pennsylvania public welfare officials are disputing a national report that says the state fails to release adequate information about fatal and life-threatening cases of child abuse and neglect.”

Source: Child-welfare report rankles Pa. officials

Nutter appoints city LGBT liaison

April 29, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Mayor Nutter named Gloria A. Casarez as his liaison to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities yesterday, and announced that she would work out of the mayor’s office.”

Source: Nutter appoints city LGBT liaison

Dougherty to resign as redevelopment chair

April 29, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “A week after losing his state Senate race, labor leader John J. Dougherty announced plans to step down tomorrow as chairman of the city Redevelopment Authority. His term was not slated to end until early next year.”

Source: Dougherty to resign as redevelopment chair

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