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Mayor Michael Nutter and a number of city officials are set to receive automatic pay increases. Of the officials up for the pay bump, six are either rejecting it or donating it. City Council President Darrell Clarke is one of the officials donating his raise, though he's not donating it to charity. Instead, Council President Clarke is donating his 2.8 percent salary increase to the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama. [Newsworks]
As a former Temple student who lived in off-campus housing, I apologize to the residents of North Central Philadelphia. Not necessarily for my actions (although I lived in and visited many a party house before graduating in 2010), nor the actions of the majority of the student community. No, I mainly apologize for those among us who are basically asking you, North Philadelphia, to have a seat and take your medicine.
North Philadelphia residents are blinded by a community pride so strong they can't see the benefits of a new proposal aimed at helping their neighborhood.The relationship between Temple University and the surrounding residents has been chilly for years. In October, Councilman Darrell Clarke proposed the North Central Neighborhood Improvement District (NCNID) to help engender a stronger, more positive relationship between the neighbors and the university.
There are few things more satisfying to a journalist than watching events unfold that validate your work. After my blog post last week about the current city budget debate, where I called for more oversight of the City Council budget, fate presented me with that gift in the form of Twitter, Councilman Jim Kenney and Jane Roh.Roh is the commications director for Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke. She was upset with my post and took to Twitter to let her 839 followers know about it.Cute. I ignored the cheap shot and tweeted back.
It was supposed to be a change election in Philadelphia. November 8, 2011, the day a city electorate finally awoke from a 50-year coma to say no more to reckless spending and the underlying corruption that fuels it. Suddenly, Philadelphia City Council member was not a lifetime job.Six new faces were swept into office, meaning one-third of council owe their jobs to the mandate of change. So where is it?
Last night, Philadelphia law firm Zarwin Baum hosted a meet-and-greet networking event with city leaders that was open to the public. At the unique cocktail party, many of our politicians, including Mayor Nutter, interacted with each other, when in other circumstances, they may be in each others' crosshairs—especially with the news this week that newly elected City Council President Darrell Clarke (second from left) said he wants to end Philadelphia City Council's longstanding three-month summer vacation and institute a few new changes to their schedule that will require them to put in more hours. Behind Clarke are State Rep. Tony
Philadelphia mayors have dreamed of selling off—even giving away—the publicly owned Philadelphia Gas Works for nearly 20 years. The obstacles: Some pols blanch at the mere mention of privatization, and few buyers were interested in taking on the utility's huge debt.
On the surface, City Council's first working session of 2012 seemed altogether different. Gone was the wizened frame of the recently retired Anna Verna; in her place at the head of council chambers was Darrell Clarke. Gone too were five other council members, a (mostly) sorry lot that will not be missed by those Philadelphians who expect their legislators to actually, you know, legislate. In their place were six new council members: some nervous, some buoyant, all of them— one would expect, at least—anxious to make a name for themselves.But no. Not yesterday, at least. The first council session of 2012 was—with the exception of the Clarke for Verna swap—much like any other of the past four years. A handful of council members, Clarke, Bill Green, Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Curtis Jones, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Wilson Goode, Jr., kicked off the new term with fistfuls of bills and weighty resolutions, while their fellows—including all six of the freshmen—offered up nothing but empty commendations and small-ball zoning housekeeping within their districts.
I'm pretty sure Mayor Nutter was trying to strike a note of grim determination in yesterday's inaugural address, but mostly what I took away was the grim. The contrast between the buoyant new mayor of four years ago and the battered and cautious (but determined!) figure we saw yesterday was pretty profound.