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That's the theory offered up by Ethan Epstein at the conservative magazine City Journal. (Full disclosure: I co-produce a regular podcast for the magazine's website.) Epstein's reasons for diagnosing the mayor as a secret conservative?• Mayor Nutter's tough action against Center City "flash mobs" back in 2011:But Nutter didn’t stop at rhetoric; he threw the weight of the Philadelphia Police Department against the rioters. In mob-afflicted areas, he ramped up police patrols and imposed a weekend curfew of 9 PM for minors. Backing up his tough talk on absentee parents, he increased fines on the parents of kids repeatedly caught
Just going to prove that no budget news is good news these days, both the local and federal court systems in Philadelphia are facing problems because of budget cuts.Yesterday, the Inquirer reported that the federal Public Defender's Office in Philadelphia is laying off five staffers and ordering everybody else to take 10 unpaid furlough days by October. That's … a lot of furlough days. It's all due to $85 billion in "sequestration" cutbacks at the federal level, since President Obama and the GOP haven't found agreement on an actual federal budget. Thanks to that, automatic across-the-board cuts took place.As the
Because everybody's scared the government is going to stop spending your hard-earned tax money:Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region unexpectedly contracted in January, an indication companies are becoming more concerned about across-the-board U.S. government spending cuts that could slow growth.The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s general economic index dropped to minus 5.8 from 4.6 in December. Readings lower than zero signal contraction in the area covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. The median forecast of 58 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was 5.6. Estimates ranged from minus 3 to 10.The report follows New York Fed data released earlier this week
Mayor Announces Something That Looks Like Investigation, But Totally Isn’t, Into Election Day Mishaps
With lingering questions about Philadelphia's performance on Election Day, Mayor Nutter has decided to get to the bottom of things, but in a way that should totally make you feel comfortable he's just, you know, asking questions, and not at all trying to determine responsibility or cast blame for the way things went at the polls. Best part of the Newsworks story:But don't call this an investigation. "There actually is a better term," insisted Nutter, "it's called fact finding. This is not an investigation, so I'm asking you not to use that term."Oh, hell. Let's look at the dictionary definition
Mayor Nutter—the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors—is looking for Congress to pass a bi-partisan measure that will help raise revenue and stop a scheduled spending sequester. He said that the sequester would depress local budgets and could result in fewer fire fighters and police officers. Mayor Nutter said that he's not one for name calling, then took a jab at Congress.
“We need to let the public know … how it happened and who is responsible. We the mayors are the ones that have to implement the insanity that comes from Washington, D.C.” [Politico]
Approximately 5,500 non-unionized city workers will receive a 2.5-percent pay raise, effective October 1st. The raise is the first pay increase for the group since 2007. Representatives for Mayor Nutter say that the raises aren't meant as a message to unionized workers, who have been without a contract since 2009.
But Everett Gillison, the mayor’s chief of staff, denies that making these changes for non-unionized workers is a message to the unions.“I don’t think that I’m in the message-sending business,” Gillison says.What’s driving this, he says, is that the non-unionized workers have gone without a raise for years. [CBS 3]
My favorite new spot in the city, hands down, is Sister Cities Park. Inga Saffron went so far as to call the transformation of “this tiny shard of land” a miracle, and she's totally right: If ever there could be a tribute to what a fountain, some benches and a bright little café can do for an empty patch of land, Sister Cities is it. Over the course of a few months, the place went from zero to modern-day Seurat painting, and today you can see families picnicking there and kids in bathing suits running through the sprays of water coming up from the bluestone and people from all walks just sitting and enjoying the little urban oasis.
So, Mayor Nutter's proposed property tax reassessment plan was delayed for at least a year. The Actual Value Initiative (AVI) had many people concerned over the change they'd experience in their property tax bill, especially considering the amount of money the plan is supposed to raise for the city. Now that its implementation has been delayed, though, the city plans to mail out the results on February 15th so that everyone will know what their property is valued at. [Inquirer]
Philadelphia attorneys representing numerous religious groups will appear in federal court on Monday to argue that the city's ban on feeding the homeless on city parkland—including the Parkway and Love Park—unconstitutionally violates the First Amendment. The ban went into effect in June, but hasn't been enforced because the city is waiting for a judge to rule on the matter. Many believe that the ban was a response to concerns brought to light by the Occupy Philly protest and some think that the city's focus on tourism on and around the Parkway may have been a motivating factor in the enactment
This morning Local Union 22 called another press conference to reiterate its desire to have Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers resign for alleged mistakes during the handling of the Kensington warehouse fire that took the lives of two firefighters. At this press conference, though, the union also called for the resignation of Mayor Nutter for lying to help Ayers cover his tracks. Mayor Nutter's office issued a response saying that Local 22 was dishonoring the fallen firefighters and that their real issue is over a contract. [Fox 29]