Turns out Mayor Nutter isn’t such a fan of the “knockout game.”
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The mayor finally got the message: The citizens of Philadelphia — and a member of his own administration who lost his daughter in the Salvation Army building collapse — were tired of waiting for a promised-but-not-yet-delivered creation of an independent review commission to investigate the incident.
Last week the Daily News’ Ronnie Polaneczky wrote a column in which she noted that the day after the tragedy, he said he’d convene the commission, yet he still hadn’t as of her writing. It was appalling. We said, “Take some time out from your schedule…and GET IT DONE.” Today at 3 p.m. Nutter will officially announce the creation of an independent advisory commission not just to review the accident, but to evaluate the Department of Licenses & Inspections overall. Now that’s getting it done.
On Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter proposed legislation to amend the Philadelphia Code to replace the term “ex-offender” with the term “returning citizen.” He also decided to change the name of the Office of Re-integration Services for Ex-Offenders to the Office of Re-integration. Read more »
CBS 3 reports: “Mayor Michael Nutter says he’s still somewhat in the dark over Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to send $50-million to the school district in exchange for the right to sell some vacant district buildings. Nutter wants to know who’s interested in buying them.” Clarke has said 11 developers are interested in buying the buildings.
“I would say that it would help further the process — for both us and the school district — if there are legitimate expressions of interest, or these letters of interest, whoever they are and whatever they might say, is helpful, would be helpful in the process,” said Mayor Nutter. “So we’ll see. At some point in time, they may forward them to us.” Read more »
So Mayor Nutter is going to London in a couple of weeks.
I get it. He wants to improve the city’s business relations. He’s looking for new business to attract here. He’s trying to better our image. People can debate the actual value of these kinds of trips. Do they really help? Does it really make a difference if our mayor goes? Can’t he be more productive and valuable just by staying at home and working on our own enormous challenges? Should taxpayers, even political contributors, be paying for these things? Will British Airways even upgrade him (trust me, it isn’t easy)? No one really knows. But that’s not important. Because the Mayor’s mind is made up. The reservations are made. The tickets are booked. He’s going.
The problem is he’s going to the wrong city.
The debate surrounding the two competing methods for raising funds for city schools has been unexpectedly wonkish for City Hall. Nutter advocates the borrowing of $50 million against the proceeds from increased sales tax, and council president Darrell Clarke wants to sell off school buildings which he expects to reap something in the 9-figures. Other than accusations that Clarke’s numbers are a tad inflated, the point-counterpoint has so far remained a reasonable argument of arithmetic.
Except, as it turns out, it’s not, and we should have seen it all along.
Not all that long ago, it took a team of gumshoe reporters and endless following up on right-to-know requests to figure out who received tickets to “the mayor’s box,” prime seats for events at Lincoln Financial Field, Citizen’s Bank Park, the Wells Fargo Center, the Mann and the Dell. The answer, at least in the John Street days, was a medley of power players; according to one report, just 72 of the 1,358 tickets handed out during his first term were given to charities, nonprofits and first responders.
The extent to which Mayor Michael Nutter will actually leave the legacy of transparency on which he based much of his original campaign is debatable, but he has certainly made overtures since he took office, and the release of the names and data of ticket-receivers has been one of them. The latest report has just been released. Here are a few facts that are interesting, or useful, or both—or neither, but that jumped out at us all the same:
In case you weren’t aware (and I found out by picking up a flier at my dry cleaner), this week is Cultural Passport to Philadelphia week! The event, coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MOIMA), is meant to celebrate immigrant heritage and diversity in Philadelphia. A series of events, hosted by MOIMA in partnership with several other organizations, it’s goal is to “promote understanding, respect, and appreciation for the many residents, cultures and communities which combine to make Philadelphia a great destination.”
Of the most interest to Foobooz readers, though, is the way diverse communities make Philadelphia a great dining destination. MOIMA has dubbed this Friday, September 20th, Ethnic Food Day, and you’re invited to attend a Cross-Cultural Bar Crawl from 6-11pm. The crawl will meet up at 5:45 at Cuba Libre, and from there it will head to seven restaurants to try food and beverages representative of some of the city’s multicultural offerings. The schedule, available here, is as follows:
- 5:45 PM Cuba Libre (Cuban)
- 6:45 PM Era Bar (Ethiopian)
- 7:30 PM Moriarty’s (Irish)
- 8:15 PM Graffitti Bar (Asian)
- 9:00 PM Tootsie’s (Soul Food)
- 9:45 PM Brauhaus Schmitz (German)
- 10:30 PM Cantina Los Caballitos (Mexican)