After years of working without a contract, AFSCME 33 — the city’s largest union — finally signed a contract with the city last week. The city’s smaller union, DC 47, signed a contract in March. After years of labor battles, there is finally a bit of peace.
Looks like City Council is ready to move ahead with its review of Mayor Nutter’s proposed sale of PGW to a Connecticut company.
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Used to be that the mayoralty of Philadelphia was a job worth taking a risk for, a gig deserving of a little personal sacrifice. Frank Rizzo wanted a third term so badly that it just might have killed him. John Street, probably the most powerful Council president in the city’s modern history, surrendered that clout to run for mayor. And Michael Nutter was the longest of long shots when he gave up a steady paycheck and his Council seat in July 2006, nearly a year before the primary.
Now, though, what you mostly hear from the field of potential 2015 candidates — a shifting array of names including city controller Alan Butkovitz, City Councilman Jim Kenney, city managing director Rich Negrin, State Senator Anthony Williams, former D.A. Lynne Abraham, attorney Kenneth Trujillo, former Nutter press secretary Doug Oliver, Frank Rizzo Jr. and three-time mayoral candidate Sam Katz — are all the reasons not to run, at least not yet. Some are waiting for Council president Darrell Clarke to decide if he’s in or out. Half the city’s political class is convinced Clarke is the best man for the job right now. Clarke himself seems considerably less certain.
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Mayor Nutter is finally on the decriminalization bandwagon.
The mayor today said he would sign a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot — arriving at a compromise on some details with Councilman Jim Kenney, who sponsored the original bill.
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And with this picture, Thursday’s re-opening of Dilworth Park became the best Philly event ever:
Michael Nutter and Philly Jesus: Together at last.
Chaka Fattah is talking — but not about that. Everybody else is talking — about who might replace Fattah if the legal scandals in his inner circle should somehow force him out of Congress.
The old deadline is dead. Now there’s a new one.
Mayor Nutter, who failed in his efforts to get a City Council vote on selling PGW to a Connecticut company by a mid-July deadline, now says he hopes for public hearings on the issue this fall — and a final vote on the matter by year’s end.
I was writing and doing laundry, and it was hot out anyway. So instead of walking the four and a half blocks from my place to Broad Street to watch the parade Philadelphia was throwing for the Taney Dragons, I watched on TV.
NBC 10 — or, rather, NBC 10 news staffers on COZI-TV, a Comcast-owned station that generally shows decades-old syndicated programming — had almost a dozen people covering Wednesday’s parade for the Taney Dragons. Maybe it was more. There was even helicopter coverage.
All hail the end of summer.
Sure, that means it’s time to stop being lazy and get back to work. But for journalists, that means the dog days are over — actual news will start to happen again, and we can find new things to write and opine about. Hallelujah.
In fact, this stands to be a very newsy fall. And if everything breaks right, it might even be a really good fall, with city and state government finally making some breakthroughs on issues that have needed breakthroughs for a long time.
Here are five things that could make this a very good political fall in Philadelphia: