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Here’s Why Your Trash Is Being Picked Up Late in Philly

Has your trash been picked up late in the past few months? If so, you’re not alone. In the last two years, a whopping 80,000 households in […]


1,250 New Manufacturing Jobs if “Eds & Meds” Buy Local, Says Report

  City Controller Alan Butkovitz has an ambitious plan to bolster the city’s manufacturing sector: Get anchor businesses like hospitals and colleges to buy local. […]


Report: L&I Allowed Uncertified Inspectors to Conduct 600 Inspections in One Week

Questionable goings-on in L&I land again? It depends on whom you ask. According to the Inquirer’s Alfred Lubrano, the Department of Licenses and Inspections allowed nine […]

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Alan Butkovitz on L&I: “No Excuse for Putting Lives at Risk”

City Controller Alan Butkovitz has released another report critical of Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections department. The review, “Vacant Properties Creating Neighborhood Nuisances,” (below) says L&I is failing to hold […]


Alan Butkovitz Isn’t Running For Mayor (Again)

This will shock absolutely no one, but we feel the need to share it with you anyway: Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz tells us he has […]


Trujillo’s Exit: What it Means and Who It Helps

Ken Trujillo shocked the city’s political class Wednesday when he announced that he was withdrawing from the mayoral race. You may be wondering: Why does it matter that a […]

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Jonathan Saidel Is Thinking About Running for Mayor

Since City Council President Darrell Clarke announced this week that he won’t be running for mayor, Jonathan Saidel says he’s been fielding a lot of calls from people asking him […]


Q&A: Darrell Clarke Talks About His Decision to Not Run for Mayor

Council President Darrell Clarke finally made official today what many political insiders have predicted all along: He will not be running for mayor. Instead, he’ll seek reelection in City Council. […]


Labor Leader Asks Butkovitz to Reconsider Running for Mayor

The head of Philadelphia’s correctional officers union is urging City Controller Alan Butkovitz to reconsider his decision to not run for mayor this year. Lorenzo North, president of Local […]

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Thanksgiving Is Cheaper in Philly

City Controller Alan Butkovitz has once again made Philly safe for Thanksgiving, releasing his annual report on the cost of a holiday meal in the […]

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Mayoral Halfsies: Butkovitz Out (Sort of), Oliver In (Sort of)

The first real surprise of the mayoral race arrived this week, in the form of the sudden non-withdrawal/withdrawal of candidate/non-candidate Alan Butkovitz. The city controller […]

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Alan Butkovitz Won’t Run for Mayor

The Daily News reports that Alan Butkovitz, the city controller, will not be running for mayor. Butkovitz hadn’t announced a campaign, but he’d long been […]

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Does City Hall Have a “VIP Hotline” for the Powerful and Connected?

CIty Controller Alan Butkovitz on Wednesday released a letter suggesting City Hall operates a special hotline service that takes calls directly from Philadelphia’s powerful and connected […]

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Controller: Combine Tourism Agencies Into One Department

Philadelphia has two agencies that entice outsiders to come spend money here: Visit Philadelphia appeals to tourists; the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau tries to […]

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Butkovitz: Philly Schools Should Open Up Long-Hidden Works of Art

City Controller Alan Butkovitz just issued a press release calling on the Philadelphia School District to stop bogarting all its great art. He said more […]