MAYOR NUTTER SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE FROM INDEPENDENT GROUPS

Philadelphia, July 30, 2015  Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke were joined by Philadelphia Board of Ethics Executive Director Shane Creamer as they signed landmark campaign disclosure legislation into law.

The legislation, Bill No. 150368, updates the Philadelphia Code to regulate campaign finance disclosures from non-candidate parties, such as nonprofit organizations, corporations, partnerships, and political action committees (PACs). The legislation, co-sponsored by Council President Clarke and Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, passed unanimously on June 11, 2015 and was drafted in cooperation with the Board of Ethics.

“Operating City government with the highest standards of ethics and integrity is one of the hallmarks of my Administration.  Over the last seven years, we have accomplished a lot, but there is always more we can do,” said Mayor Nutter.  “This law will illuminate Philadelphia’s election process by expanding the reporting requirements for organizations that fundraise for the purpose of spending money on elections.  Policy-makers, the courts and the public have long recognized that the best way to check the potential influence of campaign dollars on the decision-making of elected officials is to require public disclosure.  I applaud the Board of Ethics for addressing this ‘hidden’ aspect of our electoral process and thank City Council for passing this bill.”

Council President Clarke said, “Public office holders in Philadelphia are held to high transparency standards, and so should the people and organizations that help them win elections.  When millions of dollars from anonymous wealthy individuals and powerful organizations comprise the majority of campaign expenditures, it’s no wonder so many Americans are skeptical of our political system. The powerful and wealthy should abide by the same rules as everyone else who participates in elections. This law helps level the playing field in Philadelphia by requiring independent groups to disclose the source of their funding.”

Board of Ethics Executive Director Creamer said, “The Ethics Board commends Mayor Nutter and City Council, especially Council President Clarke, for passing and approving this important amendment to the City’s Campaign Finance Law.  The new disclosure requirements will ensure that the public will be fully informed about who is spending money to influence City elections, as well as who is funding those efforts. This law puts Philadelphia in the vanguard of an effort to shed light on political spending by super PACs and non-profits that have been spending millions of dollars nationwide to influence federal, state and local elections since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.”

Effective upon signing, the law requires non-candidate parties to file campaign finance reports every two weeks starting six weeks before an election. Disclosures regarding electioneering communications, such as TV ads paid for by non-candidate parties, are also required within 50 days of an election.

“The flood of undisclosed money since Citizens United has diminished the voices of individual voters and corroded our democracy. The City of Philadelphia today is placing another check on the wealthy and powerful who have become disproportionately influential in our politics,” Councilwoman Tasco said. “This law should be viewed as part of a larger strategy by individuals to reclaim our democracy, which includes reversing the methodical dilution of the Voting Rights Act by state legislatures, including Pennsylvania’s, over the past few decades.”

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MAYOR NUTTER CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING FOR EAST PARK CANOE HOUSE

More than $5 million investment by the City of Philadelphia and the Lenfest Foundation will restore East Park Canoe House for use by Police Marine Unit and Temple University. 

Philadelphia, July 30, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis, Temple University President Neil D. Theobold and H.F. Gerry Lenfest, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the East Park Canoe House, which will serve as the home for the Philadelphia Police Marine Unit and Temple University’s rowing and crew teams.  In total, the Canoe House will receive more than $5 million of renovations, including $3 million from the Lenfest Foundation and $2.5 million from the City of Philadelphia.

“When this renovation project is complete, Philadelphia will benefit in a numerous ways: an historic building in Fairmount Park restored, a new home for Temple’s student-athletes, and a modern facility for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Marine Unit,” said Mayor Nutter.  “In restoring the East Park Canoe House, the City and the Lenfest Foundation are giving back to two institutions, Temple and the Police Department, that give so much to our city.”

H.F. Gerry Lenfest said, “I am more than pleased to have had the opportunity to join with the City of Philadelphia in providing a wonderful home in the renovated Canoe House for the men’s and women’s Temple rowing teams. Temple, as the City’s university, deserves a place for its rowing teams on the Schuylkill.”

The project, which is expected to be completed in 12-18 months, will restore the building’s exterior, renovate office and storage space for Temple’s rowing and crewing team and the Philadelphia Police Department Marine Unit, provide new locker rooms and update the public restrooms.  The PPD Marine Unit will be located on the second floor of the facility, providing increased visibility up and down the river.

“This will be the high-quality facility our student-athletes deserve. At the same time, the restored canoe house will provide tremendous benefits to our neighbors and expand Temple’s unshakeable commitment to the community,” said Neil D. Theobold, Temple University President.

Lt. Andrew Napoli of the PPD Marine Unit said, “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, as well as the schools and organizations that utilize the Schuylkill River.”

SMP Architects are the design consultants on the project.  Renovations will be completed by  Murphy Quigley Company, Inc., General Asphalt Paving of Philadelphia, Mulhern Electric Company and Dolan Mechanical.

The East Park Canoe House opened in June 1914. The Canoe House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible for National Historic Landmark designation.

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MAYOR NUTTER LAUNCHES THE PLAYSTREET BOOK CLUB PILOT PROGRAM

Philadelphia, July 28, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter launched the Playstreet Book Club, a pilot program that aims to help address summer reading loss among children who receive USDA-funded free summer meals. The Book Club operates at select locations by providing children with five free, take-home books. The Playstreet Book Club, which is administered by Fun Safe Philly Summer in partnership with Foster Grandparents, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Nutritional Development Services, and Mayor’s Office staff and volunteers, also offers literacy assessments and activities led by Foster Grandparents, a Senior Corps program of the Corporation for National & Community Service. In total, the Playstreet Book Club has provided approximately 3,000 books to more than 600 children at 16 meal sites across the city.

“We know that children, particularly low-income children, can lose up to two months of reading skills during the summer, putting them behind before the new school year begins. By providing children with free books to read during the summer, we hope to instill a lifelong love of reading, help them to build their own libraries at home and give them the skills they to be successful in the classroom,” said Mayor Nutter. “I would like to thank all of our sponsors, particularly the S. Albert Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia and Team First Book Philadelphia, for their assistance in supporting this program. We know that children need access to nutritious meals, enriching activities and supportive adults all year long in order to reach their full potential. The Playstreet Book Club connects children to all three of these elements at one location during the summer months.”

As part of the Playstreet Book Club program, each participating child’s reading level is assessed by a Foster Grandparent through the San Diego Quick Assessment of Reading Ability. Each child is then given five free, take-home books at the appropriate reading level. For the following four weeks, Foster Grandparents visit the meal site to engage in literacy activities with the children as well as to provide assistance as they read their new books. At the end of five weeks, Foster Grandparents will administer an assessment to gauge reading progress.

“There is nothing quite like the joy of a brand new book shared with a caring adult who can help explore the story. This program gives participating Philadelphia youth the opportunity for reading activities with Foster Grandparents at their outdoor meal site, helping sustain the excitement of reading all summer long,” said Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy. “We created the Playstreet Book Club program to prevent ‘summer slide’ in literacy levels for Philadelphia youth, while at the same time increasing the appeal of USDA-funded summer meal sites.”

Carolyn Ashburn, Chair of Team First Book Philadelphia, said, “Our pilot project with the Mayor’s office this summer is one of the most rewarding and exciting endeavors we’ve ever undertaken; we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Fun Safe Philly Summer. The Mayor’s team has worked tirelessly to choose the best, most appropriate books in each age level for the kids and to engage the Foster Grandparents to help spread the joy of reading.   We know that books can change lives.  We believe that this summer, books are changing lives right here, right now.  This is possible thanks to the generosity of our individual donors, the S. Albert Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, and the Mayor’s Innovation Fund.”

Chief Service Officer Catie C. Wolfgang added, “We are delighted that the Foster Grandparent Program could participate in this exciting pilot program to spread the love of reading to more young people in Philadelphia. Foster Grandparents are dedicated public servants who work throughout the city as role models, mentors and coaches. Their participation further enhances this literacy work serving children in Philadelphia.”

There are more than 500 outdoor meal sites throughout Philadelphia serving USDA-funded meals to children all summer long. All youth 18 and under, as well as students with disabilities 19 and older who are enrolled in a school program, are eligible to receive free summer meals. Families can call the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger at 1-855-252-6325, text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877, or visit http://www.phillysummermeals.org to find locations for free summer meals in their community.

Mayor Nutter started the Fun Safe Philly Summer initiative in 2012 in an effort to provide young people in Philadelphia with access to summer opportunities, summer meals and summer employment. In addition to the Playstreet Book Club, Fun Safe Philly Summer hosts “Pop Up” events throughout the summer to provide young people with access to fun, healthy activities.

The remaining 2015 Fun Safe Philly Summer “Pop Up” events include:

  • Skateboard Skills & Tricks: No experience necessary! Let’s shred.

July 29, 5-8pm, Grays Ferry Crescent Skatepark (3600 Grays Ferry Ave)

  • Ice Skating: Beat the heat and enjoy a night at the ice rink!

August 5, 5-8pm, Scanlon Ice Rink (1099 E Venango St)

  • Pump & Jump: Bring your friends and race around the bicycle Pumptrack!

August 12, 5-8pm, Philly Pumptrack (Parkside Avenue near 53rd St)

  • Dance Party: Join the STAMP Program for a museum dance party in Old City.

August 14. Visit www.phillystamppass.org closer to the date for more details.

Fun Safe Philly Summer is also encouraging Philadelphians 18 and younger to read this summer through a social media campaign. Young readers who tweet or post to Facebook or Instagram about a book they have finished reading, about an interesting chapter in a book or about something new that they have learned from reading will be entered into a raffle to win prizes. Tweets and posts should be @PhillySummer or use the #PlaystreetBookClub.

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MAYOR NUTTER TO HOLD MEDIA AVAILABILITY

WHO:        Mayor Michael A. Nutter

                   Everett Gillison, Chief of Staff & Deputy Mayor for Public Safety

Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director, World Meeting of Families

 WHAT:      Mayor Nutter and City officials will hold a brief media availability.

WHERE:   Conversation Hall, City Hall Room 201

WHEN:      Monday, July 27, 2015           1:00 p.m.             TODAY

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MAYOR NUTTER MEETS WITH ISRAELI COMPANIES MOVING TO PHILADELPHIA, PITCHES CITY TO NEW BUSINESSES

Philadelphia, July 21, 2015  Mayor Michael A. Nutter returned home from a three-day visit to Tel Aviv, Israel during which he met with a range of local companies interested in establishing a U.S. presence with the help of Israeli companies that have already committed to move to Philadelphia.  The visit was the second leg of a two-stop Sister City tour which included two days in Frankfurt, Germany to establish a new Sister City relationship with that city, the first for Philadelphia in twenty-three years.  The meetings with businesses in Tel Aviv were based on Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger’s 2013 trade mission to Israel and subsequent Israeli business delegations to Philadelphia.

“Since our initial trip almost two years ago, we have developed a very close relationship with Tel Aviv, which has resulted in a number of Israeli companies choosing Philadelphia for their U.S. base,” said Mayor Nutter.  “These trade missions help to raise Philadelphia’s international profile and send the message that Philadelphia is a welcoming city for innovative and international companies.”

Mayor Nutter pitched Philadelphia as a welcoming city for Israeli companies looking to establish a presence in the United States.  He was supported by a number of Israeli companies that have already made a commitment to invest in Philadelphia including:

  • Pango, a mobile technology company which will open an office at Pipeline and will partner with the Philadelphia Parking Authority;
  • Pico, a photo sharing technology company participating in the DreamIt Ventures program;
  • PhysiMax, a healthcare technology company opening a Philadelphia office which was part of an October 2014 delegation to Philadelphia, led by leading Israeli investor Chemi Peres at Mayor Nutter’s invitation;
  • Simlat,a drone technology company which is seriously considering a Philadelphia presence and which Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger met with during the Mayor Nutter’s November 2013 visit to Tel Aviv;
  • WeWork, one of the world’s largest network of co-working spaces with space in Tel Aviv, which is opening a 30,000-square-foot co-working space in Philadelphia at the Piazza in Northern Liberties later this year.

“As an Israeli startup, we naturally initially looked to New York or Silicon Valley but we couldn’t have picked a better city than Philadelphia in which to locate our business,” said Asaf Nevo, co-founder of Pico.

In addition, Mayor Nutter visited a second co-working space, SoSA TLV, one of the leading startup communities in Israel for meetings with companies at the invitation of Chemi Peres of Pitango Venture Capital, to meet with dozens of startups looking for an entry point into the United States.  He also met with an Israeli delegation of life sciences company representatives who recently visited Philadelphia for the BIO Convention; two water technology companies looking for entry into the U.S. market; a transportation-related technology company which is looking to move to Philadelphia; a group of leading Israeli venture capitalists; and a number of cyber security companies that recently visited Philadelphia.

Mayor Nutter visited the Netivot – Sedot Negev region of Israel, a partnership region with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and home to the recently dedicated mural developed in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program.  During this visit Mayor Nutter toured the region’s border with the Gaza Strip and a research and development facility focused on food and healthcare innovation.

Mayor Nutter was joined by Desiree Peterkin-Bell, City Representative and Director of Communities (Tel Aviv only); Luke Butler, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; Sapna Bhatt, Director of International Investment; Nancy Gilboy, CEO, Citizens Diplomacy International (Frankfurt only); Lydia Sarson, Executive Director, German American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia (Frankfurt only); and Vered Nohi-Becker, Executive Director, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (Tel Aviv only).  The cost of the trip will be covered by Select Greater Philadelphia, the City of Frankfurt, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (Frankfurt office).

The City of Philadelphia received support for this trade mission from many partners including the City of Frankfurt, City of Tel Aviv, Consulate-General of Israel, Citizens Diplomacy International, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, German American Chamber of Commerce, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Select Greater Philadelphia, PHLCVB, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Greenberg Traurig, Pitango Venture Capital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, DreamIt Ventures, WeWork, and SeventySix Capital.

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MAYOR NUTTER MEETS WITH ISRAELI COMPANIES MOVING TO PHILADELPHIA, PITCHES CITY TO NEW BUSINESSES

Mayor Michael A. Nutter returned home from a three-day visit to Tel Aviv, Israel during which he met with a range of local companies interested in establishing a U.S. presence with the help of Israeli companies that have already committed to move to Philadelphia.  The visit was the second leg of a two-stop Sister City tour which included two days in Frankfurt, Germany to establish a new Sister City relationship with that city, the first for Philadelphia in twenty-three years.  The meetings with businesses in Tel Aviv were based on Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger’s 2013 trade mission to Israel and subsequent Israeli business delegations to Philadelphia.

 

“Since our initial trip almost two years ago, we have developed a very close relationship with Tel Aviv, which has resulted in a number of Israeli companies choosing Philadelphia for their U.S. base,” said Mayor Nutter.  “These trade missions help to raise Philadelphia’s international profile and send the message that Philadelphia is a welcoming city for innovative and international companies.”

 

Mayor Nutter pitched Philadelphia as a welcoming city for Israeli companies looking to establish a presence in the United States.  He was supported by a number of Israeli companies that have already made a commitment to invest in Philadelphia including:

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Pango, a mobile technology company which will open an office at Pipeline and will partner with the Philadelphia Parking Authority;

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Pico, a photo sharing technology company participating in the DreamIt Ventures program;

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]PhysiMax, a healthcare technology company opening a Philadelphia office which was part of an October 2014 delegation to Philadelphia, led by leading Israeli investor Chemi Peres at Mayor Nutter’s invitation;

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Simlat, a drone technology company which is seriously considering a Philadelphia presence and which Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger met with during the Mayor Nutter’s November 2013 visit to Tel Aviv;

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]WeWork, one of the world’s largest network of co-working spaces with space in Tel Aviv, which is opening a 30,000-square-foot co-working space in Philadelphia at the Piazza in Northern Liberties later this year. 

 

“As an Israeli startup, we naturally initially looked to New York or Silicon Valley but we couldn’t have picked a better city than Philadelphia in which to locate our business,” said Asaf Nevo, co-founder of Pico.

 

In addition, Mayor Nutter visited a second co-working space, SoSA TLV, one of the leading startup communities in Israel for meetings with companies at the invitation of Chemi Peres of Pitango Venture Capital, to meet with dozens of startups looking for an entry point into the United States.  He also met with an Israeli delegation of life sciences company representatives who recently visited Philadelphia for the BIO Convention; two water technology companies looking for entry into the U.S. market; a transportation-related technology company which is looking to move to Philadelphia; a group of leading Israeli venture capitalists; and a number of cyber security companies that recently visited Philadelphia. 

 

Mayor Nutter visited the Netivot – Sedot Negev region of Israel, a partnership region with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and home to the recently dedicated mural developed in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program.  During this visit Mayor Nutter toured the region’s border with the Gaza Strip and a research and development facility focused on food and healthcare innovation.

 

Mayor Nutter was joined by Desiree Peterkin-Bell, City Representative and Director of Communities (Tel Aviv only); Luke Butler, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; Sapna Bhatt, Director of International Investment; Nancy Gilboy, CEO, Citizens Diplomacy International (Frankfurt only); Lydia Sarson, Executive Director, German American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia (Frankfurt only); and Vered Nohi-Becker, Executive Director, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (Tel Aviv only).  The cost of the trip will be covered by Select Greater Philadelphia, the City of Frankfurt, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (Frankfurt office).

 

The City of Philadelphia received support for this trade mission from many partners including the City of Frankfurt, City of Tel Aviv, Consulate-General of Israel, Citizens Diplomacy International, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, German American Chamber of Commerce, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Select Greater Philadelphia, PHLCVB, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Greenberg Traurig, Pitango Venture Capital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, DreamIt Ventures, WeWork, and SeventySix Capital.

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MAYOR NUTTER TO HOLD MEDIA AVAILABILITY

WHO:        Mayor Michael A. Nutter

 WHAT:      Mayor Nutter will discuss details of his trip to Frankfurt, Germany, and Tel Aviv, Israel and take media questions.

WHERE:   Conversation Hall, Room 201

WHEN:      Tuesday, July 21, 2015           2:00 p.m.             TODAY

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