Other Thursday bits
- Philadelphia's education czar Paul Vallas says he wants to stay in the city for the long haul, quashing rumors that he had political ambitions in his old hometown and eliciting hosannahs locally. He's even planning to renew his contract early. I think this is good for the region, as the school system has undertaken a wide range of reforms, and continuity at the top will give folks more faith that progress is ongoing.
- John Baer is tired of hearing from candidate spokespeople and would like to hear more from the candidates themselves. He takes the opportunity to review Casey and Santorum records on health care matters, and finds significant activity by both. More issues talk, more!
- For those who can't get enough of the federal trial of Philadelphia City Councilman Rick Mariano, the Inquirer has apparently set up a blog devoted to USA v. Mariano, which will have updates about daily developments, audio links to selected testimony, and some commentary (to an unknown degree). It has a live-blogging feel and space for reader comments. I happily pass the buck to them.
(via America's Hometown)
- The Philadelphia Weekly has a story focusing on short-staffing of the local police force, which leads to officers responding only to emergency calls. Reports of burglary can wait 8 hours for a response, and sometimes the number of available cars is limiting. Seems like a mess. Councilmen Rizzo and Nutter are calling for the city to hire more police officers.
- Another PW piece looks at Philadelphia's landmarks, and particularly at ways in which they deserve improvement.
- Finally, the CityPaper offers a look at the contenders for the 175 State House district (skip down to second story at the link), with short summaries of who they are and what they hope to achieve.