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Coalition issues challenges, 99-day deadline for Kenney

A coalition of progressive organizations on Wednesday outlined nine policies they want mayor-elect Jim Kenney to institute in his first 99 days in office.

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has made clear that he hates the idea of being judged on his first 100 days in office.

So a coalition of progressive organizations on Wednesday set a new deadline for the 99th mayor of Philadelphia -- 99 days -- and outlined eight policies they want him to enact in that time.

Some -- like ending stop-and-frisk and rolling back the changes Mayor Nutter made last week to the city's sanctuary city policy -- Kenney has already committed to. The group said they're thankful but want to hold his feet to the fire.

"We believe that all of these issues are critical to transforming Philadelphia into a city that works for all, not just the rich," said Bishop Dwayne Royster, executive director of POWER, one member of the coalition. "We are looking for 2016 to be a new beginning, a better day than the last 8 years that we've had across the city of Philadelphia."

Other demands include enacting a $15 minimum wage for all city workers; launching a study on the health impacts of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Complex in South Philadelphia; calling on the School Reform Commission to reject a plan to convert three elementary schools to charters; and providing robust oversight as Comcast implements the new franchise agreement signed with the city.

A full list, and an accompanying petition, can be found at

In a statement, Kenney said he plans to reverse the city's policy on detention requests from the federal government on his first day in office. And he said he's confident about ending stop and frisk and enacting the Comcast franchise within his first 100 days.

"Some of the additional proposals will admittedly take more time," Kenney said, "and I look forward to working with the groups behind these eight proposals to determine what an appropriate timeline might be."

The coalition plans to issue a report card at 11 a.m. on April 12, 99 days after Kenney is sworn in.

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