THE PHILADELPHIA Parking Authority, overseer of nearly all things parking-, towing- and taxicab-related, has performed a great and noble deed:
It will give the city $27.2 million. From this, $2.2 million will go to the school district.
Isn't that wonderful? And, oh, the sacrifices PPA had to make! Cut out expensive consultants ($192,000). Slice key executives' pay by 6 percent ($141,500). Stop adding employees to an already fat staff ($1 million). Prevent mid-level managers from taking home PPA vehicles.
And to think, these kind acts occurred only after the agency got slapped around - by newspaper reports about PPA's largess and, by the feisty group Parents United for Public Education, which raised a ruckus because the PPA barely contributed to the school district budget. When the GOP took over the authority in 2001, it was agreed that schools would get $45 million. The schools have gotten just $4 million, and that was by mistake.