Back To Work For Philadelphia City Council

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia City Council returns to session Thursday after a twelve-week summer break.

With the soda tax that dominated the pre-summer session out of the way, members are narrowing their focus.

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell wants more parking in her West Philadelphia district. She’ll introduce a bill doubling the number of spaces apartments must provide for tenants. Blackwell also wants to call hearings on charter schools and vocational education.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass has her eye on supermarkets that try to squeeze out competition by placing restrictive covenants on stores they close so they can’t be used by other grocery chains, in the process, she says, creating food deserts.

“We think that this is completely unreasonable,” she said, “and the access and ability to receive fresh food, produce, fresh meat– these are things that are very, very important.”

Bass plans to introduce a bill prohibiting such restrictions.

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