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(Councilman Bill Greenlee.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Getting New, Compromise Paid Sick Leave Bill

After two mayoral vetoes, councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee will try, try again to make mandatory sick leave the law of the land in Philadelphia.

12/11/2014

(Task force co-chairs Dan Calista and Natalie Levkovich, at left, isten as Mayor Nutter talks about their report.  Councilman Bill Greenlee is at right.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Mayor’s Task Force Proposes Compromise Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Mayor Nutter says paid sick leave is a “complicated policy question that profoundly affects employees and employers.” He previously vetoed two bills passed by City Council.

12/01/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

City Council Holds PGW Hearing, Lawmakers Refuse To Vote On Nutter’s Plan To Sell

This afternoon brings the start of a two-day hearing in which council members will examine what they call the “highest and best use” of the city-owned utility.

11/13/2014

(Andrew Stober testifies before a City Council committee about smartphone apps that let a driver auction off a pubic parking space.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Officials Have Harsh Words For Sell-Your-Parking-Space Apps

Andrew Stober, of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation, testified that apps that allow an on-street parking space be sold by one driver to another should be banned in Philadelphia.

11/12/2014

(The Monkey Parking web site.)

Philadelphia Councilman Hoping To Outlaw Selling Your Parking Space To Next Driver

Monkey Parking is a free iOS app that lets people announce where they are parked, and then take bids on who wants rights to park in that space next.

10/29/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Mayor Nutter Hopes Public Outcry Will Resurrect PGW Sale Proposal

Nutter, still fuming over City Council president Darrell Clarke’s decision to scuttle the PGW sale without a public hearing, is hoping that public pressure will force City Council to reverse course.

10/28/2014

(Councilman Bill Greenlee.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

Proposal Requires Landlords In Philadelphia Give 3 Months Notice Of Rent Increase

Councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee today will propose that all landlords give their tenants at least 90 days notice of a rent increase.

09/25/2014

(Mayor Nutter, announcing his intention to sell PGW.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council Poised To Publicly Debate Nutter’s Plan To Sell PGW

The final week of September is likely to bring the start of City Council’s long-awaiting public hearings on Mayor Nutter’s plan to sell PGW.

09/15/2014

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Not Everyone Excited About ‘Made In America’ This Weekend

“Made in America” takes place this weekend, but not everyone is thrilled about the event.

08/28/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Teachers’ Union Wants Philadelphians to Vote on School District Control

Hillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the ballot question would be an important — albeit symbolic — statement.

06/22/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney, in file photo.)

Nutter Weighing City Council’s Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Pot

The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.

06/19/2014

(The former headquarters building of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Lawmakers Move To Scrub Area Near Proposed Casino

The possibility of a casino on North Broad Street, near Callowhill, is prompting a move in Philadelphia City Council to stave off new pawn shops, payday loan operations, and other shady credit businesses in that area.

04/21/2014

(File photo)

Community College of Phila. Asks For More Funding To Avert Tuition Hike

Students at the Community College of Philadelphia face a possible tuition increase next fall unless the city and the state chip in more.

04/07/2014

(Gregory Conley defends e-cigarettes during comments to Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Passes Restrictions on Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Ignoring the pleas of e-cigarette users, City Council has unanimously approved a measure that bans the devices from public spaces in Philadelphia.

03/27/2014

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City Council To Cast Final Vote On Electronic Cigarette Ban

City Council today is expected to cast a final vote on a bill that would add electronic cigarettes to the city’s existing ban on smoking in public

03/27/2014

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