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.
Students at the Community College of Philadelphia face a possible tuition increase next fall unless the city and the state chip in more.
Ignoring the pleas of e-cigarette users, City Council has unanimously approved a measure that bans the devices from public spaces in Philadelphia.
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
The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Donald Schwarz, said he supports the Council measure which would prohibit e-cigarettes in public spaces.
Amid the growing debate over possible health risks posed by electronic cigarettes, a Philadelphia lawmaker is proposing banning their sale to minors in the city.
City Council President Darrell Clarke wants to make permanent a leadership position on council that was created, informally, two years ago.
The sponsor of the plan, councilman-at-large David Oh, said the 60-year old “resign to run” provision of the city charter simply does not work.
“Her employer terminated her, saying she turned into ‘a different person,’ ” said Raynelle Staley of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
The problem is, the separate Office of Property Assessment, or OPA, is still conducting what are called first level reviews.
The final vote came after some last-minute pleas from those on both sides of the issue.
Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, argued against raising the city’s “U&O” business tax and in favor of boosting taxes on liquor and cigarettes.
This brings a sickening feeling to the Philadelphia councilman who tried but failed to get the measure approved here.
City Council members say their own analysis of new property assessments points to the great need for relief measures for those hit hardest by rising property values.
“I’m very disappointed,” said city councilman Bill Greenlee, who tried but failed to get the 12 votes needed to override Mayor Nutter’s veto.