Bobby Henon

(Nutter chief of staff Everett Gillison testifies about the administration's plan to consolidate the city's 911 and 311 call centers.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmaker Nixes Vote on Consolidation of 311 and 911 Call Centers

The mayor’s chief of staff, Everett Gillison, was testifying at a hearing to consider the administration’s plan to consolidate the 911 and 311 centers at the old Quartermaster Depot, at 20th and Oregon.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/11/2015

(A billboard structure at Second and Race Streets, in Old City, adjacent to I-95 and the Ben Franklin Bridge.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Philadelphia City Council Rescinds New Billboard Law After PennDOT Pushback

The recall comes after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that it is revoking the city’s ability to regulate billboards along major Philadelphia roadways.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/30/2015

(A billboard structure at Second and Race Streets, in Old City, adjacent to I-95 and the Ben Franklin Bridge.  File photo by John McDevitt)

City Council Approves New Rules For Billboards in City of Philadelphia

The end result could be fewer billboards overall, but more of them would be digital electronic displays.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

(Philadelphia city councilman Bobby Henon, in 2013 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Urges Continuation of Property-Tax-Hike Pause Button For Cases Under Appeal

Last year City Council and Mayor Nutter approved a bit of a break: if an appeal of a new assessment was not resolved by the time tax bills were due, owners could pay the original amount, then settle up when the appeal is later resolved.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/12/2015

(A billboard structure at Second and Race Streets, in Old City, adjacent to I-95 and the Ben Franklin Bridge.  File photo by John McDevitt)

City Council Tries Again to Overhaul Philadelphia’s Billboard Regulations

It was in November of 2013 that a Council committee approved a top-to-bottom overhaul of billboard regulations. But, like many compromises, the measure left both activists and billboard companies unhappy and the measure was sidelined.

12/04/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco speaks to her colleagues about the PGW privatization deal, now dead.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilmembers Say Cancellation of PGW Deal Was Right Thing To Do

“Hang in there, because we’re going to come up with a better plan,” councilwoman Marian Tasco told her colleagues.

10/30/2014

City Hall File Photo (Credit: Kathy Orr)

Can Philadelphia Lure More Industries To City Using Unused Land?

Decades after most industries left Philadelphia, City Council plans to look at how unused land might coax them back.

10/05/2014

(Photo by Steve Tawa)

City-Run Summer Day Camp Wraps Up in Northeast Philadelphia

At Vogt Playground, in the city’s Tacony section, 8- to 12-year-olds celebrated the end of the six-week “Philly Play” summer camp series by going head-to-head in a variety of sports and activities.

08/13/2014

Sophie Grueterich. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Pa. Ranks Out Of Top 10 States For Solar Energy, N.J. Ranks 3rd

Penn Environment field organizer Sophie Grueterich says while Philadelphia has set a goal of producing enough solar power for 20,000 homes by 2025, more solar-friendly policies are needed to make it happen.

08/06/2014

(File photo provided by Philly Play)

Philly Summer Recreation Program Invites First Lady Michelle Obama

The children have put together a video inviting the first lady to the program’s big finish on August 13th, at Vogt Recreation Center.

07/16/2014

(Councilman Bobby Henon grabs some sports gear at a distribution point set up in Northern Liberties.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

City’s ‘Philly Play’ Summer Sports Program Gets Underway

The program, started last year by Councilman Bobby Henon, is being expanded to ten targeted recreation centers, one in each councilmanic district.

06/25/2014

(Credit: ROSLAN RAHMAN/ AFP/ GettyImages)

Local City Councilman Wants To Hear From You, Via Text Message

Have a question or complaint about something in the city? One Philadelphia City Councilman wants to hear from you, by text message.

04/05/2014

(Letter of apology written by Richard North III to his former employer, Councilman Bobby Henon.  Continues below...)

Philadelphia Councilman’s Ex-Aide Sentenced For Stealing Campaign Funds

Richard North III was sentenced to three years’ probation. He has already paid restitution of more than $62,000 and written a letter of apology to Councilman Bobby Henon.

01/14/2014

(Philadelphia City Council, in file photo.  Credit: CBS3)

City Council Overrides Nutter Veto On Medical Office Zoning in NE Phila.

Mayor Nutter vetoed a bill that would require a zoning variance for any new medical offices in the northeast section of the city. But City Council quickly overrode the veto.

12/05/2013

(Philadelphia city councilmen Brian O'Neill, left, and Bobby Henon.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Demands Zoning Restrictions on Doctors’ Offices in NE Phila.

“The Upper Northeast is overloaded with medical practices, and the new zoning code pretty much allows anything to be turned medical,” said Councilman Brian O’Neill.

11/21/2013

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