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(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

(Councilmen Wilson Goode, left, and Bill Greenlee confer as City Council receives a briefing in the Council caucus room from the consulting firm it hired to evaluate the PGW sale.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Council Set For Summer Recess With PGW Deal On Hold

Much to Mayor Nutter’s chagrin, his controversial plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works will not be introduced before City Council adjourns for the summer season.

06/19/2014

(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

(City finance director Rob Dubow, left, and Councilman Brian O'Neill, right, disagreed on the best course of action to raise $50 million for Philadelphia's schools.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Snub Nutter-Corbett Plan For Funding City’s Schools

Over the objections of the Nutter administration, a City Council committee has approved its own plan to funnel an extra $50 million to the city’s cash-starved school district.

10/03/2013

(Mayor Nutter, in file photo.  Credit: Bobby Bank/ Getty Images)

Nutter Says Sticker Shock Property Values May Not Happen

Sticker shock in the form of new property values are due to be mailed out to Philadelphia homeowners in about two weeks.

02/03/2013

(Councilman Brian O'Neill, in file photo)

Councilman Rethinks Plan to Expand Oversight of Community Gardens

Councilman Brian O’Neill now has withdrawn his plan after getting what he admits was an earful from advocates and organizers of community gardens.

01/24/2013

(City Council's Rules Committee votes to make changes to Philadelphia's four-month-old zoning code.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Modify City’s Brand-New Zoning Code, Over Objections of Authors

City Council’s Rules Committee, by a narrow 4-3 vote, approved changes to the zoning code proposed by 10th District councilman Brian O’Neill.

12/13/2012

(File Photo Courtesy of Tony Hanson)

Controversy, Confusion Accompany City Property Tax Overhaul

Confusion reigns at Philadelphia City Hall as council and the Nutter Administration grapple over the already overdue budget as well as how to fix the property tax system.

06/05/2012

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Some City Council Races Wrap Quickly; Not So, At-Large GOP Seat

In Philadelphia, where Democratic registrations outpace Republicans by a 6-1 margin, several City Council races wrapped up quickly on Election Night.

11/08/2011

(Credit: Steve Tawa)

Election 2011 Countdown: Frank Rizzo Goes ‘Robo’ In Next Weeks’ Election

As politics goes, this is an exciting week, with behind the scenes action moving at a rapid pace.

11/01/2011

City Council in its caucus room in City Hall (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Approves Redrawn, Simpler District Map

After weeks of closed door wrangling, Council approved a map that will take effect for elections in four years.

09/22/2011

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo)

Crunch Time For City Council: Redistricting Map Must Be Finished By Friday

Council members last week couldn’t reach agreement on a new map and ended up approving two slightly different maps.

09/19/2011

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