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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Sticker shock in the form of new property values are due to be mailed out to Philadelphia homeowners in about two weeks.
Councilman Brian O’Neill now has withdrawn his plan after getting what he admits was an earful from advocates and organizers of community gardens.
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.
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.
In Philadelphia, where Democratic registrations outpace Republicans by a 6-1 margin, several City Council races wrapped up quickly on Election Night.
As politics goes, this is an exciting week, with behind the scenes action moving at a rapid pace.
After weeks of closed door wrangling, Council approved a map that will take effect for elections in four years.
Council members last week couldn’t reach agreement on a new map and ended up approving two slightly different maps.