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(Councilwoman Cindy Bass, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council Member Calls For Hearings Discussing How To Get Philly Drivers To Slow Down

8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass — representing parts of the city’s northwest — says too many traffic tragedies could have been prevented if drivers simply slowed down.

12/16/2014

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Philadelphia Official Acknowledges Huge Backlog in Care For City’s Trees

City officials seem stumped, so to speak, over how to keep up with the growing number of city-owned trees that need to be pruned or removed.

12/08/2014

(Councilwoman Cindy Bass listens as Marion Young of Art-Reach describes the new discounted admission program for Pennsylvania residents receiving state benefits.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Seventeen Local Museums Offering $2 Admissions to Pa. Benefits Recipients

The hope is to open the arts to those who may never have been able to afford it before.

09/23/2014

(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

(Philadelphia Parking Authority executive director Vince Fennerty and deputy executive director Rick Dickson, testifying to Phila. City Council.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

As Phila. Parking Meter Rates Rise, Cell Phone Payments May Arrive

City Council’s Streets and Services Committee okayed a rate change for all 8,000 meters in Philadelphia, from 50 cents an hour to $1.00 an hour.

04/29/2014

(FILE PHOTO: Philadelphia streets commissioner David Perri, at lectern, uses an entrance alcove of City Hall on Feb. 3, 2014 to talk about the city's response to the storm.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Streets Commissioner Apologizes For Uncleared Streets In NW Philly

“We understand that (Streets Department) resources are taxed,” said city councilwoman Cindy Bass, “but there were some areas that really seemed to be not touched at all — some areas in West Mt. Airy, some areas in Chestnut Hill.”

02/06/2014

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Video Cameras To Be Installed At Rec Centers In Philadelphia

City Council and the Nutter Administration have reached agreement on a plan to install video cameras at about 150 recreation centers and playgrounds throughout Philadelphia.

06/12/2013

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Community Forum Discusses Alternative Uses For Germantown High School Building

The historic school is one of nearly two dozen Philadelphia public schools slated to close at the end of the academic term.

04/19/2013

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Philadelphia Lawmakers Authorize Mayor To Ban Guns in City Parks, Rec Centers

Even the sponsor acknowledges the measure is likely to be challenged in court.

03/21/2013

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Philadelphia Activist and Lawmaker Ed Schwartz Dead at 69

Schwartz served one term on City Council, from 1984 until 1988. But he is remembered as well for his work promoting neighborhood activism.

11/29/2012

(Philadelphia recreation commissioner Sue Slawson, left, and deputy mayor Michael DiBerardinis testify at a city council hearing on violence in parks and recreation centers.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Council Addresses Recreation Center Violence At Only Hearing Of Summer

More surveillance cameras may be part of the answer as city officials briefed City Council on what they admit is an ‘uptick’ in violence at recreation centers and in the parks.

08/16/2012

Jerry Jordan (file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Teacher’s Union President Slams School Reorganization Plan

“If you really want true input from the Federation, from parents and from other stakeholders, then we need to be a part of it at the beginning, and not at the end,” Jerry Jordan said.

05/10/2012

(Rebecca Rhynhart testifies at a Philadelphia City Council budget hearing on the Parks and Recreation Department.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Budget Hearing Focuses On Parks Department’s Changing Fortunes

Supporters of Philadelphia’s vast Fairmount Park system packed City Council chambers on Tuesday, urging the lawmakers to restore park system funding that has been cut in recent years.

04/17/2012

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Council Member Wants City To Make Up For Cuts To School District Services

In the wake of the worsening financial crisis at the Philadelphia School District, a freshman City Council member plans a hearing on whether the city can make better use of its own facilities to fill in the gaps.

01/29/2012

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, on his first day in that position.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

New Philadelphia City Council President Inaugurates 2012 Legislative Session

Philadelphia City Council chambers were packed on Thursday morning as the lawmakers launched their 2012 legislative session.

01/26/2012

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