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.
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.
“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.”
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.
The historic school is one of nearly two dozen Philadelphia public schools slated to close at the end of the academic term.
Even the sponsor acknowledges the measure is likely to be challenged in court.
Schwartz served one term on City Council, from 1984 until 1988. But he is remembered as well for his work promoting neighborhood activism.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia City Council chambers were packed on Thursday morning as the lawmakers launched their 2012 legislative session.
When Philadelphia City Council convenes its 2012 legislative session this morning, it’ll have a very different look, with new leadership and six new members. But the biggest issues are anything but new.
Today was orientation day for six freshmen: they’re the six incoming members of Philadelphia City Council.
In Philadelphia, where Democratic registrations outpace Republicans by a 6-1 margin, several City Council races wrapped up quickly on Election Night.