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(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Council Plans More Tough Questions for School District In The Fall

Even with approval of the new money for schools, Council President Darrell Clarke is continuing to voice his displeasure with the answers provided by District officials during hearings.

06/21/2015

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Council Leaders Insist Politics Not In Play In Rejection Of Nutter’s School Funding Proposal

Philadelphia City Council adjourned for the summer this past week after rejecting some key initiatives of Mayor Nutter.

06/20/2015

(Surrounded by family members and a few fellow councilmen, Ed Neilson, at left in dark suit, takes the oath of office of City Council.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

After Primary Loss, Neilson Will Resign Council To Run For State House

It was in August of last year that Ed Neilson was sworn in to City Council, to fill the seat made vacant by the resignation of Bill Green.

06/19/2015

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A Packed Agenda In Phila. City Council As Lawmakers Hold Final Meeting Before Adjourning For Summer

A packed agenda Thursday in Philadelphia City Council, as lawmakers today hold their final meeting before adjourning for the summer. Among the items up for a final vote: a school district bailout and a tax break for the owners of the Gallery.

06/18/2015

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Councilman Withdraws Controversial Plan To Purchase Land For New Prison

Mayor Michael Nutter’s plan to purchase land in Northeast Philadelphia on which to build a new prison has collapsed in City Council.

06/17/2015

(PHA president Kelvin Jeremiah testifies before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Property Seizures, Relocations Expected From PHA’s North Philly Plan

The Philadelphia Housing Authority wants to demolish two blighted, high-rise towers in the neighborhood known as Sharswood, and put up townhomes in their place.

06/10/2015

Karen Montgomery testifies about the lack of security cameras nearby where her son, Shane disappeared outside a Manayunk bar in 2014. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Committee Tackles How To Get More Businesses To Install Exterior Security Cameras

Options include tax abatements to offset the cost, and “mandatory camera installation for nuisance businesses.”

06/09/2015

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City Council To Consider Mandatory Fire Escape Inspections Following Deadly Collapse Last Year

A deadly fire escape collapse in Center City 18 months ago has prompted a proposal in City Council to require building owners to have their fire escapes inspected every five years.

06/07/2015

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City Council Discusses Why Cursive Handwriting Isn’t Mandatory In School District

Council members, including education committee chair Jannie Blackwell, wanted to know why the district no longer mandated that kids be taught cursive writing.

05/30/2015

Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow testifies at a City Council budget hearing on May 21, 2015.  (Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council Hungry For Alternatives to Mayor’s Proposed Property Tax Hike

Mayor Nutter’s plan to hike property taxes 9% for more school funding continues to draw skepticism from City Council members.

05/22/2015

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Philadelphia City Council Website Hacked Hours After Pa. Primary Election Day

Officials say PHLCouncil.com was hacked and replaced with new content just one day after Pennsylvania’s primary election day.

05/20/2015

File photo: Philadelphia City Hall. (credit: Paul Gluck)

Turnouts Not Expected To Be High For Primary Voting In Pennsylvania

Today is decision day for the voters of Pennsylvania.

05/19/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Cancels Neighborhood Budget Hearings

City Council President Darrell Clarke has decided to cancel budget hearings that were to be held outside of City Hall in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

05/11/2015

(Philadelphia DA Seth Williams testifies before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Not Pleased With Mayor’s Budget, District Attorney Asks City Council For Funding Increase

DA Seth Williams is not pleased with the mayor’s proposed budget, which sets aside just under $35 million for the DA’s Office. He told council members that other offices are getting increases.

05/06/2015

File photo: Candidates for Philadelphia Mayor. (Credit: Randall E. Scott)

Three Weeks Before Primary, Mayoral Candidates Take To Airwaves

This week brings the first broadcast ads of former City Councilman Jim Kenney and former D-A Lynne Abraham. They’re not the first, of course. State Senator Anthony Williams jumped in with his own ads last month; former PGW executive Doug Oliver last week. And independent political committees have been running ads in support of Kenney and Williams.

04/28/2015

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