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City Council President Hands Out Holiday Turkeys To Needy Families

City Council President Darrell Clarke talked about support for students inside and outside of the classroom as he handed out holiday turkeys on Tuesday afternoon.

21 hours ago

Activists at City Hall hold signs depicting the state money spent on standardized testing.  (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio)

City Council Hearing Looks Into Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing

Standardized tests like the PSSAs and now, the Keystone exams, are a major measure of student performance in Pennsylvania. But Philadelphia teachers union president Jerry Jordan told a Council hearing that they haven’t helped.

11/19/2014

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Council Pressing To Expand Property Tax Relief Program

LOOP, the Longtime Owner Occupants Program, is aimed at owners who’ve been in one home for ten or more years and whose assessments more than tripled after the citywide reassessment.

11/16/2014

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City Council Looks At Whether Philadelphia Should Have Citywide Food Composting

Calling the hearing was 8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, a composting proponent. She says,
“Food waste doesn’t belong in the trash. It belongs in the compost bin.”

11/16/2014

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Phila. City Council Honors Citizen, Detectives Who Helped Save Kidnap Victim

Applause filled City Council chambers Thursday morning, as a citizen and detectives received commendations and standing ovations, for their roles in helping save kidnap victim Carlesha Gaither and capture her alleged abductor.

11/13/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Firm Not Giving Up On Bid For PGW Just Yet

Two weeks after City Council President Darrell Clarke announced that council will not vote on the proposed sale of PGW, the firm UIL Holdings of Connecticut has announced that they’re not pulling out — at least not yet. UIL has had since July the right to terminate the sale agrement.

11/10/2014

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Philly Upping Hate Crime Law After Alleged Attack On Same-Sex Couple

Philadelphia’s city council has passed a bill authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren’t covered under state law.

10/30/2014

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Debates Adding Hate Crime Penalties To City Code

Before Council’s Public Safety Committee is a measure that boosts the penalties for a variety of crimes when the offender is found to be motivated by the victims sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

10/21/2014

(Gurly Gibson, of the embassy of Liberia in Washington, DC.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Top Liberian Official Tells City Council Air Travel Ban Would Only Make Ebola Crisis Worse

City Council members heard from Gurly Gibson, an official at the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C. She said her country’s situation is dire and that officials believe a halt to air travel would would be “a death sentence.”

10/18/2014

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Philadelphia City Council Holds Hearing On Ebola Preparedness

During a nearly four hour hearing before a City Council Committee, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. James Buehler gave the city an “A to A plus”rating for preparing for the Ebola threat. Others, however, indicated there were problems that needed to be overcome.

10/16/2014

Councilman Curtis Jones File Photo (Credit: CBS3)

City Council Set To Hold Hearing On Ebola Preparation In Philadelphia

How well is this region prepared to cope with an Ebola outbreak? Philadelphia City Council holds a hearing this afternoon to find out.

10/16/2014

Councilman Curtis Jones File Photo (Credit: CBS3)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Plan Hearing On Whether Local Officials Are Prepared For Ebola Threat

The Ebola crisis is prompting Philadelphia City Council to plan a hearing on this region’s ability to respond to a pandemic.

10/09/2014

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Can Philadelphia Lure More Industries To City Using Unused Land?

Decades after most industries left Philadelphia, City Council plans to look at how unused land might coax them back.

10/05/2014

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Dom Giordano’s Take On City’s Decriminalization Of Pot

On Thursday, Philadelphia City Council continued a great Philadelphia tradition.

09/19/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Tony Romeo)

Nutter Hopes For Public Hearings On $2 Billion PGW Sale When City Council Opens Fall Session

City Council has yet to introduce the Mayor’s PGW sale legislation nor to schedule public hearings. Council President Darrell Clarke has said those won’t come until Concentric — the consultant hired by Council to review the plan — has finished its reports.

09/03/2014

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