Philadelphia lawmakers are looking at forcing landlords in the city, for the first time, to conduct regular inspections of fire escapes.
Philadelphia’s Controller, Alan Butkovitz, says a culture of secrecy pervades the School District, making it difficult for anyone to get to the root of the district’s massive deficits.
Councilman-At-Large David Oh is pushing a major overhaul to the pension fund for city workers — a fund that he says is dragging down the rest of the City Hall budget.
A new candidate has entered the race for the vacant seat on City Council, and part of his platform focuses on decriminalizing marijuana.
City Council has hired a Massachusetts firm called Concentric Energy Advisors to analyze the winning PGW bid, as well as the losing bids and the entire concept of the sale.
Smoking electronic cigarettes in public places in the city of Philadelphia could soon be restricted. City Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to ban them in places like restaurants, bars and public parks, just like the current regular cigarette ban in the city.
City Councilman Bill Greenlee explained the rationale behind the measure is that much is still unknown about e-cigarettes and they could potentially be a safety risk.
City Council opened six weeks of hearings on Mayor Nutter’s new budget by focusing on the still-unsettled labor contract for the largest municipal workers union.
Amid talk of a Pope visit and discussion of whether Philadelphia should host a political convention again, City Council plans a hearing on whether the city and region are up to the task of hosting such mega-events.
Despite a plea from a political watchdog group, City Council has no intention of holding public hearings on its own budget.
Sunday night, three members of the City Council joined the leaders of area Veterans’ Agencies for a kick off ceremony at the National Liberty Museum.
The ink was barely dry on Mayor Nutter’s plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works to a private utility when it became clear that the move faces an extremely tough sell on City Council. Nutter, though, voices optimism.
Although there was a lengthy discussion, Judge Mary Jacobson agreed that Mack needs to leave office immediately.
The decision on whether to call a special election rests now with Council President Darrell Clarke, and for the moment he is not commenting about his plans.
With little fanfare, City Council this past week gave final passage to a package of laws aimed at making demolitions in Philadelphia safer. The legislation was the result of last summer’s Market Street collapse that killed six.