Mayor Michael Nutter’s long and politically difficult effort to sell PGW has officially ended. The firm chosen to buy the utility has nixed the deal because of City Council’s refusal to debate the plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
How well is this region prepared to cope with an Ebola outbreak? Philadelphia City Council holds a hearing this afternoon to find out.
The Ebola crisis is prompting Philadelphia City Council to plan a hearing on this region’s ability to respond to a pandemic.
Decades after most industries left Philadelphia, City Council plans to look at how unused land might coax them back.
On Thursday, Philadelphia City Council continued a great Philadelphia tradition.