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Local Activist Who Fights For Marijuana Legalization Enters City Council Race

A new candidate has entered the race for the vacant seat on City Council, and part of his platform focuses on decriminalizing marijuana.

04/04/2014

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

City Council Hires Consultant To Analyze Proposed Sale Of PGW

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.

04/01/2014

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Health: Changes May Soon Come For Electronic Cigarette Users In Philadelphia

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.

03/26/2014

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City Councilman Discusses Vote To Ban E-Cigarettes in Public Places Throughout Philadelphia

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.

03/26/2014

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Nutter’s Aides, Council Discuss Labor Union Contract Negotiations

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.

03/20/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter, Governor Tom Corbett, and Archbishop Charles Chaput, discussing their upcoming trip to the Vatican.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

City Council To Take Look At Philadelphia’s Ability To Host Major Events

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.

03/18/2014

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

City Council President Rejects Request For Hearing On Council’s Own Budget

Despite a plea from a political watchdog group, City Council has no intention of holding public hearings on its own budget.

03/15/2014

Photo from left: Councilman David Oh, Executive Director of the VMC Tim Meserve, Director of Philadelphia VA Medical Center Daniel Hendee, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, CEO of the National Liberty Museum Gwen Borowsky, and
Councilman Mark Squilla. (credit: Dan Wing)

City Council Declares 2014 “Year of the Veteran” in Philadelphia

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.

03/10/2014

(James Torgerson of UIL talks with reporters in the mayor's reception room of City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

PGW Sale Faces Tough Sell To City Council

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.

03/09/2014

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Convicted Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Removed From Office

Although there was a lengthy discussion, Judge Mary Jacobson agreed that Mack needs to leave office immediately.

02/26/2014

FILE PHOTO (Bill Green and Farah Jimenez are sworn in as chair and member, respectively, of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Bill Green Sworn In As Chairman Of SRC, No Special Election Planned Yet To Fill His Council Seat

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.

02/19/2014

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City Council Passes Laws Aimed At Making Demolitions Safer Following Deadly Market Street Collapse

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.

02/09/2014

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City Council President Presses To Make Leadership Position Permanent

City Council President Darrell Clarke wants to make permanent a leadership position on council that was created, informally, two years ago.

02/02/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

City Council Wants To Take Over Setting City Worker Gift Limits

City Council members want higher limits on the value of gifts city workers can accept.

01/31/2014

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

City Council Set To Hire Consultants To Evaluate Nutter’s Plan To Sell PGW

Final bids are due at the end of this month from companies that are vying to purchase the Philadelphia Gas Works from the city.

01/12/2014

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