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City Council Hears Arguments About Potential Ban On Used Cell Phone Kiosks

A company that makes ATM-style kiosks which offer cash for used cell phones is fighting an effort to ban them in Philadelphia. Officials of the firm will appear at a City Council hearing later today.

10/24/2013

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I-Team Exclusive: Fire Apparatus Investigation

In the wake of a medic unit bursting into flames, heavily damaging a firehouse at 4th and Arch Streets, City Council has voted to hold public hearings into the condition and safety of Philadelphia fire apparatus, while the CBS 3 I-Team has uncovered visual evidence of still more problems.

10/10/2013

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Philly Councilman Says Gate Locks Shouldn’t Stop Cleanup Crews

“People have the right to live in a clean neighborhood,” says Second District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.

10/10/2013

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Debate Over Giving Commercial Property Owners A Break If Appealing New Assessments

City council and the mayor are split over extending a grace period for those whose appeals are still pending when the bills come due.

10/05/2013

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City Council Hearings Into Firefighter Deaths

Nearly 18 months after a vacant, burning Kensington warehouse collapsed, killing Philadelphia Fire Lieutenant Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney, and injuring two fellow firefighters, a unanimous vote in City Council signaled the start of a new search for answers and reform.

10/03/2013

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Call For Council Hearings Into Fatal Kensington Warehouse Fire

Following an exclusive CBS 3 I-Team report on an April 9,2012 Kensington Warehouse fire, that killed Lieutenant Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney, injuring two other firefighters, City Councilman James Kenney is calling for City Council hearings into the deadly five-alarmer and building collapse.

10/02/2013

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City Council Wants To Expand “Living Wage” Requirements

City Council wants to expand its “living wage” requirements for companies that do business with City Hall and that question could go to the voters next spring.

09/21/2013

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Pennsylvania Residents Being Ticketed For Parking In Their Own Driveway

Some Pittsburghers are being ticketed for parking in their own driveways under an obscure ordinance that requires them to pay $225 for a permit if they wish to park within 30 feet of a street.

09/12/2013

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City Council Holds Final Hearing On Deadly Center City Building Collapse

As the probe into the deadly June collapse of a Center City building continues, a special city council committee held its fifth and final public hearing Thursday on demolition and safety recommendations.

08/15/2013

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City Council President Sounds Warning Cry About Philadelphia’s Worker Pension Fund

The 2009 one-percent hike in the Philadelphia sales tax was supposed to be temporary, but it’s now permanent as part of the state’s solution to the school district cash crisis.

07/21/2013

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Demolition Experts Testify At City Council Hearing On Deadly Center City Building Collapse

As City Council continued its probe Thursday into last month’s tragic building collapse on Market Street, they heard from independent demolition experts who said that city inspectors inspect very little.

07/18/2013

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Protesters At City Hall Call On City Council To End Summer Recess

At a City Hall rally Tuesday afternoon, members of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools had a simple message: “Council needs to get back to work.”

07/16/2013

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City Council Members Say Summer Recess Is Not A “Paid Vacation”

City Council members adjourned for their annual three-month summer recess by refuting a newspaper editorial that said their break amounts to a paid vacation.

06/22/2013

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Close Vote On Controversial 10-Year Tax Abatement By Philadelphia City Council

It was a close vote this past week as Philadelphia City Council decided to revise the city’s controversial 10-year tax abatement on new construction.

06/16/2013

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Vote On Philadelphia Liquor Tax Unlikely Without Harrisburg Approval

City Council President Darrell Clarke says council is not likely to vote on a hike in the liquor-by-the-drink tax until they’re clear that Harrisburg has given them approval to raise the tax for the schools bailout.

06/13/2013

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