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(City councilman James Kenney, left, in file image from City of Phila. TV.  Mayor Michael Nutter, right, in file photo. (credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter To Decide Whether To Sign Or Veto Bill To Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Pot

It was back in June that the pot decriminalization bill passed City Council in a straight party line vote, 13-3. Because Council then went into recess, Mayor Nutter has until Thursday to sign or veto it, or let it become law without his signature.

09/08/2014

(City councilman James Kenney.  File photo from City of Phila. TV)

Little-Known City Tax May Become Latest Battleground Between City Council And Nutter Administration.

City councilman jim Kenney says Mayor Nutter’s efforts to crack down on residents who’ve been ignoring the so-called “School Tax” tax have gone too far.

02/01/2014

(Robert Branch On Stage Playing Octavius Catto Credit: Karin Phillips)

Effort To Erect Catto Memorial Reaches Milestone

Thanks to funding from the city, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League and other donors, the Octavius V. Catto Memorial Fund will soon announce a sculptor for a memorial paying homage to the civil rights pioneer.

01/18/2014

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Councilman Speaks Out About Building Collapse Documents Released

A city councilman says the newly released documents indicate the demolition work could have and perhaps should have been stopped days before the collapse which killed six people.

07/19/2013

(Philadelphia solicitor Shelley Smith responds to questions from councilman James Kenney, right.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council, Nutter Still At Odds Over Advertising On City Properties

City Council members are accusing Mayor Nutter of foot-dragging on putting advertising on city properties in order to generate some much-needed cash.

04/21/2013

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Philadelphia Councilman Starts Petition To Change ‘R’ Rating Of ‘Bully’ Movie

A Philadelphia City Councilman has started a petition drive to get the “R” rating removed from a documentary about bullying, a film that he says needs to be seen by all high school students.

03/19/2012

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo)

Philadelphia City Councilman Proposes Neighborhood Improvement Zone

Elected officials love their acronyms, and in Philadelphia City Council this week, we learned a new one: the “NIZ” — for Neighborhood Improvement Zone.

01/28/2012

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Philadelphia City Council Fails To Override Veto of Parking Tax Reductions

When Mayor Nutter vetoed the measure on Thursday, Councilman Jim Kenney found that some of the original 12 “yes” votes had flipped.

10/06/2011

(Members of City Council, in their City Hall caucus room.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council Nears Accord On New District Boundaries

The issue is “redistricting” — the mandate that every ten years City Council redraw its boundaries to reflect population shifts.

09/08/2011

(A center city parking garage posts its rates.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Councilman Proposes Slow Reduction in City’s Parking Tax

Parking garage attendants packed Philadelphia City Council chambers today on behalf of their bosses, who were pushing City Council to lower the city’s 20-percent parking tax.

05/11/2011

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Tow Truck Drivers Protest Philly Plan To Take Over Impounds

Many involved agreed that the city’s current system of dispatching private towers to the scene of accidents has problems.

10/20/2010

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