City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

Philadelphia School Reform Commission (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Voters Approve Ballot Question Calling For SRC To Be Abolished

By a 3-1 margin, voters approved abolishing the state-run School Reform Commission, but it’s non-binding.

05/24/2015

file photo (credit: Tim McLaughlin)

City Council Overrides Nutter’s Veto Of Zoning Code Changes

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell felt the new zoning code would make it too difficult for community groups to have a say in new developments, so she pushed through major revisions last year.

01/25/2013

(File photo: a group of people being given free meals at a parkland location in Philadelphia.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Ban On Feeding Homeless Along Ben Franklin Parkway Delayed

Two months after Mayor Michael Nutter announced a ban on public feeding of the homeless on the Ben Franklin Parkway, the new policy has yet to take effect.

05/14/2012

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, in file photo. (Credit: CBS3)

City Council Wants Its Own Hearing On School Closing Proposal

The Philadelphia School District’s decision to close as many as nine schools is prompting City Council to schedule its own inquiry.

11/07/2011