City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
By a 3-1 margin, voters approved abolishing the state-run School Reform Commission, but it’s non-binding.
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.
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.
The Philadelphia School District’s decision to close as many as nine schools is prompting City Council to schedule its own inquiry.