Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

A crowd gathers in front of the Municipal Services Building to remember the city's homeless who have died. (Credit: Tim Jimenez)

Memorial Service Honors Homeless People Who Have Died In 2013

A somber crowd of about 100 listened as dozens of names of the fallen were read. It’s a “Homeless Memorial Day” service organized by Project H.O.M.E.

12/20/2013

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City Council Pushes Ahead With New Fines For Skateboarders Who Damage Public Art

It was a heated debate in City Council Thursday morning over slapping skateboarders who damage public art with hefty fines.

12/06/2012

(SRC chair Pedro Ramos. Credit: City of Phila. TV)

School District Pleads With City Council For Extra Funding

School District leaders met with City Council members yesterday, to try to persuade them to support Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value tax plan and the extra $94-million it would provide for the district.

05/04/2012

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, in file photo.  From City of Phila. TV)

City Councilwoman Wants More Prayer in Philadelphia Public Schools

City councilwoman Jannie Blackwell scheduled the debate on prayer in Philadelphia’s public schools based on her belief that the school district could do more.

11/28/2011

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo)

Philadelphia City Council To Hold Hearings On School Closures

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

11/05/2011

(The new West Philadelphia High School building.  Credit: Jim Melwert)

A Fresh Start For A Philadelphia School District Steeped In Controversy

After a tumultuous summer that saw the buyout of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, a new school year begins today for Philadelphia public school students.

09/06/2011

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Philadelphia City Council Approves 3.85-Percent Property Tax Hike; Mayor Vetoes DROP

Proceeds from that property tax bump — combined with a meter rate increase for street parking and some city surplus funds — will give the school district an extra $53 million.

06/23/2011

(Philadelphia City Council.  File photo)

City Council Gives Thumbs-Up For Philadelphia Top Cop’s Salary Hike

Philadelphia City Council, which controls the purse strings of the city’s government, apparently has no problem with the $60,000 salary hike given to police commissioner Charles Ramsey to keep him from fleeing to Chicago.

04/07/2011

(John Street (left), HUD Deputy Sec. Ron Sims (middle), and Mayor Nutter (right) at the PHA Announcement Friday. Credit: Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio)

Philadelphia Housing Authority Board Gives Up Power To Federal Government

Estelle Richman, HUD’s Chief Operating Officer, will be the receiver, in effect the PHA board, for one year. She spent time as city managing director during the Street administration.

03/05/2011

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Jannie Blackwell at a Wednesday press conference at City Hall.  Photo by KYW's Mike Dunn)

Under Fire, Councilwoman Blackwell Quits Housing Authority Board

As pressure mounts from federal authorities for change at the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Philadelphia city councilwoman Jannie Blackwell has decided to give up her seat on the PHA board.

03/02/2011

(The PHA board, last September.  File photo by KYW's Mike Dunn)

Nutter Says He’ll Wait For Housing Authority Probe Before Demanding Resignations

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter says he wants federal officials to come up with documentation on why the five-member board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority should resign.

02/28/2011

(Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Holds Hearing On School Bullying

A Philadelphia City Council committee received some startling stats while holding a hearing on bullying and violence in the city’s schools.

02/26/2011

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