Darrell Clarke

(A panel testifies in favor of the development project of RAL Companies at 13 and Fairmount.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Redevelopment Project Adjacent to Divine Lorraine Hotel Gets Council OKs

The developer, RAL Companies, says the plans are preliminary, but their attorney (at right in photo) told the committee that whatever form the project takes, its impact will be tremendous.

06/09/2015

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Rejecting Mayor’s School Bailout, Council Eyes Hikes in Parking and Business Taxes

City Council opposes Mayor Nutter’s plan to raise property taxes by nearly ten percent, and seems headed for providing only $70-80 million of the requested $103 million.

06/04/2015

(An artist's rendering of the new entrance to what is now the Gallery shopping mall, at 9th and Market Streets.  Image provided by PREIT)

City Council Initial Approval of Gallery Shopping Mall Remake Moves Forward

The plan includes a huge city tax break for the owner, worth $55 million.

06/03/2015

(Schools CFO Matt Stanski, superintendent William Hite, and SRC chair Marjorie Neff at a City Council budget hearing.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

School Officials Present Their Budgetary Wish List to Philadelphia City Council

They were getting a less-than-warm reception.

05/26/2015

Food truck file photo. (Credit: Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia, Temple U. Officials Want Assigned Spaces For Food Truck Vendors

City officials are moving ahead with a plan developed by Temple University to assign specific locations to the many food trucks and vendors who feed thousands of Temple students each day.

05/24/2015

(Philadelphia mayoral candidates Jim Kenney, Anthony Williams, and Lynne Abraham, at a forum at Central High School in March.  Images from PCN TV)

Mayor’s Race Tops Highlighted Contests in Philadelphia Primary

Today’s primary election has the parties choosing not only nominees for mayor, but for all 17 seats on City Council.

05/19/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Clarke Endorses Mayoral Candidate Kenney

In the Philadelphia mayor’s race, former City Councilman Jim Kenney has picked up a prize endorsement from City Council President Darrell Clarke.

05/15/2015

(Voting machines at a warehouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City Council President Delays Purchase of New Voting Machines

Darrell Clarke says the money is better spent on aging police and fire stations.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/06/2015

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

New Bill Would Expand Disclosure Requirements on ‘Dark Money’ Ads in Philadelphia Races

City Council president Darrell Clarke has introduced a measure aimed at tackling the problem of unrestricted expenditures in support of candidates, paid for by independent PACs and not subject to the city’s limits on political contributions.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/23/2015

(Nutter administration budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, and Council president Darrell Clarke, at Wednesday's budget hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

City Council, Administration Spar Over Condition of Philadelphia Police and Fire Houses

Council president Darrell Clarke singled out the police station in North Philadelphia where an officer had been stationed when he was slain last month.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/01/2015

(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, deputy mayor Everett Gillison, and budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, at the opening session of City Council's budget hearings.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Wrangling Begins Over Next Philadelphia Budget: How Will Schools Get Funded?

The school district wants more than $100 million above the city’s current contribution. The Nutter administration proposes raising $105 million with a 9.3-percent hike in property taxes. Councilmembers are already discussing alternate means.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/31/2015

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

As City Council Launches Budget Hearings, Nutter’s Tax Hike Plan For School Funding Appears On Life Support

As the budget hearings open, issue #1 is the School District’s request for an additional $103 million in city funding.

03/31/2015

(Nearby surveillance video captured the Feltonville food truck explosion on July 1, 2014.  File image from CBS3)

Phila. City Council Postpones Action on Food Truck Propane Tank Inspections

Last July, two people working on a food truck were killed when its propane tank exploded. Now, the question is whether the city even has the right to inspect them.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/30/2015

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Questions Arise After Company That Wanted To Buy PGW Gets Sold

The company that wanted to buy PGW last year has itself been bought. Was this deal in the works as the PGW deal was being debated?

02/26/2015

(Philadelphia City Council has been meeting temporarily in a sixth-floor courtroom of City Hall after City Council chambers, on the fourth floor, was flooded by a burst water pipe.  Cleanup of Council chambers continues.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council OKs Four More Exemptions to Citywide Indoor Smoking Ban

Lawmakers next month will consider a bill that revises the smoking ban to rule out any future waivers.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

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