Darrell Clarke

(A man sells flowers and bottled water to passing motorists on Sixth Street, near Vine.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

City Council Eyeing More Regulation For Curbside Vendors in Philadelphia

City Council president Darrell Clarke calls them “entrepreneurs,” those folks who set up a folding table on a sidewalk to sell everything from handbags to CDs to incense.

10/14/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman’s Bill Takes Aim At Unruly Behavior By Temple U. Students

Council president Darrell Clarke, who represents the area around Temple University, says neighbors face public drunkenness and related issues on a regular basis.

10/09/2014

(A print ad placed in local newspapers by UIL Holdings, which has offered to buy PGW for nearly $2 billion.  The copy reads, 
"Philadelphia is facing an important decision.  UIL investing in Philadelphia Gas Works means a faster fix of the dangerously outdated gas lines under the city -- the second oldest system in the country.  Repairing the system means preventing catastrophic accidents.  And that means keeping families and businesses safe.")

Councilwoman Says PGW Bidder Using “Scare Tactics” To Push Sale

A print ad sponsored by UIL Holdings, the Connecticut-based firm that wants to buy PGW from the city, claims the city’s gas infrastructure is “dangerously outdated.”

09/30/2014

(Mayor Nutter, announcing his intention to sell PGW.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council Debate Over Whether To Sell PGW Delayed

City Council’s plans to publicly debate the controversial proposal to sell PGW have now slipped until mid-October.

09/29/2014

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Darrell Clarke Says He Is Not Competing With Nutter Over Release Of Similar Plans To Restructure L&I

City Council President Darrell Clarke insists that his plan to reorganize huge portions of Philadelphia government is not intended to trump a related plan unveiled at the very same time by Mayor Nutter.

09/28/2014

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Nutter, Clarke To Unveil Dueling Plans For L&I

Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke today are unveiling separate and competing proposals to reshape the structure of city government.

09/25/2014

(Nearby surveillance video captured the Feltonville food truck explosion.  File image from CBS3)

Phila. City Council President Wants Food Truck Propane Tanks Inspected

Council president Darrell Clarke has introduced a bill giving the Philadelphia Fire Department responsibility for inspecting propane tanks used on curbside food trucks.

09/11/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Tony Romeo)

Nutter Hopes For Public Hearings On $2 Billion PGW Sale When City Council Opens Fall Session

City Council has yet to introduce the Mayor’s PGW sale legislation nor to schedule public hearings. Council President Darrell Clarke has said those won’t come until Concentric — the consultant hired by Council to review the plan — has finished its reports.

09/03/2014

(Karyn Lynch of the School District of Philadelphia testifes before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Holds Hearing On How School District Can Expand Social Services To Include Students’ Families

The hearing was focused on expanding “community-based schooling,” in which social services that are normally offered in government offices are instead available at neighborhood schools.

08/17/2014

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Philly Schools To Open On Time, But With Service Reductions

The School District of Philadelphia will open as planned on September 8th, but with temporary “service reductions.”

08/15/2014

Council President Clarke leads the discussion at CCP (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Looks To Improve Philadelphia Neighborhoods

City Council President Darrell Clarke and his colleagues are pushing a CSI “to make every neighborhood a community of choice.”

07/31/2014

(Pope Francis, in file photo by Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

City Officials Undecided Where Pope Francis Would Appear If He Visits Philadelphia

If the pontiff does come, an appearance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is not a certainty.

07/28/2014

(Councilmen Wilson Goode, left, and Bill Greenlee confer as City Council receives a briefing in the Council caucus room from the consulting firm it hired to evaluate the PGW sale.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Council Set For Summer Recess With PGW Deal On Hold

Much to Mayor Nutter’s chagrin, his controversial plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works will not be introduced before City Council adjourns for the summer season.

06/19/2014

(School Reform Commission chair Bill Green describes the dire state of Philadelphia schools funding.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Pleads For Adequate City and State Funding

Philadelphia school district officials are warning of dire consequences if the city and state don’t quickly come through with millions in new funding.

06/17/2014

(Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton signs copies of her book, "Hard Choices," at the Free Library.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Hillary Clinton In Philadelphia For Book-Signing At Free Library

Clinton took no questions from the press, arriving just before noon in the library’s government publications room to sign her book, titled “Hard Choices.”

06/13/2014

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