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(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

(Councilmembers met this week behind the closed doors of Council President Clarke's office.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Council Is Ignoring Sunshine Laws, Watchdog Group Says

Council president Darrell Clarke (photo) says the meetings didn’t fall under the requirements of the state’s Sushine Laws. The head of the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition begs to differ.

06/08/2014

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke confers with school advocates outside City Council chambers.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Council President Faults Phila. School District For Current Budget Gap

City Council president Darrell Clarke says the school district’s immediate need for $35 million by month’s end is a “self-inflicted wound” because the district, in his view, dragged its feet on selling old, shuttered buildings.

06/05/2014

(Philadelphia school district CFO Matthew Stanski, left,  and superintendent William Hite, testifying before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

$120M Relief For Philadelphia’s Schools Moves Forward in City Council

Even so, the proposed legislation does not fully meet the district’s needs for the coming year.

06/04/2014

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

Council President Hopes to Continue Katz’s Plans to Revitalize Temple Area

Katz was a Temple University alumnus and sat on the school’s board of directors, and Council President Clarke’s district includes the university and its surrounding neighborhood.

06/02/2014

(Activists gather outside City Council offices in Philadelphia City Hall to present petitions objecting to the sale of PGW.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Group Says 1,000+ Signed Petition Against Privatization of PGW

Mayor Nutter wants to sell the city-owned utility to a Connecticut firm called UIL for $1.86 billion.

05/27/2014

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, chairing a session at which a revised plan for funding Philadelphia's public schools was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Lawmakers Add a ‘Plan B’ To Philadelphia Schools Funding Measure

City Council president Darrell Clarke has decided to play it safe, adding a fallback provision to his plan to send sales tax proceeds to the cash-starved school district.

05/22/2014

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