Darrell Clarke

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco speaks to her colleagues about the PGW privatization deal, now dead.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilmembers Say Cancellation of PGW Deal Was Right Thing To Do

“Hang in there, because we’re going to come up with a better plan,” councilwoman Marian Tasco told her colleagues.

10/30/2014

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

Mayor Nutter Hopes Public Outcry Will Resurrect PGW Sale Proposal

Nutter, still fuming over City Council president Darrell Clarke’s decision to scuttle the PGW sale without a public hearing, is hoping that public pressure will force City Council to reverse course.

10/28/2014

(Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Pulls Plug on PGW Privatization Deal

The deal, worth nearly $2 billion, needed City Council approval but the legislation was never introduced, nor hearings scheduled.

10/27/2014

(Councilman Darrell Clarke, chairing the City Council meeting on October 23rd.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Nutter Says ‘Time Has Come’ For Phila. City Council Action on Proposed Sale of PGW

City Council president Darrell Clarke says his staff’s internal review should be concluded by next week.

10/23/2014

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

Clock Still Ticking On Mayor Nutter’s Plan To Sell PGW

Mum’s the word from the president of Philadelphia City Council as to whether today’s regular Council meeting will bring any word on when lawmakers will debate the plan to sell PGW.

10/23/2014

(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 on July 1, 2014.  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

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