Darrell Clarke

(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

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, shortly after his school funding plan was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

‘Compromise’ School Funding Bill Aired in Phila. City Council

The Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.

05/15/2014

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

Debate Continues At City Hall Over How to Bring The School District $120M

Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke continue wrangling over a plan that would bring the School District an extra $120-million for the coming year.

05/15/2014

(With the former Inquirer headquarters as a backdrop, Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke announces formation of "Avenue North Renaissance."  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

New Agency Formed To Promote North Broad Street Revival

A new agency is hoping to do for North Broad Street what the “Avenue of the Arts” has done for South Broad, according to City Council president Darrell Clarke.

05/14/2014

(Illustration by Ed Fischer)

Advertising On City-Owned Properties In Philadelphia Moves Closer To Reality

This week brings a deadline for advertising agencies to submit their ideas to the Nutter Administration on how to put ads on city properties and vehicles.

05/12/2014

(Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, testifies before City Council about how the union would like to see the schools funded.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Lawmakers Hear Competing Views on School Budget Options

Teachers’ union president Jerry Jordan called on City Council to allocate all $120 million from a city sales tax extension to schools.

05/07/2014

(Philadelphia schools commissioner William Hite, left, and SRC chair Bill Green testify before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. School District Says It Needs Hundreds of Millions More Next Year

The district is already counting on City Council to provide $120 million more for next year by extending the one-percent city sales tax hike. But that’s far from a done deal. And it says it wants $96 million beyond that.

05/05/2014

(Matt Olesh speaks to reporters at a press conference outside Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Lawyers Urge City Council To Send Sales Tax Windfall to Philly’s Schools

The two dozen attorneys are urging councilmembers to extend the city sales tax hike to provide $120 million for the cash-starved Philadelphia School District.

04/24/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo)

Nutter Responds To Council President’s Memo Over Sale Of PGW

Mayor Nutter is taking issue with the Council President’s view of how officials will deal with his controversial plan to sell PGW.

04/11/2014

(June 6th, 2013: Kim Sizemore brings flowers to the site where her friend, Kim Finnegan, died the previous day.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Nutter Administration Plans Memorial at Site of 2013 Fatal Building Collapse

Mayor Nutter says the Salvation Army has offered to donate the site of last year’s collapse, at 22nd and Market Streets, for a memorial to the six people killed.

03/20/2014

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