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City Council To Begin Regulatory Probe of Philadelphia Demolitions

Philadelphia City Council is launching its own probe of last week’s fatal center city building collapse, though its review will focus on the broad issues of regulations and licensing governing demolitions.

06/10/2013

(Cleanup continued the day after the building collapse that killed at least six people in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Phila. City Council Ready To Delve Into Issues Raised By Deadly Building Collapse

Expect a City Council hearing this fall on the aftermath of the collapse, according to Curtis Jones, chairman of Council’s public safety committee.

06/06/2013

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Council Gives Preliminary Approval To 1.34% Tax Rate

Philadelphia’s controversial new property tax system is now a step closer to reality, following a preliminary vote Wednesday in City Council.

06/06/2013

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, in file photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council President Hopes To Keep Schools Intact

With a new cigarette tax and pressure for other revenue the president of Philadelphia’s city council is still hoping to keep the schools intact.

06/02/2013

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$2-a-Pack Cigarette Tax To Help School District Gets Initial OK by City Council

But whether the new tax ever gets final approval remains unclear.

05/29/2013

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Nutter’s Tax Plan For Philadelphia School Funding Introduced in City Council

“If and until those bills are introduced on the state level, and we see some sense that there is some action, there’s really not a lot that we can do locally,” City Council president Darrell Clarke says.

05/23/2013

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Veterans Advisory Commission Holds Resource Fair At City Hall

“We’re going to have approximately 26 tables where people will be able to come over and get information, get counseling,” says council president Darrell Clarke.

05/22/2013

(Mayor Nutter with state legislators at Jackson Elementary School, in South Philadelphia.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Nutter, State Legislators Promise They’ll Scrounge For School District Stopgap Funds

Mayor Nutter says he’ll present a package of proposals in a week or so to raise $60 million for city schools.

05/09/2013

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Philadelphia City Council Approves Plan To Sell Advertising on City Buildings, Vehicles

By a 15-0 vote, councilmembers approved a measure that would for the first time allow advertising on publicly owned buildings such as recreation centers, and on city vehicles including trash trucks.

05/02/2013

(Community activist Cheri Honkala testifies before Philadelphia City Council on the school budget crisis.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Education Activists Plead For $60-Million Stopgap For Philadelphia Schools

Council hasn’t decided whether or how it can give the school district $60 million more, but dozens from the public urged Council to find a way.

04/30/2013

(L-R: SRC chair Pedro Ramos, superintendent William Hite,  and district CFO Matthew Stanski.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Makes Its Case For Latest Funding Stopgap

“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.

04/29/2013

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City Officials Trying To Find Money For School District

City Council members are wondering how they and the mayor will come up with an extra $60-million for the school district and whether the state will do its share.

04/24/2013

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Phila. City Council Aims To Raise Awareness of New Property Tax Homestead Exemption

City Council President Darrell Clarke says so far about only 50-percent of homeowners eligible for next year’s Homestead Exemption have signed up so far.

04/22/2013

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Phila. Lawmakers Urge Eligible Property Owners To Apply For Homestead Exemption

City Council members say their own analysis of new property assessments points to the great need for relief measures for those hit hardest by rising property values.

04/11/2013

(Stage construction for Jay-Z's "Made in America" concert in 2012.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

‘Made In America’ Fest, With Jay-Z, Returning For 2nd Year To Ben Franklin Parkway

Last year’s two-day “Made in America” festival during the Labor Day weekend drew thousands, and according to city officials provided a big boost to the local economy with hotel and restaurant bookings.

04/08/2013

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