Darrell Clarke

(City councilmembers, union leaders, and others gather in City Council chambers for the housing plan announcement.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Lawmakers Announce Plan For Construction of 1,500 Low-Cost Homes

City Council president Darrell Clarke and six other district councilmembers are proposing that the city government borrow $100 million to finance construction of 1,500 new, affordable properties over the next three or four years, mainly in gentrifying neighborhoods.

03/17/2014

(Susan Gobreski, at lectern, and other education advocates speak to reporters at Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Group Wants Continuation of Phila. Sales Tax Hike to Fill School Funding Gap

A coaltion of organizations wants City Council to approve a one-percent sales tax extension and use all of the proceeds — about $120 million — for the Philadelphia schools.

03/13/2014

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

Tussling Over Love Park Plan as City Council OKs Sale of Underground Garage

Council president Darell Clarke is voicing opposition to a councilman’s plan that would let skateboarders back in an area of the park once the makeover is finished.

03/13/2014

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Unions Disrupt Traffic But Not Mayor Nutter As Contract Battles Drag On

Members of labor unions representing various groups of Philadelphia municipal workers marched around City Hall both before and after Mayor Nutter’s budget address, to push their concerns.

03/06/2014

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

City Council President Announces Special Election to Fill Green’s Seat

Darrell Clarke has decided to call a special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of former at-large councilman Bill Green, now chair of the School Reform Commission.

03/04/2014

(Shane Creamer of the city's Board of Ethics, left.  Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70, right.
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Phila. Lawmakers OK $99 Limit On Gifts To City Workers — With Exceptions

Shane Creamer (left), of the city’s Board of Ethics, backed the limit. Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70 (right), thinks it should be lower.

02/24/2014

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Councilman Wants Renovated Love Park To Include a Skate Park

Councilman Jim Kenney suggested that the renovation of Love Park include a section for skateboarders, who once flocked there from around the world.

02/19/2014

FILE PHOTO (Bill Green and Farah Jimenez are sworn in as chair and member, respectively, of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Bill Green Sworn In As Chairman Of SRC, No Special Election Planned Yet To Fill His Council Seat

The decision on whether to call a special election rests now with Council President Darrell Clarke, and for the moment he is not commenting about his plans.

02/19/2014

(City officials gather in front of the iconic Robert Indiana "Love" sculpture to announce an agreement on funding for the proposed renovation of JFK Plaza, commonly known as Love Park.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter, Clarke Compromise on Funding For Love Park Renovation

The mayor had proposed selling the garage beneath Love Park and then using city money to renovate the park itself. Council president Clarke proposed turning much of the park over to new restaurants, with money from those leases paying for the renovation.

02/10/2014

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Group Opposes City Council President’s Plan To Put Restaurants In Love Park

A group of Fairmount Park advocates says that Council president Darrell Clarke’s plan to put restaurants in Love Park would turn that famed site into “a food court.”

02/10/2014

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council President Presses To Make Leadership Position Permanent

City Council President Darrell Clarke wants to make permanent a leadership position on council that was created, informally, two years ago.

02/02/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

City Council Wants To Take Over Setting City Worker Gift Limits

City Council members want higher limits on the value of gifts city workers can accept.

01/31/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

5th District Councilman Presents Legislation Backing Comcast’s New Skyscraper

Council president Darrell Clarke, who also represents the district where the tower will be located, says there will be meetings for residents to voice concerns.

01/23/2014

(US Rep. Bob Brady, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia’s Democratic Party Boss Sees Vigorous Fight For Green’s Council Seat

Congressman Bob Brady, who heads Philadelphia’s Democratic party, says a line has already formed of people vying for Bill Green’s at-large seat.

01/17/2014

(The former Germantown High School.  File photo by Carrie Hodousek)

Phila. School District Says Buyers Are Interested in Its Vacant Buildings

Now, for the first time, the district is disclosing how many offers came in.

01/08/2014

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