David Oh

(Philadelphia VA regional benefits office director Diana Rubens, left, and Philadelphia VA Medical Center director Daniel Hendee at a Philadelphia City Council hearing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Explores Status of VA Health Care Reforms

The lawmakers heard promises of improvements from local officials, and tales of bureaucratic bungling from veterans.

09/15/2014

Mayor Nutter signs into law a measure that will make it easier for new mothers who return to work to pump breast milk. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Signs Bill Making It Easier For Moms To Pump Breast Milk At Work

Mayor Nutter has signed a bill that requires all Philadelphia employers to give workers who are nursing mothers the space and time to pump milk while on the job.

09/04/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney, in file photo.)

Nutter Weighing City Council’s Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Pot

The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.

06/19/2014

(Councilman Jim Kenney, left, and deputy mayor Alan Greenberger, right, during City Council hearing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Presses Nutter Administration Over Cost of Foreign Trips

Councilman Jim Kenney was among those questioning deputy maoyr Alan Greenberger about the value of Mayor Nutter’s taxpayer-funded overseas trips.

04/02/2014

(Philadelphia City Council.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

City Council Overrides Nutter Veto, Hoping to Scuttle ‘Resign-To-Run’ Rule

The sponsor of the plan, Councilman-at-large David Oh, noted that state elected officials and those from other cities face no such provision, so eliminating it here levels the playing field for city officials.

02/20/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Councilman Introduces Bill That Would Cut City’s Wage Tax

A city councilman says Mayor Nutter needs to ramp up in a big way, by making cuts to the much-hated Philadelphia wage tax.

02/08/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Plan For ‘Resign To Run’ Referendum Question Gets Council OK

Councilman David Oh believes that since state lawmakers don’t have to resign to run for mayor, city elected officials shouldn’t have to, either.

12/14/2013

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Council Committee Approves Resign-To-Run Charter Change Question

The sponsor of the plan, councilman-at-large David Oh, said the 60-year old “resign to run” provision of the city charter simply does not work.

11/22/2013

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

City Council Debates If Philadelphia Needs More Taxicabs

City Council is planning a hearing to decide if Philadelphia needs more taxicabs.

11/02/2013

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Councilman Wants To Tweak City’s ‘Resign To Run’ Campaign Rule

Councilman David Oh is introducing a plan to scale back the “resign to run” rule in the Home Rule Charter. Currently, a city elected official must resign as soon as they announce for another office.

10/03/2013

(Kai-Ming Cheng, a professor of education at the University of Hong Kong, discusses education practices in some Asian countries with members of Philadelphia City Council via Skype.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Local Lawmakers Look For Foreign Education Models That May Help Philadelphia’s Schools

The hearing featured experts speaking on the educational systems in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Finland and elsewhere.

06/17/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo)

City Council Sides With Firefighters, Overrides Veto By Nutter

The lawmakers overrode a Nutter veto and ordered millions of dollars set aside to pay for the contract.

06/09/2013

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Councilman Wants To Subpoena Nutter Administration Over Property Revaluations

Councilman at-large David Oh says questions abound over the accuracy of the new assessments, and he says the methodology released last week did not clear up how the new property values were calculated.

05/02/2013

(File photo)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Authorize Mayor To Ban Guns in City Parks, Rec Centers

Even the sponsor acknowledges the measure is likely to be challenged in court.

03/21/2013

(Phila. PD Cmdr. Verdell Johnson, recreation commissioner Susan Slawson, and public safety director Mike Resnick testify before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Press For Gun Ban In City Parks, Rec Centers

Mike Resnick, the city’s public safety director (far right in top photo), says that with 54 shootings at recreation centers since 2010, the Nutter administration supports the ban.

03/11/2013

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