The hearing featured experts speaking on the educational systems in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Finland and elsewhere.
The lawmakers overrode a Nutter veto and ordered millions of dollars set aside to pay for the contract.
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.
Even the sponsor acknowledges the measure is likely to be challenged in court.
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.
It had been called “Philadelphia’s unofficial tall ship,” but now she is official, thanks to Councilman David Oh.
Alex Archowski, of the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network, said some employers shy away from such tax credits because of paperwork.
Officials were there to break ground for the building which will be home to the police department’s SWAT, bomb squad, and K-9 units.
City Council is planning more hearings on the deteriorating condition of the city’s police and fire stations.
“If a business owner is newer to the neighborhood or might not have as strong English skills, that can create situations in which the business owner might be perceived as more vulnerable,” one expert says.
Philadelphia City Council chambers were packed on Thursday morning as the lawmakers launched their 2012 legislative session.
When Philadelphia City Council convenes its 2012 legislative session this morning, it’ll have a very different look, with new leadership and six new members. But the biggest issues are anything but new.
The one unsettled City Council race in this month’s election is now decided, with attorney David Oh now the winner of that Republican at-large seat.
Election night results showed David Oh leading Al Taubenberger by about 150 votes.
When the dust of Tuesday’s election settled, only about 150 votes separated David Oh and Al Taubenberger in the battle for one of two at-large Council seats reserved for the GOP.