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(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

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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

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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

(The barkentine "Gazela" takes a short trip on the Delaware River, flying the colors of the City of Philadelphia.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Gazela Gets First Official Recognition as Philadelphia’s ”Tall Ship”

It had been called “Philadelphia’s unofficial tall ship,” but now she is official, thanks to Councilman David Oh.

06/15/2012

(Alex Archowski.   Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Explores Additional Tax Credit For Hiring Veterans

Alex Archowski, of the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network, said some employers shy away from such tax credits because of paperwork.

05/14/2012

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Ceremonial Groundbreaking Held For Philadelphia’s New Tactical Police Facility

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.

05/07/2012

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Philadelphia City Council To Address Deteriorating Condition Of City’s Police And Fire Stations

City Council is planning more hearings on the deteriorating condition of the city’s police and fire stations.

03/03/2012

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Immigrant Business Owners Are Popular Target Of Violent Criminals

“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.

01/27/2012

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, on his first day in that position.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

New Philadelphia City Council President Inaugurates 2012 Legislative Session

Philadelphia City Council chambers were packed on Thursday morning as the lawmakers launched their 2012 legislative session.

01/26/2012

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