Philadelphia’s ban on smoking in public places is now seven years old and City Council finds itself in a quandary over whether to grant exemptions to four bars that want patrons to be able to light up.
With four words, “It is now law,” Mayor Nutter signed into law the city’s new zoning code, replacing one that dated back fifty years and was chock full of anachronisms and confusion.
Retiring City Council president Anna Verna got a standing ovation. She is one of six outgoing councilmembers honored during their final meeting.
First District councilman Frank DiCicco, in his final Council meeting before retiring, wasn’t surprised to receive the mayor’s veto of the bill that would have changed the zoning to allow the wall wrap ad.
In Philadelphia, where Democratic registrations outpace Republicans by a 6-1 margin, several City Council races wrapped up quickly on Election Night.
Meanwhile, Mayor Nutter vows to keep fighting to abolish DROP outright.
The issue is “redistricting” — the mandate that every ten years City Council redraw its boundaries to reflect population shifts.
A compromise has been reached on a bill that would give police more leeway in handling aggressive panhandlers in the city.
“Ride the Ducks” are back in business in Philadelphia this summer, but they’re loading passengers at a different location because of complaints from a federal judge. Council members signed off on the move Thursday.
Mark Squilla and Bobby Henon appeared headed toward commanding victories in their respective Philadelphia City Council primary races.
Candidates for Philadelphia Mayor and City Council will spend today in one final rush of campaigning before tomorrow’s primary.
“If you go around some of our hotels in Center City, go around the Reading Terminal, you would see first-hand what it is I’m talking about,” councilman Frank DiCicco said.
Philadelphia city councilman Frank DiCicco won’t seek a fifth term as the councilman for the 1st District, which encompasses parts of South Philadelphia, center city, Old City, and Northern Liberties.
City Council members are ever-so-close to finally releasing their own study of the cost of the controversial pension perk known as “DROP” — and close to finally scheduling a hearing on whether to abolish the program.
Councilman Frank DiCicco says he regrets enrolling in the controversial pension plan, and he has introduced a bill which allows any city worker to opt out of DROP.