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(City councilman James Kenney, left, in file image from City of Phila. TV.  Mayor Michael Nutter, right, in file photo. (credit: Mike Dunn)

Tussle Over Credit For New Regulations After Center City Building Collapse

Tragedy can lead to legislative change. And that, in turn, can lead to politicians tripping over one another in the rush to claim credit.

07/20/2014

(Philadelphia L&I commissioner Carlton Williams and Mayor Nutter unveil an example of the new signage that will be required at construction sites in the city.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Unveils New Required Construction Site Signage

The new rule comes in the wake of last year’s building collapse on Market Street that killed six people.

07/17/2014

(Councilman Jim Kenney.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman’s Bill Decriminalizing Small Marijuana Amounts Moves Forward

The bill, authored by Councilman Jim Kenney, would make possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana — about an ounce — a simple “code violation,” punishable only by a $25 fine.

06/09/2014

(L-R: Anthony Fullard, iron worker;  Bruce Crawley, president of Millennium 3 Management; and Pat Gillespie, business mgr. of Phila. Building & Construction Trades Council, testify before city councilmembers.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Industry Experts Testify at Phila. City Council Hearing on Deadly Building Collapse

Committee members got an education on best practices and standards from leading local experts in the field.

06/27/2013

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

Phila. Councilman Says Spending Cuts Could Keep Tax Rate Down to 1 Percent

Councilman Jim Kenney has introduced a plan to cut spending so the property tax rate stays at or below 1.0 percent.

03/07/2013

(Blanca Pacheco of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Coalition Forms To Push US Immigration Reform Efforts

It was standing room only as the newly formed Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform made a collective statement on the type of comprehensive legislation they would like to see.

02/06/2013

(City councilman James Kenney.  File photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Councilman Defends Spending Thousands For ‘Tweets,’ Facebooking

Councilman-at-large Jim Kenney hired a Philadelphia-based company called Chatterblast. The cost was $28,000, paid for by taxpayers.

04/04/2012

(Councilman James Kenney, in file photo)

Philadelphia Lawmaker Wants To Tighten ‘Resign To Run’ Candidacy Rule

Councilman Jim Kenney wants voters to decide on a proposed change that would require candidates to resign from other elected offices before running in Philadelphia.

03/29/2012

(Rob Dubow, during testimony to City Council on Monday.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Grill City’s Finance Chief On Planned Property Tax Changes

One day after the head of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission admitted to financial mismanagement under the SRC’s previous leadership, City Council members voiced misgivings about raising an extra $90 million to help bail out the school district.

03/28/2012

(Philadelphia city finance director Rob Dubow, left, and Councilman Bill Green.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Amid Plan To Revamp Philadelphia Property Assessments, Questions Of Higher Taxes

Mayor Nutter’s budget experts were in the hot seat as Philadelphia City Council opened hearings on Nutter’s plan to revamp the way property assessments are calculated in the city.

03/26/2012

(Frank Rizzo Jr., in file photo)

Rizzo Struggles Against ‘DROP’ For At-Large City Council Renomination

Philadelphia at-large city councilman Frank Rizzo Jr., was apparently having trouble in his re-election bid shaking the charge that he ran for another term despite having entered the city’s controversial “DROP” pension program.

05/17/2011

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Memorial For Civil Rights Activist Gets Big Boost From City of Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia is making a donation of a half-million dollars to support efforts to build a memorial statue to 19th Century civil rights activist Octavius V. Catto.

03/14/2011

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Councilman Still Working To Bring Catto Statue To City Hall

For almost ten years, Councilman at-large James Kenney has been working to get a statue placed at City Hall of 19th century civil rights activist, educator, soldier, and baseball player Octavius Catto.

03/03/2011

(Philadelphia City Council members James Kenney, left, and Frank Rizzo.  File photos)

City Council Moves Forward With Bill To Rein In Wreck Chasers

A bill aimed at getting rogue tow truck operators in line has moved out of a City Council committee — but not without a little fireworks.

11/16/2010

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Philadelphia City Council Wrestles With Reining In Tow Truck Drivers

There are still no easy answers, as Tuesday’s hearing pointed out.

10/26/2010

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