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Protestors Demand Safety Hearings Following Port Richmond Train Derailment

Nearly 80 protesters held signs near 17th and Market Streets outside of Philadelphia Energy Systems Thursday.

04/10/2014

(CSX vice president Quintin Kendall testifies at a City Council hearing on the January 20th derailment.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

After Derailment, Railroad Official Defends Phila. Bridge Maintenance

CSX officials today told a City Council committee that despite a January freight train derailment on a bridge over the Schuylkill River, the aging bridge itself is safe.

03/12/2014

File Photo of a dog playing in the snow. (Credit: TG Nichols)

Leaving Dogs Outside In Freezing Cold Could Become Illegal In Philadelphia

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson says in the wake of this difficult and bitterly cold winter, he’s hearing from residents about neighbor’s dogs being left outside:

02/09/2014

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Folks March Against Gun Violence In Philadelphia

One of the Martin Luther King Day events taking place Monday was a rally and safety walk against gun violence in Southwest Philadelphia.

01/20/2014

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Proposed Bill Gives L&I Crews Authority To Break Padlocks To Clean Vacant Lots

Second District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson says L&I’s efforts to clean up unsightly vacant lots are stymied because absentee owners lock them.

12/14/2013

(Tracey Jordan, left, testifies before the Rules Committee of Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Wrestling With Expanding Problem of Auto Shops in Residential Areas

Tracey Jordan of Southwest Philadelphia (left) says auto shops are popping up all over that section of the city — on residential blocks.

12/03/2013

(A plastic pistol and the 3D printer used to make it.  File photo by Robert MacPherson/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Phila. City Council Bans Using 3-D Printers To Make Guns

3-D printers create physical objects by depositing layer upon layer of a plastic substance that hardens. And they are coming down in price.

11/21/2013

(A plastic pistol and the 3D printer used to make it.  File photo by Robert MacPherson/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Phila. City Council Eyes Threat of Guns Made Using 3-D Printers

It may sound like science fiction, but Philadelphia City Council is considering whether to regulate 3-D printers because the technology allows do-it-yourselfers to use the devices to manufacture a working firearm.

11/07/2013

(A vacant lot on Delaware Avenue in South Philadelphia.  File photo)

Philly Councilman Says Gate Locks Shouldn’t Stop Cleanup Crews

“People have the right to live in a clean neighborhood,” says Second District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.

10/10/2013

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South Philly Job Fair, Called ‘Disorganized’ By Some, Draws Hundreds

Councilman Johnson, the organizer, says the event wasn’t disorganized but added that the huge number of attendees is an unfortunate sign of the times.

04/26/2013

(City councilman Kenyatta Johnson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman’s Plan Would Help Homeowners Hardest Hit By Property Tax Overhaul

Second District councilman Kenyatta Johnson says his district is among those that will be hardest hit by the move to the so-called Actual Value Initiative (“AVI”).

02/21/2013

(An artist's rendering of the site of the planned apartment complex in Southwest Philadelphia.  Credit: Pennoni Associates)

Councilman Pulls Support For Controversial Eastwick Housing Project

The Korman Company had hoped to build a $100-million development in the Eastwick neighborhood — fifty-one, two-story buildings, for a total of 722 apartments.

11/29/2012

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

City Council Tables Zoning Proposal For Massive Apartment Building In Eastwick

Many neighbors showed up in Council Chambers to express their concerns.

06/13/2012

(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

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Speaker Wants To Suspend Special Elections In Wake of Block to Redistricting

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House is asking a federal court for guidance in the aftermath of a state Supreme Court ruling that has thrown elections for state legislative seats into chaos.

01/31/2012

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