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Mayor Nutter signs the executive order. (Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Ends Local Cooperation With ICE Detainers

Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order today that changes Philadelphia’s policy on immigration and customs enforcement detainers, known as ICE holds. Immigration advocates are calling the new policy is one of the most progressive in the country.

04/16/2014

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Arrest Made In Connection To Fire At Philly City Councilwoman’s Property

Police have made an arrest in connection with the fire at a home owned by a Philadelphia city councilwoman, as well as found some of the stolen goods.

03/29/2014

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Fire at Vacant Home Owned By Phila. Councilwoman Under Investigation

The home belongs to 7th District councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.

03/28/2014

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, in 2012 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilwoman Says Philadelphia Should Shift More Tax $$ To Schools

Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez proposes upping the school district’s share from 55 percent to 60 percent, which she says would shift about $53 million per year from the city to the schools without raising taxes.

02/27/2014

(In Philadelphia City Council chambers, councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sanchez, at lectern, discussed Philadelphia's policy of cooperting with ICE.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Hearing Sought Before Nutter Modifies ICE Cooperation Agreement

Now, when Philadelphia police stop an undocumented immigrant for even a minor offense, officers will enter the person’s information into a database shared with federal immigration authorities.

02/20/2014

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Compromise on City ‘Land Bank’ Plan

City Council members have reached what officials are calling an “historic” agreement to rein in a longstanding Philadelphia problem: how to dispose of tens of thousands of vacant properties and lots.

12/05/2013

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Philadelphia City Council Takes On Demolitions

City Council has another hearing scheduled Thursday afternoon on its plan to overhaul how demolitions are carried out in Philadelphia, and some differences exist among the lawmakers on a few proposals.

11/14/2013

(City of Philadelphia budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, listens as city finance director Rob Dubow responds to a reporter's question.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Finance Director Says 1¢ Sales Tax Hike Needs To Remain

Rob Dubow says the Philadelphia school district’s budget woes could get worse if City Council doesn’t approve a bill to make permanent the once-temporary hike in the sales tax.

08/05/2013

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City Council To Begin Regulatory Probe of Philadelphia Demolitions

Philadelphia City Council is launching its own probe of last week’s fatal center city building collapse, though its review will focus on the broad issues of regulations and licensing governing demolitions.

06/10/2013

(Cleanup continued the day after the building collapse that killed at least six people in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Phila. City Council Ready To Delve Into Issues Raised By Deadly Building Collapse

Expect a City Council hearing this fall on the aftermath of the collapse, according to Curtis Jones, chairman of Council’s public safety committee.

06/06/2013

(Nutter administration finance director Rob Dubow testifies before City Council's finance committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Committee Pushes Alternative Funding Source For School Budget Gap

Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, argued against raising the city’s “U&O” business tax and in favor of boosting taxes on liquor and cigarettes.

05/17/2013

(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

(Protesters hold signs as City Council discusses the Philadelphia School District plan.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council Calls For Delay in Philadelphia School District’s Downsizing Plan

The debate within City Council chambers was heated.

01/24/2013

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sanchez, at Wednesday's City Council hearing.  Photos from City of Phila. TV)

Councilwoman’s Zoning Bill Draws Ire of Her North Philadelphia Neighbors

A City Council committee approved a controversial zoning change for the Norris Square section of North Philadelphia sponsored by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sanchez.

05/16/2012

(Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Timothy McLaughlin)

Council Uneasy Over Sheriff’s Budget Request

City Council members are voicing reservations about the Philadelphia Sheriff’s request for a 25-percent budget increase at a time when other departments are belt-tightening.

04/29/2012

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