Maria Quinones Sanchez

(Helen Gym, a political activist for public schools, won one of five Democratic nominations for a City Council at-large seat.  Photo provided)

Some New Faces Win Democratic Nominations For Phila. City Council

Helen Gym, Allan Domb, and Derek Green edged out incumbents Ed Neilson and Wilson Goode Jr. for nominations. Kenyatta Johnson and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez survived district challenges.

05/19/2015

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

At-Large Seats Among Contested Phila. City Council Races

In addition to candidates for mayor, Philadelphia voters today are also choosing their party’s nominees for all 17 seats on City Council.

05/19/2015

(A flyer urges a "yes" vote on ballot question #3 on May 19th in Philadelphia.)

Officials Urging Passage of Charter Change To Widen Multi-Language Access To Phila. Services

A new voter education campaign has kicked off to encourage Philadelphia voters to approve question #3 on the May 19th ballots.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/07/2015

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

As City Council Launches Budget Hearings, Nutter’s Tax Hike Plan For School Funding Appears On Life Support

As the budget hearings open, issue #1 is the School District’s request for an additional $103 million in city funding.

03/31/2015

(Manny Morales says he will remain a candidate for Philadelphia City Council without the Democratic Party's endorsement.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Disavowing Derogatory Posts, Morales Says He’ll Stay in Phila. City Council Race

In his campaign headquarters on East Hunting Park Avenue, 7th District candidate Manny Morales denied making any racially charged, biased, or hateful posts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/20/2015

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

Head of Phila. Democrats Urges Ward Leaders To Revisit Endorsement of Quiñones-Sánchez Challenger

Democratic ward leaders in the Seventh District endorsed a little-known challenger to councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. Manny Morales is now accused of making racist and sexist posts on Facebook.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

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

Voters Likely To Face Ballot Referendum On Government Access For Non-English Speakers

Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez wants to change the city charter so that all departments and agencies would be required to have plans on dealing with residents who primarily speak other languages.

03/02/2015

(Manny Morales, left, with well-wishers at Philadelphia Democratic Party headquarters.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Democrats Endorse Manny Morales Over Incumbent Councilwoman in 7th District

Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who has twice won her seat as a councilwoman without the Democratic machine behind her, last year backed candidates for state legislature who were not the party’s endorsed choices.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Amid City Council Inaction, PGW Bidder Declines To Extend Deal

Today was City Council’s final chance to introduce the required legislation before the PGW sale agreement expires at yearend.

11/20/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco speaks to her colleagues about the PGW privatization deal, now dead.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilmembers Say Cancellation of PGW Deal Was Right Thing To Do

“Hang in there, because we’re going to come up with a better plan,” councilwoman Marian Tasco told her colleagues.

10/30/2014

(Councilman Darrell Clarke, chairing the City Council meeting on October 23rd.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Nutter Says ‘Time Has Come’ For Phila. City Council Action on Proposed Sale of PGW

City Council president Darrell Clarke says his staff’s internal review should be concluded by next week.

10/23/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Firm Hired To Analyze Proposed Sale of PGW Finds Several Issues With Deal

A consultant hired by Philadelphia City Council to analyze the proposed sale of PGW finds several big concerns with the deal, including the possibility that the buyer could simply flip PGW to another buyer.

10/01/2014

(Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testifies before City Council's Finance Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Low-Income Advocates Urge City Flexibility on New Property Tax Programs

Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testified that the new assessment system known as “AVI” (Actual Value Initiative) left many homeowners confused and scared.

05/24/2014

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, chairing a session at which a revised plan for funding Philadelphia's public schools was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Lawmakers Add a ‘Plan B’ To Philadelphia Schools Funding Measure

City Council president Darrell Clarke has decided to play it safe, adding a fallback provision to his plan to send sales tax proceeds to the cash-starved school district.

05/22/2014

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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