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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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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

(Credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

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

Center City Building Collapse File Photo (Credit: Tim Jimenez)

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

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