Maria Quinones Sanchez

(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

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Some City Council Races Wrap Quickly; Not So, At-Large GOP Seat

In Philadelphia, where Democratic registrations outpace Republicans by a 6-1 margin, several City Council races wrapped up quickly on Election Night.

11/08/2011

(Credit: Steve Tawa)

Business Tax Overhaul On City Council’s Agenda This Week

City Council today tries yet again to tackle the thorny issue of Philadelphia’s business taxes, with a hearing on two proposals aimed at helping out firms based in the city and bringing new ones in.

10/24/2011

City Council in its caucus room in City Hall (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Approves Redrawn, Simpler District Map

After weeks of closed door wrangling, Council approved a map that will take effect for elections in four years.

09/22/2011

(Members of City Council, in their City Hall caucus room.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council Nears Accord On New District Boundaries

The issue is “redistricting” — the mandate that every ten years City Council redraw its boundaries to reflect population shifts.

09/08/2011

(Photos from City of Phila. cable TV channel)

Civil Rights And Hispanic Leaders In Philadelphia Call For Fair Redistricting

Leaders of the Philadelphia’s Latino community came before City Council on Tuesday, urging the lawmakers to create a primarily Hispanic district when the city’s map of Council districts gets redrawn.

08/16/2011

(City Hall chambers was packed on Thursday morning with many expressing opposition to Mayor Nutter's proposed tax on sweetened soft drinks.  Photos by Mike Dunn)

City Council Reaches Deal: Property Taxes To Rise, Soda Tax Dead

Philadelphia City Council has reportedly reached a deal that is expected to raise around $53 million in revenue to bail out the city’s school district.

06/16/2011

(credit: KYW's Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia City Council Unlikely To DROP Controversial Pension Perk

Will DROP be dropped? Not likely, it seems. City Council today holds its long-delayed hearing on the controversial pension perk, and the lawmakers are likely to ignore the mayor’s call to abolish DROP.

06/08/2011

(credit: KYW's Tim McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Primaries: High Stakes, Low Turnout

Five of the 17 Philadelphia City Council members are retiring and there is no shortage of candidates to replace them. Plus, Mayor Nutter faces a challenge from Milton Street.

05/17/2011

(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney addresses a group outside City Council chambers on the "radicalization" of American Muslims.  Photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Philadelphians, Including Councilmembers, Object To DC Hearing On Muslim Radicalization

Several members of Philadelphia City Council and the Muslim and Jewish communities spoke out at City Hall against the hearings in Washington, DC on the radicalization of the Muslim community.

03/10/2011

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