Marian Tasco

(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

(Philadelphia mayoral candidates Jim Kenney, Anthony Williams, and Lynne Abraham, at a forum at Central High School in March.  Images from PCN TV)

Mayor’s Race Tops Highlighted Contests in Philadelphia Primary

Today’s primary election has the parties choosing not only nominees for mayor, but for all 17 seats on City Council.

05/19/2015

(Jim Kenney, at a March 31st mayoral forum at Central High School.  Image from PCNTV)

Politicial Analysts See A Kenney Endorsement As Signal That Some Issues Trump Race

Kenney, who is white, nabbed the endorsement of a group of African-American political leaders known as the Northwest Coalition over rival Anthony Wiliams, who is black.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/07/2015

(Doug Oliver, a candidate for mayor in the Democratic primary, picks a numbered ball from a coffee can to determine his position on the ballot.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Candidates For Mayor and Council Get Ballot Positions For May 19th Primary

Ballot positions for the May 19th primary were determined in a very low-tech way: the candidates chose numbered balls out of a coffee can.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/18/2015

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco, at a hearing looking into the future of PGW.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilwoman Tasco Crows About Derailment of Nutter’s PGW Deal

Members of Philadelphia City Council today delivered a great big I-told-you-so to those who wanted the city to sell off the Philadelphia Gas Works.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/13/2015

(Philadelphia City Council has been meeting temporarily in a sixth-floor courtroom of City Hall after City Council chambers, on the fourth floor, was flooded by a burst water pipe.  Cleanup of Council chambers continues.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council OKs Four More Exemptions to Citywide Indoor Smoking Ban

Lawmakers next month will consider a bill that revises the smoking ban to rule out any future waivers.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler testifies against widening smoking ban exemptions.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sources: Phila. City Council and Mayor May End Future Smoking Ban Exemptions

Sources tell KYW Newsradio that City Council and the mayor want to change Philadelphia’s smoking law so that no additional exemptions to the ban could be granted in the future.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Marian Tasco, in her City Hall office.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Marian Tasco Announces Retirement From Philadelphia City Council

“I’ve decided that I will not seek re-election this year for City Council, for the 9th District,” Tasco told KYW Newsradio this morning.

01/13/2015

(Philadelphia revenue commissioner Clarena Tolson, left, and councilman David Oh, during a committee hearing about tax delinquency in the city.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Council Balks at Oh’s Plan For More Aggressive Approach to Tax Collections

Councilman David Oh (right photo) wants any tax payment more than a year overdue to be automatically be turned over to a collection agency.

12/01/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco, at City Council's hearing on the future of PGW.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sale Sidelined, Phila. City Council Opens Wider Hearing on Future of PGW

Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who also chairs the city’s Gas Commission, scolded the mayor for, in her view, excluding City Council from the bidding process.

11/13/2014

(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

(A print ad placed in local newspapers by UIL Holdings, which has offered to buy PGW for nearly $2 billion.  The copy reads, 
"Philadelphia is facing an important decision.  UIL investing in Philadelphia Gas Works means a faster fix of the dangerously outdated gas lines under the city -- the second oldest system in the country.  Repairing the system means preventing catastrophic accidents.  And that means keeping families and businesses safe.")

Councilwoman Says PGW Bidder Using “Scare Tactics” To Push Sale

A print ad sponsored by UIL Holdings, the Connecticut-based firm that wants to buy PGW from the city, claims the city’s gas infrastructure is “dangerously outdated.”

09/30/2014

(credit: City of Phila. TV)

Tasco Grills Nutter’s Chief Of Staff Over Rec Center Renovation Delay

A city councilwoman’s anger over delays in renovations to a rec center in her district boiled over Tuesday at a budget hearing.

04/03/2013

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco.  File photo by Dennis Edward)

Tasco Accuses Nutter Of Deliberately Delaying Playground Renovation

A veteran city council member is accusing Mayor Nutter of holding up the renovation of a playground in her district to “punish” her for her stance on the mayor’s plan to sell PGW.

03/28/2013

(The Philadelphia Gas Commission.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Phila. Gas Commission Narrowly Approves Controversial Consultant Payments

The five-member Philadelphia Gas Commission, which oversees PGW’s budget, voted 3-2 to approve more than $2.3 million in PGW revenues to pay legal, financial, and public relations consultants.

01/16/2013

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