Marian Tasco

(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

(Credit: Steve Tawa)

City’s Effort To Sell Off PGW Gets Tangled In Purse Strings Battle

Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who chairs the Philadelphia Gas Commission, doesn’t believe that PGW ratepayers should foot the bill for the privatization effort.

12/11/2012

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Marian Tasco, in file photo.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Urge Renewed Funding For Foreclosure Diversion Program

Councilwoman Marian Tasco was instrumental in setting up the pilot program in 2008, just as the number of city foreclosure filings exceeded 8,000.

03/31/2012

Anti-Smoking

Philadelphia Councilwoman Hopes CDC’s New Anti-Smoking Ads Will Work

The $54-million campaign is designed to get smokers to stop, and to prevent those who don’t smoke — especially kids — from starting.

03/15/2012

Marian Tasco (file photo)

Philadelphia Councilwoman Marian Tasco Collects $478K DROP Payment

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian Tasco will be retiring at the close of business on Friday, only to return on Monday and be sworn into a new term, along with the rest of council and Mayor Nutter. But, she’ll be able to collect a $478,000 DROP payment.

12/28/2011

(File photo: Councilman James Kenney at a City Council hearing.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Kenney Joins Jockeying For Philadelphia City Council Presidency

Tuesday’s general election in Philadelphia has now given way to another election — one with just seventeen voters.

11/09/2011

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