Tragedy can lead to legislative change. And that, in turn, can lead to politicians tripping over one another in the rush to claim credit.
A Kensington chocolate factory is open for business today and tomorrow after coming to terms with the city over a tax dispute that prompted a forced closure on Wednesday.
City Council president Darrell Clarke and six other district councilmembers are proposing that the city government borrow $100 million to finance construction of 1,500 new, affordable properties over the next three or four years, mainly in gentrifying neighborhoods.
Currently, owners of rental properties must apply for an annual rental license but are not required to submit proof that the fire escape has been inspected.
Binding bids will be due in January, and the city would finalize sales terms by February.
The initial reviews of about 25,000 property assessments won’t be completed before the deadline to file a formal appeal, so the city is urging property owners to proceed without waiting.
The two men from center city Philadelphia had asked Mayor Nutter to officiate at their wedding after obtaining a marriage license in Montgomery County.
The mayor’s spokesman adds that the shelters — 24 in all — are at capacity.
The Nutter Administration’s controversial decision to start taxing lap dances at gentleman’s clubs will be challenged this week by the club at the start of what could be a lengthy legal battle.
Hundreds of city workers whistled, jeered and shouted at the mayor as he tried to deliver his speech in City Council on Thursday.
Now, both sides indicate they are willing to sit down and negotiate a way to help those in need.
Attorney Brian Francis Humble says his clients decided to sue after, according to them, they were picked up by police and brought to the district headquarters without cause.
Mayor Nutter went to the convention in Charlotte, NC with three police officers for security and two aides in tow. The administration puts the cost to taxpayers at just under $7,400.
The Nutter administration has taken the first step toward selling the parking garage under JFK Plaza, a block from City Hall.
That national policy trickled down to a lengthy controversy here in Philadelphia.