Mark McDonald

(The police car operated by Officer Mark Kimsey burst into flames shortly after he was extracted from the vehicle by passersby.)

Philadelphia Replacing Older Police Cars as Accident Probe Continues

Administration spokesman Mark McDonald says the decision was made to recall nearly 300 Chevrolet Impalas after a car fire on November 8th nearly cost an officer his life.

11/19/2014

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz speaks with reporters about his audit of overtime charges in city departments.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Controller Stands By 311 Call Center Accusations

“The most egregious problem … is the approximately $160,000 overtime in 311 for the period studied,” he said, adding, “They’re working in a secret VIP call center that doesn’t comply with what the job description says.”

09/24/2014

(City councilman James Kenney, left, in file image from City of Phila. TV.  Mayor Michael Nutter, right, in file photo. (credit: Mike Dunn)

Tussle Over Credit For New Regulations After Center City Building Collapse

Tragedy can lead to legislative change. And that, in turn, can lead to politicians tripping over one another in the rush to claim credit.

07/20/2014

Blasius Chocolate Factory in Kensington (Credit: CBS3)

Local Chocolate Factory Reopens Following Tax Dispute With City

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.

04/18/2014

(City councilmembers, union leaders, and others gather in City Council chambers for the housing plan announcement.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Lawmakers Announce Plan For Construction of 1,500 Low-Cost Homes

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.

03/17/2014

(Credit: CBS-3)

Phila. Officials May Consider Tighter Fire Escape Inspection Regulations

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.

01/13/2014

(A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  File photo by Andre Bennett)

Sell-off of Philadelphia’s Natural Gas Utility Goes To Binding Bidding

Binding bids will be due in January, and the city would finalize sales terms by February.

11/19/2013

City Hall (File photo - credit: Tim McLaughlin)

City Hall Warns Property Owners of Delays in Assessment Reviews

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.

09/23/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo)

Nutter Declines To Marry Same-Sex Couples Until Pa. Law is Resolved

The two men from center city Philadelphia had asked Mayor Nutter to officiate at their wedding after obtaining a marriage license in Montgomery County.

09/10/2013

( Photo by Jim Melwert)

Complaining Homeless Families Never Applied For Shelter, Phila. Official Says

The mayor’s spokesman adds that the shelters — 24 in all — are at capacity.

08/21/2013

(file photo)

Philadelphia Gentlemen’s Clubs Set To Challenge Nutter’s Decision To Tax Lap Dances

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.

07/22/2013

(Demonstrators chant and whistle as Mayor Nutter leaves City Council chambers, unable to complete his budget address.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Were Anti-Nutter Hecklers Paid With Sick Days?

Hundreds of city workers whistled, jeered and shouted at the mayor as he tried to deliver his speech in City Council on Thursday.

03/15/2013

(A free food distribution on city land in May 2012.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Philadelphia, Homeless Advocates Working On Compromise To Public Area Feeding Ban

Now, both sides indicate they are willing to sit down and negotiate a way to help those in need.

09/28/2012

(File photo)

Attorney Says Philly Cops Forced South Phila. Men To Watch Citizenship Video

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.

09/26/2012

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks on the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.  Credit: Stan Honda/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Local GOPer Files Ethics Complaint Over Nutter’s Use of Staffers at Dem Convention

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.

09/13/2012

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