Philadelphia’s pothole epidemic dominated discussion at a City Council hearing this past week.
First District councilman Mark Squilla, whose district includes the mall, agreed to introduce a package of bills that includes the tax break, known as “Tax Incremental Financing” (TIF).
A city councilman today will propose a measure that would force all stores in the city to charge a nickel for every shopping bag — plastic or paper.
The Philadelphia Fire Department’s controversial policy of temporary fire station closures — known as brownouts — dominated the discussion this past week during City Council’s first chance to question the new Fire Commissioner.
First District city councilman Mark Squilla penned the open letter to all residents in states that recently passed so-called “religious freedom” laws, which critics say may invite discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Nutter says he has reservations about the huge, sidewalk-level, LED signs, but rather than veto the measure, he struck a deal with its sponsor, Councilman Mark Squilla.
The dust from the 2013 reassessment of all properties in Philadelphia has barely settled, and city officials are planing more.
Over the objections of the Nutter administration, City Council is moving to encourage more valet parking at the nightclubs along Delaware Avenue, by reducing the cost that the clubs must pay for city permits.
City Council overwhelming approved the installation of two electronic advertising structures, dubbed “Urban Experiential Displays,” ranging in height from 30 to 50 feet.
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes that section of Broad Street, says he’s heard from constituents who don’t like the idea, so he is withdrawing support for that location. Two other sites are still up for approval.
Paid sick leave bills, sponsored by Bill Greenlee, were vetoed by Mayor Nutter in 2011 and 2013, who said businesses were still struggling at those times to rebound from the recession.
The Nutter Administration says it’s doing a better job, but City Council members are wondering if more can be done.
This afternoon brings the start of a two-day hearing in which council members will examine what they call the “highest and best use” of the city-owned utility.
“Neighbors have had bed bugs, and it’s creeping into their properties,” Squilla says, describing anecdotal evidence from constituents.
A Philadelphia city councilman wants to slash in half the amount of time that you can leave an RV parked on a neighborhood street.