Mark Squilla

(City councilman Mark Squilla, right, questions  deputy streets commissioner Michael Carroll, left, during a Streets Department budget hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

As Crews Grapple with Philadelphia’s Pothole Epidemic, City Lawmakers Have Questions

Philadelphia’s pothole epidemic dominated discussion at a City Council hearing this past week.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/26/2015

(The main entrance to the Gallery, at Ninth and Market Streets.  File photo by KYW's Ian Bush)

Councilman Backs Tens of Millions in Tax Breaks For Gallery Owners

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).

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/23/2015

(File Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

City Councilman Proposing Philadelphia Stores Charge For Each Bag Used At Purchase

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.

04/23/2015

(Fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer and councilman Mark Squilla, during City Council budget hearings.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Brownouts Dominate Talk As New Fire Commish Debuts In City Council

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.

04/19/2015

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla.  File photo by KYW's Mike Dunn)

Councilman Wants Philadelphia to Capitalize on Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Controversy

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/09/2015

(Artist's rendering of proposed 3D electronic advertising display for 12th and Arch Streets.  Image provided)

Nutter Will Allow Massive 3D Electronic Billboards in Center City, With Legal Tweaks

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/09/2015

(Everett Gillison, chief of staff for Mayor Nutter, in a file photo. (Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Up In Arms Over Nutter Administration Property Reassessment Plans

The dust from the 2013 reassessment of all properties in Philadelphia has barely settled, and city officials are planing more.

04/01/2015

(Councilman Mark Squilla, at Monday's meeting of the Streets and Services Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Pushes To Increase Valet Parking Zones For Night Clubs Along Delaware Ave.

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/30/2015

(Artist's rendering of proposed 3D electronic advertising display for 12th and Arch Streets.  Image provided)

Two Large, 3D Electronic Billboards Approved For Tourist Sections of Center City Phila.

City Council overwhelming approved the installation of two electronic advertising structures, dubbed “Urban Experiential Displays,” ranging in height from 30 to 50 feet.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/26/2015

(City councilman Kenyatta Johnson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Pulls Support For Electronic Billboard Along ‘Avenue of the Arts’

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/19/2015

(Councilman Bill Greenlee, after his paid-sick-leave measure passes City Council, this time with Mayor Nutter's backing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

After 2 Nutter Vetoes, Paid Sick Leave Becomes Law in Philadelphia

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

(City of Phila. revenue commissioner Clarena Tolson testifies before City Council's finance committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Is City Doing A Good Job Against Tax Deadbeats? Nutter, City Council Opinions Differ

The Nutter Administration says it’s doing a better job, but City Council members are wondering if more can be done.

11/17/2014

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

City Council Holds PGW Hearing, Lawmakers Refuse To Vote On Nutter’s Plan To Sell

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.

11/13/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla, in file photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Calls For Hearings on Bed Bug Infestations in City

“Neighbors have had bed bugs, and it’s creeping into their properties,” Squilla says, describing anecdotal evidence from constituents.

10/23/2014

File Photo (Credit: Ann Johansson/Getty Images)

City Councilman Has Plan To Deal With RV’s Parked On Philadelphia Neighborhood Streets

A Philadelphia city councilman wants to slash in half the amount of time that you can leave an RV parked on a neighborhood street.

09/14/2014

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