Phila. City Council Finalizes Legislation To Allow Gallery MakeoverCouncilman Mark Squilla, whose district includes the Gallery shopping mall, says final passage of the Gallery renovation measures was a long time coming.
Plan Forcing City Stores To Charge Fee On Bags Given To Customers Withdrawn...For NowThe sponsor of a controversial City Council plan for a nickel fee on all plastic and paper bags says he's tabling the idea -- at least until the fall.
As Crews Grapple with Philadelphia's Pothole Epidemic, City Lawmakers Have QuestionsPhiladelphia's pothole epidemic dominated discussion at a City Council hearing this past week.
Councilman Backs Tens of Millions in Tax Breaks For Gallery OwnersFirst 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).
City Councilman Proposing Philadelphia Stores Charge For Each Bag Used At PurchaseA 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.
Brownouts Dominate Talk As New Fire Commish Debuts In City CouncilThe 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.
Councilman Wants Philadelphia to Capitalize on Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' ControversyFirst 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 Will Allow Massive 3D Electronic Billboards in Center City, With Legal TweaksNutter 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.
City Council Up In Arms Over Nutter Administration Property Reassessment PlansThe dust from the 2013 reassessment of all properties in Philadelphia has barely settled, and city officials are planing more.
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.
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.
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.