The Nutter administration has created a new pharmacy network for about 5,400 non-unionized city workers that uses pharmacies (and pharmacy chains) that don’t sell tobacco products.
“Neighbors have had bed bugs, and it’s creeping into their properties,” Squilla says, describing anecdotal evidence from constituents.
City Council president Darrell Clarke says his staff’s internal review should be concluded by next week.
Mum’s the word from the president of Philadelphia City Council as to whether today’s regular Council meeting will bring any word on when lawmakers will debate the plan to sell PGW.
The changes were spurred by the deaths of two firefighters who perished in a warehouse fire in Kensington in 2012.
One measure restricts the sale of toy guns in the city unless the toy is brightly colored.
Among those testifying in favor of the legislation was a transgender woman who says she was repeatedly victimized in Philadelphia.
Before Council’s Public Safety Committee is a measure that boosts the penalties for a variety of crimes when the offender is found to be motivated by the victims sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
“We’re going to miss her,” said Mayor Nutter, who created the Office of LGBT Affairs in 2008 and appointed Casarez to head up the office.
A local group called the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge has received city permits to speak on the sidewalk near Liberty Place, at 16th and Chestnut Streets, voicing hatred toward whites, Asians, and other groups.
In Philadelphia City Council, lawmakers impose restrictions on what the public can say at its weekly meetings. One speaker this past week made his displeasure with the rules quite evident.
The head of Emergency Management in Philadelphia says officials remain vigilant about the threat of Ebola and are prepared to mobilize should that dangerous virus appear in this region.
City Council members heard from Gurly Gibson, an official at the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C. She said her country’s situation is dire and that officials believe a halt to air travel would would be “a death sentence.”
But at the same time, Nutter cautioned residents about becoming alarmed.
Joseph Schulle, head of the firefighters’ union Local 22, has no faith in the CDC standards and believes that hazmat suits are needed for the paramedics should they have to respond to a potential Ebola outbreak.