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(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.

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Mayor Nutter Urges Swift Implementation of White House Immigration Reform Plan

Immigration advocates in Philadelphia joined Mayor Nutter on Friday in support of the president’s plan.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/17/2015

(US Rep. Bob Brady, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Democratic Party in Philadelphia Skips Mayoral Endorsement for May 19th Primary

After years as head of the local Democratic party, Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa.) knows when to avoid a needless fight. That’s what he has done with the party’s decision not to endorse any of the mayoral candidates.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/17/2015

(A billboard structure at Second and Race Streets, in Old City, adjacent to the Ben Franklin Bridge.  File photo by John McDevitt)

City Council Approves New Rules For Billboards in City of Philadelphia

The end result could be fewer billboards overall, but more of them would be digital electronic displays.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

(Police oommissioner Charles Ramsey testifies at a budget hearing before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

In Current Climate, Fewer Minorities Want Careers as Cops, Phila. Police Commissioner Says

Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey says national incidents of police violence has made recruiting minorities for the Philadelphia police force much tougher.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(US Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson, in file photo by Alex Wong/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Welcoming Homeland Security Chief With Pitch For 2016 DNC Security Funding

In past years, the feds have given cities that host political conventions upwards of $50 million for security.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/14/2015

(Photo by Pat Loeb)

Philadelphia Chapter Of NAACP Hopes To Boost Voter Turnout For Next Month’s Primary

The local chapter of the NAACP is focused on next month’s primary in two ways: they hope to increase voter turnout and they want support for a ballot question involving control of the Philadelphia School District.

04/12/2015

(A wall and window of Ori Feibush's campaign headquarters are vandalized with spray paint.  Photo provided)

City Council Candidate Accuses Rival’s Backers of Running Campaign of Vandalism

Challenger Ori Feibush is accusing supporters of the incumbent, Kenyatta Johnson, who is running for re-election, of vandalizing neighborhood property, including Feibush’s campaign headquarters.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/10/2015

(Mayor Nutter, at lectern, announces results of a city survey about Comcast customer satisfaction.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Releases Report on Comcast’s Mediocre Customer Satisfaction Rate

“Twenty-six percent of Comcast cable subscribers were dissatisfied overall with their cable service,” the mayor said.

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

(Anthony Williams, at a mayoral candidates' forum on March 31st, at Central High School.  Image from PCNTV)

Anthony Williams’ Mayoral Campaign Fined For Accepting Improper Contributions

An attorney for the “Williams for Mayor” campaign says they disagree with the rules and how they were applied, but think a settlement was prudent.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/08/2015

(Jim Kenney, at a March 31st mayoral forum at Central High School.  Image from PCNTV)

Politicial Analysts See A Kenney Endorsement As Signal That Some Issues Trump Race

Kenney, who is white, nabbed the endorsement of a group of African-American political leaders known as the Northwest Coalition over rival Anthony Wiliams, who is black.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/07/2015

(City of Philadelphia budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, listens as city finance director Rob Dubow responds to a reporter's question.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter’s Number Crunchers Perplexed About Drop In Sales Tax Revenues

Philadelphia officials don’t quite know why revenues from the city sales tax are lower than expected — but they suspect that Amazon and other online retailers may be to blame.

04/06/2015

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City Officials Hoping For New Voting Machines By 2017 Primary

Philadelphia officials are focused on getting new voting machines to replace the original crop of electronic machines, now more than a decade old.

04/05/2015

(Councilman Curtis Jones, in 2014 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Is Doubtful As Non-Profit Contributions Dominate Council’s School Funding Debate

City Council plans to explore PILOTS — payments in lieu of taxes — as a way to get non-profits that pay no property taxes to chip in more for city schools.

04/04/2015

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