Mike Dunn

(File photo.  Credit: CBS3)

Nutter Administration Pushing City Workers Toward No-Tobacco Pharmacies

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.

22 hours ago

(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

(Councilman Darrell Clarke, chairing the City Council meeting on October 23rd.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Nutter Says ‘Time Has Come’ For Phila. City Council Action on Proposed Sale of PGW

City Council president Darrell Clarke says his staff’s internal review should be concluded by next week.

10/23/2014

(Mayor Nutter, announcing his intention to sell PGW.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Clock Still Ticking On Mayor Nutter’s Plan To Sell PGW

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.

10/23/2014

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Phila. Council Committee OKs Overhaul Of How City Handles Large Vacant Buildings

The changes were spurred by the deaths of two firefighters who perished in a warehouse fire in Kensington in 2012.

10/22/2014

(Tracy Lomax, executive secretary at the Philadelphia Police Department, shows a toy gun that the police department says looks too much like a real one.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Council Moves Toward Tougher Penalties For Selling Realistic Toy Guns

One measure restricts the sale of toy guns in the city unless the toy is brightly colored.

10/21/2014

(Jordan Davis testifies before City Council's public safety committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Committee OKs Hate Crimes Bill

Among those testifying in favor of the legislation was a transgender woman who says she was repeatedly victimized in Philadelphia.

10/21/2014

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Debates Adding Hate Crime Penalties To City Code

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.

10/21/2014

(Gloria Casarez stands in front of the Rainbow Flag outside Philadelphia City Hall in October 2010.  Photo by Mitchell Leff, provided by City of Phila.)

Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia’s Head of LGBT Affairs, Dead at 42

“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.

10/20/2014

(File photo by Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

Pa. Court Affirms Right of Group To Hurl Invective Outside Center City Mall

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.

10/20/2014

Patrick Duff
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Council’s Public Speaking Rules Bashed By Public Speaker

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.

10/19/2014

(credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Hospitals, Agencies Stand Ready For Ebola

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.

10/18/2014

(Gurly Gibson, of the embassy of Liberia in Washington, DC.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Top Liberian Official Tells City Council Air Travel Ban Would Only Make Ebola Crisis Worse

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.”

10/18/2014

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Says Philadelphia Is ‘Geared Up’ For Any Ebola Occurrence Here

But at the same time, Nutter cautioned residents about becoming alarmed.

10/17/2014

(Joe Schulle, head of Philadelphia firefighters' union Local 22, testifies before City Council's Human Services, Health, and Safety Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Firefighters’ Union Says Ebola Gear Issued By City is Inadequate

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.

10/16/2014

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