The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.
Council president Darrell Clarke said an additional $30 million would serve as a stopgap in case Harrisburg approves a city tax on cigarettes.
Much to Mayor Nutter’s chagrin, his controversial plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works will not be introduced before City Council adjourns for the summer season.
Between this Friday and the end of June, city recreation officials plan to open all of the city’s 70 outdoor and four indoor public pools.
Philadelphia City Council is expected to cast a final vote this week on a bill that makes it easier for neighborhoods to set up pedestrian hangouts, as well as more space for bicycle parking.
Nutter twice, in 2011 and 2013, sided with the business community by vetoing measures that would have required local companies to offer workers paid sick leave.
The largest city workers union — which has been without a contract for five years — is asking City Council to delay passage of the budget until the union works out a deal with the Mayor Michael Nutter.
The School District of Philadelphia’s plan to sell a shuttered high school to Drexel University appears to be a go, and that would mean an infusion of cash for the schools next week as officials struggle to pay the bills by month’s end.
But the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.
A City Council committee has approved a bill that gives new powers to the city’s health department to identify and shut down operations that dispense prescription drugs without medical necessity.
The airport workers were unhappy because the mayor’s executive order raising their wages does not apply to contracts currently in force, and that means the raises won’t come until the contracts are amended or renewed.
The bill, authored by Councilman Jim Kenney, would make possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana — about an ounce — a simple “code violation,” punishable only by a $25 fine.
This past week the website “AxisPhilly” reported that Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s group “Peace Not Guns” had been described for years as a 501(c) non-profit agency but it never in fact applied for federal certification as a non-profit.
Council president Darrell Clarke (photo) says the meetings didn’t fall under the requirements of the state’s Sushine Laws. The head of the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition begs to differ.
“Peco management should be ashamed,” said resident Marla Rosenberg. Peco filed a loss claim for $750,000. The city’s total liability is capped at $500,000.