Mike Dunn

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Airport Lease Gets Council OK and Workers Get a Raise

Included is a side deal that guarantees higher wages for baggage handlers and other employees of private contractors at PHL.

06/11/2015

(Councilman Bobby Henon speaks with reporters outside City Council chambers.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Agrees To Delay Vote on Land Purchase for Future Prison

Sixth District councilman Bobby Henon, whose district includes the land that the city intends to buy, originally planned to call the measure up for a vote, but then changed his mind.

06/11/2015

(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Plan Forcing City Stores To Charge Fee On Bags Given To Customers Withdrawn…For Now

The 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.

06/11/2015

School Superintendent William Hite, SRC member Bill Green and SRC Chairwoman Marjorie Neff waited as City Council prepared to vote on additional school funding. (credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council Okays School Bailout, But With $25-Million Catch

City Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a school district bailout that falls short of what school officials wanted.

06/10/2015

(A panel testifies in favor of the development project of RAL Companies at 13 and Fairmount.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Redevelopment Project Adjacent to Divine Lorraine Hotel Gets Council OKs

The developer, RAL Companies, says the plans are preliminary, but their attorney (at right in photo) told the committee that whatever form the project takes, its impact will be tremendous.

06/09/2015

(Credit: Justin Udo)

City Council To Consider Mandatory Fire Escape Inspections Following Deadly Collapse Last Year

A deadly fire escape collapse in Center City 18 months ago has prompted a proposal in City Council to require building owners to have their fire escapes inspected every five years.

06/07/2015

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Rejecting Mayor’s School Bailout, Council Eyes Hikes in Parking and Business Taxes

City Council opposes Mayor Nutter’s plan to raise property taxes by nearly ten percent, and seems headed for providing only $70-80 million of the requested $103 million.

06/04/2015

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, in 2014 file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. City Council Rules Out School District’s Full Cash Request

The lawmakers seem intent on trimming the school district’s $103-million request to about $80 million, but how they’ll raise even that amount is very unclear.

06/04/2015

(An artist's rendering of the new entrance to what is now the Gallery shopping mall, at 9th and Market Streets.  Image provided by PREIT)

City Council Initial Approval of Gallery Shopping Mall Remake Moves Forward

The plan includes a huge city tax break for the owner, worth $55 million.

06/03/2015

(An asphalt speed cushion.  Photo by Richard Drdul, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license, via Wikimedia)

Philadelphia Streets Will Begin Sprouting Speed-Control ‘Cushions’

Unlike traditional “speed bumps,” they are designed so that fire engines, first responders, and certain other wide-track vehicles won’t be affected by them.

06/02/2015

(The Airbnb.com web site, showing rentals available in Philadelphia.)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Regulating, and Taxing, Airbnb Room Rentals

Rental of rooms or entire homes through web sites like Airbnb is currently illegal in Philadelphia, because the zoning code doesn’t allow it.

06/01/2015

Jim Kenney, acknowledging his win in the Democratic mayoral primary on May 19th.  File photo from CBS3)

Kenney, Anticipating Likely November Victory, Begins Work on Hiring

Kenney says he’s not taking a victory in the mayoral race for granted, but he does plan to meet with Mayor Nutter shortly about personnel.

05/27/2015

(Mayor Nutter hands Dr. Marciene Mattleman a city proclamation in her honor at Philadelpha City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Education Advocate Marciene Mattleman Honored For Decades of Service in Phila.

Mattleman is retiring next month. She has been a tireless worker for literacy in Philadelphia and her education commentaries have aired for years on KYW Newsradio 1060.

05/27/2015

(John O'Kane, dairy manager at the center city Superfresh.  File photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Developer Plans Apartments at Superfresh Site, Vows to Work with Neighbors

Residents of the city’s Society Hill neighborhood are worried that they could lose the area’s only full-sized supermarket. But a developer who plans to buy the site says he would like to include a grocery store in the project.

05/26/2015

Jim Kenney (credit: Tim Jimenez)

Democratic Mayoral Nominee Kenney Embracing Some Nutter Initiatives

He fully admits there are a handful that he plans to continue.

05/25/2015

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