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(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Downplaying Political Risk of Hiring Separate Harrisburg Lobbyist

In addition to keeping City Council up to speed, Clarke says, the firm will lobby on positions in which Council and the mayor disagree.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

(An artist's rendering shows how the new Comcast tower, a block west of its current headquarters, would look when viewed from the steps of the art museum.  Image provided by Comcast Corp.)

A Third Center City Skyscraper Not Currently on Planning Horizon, Says Comcast Corp.

“We’re focused on building the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, and are not currently planning for a third building,” says a Comcast spokesman.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

(Councilwoman Cindy Bass, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilwoman Aims To Clear Air Over Apartment Building Smoking Policies In Philadelphia

Eighth district councilwoman Cindy Bass has introduced a measure that would require landlords in Philadelphia to disclose the building’s smoking policies when a new lease is signed, or a renewal.

02/16/2015

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City Council To Consider Bill That Forces Philly Bars To Install Exterior Security Cameras

Councilman Curtis Jones has, as promised, introduced a bill that mandates exterior security cameras at the exits of all drinking establishments.

02/15/2015

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Local Republican Leader On Philadelphia Hosting The DNC: ‘I Just Think It’s Fantastic’

O’Neill says the DNC decision shows how much the hospitality industry has grown since 2000 when Philly hosted the GOP convention.

02/14/2015

(One connecting corridor below City Hall shows many signs of deterioration.  Photo by John McDevitt)

SEPTA Will Delay Massive Overhaul of City Hall Station Until After DNC 2016 Convention

Until yesterday’s announcement that the Democratic convention will be in Philadelphia next year, Septa had planned to begin a $150-million renovation of the corridors under City Hall by the start of that summer.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/13/2015

(Councilman Bill Greenlee, after his paid-sick-leave measure passes City Council, this time with Mayor Nutter's backing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

After 2 Nutter Vetoes, Paid Sick Leave Becomes Law in Philadelphia

Paid sick leave bills, sponsored by Bill Greenlee, were vetoed by Mayor Nutter in 2011 and 2013, who said businesses were still struggling at those times to rebound from the recession.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

The Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia skyline. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Philadelphia Will Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Committee has chosen Philadelphia as the city to host its presidential nominating convention, to be held the week of July 25th, 2016.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

(Milton Street, at the office of Philadelphia's Board of Elections.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Money Order and Some Hubbub, Milton Street Pays Late Fee on Campaign Finance Reporting

Milton Street was initially ten dollars short on the $130 fine that he faced for filing his campaign finance report nine days late.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler testifies against widening smoking ban exemptions.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sources: Phila. City Council and Mayor May End Future Smoking Ban Exemptions

Sources tell KYW Newsradio that City Council and the mayor want to change Philadelphia’s smoking law so that no additional exemptions to the ban could be granted in the future.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

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Temporary Overhead Walkway Will Be One Step in HUP’s Plan For New Construction at 34th St.

The walkway is needed because HUP plans to demolish an old office building and put up a new hospital tower there.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/10/2015

(Phil Bresee testifies before Philadelphia City Council's Streets and Services Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Ahead With Plan To Encourage Restaurants to Compost Their Garbage

A bill before City Council “would allow food establishments to get a dumpster for recycling and composting of food waste,” explains Phil Bresee, recycling director for the Streets Department.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/10/2015

(PHA head Kelvin Jeremiah, seated at left of witness table, back to camera, testifies before Philadelphia City Council's "Disabled and Special Needs" Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Advocates Say Philadelphia’s Disabled Population Far Outstripping Available Public Housing

The head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority says the need for public housing for the disabled far exceeds the supply, and he is calling on local lawmakers to do more.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/09/2015

(Phila. city councilman Ed Neilson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Looks At Restrictions On Local Hotels Aimed At Combating Human Trafficking

Human trafficking often involves forced prostitution – and now Philadelphia City Council is considering new regulations on local hotels aimed at preventing that.

02/06/2015

(File photo: a flyer seeking information on Shane Montgomery, whose body was later found in the Schuylkill River.  Credit: CBS3)

Phila. Councilman Thinks All Bars Should Have External Security Cams To Track Exiting Patrons

Councilman Curtis Jones’ district includes the neighborhood of Manayunk, where Shane Montgomery died last fall after leaving a bar on Main Street.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/05/2015

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