Mike Dunn

(Councilman Mark Squilla, at Monday's meeting of the Streets and Services Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Pushes To Increase Valet Parking Zones For Night Clubs Along Delaware Ave.

Over the objections of the Nutter administration, City Council is moving to encourage more valet parking at the nightclubs along Delaware Avenue, by reducing the cost that the clubs must pay for city permits.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/30/2015

(Philadelphia city councilman Bobby Henon, in 2013 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Councilman Pressing For Release of Nutter Administration’s Cable Franchise Analysis

City Council plans to hold a hearing on what some perceive to be foot-dragging by the Nutter Administration. At issue are looming negotiations between the city and Comcast on new franchise agreements in Philadelphia.

03/30/2015

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

City Council Votes To Overturn Law That Forces Non-Profits To Prove They’re Truly Not For Profit

An about-face this past week from Philadelphia City Council: members voted to overturn a law that they passed just two years ago after getting an earful from churches and other small non-profits in the city.

03/29/2015

(Rina Cutler speaks with reporters after Mayor Nutter, right, announced she is leaving his administration to take a high-level job at Amtrak.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Rina Cutler Leaving Nutter Administration Next Month, Taking Job at Amtrak

As deputy mayor for transportation and public utilities, Cutler has overseen major aspects of Philadelphia government: potholes, trash collection, recycling, bicycle lanes, the Philadelphia Gas Works, bridges, the airport, and the water department, among others.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/27/2015

Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham. (credit: TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Poll Released By Lynne Abraham Shows She Leads Mayor’s Race

The poll was conducted by a Washington-based firm called “The Mellman Group” on behalf of Lynne Abraham.

03/27/2015

(Artist's rendering of proposed 3D electronic advertising display for 12th and Arch Streets.  Image provided)

Two Large, 3D Electronic Billboards Approved For Tourist Sections of Center City Phila.

City Council overwhelming approved the installation of two electronic advertising structures, dubbed “Urban Experiential Displays,” ranging in height from 30 to 50 feet.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/26/2015

(As deputy police commissioner Richard Ross, deputy mayor Everett Gillison, and public safety director Mike Resnick look on, Mayor Nutter signs his executive order.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

In Wake of Justice Department Report, Mayor Nutter Creates Police Oversight Panel

Nutter has signed an executive order creating a fifteen-member oversight commission to ensure that the Justice Department’s recent recommendations become reality.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/25/2015

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo credit: Mike Dunn)

City Councilman Wants Streets Department Crackdown On ‘Orphaned Bridges’

Councilman-at-large David Oh says Philadelphia has many bridges and overpasses that are not owned by the city and are in dangerous condition.

03/23/2015

(Councilwoman Cindy Bass.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Of Philadelphia Asking For Proposals To Renovate Long-Shuttered Germantown YWCA

The Germantown YWCA in Northwest Philadelphia was closed nearly ten years ago and the city has struggled to find a new use for the massive, but decaying building.

03/22/2015

(Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, in January 2015 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilwoman Wants Voters To Make Mayor’s LGBT Office Permanent

Now that this is Mayor Nutter’s last year in office, councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown fears that another mayor could eliminate the LGBT office he created.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/21/2015

(City councilman Kenyatta Johnson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Pulls Support For Electronic Billboard Along ‘Avenue of the Arts’

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes that section of Broad Street, says he’s heard from constituents who don’t like the idea, so he is withdrawing support for that location. Two other sites are still up for approval.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/19/2015

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Says ‘Nonprofit’ Shouldn’t Mean ‘Noncontributing’ to Philadelphia Schools

Councilman Wilson Goode calls them “mega-nonprofits” — the city’s universities and health care institutions, which are now exempt from property taxes.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/19/2015

(Doug Oliver, a candidate for mayor in the Democratic primary, picks a numbered ball from a coffee can to determine his position on the ballot.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Candidates For Mayor and Council Get Ballot Positions For May 19th Primary

Ballot positions for the May 19th primary were determined in a very low-tech way: the candidates chose numbered balls out of a coffee can.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/18/2015

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Head of Phila. Democrats Urges Ward Leaders To Revisit Endorsement of Quiñones-Sánchez Challenger

Democratic ward leaders in the Seventh District endorsed a little-known challenger to councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. Manny Morales is now accused of making racist and sexist posts on Facebook.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler, calling for the  end of additional exemptions to the Philadelphia smoking ban.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Moves Toward Closing Door on More Exemptions to Philadelphia’s Indoor Smoking Law

The 2007 smoking ban allowed for waivers under certain circumstances, under a compromise provision to secure passage. But bars have continued to ask for — and receive — exemptions.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

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