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(City councilmembers, union leaders, and others gather in City Council chambers for the housing plan announcement.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Lawmakers Announce Plan For Construction of 1,500 Low-Cost Homes

City Council president Darrell Clarke and six other district councilmembers are proposing that the city government borrow $100 million to finance construction of 1,500 new, affordable properties over the next three or four years, mainly in gentrifying neighborhoods.

03/17/2014

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

City Council Looks To Change LOOP Program

City Council will take a look at extending exemptions for longtime Philadelphia residents whose property taxes jumped tremendously under last year’s reassessments.

03/16/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Legal Snag Could Delay Pay Boost For Phila. Tax Appeals Board

Pay raises for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes could be delayed by a previous court ruling, even though City Council voted to raise their pay in an effort to break a logjam of cases.

03/16/2014

Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Donald Schwarz testified in favor of a citywide ban on e-cigarettes in public places.   Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Ban of E-Cigarettes in Public Places

The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Donald Schwarz, said he supports the Council measure which would prohibit e-cigarettes in public spaces.

03/13/2014

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

Tussling Over Love Park Plan as City Council OKs Sale of Underground Garage

Council president Darell Clarke is voicing opposition to a councilman’s plan that would let skateboarders back in an area of the park once the makeover is finished.

03/13/2014

(CSX vice president Quintin Kendall testifies at a City Council hearing on the January 20th derailment.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

After Derailment, Railroad Official Defends Phila. Bridge Maintenance

CSX officials today told a City Council committee that despite a January freight train derailment on a bridge over the Schuylkill River, the aging bridge itself is safe.

03/12/2014

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Victims Of Immigration Fraud Tell Their Stories To Philadelphia City Council

Victims of immigration fraud in Philadelphia told heart-wrenching stories of being scammed and risking deportation after falling prey to bogus immigration assistance services.

03/12/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter delivers his 2014-2015 budget address to City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter Renews His Calls To State Lawmakers To Let The City Tax Cigarettes For Cash-Strapped Schools

The 2014 edition of the Philadelphia school district budget crisis will soon get underway and Mayor Nutter is renewing his call for Harrisburg to let the city tax cigarettes.

03/10/2014

(James Torgerson of UIL talks with reporters in the mayor's reception room of City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

PGW Sale Faces Tough Sell To City Council

The ink was barely dry on Mayor Nutter’s plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works to a private utility when it became clear that the move faces an extremely tough sell on City Council. Nutter, though, voices optimism.

03/09/2014

(FIle photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

SEPTA Thinks Transit Strike Unlikely When Drivers’ Contract Expires Next Week

Transport Workers Union Local 234 represents 5,200 workers in Septa’s City Division — including bus, subway, and trolley operators.

03/07/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter delivers his 2014-2015 budget address to City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter’s Next Budget Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Nutter boasted that his $4+ billion spending plan includes no tax increases, but he warned that something must be done to meet the school district’s latest request for an additional $75 million in city funding.

03/06/2014

File Photo (Credit: Alex Wong/ Getty Images)

Next Phila. Budget To Target Demolition Safety, Libraries, Union Contracts

According to a budget overview obtained by KYW Newsradio, additional money for inspectors will “strengthen demolition controls to ensure safe public and private demolitions.”

03/05/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Will Mayor Nutter Deliver His Budget Address Uninterrupted This Year?

Mayor Nutter unveils his new budget tomorrow, and the President of City Council is promising a smoother time than last year — when hundreds of union members shouted Nutter down.

03/05/2014

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

City Council President Announces Special Election to Fill Green’s Seat

Darrell Clarke has decided to call a special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of former at-large councilman Bill Green, now chair of the School Reform Commission.

03/04/2014

(File photo by KYW's John Ostapkovich)

Philadelphia Hoping To Make Quick Work of Latest Snowstorm

The City of Philadelphia ended its snow emergency declaration about noontime Monday.

03/03/2014

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