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Mike Dunn

(A print ad placed in local newspapers by UIL Holdings, which has offered to buy PGW for nearly $2 billion.  The copy reads, 
"Philadelphia is facing an important decision.  UIL investing in Philadelphia Gas Works means a faster fix of the dangerously outdated gas lines under the city -- the second oldest system in the country.  Repairing the system means preventing catastrophic accidents.  And that means keeping families and businesses safe.")

Councilwoman Says PGW Bidder Using “Scare Tactics” To Push Sale

A print ad sponsored by UIL Holdings, the Connecticut-based firm that wants to buy PGW from the city, claims the city’s gas infrastructure is “dangerously outdated.”

09/30/2014

(A photo of Lit Brothers' department store from about 1972 shows a static mesh sign atop the building.)

Former Lits Store, Onetime Queen of Market East, Getting A New LED Advertising Crown

A digital electronic billboard long planned for the top of the old Lit Brothers building, at 8th and Market Streets, is now just three months away from reality.

09/29/2014

(Mayor Nutter, announcing his intention to sell PGW.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council Debate Over Whether To Sell PGW Delayed

City Council’s plans to publicly debate the controversial proposal to sell PGW have now slipped until mid-October.

09/29/2014

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Darrell Clarke Says He Is Not Competing With Nutter Over Release Of Similar Plans To Restructure L&I

City Council President Darrell Clarke insists that his plan to reorganize huge portions of Philadelphia government is not intended to trump a related plan unveiled at the very same time by Mayor Nutter.

09/28/2014

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

Realistic Toy Guns Have City Council Members Concerned

Philadelphia City Council will consider a ban on the sale of toy guns that look all too real.

09/26/2014

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Nutter, Clarke To Unveil Dueling Plans For L&I

Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke today are unveiling separate and competing proposals to reshape the structure of city government.

09/25/2014

(A frame from surveillance video released by Philadelphia police, believed to show people involved in the beating of two men.  Credit: CBS3)

City Council Will Look To Add Hate Crimes To Philadelphia Code

City council members are introducing a bill that adds hate crimes to the individual conduct portion of the city code.

09/25/2014

Councilman Bill Greenlee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Proposal Requires Landlords In Philadelphia Give 3 Months Notice Of Rent Increase

Councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee today will propose that all landlords give their tenants at least 90 days notice of a rent increase.

09/25/2014

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz speaks with reporters about his audit of overtime charges in city departments.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Controller Stands By 311 Call Center Accusations

“The most egregious problem … is the approximately $160,000 overtime in 311 for the period studied,” he said, adding, “They’re working in a secret VIP call center that doesn’t comply with what the job description says.”

09/24/2014

(City Council's Finance Committee meets on September 23, 2014.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Stopgap Borrowing For Phila. School District Moves Forward in City Council

A City Council committee has signed off on a measure to provide $30 million in temprary funding to the cash-starved Philadelphia school district.

09/23/2014

(Passengers board a Septa train at the Wynnewood station during a blizzard in February 2014.  File photo by Pat Loeb)

Federal Government Awards SEPTA $86 Million For Storm Hardening

The largest of the seven projects, costing $32 million, is to shore up the cabling that powers SEPTA’s entire Regional Rail system.

09/22/2014

(One Commerce Square, and its adjacent plaza.  Photo provided by Brandywine Realty Trust)

Hill International To Relocate Its Headquarters From NJ To Center City Philadelphia

The global construction management firm has been based in Willingboro and, later, Marlton, NJ since its founding by Irv Richter in 1976.

09/22/2014

File photo of the South Philadelphia Water Main Break. (Credit: CBS3)

City Councilman Introduces Bill To Reimburse South Phila. Residents For 2012 Water Main Break

It took more than two years and the intervention of a judge for residents affected by the 2012 water main break to receive damages from the city. But because the city’s liability is capped at $500,000 under state law, the homeowners ended up being compensated for only about two thirds of their damages.

09/21/2014

(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

Report Will Recommend Split-Up of Philadelphia’s L & I

Sources have confirmed that a task force report, created in the wake of last year’s fatal Market Street building collapse, recommends splitting Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses & Inspections into two separate entities.

09/19/2014

(Activists favoring a ballot question on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission demonstrate in the City Council caucus room prior to the vote.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ballot Question on Control of Phila. School District Gets Council OK

Council today approved that ballot question, but it was not immediately clear if the mayor will sign it in time for it to appear on the November ballot.

09/18/2014

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