Mike Dunn

(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

(A clerk calls the roll of City Council for a vote on the bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.  The measure passed, 14-2.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Pot Gets Phila. City Council OK

The measure, which passed 14-2, embodies the compromise announced last week by Mayor Nutter and the bill’s sponsor, councilman Jim Kenney.

09/18/2014

(Operators handle calls in the City of Philadelphia's 311 call center.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Butkovitz Says City’s 311 Call Center Operates Around the Clock, Only For Some

By contrast, the 311 for the rest of us operates only 12 hours a day, and only Mondays through Fridays.

09/17/2014

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

Lynne Abraham Plans To Run For Mayor of Philadelphia in 2015

Lynne Abraham intends to run for mayor of Philadelphia in 2015.

09/17/2014

(Ken Trujillo.  Photo provided by Friends of Ken Trujillo)

Ken Trujillo Announces Run For Philadelphia Mayor

His top issue: returning the Philadelphia school district to local governance.

09/17/2014

(Philadelphia VA regional benefits office director Diana Rubens, left, and Philadelphia VA Medical Center director Daniel Hendee at a Philadelphia City Council hearing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Explores Status of VA Health Care Reforms

The lawmakers heard promises of improvements from local officials, and tales of bureaucratic bungling from veterans.

09/15/2014

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

City Council Poised To Publicly Debate Nutter’s Plan To Sell PGW

The final week of September is likely to bring the start of City Council’s long-awaiting public hearings on Mayor Nutter’s plan to sell PGW.

09/15/2014

File Photo (Credit: Ann Johansson/Getty Images)

City Councilman Has Plan To Deal With RV’s Parked On Philadelphia Neighborhood Streets

A Philadelphia city councilman wants to slash in half the amount of time that you can leave an RV parked on a neighborhood street.

09/14/2014

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (Credit: CBS3)

City Council Member Backs Off On Measure Others Fear Would Upset State Lawmakers

One lawmaker this past week reluctantly tabled a measure that her colleagues feared would upset Harrisburg.

09/14/2014

A BB gun modeled after an assault rifle. (Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

City Councilman Wants To Shut Down Stores Selling BB Guns To Minors

A Philadelphia lawmaker wants the city to wield a bigger hammer against stores that sell BB guns to minors.

09/14/2014

(credit: CBS)

City Continues To Face Problem Of Illegal Dumping Of Trash

Philadelphia City Council plans to take a look at one of the longest-running issues facing the city: short dumping — the illegal dumping of trash on vacant lots or even sidewalks.

09/13/2014

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