Mike Dunn

(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

(The "Visit Philadelphia" web site.  Graphic by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Tourism Agency ‘Cooperating’ With DA Probe of Misappropriation

An attorney for “Visit Philadelphia” says the matter involves “unauthorized expenditures” at the publicly funded agency covering several years, totaling $210,000.

09/12/2014

(Nearby surveillance video captured the Feltonville food truck explosion.  File image from CBS3)

Phila. City Council President Wants Food Truck Propane Tanks Inspected

Council president Darrell Clarke has introduced a bill giving the Philadelphia Fire Department responsibility for inspecting propane tanks used on curbside food trucks.

09/11/2014

(Councilman Curtis Jones speaks with reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Revives Push For an Independent Police Review Board

Philadelphia City Council opened its fall session today with one controversial matter front and center: whether to put more teeth into the civilian panel that studies cases of police misconduct.

09/11/2014

(DC 33 chief Pete Matthews, in file photo. Credit: Mike Dunn/ KYW)

Phila. Blue-Collar Union Votes To Approve Long-Stalled Contract

District Council 33 — representing nearly 10,000 current and former blue-collar city workers — has overwhelmingly ratified its new contract with the city — a contract that took five contentious years to negotiate.

09/09/2014

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Agrees To Sign Bill Softening Marijuana Laws in Philadelphia

“We’ve gotten to a place where it is out of the criminal realm,” says the Kenney said today.

09/08/2014

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