Philadelphia Controller Disputes Effectiveness of City's Crime Cameras City controller Alan Butkovitz says the Philadelphia Police Department's surveillance camera system is fraught with problems, including scores of broken-down cameras.
Phila. City Council Postpones Action on Food Truck Propane Tank InspectionsLast July, two people working on a food truck were killed when its propane tank exploded. Now, the question is whether the city even has the right to inspect them.
Nutter Weighing City Council's Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of PotThe bill's sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.
Councilman's Bill Decriminalizing Small Marijuana Amounts Moves ForwardThe bill, authored by Councilman Jim Kenney, would make possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana -- about an ounce -- a simple "code violation," punishable only by a $25 fine.
Nutter Administration Hoping to Curtail Fire Station 'Brownouts'Mike Resnick, the mayor's public safety director, says overtime savings in other areas within the fire department may allow them to either reduce brownouts or end them outright.
Phila. Lawmakers See Good News In Nutter's Plan To End 'ICE Holds'Michael Resnick, Philadelphia's director of public safety, says the only exceptions will be where an individual is convicted of a serious felony.
Nutter Administration Officials Grilled Over Rescinded Firefighter PromotionsCity officials defended the move, saying the firefighters accepted the promotions with the knowledge they could be rescinced if the Nutter administration got a favorable court ruling.
Fire Commissioner Will Testify At Council Hearing On Rescinded PromotionsCouncilman Jim Kenney is holding the hearing on the latest career turn of fourteen firefighters who were demoted after being promoted.
Phila. Lawmakers Press For Gun Ban In City Parks, Rec CentersMike Resnick, the city's public safety director (far right in top photo), says that with 54 shootings at recreation centers since 2010, the Nutter administration supports the ban.