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(City Council president Darrell Clarke, shortly after his school funding plan was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

‘Compromise’ School Funding Bill Aired in Phila. City Council

The Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.

05/15/2014

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., left, and city finance director Rob Dubow, right.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Phila. Schools Starved For Cash, Councilman Irked By Property Tax Abatements

City councilman Wilson Goode Jr. is accusing the Nutter administration of ignoring the needs of the school district by opposing his plan to scale back the city’s ten-year property tax abatement.

05/14/2014

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

New Chief Cultural Officer Named For City of Philadelphia

Mayor Nutter announced that he has chosen Helen Haynes, director of cultural affairs at Montgomery County Community College, to be the city’s new “chief cultural officer.”

05/13/2014

(Illustration by Ed Fischer)

Advertising On City-Owned Properties In Philadelphia Moves Closer To Reality

This week brings a deadline for advertising agencies to submit their ideas to the Nutter Administration on how to put ads on city properties and vehicles.

05/12/2014

(Members of the graduating class at Philadelphia's colleges and universities pose with Mayor Nutter.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

At College Grads’ Photo Op, Nutter Administration Sees More Work Ahead

Lori Shorr, the mayor’s chief education officer, admits the city hasn’t quite reached the mayor’s graduation rate goal.

05/09/2014

(Mayor Nutter is flanked by officials from the city, relief agencies, and others as he speaks with reporters about the latest flooding.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Post-Flooding Dangers Still Lurk, Philadelphia Officials Warn

Mayor Nutter cautioned people — particularly parents — not to let their guard down.

05/01/2014

(credit: CBS)

Mayor Nutter Orders All City Parks To Be Smoke-Free, Immediately

Under the order, smoking is prohibited in more than 125 Philadelphia neighborhood parks, including dozens in the sprawling Fairmount Park system, totalling 11,000 acres of public space.

04/29/2014

(Philadelphia public safety director Mike Resnick testifies before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

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.

04/29/2014

(Deputy mayor Rina Cutler announces the two vendors who will run Philadelphia's bike share program.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Vendor Contracts Awarded For Philadelphia’s Bike-Sharing Program

Rina Cutler, deputy mayor for transportation, unveiled the names of the vendors during an event at the foot of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She said implementation has been postponed until next spring.

04/24/2014

(Carla Pagan testifies before Philadelphia City Council about the work of the Board of Revision of Taxes, where she is executive director.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Pay Raises Grease the Machinery at Phila. Property Tax Review Board

BRT executive director Carla Pagan confirmed that the measure approved last month by Council to give board members a pay raise had its intended effect: the BRT has now greatly increased the number of appeals it is hearing.

04/22/2014

Blasius Chocolate Factory in Kensington (Credit: CBS3)

Local Chocolate Factory Reopens Following Tax Dispute With City

A Kensington chocolate factory is open for business today and tomorrow after coming to terms with the city over a tax dispute that prompted a forced closure on Wednesday.

04/18/2014

(Mayor Nutter welcomes Millenials who took part in a competition to revamp city policies to attract more of that demographic group.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Winners of Competition to Make Philadelphia More Millennial-Friendly Announced

Mayor Michael Nutter was on hand to congratulate more than a dozen participants of the city’s first public policy case study competition.

04/04/2014

(Gregory Conley defends e-cigarettes during comments to Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Passes Restrictions on Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Ignoring the pleas of e-cigarette users, City Council has unanimously approved a measure that bans the devices from public spaces in Philadelphia.

03/27/2014

(June 6th, 2013: Kim Sizemore brings flowers to the site where her friend, Kim Finnegan, died the previous day.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Nutter Administration Plans Memorial at Site of 2013 Fatal Building Collapse

Mayor Nutter says the Salvation Army has offered to donate the site of last year’s collapse, at 22nd and Market Streets, for a memorial to the six people killed.

03/20/2014

(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

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