Councilman Wilson Goode said the Nutter administration has been abusing its ability to grant waivers to the law that requires city contractors pay workers at least 1½ times the federal minimum wage.
Currently, owners of rental properties must apply for an annual rental license but are not required to submit proof that the fire escape has been inspected.
The selection as a Promise Zone means that neighborhood will be given preference when applying for a host of other federal grants.
Binding bids will be due in January, and the city would finalize sales terms by February.
City 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.
Councilman Jim Kenney is holding the hearing on the latest career turn of fourteen firefighters who were demoted after being promoted.
Philadelphia inspector general Amy Kurland says one contractor, John Hart of Hart Enterprises, misrepresented himself on a bid for restroom renovation work at the airport between 2011 and 2012.
In the wake of a medic unit bursting into flames, heavily damaging a firehouse at 4th and Arch Streets, City Council has voted to hold public hearings into the condition and safety of Philadelphia fire apparatus, while the CBS 3 I-Team has uncovered visual evidence of still more problems.
The initial reviews of about 25,000 property assessments won’t be completed before the deadline to file a formal appeal, so the city is urging property owners to proceed without waiting.
Philadelphia City Council is threatening to subpoena the Nutter Administration unless aides to the mayor turn over the precise formulas used to create the new and controversial property assessments.
Philadelphia City Council members have opened their annual budget hearings, listening to Mayor Michael Nutter’s top budget people describe the city’s ‘five year financial and strategic plan.’
Advocates for the elderly tackled the issue of hunger at a forum in Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday.
A federal judge continues to oversee an agreement between the ACLU and the Nutter administration in which the police department agreed to better train officers on the use of “stop and frisk.”
As Philadelphia City Council hunkers down in coming months to set a new property tax rate, the six freshmen on council are pushing a related topic: how to better nab tax deadbeats.
The mayor says negotiations are at an impasse; Matthews says they are not and the union is still willing to negotiate.