Philadelphia City Council

(Nutter administration budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, and Council president Darrell Clarke, at Wednesday's budget hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

City Council, Administration Spar Over Condition of Philadelphia Police and Fire Houses

Council president Darrell Clarke singled out the police station in North Philadelphia where an officer had been stationed when he was slain last month.

KYW Newsradio 1060–8 hours ago

(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, deputy mayor Everett Gillison, and budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, at the opening session of City Council's budget hearings.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Wrangling Begins Over Next Philadelphia Budget: How Will Schools Get Funded?

The school district wants more than $100 million above the city’s current contribution. The Nutter administration proposes raising $105 million with a 9.3-percent hike in property taxes. Councilmembers are already discussing alternate means.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/31/2015

(Nearby surveillance video captured the Feltonville food truck explosion on July 1, 2014.  File image from CBS3)

Phila. City Council Postpones Action on Food Truck Propane Tank Inspections

Last 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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/30/2015

(Councilman Mark Squilla, at Monday's meeting of the Streets and Services Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Pushes To Increase Valet Parking Zones For Night Clubs Along Delaware Ave.

Over the objections of the Nutter administration, City Council is moving to encourage more valet parking at the nightclubs along Delaware Avenue, by reducing the cost that the clubs must pay for city permits.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/30/2015

(Philadelphia city councilman Bobby Henon, in 2013 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Councilman Pressing For Release of Nutter Administration’s Cable Franchise Analysis

City Council plans to hold a hearing on what some perceive to be foot-dragging by the Nutter Administration. At issue are looming negotiations between the city and Comcast on new franchise agreements in Philadelphia.

03/30/2015

Artist rendering of proposed globe at 12th and Arch. (photo provided)

Two Large, 3D Electronic Billboards Approved For Tourist Sections of Center City Phila.

City Council overwhelming approved the installation of two electronic advertising structures, dubbed “Urban Experiential Displays,” ranging in height from 30 to 50 feet.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/26/2015

(Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, in January 2015 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilwoman Wants Voters To Make Mayor’s LGBT Office Permanent

Now that this is Mayor Nutter’s last year in office, councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown fears that another mayor could eliminate the LGBT office he created.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/21/2015

(Manny Morales says he will remain a candidate for Philadelphia City Council without the Democratic Party's endorsement.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Disavowing Derogatory Posts, Morales Says He’ll Stay in Phila. City Council Race

In his campaign headquarters on East Hunting Park Avenue, 7th District candidate Manny Morales denied making any racially charged, biased, or hateful posts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/20/2015

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Says ‘Nonprofit’ Shouldn’t Mean ‘Noncontributing’ to Philadelphia Schools

Councilman Wilson Goode calls them “mega-nonprofits” — the city’s universities and health care institutions, which are now exempt from property taxes.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/19/2015

(Doug Oliver, a candidate for mayor in the Democratic primary, picks a numbered ball from a coffee can to determine his position on the ballot.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Candidates For Mayor and Council Get Ballot Positions For May 19th Primary

Ballot positions for the May 19th primary were determined in a very low-tech way: the candidates chose numbered balls out of a coffee can.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/18/2015

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Head of Phila. Democrats Urges Ward Leaders To Revisit Endorsement of Quiñones-Sánchez Challenger

Democratic ward leaders in the Seventh District endorsed a little-known challenger to councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. Manny Morales is now accused of making racist and sexist posts on Facebook.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler, calling for the  end of additional exemptions to the Philadelphia smoking ban.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Moves Toward Closing Door on More Exemptions to Philadelphia’s Indoor Smoking Law

The 2007 smoking ban allowed for waivers under certain circumstances, under a compromise provision to secure passage. But bars have continued to ask for — and receive — exemptions.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Denies Delay In Budget Hearings Is To Stall Property Tax Debate

The leaders of Philadelphia City Council are denying that the reason they pushed back their annual budget hearing schedule was to avoid a debate on raising property taxes until after the May 19th primary.

03/15/2015

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco, at a hearing looking into the future of PGW.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilwoman Tasco Crows About Derailment of Nutter’s PGW Deal

Members of Philadelphia City Council today delivered a great big I-told-you-so to those who wanted the city to sell off the Philadelphia Gas Works.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/13/2015

(Philadelphia city councilman Bobby Henon, in 2013 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Urges Continuation of Property-Tax-Hike Pause Button For Cases Under Appeal

Last year City Council and Mayor Nutter approved a bit of a break: if an appeal of a new assessment was not resolved by the time tax bills were due, owners could pay the original amount, then settle up when the appeal is later resolved.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/12/2015

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