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Philadelphia City Council

(Activists favoring a ballot question on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission demonstrate in the City Council caucus room prior to the vote.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ballot Question on Control of Phila. School District Gets Council OK

Council today approved that ballot question, but it was not immediately clear if the mayor will sign it in time for it to appear on the November ballot.

09/18/2014

(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

(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

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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

(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

(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

(City councilman James Kenney, left, in file image from City of Phila. TV.  Mayor Michael Nutter, right, in file photo. (credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter To Decide Whether To Sign Or Veto Bill To Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Pot

It was back in June that the pot decriminalization bill passed City Council in a straight party line vote, 13-3. Because Council then went into recess, Mayor Nutter has until Thursday to sign or veto it, or let it become law without his signature.

09/08/2014

(Surrounded by family members and a few fellow councilmen, Ed Neilson, at left in dark suit, takes the oath of office of City Council.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ed Neilson Sworn In, Quietly, As Philadelphia City Councilman

Neilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.

08/14/2014

(John Pomponio of the EPA, left, and Michael Roles of Clean Water Action, right, listen as Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown presents a resolution from City Council.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia Groups Back Effort To Clarify EPA’s Role For Clean Water

Environmentalists and activists gathered today at Boathouse Row to tout the importance of new rules clarifying the reach and control of the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers over major waterways and the streams and creeks that flow into them.

08/06/2014

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

Nutter Lashes Out at City Council Plan to Decriminalize Marijuana

The measure passed by City Council makes possession of about an ounce of pot punishable by only a $25 fine.

08/05/2014

Council President Clarke leads the discussion at CCP (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Looks To Improve Philadelphia Neighborhoods

City Council President Darrell Clarke and his colleagues are pushing a CSI “to make every neighborhood a community of choice.”

07/31/2014

(The July 21, 2014 meeting of the PICA board.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Misgivings, State Overseers OK Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget

The head of the PICA board told the mayor’s finance director that he’d like to see the city do more belt-tightening in order to start a rainy day fund.

07/21/2014

(City councilman James Kenney, left, in file image from City of Phila. TV.  Mayor Michael Nutter, right, in file photo. (credit: Mike Dunn)

Tussle Over Credit For New Regulations After Center City Building Collapse

Tragedy can lead to legislative change. And that, in turn, can lead to politicians tripping over one another in the rush to claim credit.

07/20/2014

(Philadelphia L&I commissioner Carlton Williams and Mayor Nutter unveil an example of the new signage that will be required at construction sites in the city.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Unveils New Required Construction Site Signage

The new rule comes in the wake of last year’s building collapse on Market Street that killed six people.

07/17/2014

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