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A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Amid City Council Inaction, PGW Bidder Declines To Extend Deal

Today was City Council’s final chance to introduce the required legislation before the PGW sale agreement expires at yearend.

11/20/2014

(Misha Williams testifies before City Council's Commerce and Economic Development Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

As Strike Threat Looms, Phila. Lawmakers Press For Better Treatment of Workers at PHL Airport

One former employee of an airport contractor, a wheelchair attendant, tearfully recounted being fired because of her activity in support of a fair wage.

11/19/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter, back to camera, testifies before the Pennsylvania PUC about the proposed sale of PGW to a private company.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Pa. PUC Builds Its Own Road Map For Future of Philadelphia Gas Works

Mayor Nutter testified that the sale of PGW is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity, with no comparable alternatives.”

11/14/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco, at City Council's hearing on the future of PGW.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sale Sidelined, Phila. City Council Opens Wider Hearing on Future of PGW

Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who also chairs the city’s Gas Commission, scolded the mayor for, in her view, excluding City Council from the bidding process.

11/13/2014

(Officer Mark Kimsey poses for photographs in City Council chambers with Joe Chambers, a high school senior who rescued him from a burning police vehicle.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Honors For Ridley Park Teen Who Helped Rescue Phila. Cop From Burning Vehicle

Joe Chambers, a 17-year-old senior at Ridley High School, jumped into action as the vehicle caught fire nearby with the officer trapped inside.

11/13/2014

(Andrew Stober testifies before a City Council committee about smartphone apps that let a driver auction off a pubic parking space.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Officials Have Harsh Words For Sell-Your-Parking-Space Apps

Andrew Stober, of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation, testified that apps that allow an on-street parking space be sold by one driver to another should be banned in Philadelphia.

11/12/2014

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo)

Daycare Advocates Fuming as Phila. Moves Toward Modification of Zoning Rules

Philadelphia’s new zoning code — which took effect two years ago — changed the way that some daycare centers get city approval. One councilman urged a return to the former process.

11/06/2014

(File Photo) Patrick Duff addresses City Council during a meeting on October 16, 2014. 
(Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Hit With Federal Lawsuit Over Its Rules On Citizen Speeches

Local activist Patrick Duff has filed a federal lawsuit against Philadelphia City Council claiming that Council violates the First Amendment by limiting the topics of speeches made during its weekly meetings.

10/31/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco speaks to her colleagues about the PGW privatization deal, now dead.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilmembers Say Cancellation of PGW Deal Was Right Thing To Do

“Hang in there, because we’re going to come up with a better plan,” councilwoman Marian Tasco told her colleagues.

10/30/2014

(File photo by Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

Former Phila. City Hall Clerk Sentenced For Stealing Elderly Neighbor’s Benefits

The 88-year-old victim was left to live in squalor and roam the streets with bags on her feet for shoes.

10/30/2014

(The Monkey Parking web site.)

Philadelphia Councilman Hoping To Outlaw Selling Your Parking Space To Next Driver

Monkey Parking is a free iOS app that lets people announce where they are parked, and then take bids on who wants rights to park in that space next.

10/29/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Mayor Nutter Hopes Public Outcry Will Resurrect PGW Sale Proposal

Nutter, still fuming over City Council president Darrell Clarke’s decision to scuttle the PGW sale without a public hearing, is hoping that public pressure will force City Council to reverse course.

10/28/2014

(Council president Darrell Clarke announces City Council's decision to reject the sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works to a Connecticut energy company.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Pulls Plug on PGW Privatization Deal

The deal, worth nearly $2 billion, needed City Council approval but the legislation was never introduced, nor hearings scheduled.

10/27/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo credit: Mike Dunn)

City Councilman Wants Performing Arts Groups To Set Aside Work For Local Acts

Council David Oh wants local performers to be guaranteed roles on stage when taxpayers help foot the bill for a play, musical or concert.

10/27/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla, in file photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Calls For Hearings on Bed Bug Infestations in City

“Neighbors have had bed bugs, and it’s creeping into their properties,” Squilla says, describing anecdotal evidence from constituents.

10/23/2014

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