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(Susan Gobreski, at lectern, and other education advocates speak to reporters at Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Group Wants Continuation of Phila. Sales Tax Hike to Fill School Funding Gap

A coaltion of organizations wants City Council to approve a one-percent sales tax extension and use all of the proceeds — about $120 million — for the Philadelphia schools.

03/13/2014

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Tussling Over Love Park Plan as City Council OKs Sale of Underground Garage

Council president Darell Clarke is voicing opposition to a councilman’s plan that would let skateboarders back in an area of the park once the makeover is finished.

03/13/2014

(CSX vice president Quintin Kendall testifies at a City Council hearing on the January 20th derailment.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

After Derailment, Railroad Official Defends Phila. Bridge Maintenance

CSX officials today told a City Council committee that despite a January freight train derailment on a bridge over the Schuylkill River, the aging bridge itself is safe.

03/12/2014

(Pa. rep. Ed Neilson, left, meets with Philadelphia Democratic committee people and their leader, US Rep. Bob Brady, right, at Democratic Committee headquarters, near 3rd and Spring Garden Streets.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Dems Pick Pa. Rep. Ed Neilson To Run For Bill Green’s Council Seat

State rep Ed Neilson (at lectern in photo) said he’ll look forward to being closer to his Northeast Philadelphia home and his family if he wins.

03/11/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney, in file photo.)

Phila. Councilmembers Weigh Changes To City’s Marijuana Laws

Councilman James Kenney notes that there were 4,200 arrests last year in Philadelphia involving people with small amounts of pot.

03/10/2014

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Unions Disrupt Traffic But Not Mayor Nutter As Contract Battles Drag On

Members of labor unions representing various groups of Philadelphia municipal workers marched around City Hall both before and after Mayor Nutter’s budget address, to push their concerns.

03/06/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter delivers his 2014-2015 budget address to City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter’s Next Budget Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Nutter boasted that his $4+ billion spending plan includes no tax increases, but he warned that something must be done to meet the school district’s latest request for an additional $75 million in city funding.

03/06/2014

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Announces Special Election to Fill Green’s Seat

Darrell Clarke has decided to call a special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of former at-large councilman Bill Green, now chair of the School Reform Commission.

03/04/2014

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, in 2012 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilwoman Says Philadelphia Should Shift More Tax $$ To Schools

Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez proposes upping the school district’s share from 55 percent to 60 percent, which she says would shift about $53 million per year from the city to the schools without raising taxes.

02/27/2014

Wells Fargo Center (credit: Bruce Bennett/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Keeps Itself In Running For 2016 Democratic Convention

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter has sent a letter to the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee expressing interest in hosting the party’s 2016 national convention.

02/27/2014

(Ed Grose of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association testifies before City Council about taxicab access for handicapped people.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Taxi Regulators Urged To Widen Access For Handicapped

But members of Philadelphia City Council found no easy answers.

02/25/2014

(Shane Creamer of the city's Board of Ethics, left.  Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70, right.
 Images from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers OK $99 Limit On Gifts To City Workers — With Exceptions

Shane Creamer (left), of the city’s Board of Ethics, backed the limit. Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70 (right), thinks it should be lower.

02/24/2014

(In Philadelphia City Council chambers, councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sanchez, at lectern, discussed Philadelphia's policy of cooperting with ICE.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Hearing Sought Before Nutter Modifies ICE Cooperation Agreement

Now, when Philadelphia police stop an undocumented immigrant for even a minor offense, officers will enter the person’s information into a database shared with federal immigration authorities.

02/20/2014

(Philadelphia City Council.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

City Council Overrides Nutter Veto, Hoping to Scuttle ‘Resign-To-Run’ Rule

The sponsor of the plan, Councilman-at-large David Oh, noted that state elected officials and those from other cities face no such provision, so eliminating it here levels the playing field for city officials.

02/20/2014

FILE: The inventor of the electronic cigarette, Hon Lik. (credit: Frederic J. Brown/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Councilman Greenlee Wants To Prohibit E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

Amid the growing debate over possible health risks posed by electronic cigarettes, a Philadelphia lawmaker is proposing banning their sale to minors in the city.

02/20/2014

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