Philadelphia City Council

(Spoiled food headed for composting.  File photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

City Council OKs Measure To Allow Restaurants To Recycle Scraps For Composting

Council approved a bill that gives restaurants the option of using a separate dumpster just for food waste that would be turned into compost.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

(Philadelphia City Council has been meeting temporarily in a sixth-floor courtroom of City Hall after City Council chambers, on the fourth floor, was flooded by a burst water pipe.  Cleanup of Council chambers continues.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council OKs Four More Exemptions to Citywide Indoor Smoking Ban

Lawmakers next month will consider a bill that revises the smoking ban to rule out any future waivers.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

(A worker vacuums water from the carpeting of City Council chambers after the desks of councilmembers were relocated nearby.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council Forced Out After Burst Water Pipe Drenches Chambers

Security guards noticed water in Council chambers, on the fourth floor of City Hall, which maintenance workers traced to a burst pipe on the ninth floor.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/17/2015

(Manny Morales, left, with well-wishers at Philadelphia Democratic Party headquarters.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Democrats Endorse Manny Morales Over Incumbent Councilwoman in 7th District

Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who has twice won her seat as a councilwoman without the Democratic machine behind her, last year backed candidates for state legislature who were not the party’s endorsed choices.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

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

City Council President Downplaying Political Risk of Hiring Separate Harrisburg Lobbyist

In addition to keeping City Council up to speed, Clarke says, the firm will lobby on positions in which Council and the mayor disagree.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

(Councilwoman Cindy Bass, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilwoman Aims To Clear Air Over Apartment Building Smoking Policies In Philadelphia

Eighth district councilwoman Cindy Bass has introduced a measure that would require landlords in Philadelphia to disclose the building’s smoking policies when a new lease is signed, or a renewal.

02/16/2015

(Councilman Bill Greenlee, after his paid-sick-leave measure passes City Council, this time with Mayor Nutter's backing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

After 2 Nutter Vetoes, Paid Sick Leave Becomes Law in Philadelphia

Paid sick leave bills, sponsored by Bill Greenlee, were vetoed by Mayor Nutter in 2011 and 2013, who said businesses were still struggling at those times to rebound from the recession.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler testifies against widening smoking ban exemptions.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sources: Phila. City Council and Mayor May End Future Smoking Ban Exemptions

Sources tell KYW Newsradio that City Council and the mayor want to change Philadelphia’s smoking law so that no additional exemptions to the ban could be granted in the future.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

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Temporary Overhead Walkway Will Be One Step in HUP’s Plan For New Construction at 34th St.

The walkway is needed because HUP plans to demolish an old office building and put up a new hospital tower there.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/10/2015

(Phil Bresee testifies before Philadelphia City Council's Streets and Services Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Ahead With Plan To Encourage Restaurants to Compost Their Garbage

A bill before City Council “would allow food establishments to get a dumpster for recycling and composting of food waste,” explains Phil Bresee, recycling director for the Streets Department.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/10/2015

(PHA head Kelvin Jeremiah, seated at left of witness table, back to camera, testifies before Philadelphia City Council's "Disabled and Special Needs" Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Advocates Say Philadelphia’s Disabled Population Far Outstripping Available Public Housing

The head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority says the need for public housing for the disabled far exceeds the supply, and he is calling on local lawmakers to do more.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/09/2015

(File photo: a flyer seeking information on Shane Montgomery, whose body was later found in the Schuylkill River.  Credit: CBS3)

Phila. Councilman Thinks All Bars Should Have External Security Cams To Track Exiting Patrons

Councilman Curtis Jones’ district includes the neighborhood of Manayunk, where Shane Montgomery died last fall after leaving a bar on Main Street.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/05/2015

(Former Philadelphia city councilman Jim Kenney, at lectern, announces his candidacy for mayor.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Jim Kenney Makes It Official: He’s Running For Mayor of Philadelphia

The “Kenney for Mayor” campaign kicked off by renting the mayor’s reception room and then packing it with supporters.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/04/2015

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Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Advances With Nutter’s Support

Mandatory paid sick leave is now one step closer to becoming the law in Philadelphia after a city council committee gave unanimous approval to the plan.

02/03/2015

(Jackie Gallagher.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Hears of Struggle in Autism Community To Obtain Appropriate Services

Among those testifying was attorney Jackie Gallagher, whose third child, Jack, was diagnosed with autism at age 18 months.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/02/2015

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