Philadelphia City Council
City Council closed its 2013 legislative session with one key matter unresolved: whether to allow advertising on public school properties — to benefit the cash-starved district.
After months of contentious negotiations, City Council approved — and Mayor Nutter plans to sign — a bill that creates what’s called a Land Bank.
Councilman David Oh believes that since state lawmakers don’t have to resign to run for mayor, city elected officials shouldn’t have to, either.
A City Council committee has okayed a major change in the city’s Business Income and Receipts Tax, but any final vote may not come for many months.
Mayor Nutter vetoed a bill that would require a zoning variance for any new medical offices in the northeast section of the city. But City Council quickly overrode the veto.
City Council members have reached what officials are calling an “historic” agreement to rein in a longstanding Philadelphia problem: how to dispose of tens of thousands of vacant properties and lots.
Philadelphia school district chief operating officer Fran Burns told Council’s Rules Committee that passage of the bill doesn’t guarantee that the district will follow through on putting ads in schools.
Tracey Jordan of Southwest Philadelphia (left) says auto shops are popping up all over that section of the city — on residential blocks.
City clean-up crews in Philadelphia may soon have the authority to clip the locks on fenced-in vacant lots that are left in disrepair.
Mayor Nutter on Thursday transmitted to City Council a bill to sell the underground garage to a Chicago firm called InterPark for nearly $30 million. But the measure was never formally introduced, and Nutter’s spokesman Mark McDonald says that pushed the deal to next year.
The sponsor of the plan, councilman-at-large David Oh, said the 60-year old “resign to run” provision of the city charter simply does not work.
“The Upper Northeast is overloaded with medical practices, and the new zoning code pretty much allows anything to be turned medical,” said Councilman Brian O’Neill.
3-D printers create physical objects by depositing layer upon layer of a plastic substance that hardens. And they are coming down in price.
Councilmembers complained to school district CFO Matthew Stanski (left) that the district keeps them in the dark each year about budget woes until the last possible minute.
Advocates for those with intellectual disabilities testified that the language in Philadelphia’s laws and regulations needs to be modernized.