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Councilman Wants Renovated Love Park To Include a Skate Park

Councilman Jim Kenney suggested that the renovation of Love Park include a section for skateboarders, who once flocked there from around the world.

02/19/2014

(City officials gather in front of the iconic Robert Indiana "Love" sculpture to announce an agreement on funding for the proposed renovation of JFK Plaza, commonly known as Love Park.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter, Clarke Compromise on Funding For Love Park Renovation

The mayor had proposed selling the garage beneath Love Park and then using city money to renovate the park itself. Council president Clarke proposed turning much of the park over to new restaurants, with money from those leases paying for the renovation.

02/10/2014

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Group Opposes City Council President’s Plan To Put Restaurants In Love Park

A group of Fairmount Park advocates says that Council president Darrell Clarke’s plan to put restaurants in Love Park would turn that famed site into “a food court.”

02/10/2014

FILE PHOTO: Salt trucks out in full force (credit: Paul Kurtz)

Phila. Councilman Wants Hearing On Road Salt Dangers and Misuse

City councilman Jim Kenney has a long list of concerns about how the Streets Department uses salt during snowstorms. Topping the list is whether road salt poses serious health hazards to dogs or small children.

02/08/2014

(FILE PHOTO: Philadelphia streets commissioner David Perri, at lectern, uses an entrance alcove of City Hall on Feb. 3, 2014 to talk about the city's response to the storm.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Streets Commissioner Apologizes For Uncleared Streets In NW Philly

“We understand that (Streets Department) resources are taxed,” said city councilwoman Cindy Bass, “but there were some areas that really seemed to be not touched at all — some areas in West Mt. Airy, some areas in Chestnut Hill.”

02/06/2014

(City councilman James Kenney.  File photo from City of Phila. TV)

Little-Known City Tax May Become Latest Battleground Between City Council And Nutter Administration.

City councilman jim Kenney says Mayor Nutter’s efforts to crack down on residents who’ve been ignoring the so-called “School Tax” tax have gone too far.

02/01/2014

(Councilman Wilson Goode questions Nutter administration official Mary Stitt at a City Council hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Says Nutter Administration Gives Too Many ‘Living Wage’ Waivers

Councilman Wilson Goode said the Nutter administration has been abusing its ability to grant waivers to the law that requires city contractors pay workers at least 1½ times the federal minimum wage.

01/29/2014

Mark Squilla, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Wants Annual Salaries For Tax Board Members Restored

“We need the BRT right now,” Councilman Mark Squilla says. “We need them to have these hearings. We need them to make sure they’re fair and as soon as possible.”

01/27/2014

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Philadelphia Councilman Targets Illegal Room Rentals

The increasing popularity of the website Airbnb.com, which hooks travelers up with people who are renting out rooms, is drawing the attention of Philadelphia City Council.

01/27/2014

(At a City Council meeting of its Public Safety Committee, a Verizon worker demonstrates how a genuine employee will be wearing an official ID card and wearing branded clothing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

In Philadelphia, A Hope To Keep Elderly Safe and Aware of Impersonators

Philadelphia police and local utilities are planning a public awareness campaign to warn residents of scammers who try to enter homes posing as utility workers.

01/24/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

5th District Councilman Presents Legislation Backing Comcast’s New Skyscraper

Council president Darrell Clarke, who also represents the district where the tower will be located, says there will be meetings for residents to voice concerns.

01/23/2014

(US Rep. Bob Brady, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia’s Democratic Party Boss Sees Vigorous Fight For Green’s Council Seat

Congressman Bob Brady, who heads Philadelphia’s Democratic party, says a line has already formed of people vying for Bill Green’s at-large seat.

01/17/2014

(A slide illustrates the University of Pennsylvania's dermatology app.  Image provided by U. of P. via City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Examine The Future of Internet-Delivered Doctoring

Having a doctor’s appointment over the Internet, via Skype or similar services, may be more common in a few years, according to local health care experts who testified today at a City Council hearing on the future of telemedicine.

01/16/2014

(Letter of apology written by Richard North III to his former employer, Councilman Bobby Henon.  Continues below...)

Philadelphia Councilman’s Ex-Aide Sentenced For Stealing Campaign Funds

Richard North III was sentenced to three years’ probation. He has already paid restitution of more than $62,000 and written a letter of apology to Councilman Bobby Henon.

01/14/2014

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Company That Repairs Philadelphia Streets Agrees To Repay $2.25M

Philadelphia inspector-general Amy Kurland says an investigation found that Danella Construction Co. overbilled the city and PGW for materials.

01/07/2014

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