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Philadelphia City Council

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, shortly after his school funding plan was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

‘Compromise’ School Funding Bill Aired in Phila. City Council

The Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.

05/15/2014

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., left, and city finance director Rob Dubow, right.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Phila. Schools Starved For Cash, Councilman Irked By Property Tax Abatements

City councilman Wilson Goode Jr. is accusing the Nutter administration of ignoring the needs of the school district by opposing his plan to scale back the city’s ten-year property tax abatement.

05/14/2014

(With the former Inquirer headquarters as a backdrop, Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke announces formation of "Avenue North Renaissance."  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

New Agency Formed To Promote North Broad Street Revival

A new agency is hoping to do for North Broad Street what the “Avenue of the Arts” has done for South Broad, according to City Council president Darrell Clarke.

05/14/2014

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Council Committee OK’s Fines For Leaving Pets Outside During Extreme Cold, Heat

Man’s best friend is getting some new protection in Philadelphia.

05/09/2014

(Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, testifies before City Council about how the union would like to see the schools funded.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Lawmakers Hear Competing Views on School Budget Options

Teachers’ union president Jerry Jordan called on City Council to allocate all $120 million from a city sales tax extension to schools.

05/07/2014

(Philadelphia schools commissioner William Hite, left, and SRC chair Bill Green testify before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. School District Says It Needs Hundreds of Millions More Next Year

The district is already counting on City Council to provide $120 million more for next year by extending the one-percent city sales tax hike. But that’s far from a done deal. And it says it wants $96 million beyond that.

05/05/2014

(Philadelphia public safety director Mike Resnick testifies before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Nutter Administration Hoping to Curtail Fire Station ‘Brownouts’

Mike Resnick, the mayor’s public safety director, says overtime savings in other areas within the fire department may allow them to either reduce brownouts or end them outright.

04/29/2014

(Philadelphia Parking Authority executive director Vince Fennerty and deputy executive director Rick Dickson, testifying to Phila. City Council.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

As Phila. Parking Meter Rates Rise, Cell Phone Payments May Arrive

City Council’s Streets and Services Committee okayed a rate change for all 8,000 meters in Philadelphia, from 50 cents an hour to $1.00 an hour.

04/29/2014

(Amy Laura Cahn of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Moves Toward Posting Its Regulations Online

The city charter requires that departmental regulations and notices of meetings be published in local newspapers. That charter dates from the early 1950s, so of course there’s no mention of the Internet.

04/28/2014

(Carla Pagan testifies before Philadelphia City Council about the work of the Board of Revision of Taxes, where she is executive director.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Pay Raises Grease the Machinery at Phila. Property Tax Review Board

BRT executive director Carla Pagan confirmed that the measure approved last month by Council to give board members a pay raise had its intended effect: the BRT has now greatly increased the number of appeals it is hearing.

04/22/2014

Stigall Show Log 4.10.14

Chris discussed the demise of the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate, testimony in Congress on the Comcast merger with Time Warner, and Philadelphia’s ban on e-cigarettes. He talks to comedian Jon Lovitz and Greg Conley from the Heartland Institute.

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–04/10/2014

Stigall Show Log 4.8.14

Chris discusses University of Connecticut basketball player Shabazz Napier’s assertion that athletes often go to bed hungry and Allyson Schwartz kicking off her ad campaign for Governor. He talks to Matthew Continetti from the Washington Free Beacon and filmmaker Phelim McAleer.

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–04/08/2014

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Community College of Phila. Asks For More Funding To Avert Tuition Hike

Students at the Community College of Philadelphia face a possible tuition increase next fall unless the city and the state chip in more.

04/07/2014

(Councilman Jim Kenney, left, and deputy mayor Alan Greenberger, right, during City Council hearing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Presses Nutter Administration Over Cost of Foreign Trips

Councilman Jim Kenney was among those questioning deputy maoyr Alan Greenberger about the value of Mayor Nutter’s taxpayer-funded overseas trips.

04/02/2014

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Arrest Made In Connection To Fire At Philly City Councilwoman’s Property

Police have made an arrest in connection with the fire at a home owned by a Philadelphia city councilwoman, as well as found some of the stolen goods.

03/29/2014

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