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(Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Public School Principals Plead Budget Case To Councilmembers

“Schools are not okay the way they are,” says Cindy Farlino, principal of the Meredith School, in Queen Village. “They opened, and our kids came, but they are not okay.”

03/27/2014

(Gregory Conley defends e-cigarettes during comments to Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Passes Restrictions on Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Ignoring the pleas of e-cigarette users, City Council has unanimously approved a measure that bans the devices from public spaces in Philadelphia.

03/27/2014

file photo (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

City Council To Cast Final Vote On Electronic Cigarette Ban

City Council today is expected to cast a final vote on a bill that would add electronic cigarettes to the city’s existing ban on smoking in public

03/27/2014

(The March 26, 2014 meeting of the Philadelphia Civil Service Commission.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Commission OKs Nutter Administration Plan To Put EMTs in Fire Department

The emergency medical technicians would have less training and be paid less that paramedics operating Philadelphia Fire Department medic units.

03/26/2014

(June 6th, 2013: Kim Sizemore brings flowers to the site where her friend, Kim Finnegan, died the previous day.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Nutter Administration Plans Memorial at Site of 2013 Fatal Building Collapse

Mayor Nutter says the Salvation Army has offered to donate the site of last year’s collapse, at 22nd and Market Streets, for a memorial to the six people killed.

03/20/2014

(Parking meters in Manayunk.  File photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Rate Hike Proposed For Philadelphia Parking Meters

None of this affects the core of center city and University City, where multi-space kiosks are used rather than the old-style meters.

03/20/2014

(City councilmembers, union leaders, and others gather in City Council chambers for the housing plan announcement.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Lawmakers Announce Plan For Construction of 1,500 Low-Cost Homes

City Council president Darrell Clarke and six other district councilmembers are proposing that the city government borrow $100 million to finance construction of 1,500 new, affordable properties over the next three or four years, mainly in gentrifying neighborhoods.

03/17/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Legal Snag Could Delay Pay Boost For Phila. Tax Appeals Board

Pay raises for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes could be delayed by a previous court ruling, even though City Council voted to raise their pay in an effort to break a logjam of cases.

03/16/2014

Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Donald Schwarz testified in favor of a citywide ban on e-cigarettes in public places.   Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Ban of E-Cigarettes in Public Places

The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Donald Schwarz, said he supports the Council measure which would prohibit e-cigarettes in public spaces.

03/13/2014

(Matthew Wolfe.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Wolfe Seen As Likely GOP Nominee For Special City Council At-Large Election

Matthew Wolfe, a GOP ward leader in Philadelphia, says he is ready to run against the Democrats’ pick in the May special election for the City Council seat recently vacated by Bill Green.

03/13/2014

(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

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