Philadelphia City Council

(Artist's rendering of proposed 3D electronic advertising display for 12th and Arch Streets.  Image provided)

Two Large, 3D Electronic Billboards Approved For Tourist Sections of Center City Phila.

City Council overwhelming approved the installation of two electronic advertising structures, dubbed “Urban Experiential Displays,” ranging in height from 30 to 50 feet.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/26/2015

(Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, in January 2015 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilwoman Wants Voters To Make Mayor’s LGBT Office Permanent

Now that this is Mayor Nutter’s last year in office, councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown fears that another mayor could eliminate the LGBT office he created.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/21/2015

(Manny Morales says he will remain a candidate for Philadelphia City Council without the Democratic Party's endorsement.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Disavowing Derogatory Posts, Morales Says He’ll Stay in Phila. City Council Race

In his campaign headquarters on East Hunting Park Avenue, 7th District candidate Manny Morales denied making any racially charged, biased, or hateful posts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/20/2015

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Says ‘Nonprofit’ Shouldn’t Mean ‘Noncontributing’ to Philadelphia Schools

Councilman Wilson Goode calls them “mega-nonprofits” — the city’s universities and health care institutions, which are now exempt from property taxes.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/19/2015

(Doug Oliver, a candidate for mayor in the Democratic primary, picks a numbered ball from a coffee can to determine his position on the ballot.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Candidates For Mayor and Council Get Ballot Positions For May 19th Primary

Ballot positions for the May 19th primary were determined in a very low-tech way: the candidates chose numbered balls out of a coffee can.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/18/2015

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Head of Phila. Democrats Urges Ward Leaders To Revisit Endorsement of Quiñones-Sánchez Challenger

Democratic ward leaders in the Seventh District endorsed a little-known challenger to councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. Manny Morales is now accused of making racist and sexist posts on Facebook.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler, calling for the  end of additional exemptions to the Philadelphia smoking ban.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Moves Toward Closing Door on More Exemptions to Philadelphia’s Indoor Smoking Law

The 2007 smoking ban allowed for waivers under certain circumstances, under a compromise provision to secure passage. But bars have continued to ask for — and receive — exemptions.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Denies Delay In Budget Hearings Is To Stall Property Tax Debate

The leaders of Philadelphia City Council are denying that the reason they pushed back their annual budget hearing schedule was to avoid a debate on raising property taxes until after the May 19th primary.

03/15/2015

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco, at a hearing looking into the future of PGW.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilwoman Tasco Crows About Derailment of Nutter’s PGW Deal

Members of Philadelphia City Council today delivered a great big I-told-you-so to those who wanted the city to sell off the Philadelphia Gas Works.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/13/2015

(Philadelphia city councilman Bobby Henon, in 2013 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Urges Continuation of Property-Tax-Hike Pause Button For Cases Under Appeal

Last year City Council and Mayor Nutter approved a bit of a break: if an appeal of a new assessment was not resolved by the time tax bills were due, owners could pay the original amount, then settle up when the appeal is later resolved.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/12/2015

(Beth McConnell, of the Philadelphia Association of  of Community Development Corporations.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Moves Toward Regulation of Donation Drop Boxes

A City Council committee has approved what would be Philadelphia’s first regulations on those large donation bins you often see in store and shopping center parking lots.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/10/2015

(Mayor Nutter delivers his budget address to City Council.  Photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Nutter’s Proposed Budget Gets Tepid Reception Among Philadelphia Lawmakers

Nutter delivered his final budget to City Council by asking the lawmakers to hike property taxes 9.3 percent.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/05/2015

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter’s Next City Budget Will Include 9% Property Tax Hike

KYW Newsradio has learned that Mayor Nutter will propose a hefty increase in city property taxes in order to give the cash-starved Philadelphia School District an extra $100 million.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/04/2015

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown File Photo (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council Moves To Eliminate Permit Fees For Child Daycare Centers

Daycare providers in Philadelphia may soon be getting a bit of a break on the fees they must pay the city under a bill approved by City Council this past week.

02/28/2015

(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

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