Philadelphia's Zoning Code Overhaul Moves Forward In CouncilBut the rewrite is by no means a done deal.
Councilman Rizzo Quits GOP In Dispute With City Council LeadershipCity Council's GOP leader, Brian O'Neill, last week stripped Rizzo of his post as minority whip, a mostly ceremonial position given that Council has only three GOP members.
Philadelphia City Council Fails To Override Veto of Parking Tax ReductionsWhen Mayor Nutter vetoed the measure on Thursday, Councilman Jim Kenney found that some of the original 12 "yes" votes had flipped.
Philadelphia City Council Nears Accord On New District BoundariesThe issue is "redistricting" -- the mandate that every ten years City Council redraw its boundaries to reflect population shifts.
Philadelphia City Council Approves 3.85-Percent Property Tax Hike; Mayor Vetoes DROPProceeds from that property tax bump -- combined with a meter rate increase for street parking and some city surplus funds -- will give the school district an extra $53 million.
Hundreds Rally In Philadelphia To Oppose Nutter's Proposed Soda TaxSoda truck drivers circled City Hall, honking their horns, as hundreds rallied nearby, as a way of saying their jobs are in jeopardy from Philadelphia's proposed tax on sugared beverages.
Nutter Looks At New Taxes To Help Avert Philadelphia School Budget CrisisMayor Michael Nutter is looking to revive his failed plan to tax sodas, and to raise property taxes and rates for on-street parking, in order to help bail out the School District of Philadelphia from a deficit topping $600 million.
Philadelphia Councilman Wants Firefighter Retirement Deadlines Waived During Staffing ShortageA Philadelphia city councilman says staffing shortages in the Philadelphia Fire Department could be readily solved if the mayor let dozens of firefighters who are due to retire stay an extra year.
City Council Gives Thumbs-Up For Philadelphia Top Cop's Salary HikePhiladelphia City Council, which controls the purse strings of the city's government, apparently has no problem with the $60,000 salary hike given to police commissioner Charles Ramsey to keep him from fleeing to Chicago.
City Councilman Weighs In On DROP DebateCity Council still has yet to schedule a hearing on the mayor's call to eliminate the controversial DROP pension perk. But one lawmaker on Thursday said that debate should look at the larger financial problems facing that pension plan.