Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:50 PM

A City Council bill that would prohibit small family-run day cares in certain neighborhoods is expected to be watered down when it comes up before council next week.

The bill, in its current form, would prohibit “group day cares,” which are usually based in a house and capped at 12 children, from existing in most residential zones throughout the city. 

Following a somewhat contentious Council Rules Committee hearing Thursday, Councilman Brian O’Neill, the bill’s sponsor, agreed to amend the bill so that a small percentage of zoning designations would be affected. The bill was voted favorably out of committee and will be amended during first reading next week.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 4:54 PM
The scene that was the Market Street building collapse. (Michael Bryant/Staff) (MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

It’s been six weeks since Mayor Nutter announced the creation of a new administrative positive: Chief Safety Officer.

At that same news conference on Sep. 25, Nutter said he would create an implementation committee to look into a special report on the city’s Department of Licensing and Inspections. That committee is supposed to file its results to the mayor by Dec. 31.

However, no one has yet been named to the committee and the administration hasn’t even said how it will go about hiring the new chief safety officer.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 4:24 PM
Mayor Michael Nutter, left, visits at Famous 4th Street Deli on Election Day in Philadelphia on November 4, 2014. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

So, about that mayor’s race....

While the focus Tuesday was still on the final stretch of the Governor’s race, the political chatter included some discussion on the next big election: the 2015 mayor’s race.

The politicians and operatives who stopped by the Famous Fourth Street Deli — the traditional lunch spot for the city’s movers and shakers on Election Day — chimed in on the suspected mayoral candidates and the issues that could drive the race.

POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2014, 4:16 PM

After a five-year hiatus, the city’s leaf collectors will be back in action.

Starting next Monday, the Philadelphia Streets Department will resume weekly leaf curbside pick-up, a program that was stopped after the 2008 fall season due to budget cuts.

However, the reincarnation of the program will be slightly different. Bagged leafs will no longer be picked up, only piles of leaves.

POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:11 PM

City Council, having already blocked the proposed deal to sell Philadelphia Gas Works, on Thursday offered its own resolution.

Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco - who chairs the body that oversees PGW, the Philadelphia Gas Commission — introduced a resolution Thursday to hold hearings to  discuss the future of Philadelphia as an energy hub.The resolution was approved unanimously. 

The hearings will be a substitute for what the Nutter administration was really pushing for — a bill to hold hearings on the proposed sale of PGW. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:41 PM

Yet another task force is being proposed to deal with the city’s crumbling infrastructure.

City Council’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections moved forward Thursday with a bill that would create a Vacant Property Task Force comprised of various city agencies to catalog and inspect large vacant commercial properties.

The task force -- an idea that arose from the fatal fire of a vacant Kensington warehouse in 2012 that killed two firefighters -- would focus on the estimated 400 large vacant and commercial scattered throughout the city.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:31 AM
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Philadelphia government watchdog group Committee of Seventy has named its new leader.

David B. Thornburgh, executive director of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, will be taking the helm in December, the committee announced Wednesday. Thornburgh is replacing Zack Stalberg who retired in July.

“David checked all of the boxes we were looking for in a CEO,” Stephen S. Tang, Seventy's search committee chair, said. “But above and beyond that, the Committee was struck by his interest and passion for civic engagement and better government as well as his experience improving the economic competitiveness and public sector performance of Philadelphia and the region.”

POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:03 PM

City Council approved Thursday to extend a job creation tax credit for businesses that hire and pay new employees at least $12 an hour.

The Living Wage Job Creation Tax Credit Bill, sponsored by Councilman Wilson Goode Jr. and unanimously approved by Council, extends a $5,000 tax break from one year to five years.

For every new full-time job created, in which the employee is paid at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage or $12 an hour (whichever is higher), businesses would receive a $5,000 credit each year for five years. The extension could provide businesses up to $25,000 tax break per employee during a five year period.

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