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City Controller says - and mayor denies - special hotline for the connected.
Trujillo makes it official as other mayoral prospects vie for media's attention.
Lynne M. Abraham, the feisty former judge and Philadelphia district attorney who reigned over the city's criminal justice system for nearly two decades, says she will make a run for mayor.
The state House of Representatives is expected to vote Monday on legislation authorizing the city of Philadelphia to impose a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to help fund its cash-strapped schools, legislative leaders said.
The local Carpenters Union has asked the city controller to conduct a "full-scale audit" of Philadelphia's two marketing agencies, which the union contends have "virtually no public oversight of their spending."
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday morning that would extend access to the city's Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) to people who live in government-subsidized housing. Previously, the program, which limits how much a property tax bill can rise in a single year for qualified homeowners, was unavailable to owners who've already received a tax abatement of some kind.
Ken Trujillo, announcing his campaign for mayor of Philadelphia this morning, is demanding the end of the School Reform Commission and the return of local control for public education. But Trujillo was short on answers yesterday about how he would gather the political will to disband the SRC and, if successful, what type of local school board -- elected or appointed -- would replace it.
Gov. Corbett might not get the memo after all. Despite 40,000 signatures on a petition from school reform advocates and a morning rally outside City Hall, Philadelphia City Council on Thursday killed an effort that would have asked the governor to dissolve the School Reform Commission.
Council member wants voters to approve changes to the Police Advisory Commission.
When City Council resumes work Thursday after 12 weeks off, members will face a rather tepid agenda and will likely continue to avoid any discussion on the administration's proposed sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works.
City Controller says - and mayor denies - special hotline for the connected.
Lynne M. Abraham, the feisty former judge and Philadelphia district attorney who reigned over the city's criminal justice system for nearly two decades, says she will make a run for mayor.
Trujillo makes it official as other mayoral prospects vie for media's attention.
The state House of Representatives is expected to vote Monday on legislation authorizing the city of Philadelphia to impose a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to help fund its cash-strapped schools, legislative leaders said.
With the 2015 primary still eight months away, Ken Trujillo launched his bid for mayor at a sprinter's pace Wednesday with positions big and small on education, policing, and business development.
Heard in the Hall: Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham has decided she will run for mayor.
Former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo is poised to enter the 2015 race for mayor Wednesday morning at a news conference he has scheduled in front of Philadelphia School District headquarters.
Just when Mayor Nutter thought his tiffs with unions were over, a $2.88 million tug-of-war has broken out.
Those mini Liberty Bells might not be so embarrassing after all. Councilman David Oh, who has previously questioned the purpose of Mayor Nutter’s international travels and criticized the little Liberty Bells given to foreign dignitaries, is embarking Wednesday on a week-long trade mission to Korea. And he is bringing little bells with him.
The local Carpenters Union has asked the city controller to conduct a "full-scale audit" of Philadelphia's two marketing agencies, which the union contends have "virtually no public oversight of their spending."