DAILY GRINDER: More Red-Light Cameras Sprouting up in Philly
Red light cameras are sprouting up in three new locations: Academy/Grant; Woodhaven/Knights Road/Bustleton/Byberry. The red light camera at Roosevelt Blvd and Levick St. racked up 15,049 tickets in 2012. Read more about red light cameras on PhillyNow here.
Mayor Nutter briefed Councilmembers behind closed doors yesterday on property values in Philadelphia. He told reporters afterwards that the city found the total worth of Philadelphia’s properties to be $98 billion—nearly twice the value currently used in the city’s tax system. Philadelphians will see a new tax rate in 2014, based on the re-assessed value of their homes.
The Gaming Control Board has set an “information only session” for the six Philly casino applicants to present their proposals on February 12.
New Jersey medical marijuana sales have begun in the Garden State. Puff, puff, pass…heal.
City Council recently voted to restore more than $7.1 million of funds for the Fiscal Year 2013—which was “made possible by a higher-than-anticipated year-end fund balance for Fiscal Year 2012,” according to City Council’s blog. Those funds include half-a-million for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, $200,000 for Mural Arts, $100,000 for Special Needs Chidlren, $3,000,000 for domestic violence shelter beds and $2,675,000 for Parks & Rec.
Temple University is applying to build its own boathouse along Kelly Drive. The university had been using the city-owned East Park Canoe House on Kelly Driver until about five years ago, when they were kicked out due to conditions of the building. They’ve been using temporary tents ever since.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has halted the sale of “some guns” in its stores across the country, following the Sandy Hook massacre.
Gov. Corbett has signed legislation that will apparently connect the unemployed with potential employers, and it’s called the Keystone Works Program.