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City government passing buck on marijuana decriminalization

City government passing buck on marijuana decriminalization

Seems like joints aren’t the only things Philadelphians pass around; when it comes to marijuana decriminalization, folks really like passing the buck.  Such is the case right now with efforts to decriminalize pot possession in the city. And probably, in part, because no one can agree that the city actually needs to decriminalize pot. Last week, Councilman...

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Pot takes another step toward decriminalization in Philly

Pot takes another step toward decriminalization in Philly

Temple student Aaron Fleming was on campus in September 2012 when, he testified before City Council Monday morning, a police officer who’d been hiding in the bushes caught him smoking marijuana. After a lengthy process in which the arresting officer called for backup and spoke with colleagues about whether it was even worth arresting Fleming, the student was...

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PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Dec. 9-13

PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Dec. 9-13

Monday, Dec. 9 Free Mumia Viral Press Conference. There will be a press conference in front of the district attorney’s office to demand “justice” for Mumia Abu-Jamal. 12pm. District Attorney’s Office. 3 S. Penn Square. City Council. Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy will hear a resolution authorizing itself to look at...

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PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Nov. 11-15

PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Nov. 11-15

Monday, Nov. 11 Rally for Philadelphia Airport Workers. “On Monday at 11:00am Philadelphia airport workers, faith and community groups will gather at City Hall to celebrate the historic win for low-wage airport workers and call for Philadelphia to become the next city to raise the wage for airport and other subcontracted workers. The national movement to...

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PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Sept. 23-27

PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Sept. 23-27

This week finds the civics calendar back in full swing, starting with the City Council’s meeting on Friday, where a litany of Public Hearings will be held, most notable of which addresses the times one may put out trash on the sidewalk. Like a good Toyota, this stuff may not be sexy, but that doesn’t mean it won’t prove essential to your daily life. (Sorry,...

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Here’s how high beer prices at Philly’s stadiums could get with new tax

City Council is just about out of options for the school-funding crisis this year. There have been a horde of ideas brought up by local politicians and activists, including expanding Medicaid, privatizing the liquor system, taxing mega-nonprofits, and a mess of other options. Next up: A proposal to increase the liquor tax from 10 percent to 15 percent and add...

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City Council wants you to push back against corporate personhood

A City Council committee is likely to consider a resolution allowing the citizens of Philadelphia to voice their displeasure with the Citizens United ruling, often referred to as “corporate personhood,” through a ballot question. According to Council’s calendar, the ordinance would “urge the United States Congress to propose, and the Pennsylvania...

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PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, June 3-7

PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, June 3-7

Just another week in Philadelphia, following the School Reform Commission voting to uphold the “Doomsday Budget” and send the school system into (more of) a tailspin. City Council is nearing the end of its current session and has a busy week hearing testimony regarding several resolutions and bills, some of which are in their final passage. DecarceratePA...

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PhillyNow Calendar: Civic Events, April 29-May 3

PhillyNow Calendar: Civic Events, April 29-May 3

The last week of April/first week of May 2013 is a relatively slow one in Philadelphia. There are several community and neighborhood meetings going on and, perhaps most of note, Philadelphia City Council will be traveling up to Northeast Philadelphia hear residents sound off on tax provisions at Abraham Lincoln High School. Oh, and the Pennsylvania House has...

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3 Councilmen Voted Against City LGBT Bill—Why?

3 Councilmen Voted Against City LGBT Bill—Why?

Philadelphia City Council passed historic legislation this morning which gives incentives for private companies in the city to provide benefits to members of the LGBT community employed by said company and mandates the city government do more to avoid sexual discrimination. After a short debate and public comment, three councilmen—David Oh, Brian O’Neill...

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