Posts Tagged ‘City Council’

DAILY GRINDER: Farnese and Others Protest Arts and Culture Cuts in Harrisburg

Your boy, Senator Larry Farnese took to the Capitol yesterday afternoon to help protest arts and culture cuts that may move forward in House Bill 1485. The bill plans to cut Pennsylvania’s investment in community development projects and arts/culture programs from $8.5 million to $2.5 million. Related: It’s very, very important Governor Tom Corbett keeps...

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Councilwoman Brown on Extending City Bar Hours

On Friday, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown asked on both her Twitter and Facebook pages, “Do you support extending weekend bar hours in Philadelphia to 3AM & sending proceeds to public schools?” And immediately, our Phillish section of the web went nuts. “Support” answers were high. She tells us the idea – which she read about in the Daily...

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Paid Sick Leave Vote This Week?

That paid sick day bill, which has been stuck in City Council for over a month, may finally be voted on this week, as Council gets ready for their summer vacay. The bill in question would require businesses with 11 or more employees to give employees up to seven sick days a year, and those with 10 or fewer four sick days. This has been a hotly debated issue since...

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DAILY GRINDER: Santorum Announces Today!

Rick Santorum will announce he’s running for president today. His only problem: Convincing Republicans he can actually win, which he can. [LA Times] City Council is debating whether they should have some say over whether or not bike lanes get put into place. The rationale of which is whether or not neighborhoods should have a say over the paint lines. Here’s...

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Councilman Frank DiCicco Scraps Homeless Citation Bill—For Now

Councilman Frank DiCicco Scraps Homeless Citation Bill—For Now

Several area groups, including Project H.O.M.E. and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign came to Dilworth Plaza today to protest Bill 110386. The bill, introduced by outgoing Councilman Frank DiCicco, would amend Philadelphia code pertaining to sidewalk behavior, allowing police to “cite or remove persons who are homeless without the currently...

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Daily Grinder: Will Vince Fumo Get Out of Prison in a Couple Years, or Never?

They’re still trying to “re-sentence” Vince Fumo. Prosecutors say the measly 55 months he’s serving for 137 counts of fraud, tax evasion and obstructing justice should actually be 27 years. That argument’s main flaw: This is America. We don’t imprison our politicians that long. [Reuters] There are lots of pictures of Philly. Something about a...

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DAILY GRINDER: Teen Sexting Penalties Downgraded to ‘Eh, They’re Just Kids’

“Sext” away, children! The State House just approved legislation that would reduce criminal penalties for teens who send each other naked pictures by phone, to a second-degree misdemeanor. But be warned: That’s only good for singular pictures, not “photographs depicting lewd or graphic sexual behavior.” Where’s the Supreme Court when you need...

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Kenyatta Johnson Wins 2nd District Nomination

The final votes are in and Kenyatta Johnson has eked this thing out in the Second Council District — by 53 votes. Johnson beat holdout Democrat Barbara Capozzi. There are 40 ballots still in dispute, but of course even if all went to Capozzi, she’d still lose. One recount left. We were originally told the Featherman-Brown recount would be done by...

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DAILY GRINDER: Philly To Be Used as “Ban the Box” Model for Other Cities?

Note: This is a “numbers” edition. We have fun here. 1: Cities that may use Philadelphia’s recent “Ban the box” job-application provision as a model for those with a criminal history. It’s Durham, N.C., and they’re doing so at the urging of the Second Chance Alliance, an advocacy group for formerly incarcerated persons. Durham’s mayor...

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Top 4 Fallouts (and the real stories) From Tuesday’s Election (Updated)

So, the week is over – and what a week it was. We had a dismally-attended election in which we saw a large turnaround of City Council members, as well as never-ending arguments over what Milton Street’s numbers say about him, Nutter, the state of the city and all that wonky porch table trash. As is our custom, we’ve trolled the nether regions of the Internet...

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