philadelphia-city-council

Black Clergy, Krasner call on Philly’s largest companies, nonprofits to fund violence prevention efforts

BY: - June 29, 2021

Days after Philadelphia boosted funding for violence prevention initiatives, the fight for how to spend it and who should pay more has begun.

Calling for fair school funding, clergy, activists, Philly Councilmember Gym detained after interrupting Pa. Senate session

BY: - June 23, 2021

Black plastic zip ties were clearly visible around the wrists of those detained and who were cited for unlawful assembly.

A year after George Floyd protests, Philly Mayor Kenney details progress on racial, police reforms

BY: - June 16, 2021

By Michael D’Onofrio PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney says his administration is making progress at rooting out systemic racial inequities, and enacting police reforms a year after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests. Yet while acknowledging more progress was needed, Kenney stressed that surging gun violence in the city was […]

Philly biz leaders, advocates call for $20M infusion of stimulus cash help Black businesses, community

BY: - June 15, 2021

The focus on targeted funding comes as the U.S. has lost an estimated 40 percent of Black-owned businesses due to the pandemic.

Philly Free Library supporters demand $15M budget boost

BY: - June 3, 2021

Advocates want spending that was slashed during the pandemic to be restored to the library system's budget.

Philly Council unveils anti-violence plan aimed at city youth

BY: - June 2, 2021

The plan comes as 822 school-aged youth in Philadelphia have been injured or killed by gun violence since January 2020.

Philly Council looks to diversify city workforce by eliminating so-called ‘Rule of Two’

BY: - June 1, 2021

Councilmember Cherelle Parker, who's backing the change, says she's seeking a final vote by June 24.

Philly City Council demands more transparency on errors in city payroll system

BY: - May 26, 2021

“I don’t think we should keep pouring money into something that we know has the kinks that it has without a plan,” Councilmember Isiah Thomas said.

Philly Council approves resolution opposing Pa. House GOP’s anti-transgender sports bill

BY: - May 16, 2021

By Michele Zipkin PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia City Council has approved a resolution sponsored by City Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to oppose a Republican-authored bill now before the state House prohibiting transgender athletes in Pennsylvania from participating in high school and college sports that correspond to their gender. At-large Councilmembers Kendra Brooks, Helen Gym, […]

City Council considers cutting Philadelphia’s parking tax rate

BY: - May 15, 2021

Before the pandemic arrived in March 2020, the city’s parking tax revenue had reliable year-over-year growth, raking in more than $99 million in 2019.

Philly Police Commish Outlaw signals support for allowing veteran cops to live outside city, drawing pushback from council president

BY: - May 13, 2021

"When you live in the city, City Council President Darrell Clarke said, “you’re vested. This whole unplugged thing I don’t quite understand.”

Philly Councilor Brooks questions Kenney’s urgency on shifting crossing guards out of police department

BY: - May 11, 2021

Mayor Jim Kenney shifted $14 million in total out of the police budget for the current year’s spending plan.