philadelphia-politics

‘We need more help’: Philly city, state leaders press Biden for further aid to reduce violence

BY: - July 3, 2021

While city’s homicide rate is reaching historic highs, a state law prevents Philadelphia from putting its own firearm regulations in place.

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Philly Mayor Kenney stands by his violence prevention plan as homicides show no sign of ebbing

BY: - June 23, 2021

The mayor defended his approach to reducing gun violence in Philadelphia on Wednesday at a time when the homicide rate was up 38 percent.

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 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.

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Is Philly’s Democratic leadership a friend or foe of Blacks? | Michael Coard

BY: - May 25, 2021

With friends like the Democratic City Committee, who needs Trump/Rizzo Republican enemies?

Philly DA Race: FOP backing sank Vega, as Krasner won Black neighborhoods throughout city | Analysis

BY: - May 20, 2021

The closely watched Democratic primary for district attorney ended in a rout for incumbent Larry Krasner that was buoyed by Black voters throughout the city.

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.

Philly Council members outline their own agenda to tackle gun violence, promote jobs

BY: - April 14, 2021

The rollout by City Council President Darrell Clarke came ahead of Mayor Jim Kenney's budget presentation on Thursday.

Philly’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs welcomes a new deputy director

BY: - April 14, 2021

By Michele Zipkin PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has welcomed Erik Larson as the new deputy director of LGBT Affairs. Larson started working for the City of Philadelphia in 2018 as a part-time policy fellow, and previously worked as a coordinator in the Office of LGBT Affairs. He holds a […]

Resumption of programs, services key to quelling gun violence, Philly DA Krasner says

BY: - April 13, 2021

Krasner has faced growing criticism over his office’s prosecution of gun violence from Vega, as well as Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.

Socked by the pandemic, Kenney administration forgoes property reassessments for second year in a row

BY: - April 10, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the city’s ability to conduct citywide property assessments for tax year 2022, leading officials to delay the reassessment for another year