WIN: Parking Authority Fires Vince Fenerty After Pressure From Electeds, Advocates

(Photo credit: Olivia Exstrum | Philadelphia Inquirer) The Philadelphia Parking Authority board has fired Executive Director Vince Fenerty, according to the Inquirer's Chris Brennan.   Continue reading

Obama to City Council: Don't Increase Parking Requirements

(Obama doesn't even think South Philly needs parking minimums | Carolyn Kaster, AP Photo) Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell's bill doubling parking requirements for apartment buildings has been having a rough time since we first wrote about it two weeks ago. Continue reading

Keep Up with City Council with our Weekly Council Report Card

City Council's Legistar website is pretty useful if you know what you're looking for, but it's not exactly optimized for political activism. Continue reading

Anthony Clark Could Be Philly's Last Line of Defense Against Trump "Poll Watchers"

  Last month, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump waxed conspiratorial, telling a crowd in Altoona that the only way he'd lose Pennsylvania was if there was massive voter fraud in Philadelphia. Continue reading

Al Taubenberger: PPA Head's Sexual Harassment Just "A High School Puppy Love Situation"

  The Philadelphia Parking Authority board is under fire for giving Executive Director Vince Fenerty a little slap on the wrist after Mike Newall reported yesterday that Fenerty had been sexually harassing a female colleague for two years. Continue reading

It's Official: Joe Khan Will Primary Seth Williams for District Attorney

Chris Brennan breaks the news that Joe Khan, a former federal prosecutor who recently left the U.S. Attorney's office, will challenge Seth Williams in the Democratic primary for District Attorney in 2017. Continue reading

Don't Be Fooled By the Judicial Retirement Age Ballot Question

This November, when you go into the voting booth you'll likely see a ballot question asking if you support an amendment to the state Constitution requiring state judges retire at 75. It's going to sound like you're being asked to impose a retirement age for the first time, but don't be fooled! The current retirement age is 70, so if you vote "Yes," you'll actually be supporting a five-year increase in the retirement age.  Continue reading

Bob Brady and Tom Wolf Call on Rep. Leslie Acosta to Resign; She Won't

Rep. Leslie Acosta of the 197th District is rebuffing calls from two of her party's highest-ranking elected officials to resign, in the wake of an Inquirer report that she quietly plead guilty to a federal felony charge last winter.Congressman Bob Brady, head of the Democratic City Committee, and Governor Tom Wolf issued statements publicly calling on Acosta to resign this week, but this afternoon she said she plans to press on with her reelection campaign.  Continue reading

ZBA Draft! Let's Pick Philly's Next Zoning Chair

Earlier this week, Dave Davies broke the news that Jim Moylan, chair the powerful Zoning Board of Adjustment, had announced his resignation.This followed on the news, initially reported in the Inquirer, that Moylan--who is Johnny Doc's chiropractor--was being investigated by the FBI as part of their probe of Doc and IBEW Local 98.   Continue reading

Map: The KOZ Properties Proposed for Each City Council District

  WHYY's Tom MacDonald confirms that the Keystone Opportunity Zone bill we wrote about is indeed on a fast-track in City Council, and the need for speed is stemming from a state deadline. Continue reading