Council Report Card: Week of October 10th

In which Curtis Jones proposes a charter change creating a modest Criminal Justice Reinvestment Fund; Cindy Bass and Bobby Henon propose removing Wells Fargo from the list of city depositories; and Darrell Clarke (via Bobby Henon) called for a hearing on city tax incentives.  Continue reading

GOP Spox: PA Legislature Will Pass Ride-Hailing Bill in October

The state of ride-hailing apps like Uber X and Lyft is murkier than ever in Philadelphia as of last Friday, but an end to the drama is within sight. Continue reading

Does Philly Need a Parking Authority?

A new piece of legislation introduced last week by Councilman David Oh raises an intriguing question: should Philadelphia even have a Parking Authority? Continue reading

Make Legistar Great Again! Take Our Survey

During the City Council meeting on September 29th, and following news that former-PPA boss Vince Fenerty had sexually harassed at least two of his subordinates, Councilman Oh introduced a resolution calling for a full performance audit of the PPA. Continue reading

Where's the Record of City Council's Vote Against the PPA Audit?

  It's now been three business days since Council President Darrell Clarke held a rare show of hands vote on Councilman David Oh's resolution calling for a performance audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, and there's still no record of that vote happening. Continue reading

Auditor General Will Audit PPA Employment Practices, But We Still Need a Performance Audit

(Photo: Post-Gazette / Darrell Sapp) Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene Pasquale will conduct an audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's employment practices, report Julia Terruso and Claudia Vargas, following a sexual harassment scandal that led to the resignation of Executive Director Vince Fenerty. Continue reading

Council Report Card: Week of October 2nd

In which David Oh proposes selling the Philadelphia Parking Authority for scrap (with a big question mark for what state action would be required); Bill Greenlee proposes making it harder for employers to base your future earnings on your past earnings; and Jannie Blackwell upzones some land right behind 30th Street Station for the Schuylkill Yards district. Continue reading

Brady: Seth Williams Probably Not Getting Dems' Support in 2017

Incumbent District Attorney Seth Williams got some more bad news today as Congressman Bob Brady, chair of the Democratic City Committee, told Chris Brennan that the party is unlikely to endorse Williams as the party's nominee in the 2017 primary. Continue reading

Wolf and Kenney call for PPA audit after Council declines

("Really, dude?" Photo: Newsworks/WHYY) A day after a majority on City Council voted down a resolution to audit the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Mayor Jim Kenney and Governor Tom Wolf each released public statements calling for an audit, the Inquirer reports. Continue reading

Darrell Clarke Tries to Hide Council Votes Against PPA Audit

Council President Darrell Clarke pulled an unusual procedural move yesterday to hide the votes of Councilmembers who opposed a Parking Authority audit, reports Ryan Briggs. Continue reading