Council Report Card: Week of March 13th

In which David Oh and Council Republicans introduce a resolution honoring Patrick Blessington--one of the attorneys on those Porngate email chains--to seething opprobrium; Allan Domb and others resolve to hold a hearing on why reassessments are still all messed up even after the Actual Value Initiative; Domb and crew also back a resolution promoting Earned Income Tax Credit participation for eligible residents; and Curtis Jones, Jr., Kenyatta Johnson, and Brian O'Neill get serious about hazardous intersections. Continue reading

Welcome to Budget Season

It’s everyone’s favorite season- budget season! Over the next three months we're going to provide different kinds of analysis of the City's budget process. We'll talk about budget documents, what passes for negotiation, and the administration's priorities. But first, the basics.   Continue reading

Council Report Card: Week of March 6

In which Bobby Henon (via Darrell Clarke) proposes to lay the foundation for putting digital ads on every municipally-owned surface; Kenyatta Johnson proposes an update to the Ethnic Intimidation and Institutional Vandalism to include cemetery vandalism like Mount Carmel; and Cindy Bass (via Darrell Clarke) introduces a framework for sub-contracting Rebuild work to non-profits via the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PAID). Continue reading

Philly Dems F!cked Up HD-197, But Don't Forget to Blame the State Party Too

  (Fired up, ready to blow a really easy race. PA Democratic Party chairman Marcel Groen | Photo credit: Jewish Exponent) Philly Democrats recently blew an opportunity for an easy special election win in the super-safe 197th District House seat in North Philly, by nominating a guy who didn't live in the district. Continue reading

Darrell Clarke Wants to Make Car-Free Temple Students Pay for Other People's Parking

  Council President Darrell Clarke once remarked, "This is Philadelphia. People drive to the corner store. This is what we do.” This attitude is common in his Council office, and it leads them to seriously misunderstand--and misrepresent--the interests of 5th District residents. Continue reading

Is There Going to Be a 'Trump Bump' In Philly's Off-Year Primaries?

  (Button wall at the Board of Elections | Photo: Jon Geeting) Ever since Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States last November, those of us in the business of engaging our fellow citizens in the glamorous work of municipal politics have been living in the best of times (at least in one sense.) Continue reading

Five Big Questions We Still Have About Rebuild PHL

(Towey Rec Center | Photo: Jon Geeting) The Kenney administration's Rebuild initiative--a $500 million public works program that will reinvest in the city's beleaguered parks, rec centers, and libraries--was in the news this week due to some new political developments in Kenney's ongoing negotiations with City Council. Continue reading

Council to Convene Special Committee to Spring Clean Code and Department Regs

  A new initiative from Council President Darrell Clarke suggests the recent (and not-so-recent) frustration expressed by the business community has generated some attention in City Council.  Continue reading

City Council's Transit-Oriented Development Bill is a Great Start. Here's How to Make It Better.

(Paseo Verde, Philly's first LEED for Neighborhood Development project, near Temple| Halkin Mason Photography) City Councilmembers Blondell Reynolds-Brown and Bill Greenlee introduced City Council's best economic development idea in years last week, and it won't even cost the city any money (except for some Planning Commission staff time.) Continue reading

Council Report Card: Week of February 27th

The Council Report Card is a bit thin this week, since comparatively few bills were introduced last Thursday, and we're dedicating some extra pixels to two of them in separate blog posts. This week Bill Greenlee proposed allowing a topiary of honeysuckles to encroach on the right-of-way in Northern Liberties (for the Flower Show), and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez proposed small fee increases for a wide variety of permits and licenses, which would fund L+I. Continue reading