Sen. Williams offers revisions to budget process during Philadelphia public comment session

Sen. Williams offers revisions to budget process during Philadelphia public comment session

Citizens gathered Monday afternoon in the City Council chambers of Philadelphia’s City Hall to address councilmembers as they sort out next year’s budget. While many advocated for specific plans and remediations, one offered critique and solutions for the overall process.

Sen. Anthony Williams (D) spoke at length to open the public comment session and challenged the current budget system of hearings and releases. Williams is opposing incumbent Mayor Jim Kenney (D) in May’s primary election.

Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Kenney calls for more dialogue on safe-injection sites

Kenney calls for more dialogue on safe-injection sites

Mayor Jim Kenney (D) announced Wednesday afternoon that plans to open an overdose prevention site in Philadelphia are on hold.

Kenney has been a strong proponent of safe-injection sites. However, he met Monday night with operating officials and citizens in the proposed neighborhood, who addressed safety concerns the location would create.

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia to host 2026 MLB All-Star Game

Philadelphia to host 2026 MLB All-Star Game

Elected officials and other luminaries joined members of the Philadelphia Phillies, past and present, at Independence Hall Tuesday for the public announcement of Major League Baseball awarding the franchise the 2026 All-Star Game.

Philadelphia will host the game as part of the city’s role in celebrating the country 250th birthday. The Phillies hosted the All-Star Game in 1976 at Veterans Stadium as part of the nation’s bicentennial.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
CCP, staff ratifies new contracts

CCP, staff ratifies new contracts

The Community College of Philadelphia approved three contracts with staffers Friday, ending the months’ long standoff that led to a strike approval and threatened schedules for thousands of students.

The three affected unions, who had been working without contracts since 2016, ratified the contracts Thursday night. After authorizing a strike in March, the unions and school engaged in negotiations for three long days, ending with a deal struck late April 3rd.

Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Tags: CCP
Philly Council hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries highlights needs for community involvement

Philly Council hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries highlights needs for community involvement

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Rules Friday hurried through a meeting to pass through two bills, including one to restrict the spread of marijuana dispensaries in one neighborhood near the county border.

Currently there are six dispensaries operating in the city. The state mandates they open in commercial corridors, like the Beyond/Hello location that recently opened in the shopping district of Center City.

Friday, April 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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