Philadelphia, Allentown urge President Obama to enhance immigrant protections before he leaves office

Philadelphia, Allentown urge President Obama to enhance immigrant protections before he leaves office

The mayors of Philadelphia and Allentown joined in an open letter with 28 other municipal heads to thank President Barack Obama for his actions on immigration reform and urging him to take further executive action to protect immigrants before he leaves office later this month.

Monday, January 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Philadelphia, Allegheny County release reports on anti-lead exposure efforts

Philadelphia, Allegheny County release reports on anti-lead exposure efforts

Both Philadelphia and Allegheny County Monday released reports on anti-lead exposure efforts within their respective jurisdictions showing differing levels of progress in combatting exposure to lead.

 

In light of recent reports showing elevated levels of lead in public drinking water provided by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), an audit by Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner shows that the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has not prioritized responding to local concerns. 

 

“Right now, no agency is taking the lead on ensuring that this issue is addressed- and the Health Department should be that agency,” said Wagner at a Monday afternoon press conference. “No other agency has the scientific expertise, the ear of the community on public health issues, the partnerships with the philanthropic community, and- most importantly- the authority over our fragmented structure of water services."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Court dismisses Philadelphia soda tax challenge

Court dismisses Philadelphia soda tax challenge

A Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge Monday dismissed a lawsuit aimed at nixing Philadelphia’s recently-enacted soda tax.

 

The ruling by Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer paves the way for the tax to become effective at the start of the new year.

Monday, December 19, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Adding on to state and local proposals already being floated, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla (District 1) introduced on Thursday a proposal that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” from being practiced on LGBTQ youths within the city.

 

“Conversion therapy,” also known as “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy, is a practice whereby a mental health professional tries to alter a person’s sexual identity or sexual orientation.

 

According to a statement, the ban would not apply to mainstream therapies that facilitate support or acceptance of LGBTQ identities, social support or identity exploration, or that address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices.

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Mayor Kenney takes action to tackle opioid crisis in Philadelphia

Mayor Kenney takes action to tackle opioid crisis in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced this week his plans to form a task force that will focus on providing solutions to the opioid crisis in Philadelphia.

 

“The opioid epidemic has been taking lives, destroying families and undermining the quality of life of Philadelphians across the city said," the Mayor said in a statement. “This is a significant social and public health challenge requiring a comprehensive, citywide approach.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
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