Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates square off at CCP

Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates square off at CCP

Mayor Jim Kenney (D) met his two primary challengers Monday evening at a forum hosted by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists at the Community College of Philadelphia’s Center City campus. This was the first public face-off of the trio.

Journalists from print and broadcast outlets asked questions of Kenney, former city controller Alan Butkovitz, and state Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) one month before the May primary election.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
House Policy Committee focuses on nuclear bailout

House Policy Committee focuses on nuclear bailout

Monday afternoon saw supporters of nuclear power and renewable energy square off in Springfield, Montgomery County. The House Policy Democratic Committee heard testimony regarding the controversial House Bill 11, which aims to add nuclear fission to the Pennsylvania’s alternative energy portfolio, keeping the state’s nuclear plants open and viable in the energy market.

The language the General Assembly is considering would effectively provide stipends of $500 million annually for nuclear power plants, to continue for at least six years without any specific end date. This is the first discussion that has included the public outside of the Capitol.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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
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