Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Philadelphia’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections passed through two bills Wednesday. The bills would mandate that property owners obtain licenses and provide contact information, especially if they are outside-controlled LLCs. 

Policy experts and city officials testified to difficulties tenants face when contacting their landlords. Many properties owned by LLCs and other private ownership groups don’t have readily available information and those unlicensed often carry code violations, like lead paint in units rented to parents of young children.

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
New cooperation feelings as City Council meets new school board

New cooperation feelings as City Council meets new school board

The new Philadelphia school board met with council members on Tuesday at City Hall, but after the joy from returned local control wore off, Council President Darrell Clarke (D-District 5) set the tone for the daylong hearings.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Philly neighborhood rec center awarded state, city grants

Philly neighborhood rec center awarded state, city grants

Tracey Jordan envisioned a Brooklyn-style park in her neighborhood of Philadelphia. Thanks to help from the city and a state grant, the “mayor of Southwest Philadelphia” will be able to bring her community together in an inviting space.
Monday, November 26, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council committee passes Philly wage increase bill

City Council committee passes Philly wage increase bill

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Labor and Civil Service passed a bill Tuesday outlining a plan to increase wages for city workers and those working on city contracts. It also ups the minimum wage mandated for businesses seeking tax credits for creating new jobs in the city.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Council committee forwards plan to source solar power from Adams County

Philadelphia City Council committee forwards plan to source solar power from Adams County

The Transportation and Public Utilities Committee passed, with favorable recommendation, a plan to bring clean electricity from Adams County to Philadelphia last Wednesday. 
Monday, November 19, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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