In which Kenyatta Johnson calls for hearings checking in on the City's (non-existent) progress implementing the 2004 Tax Reform Commission's recommendations; Curtis Jones proposes a raise for poll workers; David Oh proposes exempting certain corner restaurants from the city's 11 pm curfew; and Kenyatta Johnson proposes expanding eligibility and removing the sunset clause for the Longtime Owner Occupant Program (LOOP), which discounts property taxes for lower-income longtime homeowners.Read more
In which Blondell Reynolds Brown proposes better compliance monitoring of the City's Economic Opportunity Plans; Bill Greenlee and Darrell Clarke propose a new demolition fund for blighted properties funded by a $15 fee on property sales; Mark Squilla legalizes encroachments from planters and bike racks for the new "sneckdown" treatment at 12th and Morris; and Reynolds Brown and Clarke respond to the confederate sticker on the squad car story with a bill banning offensive messages on city-owned property.Read more
In which Darrell Clarke proposes rezoning some North Philly industrial properties to residential use, except for the Quaker Building; Blondell Reynolds Brown proposes fixing the green roof density bonus; most Councilmembers want to address recent squatting concerns; and Curtis Jones and several co-sponsors propose designating October 1-8 as the second annual Legacy Week, which is not the Founders' Day bash Philly needs.Read more
In which Darrell Clarke and Mark Squilla schedule a hearing about parking based on some questionable assumptions; Jannie Blackwell introduces what appears to be her first neighborhood-wide zoning remapping bill for Mantua, and approves a buffered bike lane for 11 blocks of Chestnut Street in University City.Read more
In which Derek Green proposes giving the Human Relations Commission the ability to shut down repeat civil rights offenders; Mark Squilla and David Oh propose capping their electric vehicle charging station moratorium at 2 years; and Councilmembers Cherelle Parker, Maria Quinones-Sanchez, and Blondell Reynolds-Brown introduce a bill requiring developers to provide more project information (or ammunition, depending how you look at it) to Registered Community Organizations when they seek zoning variances.Read more
In which Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Bill Greenlee (for Darrell Clarke) introduce some changes to American Street, including new bike lanes; Bill Greenlee (on behalf of Darrell Clarke) proposes allowing a digital accessory sign on 1900 Market along with some planters; Bobby Henon (for Clarke) proposes allowing the City to make Capital Expenditures on buildings it doesn't own; Brian O'Neill makes a populist point about the City's poor track record of shoveling the sidewalks around public properties after snowstorms; and David Oh and Mark Squilla propose still more regulations for installing electric vehicle charging stations, including Art Commission approval.Read more
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.Read more
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).Read more
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.
In which several Councilmembers introduce city lease agreements on behalf of the Kenney administration, and rezone some neighborhoods; Bobby Henon explores whether city animal shelters are up to snuff (they're not); and Mark Squilla and Kenyatta Johnson put a few properties in the Land Bank.