City Council

News

Drawing New Council Lines Is An Exercise in Disrespect

No matter how you slice it, redistricting — drawing new political boundaries — is about dividing, not uniting. It is an exercise in disrespect. City […]

News

Making Sense of Philly’s Council Districts

Usually around this time of year, City Council—or much of it anyway—is hard at work on its typical summer business: issuing resolutions for things like […]

News

City Council to Hold More Redistricting Hearings

City Council has announced that it will hold two additional public hearings in the on-going effort to redistrict the city. A meeting for August 16th […]

News

Bill Green’s No Good, Very Bad Week

There is a degree of anonymity in being one of 17, even when the one in question is a future mayoral contender like Councilman Bill […]

News

City Council’s Scare Tactics

I got a robocall from a nun on Tuesday. I have gotten them before because my son attends Norwood-Fontbonne Academy in Chestnut Hill, run by […]

News

Rest of the State to Philadelphia: Drop Dead

In 1979, Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic didn’t effectively plow the streets after a snowstorm — and as a direct result, he lost his primary election […]

News

Why On Earth Are We Still Talking About the DROP Program?

I thought after the demonstrative public rebuke Philadelphia City Council took in the media, on the streets and at the polls, Council would drop DROP […]

News

Frank DiCicco’s Heartless Response to Homelessness

A little over a week ago, First District Councilman Frank DiCicco introduced Bill 110386 in an attempt to amend the 1999 Sidewalk Behavior law to, […]

News

A Reanimated City Council?

Philadelphia City Council is a little bit like the ocean. Ancient. Unchanging. And deep. OK, so the metaphor isn’t perfect. The point is that council, […]

News

End of the Fumo Era for City Council

Frank DiCicco’s announcement this week that he won’t seek reelection to his long-held City Council seat marks the end of a generation of Philadelphia politicians—the […]

News

DROP: Three Drips Left

No sooner had I challenged the DROP squad to run for re-election so we could throw them out of office, than the squad’s leader decided […]

News

Let’s March on Philadelphia City Council!

It is the slowest bank robbery in history, and we are all eyewitnesses. It is an inside job; the same people who are supposed to […]

News

Will Philadelphia City Council Please Get Back to Work?

As the rabid raid continues on Philadelphia’s pension fund, City Council members — the only people with the ability to guard the fund — are […]

News

Is City Council Prez Anna Verna Retiring?

DROP, the city’s deferred retirement option plan, has been undisputedly exposed as a scam by independent analysis. The only surprise in the report from Boston […]

News

The Silver Fox Still Casts A Long Shadow

I assumed it was a mistake when I first read the George X. Schwartz obit in the Daily News two weeks ago. Not that he […]