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Tricia L. Nadolny
As two months of budget hearings kicked off Tuesday, City Council wasted no time pushing back on Mayor Nutter’s central proposal to rake in $103 million for the city’s schools by raising property taxes.
Council’s directive: Bring us another option.
“Five, six years ago, we sat here and we had the economic doomsday,” Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez said, recalling the depths of the recession. “We had our workforce give up a little bit. We had our residents give up a little bit. We had our business give up a little bit. . . . What does $103 million in shifting of priorities in this city budget, using the same methodologies used before, look like?”Read more →
Damon C. Williams
City Council is exploring new technology aimed at making the streets of Philadelphia safer.
The ShotSpotter gunfire detection system uses a network of sensors that identify gunshots and feed the location and other data to police departments. It is intended to give police quicker and more accurate data on gunfire incidents to improve response time, and inform gun violence prevention strategies.
Council President Darrell Clarke said it could improve citizens’ quality of life.Read more →
GOVERNMENTS are too often inflexible and slow to react, a source of consternation for many of its critics. It’s ironic, though, that Philadelphians so frequently forget that the system of checks and balances, formulated decades ago in our back yards, is by design.
Governance – the structure of government – matters. And when it comes to planning and development, the structure set forth in the charter no longer suffices. Anyone who has tried to shepherd a development project from the first drawing to the final brick knows that the process in the charter ranges from frustratingly cumbersome to utterly incomprehensible. Too many silos. Too many places for projects to die a death by a thousand approvals.Read more →