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City Hall: A Closer Look at Councilman Derek Green

City Hall: A Closer Look at Councilman Derek Green

Derek S. Green is now a councilman-at-large member. Green has been in the position since January 2016 after having won both the 2015 primary and general elections. Green is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Temple University School of Law. Before his involvement with Philadelphia politics, he practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. […]

 

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

The Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform met last month in the City Council chambers. Co-chairs Curtis Jones Jr. of City Council, retired Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and the head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Kier Bradford-Grey all presided over the hearing that focused on the psychology of criminals and potential criminals, and […]

 

Politics: Non-Profit Leader Puts Focus on City’s Parks, Recreation Centers

Politics: Non-Profit Leader Puts Focus on City’s Parks, Recreation Centers

Philadelphia Parks Alliance, the city’s primary non-profit organization advocating for parks and recreation since 1983, has new leadership — and with it, a new view on the city’s recreation centers. “[The main goal of Philadelphia Parks Alliance] is to create great public spaces throughout the city, public spaces that our residents can continue to use for years to […]

 

Far Northeast: Change in Districts Means New Representation for Some Residents

Far Northeast: Change in Districts Means New Representation for Some Residents

In 2016, Philadelphia will be going through a change. City Council districts will be changing and bringing areas under new direction and jurisdiction. The Councilmanic Districts bill, passed in 2011 by City Council, states the change to district lines, and that the new lines “shall not affect the elected members of Council during the term […]

 

Politics: The Man Leading Philly’s Young Generation

Politics: The Man Leading Philly’s Young Generation

Growing up in Philadelphia, Kellan White was always surrounded by politics. His father, John White, served on Philadelphia City Council, was a member of Mayor Wilson Goode’s administration and ran for mayor in the Democratic primary in 1991. “I hope I was an example for him of integrity and credibility when it comes to fighting […]

 

Center City: The Veterans Advisory Commission, a One-stop Shop for Vets

Center City: The Veterans Advisory Commission, a One-stop Shop for Vets

On the door to Room 127 on the ground floor of City Hall, the “5 p.m.” closing time sign is peeling off. Scott Brown, director of the Veterans Advisory Commission, leads the agency established by City Council in 1957 to help connect veterans with social service needs. Brown said the peeling-off 5 p.m. sign is […]

 By Samantha Byles and Andrea Jordan

South Philadelphia: Whitman Library Branch Pushes for Six-Day Weekly Operation

South Philadelphia: Whitman Library Branch Pushes for Six-Day Weekly Operation

South Philadelphia’s Second Street has become legendary as the site for the Mummers, Philadelphia’s colorful New Years revelers. Second Street in South Philly houses the Mummers Museum honoring that annual celebration plus costume houses holding decorations for the event. But several blocks away, Laura McColgan and the Friends of Whitman Library said they hope to […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Northwest: Verna Tyner Campaigns for 8th District Seat

Northwest: Verna Tyner Campaigns for 8th District Seat

  Connecting with the community is a common trait shared by all local politicians, but not all have the experience needed to successfully represent their constituency. With more than 20 years of Philadelphia government experience, Democrat Verna Tyner said she has the tools necessary to represent the 8th District in City Council. Tyner, a 40-year […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Northwest: Cindy Bass Ready to Take on the 8th District

Northwest: Cindy Bass Ready to Take on the 8th District

For the first time since 1996 there will be a new 8th District City Councilperson, which has given prospective candidates more motivation to win Philadelphia’s May 17 primary election. After a losing effort in the 2007 8th District City Council election, Democrat Cindy Bass has continued to build on her campaign and is back for […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: Volunteer Building Knowledge Through 8th District Campaign

Ridge Avenue: Volunteer Building Knowledge Through 8th District Campaign

With just over one month before Philadelphia’s May 17 primary election, campaigns around the city are hitting the streets promoting their cause. Jared Blairwiley, 22, started working in Philadelphia politics in 2007 when he was a volunteer for the Chaka Fattah for Mayor Campaign. This year he decided to work for the Cindy Bass campaign as a full-time volunteer. Blairwiley’s job […]