CITY HALL. City Council is juggling a diverse legislative agenda heading into its annual summer recess, which leaves just two meetings —today and next Thursday — to get work done before they are off until Sept. 16.
Some on Council are more poised than others to have bills heard before the break. Here are three things that will get attention before the final meeting next week.
1 Internship credits: Businesses would have more incentives to hire paid interns through a bill by Councilman Curtis Jones, who wants to allow up to $1 million in tax credits for paying high school and college students to work.
2 Unsightly satellite dishes: The local skyline in many of Philadelphia’s row home-dominated neighborhoods likely includes several of those small, gray satellite receivers hanging off the front of a house. Councilman Darrell Clarke wants to get them out of our views.
3 Music and event promotions: An original bill by Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Clarke, which would have required every single gathering — from large-scale concerts to local open mics — to register 30 days in advance with the city, has been downsized. The new proposal requires only two weeks' notice to police when a venue holds an event run by an outside agency. Organizers still question the point of it.