Jim Kenney

Nutter vs. Kenney over Mayor's 'slush' Fund

How the Mayor’s Fund was operated under former Mayor Michael Nutter has been under the microscope since allegations first surfaced that the multimillion-dollar nonprofit was treated as a “slush fund.”But Nutter erupted Monday online after the Inquirer accused former city representative Desiree...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 3:19pm

Can clean injection clinics solve Philly's heroin crisis?

Supervised injection sites— government-funded sites where heroin users can shoot up in a safe, clean environment — are controversial solutions to drug epidemics, but might be the answer to Philadelphia's heroin crisis.That's the position of an online petition, which urges Mayor Jim Kenney and the...

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 12:01pm

Philadelphia soda tax revenues fall short of first-month expectations

Philadelphia's tax on sugary drinks has been in effect for only two months, but preliminary estimates of its revenue-generating capability aren't too sweet.The city is reporting less-than-expected revenues, and some wholesalers and store owners say they may have to lay off workers to compensate for...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 9:33am

Hundreds of free pre-K seats still empty

Philadelphia's long-awaited free pre-kindergarten program finally became a reality last month, but because the city is still trying to process the applicants, hundreds of open seats have not been filled.Within four years, the city school system plans to create 6,500 "locally-funded, quality pre-K...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 4:28am

Rittenhouse wall-sitting ban shelved

A new rule banning visitors to Rittenhouse Square from sitting on the park’s stone walls has been terminated after a massive backlash.“I sat on this wall for the first time in 1967, and no one’s going to tell me I can’t sit here,” said Lauren Blanchard, 68, who sat on the wall Tuesday during a “...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 3:26pm

Philly soda tax faces another legal challenge

A group of Philadelphia restaurants, beverage industry associations and soda consumers have banded together in a renewed fight against the city's soda tax.Attorneys representing the groups filed a notice of appeal after a judge dismissed the industry's lawsuit against the city and its soda tax...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 9:10am

Mayor assembles cabinet to clean up Philadelphia

It's a sad fact of life for Philadelphians. On some blocks, litter, garbage and such eyesores as discarded mattresses or laundry dryers pollute the streets, sometimes for days.In six months, however, the city can expect to see a new "action plan" for grappling with litter and waste from the Zero...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 3:21pm

Philly mayor swaps luxury Wells Fargo Center suite for city school funding

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has given up prime seats at the Wells Fargo Center in exchange for funding for the city’s embattled school district, The Associated Press reported.For a flat $100,000 rate paid to the city, Comcast-Spectator will resell seats in the mayor’s box for 76ers and Flyers...

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 11:07am

Philadelphia to intensify fight against childhood lead poisoning

Mayor Jim Kenney and other city officials vowed Monday to take new action to fight the lead poisoning of Philadelphia children.Lead poisoning rates have plummeted in recent years, but in Philadelphia they remain twice as high as the national average. More than 300 children tested above the levels...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 3:02am

Judge throws out lawsuit aimed at killing Philly soda tax

An early legal challenge to Philly's soda tax fizzled on Monday.Mayor Jim Kenney's long-touted 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened drinks will go into effect Jan. 1 as planned after a judge dismissed an anti-tax lawsuit filed by the American Beverage Association and several local...

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 11:43pm

Philly reaches for upgraded parks, rec centers and more in 2017

Philadelphians may have a lot to look forward to in 2017 —the year the city begins to realize the mayor’s bold dreams for neighborhood improvements, particularly in long-neglected communities.Philly Rebuild (or Rebuilding Community Infrastructure) is focused on upgrading Philadelphia’s parks,...

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 4:22pm

Stone-faced Philly pols react to Trump's victory

The mood was dark in City Hall as Mayor Jim Kenney held a news conference with members of City Council to address Donald Trump’s election as president.“Even with the unknown that’s coming, we will be stronger and a better city if we love each other,” he said. “Don’t let yesterday or today or the...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 12:22am

Geno's sign comes down, but immigrants aren't quick to forgive

On one side of South Ninth Street, the rioters gathered. They shouted and banged their drums and thrust their fists in solidarity. On the opposite side, a band of supporters waved American flags and shouted anti-immigration rhetoric, all in defense of a controversial sign at Geno's. That was 2006....

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 2:30pm

Protesters are demanding the resignation of the mayor's LGBT community liaison.

A group of activists overtook the 7th Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at Philadelphia's City Hall Sunday morning, demanding Mayor Jim Kenney address a recent conflict regarding discrimination within the city's LGBT community.The ceremony, which annually marks the start of OutFest, a block party...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 1:00am

More Philadelphians happy about their hometown, survey says

A growing number of Philadelphians apparently love what's happening in the City of Brotherly Love, according to the results of a new survey.In its August 2016 survey, The Pew Charitable Trusts polled 1,600 people on such topics as the direction of the city, confidence in its leaders, the condition...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 8:47pm

Kenney takes step toward reducing domestic violence

Last year, more than 14,000 callers to the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline seeking shelter were denied due to a lack of room at the city's two 100-bed safe havens.In an effort to better address domestic violence, Mayor Jim Kenney announced a new post at City Hall. The director of domestic...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 5:17pm

Clinton urges Philadelphians to register to vote in high-stakes election

In a city that bleeds a deep shade of blue, Democrats still struggle with gettingPhiladelphians to the polls every Election Day.Hillary Clinton is no exception. Ata voter outreach rally Tuesday afternoon at West Philly High School, the Democratic presidential candidate urged people to register to...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 1:25am

VIDEO: Mayor Kenney reads mean tweets on his birthday

Mayor Jim Kenney celebrated his birthday this week in a rather untraditional manner: Reading mean things people on the internet have said about him.While we prefer to be showered in compliments to distract from impending old age, it seems self-loathing is Kenney's schtick."Philly mayor you sucks #...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 6:53pm

Rally against police violence takes over Center City

More than 100 people marched through Philadelphia Mondaytoprotest police violence, blocking major roadways in Center City during morning rush hour.The local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and protesters gathered at DilworthPark around 8 a.m., where they declared outrage at last...

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 9:51am

Kenney lifts homeless feeding ban

Reversing a decision made under former Mayor Michael Nutter's administration in 2012, Philadelphia has formally lifted a ban of serving foodin city parks.In March 2012, the city banned serving food outdoors in all city parks, including at LOVE Park and along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, areas...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 11:05pm