Bellevue Bulletin 02/14/2020
By Kristina D’Amico
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Voting is open! Well..for the design for new “I Voted” stickers, at least. Everyone’s favorite part of voting day will be handed out starting with the April 28th primary election, and the new designs are up for choosing, and you can vote here. The cit ran a contest in partnership with the School District, and selected nine finalists, after receiving some 150 submissions in adult, college, high school, and K-8 categories. The object was to pay homage to Philadelphia in the designs, and the finalists did just that.
In other city news, another two schools have closed due to asbestos concerns, which brings the total number of affected schools up to nine. In response, the Philadelphia teachers union has called upon the governor to declare a state of emergency – allowing the state to take from the Rainy Day Fund to address the problem. The union joins several lawmakers and activists to repeat its call for $170 million to tackle environmental problems in the city’s aging school buildings. Learn more about it here.
The names of 27 Philadelphians that are on the education nominating panel have been released, and eight of the nine current board members have been renominated. The Mayor is now tasked with choosing nine names out of the list before Council gets to weigh in on the decision. This is a new step in the process, after a City Charter change voters agreed to in 2018 following the first board being elected. You can read all about the nominees here.
Headway was made with a number of different bills this week in City Council, including one that would ensure the creation of a permanent city agency dedicated to enforcing the new progressive labor laws that the city has passed in recent years. The bill — introduced by Councilmembers Helen Gym and Bobby Henon in partnership with the Kenney administration — would pose this question to voters in the April primary: Should the city create a permanent Department of Labor that would enforce city labor laws and function as a front door for all worker-related issues? (Via The Inquirer) In addition, Councilmember Johnson introduced legislation at the mayor’s request to ban the use of hydrogen fluoride in fuel processing.
That’s all for this week, everyone. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @PhillyAdvocates for more!