To Boost Recruitment, Philly to Consider Thousands in Police Bonuses
Facing low recruitment numbers, the city is in talks with budget officials and the police to offer bonuses of up to $10,000 for people who serve at least one year after completing training. The program would be triggered when the Police Department has 5 percent fewer officers than included in the city’s budget.
Parker Releases Neighborhood Community Policing Plan
Council Majority Leader Cherelle Parker released a public safety plan that calls for increases in community policing and a focus on addressing quality of life issues. The plan, supported by Council President Darrell Clarke and other council members, calls for hiring over 300 new police officers and increasing police visibility in neighborhoods.
Tony Watlington Named Next School District Superintendent
Philadelphia’s Board of Education announced last week that Tony Watlington would become the next superintendent of Philadelphia’s public schools. Watlington is now superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury School District in North Carolina and will begin his five-year term in June. City & State PA has more.
As Philly COVID-19 Cases Creep Up, Health Commissioner Says to Consider Masking Again
Philadelphia Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole urged Philadelphians to consider wearing masks indoors as two key metrics are rising that the city uses to determine reinstating mask mandates. Average new cases and hospitalizations per day are just under the threshold at which masking would again be required.
City's Plastic Bag Ban Now in Full Effect
Philadelphia will now start enforcing a ban on single-use plastic bags, coming after a six-month grace period for businesses. First offenses come with at least a $150 fine. Some limited exemptions remain in place for now.
Philadelphia City Council holds several hearings throughout the legislative calendar. You can watch the hearings here.
On Friday, April 8, at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Streets will review zoning proposals for streeteries.
On Monday, April 11, at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Licenses and Inspections will review licensing and regulation changes on demolitions and fire suppression.
On Monday, April 11, at 1:00 p.m., the Committee on Commerce & Economic Development will review the “keep it local” purchasing bill.
On Monday, April 18, at 10:00 a.m., the Committee of the Whole will appoint members of the new Citizens Police Oversight Commission.
On Monday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Rules will consider zoning and master plan changes for Manayunk and Drexel University.