THOUSANDS of Philadelphians on Monday got a new district City Council person and likely didn't even know it.
Two years ago Council redrew its district boundaries and the changes were set to go into effect in 2016, but on March 14 - the day of Mayor Nutter's chaotic budget address - Council passed a bill that allows members to get a jump-start on their new districts.
Under the resolution, Council members will have control over zoning, constituent services, capital dollars and recreation activity grants for their new districts.
Why the rush?
Councilman Brian O'Neill, who introduced the measure, did not return calls for comment, but sources say O'Neill was looking to make zoning-related changes in the areas he would represent in 2016, if re-elected, including extending restrictions related to residential day-care centers.