July 24, 2010
Fighting predators Among the guests invited to watch President Obama sign the historic financial regulation bill into law Wednesday was Philadelphia City Council Majority Leader Marian B. Tasco. The new law includes safeguards against the types of predatory lending practices that Tasco has fought against for years. Obama was first briefed on the subject by Tasco in 2004, when he was an Illinois state senator running for the U.S. Senate. As far back as 1994, Tasco had worked with community organizations to educate city residents about the dangers of easy money offered by loan sharks.
May 13, 2010 |
Mayor Nutter and City Council could reach a deal on the city's budget Thursday that would close a deficit as big as $150 million, sources on both sides of the negotiations said Wednesday. Although the outlines of the deal were still fluid late Wednesday, the package seems certain to include a property-tax increase - possibly as high as 9.9 percent - as well as a new tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco, and increased fees for trash collection for small businesses. The big sticking point, as it has been for weeks, is Nutter's proposed tax on sugary drinks.
December 23, 2009 |
A city councilwoman is demanding to know why a Philadelphia police officer was allowed to retire the day before he was charged with sexually assaulting a girl over an eight-year period. Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco also wants to know why the arrest of Officer Tyrone Wiggins, who taught karate at the Olney Recreation Center, wasn't disclosed publicly. Tasco, whose district includes the recreation center, said she was troubled that Wiggins continued teaching there during a two-year investigation and even after he was arrested last month.
June 5, 2009 |
City Council's smoldering distaste for the Board of Ethics it created three years ago erupted yesterday as Council Majority Leader Marian B. Tasco called for the ouster of its executive director. Tasco demanded the removal of J. Shane Creamer Jr., the only person to hold the post, based on his admitted violation of the board's confidentiality code last month when he discussed an investigation of Democratic district attorney candidate R. Seth Williams with a Philadelphia Daily News reporter.
February 2, 2009
Will she or won't she? City Council Majority Leader Marian B. Tasco is scheduled for retirement at the end of her term in January 2012, having joined the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. She is due $467,566.22 upon retirement, in addition to the $8,902 monthly pension to which she is entitled. But Tasco, 71, hasn't committed to retiring, and it appears that she's at least considering another run for Council. The Friends of Marian B. Tasco, Tasco's campaign committee, will host a fund-raiser Feb. 19 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
December 4, 2007 |
Faced with certain defeat if the matter came to a vote, City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell surrendered her position as majority leader to Marian B. Tasco yesterday, establishing a new hierarchy expected to work closely with Mayor-elect Michael Nutter. Blackwell's decision set the stage for Councilman Darrell Clarke to become majority whip, the position currently held by Tasco. The whip helps the president count votes on critical issues. The leaders are to be formally elected at the inauguration Jan. 7. Blackwell said yesterday that she was stepping down for the sake of unity.
May 11, 2007
When the most competitive challenger in a City Council race acknowledges that the incumbent councilwoman has done a good job, it hardly helps to make the case for turning her out of office. That's not to say Democratic Council hopeful Ray Jones Jr. - cofounder of the antiviolence group Men United for a Better Philadelphia - doesn't think he can bring fresh ideas and a new vigor to representing Council's Ninth District, which spans West Oak Lane, Olney and Logan. Jones, a former community coordinator for the city's Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, would bring both a passion for reform and an analytical eye to city affairs.
November 3, 2006 |
It doesn't amount to much, given Philadelphia's immense infrastructure needs, but a series of bills proposed in City Council yesterday would divert $30 million from the city's 2006 budget surplus to the Police, Fire and Recreation Departments for facility repairs. The legislation is cosponsored by Councilwoman Marian Tasco, one of several Council members who criticized a $150 million bond issue authorized last month that will fund capital projects for arts and cultural groups and commercial corridors.
March 28, 2006 |
Try as it might, the Philadelphia City Council just can't seem to kick its antismoking habit. For the third time in two years, a Council committee approved a bill yesterday that would ban smoking in bars, restaurants, and nearly all other city workplaces. "This is a health issue," said Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who sponsored the effort. Tasco said it was unfair to subject employees of bars and other smoking-friendly establishments to secondhand smoke. But despite the unanimous thumbs-up from Council's Public Health Committee, there was little certainty that the bill would not fall to the same obstacles that snuffed out previous efforts: opposition from restaurant owners; worries by Council members about its effect on small local institutions such as corner taprooms or private clubs; and - especially - political feuding between the city's antismoking mayor and his equally antismoking foes on Council.
May 10, 2004
CITY COUNCIL is scheduled to hold hearings today on the budget and a raft of sweeping tax reform bills. How ready is Council? The Daily News asked all 17 members the following question: 1Have you read the 500-page Tax Reform Commission report, which explains the need for each tax reform bill now before City Council? (The report was released in November.) 2Will you support all or some of the 13 tax reform bills put forth by the Tax Reform Commission? 1No. 2Undecided on all.