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.
October 18, 2001 |
An aide to City Councilwoman Marian Tasco is facing two unrelated sets of criminal charges - one for allegedly helping to forge a will and another for allegedly assaulting her 13-year-old daughter. Tasco said the woman, administrative assistant Sharon Vaughn, would remain at work pending the outcome of the cases. "I believe a person is entitled to due process, and I believe that people are innocent until proven guilty," Tasco said. "I have no intention of taking any action against her. " Vaughn was on vacation from work yesterday, and a telephone call to her home was not returned.
May 14, 2001 |
City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, cell phone in hand, stands on Pickering Avenue in the Cedarbrook neighborhood and surveys a couple dozen cars decorated with "Talmadge for D.A. " posters. Engines are idling as the Sunday-morning campaign motorcade waits for the command to start. A sound system mounted on a van is blaring the Diana Ross song "I'm Coming Out," sending voters the not-so-subliminal message to head to the polls for tomorrow's primary. "Are we ready to move out?"
April 30, 2001 |
After City Council voted 16-0 to approve the predatory lending bill, Councilwoman Marian Tasco held a quiet champagne celebration with staffers and supporters in her office. Then she went to get her hair done. Tasco's low-key response to her biggest legislative victory is telling. Throughout her 13 years on City Council, Tasco has been a behind-the-scenes operator, looking for consensus. In her calm but firm manner, Tasco faced down the powerful banking lobby and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
April 3, 2001 |
All eyes are on Mayor Street this week as backroom politics takes center stage in the debate over the predatory lending bill. With a City Council vote slated for Thursday, interested observers are waiting to see how much political capital Street is willing to expend on the bill, designed to crack down on high-cost lending abuses directed mainly at poor and minority borrowers. Street sent a letter to Council President Anna Verna last week urging a delay on the vote. Street said he supported the effort to stop predatory lenders, but was getting pressure from angry bankers who feel the bill will keep them from making loans to people with less-than-perfect credit.