Bringing in the new: Philadelphia City Council’s 2012 Challenges & Agenda


Hour 2

Members of City Council are sworn in Monday from the Academy of Music. (Tom MacDonald/For NewsWorks)

Seventeen members of Philadelphia’s City Council were sworn into office Monday with six of them new to the Chambers.  The departed, who have over 100 years of combined service, include Joan Krajewski, Anna Verna, Frank DiCicco, Donna Reed Miller, Jack Kelly and Frank Rizzo.   The freshman class — Cindy Bass, Bobby Henon, Kenyatta Johnson, Mark Squilla, Dennis O’Brien and David Oh — represent a new generation of leadership who will have to confront serious challenges in governing a city that is plagued by economic issues, gun violence and a troubled school district.  To tackle those issues, President Darrell Clarke pledged that City Council will “work together” to “dig ourselves out from the significant hole.”  Joining us to talk about the City Council’s agenda, its relationship with Mayor Nutter and the possibilities for reforming Philly politics and government are freelance writer PATRICK KERKSTRA and WHYY’s TOM MacDONALD.

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