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On January 4, 2016, Jim Kenney was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. In his first budget, the Mayor worked closely with City Council to fund bold anti-poverty initiatives. The initiatives included the expansion of quality pre-k, the creation of community schools, and investing in parks, rec centers, and libraries. These initiatives were possible because Philadelphia became the first major city to pass a tax on sweetened beverages.
The Mayor’s Office works to strengthen every neighborhood by focusing on:
- Improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all of Philadelphia’s children.
- Improving economic opportunities for all Philadelphians.
- Improving public safety for all Philadelphians while treating residents with respect and dignity.
- Operating government efficiently and effectively.
- Developing a diverse workforce that looks like Philadelphia.
Following the decision by a Jefferson County grand jury regarding the killing of Breonna Taylor, City officials and the Philadelphia Police Department shared plans to prepare for potential protest activity and large crowds. At this time, the City is aware of one known protest planned for this evening. Additional demonstrations could develop in real-time.
The Philadelphia Police Department will increase officer presence in Center City, including around commercial areas and other key locations. Roving officer details will also be deployed to commercial districts throughout the city. Police traffic patrol will be in place for planned demonstrations, and drivers should expect some delays in the area surrounding City Hall.
The City is not encouraging businesses to close down early. Businesses can take the following steps to prepare for large crowds and potential protest activity:
- Bring signs, flags, flower pots or any other non-fixed objects inside.
- Keep the property well-lit when the business is closed.
- If security cameras are installed, make sure they are in working order and you have data storage available before leaving the property; windows, doors and any access points should be visible to the cameras.
- Secure all commercial dumpsters.
The City is not recommending that all storefront businesses board up all doors or windows. However, any businesses that are openly accessible because of past vandalism or other reasons should board up so that their properties are properly sealed off. If vandalism appears imminent, business owners are encouraged to secure their property as best and safely as possible. If businesses see vandalism in progress, they are encouraged to call 911.
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A lifelong Philadelphian, Mayor Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four children in a South Philadelphia rowhome. On January 4, 2016, Jim was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. Since 2016, he has championed bold anti-poverty initiatives, including the expansion of free, quality pre-K; the creation of Community Schools; and the historic investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in parks, recreation centers, playgrounds, and libraries — all because Philadelphia became the first major city in the U.S. to pass a tax on sugary drinks. The Administration successfully led the return of the School District to local control, and continues to defend Philadelphia’s values as a Welcoming City while making significant strides in criminal justice reform. Now in his second term, Jim is focused on advancing racial justice and driving an equitable economic recovery from COVID-19 to ensure that Philadelphia is a city that works for all.