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City Council passes budget as members preen for mayor race

Philadelphia’s $5.8 billion operating budget was approved by City Council. It includes increases in police funding and rental assistance, but no tax hikes.

  • Mayoral hopefuls used the budget to highlight would-be campaign priorities. Cherelle Parker secured $250k for police recruitment, while Maria Quiñones-Sánchez targeted “non-police” public safety measures.

Some contenders came *this* close to actually declaring, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports — both Domb and Green said they probably wouldn’t be back.

In Ukrainian refugee crisis, Philly photographer finds kindness

Photographer Ada Trillo, whose work hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has spent the past seven years documenting the exodus of refugees.

  • Trillo traveled to Ukraine this spring as over 7 million fled during the Russian invasion. She captured moments of danger and destruction, but also of resilience as the EU welcomed people across borders.

“The idea that kindness could exist among all the pain, suffering, and violence comforted me,” Trillo writes, introducing her photo essay for Billy Penn.

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Mayor Kenney is out of town now through Sunday, visiting Ottawa at the invitation of Canadian Ambassador David L. Cohen, the former Comcast exec.


🎨 Dozens of artists and performers will set up along the sidewalks and inside local businesses for the annual Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl street festival — rain or shine. (12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25)

🍻 South Street’s Brauhaus Schmitz is making up for last month’s canceled Maifest with Sommerfest, a daylong family-friendly festival with facepainting, snacks, and raffles to fund Ukrainian relief efforts. (11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25)

🎈 Building Bok is throwing a Mifflin Street block party with an giant bouncy castle, food trucks, arts and crafts, live music, fire truck demos. (12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26)

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