PHILADELPHIA — Councilmember Jamie Gauthier (3rd District) today issued the following statement on Mayor Jim Kenney’s decision not to pursue an emergency response to Philadelphia’s unprecedented gun violence crisis:

“Late yesterday, by way of a letter to my office, Mayor Kenney made it known that he will not execute an emergency response to Philadelphia’s worsening gun violence crisis. …


“Thank you Council President, and good afternoon, everyone.

“The most significant thing to me about the budget we just passed is that it represents a victory for everyone in the fight to end gun violence here in the City of Philadelphia.

“There is no more urgent priority than addressing this violence — both for people living in the neighborhoods where it’s a daily occurrence, and for the health of our city as a whole.

“Having to be hyper vigilant every time you leave home, feeling afraid to let your kids play outside, feeling trapped in your home — this is…


The volume of calls and letters that my office has fielded regarding the zoning variance request at the corner of 48th Street and Chester Avenue dwarfs all other zoning-related matters we’ve encountered since entering office last year. The vast majority of this feedback is against the project. After much consideration, my office has decided to oppose this variance at the Zoning Board hearing next month.

I did not arrive at this decision lightly. The developer for this project is willing to provide a level of affordability that we have never seen in the new construction private market: one-fifth of their…


PHILADELPHIA — Councilmember Jamie Gauthier today released the following statement:

“Last night, Mayor Kenney announced that his administration will begin offering regular public briefings on their efforts to combat Philadelphia’s gun violence crisis. This was one of the major asks that I set forth in Resolution 200447, which encouraged the Mayor’s Office to launch an emergency response to this urgent public health issue. I thank the Mayor for making this a priority, and I thank all of the Councilmembers, community members, and activists that have been demanding change.

“The public deserves to know what our city is doing to address…


PHILADELPHIA –Councilmember Jamie Gauthier has been chosen by the National League of Cities (NLC), the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to helping local leaders build better communities, to serve on its inaugural Reimagining Public Safety Task Force. As a member of the Task Force chaired by Mayors Ras Baraka of the City of Newark and David Holt of the City of Oklahoma City, Councilmember Gauthier will work with 22 other local leaders from across the country to help advance efforts to rethink and reconceptualize how best to achieve public safety in U.S. communities.

“Public safety is the…


PHILADELPHIA — Councilmember Jamie Gauthier today released the following statement:

“Back in September of 2020, 14 members of the City Council co-sponsored Resolution 200447, which calls on Mayor Kenney to declare gun violence a citywide emergency in Philadelphia.

“I want to address comments that the Mayor’s team has recently provided to the press regarding the resolution. These statements twist the words of our request, falsely suggesting to the public that we are calling for a heightened law enforcement response.

“In a WHYY article published earlier this week, a mayoral spokesperson is quoted as saying that ‘it is vital people understand…


Our office has received a high number of calls this week about a resolution that authorizes the creation of a Zoning Code Review Commission, and I’d like to share my perspective.

I supported this resolution because I see it as an opportunity to document so much of what I’ve seen in my first year in office — in particular, that the Zoning Code as currently written doesn’t do enough to help strengthen Black and brown communities in West and Southwest Philadelphia.

The resolution highlights work done by the City’s Planning Commission, which notes the disconnect between community planning and zoning…


We are currently facing some of the most dire economic circumstances in our city’s history, and Council needs to do everything possible to ensure that the most vulnerable among us remain supported and protected. With this in mind, I voted in support of both the Construction Impact Tax and the non-residential tax abatement reduction, and against the proposed extension of the residential tax abatement.

We have been down this road before. Last year, after years of pressure from residents and advocates, Council reached a relatively conservative agreement to phase out the abatement over the course of ten years. I see…


The body camera videos and 911 calls released today confirm what we already knew to be true: Walter Wallace Jr. lost his life unnecessarily. From beginning to end, PPD appeared to be ill-equipped to handle the situation. Officers made no attempt at de-escalation and acted hastily, using the highest level of force available to them.

Walter Wallace Jr. was a Black man, and this incident demonstrates that Black lives are still not protected equally in our city. Unless we address the racism that is at the root of tragedies like these, we’re bound to repeat history over and over again…


“This is a downright tragedy. Walter Wallace, Jr., a resident of my district, was shot to death by police while his mother stood steps away. I extend my deepest condolences to her, and to all of this young man’s family and friends. Our whole community is mourning his loss tonight.

“I am calling on the Philadelphia Police Department to immediately release the body camera footage of the officers involved in this incident. The public deserves a full, unvarnished accounting of what took place today.

“We must acknowledge that things did not need to play out this way. Resorting to the…

Councilmember Jamie Gauthier

Fighting for equitable communities in Philadelphia’s 3rd District.

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