Newsletter for Wednesday, May 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
At least springtime flowers can bloom on the sidewalks (Instagram via @alpine.philly).
TECH SHUFFLE: KENNEY PULLS STAFF FROM CONTROVERSIAL CHIEF INFO OFFICER
After a pair of high-profile reports questioned the leadership and retention of employees in the city’s Office of Innovation and Technology, the Kenney administration is moving the current two-person Open Data team and the seven people involved in transforming the city’s website to a new office under a different city administrator. Now those people, who worked in the Office of Innovation and Technology, will work as the “Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation” and will report to the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer. Here’s what led to the move, and what the city says will happen now.
PHILLY STATE SEN. FACING BRIBERY CHARGE FOR ALLEGED STUDY ABROAD PAYOFF
The Feds yesterday charged local Democratic state Sen. Larry Farnese and committee person Ellen Chapman for their role in an alleged bribery scheme. They say Farnese paid $6,000 for Chapman’s daughter to study abroad in exchange for Chapman’s support in the 2011 election for the 8th Ward leader. By getting indicted, Farnese is following a pattern set by the predecessors of his senate seat, Vince Fumo and Buddy Cianfrani. Both were entangled in corruption charges.
|What||This gorgeous outdoor space in Northeast Philly feels like it could be on the Riviera. Celebrate the opening of the new kitchen with free food and drink.|
|Where||P_Square Lounge at 9315 Old Bustleton Ave. 19115|
|When||May 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm|
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4 MONTHS IN, HOW’S PHILLY’S BATHROOM BILL DOING?
Over the last few months the phrase “bathroom bill” has become commonplace, largely in reference to laws in states like North Carolina that force transgender individuals to use a restroom marked by the gender they were assigned at birth — not the gender they identify as. Philadelphia has its own “bathroom bill.” It’s on the other end of the spectrum, and it’s actually been a law for four months. So how’s it going? We checked in.
WARBY PARKER IS COMING TO PHILLY, PROBABLY, WE THINK
Warby Parker, the web-based prescription eyeglass company that disrupted the industry with its cut-rate online business model when it was founded by Wharton undergrads in 2010, is muscling its way into the brick-and-mortar world. After testing the market with a pop-up bus tour and several “annex” showrooms within other stores, it launched a dedicated retail storefront in New York City in 2013, and has since expanded to more than a dozen cities around the U.S. Its next target is Philadelphia. Probably.