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New audit highlights major PPD issues, like slow 911 response
The Office of the City Controller published an audit of police department spending yesterday, verifying long held concerns about PPD efficiency.
- Average 911 response times are twice as slow in communities of color, the report found, possibly due to understaffing — which also affects patrol issues — but also because of poor data collection and coordination.
Jordan Levy breaks down the report, which was requested two years ago by City Council, and some of its recommendations for progress.
Jollibee’s opening means a lot for Filipinos in Philly
Jollibee is getting buzz for its fried chicken and mango pies, but for Philly’s Filipinos, it’s also sparking nostalgia.
- The giant bee mascot and the food are a gateway to the culture of the Philippines, many expats and second-gen Filipinos in Philadelphia told Billy Penn.
“It made my family happy knowing they can easily go now,” one city resident told Kristine Villaneuva, who unpacks part of Jollibee’s unique fandom.
Procrastinator’s Guide to the November election in Philly
The midterm elections are upon us, and the Billy Penn Procrastinator’s Guide is here to help. Scroll through this cheat sheet to all the candidates and charter change questions, then bookmark it for easy access when you complete your mail ballot or head to the polls on Nov. 8.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Philly state Sen. Art Haywood is introducing a last-ditch measure to disqualify candidates on the Pa. ballot if they attended the Jan. 6 insurrection. [City & State]
- Philadelphia elections officials might have to scale back a process for catching double votes — checking mail ballots against poll books — because of a rule imposed by the Republican-led legislature, or risk losing millions. [Inquirer$]
- When financial aid barely covers tuition, some students find themselves without any money to pay for housing, so they they experience homelessness while pursuing a degree. [KYW]
- At Penn’s Institute for Contemporary Art, an exhibit by artist Sissel Tolaas is built around scent and smell. [WHYY]
- Venditore is a new gourmet grocery across from Rittenhouse Square, and it has a flaming trash barrel outside as a hat tip to its origins: Giordano’s in the Italian Market. [@venditore_phl/Inquirer$]
- The Phillies took Game 1 at Petco Park, winning 2-0 on homers by Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber, who knocked a 488-foot bomb seemingly into outer space. Do we credit Wawa’s “Schwarberfest,” the Hoagiefest promo it brought back yesterday? [Phillies Nation/6ABC]
The story you didn’t read
🌟 Highlighting good BP articles few people clicked on 🌟
- Mayor Kenney was “subpoenaed” at a protest earlier this month after halting staffing on the commission that could form Philly’s first public bank, but some mayoral hopefuls are open to the idea.
Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)
- A group of people behind bars in Pennsylvania are pooling their money to create the Community Bereavement Fund, which will help families who lose a child to gun violence. [WHYY]
- DA Krasner’s office and partners are launching the “57 Blocks” project, aimed at reducing violence on the 57 city blocks identified by The Inquirer as having the most shootings. There’s a meeting next Tuesday, Oct. 25. [Black Clergy Philly PDF/Inquirer$/Google Form]
- Nationwide last year, shootings killed 7 children each day, with more of them due to assaults than before the pandemic. In Philly, students who always considered after-school activities to be safe spaces are now feeling uncertain. [KFF/Billy Penn]
- One of the people arrested in the Roxborough High School shooting was sold ammunition despite his status as a convicted felon. [WHYY]
- A man arrested when he was 17 years old is still in prison a decade later for a shooting his doctor (Jake Tapper’s dad) says he couldn’t have committed — he’d been shot up himself shortly before and was still recovering. [Atlantic]
By the numbers in Philadelphia
- 59: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 45 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
- 1,924: Shooting victims this year, 2% ahead of last year’s pace. [PCGVR]
- 430: Year-to-date homicides, 2% fewer than last year’s pace but up 73% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records, aka the label that created “The Sound of Philadelphia,” and Mayor Kenney attends a VIP celebration that’s apparently being held at PHL Airport (1 p.m.). Evening brings the mayor to University City to present a citation recognizing life science innovation company CIC’s four years in Philadelphia (5 p.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
📚 Tonight: October BP Quizzo is sponsored by Mighty Writers! Join us for a night of Philly trivia at Hawthornes in Bella Vista. Win prizes and enjoy happy hour specials with bonus questions about the Big Read program. Free RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19)
🥑 Avogeddon is coming — no really. Sharing Excess hands out bushels of free avocados at FDR Park for the rest of the week, because there’s a surplus. (12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, Oct. 19 – Oct. 21)
🥩If you’ve never experienced The Pub, a giant 1950s era steakhouse in Pennsauken, Philly sandwich spot Middle Child offers the perfect intro: a Making Time rave. Tickets are $10, or $20 including transportation. (10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21)