Newsletter for Monday, Jan. 12
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The sunset from Chinatown; photo by @filterdelphia on Instagram.
WILL LABOR SIT OUT THE MAYOR’S RACE?
Holly Otterbein has the political read of the day: After the city’s unions sat idly by and watched Michael Nutter get elected mayor, they vowed to mobilize. Then they looked at the declared field of candidates — Lynne Abraham, Ken Trujillo, Tony Williams and Doug Oliver, with Nelson Diaz and Milton Street claiming they’ll run. Their response: A collective “meh.” Philly Mag‘s Otterbein reports that the unions are pining for a candidate who hasn’t declared — could be “I might run!” council prez Darrell Clarke, who’s been on repeat with that since November; they’ll settle for Alan Butkovitz or Jim Kenney in a pinch. But Philly’s Big Labor is still searching for its hero.
HOW OBAMA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLAN COULD IMPACT PHILLY
In a move that could change the way the nation views higher education, President Obama unveiled a plan that would use federal dollars to subsidize two years of community college for Americans “willing to work for it.” The plan could allow thousands of Philadelphians to attend community college — people who wouldn’t have attended before because they couldn’t afford it. Donald Generals, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, said Friday that the school’s enrollment could increase by 15 percent, and that’s a “conservative” estimate. Here’s more on what it could mean for the city — including stemming the high school dropout rate.
HOW KATHLEEN KANE WENT FROM POPULAR TO POLITICAL KRYPTONITE
Kathleen Kane used to be so popular. In 2012, fresh off becoming Pennsylvania’s first elected female attorney general, she was potentially a future candidate for governor. Now? Not so much. After months of political embarrassments, her career took a sharp dive Thursday: A Pennsylvania grand jury has recommended criminal charges against Kane, according to a scoop from the Inquirer. Kane could be facing counts of perjury and contempt of court related to her office allegedly leaking details to the media from that embarrassed her political foes. Billy Penn explains the fall of a Democratic rising star.
TO DO: GET A TOUR OF CITIZENS BANK PARK
WHAT: Look, pitchers and catchers starts in a little more than a month — do yourself a favor and go look at the place the Phillies play.
WHERE: Citizens Bank Park, N. Pattison Ave.
WHEN: Tours start at 10:30 AM
HOW MUCH: $10 for adults; $6 for kids and seniors.
BILLY PENN LIKES
3 WAYS TO CHECK RESTAURANT SAFETY IN PHILLY
You deserve to know what kind of a grade the city’s health inspectors give to restaurants, so it’s a good thing we live in the era of choice. Joining databases already online from City Paper and Tisk, the Inquirer launched “Clean Plates” on Sunday. Dive in and poke around, and see where the kitchen is spotless — and where rats have been spotted.
DRONE VIDEO OF PHILLY (BONUS: INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC)
From the view of Billy Penn (hi, namesake!) at eye level to the swoops along the Art Museum steps and the eye-level Dilworth fountains, this Visit Philly video is a pretty great way to start your week. Give it a go.