Newsletter for Monday, March 7
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Temperatures will break 75 this week and Mister Softee has been spotted. Hello, Spring! (Instagram via @hburke114)
ALAN BUTKOVITZ WANTS TO BUY OUT 33,000 PENSIONS
Maybe you haven’t heard: Philly is more than $5 billion short of its $11 billion pension obligation to city workers. Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda tax would partially fund pensions, but City Controller Alan Butkovitz has a different idea. The Inquirer reported Sunday Butkovitz wants to buy out some pensions — 31,000 retirees and 2,500 active employees enrolled in the most expensive pension plan. There’s still plenty to work out, but early math shows a $3.7 billion reduced liability if all past and present employees enrolled in that costly plan took a 50 percent buyout.
CROW AND THE PITCHER: THRIVING THROUGH THE WORST SCANDAL
The night news broke that Alex Capasso had been charged in a federal child porn sting was the busiest night in his restaurant’s 15-month existence. The Rittenhouse Square bistro, Crow and the Pitcher, is staying busy thanks to quick thinking from Capasso’s now-former partner, Michael Franco, and an A-list team of restaurant and public relations pros. “There wasn’t time to worry or cry or be upset,” Franco tells Billy Penn. “It was just, let’s figure out what to do next.” Here’s how they’re weathering the storm.
Best reason to drink Russian River's ultra-rare triple IPA: Because every cent goes to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Tip: Swing through around 3 or 4 pm and you'll prob miss the line.
Where: Monk's Cafe at 264 S. 16th St. 19102
When: March 7, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go (cash only)
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MALCOLM KENYATTA WANTS TO SHOW YOU A DIFFERENT SIDE OF NORTH PHILLY
Malcolm Kenyatta probably makes enough money to rent a loft in Center City and live the stereotypical young professional lifestyle. But he’s staying in North Philly, home to four of the city’s five poorest ZIP codes. “It’s important for the little kids to see me getting up every day, wearing a suit, going somewhere,” he told Billy Penn. Read one of our most talked-about stories from last week and learn why this 25-year-old gay black man is trying to tell a different story about Philadelphia.
NOMINATE COMMUNITY LEADERS FOR OUR NEW WHO’S NEXT LIST
Billy Penn has been showing off some of Philly’s best leaders for more than a year now, and this time around, we’re looking to highlight some of the up-and-coming leaders in neighborhoods and communities across the city. Do you know someone under 40 who’s shaping their neighborhoods and communities every day? Here’s how to put their name into consideration.