Newsletter for Wednesday, Dec. 9
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
It’s Christmastime in the City Hall courtyard (Instagram via @photolope)
NUTTER: DONALD TRUMP’S AN ASSHOLE
The mayor of Philadelphia has called the front-running Republican Presidential candidate an asshole. The comment came at the tail end of a press conference, a day after a severed pig’s head was found outside the Al Aqsa Mosque on Germantown Avenue. It featured comments from outgoing Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and a group of interfaith representatives: Christian, Jewish and Muslim alike. The Al Aqsa imam even recited a line from the Quran. And then Donald Trump came up; things went downhill fast. We hear the Mayor will also spend time on national cable news today — MSNBC and CNN — talking further about Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.
INCOMING L&I CHIEF DAVID PERRI ON FIXING INHERENT CORRUPTION AND TEMPTATION
Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been beleaguered almost since inception. In the 64 years it has existed, more than 50 employees have been fired or arrested for corruption or incompetence. A deputy commissioner was charged with extortion. Then there was the deadly Market Street collapse, an investigation by The Inquirer uncovered possible manipulation of records and other ethics violations, and we here at Billy Penn revealed that the FBI may be investigating the department for bribery. So Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has announced that new commissioner will be David J. Perri. Here’s what he told us about the challenges, and his fixes, at L&I.
Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, Natalie La Rose, Conrad Sewell and Alessia Cara will be on stage for the annual holiday concert.
Where: Wells Fargo Center at 3601 S. Broad St. 19148
When: December 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $26 and up
BILLY PENN LIKES
‘THE FORCE AWAKENS’ IN PHILLY STAR WARS FANS
About a dozen of the about 400 statewide members of the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collectors Club met in a home just outside Philly Saturday to show off their collectibles, discuss trades and sales to other members and, largely, talk about the new Star Wars movie coming out. We talked to them about how excited they are for the forthcoming release of ‘The Force Awakens,’ and how the saga has shaped their lives.
BUCKS WOMAN’S GAY BASHING TRIAL TO BEGIN
Kathryn Knott and her attorney took a gamble, and the chips begin to fall today. The 25-year-old from Southampton, Bucks County, will face trial beginning Wednesday on multiple charges stemming from the now infamous Center City gay-bashing incident of September 2014 — and her decision to go to trial instead of accept a plea deal could have a huge impact on what happens and if she faces jail time.