Newsletter for Friday, Feb. 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Mayor Nutter grins after talking to reporters about the Democratic National Committee’s choice to hold the 2016 convention in Philadelphia; photo via @brownstonepr on Instagram.
WE GOT IT: THE DNC IS COMING TO PHILLY
Thursday brought some of the best news yet of 2015: The Democratic National Convention will come to Philadelphia next year, and it’ll bring with it every high-powered Democrat in the country, an influx of some of the hottest celebs and, oh yeah, a quarter billion dollars worth of economic stimulation. Our city (and the Wells Fargo Center where the conference will be held) beat out Brooklyn and Columbus in the final decision. What did it for DNC officials? Logistics. According to Politico: “Both Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and the Columbus site are surrounded by apartments, churches and small businesses… Philadelphia’s site is surrounded by parking lots.” True that. So for the third time in history, Philly will play host to the place where Dems will nominate the person they think will be the next president. Take a look back in time at what that looked like in 1936 and a look ahead at our predictions of what 2016 will look like. We just hope that now that the announcement’s been made, we’re done with all the damn cheesesteak cliches.
AFTER 7 YEARS, BUSINESSES FINALLY HAVE TO LET SICK PEOPLE TAKE OFF
City Council and Mayor Nutter signed a paid sick leave bill into city law on Thursday after a years-long debate about how many sick days you should get and what businesses have to give them. What’s it mean? Full-time workers in the city will be required to accrue an hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked — a big deal for Philly’s 200,000 workers who don’t currently receive paid sick leave at all. The move was a big win for the hospitality industry whose workers complained they couldn’t take off work when they were sick. And it’s a big win for anyone who doesn’t want germs in their sandwich.
POT, BOOZE AND $10 MINIMUM WAGE: BILLS TO WATCH THIS YEAR
2015 might be the year our lawmakers drag Pennsylvania out of the Prohibition era and let us buy beer and wine at the same time we buy groceries. Or maybe it’ll be the year that the state takes away the PPA’s right to control ridesharing. Also there are strong hints medical marijuana will become a thing in 2015. But there are better ways to make the things you want to happen become a reality in this state. Billy Penn picked 11 pending bills millennials will probably care about this year — here’s how you can find these bills, what they would do and information about how to support or oppose them.
TO DO: GO ICE SKATING WITH THE UNDEAD
WHAT: Zombie Skate, hosted by Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentary
WHERE: The Rothman Ice Rink at City Hall
WHEN: 7-10 PM
HOW MUCH: $4 for adults, $3 for kids, plus $8 skate rental.
BILLY PENN LIKES
PHILLY SEX SCANDALS, FROM ALEXANDER HAMILTON TO JOHN BOLARIS
Alexander Hamilton went to a woman’s house to lend her some money, they got a little frisky and then yada yada: America experienced its first political sex scandal, right here in Philadelphia. It was just another “America’s first” for our city and over the years, the sex scandals have continued, many of them involving local TV personalities (remember Alycia Lane?). In time for Valentine’s Day, Billy Penn presents Hamilton’s story and four other famous Philadelphia love affairs.
HAVE DINNER WITH 40 COOL PHILLY PEOPLE
Ticketleap’s “scavenger hunt for interesting people” is set for Feb. 28 and the invite is making its way through the city. Have you toured as a dancer with Madonna or hiked the Appalachian Trail? If not, you might meet people who have. Here’s how it works: Buy your dinner ticket according to one of the cool/exciting/weird things on the invitation that applies to you. Don’t see your thing? You can sign up as a wildcard. Then meet 40 of Philly’s most interesting makers, doers and professionals for dinner at the lovely Maas Building at 1325 N. Randolph St. (between Fifth and Sixth, and Thompson and Master).