SEPTA's out a cool $423,000 after having to pay two major law firms a pretty penny during labor negotiations this year, PlanPhilly reported Thursday. Most of the cash went to negotiators at Ballard Spahr, while Buchanon Ingersoll and Rooney also served SEPTA with a six-figure bill. That seems high -- even higher when you consider the negotiations, well, didn't go smoothly. Transit Workers Union Local 234 still went on strike in November, effectively shutting down all public transit in the city for a week.
Mayor Jim Kenney's mayoral campaign has agreed to pay a $2,000 fine after being slapped with a campaign finance violation by the city's Board of Ethics. In a press release announcing the settlement, the Board wrote that Kenney for Philadelphia failed to file 2016 campaign finance reports in a timely manner with either the Department of State or the Board. You can see a copy of the agreement here.
The Eagles beat the Giants 24-19 Thursday night and, while the team should celebrate a tough division win, they should remember what they’re playing for at this point in the year. Pride... and the future. Eagles rookie Carson Wentz was taken out of the game late in the third quarter when Giants’ defensive end Olivier Vernon threw him to the ground. After that, coach Doug Pederson opted to try to score a touchdown rather than kick a field goal, forcing the Giants to score and get a two-point conversion just to tie the game. The Eagles weren’t able to score a touchdown, and the result of this game doesn’t matter for anything other than pride. Which is exactly why this writer says Wentz never should have gone back into the game.
Chef Mackenzie Hilton will send out Seinfeld-inspired bites to go with $5 top-shelf cocktails for the party around the 12-foot Festivus pole at this Midtown Village joint. Live music and free hugs.
Where: Time at 1315 Sansom St. 19107
When: December 23, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free snacks, pay-as-you-go drinks
Billy Penn Likes
2016 was an up-and-down year for Philly’s pro sports teams. The Phillies, Sixers, Eagles and Flyers were all in rebuilding years. The Union were very good early, then leveled off, then made the playoffs, then got bounced from the playoffs. But hey, The Soul and Villanova won titles! Hooray, 2016! The future looks bright for the big five pro teams in Philly, so we decided to celebrate that by spreading some holiday cheer. Here are 14 rejected holiday cards for the Philly professional sports teams.
Mark this one down in the “news you can use” category. Restaurants, bars, liquor stores, bottle shops and other liquored-up establishments are heading into this booze-soaked time of year: When everyone is either 1. Thrilled to be drinking with friends and family! or 2. Driven to drink because of friends and family! Using data from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, we mapped out every active liquor license in Philadelphia and also tossed in the 50 state stores that dot the city. You're welcome.