TODAY, UBER’S TWO-YEAR FIGHT FOR LEGAL STATUS IN PHILLY ENDS
Gov. Tom Wolf will end a two-year battle between Uber and the Philadelphia Parking Authority today by signing the ride-sharing bill passed by lawmakers in late October. It’s the last chapter in a story that got its start back in the summer of 2014 when Sen. Wayne Fontana of Pittsburgh drafted legislation to legalize ride-sharing in Pennsylvania. But this being Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Parking Authority being involved, things got weird. This is how we got here.
SEPTA STRIKE ONGOING AFTER UNION, MANAGEMENT ARGUE IN PUBLIC
The SEPTA strike is heading into its fourth day with no resolution in sight, according to The Inquirer. This comes after the union and SEPTA management spent the day Thursday fighting with each other through press releases. Led by Willie Brown — who once referred to himself as “the most hated man in Philadelphia” — the union is still holding out, despite SEPTA conceding on pensions. Meanwhile, the strike’s negative economic impact is growing and the expenses for the city are piling up. It’s still not clear when this all could end (though Philly bartenders, always up on the gossip, say it could be today). We’ll keep you up-to-date on the status of the strike with news straight to your inbox. Sign up for those updates here.
THE EAGLES HAVE A PROCESS, TOO. AND IT INVOLVES RELEASING JOSH HUFF
While the Sixers are all about *The Process*, Eagles GM Howie Roseman mentioned their ‘process’ 11 times in his eight-minute press conference Thursday to confirm the team has released receiver Josh Huff. Huff was arrested Tuesday for speeding on the Walt Whitman bridge with a gun, bullets and weed in his car. The decision is pretty inconsistent with how the Eagles have approached other players’ legal woes. Here’s what Roseman had to say about that (hint: not much).
What happens when you give dozens of local chefs 1732 Meats bacon, ask them to make their most creative dishes with it, and pair the results with craft beer? Short answer: Very good things. Slightly longer but more gratifying answer: The 2016 Philadelphia Bacon and Beer Festival, back for its 4th year. The whole thing benefits local hunger nonprofit MANNA, too.
Where: 23rd Street Armory at 22. S. 23rd St. 19103
When: November 6, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $50
The Grammy- and Oscar-winning songwriter is playing a free "Love Trumps Hate" show at a Center City nightclub, but registration is required and it's one person per registration.
Where: CODA at 1712 Walnut St, Philadelphia
When: November 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free (RSVP required)
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REMINDER: KATY PERRY IS HAVING A FREE CONCERT AT THE MANN TOMORROW
The weather looks decent, Katy Perry is coming to Philly and the concert is free. Yes, it’s to support Hillary Clinton. So if that’s not your jam, you might wanna skip the jam. Perry is a Clinton superfan, and the concert was announced last month before the Clinton campaign released more details earlier this week. Check out what you need to know before heading to the Mann Center Saturday.
WHAT THE STRIKING TWU MEMBERS ACTUALLY WANT
Most of the SEPTA strike coverage, ours included, has been about ridership. While Transit Workers Union Local 234 members are on strike, the rest of Philadelphia is going nowhere — or going somewhere very, very slowly. But the strike is the result of negotiation breakdowns between SEPTA and its union. PlanPhilly spoke to picketers Wednesday about what will make them ready to get back to work. Longer bathroom breaks, for one.