Newsletter for Monday, March 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Oh hai Bill Murray — the erstwhile Ghostbuster hung out at La Salle University on Saturday, to watch his son coach the opposing Rhode Island team (and get photos with happy moms). Photo via the @lasalledanceteam on Instagram.
TOM WOLF BOOTS SRC CHAIR AFTER CHARTER VOTE
Philly’s School Reform Commission has a new chair. Governor Tom Wolf didn’t like Bill Green leading the board to approve five new charter schools, saying the move would cost the beleaguered public schools too much money. So he demoted Green and asked ex-Masterman principal Marjorie Neff to take over the leadership role. Ranking Republican Mike Turzai, in a stunning burst of insight, said the move “seems punitive” (gee, ya think?) but hey, the Governor appoints the body’s chair, so. For her part, Neff is thrilled. All the Democrats and teacher labor leaders reached by the Inquirer are too; the Republicans, not so much.
MIKE SCHMIDT OR BOBBY CLARKE: THE ULTIMATE PHILLY ATHLETE
It’s time for the championship. Thirty-two athletes entered, and now the final two remain, duking it out for the title of Ultimate Philly Athlete. Is it Mike Schmidt or Bobby Clarke? Schmidt, the famous Phillies third baseman who slugged home runs and brought the city a World Series title, beat Wilt Chamberlain in the Final Four. Clarke, captain of the back-to-back Stanley Cup winning Broad Street Bullies, beat Julius Erving. Which one is Philly’s Ultimate Athlete? You decide. Voting is open until Friday at noon.
PPA CRACKS DOWN ON OLDER CARS B/C UBER
This whole ride sharing thing just might make Philly cabs better — in the future anyway. The Philadelphia Parking Authority, our city’s cab regulatory agency, recently proposed new rules that would force any new cabs brought into the market to have fewer than 500 miles on the odometer. The old rule used to be 135,000 (!!!). That’s right, the PPA used to be more than happy with old beaters getting thrown onto the road until Uber and Lyft came around. Given that this rule only applies to newly-introduced cabs, you still might get a Ford P.O.S. on your next cab trip. But at least when it needs to be phased out, it won’t be replaced by another clunker.
COMING THURSDAY: BREAKFAST WITH BILLY PENN
We’re trying something new here: A few select Billy Penn readers can pay just $10 and get a pastry and a coffee in Old City, and chat with us about the headlines. We’re calling this Breakfast and the News, and it’s just that — picture a lightning round of headlines and a brief convo about each one. It’s at Cafe Ole’ on Thursday morning, starting at 8:15 AM. We’d love to see you there.
TO DO: POETRY AT THE FREE LIBRARY
WHAT: Monday Poets, moderated by Lamont Dixon, featuring South Jersey’s Speech Therapy
WHERE: The Free Library, 1901 Vine Street
WHEN: 6:30 PM
HOW MUCH: FREE
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TAX CUTS! TAX HIKES! WHAT TO EXPECT IN TOM WOLF’S BUDGET
New Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will unveil his first proposed state budget tomorrow while he’s looking at a more than $2 billion statewide deficit and, oh yeah, a Republican-controlled General Assembley that’s less than stoked to work with a Dem. Budget day is an insane one in Harrisburg, and Wolf’s first major proposal is sure to gain attention. He’s vowed to bring in more money for things like schools and basic education, but onlookers wonder where he’ll get the cash money from. Here’s what you need to know.
WHO’S NEXT: 16 YOUNG CULINARIANS PUSHING PHILLY FORWARD
A Philadelphia dish helped win the Democratic National Convention — it wasn’t the cheesesteak. Yes, Philly-as-restaurant-Mecca is finally starting to edge its way into the national consciousness. And here’s why that won’t stop anytime soon. In Billy Penn’s fourth edition of “Who’s Next,” we shine the spotlight on 16 culinarians from all sides of the biz — chefs, managers, proprietors, bartenders, bakers and growers — whose contributions are instrumental in pushing the Philly food and restaurant scene forward.