DAILY GRINDER: FBI Drug Raids in South Philly and at Boeing Plant
Whoa, 37 people were arrested for selling and using drugs at the Boeing Plant in Ridley Township, which is, like, near Philly. The federal agents who raided the building had allegedly spent four years probing the illegal trade of oxycodone and other prescription drugs going in and out of the building. So, going along with the “drug tests for those on public assistance thing” Republicans want to pass, would it also make sense to drug test the employees of those companies the government has contracts with?
Fifteen members of a drug trafficking ring run out of the federally subsidized Courtyard Apartments-Riverview in the South Philly/Queen Village area were arrested this week, as well. The projects were used as stash houses by alleged dealer Mayoshi Sanders and his co-defendants. “According to the indictment, the Sanders DTO distributed in excess of 500 grams of cocaine and 280 grams of crack cocaine between March 2009 and August 30, 2011.”
The Harrisburg City Council hired Philadelphia lawyer Mark D. Schwartz to help them stop the state from taking over the local government out there. The city’s acting solicitor, Jason Hess, says the hire’s invalid because he’s from Philly he didn’t sign off on it first.
Environmental group PennFuture has a great idea to stop drilling companies from drilling in state parks: Scare them with the potential for public outrage! And hope “We the people” aren’t too busy to be outraged at this.
Former Governor Ed Rendell is out there, helping Senator Bob Casey raise big bucks as his re-election campaign looks like it’s going to be more and more difficult in a weird election year in national politics. Rendell says we need “thoughtful leaders like my friend Bob Casey.” So that’s why Bob Casey’s been so quiet for the last six years – he’s been thinking!
Rabble, rabble, rabble, City Council didn’t get rid of DROP all together! But they did sort of change a few things about it in what they—and only they—saw as a compromise bill. District Council 33, the union representation of blue collar workers, is going to court to try to stop those small changes from taking effect. Huh, it wasn’t just the Franks (DiCicco and Rizzo) who were part of the DROP program.
The contact for the union representing stagehands, wardrobe and box office workers, and ushers at the Kimmel Center held a noisy demonstration in front of the theater on Broad Street last night. The union, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, says they’re ready to strike at 12:01am Sunday morning if a deal isn’t reached. The Kimmel Center owns the Academy of Music and the Merriam Theater.
After a very brief lull in city gun violence last weekend, a dozen people have been shot in the city this week. A public safety meeting was held last night at a school auditorium at 49th and Parrish to address the issue. State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown said residents need to be trained to report crime and “walk your neighborhood.”