DAILY GRINDER: SEPTA Police May Strike
SEPTA Police are threatening to strike if they can’t reach a deal with the Authority. The union representing the workers’ president Richard Neal Jr. said if they can’t reach a deal, “we might have no choice but to go out.” SEPTA police have been working under the terms of a contract that ended April 1, 2011. The union wants 24 percent in wage hikes, but said they’re willing to accept a state fact-finder’s recommendations, which say 11.5 percent would be dandy. They’re set to meet and discuss in March.
City Council President Darrell Clarke and Mayor Michael Nutter may never have that cage match we’ve all been expecting. In exhibit A for “applause,” Mayor Nutter said he applauds City Council for “championing” some of Clarke’s cash-generating ideas, he told the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce yesterday. During that talk, Nutter referenced the idea of selling Philadelphia Gas Works and, with Clarke’s help, “there is renewed interest in the Divine Lorraine with my team.”
A 24-year-old man was killed in broad day light yesterday, in the city’s Overbrook section.
Today in the Philadelphia Archdiocese rape/torture case: Judge Teresa Sarmina ruled that alleged prior bad acts by two-dozen other priests is admissible as evidence to set the tone that this was an ongoing thing.
Rep. Rosemarie Swanger, who introduced the anti-Sharia Law bill in Harrisburg and then defended it to PhillyNow is facing a primary challenge to her seat—and guess what her opponent is citing as the reason for the challenge? From PennLive: Swanger, he argued, has spent precious time advocating social issues such as prohibiting the influence of Sharia law in state courts and banning children from using tanning beds, instead of focusing on the state’s most pressing need — job creation. “I feel she’s lost on inconsequential issues that serve no purpose to move us ahead,” said Eisenhauer. “I’m focused on jobs and fiscal responsibility.” Basically writes itself.
Former Police Officer Richard Decoatsworth, best known for a 2007 incident in which he was shot in the face and continued chasing a perp, has a warrant out for his arrest. Police say he allegedly threatened a woman in Port Richmond last week. Decoatsworth was invited to President Barack Obama’s first congressional address in February 2009 and sat with our FLOTUS, Michelle Obama.
Sen. Bob Casey proposed a bill that’d provide subsidies for natural gas-powered school and transit buses, as well as extend a tax credit for natural gas refueling infrastructure through 2016.