DAILY GRINDER: Homeless Feeding Ban Goes Into Effect Today
The city’s homeless feeding ban goes into effect today. Read about it here and here. The policy bans outdoor feeding in all city parks while establishing a new, temporary food distribution location on the City Hall apron. It’s become the object of scorn by many church services in the city, as well as Occupy Philly. On a call into WHYY in March, Mayor Michael Nutter said a lot of the rage against the policy was fueled by “misinformation,” adding, “You can still feed and provide food service outdoors if you get a permit, which is free, and go through a food safety program which is also free…So, many people [can] continue to provide the service outside their doors.”
The jury heard closing arguments in the Philadelphia priest abuse case yesterday. According to Newsworks, “the prosecutor placed fault directly on Lynn’s shoulders. He said Lynn didn’t have power to remove priests, he could have called the police, or quit — and he jabbed his finger in Lynn’s direction to emphasize his point.”
Hey look, Gov. Tom Corbett nominated his former chief of staff, Bill Ward, to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas after Ward announced his resignation last Thursday. Corbett noted of the nomination, “For as long as I’ve known Bill, it’s been his dream to be a judge.” Some Pennsylvania lawmakers are not impressed. Take Sen. Daylin Leach. He offered this money quote: “If he wants to send Mr. Ward to Disneyland or wants to get him to meet Beyonce, I would have no problem with that as long as it didn’t involve state money.”
The School Reform Commission adopted a $2.5 billion 2012-2013 budget last night, which “leaves many schools without full-time nurses or police officers and banks on new city money that may not come through,” according to the Inquirer. Hundreds of protesters were at the budget meeting. None seemed too happy with the result.
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams says his fellow state legislators against Mayor Nutter’s AVI plan are trying to prevent tax increases for city folk who “have been getting a discount for generations.” And he used the term “fearmongering.”
Another SEPTA employee was attacked yesterday. This time, the victim, 52-year-old Aaron Hayes was shot multiple times on his way to work in Southwest Philly. Police believe he was targeted. He later died.
Authorities seized 28 kilos of cocaine from the drug ring that was announced broken up on Wednesday. The ring was allegedly shipping cocaine between Philadelphia and New York. All that cocaine: Worth more than $3 million.