DAILY GRINDER: Another Barnes Museum Fight?
The citizens’ group that’s fought to keep the Barnes in Lower Merion is apparently still fighting that fight. They filed court papers on Monday claiming the move was illegitimate because the former CEO said the foundation actually wasn’t on the verge of bankruptcy when they filed a petition to move. Their evidence? A blog post by Kimberly Camp, from June 22 of this year. “Bankruptcy was not the reason we filed the petition to move the Foundation to the city,” Camp allegedly wrote. “At the time the petition was filed, the Barnes Foundation had a cash surplus and we had no debt – none. But, saying so made the rescue so much more gallant.”
City Commissioner Stephanie Singer held a panel discussion at the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation last night urging Asian American Philadelphia to get new IDs so they can vote. With the Voter ID laws as strange as they are, getting a free ID at PennDOT can be a bit tough for those with limited English language proficiency, Singer said.
The ex-Chief Financial Officer of the Philadelphia Roman Catholic Archdiocese pleaded guilty to embezzling $900,000 by way of theft, deception, forgery and unlawful use of a computer. Her sentencing is scheduled for August 24.
The city’s firefighters have finally won a contract: Four years, three of which include three percent raises. The award, resulting from 20 months of legal talks, was agreed to by a three-member panel of arbitrators. It’s expected to cost the city about $66 million over four years and the Nutter Administration isn’t saying whether it will appeal the ruling yet.
Café Longano, an Italian place in Bustleton, caught fire and burned last night. One firefighter received a minor injury.
The School Reform Commission approved $500 million in “short term borrowing” to deal with seasonal cash flow issues, but has noted this will not put a dent in the district’s spending gap, or help it at all.
Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill shutting down Internet gambling cafes in the state.