OPINION: Michael Weiss Must Step Down From His Public Roles in the Gayborhood

Michael Weiss | Image via Mazzoni Center's website

Michael Weiss | Image via Mazzoni Center’s website

Michael Weiss is arguably one of the most powerful and politically connected men in the Gayborhood. He’s the co-owner of several popular bars (Woody’s, Rosewood Bar Lounge, and Voyeur), the board secretary of Mazzoni Center, a member of the Philadelphia LGBT Police Liaison Committee, an elected Democratic committeeman/treasurer for the city’s Eighth Ward, and a “special adviser” to District Attorney Seth Williams. Read more »

Temple University Blames Steep Meal Plan Hike on Soda Tax

Morgan Hall at Broad and Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Morgan Hall at Broad and Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Temple University officials plan to raise board rates by 4.8 percent for 2017-18 – and they say the soda tax is to blame.

The Inquirer reports that the sweetened beverage tax the city passed last year will cost the university $400,000 a semester, according to Ken Kaiser, the school’s chief financial officer.  Read more »

Kenney Calls for Modest Spending Boost in Budget Address

Photo by Jeff Fusco

File photo by Jeff Fusco

Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled his budget today in an address to City Council, calling on more funding to fight poverty in the nation’s poorest big city.

“Currently, of the top 10 major U.S. cities, Philadelphia ranks first in poverty and last in job creation,” Kenney said during his speech. “We will only reverse those rankings when we provide all our residents with the basic tools they need to be employable and when we create family-sustaining jobs to employ them.” Read more »

WATCH: This Is the Happiest Mayor Kenney Has Ever Looked

Mayor Jim Kenney usually looks sad.

Ed Rendell told him he needed to smile more, possibly appending “sweetie” onto the end of his advice. Philadelphia magazine’s Holly Otterbein spent the entire opening of an awesome profile she wrote examining how sad the mayor looks.

“But Kenney isn’t happy, at least not at the moment,” she wrote. “‘There are good days, and there are bad days,’ he tells me when I greet him. His eyes are bloodshot. His shirt and tie don’t match.”

If that wasn’t enough evidence, the mayor once tweeted, simply: “So sad sometimes.” That’s the type of emo away message I stopped using around the turn of the millennium. He must’ve been very sad to share it with the world.

But, yesterday, we found out there is at least one thing that makes Mayor Kenney truly, deeply happy: Assisting a Harlem Globetrotter on a trick shot at City Hall. Read more »

Mayor Kenney to Propose $90M for Park Over I-95

I-95 park model

A model of a proposed I-95 park from a 2014 study

Mayor Kenney will propose the city budget $90 million toward a program to completely cap I-95 in Center City between Walnut and Chestnut streets and turn it into a park connecting downtown with the waterfront. PlanPhilly first reported the proposal.

“I grew up in a neighborhood where literally thousands of homes were taken to build I-95,” Kenney told the site. “Thousands of families displaced and houses torn down. It was a very traumatic experience. We lost a whole segment of our history that we’ll never get back, for a superstructure that will never go away. It’s time to mitigate that intrusion and to cap it.” Read more »

This Lego Model of Liberty Place Has More Than 17,000 Bricks

Lego Liberty Place

Photo | Dan McQuade

Growing up outside Princeton, Mike Nieves was a Lego enthusiast by the time he was two years old. Now he’s turned that passion into a career.

The Legoland Discovery Center opens at the Plymouth Meeting Mall on April 6th. Last year, Lego held a contest for job applicants who wanted to be a master model builder — yes, almost like in The Lego Movie — at the Center.

About 100 people were scheduled to show up at the contest. Nieves and the other contestants had to make several Lego models over a two-day competition. “It was pretty tough,” Nieves tells Philadelphia magazine. “We had about a half hour for each round. The first was an animal, second round was fantasy, third round was something that represents yourself.”

Nieves did well enough in the contest that he’s now the master model builder for Lego’s Plymouth Meeting Mall location. Today he was on hand at City Hall where Legoland Philly GM Michael Taylor and Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled a nine-foot-tall model of Liberty Place made entirely out of Lego bricks — more than 17,000 of them. Read more »

Kenney: Christie Is the Biggest Loser in the Country

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L: Photo by Jeff Fusco | R: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

In case you haven’t heard, yesterday on SportsRadio 94.1 WIPNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Phillies fans “awful, angry people” and said that Citizens Bank Park is “not safe for civilized people.”

Needless to say, the Phillies and their fans – and Philadelphians, generally – weren’t happy about it.

https://twitter.com/JClarkCSN/status/832606401562296320

Turns out Mayor Jim Kenney wasn’t so happy either. Kenney had some fierce words for Christie this morning – also on SportsRadio 94.1 WIP.

“I just kind of feel sorry for the guy,” Kenney said to host Angelo Cataldi. “He’s got the biggest ‘L’ on his forehead of anybody in the country.”

And that’s not all – Kenney also called Christie “the most unpopular governor in the state of New Jersey in history” and said Christie is “bitter and has nowhere to go. Who’s going to hire him? What corporation would take him on based on all the nasty things he said and the confrontations he created. I just think he’s done.”

Christie’s been all over the news lately. During a New York sports talk radio show yesterday, the New Jersey governor said that President Donald Trump made him order meatloaf during a Valentine’s Day dinner at the White House.

“This is what it’s like to be with Trump,” Christie reportedly said to co-host Craig Carton. “He says, ‘There’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want.’ And then he says, “Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'”

Social media users went crazy with that one.

https://twitter.com/Astorix23/status/832663540829876224

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