Friday, December 26, 2014

Psychic Senses Nutter Won't Win On Sugar Tax

The sugar-sweetened beverage lobby, AKA Big Soda, is stepping up the political leverage in City Council to knock down support for Mayor Nutter's 2-cents-per-ounce proposed tax. They just released a letter to Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. from the Manayunk Development Corporation, signed by 15 local merchants who oppose the tax.

Psychic Senses Nutter Won't Win On Sugar Tax

The sugar-sweetened beverage lobby, AKA Big Soda, is stepping up the political leverage in City Council to knock down support for Mayor Nutter's 2-cents-per-ounce proposed tax.  Big Soda just released a letter to Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. from the Manayunk Development Corporation, signed by 15 local merchants who oppose the tax, which Nutter would use to help close a Philadelphia School District budget deficit.

We expected to see the names of bar, restaurant and market operators but were surprised to see this signature: Monica Mitchell, psychic.  Mitchell, who runs a shop on Main Street, told us merchants in all types of businesses oppose the proposed tax.  She predicts the effort will fail.

"Nobody cares for it," Mitchell said of the Manayunk merchants. "Nobody is saying that this is the way to solve the problem."

And Mitchell has some experience standing up to the city.  The Department of Licenses & Inspections closed down about 16 psychic shops in 2007, citing a state law that it claimed prohibited the practice.  The city backed down after an attorney for Mitchell went to court, seeking a restraining order.

Here's video of Mitchell in 2007 talking about her work, as part of the First Person Arts Festival.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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