Crowd Gathers for Budget Address, Former Mayor Street In the Audience

The mayor won't appear for over an hour, but already City Council chambers are filling up for his budget address today. Top city officials like are in place and crowds are pouring into the gallery and the balconies. Among the crowd is former Mayor John Street, who brought his Temple University students to take in the political show.

And not everyone up in Council is happy camper today. Political activists are in full force. One audience member is clutching a sign that reads: "Throw Nutter in the Gutter." Another sign says: "Nutter's budget tries to rescue the city at the expense of the black community.

10 a.m. - The city budget deficit has even worked its way into Council's invocation. Bishop Benjamin Fisher to the Greater Bethel Temple just opened Council's session with a prayer that acknowledged the worldwide economic crisis but said Philadelphia "refuses to particiapte."