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POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2008, 11:30 AM

District Council 33, Philly's blue-collar union, may have inked a deal last week for a new labor contract, but don't look for the city's white-collar union to follow suit - at least not this week.

District Council 47 President Cathy Scott is on the West Coast all week, attending the 38th Annual AFSCME International Convention in San Francisco. Without her, there's no heavy lifting taking place this week with the city's negotiating team.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 6:46 PM
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Heard in the Hall has cracked the Mayor Nutter vacation case, and reveals to you that he is hunkered down in Aruba. Nutter was spotted on a USAIR flight Saturday that was delayed several hours, according to our source. Nutter has kept his two-week holiday plans secret, fueling rampant speculation that he was visiting a timeshare in Hilton Head or even heading to Spain. Nope, it's Aruba, the Dutch colony that was, we note, discovered by a Spaniard (Alonso de Ojeda), perhaps leading to the confusion. As we say on the island, Mr. Mayor, "Bon bini!"

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 4:05 PM

To outsiders, it seemed like work was easy to get if you were a friend of Vince Fumo. The powerful state senator always had his hands inside one project or another.

But with Fumo's criminal indictment, it appears some of those doors have closed.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2008, 11:28 AM
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POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2008, 11:24 AM
When you're a popular mayor, it can be a real challenge to pick up the dinner check. At least it was last week, when Mayor Nutter and two guests dined at Parc, Stephen Starr's new French bistro on Rittenhouse Square.

When the mayor signaled for the bill, the server said Starr had insisted on picking up the tab. A nice gesture, to be sure, but also a pretty clear violation of the city's ethics rules, which do not allow city employees (even the mayor) to get their meals comped by Philadelphia restaurants.

When a reporter heard of the incident and asked mayoral spokesman Doug Oliver if the mayor often ate out for free, Oliver replied: "Absolutely not."

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 2:09 PM

Mayor Nutter, who has taken no significant time off since his January inauguration, is about to do just that. Word has it he is about to take a two-week vacation.

Doug Oliver has yet to divulge his boss's destination of choice.

But the great significance of Nutter's Great Escape is this: Looks like labor negotiations with District Council 33 and District Council 47 won't be getting resolved in the immediate weeks ahead.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 12:40 PM

Here’s an idea: SugarHouse Casino, if and when it gets built in Fishtown/Northern Liberties, would add a new twist to the comps or freebies it gives out to repeat customers. As part of a deal with local neighborhood groups, SugarHouse would offer comps to neighborhood businesses. This would be a change for the casinos, long accused of hoarding customers withing the timeless and disorienting environment of the casino complex. Neighbors, both for and against casinos, have raised concerns that local businesses will suffer if everyone’s running to the casino for a $5.95 shrimp buffet. Fishtown Action President Maggie O’Brien said she stole the idea from one of the communities in Western PA with casino. Fishtown Action, the pro-casino neighborhood group that splintered from the anti-SugarHouse Fishtown Neighbors Association, is negotiating a community benefits agreement with SugarHouse that would include at least $1 million in community give-backs. Controversy will follow whatever agreement is signed, with Fishtown Neighbors certain to claim that any agreement without it is meaningless.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 12:39 PM

Here’s an idea: SugarHouse Casino, if and when it gets built in Fishtown/Northern Liberties, would add a new twist to the comps or freebies it gives out to repeat customers. As part of a deal with local neighborhood groups, SugarHouse would offer comps to neighborhood businesses. This would be a change for the casinos, long accused of hoarding customers withing the timeless and disorienting environment of the casino complex. Neighbors, both for and against casinos, have raised concerns that local businesses will suffer if everyone’s running to the casino for a $5.95 shrimp buffet. Fishtown Action President Maggie O’Brien said she stole the idea from one of the communities in Western PA with casino. Fishtown Action, the pro-casino neighborhood group that splintered from the anti-SugarHouse Fishtown Neighbors Association, is negotiating a community benefits agreement with SugarHouse that would include at least $1 million in community give-backs. Controversy will follow whatever agreement is signed, with Fishtown Neighbors certain to claim that any agreement without it is meaningless.

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