It’s Monday and I return to Philadelphia learning of Councilman Kenney’s big and tough stance on the owner of Chick-Fil-A. As if a guy who makes millions shoving fried chicken down the gullets of fat Americans really gives a shit about anything a non-District Councilman who has no direct zoning power (and thus the ability to zone Chick-Fil-A out of existence in Philadelphia) has to say.
And so dear readers I present you a game for this week: Name something within the last couple of years that Councilman Kenney has spearheaded and can claim full credit where credit is due. No, don’t name something where Kenney was just a chorus vote. Name something this At-Large Councilmember has done other than simply for media attention (like this letter to Chick-Fil-A).
Here’s an example with another At-Large Councilmember: we all remember a few months back when Councilwoman BRB proposed extending bar closing to 3AM to help with the SDP budget. And when Council returns from summer recess, she’s going to be starting the ATV and dirt bike hearings.
Something like that.
And I mean something tangible where only Kenney thought of it, swung all of Council to his side or at least waged a semi-pitched battle for it, and was a useful and very tangible piece of legislation.
Oh yes… it has to be something at least remotely recent, say within the last 12 months 24 months.
When I left you last week, Angry Lawsuit Guy threatened to sue me. We got a response from Angry Lawsuit Guy’s lawyer in the form of an angry lawsuit letter, letting me know that this matter is under “investigation.”
Let’s take a look at the actual L&I Refusal from Dispoto Realty and what they told the ZBA their property is going to be:
PERMIT/ CERTIFICATE IS FOR NIGHT CLUB AS DEFINED IN SECTION 14-102 (80) WITH ACCESSORY OFFICE, PREPARATION AND SERVING OF FOOD FOR TAKE OUT AND RETAIL SALE OF MALT BEVERAGES FOR TAKE OUT (NO ACTIVITIES AS DEFINED IN SECTION 14-1605 OF PHILADELPHIA ZONING CODE) ON 1ST THRU 3RD FLOORS IN AN EXISTING STRUCTURE.
In case we’re not clear on what 14-102 of the Philadelphia Code is when it defines a night club, it is this:
(74) Night Club. A use engaged in the preparation and retail sale of food and/or beverages which includes live entertainment, a disc jockey or a self-contained sound system providing music; with or without amplified sound and which may or may not provide for dancing by guests and patrons;
Because the zoning applicant told the City of Philadelphia that this is a night club, I guess it must be a night club. Since the same applicant also is going on community message boards and stating that among its many purposes, one is for baby showers, I guess it’s time to dub this establishment as “The Kensington Baby Shower Night Club.”