Friday, June 30, 2006

City Council: We passed the ban yall — we’re going on vacay

As you prepare for a nice long holiday weekend, take a look at how City Council is doing on their long, um, holiday.

After all, they may be on “summer break” but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped giving us fodder.

In the Inquirer earlier this week, there was a nice piece on the various vacation plans of our tireless City Council members.
Midway through a 10-day Italian holiday Sunday, City Councilman Jim Kenney had likely seen the Vatican and Trevi Fountain - both a short walk from his hotel near the Spanish Steps in Rome.

Councilman Frank DiCicco was probably on his way to or from his house at the Jersey Shore - "a fixer-upper" in Ventnor. Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is the port of call for Councilman Juan F. Ramos.

More than a week into Council's summer recess, most of Philadelphia's top elected officials were still talking about pet projects and hawking a roster of summer events. But many also were looking forward to recuperating from tight schedules punctuated by a somewhat contentious budget battle with Mayor Street.

"I was like a kid waiting to get out of school," Councilwoman Marian Tasco said. "It was brutal. I'm glad to take a break."
Wait a minute there Marian. I’m pretty sure we heard on KYW News Radio not that long ago that you guys only work 26 days a year. How “brutal” can 26 days possibly be?
Perzel also says Philadelphia City Council members make considerably more than state legislators -- even though, he claims, council members work only "26 days."
Oh wait. We didn’t realize it was Johnny “Hot Air” Perzel talking. Our bad.

Back to Marian.
"It's the constant politics of the job that frustrate," [Tasco] said. "There's so many personalities, so many different agendas... But that's the name of the game, I guess."
Jackpot.

Related:
Councilwoman Tasco philosophizes on the very nature of politics; other council members work on tans instead [Inky]
Perzel: You don’t understand — Pennsylvania voters elected some serious motherfucking delinquents. I mean these guys can’t get approved for a goddamn Walmart card. We're talking broke ass country folk here. But don't mind that, in the meantime, they're setting fiscal policy for the entire state... [KYW1060]

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