Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.
- A bill brought before the Philadelphia City Council would allow for the prioritization of applications from nonprofit groups to utilize vacant land for community benefit. Things that would qualify as community benefit include community gardens and affordable housing. One housing and community development called the proposed bill "almost revolutionary."
- Gov. Tom Wolf emphasized on Pittsburgh radio that his administrations plan to combat COVID-19 revolves around vaccines, not further lockdowns. Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said that there would be no further mitigation efforts at this time. These declarations come as over 7,100 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a pandemic record in Pennsylvania.
- Philadelphia employees and contractors have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday. Those who do not comply with the mandate are subject to being placed on unpaid leave up to 15 days and continued refusal after that will result in termination. The city has entered into arbitration with the local police and firefighter unions since both are resisting the mandate.
- Many are calling for the removal of Penn law professor Amy Wax due to the racist comments she made about Asian people, saying that the country would be “better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration.” This is not Wax's first offense, as people called for her termination in 2019 after she stated that "our country will be better off with more whites and fewer nonwhites" and in 2018 for stating that she had never seen a Black Penn law student graduate near the top of their class.